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  • Nonpayment of ObamaCare Premiums Could Cost Doctors

    04/24/2014 8:24:51 AM PDT · by lbryce · 7 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 24, 2014 | Jim Angle
    While the debate continues over how many ObamaCare enrollees are actually paying their premiums, one aspect of the law temporarily rewards those who actually stop paying – and doctors may wind up bearing the cost. “This law provides a 90-day grace period for people who have subsidized ObamaCare exchange plans and stopped paying their premium," said Betsy McCaughey, health care author and former New York lieutenant governor. But the insurance companies are only obligated to cover the first 30 days of the 90-day grace period
  • Congressional Research Service report: Administration has missed 44 of its own ObamaCare deadlines

    04/24/2014 7:44:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/24/2014 | Erika Johnsen
    I’m posting this report, not because I think anyone actually expected the Obama administration to abide by the requirements it set out for itself when devising this leviathan of a law (LOLz) — I mean, the thing is huge, and it would just be totally unreasonable to expect the administration to be able to churn out regulations and studies on time, every time, right? …Which is exactly my point. I’d just like to take this opportunity to once again highlight the practically unknowable degree to which Obama’s crowning legislative achievement is expanding our bureaucracy and its involvement in one-sixth of...
  • Why are 2.7 million ObamaCare 'enrollees' still unaccounted for?

    04/24/2014 4:25:43 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 15 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 04/23/2014 | IBD Staff
    Affordable Care Act: President Obama has for a while been bragging that 8 million people have signed up for ObamaCare. But the administration still hasn't released the state-by-state numbers to back up that number. You'd think that with such good news, the administration would want to put out as many details as possible, as soon as possible. But judging by previous months, the latest Health and Human Services enrollment report is now nearly two weeks behind schedule. As a result, we still don't know where 2.7 million ObamaCare enrollees came from. Here's what we do know
  • Major Flip-Floppage on ObamaCare From Rep. Gary Peters in MI Senate Race

    04/24/2014 3:48:33 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 7 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 23 Apr 2014 | Debra Heine
    Until very recently, MI Congressman Gary Peters was one of ObamaCare's biggest fans. In fact, only last year, he was still gushing about the unpopular, toxic law. But it was when it mattered most, before the law was passed, that Peters was at his most enthusiastic. At a townhall in August 2009, he was asked by some ObamaCare supporters why Democrats weren't doing a better job of "defusing the right-wing agitators." "It's important to get all the information out to people," Peters answered. "It's a complicated issue." It turned out to be such a complicated issue, the information he got...
  • Technology group to decide Cover Oregon’s future

    04/23/2014 11:45:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 24, 2014 2:25 AM EDT | Gosia Wozniacka
    After weeks of deliberation, a committee is poised to make a final recommendation Thursday on what to do with Oregon’s botched health insurance exchange portal. The technology committee will decide whether Cover Oregon should ditch its glitch-filled website and replace it with the federal government’s health insurance marketplace, or try to fix the existing system with the help of a new IT contractor. The decision comes nearly seven months after Oregon’s exchange was supposed to go live so that residents could use it to compare and buy health insurance plans. Cover Oregon’s website is seen as the worst of the...
  • GE Boss Jeff Immelt Says ObamaCare Hurting Business

    04/23/2014 4:36:39 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 51 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | April 23, 2014 | BY PAUL BEDARD
    A week after General Electric blamed Obamacare for hurting its medical business, the company's chairman on Wednesday warned that uncertainty in the health care field will persist for much longer. “I think that there's still a lot of uncertainty in health care and we'll just have to see that over time,” warned Jeff Immelt during a shareholders' meeting in Chicago. Last week, the firm released financial figures which showed a rise in profits, but a cut in its medical business. That was blamed on companies and hospitals holding back on purchases of GE equipment out of concern over how bad...
  • Obamacare Exchange Now Asks for Fee on all Insurance Policies

