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  • How to Complete the Escape From ObamaCare

    03/16/2018 5:44:49 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 8 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 15, 2018 | Phil Gramm
    The tax-reform provision repealing the penalty on those who refuse to participate in ObamaCare has freed millions of Americans to escape a system that exploits them. But while Americans can escape ObamaCare, they still can’t buy insurance in the individual market independent of ObamaCare because private insurers are prohibited from selling it. If this prohibition can be removed through the granting of state waivers by the Department of Health and Human Services, or by the passage of a new federal statute, ObamaCare will collapse into a high-risk insurance pool for the seriously ill rather than become a stepping stone to...
  • Can ‘Texas v. United States’ Set Us Free From Obamacare?

    03/12/2018 2:53:17 PM PDT · by Twotone · 7 replies
    American Spectator ^ | March 12, 2018 | David Catron
    Ignore everything you have been told by the “news” media about Texas v. United States, the lawsuit recently filed by 20 states challenging the constitutionality of Obamacare. The Fourth Estate, in its all but official role as the public relations department of the Democratic Party, has generally downplayed the suit as yet another futile attempt by fanatical Republicans bent on destroying former President Obama’s “legacy.” Following their usual playbook for reporting constitutional challenges to the “Affordable Care Act” the media briefly sneered about its merits and then, to paraphrase David Burge, “covered the story with a pillow.” It is nonetheless...
  • Meet the Gaza-Raised Grandson of a Munich Terrorist Running for Congress

    03/10/2018 3:24:21 PM PST · by Rummyfan · 18 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 9 Mar 2018 | Avner Zarmi
    Meet Ammar Campa-Najjar, a 2018 primary candidate for California’s 50th Congressional District: According to his website, he’s just your run-of-the-mill southern California Democrat. He’s a gun-grabber from the word go, utterly dedicated to a woman’s right to murder the fruit of her womb, and celebrates the full range of possible psycho-sexual unions, including, generously, the one likely to bear such fruit. He favors Medicare for all without a hint of how to pay for it, and he demands the total abolition of any meaningful border between California and the drug cartels. Oh, yes -- he happens to be the grandson...
  • Steve Forbes: Here's A Real Trade Abuse Trump Should Address

    03/07/2018 9:59:52 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Forbes ^ | 03/07/2018 | Steve Forbes
    HERE'S A HUGELY winning issue for President Donald Trump that would deal with a gross trading abuse and simultaneously advance his goal of reducing the prices of prescription drugs: Insist that foreign buyers of American pharmaceuticals--almost without exception government agencies--pay their fair share of the research and development costs of these medicines. Currently, Americans are subsidizing overseas users of our drugs. Here's how that works. The average price of successfully bringing a new medicine to market in the U.S. is about $2.4 billion. The entire approval process takes some 12 years before a drug receives its final green light. The...
  • HHS Chief Wants to Lighten Data Collection Burdens

    03/09/2018 5:31:07 AM PST · by spintreebob · 11 replies
    MedPage Today ^ | 3-8-2018 | Joyce Frieden
    In an ideal world, providers would be able to spend less time collecting quality data and more time actually improving the quality of care, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar said here Thursday. "We need to ensure that in the quest for information on quality, we don't have providers, payers or others spend so much time accumulating data to improve reporting that they're not actually improving quality," Azar said during a press briefing with reporters at HHS headquarters. "Let's make sure it's the information that really matters; let's have the minimal necessary reporting burden to get the job...
  • Jeff Flake’s DACA bill gives ‘Dreamers’ Obamacare, CBO says

    03/07/2018 1:50:20 PM PST · by detective · 47 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 7, 2018 | Stephen Dinan -
    Sen. Jeff Flake’s bill to enshrine the DACA program in law would also make the illegal immigrant “Dreamers” eligible for Obamacare — including perhaps hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies to buy health plans, Congressional scorekeepers said this week. Mr. Flake, Arizona Republican, tried to power his bill through the Senate on Tuesday, but was blocked by another senator. His bill would offer those who qualified for the original DACA program a new, three-year legal status, which would include permission to work in the country legally, in exchange for $7 billion — or about three year’s worth of...
  • Obamacare Medicaid Scandal: 21,904 Truly Needy People Died Waiting Behind 13 Mil Able-Bodied Adults

