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  • Is Obamacare Collapsing In Minnesota?

    09/17/2014 6:54:07 PM PDT · by markomalley · 21 replies
    Powerline ^ | 9/17/2014 | John Hinderaker
    Obamacare in Minnesota is called MNSure. The state had the usual problems (worse, I believe, than in most states) getting its system and its web site up and running. Once the enrollment period got underway, the dominant insurer turned out to be PreferredOne. Reportedly offering the lowest premiums in the nation, PreferredOne signed up nearly 60% of all MNSure participants. So it was a bombshell when PreferredOne announced earlier this week that it will no longer participate in the state’s exchange, saying that “continuing to provide this coverage through MNsure is not sustainable.”It seems a foregone conclusion that this will...
  • 46 percent of doctors give Obamacare a 'D' or 'F'

    09/17/2014 3:33:44 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 14 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | September 17, 2014 | Philip Klein
    Forty-six percent of doctors give President Obama's healthcare law a "D" or an "F," according to a new survey from the Physicians Foundation. In contrast, just 25 percent of those surveyed gave the law an "A" or a "B." The findings come from a survey that was emailed to "virtually every physician in the United States with an email address on record with the American Medical Association" this March through June as the law's major provisions were taking effect, and received more than 20,000 responses from doctors. In their comments that were included (but kept anonymous) in the report, a...
  • Louisiana Senate Race a Dead Heat, Landrieu Languishing

    09/17/2014 8:34:55 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 12 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 9/17/14 | Guy Benson
    A new poll of likely voters conducted for Townhall by Gravis Marketing reveals that Louisiana's US Senate race is statistically deadlocked, with support for incumbent Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu mired in the low-to-mid 40's. In a three-way contest among the top contenders, Landrieu attracts 43 percent support, with Republicans Rep. Bill Cassidy and Col. Rob Manness combining for 44 percent: In the likely runoff match-up (see below) between Landrieu and Cassidy, the candidates are separated by two-tenths of a percentage point. Neck and neck: Within the still-sizable cohort (10 percent) of undecided voters, nearly two-thirds identify as political "independents" who...
  • Media Ignores Huge Reporting Showing Obama Lied About Obamacare Funding Abortions

    09/17/2014 7:27:02 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 7 replies
    Life News ^ | 9/17/14 | Curtis Houck
    On Tuesday, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a new report documenting how abortions are being funded by taxpayers under ObamaCare despite a provision in the law stating that abortions will not be covered under ObamaCare insurance plans. When the Tuesday evening newscasts for the major broadcast networks had passed, however, none of them devoted even a second to the story.According to the report, 28 states (plus D.C.) did not restrict ObamaCare insurance plans that included abortions as a benefit while 23 states did have that restriction in place. In addition, the GAO found that 17 out of 18 insurers...
  • Don't Credit ObamaCare Exchanges For Uninsured Drop

    09/17/2014 5:06:59 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 11 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 09/16/2014 | John Merline
    The uninsured rate fell 1.3% in the first three months of this year to the lowest point since the Centers for Disease Control began tracking it in 1997. The CDC's survey, on top of others by Gallup, the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Urban Institute, appears to show that ObamaCare is succeeding in its main goal of cutting the ranks of the uninsured. But the picture is far murkier than these surveys suggest. In fact, it's not entirely clear what impact ObamaCare is having on the uninsured, or what part of the law deserves credit if it is.
  • “Staggering Numbers” Of Virginians Will Lose Plans And Pay More Due To ObamaCare

    09/16/2014 7:10:00 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 15 replies
    “Staggering Numbers” Of Virginians Will Lose Plans And Pay More Due To ObamaCare (September 11, 2014)
  • Medical Office Cancels Health Plan After ObamaCare Doubles Premiums

    09/16/2014 6:59:52 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 9 replies
    Medical Office Cancels Health Plan After ObamaCare Doubles Premiums (September 10, 2014) - click link to view
  • Lowest-Cost Insurer Drops From Minnesota Exchange

    09/16/2014 3:11:22 PM PDT · by smartyaz · 10 replies
    CBS Minnesota ^ | 9/16/2014
    The insurance company that grabbed the most customers on Minnesota’s health care exchange by offering the lowest rates told state officials Tuesday that it’s pulling out of MNsure, a major blow to the exchange as the next open enrollment period approaches. The decision by Golden Valley-based PreferredOne may mean higher rates and again puts the troubled exchange front-and-center in Minnesota’s governor and House elections. PreferredOne had 59 percent of the private-plan market for MNsure enrollees as of early August. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota had 23 percent, HealthPartners 12, Medica 5 percent and UCare 1.
  • Big Minnesota insurer leaves Obamacare site