    04/23/2014 2:20:20 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 17 replies
    http://freedomoutpost.com ^ | april 23, 2014 | greg campbell
    The fee would pay for half of the annual operating costs of Connect for Health Colorado, the state Obamacare exchange, according to Health News Colorado. The exchange’s latest financial plan comes soon after its oversight board rejected a proposal to hike fees on those who use the website from 1.4 percent to 1.7 percent. Connect for Health Colorado staff has said the increase was needed to keep it solvent. Board members said staff should look at cutting expenses before raising fees, and many had the same reaction to the proposed $13 million fee, which is being called a “general market health insurer assessment.” Others call it...
  • Ted Cruz's Worst Nightmare Is Coming True [Because Obamacare is working according to Politico]

    04/23/2014 2:08:13 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | 04/23/2014 | RICHARD KIRSCH
    Last August, as conservatives barnstormed the country seeking to build support for a cockamamie plan to shut down the U.S. federal government unless Congress voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Ted Cruz, the Texas Republican senator, said something surprisingly prescient about the president’s signature health-care law. “President Obama wants to get as many Americans addicted to the subsidies because he knows that in modern times, no major entitlement has ever been implemented and then unwound,” he said. The worry, according to Cruz, was that once the ACA went into effect, we’d all be “addicted to the sugar.” Then, it...
  • Susan B. Anthony List defends free speech at Supreme Court over Obamacare election ads

    04/23/2014 1:02:25 PM PDT · by topher · 1 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | Wed Apr 23, 2014 11:22 EST | Dustin Siggins
    WASHINGTON, D.C., April 23, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- One of the nation's largest pro-life groups has defended free speech before America's highest court, arguing that their liberty was inhibited in the 2010 race by an Ohio law restricting speech in election ads. In 2010, the Susan B. Anthony (SBA) List put together an ad it intended to run against then-Rep. Steve Driehaus, D-OH. The ad said Driehaus, who ran as a pro-life Democrat, had voted to fund abortions in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by supporting the law. Driehaus defended his vote, saying that President Obama's Executive Order limiting federal funding...
  • Was John Roberts’ ObamaCare ruling a curse or a blessing for Republicans?

    04/23/2014 11:21:08 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 27 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 4/23/14 | Doug Book
    Though Coach is Right published this piece in early January, the subject matter may be even more pertinent today as countless doctors refuse to treat ObamaCare patients, hospitals deny them admittance and the negative impact of the law has moved from talking point to reality. When Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the Supreme Court’s Marxist bloc in ruling the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate constitutional, stunned conservatives immediately accused him of committing an “act of judicial cowardice.” “It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices,” wrote the supremely hypocritical Roberts as...
  • Democrats begin to embrace Obamacare on the campaign trail

    04/23/2014 8:15:41 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    The Capital Times (WI) ^ | April 23, 2014 | By Jack Craver
    Has the tide turned on Obamacare? The Republican plan for the 2014 election season is to talk about nothing but the president’s landmark health care overhaul, highlighting the bungled website and other headaches the law has caused for some people, including those whose insurance plans have been cancelled because they do not comply with the new law’s regulations. Until recently, it looked like a pretty good plan. Agree or disagree, millions of Americans now receive an Obamacare benefit. Roughly 8 million have signed up for health insurance through the state exchanges, while millions of others have become eligible for Medicaid...
  • 'ILLEGAL SECRECY' SHIELDS OBAMACARE WORKERS

    04/23/2014 7:59:11 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | April 23, 2014
    ... Judicial Watch is seeking records related to contracts awarded to the groups and records regarding the federal requirements for the navigators, including background checks and qualifications. Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said the Obamacare navigator program “seems as corrupt as any Chicago patronage operation – and is a danger to the privacy of millions of Americans who are participating in Obamacare.” “The use of Obamacare navigators and the Healthcare.gov website should come with consumer warnings,” Fitton said. “The Obama administration’s illegal secrecy about these Obamacare navigators should make Americans very nervous.” National Review Online has reported that among the...
  • How the ACA Could Collapse

