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  • 7 months later, many still can't use Washington health coverage (ongoing Obamacare disaster alert)

    08/07/2014 8:16:48 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 9 replies
    AP ^ | August 6, 2014 | Donna Gordon Blankinship
    Seven months after major glitches in the Washington health exchange were discovered, authorities acknowledge that thousands of state residents still don't have insurance they can use to go to the doctor or fill a prescription. [Snip] Some people aren't being properly credited by the exchange for their insurance payments. In some cases, money and information has been lost somewhere between the exchange and the insurance companies. And some people have been told by their doctors that the insurance company has no record of their coverage.
  • Newly Insured, Many Now Face Learning Curve

    08/03/2014 12:08:19 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 46 replies
    New York Times ^ | 2 Aug 14 | ABBY GOODNOUGH
    <p>Advocates of the Affordable Care Act, focused until now on persuading people to buy health insurance, have moved to a crucial new phase: making sure the eight million Americans who did so understand their often complicated policies and use them properly.</p>
  • Congresswoman Says It’s Time to Stop Whining about Canceled Health Insurance

    08/03/2014 10:54:34 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 31 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 1 August 2014 | John Semmens
    Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif) says she is “tired of hearing pathetic stories from people who have been forced to find new insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act. The ACA has eliminated substandard insurance policies and guaranteed that every American will obtain superior coverage.” “Rather than be grateful that the Government is looking out for their best interests a cadre of complainers are whining that the new plans cost more than their old plans,” Eshoo complained. “Well, duh. These new plans cover more stuff. A lot of the old plans didn’t cover a number of birth control options. Virtually none...
  • Another ObamaCare Promise Flatlines

    07/30/2014 3:55:48 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 3 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 07/29/2014 | IBD Staff
    Health Care: Remember when ObamaCare backers said there was no way the law would push employers to drop their health plans? A new report calls the lie on that one, too. A big concern raised by critics of ObamaCare was that employers would shift their health costs onto taxpayers — dropping insurance benefits knowing workers could access guaranteed, often subsidized coverage in an ObamaCare exchange. Typical of the left's response was a Families USA "fact sheet" that called such worries a "myth." "Employers that offer coverage will continue to do so," it declared. The liberal Urban Institute likewise promised the...
  • Emails show White House adviser intervened on ObamaCare ‘bailout’ after industry appeals

    07/29/2014 1:19:22 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 29, 2014 | Judson Berger
    Newly released emails show a key White House adviser intervened on behalf of the health insurance industry after an executive repeatedly warned that massive premium hikes were coming unless the administration expanded an ObamaCare program that Republicans call an industry "bailout." The insurance industry ultimately got a more "generous" offer from the administration -- one that Republicans warn could transfer potentially billions of taxpayer dollars into the Affordable Care Act to bail out insurance companies. The documents were included as part of a report by Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Republicans allege that White House adviser...
  • ‘Hurricane Tax’ On Insurance Policies To End 18 Months Early

    07/23/2014 3:25:31 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 5 replies
    CBS MIAMI ^ | 7/22/14
    An extra charge on property-insurance and auto-insurance policies to cover claims paid for the 2004 and 2005 hurricane seasons will end Jan. 1.... The orders make official a decision Gov. Rick Scott and the Cabinet made last month to end the assessment, Amy Bogner, a spokeswoman for the Office of Insurance Regulation, said in an email. The assessment, which first appeared at 1 percent in 2007...
  • Swede's Salary Chopped for Facebook Use

    07/18/2014 4:04:37 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    The Local ^ | 11 Jul 2014
    An employee at an insurance agency in central Sweden will lose 15 days of pay as punishment for surfing the web on the job, spending over 40 hours this summer mainly using social media. Multiple employees at a branch of Försäkringskassan (Swedish Social Insurance Agency) in Gävle face serious repercussions for browsing the web instead of helping customers. In one case, the employee spent about 50 hours of work time during one month visiting 350 websites - including plenty of shopping, weight-loss sites, and blogs. Over a period of seven months the woman had worked 51 hours overtime, but over...
  • By the way, the D.C. Circuit might nuke ObamaCare tomorrow