    09/16/2014 3:09:45 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 6 replies
    yahoo ^ | 9-16-14 | Dan Mangan
    Minnesota Obamacare is calling it quits. PreferredOne, the insurer that sold nearly 60 percent of all private health plans on Minnesota's Obamacare exchange, on Tuesday said it would leave that marketplace. PreferredOne's plans were the lowest-cost options on that exchange, known as MNSure. PreferredOne cited the costs of doing business on MNSure as the reason for its surprising decision, saying that selling plans is "not administratively and financially sustainable going forward," according to KSTP.com, the website of that Minnesota TV News network.
  • NHS 'postcode lottery' denies Welsh nurse Ł70,000 treatment for rare stomach cancer

    09/16/2014 11:33:37 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 28 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 9-15-2014 | LIZZIE PARRY
    A Welsh nurse has been forced to wait for potentially life-saving treatment after local health bosses refused to fund her care in England. Beth Prout, from Pembroke, West Wales, has been diagnosed with a rare form of stomach cancer. There are two hospitals in the UK able to provide the treatment the 57-year-old needs. But NHS chiefs in Wales have refused to cover the cost of sending her to England for therapy. A hospital in Manchester has agreed to provide the care, which could save Ms Prout's life.  Welsh NHS bosses have agreed to pay Ł1,000 for an assessment, but...
  • Remember When Obama Said Obamacare Would Not Cover Abortions?… Yeah, He Lied About That, Too

    09/16/2014 11:43:21 AM PDT · by Nachum · 29 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 9/16/14 | Jim Hoft
       It was a lie. Insurance companies are including secret fees to cover the costs of abortions in their Obamacare premiums.And now a new report from the GOA shows Obama repeatedly misled Americans.LifeNews reported: When he signed the Obamacare bill into law, President Barack Obama promised the American people that Obamacare would not pay for abortions — going as far as signing an executive order to that effect. A new GOA report shows he misled Americans.Despite a promise President Obama made to lawmakers and the American public in a special joint session of Congress on healthcare reform that “under...
  • Insurance Company with Lowest Rates, Most Customers Pulls Out of MNsure

    09/16/2014 9:35:35 AM PDT · by Parmenio · 11 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | September 16, 2014 | Jennie Olson
    It’s a major blow to the MNsure health insurance exchange – the insurance company with the lowest rates and the most customers signed up through MNsure will not be back in 2015. The decision is expected to have a major impact on health insurance customers and the governor’s race. Golden Valley-based PreferredOne Health Insurance just notified MNsure and the Minnesota Department of Commerce of their decision through a letter. Sources tell KSTP’s Tom Hauser that MNsure CEO Scott Leitz was notified by phone Tuesday morning. PreferredOne Spokesman Steve Peterson tells Hauser this is “purely a business decision.” He says the...
  • Dem Senator Tom Harkin praises: Hillary’s ‘Fingerprints Are All Over’ Obamacare

    09/16/2014 8:01:46 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 21 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/16/14 | Robert Laurie
    Damned with faint praise. If you’re a long time Democrat stalwart, and you suspect that you may be called upon to sing the praises of your party’s presumptive 2016 presidential nominee, you should pay close attention. Iowa Senator Tom Harkin (D) has a lesson to teach you. In fact, this weekend he served up a master class in how not to do it.
  • Breaking: (New) Gov't Report: Obamacare Funds Abortions

    09/16/2014 5:24:04 AM PDT · by xzins · 45 replies
    CBN ^ | September 16, 2014 | John Jessup
    A new government report confirms what pro-life advocates have long feared: President Obama's health care reform law allows for taxpayer-funded abortions. In a report to Congress, the Government Accountability Office found 28 states with no laws restricting qualified health plans that limit abortion coverage. In Massachusetts, only two of the 111 state-approved plans comply with the historic Hyde Amendment, which prohibits abortion funding except in cases of rape or incest. Five states (Connecticut, Hawaii, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Vermont) don't offer any qualified plans that follow Hyde's precedent, in place since 1977. That directly contradicts the president's 2010 executive...
  • By Virtue of Their Silence