    03/07/2018 11:30:49 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 03/07/2018 | BY TYLER O'NEIL
    At least 21,000 needy people have died while waiting for Medicaid coverage, while 13 million able-bodied adults received Medicaid coverage in states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, an explosive new study revealed Tuesday. At least 247,295 people are currently on waiting lists to enroll in Medicaid. The study, published by the Foundation for Government Accountability, revealed that when Obamacare enabled states to vastly expand Medicaid, it resulted in mismanagement, depriving the most needy and rewarding the able-bodied. "This really is a tragedy. Medicaid was designed as a safety net for the truly needy....
  • Pelosi Breaks With DCCC, Endorses Pro-lifer

    03/02/2018 5:28:55 AM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 13 replies
    Nancy Pelosi is about to lose some progressive friends after deciding to endorse Rep. Dan Lipinski in his re-election bid in Illinois's 3rd congressional district. Lipinski, you see, is one of the very few conservative Democrats left. He has a record of opposing abortion, gay rights and Obamacare. Asked at her weekly press conference Thursday if she supports him, Pelosi replied, "Yes, I do." It is an endorsement even the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has refused to offer. Other Democrats have gone one step further, endorsing his primary challenger, Marie Newman. “This is not a rubber-stamp party,” Pelosi told The...
  • Poll: Nearly 4 in 5 Republicans Oppose Obamacare

    03/01/2018 4:42:51 PM PST · by Cheerio · 14 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1 Mar 2018 | Sean Moran
    A new poll conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation reveals that nearly four in five Republicans oppose Obamacare. The Kaiser poll found that 78 percent of Republicans oppose Obamacare, while 83 percent of Democrats support the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Fifty-five percent of Americans say they support the 2010 healthcare law, while 48 percent of Americans oppose the ACA. The survey arose right after Republicans managed to repeal Obamacare’s individual mandate through the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Forty percent of those polled were unaware that the individual mandate was repealed. Twenty-two percent of voters suggested that the rising cost...

    02/28/2018 9:21:35 AM PST · by texas booster · 24 replies
    Government Printing House ^ | 02/09/2018 | IRS
    Court case: Chesteen v. U.S. (Bankr. E.D. La., No. 17-11472 Section “B” Chapter 13, 2/9/18)A U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana ruled that a taxpayer’s $695 shared responsibility payment under the ACA individual mandate is more properly characterized as a penalty, not a tax, and as such is not entitled to priority treatment under the Bankruptcy Code. Background. John D. Chesteen, Jr. filed for relief under Chapter 13 of the Bankruptcy Code on June 8, 2017. His amended priority claim was $5,100.10, based on amounts he owed the IRS for 2015 and 2016. After several amendments to...
  • Barack Obama: ‘We Didn’t Have a Scandal that Embarrassed Us’ in My Presidency

    02/27/2018 7:56:43 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 120 replies
    Breitbart ^ | February 27, 2018 | CHARLIE SPIERING
    Former President Barack Obama denied that his administration had any scandals that embarrassed him or his team. It is unclear why Obama clarified that there were no scandals “that embarrassed us.” “There were mistakes,” he admitted. “We’d screw up, but there wasn’t anything venal during eight years. I know that seems like a low bar, but you look at the presidency; that’s no small thing.” Conservatives remember the Obama years differently, citing the Fast and Furious scandal, the IRS scandal, wiretapping journalists, the terror attacks in Benghazi, delivering pallets of cash to Iran, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s...
  • Obamacare insurance premiums to rise 18 percent next year, analysis finds

    02/27/2018 7:08:48 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 13 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | February 26, 2018 | Catherine Ho
    Health insurance premiums in California are expected to rise nearly 18 percent in 2019 as a result of federal policy changes enacted by Congress and the Trump administration, according to an analysis released Monday by the Urban Institute left-leaning think tank.
  • Twenty U.S. states sue federal government seeking end to Obamacare

    02/26/2018 9:51:33 PM PST · by Innovative · 51 replies
    MSN ^ | Feb. 26, 2018 | Reuters
    A coalition of 20 U.S. states sued the federal government on Monday over Obamacare, claiming the law was no longer constitutional after the repeal last year of its requirement that people have health insurance or pay a fine. Led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel, the lawsuit said that without the individual mandate, which was eliminated as part of the Republican tax law signed by President Donald Trump in December, Obamacare was unlawful. "The U.S. Supreme Court already admitted that an individual mandate without a tax penalty is unconstitutional," Paxton said in a statement....
  • Idaho Considers What Could Be the Worst Obamacare Plan Yet