    07/02/2014 6:18:31 PM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 7/2/2014 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    Remember the Halbig case? If not, catch up right now by re-reading this post from January, written after a D.C. district court judge ruled in Obama’s favor. O-Care is a famously complex law but the lawsuit that could end up demolishing it is surprisingly simple. In a nutshell, there’s a line buried deep in the statutory text that says federal subsidies for insurance premiums will be available to anyone who buys a plan on “an Exchange established by the State.” Question: Does Healthcare.gov, the exchange built by the federal government after 34 states refused to build their own exchanges, qualify...
  • HHS Report: 1,295,571 Obamacare Enrollees May or May Not Be Legal Citizens

    07/02/2014 5:18:59 PM PDT · by blueyon · 14 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7/01/14 | Wynton Hall
    A devastating new Health and Human Services (HHS) Inspector General report released on Tuesday reveals that the Obama administration has yet to determine whether 1,295,571 of the over 8 million Obamacare enrollees are U.S. citizens lawfully in the country. The finding, located on page 11 of the report, states that 44% of the remaining 2,611,780 application "inconsistencies" are related to verifying "Citizenship/national status/lawful presence." Another 960,492 application inconsistencies were related to verifying whether subsidy applicants provided accurate income information.
  • LETTER: Steve King for House majority leader

    06/17/2014 6:59:13 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 10 replies
    With the departure of Eric Cantor as majority leader, it's time to replace him with someone with strong conservative values. My choice is Steve King of Iowa. Steve is not looking for votes, but is looking for solutions to problems.
  • The Insurance Industry's Misguided War on Drugs

    06/17/2014 4:25:57 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 12 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 06/16/2014 | IBD Staff
    Anti-Capitalism: You'd think that after ObamaCare's chaotic launch, premium rate shocks, subsidy foul-ups and costly ad hoc changes, the insurance industry would attack the law. Instead, it's slamming the drug industry. "Drugmakers have no straight-face explanation to justify the increasingly astronomical prices they have been charging for their medications," complains one of numerous public relations communications sent recently by the industry trade group America's Health Insurance Plans. The group has called drug prices "unsustainable" and accused the industry of "price gouging." The focus of the industry's fury at the moment is Sovaldi, a breakthrough treatment that can cure Hepatitis C,...
  • Colorado unveils Obamacare tax to boost struggling state exchange

    06/12/2014 6:03:07 AM PDT · by george76 · 35 replies
    Washington Times ^ | June 10, 2014 | Valerie Richardson
    Colorado will begin charging an Obamacare tax next month on all health insurance policies — even those obtained through private employers — to help prop up the state’s struggling health care exchange. ... Republicans have called the Obamacare tax unconstitutional, given that the state’s constitution requires voters to approve any tax increases, but exchange managers insist it’s a fee, not a tax.
  • Insurer's Message: Prepare for Climate Change or Get Sued

    06/06/2014 3:15:06 PM PDT · by Libloather · 43 replies
    NBC News ^ | 6/06/14 | John Roach
    To insurance companies, there’s no doubt that climate change is here: They are beginning to file lawsuits against small towns and cities who they say haven’t prepared for the floods and storms that will cost the companies billions in payments. Earlier this week, the U.S. arm of a major global insurance company backed away from an unprecedented lawsuit against Chicago and its suburbs for failing to prepare for heavy rains and associated flooding it claimed were fueled by global warming. While legal experts said the case was a longshot, its withdrawal didn't alter the message it contained for governments: prepare...
  • Good enough for government: 25% of ObamaCare signups have serious problems