    04/23/2014 7:24:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/23/2014 | By Amity Shlaes
    Some time in the coming months, the Supreme Court will hand down its opinion in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby, the case of the retailer that claims that its religious freedom or that of its employees is violated by contraceptive coverage required as part of the Affordable Care Act. The attitude of the health-care act’s supporters toward such cases is irritation. How dare a little religious case trip up the mighty Affordable Care Act and jeopardize the ACA’s establishment as permanent law of the land? Cases involving religious details, however, do have a way of stopping big social legislation, and not...
  • Jeb Bush’s rush to make money may be hurdle

    04/23/2014 6:51:44 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 9 replies
    NY Times CNBC ^ | 4/21/14 | Michael Barbaro
    As it sought to recruit well-heeled investors, an untested and unprofitable Miami company named InnoVida brought aboard a trusted Florida figure in 2007: Jeb Bush, the former governor and the brother of a sitting president. For potential stockholders, the imprimatur of Mr. Bush, who joined InnoVida as a paid consultant and a member of the board of directors, conferred credibility on the young start-up. That credibility did not last long. It turned out that the leaders of InnoVida, a manufacturer of inexpensive building materials, had faked documents, lied about the health of the business and misappropriated $40 million in company...
  • Too poor for Obamacare (CNN Money video)

    04/23/2014 3:32:43 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 11 replies
    Millions of Americans fall into the 'coverage gap' where they do not get Medicaid, but are too poor to qualify for federal subsidies on the new insurance exchanges.
  • Crist Gives Full Support To Affordable Care Act

    04/23/2014 2:13:27 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 13 replies
    NBC MIAMI ^ | 4/22/14
    Former Governor Charlie Crist went where few Democrats dare, a full endorsement of Obamacare Democratic gubernatorial candidate is doing something with his campaign that almost no other Democrat in America is willing to do: give a full-throated endorsement of the Affordable Care Act. Crist made an appearance at the Capital Tiger Bay Club and repeatedly called the ACA “great” during his lunch speech. Crist also took aim at attack ads against him being run by a political action committee backing Republican Governor Rick Scott.
  • Obama is Bursting the Left's Bubbles

    04/23/2014 4:05:29 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 4-23-2014 | J.R. Dunn
    To examine a few examples, we’ll start with the military illusion -- namely, that it is U.S. power that causes all wars. This is derived quite simply from Marxist-Leninist theory: wars are a byproduct of “capitalism.” The U.S., as the premier “capitalist” state, is ipso facto, the cause of war. This is the primum mobile of the modern American left, the driver of such people as Michael Moore, Oliver Stone, and Medea Benjamin. There is a list that circulates throughout the left, consisting of the countries “invaded” by the U.S. in the 20th century. The list includes such nations as...
  • HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Resigning (Confirmation)

    04/10/2014 4:12:12 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 64 replies
    ABCNews ^ | 4/11/2014 | JEFF ZELENY
    Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will announce Friday she is stepping down, ABC News has confirmed. The president will nominate Sylvia Burwell, director of the Office of Management and Budget, to replace her. Sebelius approached President Obama about a month ago and asked to step down after the health care sign-up numbers were released, two senior administration officials and a confidante of Sebelius' told ABC News. The White House always worried about finding someone to win confirmation at HHS, but Burwell was overwhelmingly confirmed as budget director with a vote of 96-0 about a year ago. Earlier today...
  • Kansas Dems reportedly trying to recruit … Kathleen Sebelius for Senate

    04/16/2014 10:32:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/16/2014 | AllahPundit
    Really? With every Republican in the country set to run ObamaCare attack ads this fall, the Democratic Party’s going to double down in a perennially red state on the captain of the Healthcare.gov Titanic?There’s got to be a hidden motive in pushing a story this bananas to the media. But what? In her darkest hour last fall, Kathleen Sebelius suffered one of the deepest cuts from an old family friend who accused her of “gross incompetence” over the rollout of the Affordable Care Act and demanded that she resign as secretary of health and human services. Now she is weighing...
  • Why Obama Won't Fire Sebelius