    09/16/2014 5:10:19 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 13 replies
    As the November elections approach, we’ve heard nothing but deafening silence from the GOP as to why the electorate should put Congress in its hands. Now, I have nothing against the ages-old stratagem of not interrupting an enemy in the process of making enormous mistakes. But, we’re not simply considering a ‘my team good’ vs. ‘their team bad’ situation, as if the outcome was nothing more than a sporting event to be remembered until the next big game. Some fundamental American freedoms have been under assault for decades, and Obama and his party have accelerated the trend. Where is the...
  • Another ObamaCare Cancellation Wave Approaches

    09/16/2014 3:38:59 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 20 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 09/16/2014 | IBD Staff
    Last week, Virginia lawmakers learned that 250,000 residents will see their health plans canceled this year, due to ObamaCare. The president's second "keep your plan" promise was as worthless as the first.
  • More Than 100,000 Enrollees Are Likely to Lose Obamacare Coverage (illegal aliens)

    09/16/2014 2:39:38 AM PDT · by Libloather · 4 replies
    MSN ^ | 9/15/14 | Sophie Novack
    More than 100,000 Obamacare enrollees are set to lose their new insurance coverage at the end of the month because they have not verified their legal status in the United States. There are currently about 115,000 individuals who signed up on the federal marketplace who have not provided paperwork to resolve discrepancies between their citizenship or immigration status indicated on their insurance application and what the federal government has on record, the Obama administration said Monday. Individuals must be legal residents of the U.S. in order to purchase insurance coverage through the health law's new exchanges.
  • CBO: Cost of Obamacare Subsidy Will Increase 8-Fold in 10 Years

    09/15/2014 7:59:55 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    cns news ^ | 9/15/14 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) - The cost of the Obamacare subsidy that the U.S. Treasury will pay on behalf of people who earn under 400 percent of the federal poverty level and who buy a government-approved health-care plan on a government-run health-insurance exchange will increase by approximately 8-fold in its first ten years of operation, according to the latest budget estimate from the Congressional Budget Office. Medicaid spending will double in the first ten years of full implementation of Obamacare, according to the CBO estimates.
  • Ted Cruz Takes Tough Stands For Religious Liberty

    09/12/2014 4:39:04 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 53 replies
    Investors.com ^ | September 12, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Leadership: Say this for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz: He routinely takes principled stands on tough issues, even if it puts him at odds with his own party. Case in point: His comments this week in support of nuns and Israel. With the White House filing a new brief signalling it intends to force Catholic Sisters to violate their religious beliefs, the Texas Republican strongly defended religious liberty. Despite its defeat in the Hobby Lobby case, the White House last Monday was back at it, filing a brief in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado explaining a rule...
  • Judicial Watch Uncovers HHS Documents Detailing “High Risk” Security Problems with Obamacare...

    09/15/2014 9:38:43 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | September 15, 2014
    Full title: Judicial Watch Uncovers HHS Documents Detailing “High Risk” Security Problems with Obamacare Internet Site Less than one month before Healthcare.gov rollout, top Obama administration official highlights risks of malicious code being uploaded into the system through Excel macros; other “high risk” findings (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch today released 94 pages of documents obtained from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) revealing that in the days leading up to the rollout of Obamacare, top Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) officials knew of massive security risks with Healthcare.gov and chose to roll out the...
  • Why Ezra Klein is an Idiot

    09/15/2014 2:29:09 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 9-15-2014 | John Ransom
    Thank God for the Wonk Book (WB) run by the Washington Post.For readers who have no idea what the Wonk Book is, it’s a blog run by some Poindexter types at the Post, who get use the amazing and changing D.C. buzzwords like “narrative,” “meme,” “optics,” and “pivot” to make themselves sound important and in-the-know. “Aren't these just buzzwords that dumb people use to sound important?” asked the Simpsons character forever to be called “Writer,” about his generation of “wonks,” known back then as “TV executives”.Yes. Yes, they are.At times the Wonk Book is insufferable, and at times it’s hilarious-...
  • Hurdles for Obama health law in 2nd sign-up season

    09/14/2014 6:07:44 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 14, 2014 7:37 AM EDT | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    Potential complications await consumers as President Barack Obama’s health care law approaches its second open enrollment season, just two months away. Don’t expect a repeat of last year’s website meltdown, but the new sign-up period could expose underlying problems with the law itself that are less easily fixed than a computer system. Getting those who signed up this year enrolled again for 2015 won’t be as easy as it might seem. And the law’s interaction between insurance and taxes looks like a sure-fire formula for confusion. …
  • In the Toilet' -- British NHS Today; U.S. Healthcare Tomorrow