    06/06/2014 4:25:21 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 2 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 06/05/2014 | IBD Staff
    Ineptitude: Millions of people could be in for a rude surprise later this year when they discover they aren't eligible for ObamaCare, or are getting too big a subsidy, thanks to another failed ObamaCare promise. In early September, administration officials declared that the ObamaCare "data hub" was ready to roll. This hub was central to making ObamaCare work, since it was supposed to verify citizenship, income and other information needed to determine eligibility and the level of insurance subsidies available. More important, it was all supposed to happen in real time, right when people were filling out their online application...
  • This Christian Ministry Went Galt: Beating healthcare zeitgeist by resurrecting mutual aid society

    05/22/2014 12:01:36 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    PJ Lifestyle ^ | May 18, 2014 | Walter Hudson
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Recently, my wife approached me with the unwelcome news that our health insurance plan — which we like — will likely be cancelled next year. Her employer, a healthcare provider, generously provides benefits even for those working part-time. Due to the devastation wrecked upon the industry by Obamacare, they anticipate the need to drop coverage for all employees working less than 60 hours per pay period. My wife works 56. Since my employer’s offering proves virtually worthless, far too expensive for far too little coverage, we will be left effectively uninsured. We may consider Samaritan Ministries as an alternative to...
  • The Next Obamacare Scandal: A Taxpayer-Funded Bailout Of Insurers

    05/21/2014 10:16:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 05/21/2014 | Tyler Durden
    The teleprompter is still hot from all the Obama spit unleashed in his latest sincerely passionate denial that his administration knew anything, anything at all, about what is merely the latest scandal to rock the president, this time surrounding the Veterans Affairs fiasco, and already a brand new scandal is taking shape, this one Obama however will not be able to sweep as easily under the rug. The LA Times reports that the "Obama administration has quietly adjusted key provisions of its signature healthcare law to potentially make billions of additional taxpayer dollars available to the insurance industry if...
  • Climate change lawsuits filed against some 200 US communities

    05/17/2014 8:42:41 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | May 17, 2014 | By Mica Rosenberg
    A major insurance company is accusing dozens of localities in Illinois of failing to prepare for severe rains and flooding in lawsuits that are the first in what could be a wave of litigation over who should be liable for the possible costs of climate change. Farmers Insurance filed nine class actions last month against nearly 200 communities in the Chicago area. It is arguing that local governments should have known rising global temperatures would lead to heavier rains and did not do enough to fortify their sewers and stormwater drains. The legal debate may center on whether an uptick...
  • Three-fourths of ObamaCare enrollees were previously insured

    05/12/2014 12:13:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/12/2014 | Bruce McQuain
    Or so says a new McKinsey survey of the numbers: One of the principal flaws in the coverage of Obamacare’s exchange enrollment numbers to date has been that the press has not made distinctions between those who have “signed up” for Obamacare-based plans, and those who have actually paid for those plans and thereby achieved enrollment in health insurance. A new survey from McKinsey indicates that a large majority of people signing up are now paying for their coverage. This is progress for the health law. But the survey still indicates that three-fourths of enrollees were previously insured. Of course...
  • Report: Obamacare Customers in for Deductible Sticker Shock

    05/10/2014 12:42:31 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | May 8, 2014 | Wynton Hall
    A new report finds that Obamacare customers are in for sticker shock because, unlike many employer-sponsored insurance plans, the fine print in many Obamacare policies requires patients to meet their deductible before lower-cost prescription drug co-pays kick in. That means hefty out-of-pocket expenses for Obamacare plan holders, especially since Obamacare deductibles are "relatively high" as compared to employer-sponsored insurance plans. The report, which was conducted by the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation and Breakaway Policy, concludes that even Obamacare customers who receive taxpayer-funded subsidies will "find it difficult to afford the amounts they will have to pay out-of-pocket before their Exchange...
  • Obamacare website back end still not fixed

    05/08/2014 8:31:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | May 7, 2014 | Professor William A. Jacobson
    So how can numbers coming from the Obama admin be reliable?That was the testimony today from insurance company executives, on the “back end” of the Obamacare website. That’s the part of the website which transmits data to and from insurance companies. It’s the part the public never sees, but it is critical to the operation of the system as to payments, enrollments, and other data. Via Capitol Cities Project: During a hearing on Capitol Hill today, insurance companies unanimously said that the Obamacare website is still not fixed. “One final question for all the panelists: Is the website fixed?,” asks...
  • Cost curve: ObamaCare star-up costs topped $6.7 billion