    10/30/2013 1:05:03 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 25 replies
    National Journal ^ | not October 30, 2013, but October 29, 2013 | Mathew Cooper
    With the disastrous HealthCare.gov rollout, you would think that if President Obama had not fired Kathleen Sebelius by now, he would have at least seriously considered it. And you'd think she might have readied a resignation letter or even offered to quit. But those close to the White House and Sebelius say there has been no such come-to-Jesus moment between the two and they don't see one happening anytime soon. In short, Sebelius is staying.
  • Sebelius stays on just long enough to get government benefits

    04/22/2014 4:06:13 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 27 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | April 21, 2014 | By Alex Pappas
    When the embattled Kathleen Sebelius announced her intention to resign as secretary of Health and Human Services, she pledged to stay in President Barack Obama’s cabinet until her replacement was confirmed by the Senate. Turns out, there may be a financial incentive for the former Kansas governor to take her time getting out of Washington. Next week, Sebelius becomes eligible to receive a government pension and continue certain taxpayer-funded health-care benefits when she hits her five-year employment mark with the federal government, Office of Personnel Management (OPM) policy indicates. Under OPM rules, Sebelius, who was sworn into office on April...
  • Covered Calif. Has $363M in Grants Remaining for FY 2014-15

    04/22/2014 3:48:45 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    California Healthline ^ | April 21, 2014
    After Covered California's first open enrollment period drew to a close last week, the exchange has about $363 million in federal grant funds left over to support the insurance marketplace over the next fiscal year. Officials have predicted that the exchange will be self-sustaining by 2015, when the Affordable Care Act will stop providing federal grants to state health exchanges. However, exchange budget statements have not included a definitive plan for how Covered California will continue funding its operations at that time, and California law prohibits using the state's general fund to pay for the exchange.
  • “If Obamacare Dies, Sarah Palin Killed It”

    04/22/2014 3:48:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The National Review ^ | April 22, 2013 | Wesley J. Smith
    Several weeks ago the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia sponsored a debate–more a discussion–between me and Thaddeus Mason Pope about end of life care under the Affordable Care Act. He supports medical futility. I oppose it. We went from there. I began my presentation with the quote in the headline above–asserting that Palin’s term “death panels” may have put a spear through the heart of Obamacare. I then said: People are afraid of centralized bureaucrats dictating whether Craig’s [the moderator’s terminally ill babies) children can have medical care, whether my 96-year-old mother can have medical care, whether people with disabilities...
  • The modern day good Samaritan as defined by liberalism...

    04/22/2014 3:37:51 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 8 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 4-22-14 | The Looking Spoon
    One of the favorite things liberals like to say about the conservative philosophy on welfare is that our attitude is basically one of "you're on your own."I would love for liberals to explain how this is any different, if not worse.
  • Insurer Admits Nearly 1,000 Doctors Wrongly Placed On Covered California Provider List

    04/22/2014 1:09:51 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 38 replies
    sanfrancisco.cbslocal ^ | April 22,2014 | No Attribution
    Two months after KPIX 5 ConsumerWatch first reported about some doctors listed on the Covered California exchange were actually not accepting the plans, insurer Anthem Blue Cross admitted that nearly 1,000 doctors were erroneously listed. According to a statement by the California Medical Association, the insurer recently notified 965 physicians that they were wrongly placed on the exchange’s list. The notice, which was posted on April 9th, stated that the doctors were “inadvertently” listed for “a certain period of time” during the open enrollment period.
  • The U.S. Military Is a Socialist Paradise