    09/13/2014 11:18:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/13/2014 | Deane Waldman
    A September 6, 2014 headline in Great Britain’s Daily Mail announced, “Now NHS lets you jump the queue for routine surgery... if you'll pay What is happening in Great Britain’s vaunted in NHS (National Health Service) is of vital interest to Americans. Dr. Donald Berwick, one of the prime designers of the Affordable Care Act, proudly said in 2010 that the NHS was his model for our ACA. By seeing where the NHS is today, we can foresee where U.S. healthcare is headed tomorrow. To reduce the escalating costs of their healthcare system, the NHS has been rationing care, either...
  • Emanuel socks city retirees with 40 percent health insurance hike ( Chicago )

    09/13/2014 11:09:39 AM PDT · by george76 · 31 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 09/12/2014 | Fran Spielman
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Friday dropped another financial bombshell on Chicago’s 25,000 retired city workers and their dependents: their monthly health insurance premiums will be going up by a whopping 40 percent — in spite of a pending lawsuit and a precedent-setting Illinois Supreme Court ruling. Last year, Emanuel announced plans to save $108.7 million a year by phasing out the city’s 55 percent subsidy for retiree health care and forcing retirees to make the switch to Obamacare. For the city, the Year One savings was $25 million. For retirees, that translated into an increase in monthly health insurance premiums...
  • Is ObamaCare Working?

    09/13/2014 4:42:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 40 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 13, 2014 | John C. Goodman
    Yes according to Paul Krugman, Ezra Klein and the Commonwealth Fund. But all these folks were cheerleaders for the Affordable Care Act from day one. Sarah Kliff, another ObamaCare supporter, estimates that health reform has enabled about 5 million people to become newly insured. But that’s only about 10 percent of the uninsured. What happened to the mandate that required that everyone have health insurance this year or face a fine? Turns out that the mandate doesn’t actually apply to millions of people. In fact, the Congressional Budget Office estimates that 90 percent of the uninsured are exempt from the...
  • Blue State Blues: The Past 15 Years Have Been Pretty Awful, Haven't They?

    09/13/2014 2:41:18 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | September 12, 2014 | Joel B. Pollak
    On Thursday, reflecting on the 13th anniversary of September 11, I found myself in rare agreement with David Frum, who noted that 9/11 was just one of the many ways in which the past 15 years have been disappointing. David Frum @davidfrum From the dot-com bust through 9/11 itself, Iraq war, the subprime bubble, financial crisis, feeble recovery, prolonged income stagnation ... David Frum @davidfrum there is no period in recent US history that has seen such a record of policy failure & disappointment, foreign and domestic, as 2000-2014. 9:02 AM - 11 Sep 2014 70 Retweets 34 favorites I...
  • America, 2014: The Land of Entitlements

    09/12/2014 10:06:47 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12 September 2014 | David Long
    Earlier this week I had lunch with a CPA client of mine to talk with him about increasing the number of his small business clients who provide medical insurance plans to their employees. Everything I recount herein is from him; I am not making this up. His answer and the reasoning behind his answer were stunning to me. In my naivety, I hadn’t even dreamed that I would hear anything like what he was about to tell me.
  • Businesses Consider Dumping Employee Health Coverage

    09/12/2014 9:43:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Fiscal Times ^ | 09/12/2014 | BY BRIANNA EHLEY
    As new provisions under Obamacare began to take effect, more and more employers are considering shifting their workers onto private health exchanges—instead of offering the traditional employer-based plans. A new survey of 1,200 businesses released today by the PricewaterhouseCoopers Health Research Institutes (PWC) found that one third of employers are now considering shifting their employees onto private health exchanges. The employers say that new costs and regulations brought on by the Affordable Care Act are prompting them to rethink the way they offer benefits to their employees. Some companies, for example, are moving toward a model where they would give...
  • GOP prepares 100 day agenda for takeover of Senate

    09/12/2014 6:46:44 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 27 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 9-12-14 | Miller
    Senate Republicans are preparing an agenda for their first 100 days in power next year in case they win majority control of the upper chamber, The Hill reported. The agenda includes authorizing the long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline, approving “fast-track” trade authority, rolling back new Environmental Protection Agency regulations and repealing Obamacare’s unpopular tax on medical devices. Republican senators insisted they were not “measuring the drapes” in anticipation of a wave election sweeping them into power after years in the minority. “We will have to be prepared if we are in a position to govern,” Sen. Bob Corker said. “You...
  • Why Doesn’t Mark Udall Want a Denver TV Debate?