    05/06/2014 5:20:26 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 5 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 05/08/2014 | John Merline
    Last August, officials in the nation's capital decided to spend $6.4 million hiring 150 "trained experts," or navigators, to help uninsured residents of Washington, D.C., to sign up for ObamaCare. By mid-April, just 10,714 people had signed up for a private ObamaCare plan through the D.C. exchange. Nobody knows how many of them previously went uninsured. But even if every one had insurance — and paid their premiums — the cost still works out to $597 in spending per enrollee. While ObamaCare was sold on the premise that it could cut health costs, the results of the first open enrollment...
  • HHS MOVES TO CANCEL MORE INSURANCE PLANS

    04/18/2014 11:38:43 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 26 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 18, 2014 | by Mike Flynn
    The Department of Health and Human Services is proposing a rule that would, if implemented, guarantee that even more Americans who like their health insurance plans cannot keep them. Fixed indemnity plans, which pay insured customers a set amount towards medical expenses and are often cost-effective relative to more comprehensive health insurance, are popular forms of coverage, and potentially becoming more popular in the wake of Obamacare. Health insurance industry representatives say that fixed indemnity plans have been attracting more interest as many Americans look for a way to mitigate against the high deductibles applicable to many insurance policies available...
  • Can The ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?

    04/10/2014 11:06:16 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 22 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 04/10/2014 | John Merline
    When the Obama administration announced on April 1 that an estimated 7.1 million had signed up for ObamaCare by the end of March, it seemed a nearly impossible achievement. In every month before, sign-ups lagged behind the administration's original forecast by wide margins and had fallen 1.4 million behind by the end of February. In mid-March, the AP said that it would take "close to a miracle" just to reach 6 million. And a Rand survey out this week puts enrollment by early March at less than 4 million. To reach 7.1 million, sign-ups had to rocket up by 67%...
  • Health Plan Premiums Are Skyrocketing According To New Survey Of 148 Insurance Brokers,

    04/09/2014 6:27:13 AM PDT · by xzins · 27 replies
    Forbes ^ | 7 Apr 14 | Dr. Scott Gottlieb
    Health Plan Premiums Are Skyrocketing According To New Survey Of 148 Insurance Brokers, With Delaware Up 100%, California 53%, Florida 37%, Pennsylvania 28%13 Health insurance premiums are showing the sharpest increases perhaps ever according to a survey of brokers who sell coverage in the individual and small group market. Morgan Stanley’s healthcare analysts conducted the proprietary survey of 148 brokers. The April survey shows the largest acceleration in small and individual group rates in any of the 12 prior quarterly periods when it has been conducted. The average increases are in excess of 11% in the small group market and...
  • NJ OBAMACARE CANCELS INSURANCE PLANS OF 1,800 CHILDREN

    04/06/2014 12:59:16 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 19 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 6, 2014 | By Wynton Hall
    Roughly 1,800 New Jersey children had their insurance plans cancelled last week due to Obamacare. With the flurry of cancellation notices hitting mailboxes across the Garden State, one parent, Bob Miotla, told the NJ.com news of his son's cancellation made him "extremely angry." "Without having that safety net, if an illness arises, we will probably take him to the ER," said Miotla, who is on Medicare and disabled. Obamacare's new mandated requirements killed New Jersey's low-cost children's insurance coverage plan, FamilyCare Advantage. The plan, offered by Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, was designed for children whose parents...
  • Health insurance isn't a year-round thing anymore