    04/21/2014 9:57:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 107 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | April 21, 2014 | Jacob Siegel
    It may come as an unwelcome surprise to conservatives, but America’s military has one of the only working models of collective living and social welfare the country has ever known.Every day before dawn, brave men and women of different races and backgrounds rise as one, united by a common cause. They march together in formation, kept in step by their voices joined in song. These workers leave their communal housing arrangements and go toil together “in the field.” While they are out doing their day’s labor, their young are cared for in subsidized childcare programs. If they hurt themselves on...
  • Report: Jeb Bush on Board of Directors of Pro-Obamacare Company

    04/21/2014 8:40:46 PM PDT · by This Just In · 48 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | April 21, 2014 | Tony Lee
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush wanted to cash out after he left office, but those business entanglements may hurt him if he chooses to run for the GOP nomination in a party that is increasingly becoming opposed to crony capitalism. According to a report in The New York Times, "Bush left public office seven years ago with a net worth of $1.3 million and an unapologetic determination to expand his wealth, telling friends that his finances had suffered during his time in government."
  • Choose One America: Obamacare or Reparations

    04/21/2014 9:25:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Hartford Guardian ^ | March 30, 2014 | Dr. Ann-Marie Adams, founder
    With only one day left to sign up for the Affordable Care Act, opponents are still removing logic and common sense from arguments that tout the ACA as unsound. Basically, they don’t want to subsidize insurance premiums for Americans on the government exchange. This debate, seen as another attempt to gut the law, comes weeks after the Congressional Budget Office released a report that says the ACA, or Obamacare, would nix 2.3 million jobs. According to some, this would shake the foundation of the American economy. Most recently, a divided federal appeals judge said it was “an unmitigated disaster.” Really?...
  • U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch on Obamacare's election toll: It'll bury Dems

    04/21/2014 8:20:56 PM PDT · by gusopol3 · 10 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | April 18, 2014
    U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch, the lone member of the Bay State delegation to vote against Obama­care four years ago, now predicts the law’s botched roll-out will not only cost Democrats valuable House seats but could even jeopardize their control of the Senate in this year’s hotly contested midterm elections. “We will lose seats in the House,” the plain-talking South Boston Democrat said in Boston Herald Radio’s studio yesterday, delivering a harsh diagnosis. “I am fairly certain of that based on the poll numbers that are coming out from the more experienced pollsters down there. And I think we may lose...
  • Poll: Independent Voters Back Anti-Obamacare Candidates By 25 Points

    04/21/2014 8:08:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | April 21, 2014 | Wynton Hall
    A devastating new poll finds that Independent voters overwhelmingly back candidates who oppose Obamacare by a 25% margin (54% to 29%). The Fox News poll, released on Monday, also found that the general electorate backs anti-Obamacare candidates by 14% (53% to 39%). Nearly one in five voters (19%) said a congressional candidate's position on Obamacare will be the "single most important factor" driving their voting decision. A full 51% of those polled said 20 years from now Obamacare will be seen as "one of the worst" things President Barack Obama did as president, a sentiment with which even one in...
  • Calif. tax preparers paid bounty for every Obamacare sign-up

    04/21/2014 7:13:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | April 21, 2014 | Patrick Howley
    Tax-preparing companies are getting paid by an Obamacare exchange to enroll people in Obamacare plans, The Daily Caller has learned. At least 79 tax service providers, including offices of major companies like Liberty Tax Service and Jackson Hewitt Tax Service, are listed as certified Obamacare enrollment entities in the state of California, according to state exchange records. California’s Obamacare exchange, Covered California, pays enrollment entities for signing people up for Obamacare. “Certified Enrollment Entities are paid a flat-fee of $58 per successful application and $25 per successful annual renewal,” according to California Health Benefit Advisers. ”The Enrollment Entities compensate the...
  • Obamacare enrollment in South Carolina keeps climbing, tops 100K (But only half have paid)