    09/12/2014 6:42:11 AM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | September 11, 2014 | Jim Geraghty
    In Colorado, embattled Democratic senator Mark Udall won’t debate Cory Gardner on any of the Denver television stations. Too busy, he says. ... At least he didn’t claim either of the executed American journalists would agree with him.
  • HHS pledges more funds to enroll minorities in O-Care

    09/11/2014 7:51:39 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 4 replies
    The Hill ^ | Sep 11, 2014 | Crystal Hill
    Federal health officials announced $3.2 million in new funding to help racial and ethnic minorities enroll in health coverage under ObamaCare. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Office of Minority Health awarded grants to 13 organizations that will help educate and encourage minority communities to sign up for health plans through the marketplaces.
  • Video: 250,000 Virginians can’t keep their plans in 2015

    09/11/2014 1:26:45 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/11/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Plus ça change, plus c’est le même chose. The fruits of the Barack Obama promise that PolitiFact named its Lie of the Year for 2013 will keep coming in 2015, as a quarter-million Virginians will lose their existing health-care plans as more of ObamaCare’s mandates come into force. NBC’s affiliate WVIR reports that not only will 250,000 Virginians have to choose a new plan, they’ll also be paying much higher deductibles as well: “Nearly a quarter million Virginians will have their current insurance plans cut this fall,” said the local anchor. “That is because many of them did not–are...
  • Even The Uninsured Are Growing Sour On ObamaCare

    09/11/2014 5:16:30 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 25 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 09/10/2014 | IBD Staff
    ObamaCare defenders keep insisting that the law is a huge success while public approval continues to deteriorate, even among Democrats and especially among the uninsured. It's supposed to be the GOP's worst nightmare — President Obama's health care takeover turns out to be a success, proving once and for all that small-government conservatives are delusional. ObamaCare has, we're told, signed up more than expected while avoiding terminal rate shocks. In fact, a new report suggests premiums for "benchmark" Silver plans will actually be lower in many states next year....
  • Obamacare Costs 250K Virginians Their Healthcare (video)

    09/10/2014 6:24:40 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 9/10/14 | staff
    Obamacare’s nuances have made several healthcare plans in Virginia obsolete, hence depriving nearly a quarter million Virginias of their heath coverage according to NBC Richmond. That adds to the already over 800,000 Virginians who’ve been forced away from their current plans and had to enroll under more expensive plans that are Obamacare-approved.
  • House Republicans’ CR (Continuing Resolution) Funds Planned Parenthood and All Obamacare

    09/10/2014 1:18:00 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 27 replies
    CNS News ^ | September 10, 2014 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The continuing resolution that the House Appropriations Committee introduced yesterday and that the House Republican leadership is preparing to bring up for a vote on the House floor puts no limits on funding Planned Parenthood—the nation’s largest abortion provider—or any provision of Obamacare, including the regulations that force Christian individuals and organizations to buy or provide health insurance that covers abortion-inducing drugs. “The bill is ‘clean’ and does not contain highly controversial provisions,” says a press release put out by the Appropriations Committee. “We have reached the point where a Continuing Resolution is necessary to keep the government functioning and...
  • IRS chief: 'Whenever we can, we follow the law'

    09/10/2014 12:20:53 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 97 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 10, 2014 | Sarah Ferris
    During another grueling hearing on the ObamaCare rollout, the head of the Internal Revenue Service tried to offer lawmakers an assurance about the soon-to-open enrollment period. “Whenever we can, we follow the law,” IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told the House Ways and Means subcommittee on health on Wednesday. Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas), who leads the subcommittee, immediately expressed his concern with the remarks. “I encourage you to follow the law in all instances,” Brady said. Koskinen, who was confirmed as head of IRS last December, has repeatedly faced lawmakers' ire over the agency's targeting of conservative groups. Lawmakers spent a...
  • College Professors Feeling the ObamaCare Pinch