    04/04/2014 8:09:35 AM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    ap ^ | 4/4/14 | CONNIE CASS
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Here's more fallout from the health care law: Until now, customers could walk into an insurance office or go online to buy standard health care coverage any time of year. Not anymore. Many people who didn't sign up during the government's open enrollment period that ended Monday will soon find it difficult or impossible to get insured this year, even if they go directly to a private company and money is no object. For some it's already too late. With limited exceptions, insurers are refusing to sell to individuals after the enrollment period for HealthCare.gov and the...
  • Cavuto: Obamacare Actual New Enrollees = 1.2 Million

    04/04/2014 8:06:42 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 18 replies
    http://savingtherepublic.com ^ | April 3, 2014 | BMartin1776
    Cavuto says he is being generous with the 1.2 mil he is crediting the regime of having enrolled in barackobamacare. If you ask me it sounds like the regime is using its own form of math via Common Core to come up with the 7.1 million sign ups they have been bragging about. There is still an estimated 45 mil people without insurance where are they? This crap law was to provide insurance to those 45+ mil at the cost of the millions who had insurance policies they were happy with! This is what progressives do though they destroy something...
  • The ObamaCare Numbers Racket

    03/27/2014 4:45:03 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 13 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 03/26/2014 | IBD Staff
    Health Care: Two more signs that all is not well in ObamaCare land: The administration has pushed back the enrollment deadline while refusing to say how many have actually paid their ObamaCare premiums. ObamaCare has become like that old quip of Mark Twain's about the weather in New England. If you don't like it, wait a few days and it will change. Less than two weeks ago, the administration was emphatic that there would be no delay of the March 31 enrollment deadline for ObamaCare. In fact, the spokesman for the agency in charge of ObamaCare said, "We don't actually...
  • ObamaCare Defender Forced to Try ObamaCare says, “I Feel Like a Dupe”.

    03/21/2014 5:22:08 AM PDT · by SJackson · 39 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | March 20, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    <p>ObamaCare Defender Forced to Try ObamaCare says, “I Feel Like a Dupe”.</p> <p>William Rivers Pitt was Dennis Kucinich’s press secretary. He co-wrote a book with notorious pedophile and Saddam cover-up artist Scott Ritter.</p> <p>That was last year. This year Pitt tried ObamaCare. His response was enthusiastic and unprintable.</p>
  • The Circumlocution Office Shows the Economy How NOT to Do It.

    Charles Dickens, Little Dorrit (1855-1857) CHAPTER 10. Containing the whole Science of Government Mr Arthur Clennam, scion of a merchant family, seeks to intervene with the Government to assist William Dorrit, held in Marshalsea prison for debt for more than twenty-five years.   Mr Meagles is a successful banker, retired, with whose family Mr Clennam shared confinement in quarantine for some weeks at Marseilles.   Daniel Doyce is a successful inventor but unsuccessful as a patent applicant for more than twelve years. The Circumlocution Office was (as everybody knows without being told) the most important Department under Government. No public...
  • Fla. Supreme Court Tosses Out Medical Malpractice Caps In Wrongful Death Suits

    03/14/2014 7:05:12 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 20 replies
    CBS Miami ^ | 3-14-14 | unattributed
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami) – The Florida Supreme Court dropped a bomb on the Florida Legislature Thursday morning when it ruled that a 2003 law limiting damages in wrongful death medical-malpractice lawsuits is unconstitutional. The 5-2 ruling said that a cap on “non-economic” damages violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Florida Constitution, according to the News Service of Florida. The Florida Legislature passed the law during a 2003 special session called by then Gov. Jeb Bush, who pushed for malpractice lawsuit changes in an attempt to lower malpractice insurance rates and keep doctors from limiting their practices or moving out of...
  • Georgia Republican Senate hopeful in ’06: ‘solution’ to uninsured ‘has to be at the federal level’

    03/10/2014 10:33:08 AM PDT · by Reagan is King · 10 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1:42 AM 03/10/2014 | Alexis Levinson
    In 2006, Georgia Republican and Senate hopeful David Perdue said that the way to the large number of unemployed Americans needed to be dealt with at a “federal level” and could not be left to the states. At a meeting of the Retail Industry Leaders Association in 2006, Perdue, then the CEO of Dollar General, lamented the high number of uninsured people, the Dallas Morning News and Retailing Today reported at the time. “It’s a tragedy that so many people are uninsured,” Perdue said of health insurance, according to a Dallas Morning News article from Oct. 17, 2006. Read more:...
  • The ObamaCare Hydra-Headed Monster