    04/21/2014 5:07:01 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 24 replies
    The Post and Courier ^ | April 18, 2014 | By Lauren Saussar
    Although the deadline to sign up for an Obamacare insurance plan has officially past, the number of South Carolinians who are enrolled keeps climbing. The S.C. Department of Insurance reported Friday that 114,789 individuals selected a plan on the federal exchange through April 15 - up from an estimate of 97,000 earlier this month. The deadline to sign up for insurance was technically March 31, but the federal government granted an extension through mid-April to applicants who encountered any difficulty enrolling. The newly enrolled must pay their first premium by May 1 to become insured. To date, only 67,846 of...
  • Cardinal Dolan Defends Hobby Lobby: You Can Buy Contraceptives At 7-11

    04/21/2014 4:28:03 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    talkingpointsmemo ^ | April 21, 2013 | IGOR BOBIC
    Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York, on Sunday unsurprisingly defended Hobby Lobby, the company challenging the rule under Obamacare that for-profit employers' health plans must cover contraceptives for female employees at no extra cost. But in his defense of religious liberty, Dolan incorrectly claimed that women already have access to widely available contraceptives at "any shop on any street in America," namely 7-Eleven. “I would be inspired by the Hobby Lobby,” Dolan said on Sunday's "Face The Nation." “I think they’re just true Americans. They’re saying, look, the genius of America is that religious convictions affect the way...
  • Dem Congressman on Obamacare: The Worst Is Yet to Come, It’s ‘Going to Hit the Fan’

    04/21/2014 4:18:23 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 38 replies
    April 21, 2014 2:45 PM Dem Congressman on Obamacare: The Worst Is Yet to Come, It's 'Going to Hit the Fan' By Andrew Johnson Massachusetts representative Stephen Lynch isn’t just worried about the negative impact Obamacare will have on his party’s performance this fall — he also thinks its worst effects on our health-care system are still to come. Lynch, who voted against the Affordable Care Act in 2010, warned that the situation is “going to hit the fan” when the law’s delayed provisions go into effect down the road. “There are parts of Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act,...
  • Fox News Poll: Independents more likely to back anti-ObamaCare candidates

    04/21/2014 4:10:23 PM PDT · by Siegfried X · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | 04/21/2014 | Dana Blanton
    Most voters say ObamaCare will play an important role in their vote in this year’s elections, and over half are more inclined to back the candidate who opposes the health care law. That’s according to a Fox News poll released Monday. The new poll asks voters what they would do if the only difference between two congressional candidates is that one promises to fight for the health care law and the other promises to fight against it. By a 53-39 percent margin, more voters say they would back the anti-ObamaCare candidate. Independents, always a key voting bloc, would back that...
  • White House Solicited Millions in Private Funding for Obamacare Outreach

    04/21/2014 3:22:34 PM PDT · by Siegfried X · 7 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 04/21/2014 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The White House and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) solicited millions in donations from private health care companies for a nonprofit organization to promote Obamacare, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The GAO released a report on Monday following a request from Republican senators to investigate HHS’s coordination with Enroll America, a “nonprofit, nonpartisan” organization founded by former White House staffers. The report noted that former HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius contacted the CEOs of five organizations last year to “solicit support” for Enroll America, which it would use to promote Obamacare. Additionally, the report links the...
  • Millions slip into Obamacare 'coverage gap'

    04/21/2014 12:09:11 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 7 replies
    CNN Money ^ | April 21, 2014 | By Jordan Malter
    About 8 million people have signed up for Year 1 of Obamacare, but millions of others are still falling into the law's "coverage gap." They earn too much money to qualify for Medicaid, yet don't make enough to get federal subsidies to buy private insurance on an Affordable Care Act exchange. The human toll of the coverage gap can be found all too easily in Hidalgo County, Texas, where less than half of non-senior adults had health insurance in 2012. "If Obama did this market so we can get affordable insurance, why are we still having a lot of problems?...
  • Ted Kennedy (OFA Obamacare Email)

    04/21/2014 11:56:51 AM PDT · by matt04 · 4 replies
    OFA Email | April 19, 2014
  • Obama: I won, so stop talking about Obamacare