    09/10/2014 12:07:20 PM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 31 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 9, 2014 | Spencer Irvine
    Ironically, liberal college professors are now feeling the increasing weight and burden that is from ObamaCare, or its official name “The Affordable Care Act.” A study released by the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources found that an increasing number of college and university professors are paying more for their health insurance. obamacare forum The study, “2014 Employee Healthcare and Other Benefits in Higher Education Survey,” covered health benefits, four types of healthcare plans (HMO, PPO, POS and high deductible plans), “formal wellness programs,” dental plans and other healthcare basics. The questionnaire itself can be viewed here. The...
  • Obama Admin Renews Attempt to Force Little Sisters of the Poor to Obey HHS Mandate

    09/10/2014 6:49:44 AM PDT · by Wisconsinlady · 16 replies
    Lifenews ^ | 09/09/14 | Steven Ertelt
    The Obama administration announced today it will continue its legal battle against the Little Sisters of the Poor, a religious order of nuns dedicated to serving the neediest elderly in society. This comes despite the fact that the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby and another company in their bid to stop the HHS mandate
  • Planned Parenthood receives $511,399 in tax dollars to act as ObamaCare navigators

    09/10/2014 6:49:03 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 9 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 9/9/14 | Ben Johnson
    Planned Parenthood will receive more than half-a-million dollars in U.S. taxpayer funds to help sign people up for ObamaCare health insurance plans during a three month period in 2014-15. For the second year in a row, the Department of Health and Human Services will award two Planned Parenthood chapters in Iowa and Montana federal grants to act as “navigators” for those uninsured or otherwise unable to navigate the labyrinth of new insurance regulations ushered in by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Planned Parenthood of the Heartland will receive an “anticipated grant” of $218,940 (slightly more than its $214,427 grant last...
  • Obamacare: Fewer Doctors, More Demand

    09/10/2014 6:42:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/10/2014 | Michael Tanner
    Obamacare, as its advocates increasingly point out, has succeeded in expanding the number of Americans with insurance. Even though this achievement came at enormous cost, still leaves millions of Americans uninsured, and dumped millions more into Medicaid, this is still one of the few “successes” that the health-care law can claim. However, health insurance and access to health care are not the same thing. And evidence is growing that Obamacare is likely to make it harder for us to see a doctor or otherwise obtain care. Of course, we already know that the limited network of physicians available through most...
  • ObamaCare's Circular Firing Squad

    09/09/2014 3:46:28 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | September 9, 2014 | Editorial
    Health Wars: As ObamaCare's failures mount, the giant health care companies are busy attacking each other instead of the misbegotten health law. Democrats must be delighted. Earlier this month, the New Hampshire insurance department decided not to force Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield to include Frisbie Memorial Hospital in its ObamaCare network. Frisbie CEO Al Felgar had blasted Anthem for excluding the hospital, griping that it was "all about profit." Welcome to health care ObamaCare style, where the hospitals attack the insurance companies, the insurance companies attack drug companies, the drug industry attacks hospitals, and doctors attack all of...
  • Ted Cruz’s Obamacare Nightmare Comes to Life

    09/09/2014 3:29:47 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | September 9, 2014 | By Jonathan Chait
    In the summer of 2013, with the Affordable Care Act about to begin enrolling its first customers in the new health-care exchanges, Ted Cruz warned Republicans that they were facing one final chance to kill the law. Once Americans had grown accustomed to the sweet comfort of affordable health insurance, Cruz foresaw, they would never give it up: “[Obama’s] strategy is to get as many Americans as possible hooked on the subsidies, addicted to the sugar. If we get to Jan. 1, this thing is here forever.” Cruz may have been completely misguided in his belief that this logic dictated...
  • An Obamacare Test for Republicans [fight corporate welfare and crony capitalism]

    09/08/2014 5:31:47 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | September 8, 2014 | Editors
    Congressional Republicans keep saying they oppose Obamacare. Yet they’re refusing to take the simplest and easiest action against it. The way the law is designed, insurance companies get taxpayer subsidies if they incur big losses on the exchanges. That guarantee has encouraged them to participate in the exchanges. It has also enabled them to charge lower premiums, since they do not have to cover their risks. Republicans could force supporters of Obamacare to defend these taxpayer subsidies by advancing legislation to stop them, as Senator Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) and Representative Tim Griffin (R., Ark.) have proposed. But their colleagues...
  • Ouch, the Bill for ObamaCare Coming Due