    03/09/2014 5:40:37 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 19 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 03/07/2014 | IBD Staff
    Health Care: ObamaCare is turning out like the nine-headed Hydra monster of Greek mythology. Every time President Obama tries to lop off one of its failures, two more emerge. Recent news provides a good case in point. On Wednesday, Obama decreed that those who had plans they liked before ObamaCare could keep them for two more years. The move helped solve a huge political problem Obama himself created when he first made it possible for some people to keep plans they liked. Obama had allowed just a one-year extension — where he gets the authority to do any of this...
  • Wife killed Ga. soldier for insurance, feds say

    03/05/2014 7:27:58 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 42 replies
    The Augusta Chronicle ^ | Mar 5, 2014 | Jan Skutch
    Wife killed Ga. soldier for insurance, feds say By Jan Skutch Morris News Service March 5, 2014 SAVANNAH, Ga. -- The wife of a slain Fort Stewart soldier schemed with her brother to kill her husband in exchange for a $160,000 insurance policy payout, a federal prosecutor said Tuesday. Lillie Eubank, 39, told investigators she arranged to have her brother, Carl Evan “Cowboy” Swain, travel from Alabama to Savannah, bought a T-ball bat and selected the site for the attack at a recreation park on Fort Stewart, Assistant U.S. Attorney Cameron Heaps Ippolito said. The victim, Army Spc. John Joseph...
  • Why Only 24% Younger Signups In ObamaCare Might Be Worse Than You Think

    03/04/2014 11:31:52 PM PST · by Petro · 15 replies
    Cutting Through The Fog ^ | February 28, 2014 | George B
    Why Only 24% Younger Signups In ObamaCare Might Be Worse Than You Think According to Health and Human Services, the current health exchange pricing of monthly premiums is based on the assumption that 38% of those enrolled would be young and healthy individuals between the ages of 18 and 34. Otherwise, the costs would necessarily jump because there won't be enough healthy people to offset the cost of covering the older and sicker of our population. When the latest enrollment numbers were released, we learned that only 24% of the enrollees were in that critical younger healthier group; a near...
  • Obamacare Architect: ‘Be Prepared to Kiss Your Insurance Company Good-Bye Forever’

    03/03/2014 4:53:13 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 29 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Mar. 3, 2014 | Jason Howerton
    Ezekiel Emanuel, one of the architects behind Obamacare, is now claiming that “insurance companies as we know them are about to die.” Critics of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law have long alleged that one of the real goals of law was to put private insurance companies out of business.
  • Consumers Hit With Surprise Tax in Obamacare Premium

    02/26/2014 6:38:55 PM PST · by markomalley · 21 replies
    Fiscal Times ^ | 2/26/2014 | Brianna Ehley
    Obamacare isn't just impacting the uninsured. Americans who already had health coverage before the Affordable Care Act will likely pay more this year and even more in the years to come. Insurance companies, faced with new Obamacare fees and taxes meant to help fund the law, are planning to pass along the added costs to consumers. This includes the multibillion-dollar annual “Insurance Providers Fee,” which took effect in January and is assessed to each company based on its share of annual premiums collected by the entire industry. This new fee is expected to raise $8 billion this year and more...
  • Great news from Harry Reid: All ObamaCare horror stories are untrue

    02/26/2014 3:06:15 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/26/2014 | AllahPundit
    Via the Standard, I confess that I did used to think that a multi-trillion-dollar leftist reinvention of the insurance industry would have all sorts of untoward consequences, some intentional and some not.But then I watched Harry Reid mumble about the Koch brothers for three minutes and mine eyes were opened.Guy Benson is virtually shaking with rage and disbelief that this tool could say this with a straight face, knowing that there are scores of reporters watching who’ve encountered genuine horror stories and could debunk him. (Start with Pulitzer winner Charles Ornstein of Pro Publica and work your way down.) But...
  • I met some Democrats yesterday