    04/21/2014 11:53:19 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 32 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 04-21-14 | DrJohn
    Barack Obama held a press conference the other day during which he took a "victory lap" and taunted Republicans in his typical juvenile fashion: At a press conference yesterday President Obama asserted that when it comes to ObamaCare, the Republican Party "is going through the stages of grief--anger and denial and all that stuff--and we're not at acceptance yet." His endless hubris echoes his "I won" utterance in 2009. Then James Taranto notes this: A Politico reporter asked the president: "Do you think it's time for Democrats to start campaigning loudly and positively on the benefits of ObamaCare?" Watch him...
  • The Unfolding Fiscal Disaster Behind ACA Enrollment Figures (A Must read)

    04/21/2014 9:52:52 AM PDT · by kabar · 43 replies
    Mercatus Center - George Mason Uninversity ^ | Apr 17, 2014 | Charles Blahous
    Earlier this month there was tremendous press attention to new data indicating that enrollment in the Affordable Care Act (ACA)’s health insurance exchanges had surpassed 7 million. The White House took a victory lap while much of the press, desperate to write something positive after months of reporting on website glitches and insurance plan cancellations, characterized the milestone as good political news for ACA supporters. Our national discussion, however, is missing the truly significant story here; what is unfolding before our eyes is a colossal fiscal disaster, poised to haunt legislators and taxpayers for decades to come. It is quite...
  • Whoops! Half of Georgia’s Insurance Enrollees Haven’t Paid Yet

    04/21/2014 9:11:25 AM PDT · by Hoodat · 36 replies
    National Review Online ^ | April 21, 2014 6:26 AM | Jim Geraghty
    From the first Morning Jolt of the week: Whoops: Half of Georgia’s Insurance Enrollees Haven’t Paid Yet. This seems rather important: Georgia insurers received more than 220,000 applications for health coverage in the Affordable Care Act’s exchange as of the official federal deadline of March 31, state officials said Wednesday. Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens, though, said premiums have been received for only 107,581 of those policies, which cover 149,465 people. “Many Georgians completed the application process by the deadline, but have yet to pay for the coverage,” Hudgens said in a statement Wednesday. Half? Half? Sure, the nonpayment rates will...
  • Defend 'Obamacare' unabashedly, some Democrats say.

    04/21/2014 8:11:58 AM PDT · by Din Maker · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 17, 2014 | AP Staff
    Democrats reluctant to embrace President Barack Obama's much-maligned health care overhaul in this year's congressional elections may be having second thoughts now that enrollment in the program is higher than expected and cost estimates are lower. "I think Democrats have the ability to steal the health care issue back from Republicans," health care industry consultant Bob Laszewski said. "The Democratic Party can become the party of fixing Obamacare." The Congressional Budget Office said the new law will cost taxpayers $100 billion less than previously estimated. Republicans already were pushing their luck by vowing to "repeal and replace" the health care...
  • ‘Obamacare is Working!’

    04/21/2014 5:39:37 AM PDT · by rootin tootin
    American Spectator ^ | 4/21/2014 | David Catron
    French leaders announced that there are significant reasons to believe that Syrian forces continue to use chemical weapons on their own citizenry in its effort to crack down on opposition targets. Appearing on the Europe 1 radio show this weekend, French President Francois Hollande indicated his government had "a few elements of information" that government forces in Syria are behind recent chlorine gas attacks in at least three towns, although he stressed that at the moment concrete proof was still lacking. While French intelligence officials work to substantiate the claim, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabuis told the radio station that...
  • MSNBC's Harris-Perry Mocks People Who Lost Insurance: Suggests Dems Say 'Just Deal With That'