    09/09/2014 9:26:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 38 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 9, 2014 | Peter Morici
    The bill is coming due for ObamaCare and it’s a whopper. According to Medicare Care’s own actuaries U.S. health care spending is about to rocket. Federal meddling in what was once the finest and cost-effective health care system on the planet is nothing new. Back in the 1960s, many Americans paid for doctor and hospital services out of pocket or through modestly priced private insurance. Health care spending was about 6 percent of GDP. Enter President Johnson and Medicare. He bought millions of votes by giving seniors free health care that they never paid for through payroll taxes during their...
  • Lack Of Trust In The Health Care Industry: A Branding Crisis

    09/09/2014 8:42:03 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 2 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 9/9/14 | Michael D. Shaw
    Because health care can become a life or death matter, there never seems to be a shortage of crises. For example, the launching pad for approval of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) was the insurance coverage crisis. Tens of millions of Americans did not have health insurance, and the sheer numbers involved, combined with potential financial devastation, pushed this crisis to the forefront. Although it is not normally called a “crisis,” the widespread use of so-called Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) does not reflect well on mainstream medicine in the US. According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative...
  • Obama Admin Renews Attempt to Force Little Sisters of the Poor to Obey HHS Mandate

    09/09/2014 7:45:51 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 23 replies
    Life News ^ | 9/9/14 | Steven Ertelt
    The Obama administration has renewed its attempt to force a Catholic religious order, the Little Sisters of the Poor, to comply with the HHS abortion mandate. The mandate compels religious groups to pay for birth control and drugs that may cause abortions.The Obama administration announced today it will continue its legal battle against the Little Sisters of the Poor, a religious order of nuns dedicated to serving the neediest elderly in society. This comes despite the fact that the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby and another company in their bid to stop the HHS mandate.The government is...
  • We Are Bigoted Against the Old When We Make Then Feel Like “a Burden”

    09/09/2014 7:39:59 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 28 replies
    Life News ^ | 9/9/14 | Wesley J. Smith
    How often have we heard our elderly brothers and sisters say they don’t want to be “a burden.” Who made them think such a thing? We did!A great column in the Daily Mail by Stephen Glover indicts the UK culture for its blatant ageism–a condemnation that applies equally to the USA. From, “Why Today’s Elderly are Old Age Pariahs:” It can scarcely be disputed that people in their 70s, 80s and 90s are increasingly made to feel they are part of a burdensome minority which is more or less surplus to requirement. What is particularly disturbing is that the kind...
  • Top U.S. health adviser wants end to partisan fighting over Obamacare

    09/08/2014 9:20:34 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Sep 8, 2014 4:50pm EDT | David Morgan
    President Barack Obama’s top health adviser on Monday called for an end to partisan bickering over Obamacare, saying the public and businesses are sending a clear message to Washington that it is time to move on with implementing the law. “The Affordable Care Act is clearly working,” U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell told a university audience in remarks that unveiled a new administration message about the successes of the healthcare reform law just as the midterm election campaign debate about its future intensifies. “What I’ve been hearing over and over … (is) enough already with the back...
  • $60 Million For 34 States To Boost Obamacare Enrollment

    09/08/2014 4:10:45 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    Kaiser Health News ^ | September 8, 2014 | By Phil Galewitz
    Two Planned Parenthood chapters, two United Way organizations, a food bank association and a Catholic hospital system are among 90 nonprofit groups that will receive a total of $60 million to help people sign up for health insurance, the Department of Health and Human Services announced today. Planned Parenthood chapters in Montana and Iowa received grants totaling about $500,000. Ascension Health, the nation’s largest Catholic hospital system, won a $241,000 grant to help people in Kansas. The Ohio Association of Food Banks will receive a $2.1 million grant. Florida Covering Kids & Families, based at the University of South Florida,...
  • HHS chief: Obamacare is 'clearly working'

    09/08/2014 2:27:05 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 19 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | September 8, 2014 | Brian Hughes
    Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell insisted Monday that Obamacare is “clearly working,” trying to move past the rocky rollout of President Obama's signature health law by insisting that her agency was not concerned with fighting “last year's battles.” Burwell in a speech at George Washington University said that the verdict was in on Obama's signature domestic initiative. “The Affordable Care Act is clearly working,” the HHS chief said. “Healthcare is more affordable for families, businesses and for our economy as [a] whole. Coverage and services are more widely available to more people. Doctors and hospitals are delivering...