    02/26/2014 12:07:35 PM PST · by BillyBonebrake · 21 replies
    personal rant | Feb 26, 2014 | BillyBonebrake
    I met some Democrats yesterday at the southbound on-ramp at exit 63 of the Wilbur Cross Parkway in North Haven, CT. It was the height of rush hour. Some of you may have experienced the delay. We found two brothers in the front of a late model Camry. They’d been tapped on the rear bumper by a fellow driver (a daily occurrence on these on-ramps). There was not a scratch on the car. CT State Police, North Haven FD, a tow unit and our EMS unit were on scene on a priority one (lights and sirens) basis, as result of...
  • 5 Brutal Obamacare Facts From CBO’s Latest Economic Report

    02/24/2014 8:58:17 PM PST · by george76 · 7 replies
    media trackers ^ | February 04, 2014 | Sean Davis
    1) Obamacare Will Destroy 2.5 Million Jobs By 2024 ... 2) In 2024, There Will Still Be 31 Million People In The U.S. Without Health Insurance ... 3) Surprise! Millions Of People Who Liked Their Health Plan Will Lose Their Health Plan ... 5) Your Paycheck Will Be Smaller Thanks To Obamacare
  • 20 million more Americans could lose insurance

    02/23/2014 4:26:19 PM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies
    WND ^ | 2/23/14 | Greg Corombos
    **SNIP** Much like individual policyholders last year, small group plan holders are discovering their plans don’t qualify for being grandfathered, despite the famed assurance that if they liked their plans they could keep them. “If you had your plan prior to March 2010 when Obamacare became law, it was supposed to be grandfathered in. You were supposed to keep it, but the Department of Labor came out with these grandfather regulations. It’s almost like telling a guy you can keep walking on the beach as long as you don’t get any sand on your feet. It’s almost impossible not to...
  • GarCo residents face highest rate for Obamacare ( Colorado )

    02/23/2014 7:57:35 AM PST · by george76 · 17 replies
    Grand Junction Sentinel ^ | February 22, 2014 | Dennis Webb
    New Castle resident and business owner David Fitzsimmons used to pay $672 a month for health insurance for him and his family. This year, with the implementation of the federal Affordable Care Act that has resulted in the country’s highest rates being charged in Garfield County, he faced a minimum premium of $942 a month. “The insurance rates, frankly, it just comes down to a decision for me and my family, whether we have a roof over our heads or whether we have health insurance. The obvious answer is that we have a roof over heads,” he said Friday during...
  • Beware of Democrats Promising to 'Fix' ObamaCare

    02/21/2014 6:13:21 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 10 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 02/20/2014 | IBD Staff
    Promises: Vulnerable Democrats think they've found a winning strategy for the November elections: Tell voters they can fix ObamaCare, but Republicans won't let them. It's a con. ObamaCare is unfixable. 'Joe Garcia is working to fix ObamaCare," says an ad for the Florida House Democrat. "He voted to let you keep your existing health plan and took the White House to task for the disastrous health care website." Of course, Garcia fails to mention ObamaCare is the reason millions lost their health plans to begin with. Or that its problems extend well beyond a glitchy website. But this is the...
  • For Average Joes, Fighting FEMA Flood Maps Isn't Easy or Cheap

    02/20/2014 2:03:42 AM PST · by Libloather · 30 replies
    NBC News ^ | Miranda Leitsinger
    **SNIP** As FEMA has moved to update its decades-old flood maps, experts have cheered the effort. Using the latest in mapping technology such as laser beams (LiDar) and computer modeling will account for climate change, they say, and will lessen the blow of devastating storms by compelling homeowners to reduce their risk. But critics caution that the maps, which are used to determine flood insurance premiums, are tough to challenge and in some cases are ensnaring homeowners who shouldn’t be in a flood zone. And though FEMA intends for everyone to pay their share, some businesses have found a way...
  • Obamacare-Colluders Anonymous: Stop the cycle of addiction to the lifeblood of the American patient