    02/26/2018 10:24:01 AM PST · by Twotone · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | February 21, 2018 | Nicholas Horton
    After rightly rejecting Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion for several years, Idaho officials have now concocted a new version of Obamacare expansion. While some supporters have rallied around the plan’s uniqueness, it’s important to examine exactly what distinguishes this expansion plan from the rest: It’s worse. First, the truly needy already qualify for Medicaid in Idaho. Supporters of Idaho’s Obamacare plan want the public to believe that this plan is essential to the survival of Idaho’s neediest residents. But the truly needy already qualify for Medicaid in the Gem State. Idaho’s Medicaid program already covers low-income kids, pregnant women, seniors, individuals with...
  • Obamacare, ACA, healthcare, medicaid

    02/22/2018 8:54:06 AM PST · by spintreebob · 3 replies
    Kaiser Health News ^ | 2-22-2018 | Chad Terhune
    Norma Diaz and her husband, Joseph Garcia, have dedicated their careers to running a nonprofit health insurer that covers some of California’s neediest residents. For three decades, they have worked for a Medicaid managed-care plan, Community Health Group, serving nearly 300,000 poor and disabled patients in San Diego County under a state contract funded entirely by taxpayers. They’ve earned above-average ratings for patient care. And in the process, they’ve made millions of dollars. Together, Diaz and Garcia made $1.1 million in 2016 and received more than $5 million since 2012. Diaz’s compensation as CEO exceeded the pay of several peers...
  • Physicians decry consequences of consolidation

    02/21/2018 12:51:22 PM PST · by spintreebob · 9 replies
    Modern Healthcare ^ | 2-20-2018 | Alex Kacik
    Consolidation throughout the healthcare industry is increasing costs and driving more care through hospitals, the Physicians Advocacy Institute warned in a letter to Congress. Healthcare organizations have been joining forces to try to get ahead of the industry's shifting landscape. The number of physicians employed by hospitals and health systems grew by nearly 50% from 2012 to 2015, with a corresponding decline in the number of independently practicing physicians, according to the letter—supported with research from consultancy Avalere Health—sent to the House Energy & Commerce Committee's oversight and investigations subcommittee. The decline of the independent medical practice and lack of...
  • EHRs do not lower administrative billing costs, study finds

    02/21/2018 12:43:37 PM PST · by spintreebob · 19 replies
    Modern Healthcare ^ | 2-20-2018 | Rachel Z. Arndt
    Electronic health records were supposed to lower administrative costs, but they may not be getting the job done, according to a new study published this week in JAMA. Administrative costs made up as much as a quarter of professional revenue for some patient encounters, according to the study, which focused on a single academic medical center. Researchers attribute much of the high cost to varying contracts between the hospital and health plans and payer as well as varying price schedules. "After investing more than $30 billion in health IT, we haven't improved the administrative efficiency," said Dr. Kevin Schulman, one...
  • As Some Got Free Health Care, Gwen Got Squeezed: An Obamacare Dilemma

    02/19/2018 8:33:51 PM PST · by Theoria · 51 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 19 Feb 2018 | Abby Goodnough
    Gwen Hurd got the letter just before her shift at the outlet mall. Her health insurance company informed her that coverage for her family of three, purchased through the Affordable Care Act marketplace, would cost almost 60 percent more this year — $1,200 a month. She and her husband, a contractor, found a less expensive plan, but at $928 a month, it meant giving up date nights and saving for their future. Worse, the new policy required them to spend more than $6,000 per person before it covered much of anything. “It seems to me that people who earn nothing...
  • Blowing off Obamacare — Idaho shows how

    02/19/2018 9:33:31 AM PST · by MaxistheBest · 19 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 02/17/2018 | Washington Examiner
    Congressional Republicans failed to repeal or replace Obamacare. But one state has come up with a way to get around it. Idaho is dealing with Obamacare by just blowing it off. If it works, other states seem likely to follow. Idaho’s Republican governor, Butch Otter, signed an executive order last year paving the way for non-Obamacare-compliant health insurance plans to be sold in his state, and Lt. Gov. Brad Little has since cobbled together what is sure to be the nation’s most controversial healthcare initiative. Obamacare’s spiraling premium increases have especially hurt middle-income consumers, In Idaho, at least, they will...
  • Blowing off Obamacare — Idaho shows how

    02/17/2018 8:51:09 AM PST · by re_tail20 · 7 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | February 17, 2017
    Congressional Republicans failed to repeal or replace Obamacare. But one state has come up with a way to get around it. Idaho is dealing with Obamacare by just blowing it off. If it works, other states seem likely to follow. Idaho’s Republican governor, Butch Otter, signed an executive order last year paving the way for non-Obamacare-compliant health insurance plans to be sold in his state, and Lt. Gov. Brad Little has since cobbled together what is sure to be the nation’s most controversial healthcare initiative. Their principal intention is to give the people of their state a way of avoiding...