    04/20/2014 5:52:08 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 69 replies
    Newsbusters.org ^ | April 20, 2014 | Brad Wilmouth
    On the Sunday, April 20, Melissa Harris-Perry show on MSNBC, as host Harris-Perry chastised Democrats for not bragging about ObamaCare for the year's midterm elections, she at one point mocked Americans angry about having their health insurance plans cancelled, which she referred to as "crappy plans," as she lamented that Democrats are not boasting about ObamaCare or declaring, "Yeah, you can't keep your crappy plans. Just deal with that!" Her mockery of the ObamaCare-induced insurance cancellations came as she compared Republicans to people who flip houses and brag about doing only a little work, as she characterized Democrats, by contrast,...
  • The United States of Obama increasingly rejects freedom, domestically and internationally

    04/20/2014 1:07:11 PM PDT · by DanMiller · 3 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | April 20, 2014 | Dan Miller
    As the United States of Obama allows less individual freedom, we need to reaffirm that democracy without individual freedom is tyranny. Until we reaffirm that, and refuse to accept tyranny, our "leaders" will continue to demand not only more of the same from us but also that more world "leaders" emulate them. Overview -- Our foreign and domestic problems are intertwined. The phrase "salami tactics" is well explained in the following video. When watching it, please consider that salami tactics can be used not only by international aggressors but by domestic aggressors as well -- by governments that want to destroy individual freedoms over the objections of their subjects...
  • Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz: Vulnerable Democrats must ‘run their own race’

    04/20/2014 11:12:38 AM PDT · by mdittmar · 20 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 20, 2014 | Valerie Richardson
    Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Florida Democrat, brushed off concerns Sunday over vulnerable Senate Democrats running against the Obama administration, saying that they “have to run their own race.”“What’s the case is that each of these candidates have to run their own race,” Ms. Wasserman Schultz said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “They have to talk about and focus on the issues that are important to their constituents.”By refusing to upbraid the candidates, at least publicly, Ms. Wasserman Schultz, who serves as chairman of the Democratic National Committee, appeared to be giving leeway to Democrats in tight races to disagree publicly...
  • Poll: Should the U.S. keep Obamacare? (FREEP a NJ poll)

    04/20/2014 9:13:17 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 66 replies
    South Jersey Times ^ | April 19, 2014
    Should the U.S. keep ObamaCare? Yes No I don't know
  • Los Angeles aims to make Obamacare universal in more than just name

    04/20/2014 8:49:03 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    The Guardian UK ^ | April 20, 2014 | by David Dayen
    On a sunny weekday morning just east of downtown Los Angeles, a crowd of about 75 people rallied outside the LA County/USC Medical Center. They toted signs with slogans like “Healthcare is a Human Right” and “Salud Para Todos” (“Health for All”). “How can we say we live in a just and humane society,” said one speaker, “without providing for the sickest and most vulnerable among us?” Los Angeles, with its massive low-income population and largest concentration of immigrants anywhere in the country, may be the epicenter of the continuing uninsured crisis in America. Somewhere around one million county residents...
  • The Dems aren't passing Obamacare with a super-majority, so how can they require one to repeal it?

    12/26/2009 1:45:51 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 24 replies · 1,337+ views
    December 26, 2009 | E. Pluribus Unum
    How can the Democrats possibly include a clause in health-care reform that requires a super-majority to repeal, if they don't pass it with a super-majority? I think they're blowing smoke up our exit-orifices, and know that the next Congress can undo anything they do.
  • The One Word Democrats May Not Utter During the Campaign (Nope, it's not "Obamacare")

    04/20/2014 7:21:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 04/19/2014 | Rick Moran
    The One Word Democrats May Not Utter During the Campaign Posted By Rick Moran On April 19, 2014 @ 11:26 am In Politics | And it’s not “Obamacare.”As important as Obamacare is to the Republicans in the midterm elections, the economy still tops everyone’s list as the number one issue facing the country.Some Democratic political consultants are advising candidates to avoid using the term “recovery” when describing the economy — for obvious reasons. This Fox News poll from January shows that 74% of Americans still think we’re in a recession. Any Democrat uttering the word “recovery” is likely to...