    02/18/2014 1:31:15 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 12 replies
    Kris Held, MD ^ | February 17, 2014 | Kris Held, MD
    Americans must understand that our federal government has chosen to collude with insurance companies, hospitals and drug companies to take total control of our healthcare system and one sixth of the US economy rather than collaborate with patients and physicians to achieve good healthcare reform that benefits each individual patient. This unholy alliance is facilitated by lobbyists bearing gifts of money and power. Individual patients and physicians are by comparison penniless and powerless. We are nothing more than pawns in a game which we can play no more. This is the ultimate game of life, and the only way not...
  • What Republicans and Democrats Don’t Understand About The Insurance Company ‘Bailout’

    02/15/2014 6:09:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    EurAsia Review ^ | February 15, 2014 | John C. Goodman
    Last week I testified before the House Oversight committee on the “risk corridors” in the (ObamaCare) exchanges. Republicans claim that this is a device to bail out the insurance companies. Democrats, in the unusual position of defending the insurance companies, actually claimed that the government was going to make a “profit” because of it. I was in the uncomfortable position of not agreeing completely with either side. The Affordable Care Act creates a new health insurance marketplace (the exchange). But because of the great uncertainty about what buyers will enter the market and who will buy what product, the law...
  • Insurers: At least 20% of new ObamaCare sign-ups failed to pay their first premium on time

    02/14/2014 10:20:45 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 14, 2014 | Allahpundit
    So Bob Laszewski was right. Fully one-fifth of the new enrollment numbers that HHS has been waving around are bogus. Their target for the end of January was 4.4 million sign-ups; a few days ago, they told the country they’d made it three-quarters of the way there with 3.3 million. In reality, once the deadbeats are bounced from the rolls by their new insurers, they’ll be in the ballpark of 2.6 million, or 60 percent of their target. And that’s after HHS pressured insurers to extend the payment deadline from December 31 into January, hoping that a little more time...
  • Are State Exchanges Going Bankrupt?

    02/12/2014 7:33:55 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 18 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 02/11/2014 | IBD Staff
    Cost Curve: A little-noticed problem is fast emerging in states that decided to set up their own ObamaCare exchanges. Many of them face financial crises once the federal grant money runs out. After taking nearly $4 billion in federal grants to set up and run their exchanges this year, 14 states and the District of Columbia are supposed to be self-sufficient by next year. At least that's what the ObamaCare statute says (which these days doesn't mean much). But from the looks of it, many are heading into a fiscal brick wall.
  • Meet the 99.999999 Percent: They’re worried about jobs and growth, not inequality.

    02/10/2014 8:46:06 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/10/2014 | James Pethokoukis
    Forget about the 1 percent versus the 99 percent. It’s really more like the 0.000001 percent versus everybody else. A tiny group — mostly comprising the Obama White House, a bunch of Washington Democrats, progressive economists, and the media elite — continues to fixate on income inequality as America’s greatest challenge. Most everybody else, the 99.999999 percent, sees things differently. Surveys continue to show Americans most worried about jobs and economic growth, not the income gap between the top and bottom. It’s a rational view given new employment data from the government. The January jobs report showed only 113,000 net...
  • The Obamacare Scam

    02/05/2014 2:59:40 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 11 replies
    CCHF ^ | 2-5-14 | Twila Brase
    Many health plans are smiling. We've essentially been forced by Congress to buy their catastrophic policies at first-dollar coverage prices. But because many Americans don't remember catastrophic policies or know what real insurance is or how much insurance should cost -- or how low cash-based medical prices could be -- they don't know badly they're being scammed. To be clear, this is not the first act in this Congressional scam. True insurance got more difficult to buy after Congress favored first-dollar health plans with the HMO Act of 1973. Most employers were forced to offer HMO plans. Like the frog...