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  • Obamacare teeters (Sign up early? You lose)

    12/24/2013 12:57:52 PM PST · by Libloather · 51 replies
    **SNIP** The expanded hardship exemption, for instance, "opened a major can of worms," wrote analyst James Capretta on the Weekly Standard blog. "The administration said for months that the mandate would not be waived for anyone, even those with canceled policies, and it vowed a veto of any delay legislation coming out of Congress. Now the rules have been changed, and some families who have committed to pay thousands of dollars in insurance premiums will feel very personally betrayed by an untrustworthy administration." They join millions of others who are reeling from massive premium increases under this onerous law. Over...
  • ObamaCare’s Crony Capitalism: Worse than We Thought

    11/11/2013 2:18:16 PM PST · by SJackson · 11 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | 11.07.2013 | Seth Mandel
    At times it seems like the sheer magnitude of bad news about ObamaCare can redound to its own benefit. It’s easy for individual pieces of bad news to get lost in the sea of failure that has characterized the Obama administration’s signature “achievement.” That might be the case with the most important story to appear about ObamaCare this week, from Tuesday’s edition of the New York Times. The paper reported that the Obama administration has ruled that the federal health-care program be exempted from the category of laws considered “federal health care programs.” Now, this is obviously dishonest: the federal...
  • When Fraud Is Legal

    11/03/2013 12:02:50 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 9 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | November 1,2013 | JAMES TARANTO
    Suppose BHO Insurance Co. decides it wants to corner its state's market in automobile coverage. It begins an aggressive ad campaign offering a too-good-to-be-true deal: Sign up with us, and we'll give you better coverage at lower premiums. We're so sure you'll love our deal that if you like the terms of your existing policy, you'll be able to keep them--GUARANTEED! The ad campaign, with the company's charismatic president acting as pitchman, is a smashing success. The competing companies lose so much business that they declare bankruptcy or are acquired by BHO. But BHO's policies are more expensive, and they...
  • Obamacare - Day 35

    11/04/2013 5:01:54 PM PST · by Ray76 · 6 replies
    Nov 4, 2013 | Ray76
    Obamacare: Day 35America Held HostageRoundup of News & ViewsNo. 5.  Nov 4, 2013   At Least 3.5 Million Policies Canceled Article at Breitbart   Obamacare enrollment by paper and phone held up by failed websitePhone and paper options pushed by Obama no better than website Article at NY Post Article at Washington Times   Obamacare User Sent Other People's 'Eligibility Letters'Article at Weekly Standard   Regularly scheduled call with press canceled due to crashed siteUnscheduled Outage “a natural part of the process” Article at The Hill Article at Politico   Canadian officials fired IT firm behind troubled Obamacare websiteArticle at Washington...
  • Obamacare’s first casualty: The truth?

    11/05/2013 10:16:44 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    Washington Times ^ | November 5, 2013 | David Boyer
    <p>A web video is offering clear and embarrassing proof that, contrary to President Obama’s latest claims, he promised people repeatedly that they could keep their health-insurance plan if they liked it.</p> <p>In the president’s latest attempt to walk back his pledge, Mr. Obama told supporters Monday night in Washington that his oft-stated promise about people keeping their insurance included an important caveat about health plans being grandfathered under the law.</p>
  • CBS News: White House Granted Itself Waiver To Launch Obamacare Website ‘Deemed As High Security Ri

    11/05/2013 10:12:11 AM PST · by ColdOne · 16 replies
    washingtoncbslocal.com ^ | 11/5/13 | cbsnews
    full title....CBS News: White House Granted Itself Waiver To Launch Obamacare Website ‘Deemed As High Security Risk’A memo the Obama administration turned over to the House Oversight Committee revealed that the White House granted itself a waiver to launch the faulty HealthCare.gov website with “a level of uncertainty.” The waiver was granted four days before the Oct. 1 launch of the Obamacare website, even though it was “deemed as a high (security) risk,” according to CBS News. CBS News reports tests to secure customer information privacy on the federal health exchange website fell behind schedule, with a required top-to-bottom security...
  • Obamacare: You also can't keep your doctor (Obama lies piling up)

    11/05/2013 6:11:33 AM PST · by tobyhill · 9 replies
    nbc money ^ | 11/5/2013 | staff
    Everyone now is clamoring about Affordable Care Act winners and losers. I am one of the losers. My grievance is not political; all my energies are directed to enjoying life and staying alive, and I have no time for politics. For almost seven years I have fought and survived stage-4 gallbladder cancer, with a five-year survival rate of less than 2 percent after diagnosis. I am a determined fighter and extremely lucky. But this luck may have just run out: My affordable, lifesaving medical insurance policy has been canceled effective Dec. 31. My choice is to get coverage through the...
  • Obama revises history

    11/05/2013 6:10:33 AM PST · by bestintxas · 25 replies
    amthinker ^ | November 5, 2013 | tlifson
    Yesterday, President Barack Obama claimed that when he promised Americans that they if they liked their health care plan they could keep it, he also stated "if it hasn't changed since the law passed." The stunning video below amounts to a Groucho Marx "Who are you going to believe -- me or your lying eyes?" moment. The fact that video exists of at least 23 instances in which the president added no such limitation clause, and in some of which he added the emphatic "Period" after claiming you can keep your health plan seems to not register with him. See,...
  • Journalists Receive Specialized Training From Group Led by Former Health Adviser to the President

    11/05/2013 8:49:26 AM PST · by rustyweiss74 · 18 replies
    Mental Recession ^ | 11/05/2013
    As the month of October has rolled on and stories regarding the train wreck that is Obamacare mount, one has to wonder when the President’s media allies will come to the rescue and skew reality on health care reporting. The answer may be … now. The Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) is once again teaming up with a private U.S. foundation known as the Commonwealth Fund. The Fund, a self-described ‘progressive’ organization, is currently led by David Blumenthal, former senior health adviser to the Obama campaign. The group makes little to no secret of their support for...
  • A whole lotta ifs, ands or buts as excuses mount for Obamacare

    11/05/2013 6:05:38 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 5, 2013 | By Dave Boyer
    The systemwide defects in Obamacare mounted Monday, from compounding enrollment problems to soaring insurance cancellations to breaches of privacy, as the Obama administration struggled to contain the political damage and repair its laughingstock health care website. The number of people receiving cancellation notices from their insurers rose to more than 3.5 million, in spite of President Obama’s debunked pledge that Americans could keep their plans if they liked them. Mr. Obama’s subsequent reassurances that people who lose coverage can “just shop around” is increasingly a dead end for consumers who can’t access the government’s malfunctioning website or can’t get their...
  • Trey Gowdy: Obama ‘fiction’ on Obamacare

    11/05/2013 6:16:55 AM PST · by shove_it · 24 replies
    Politico ^ | 5 Nov 2013 | LUCY MCCALMONT
    Rep. Trey Gowdy says President Barack Obama’s latest comments about his health care law could earn him another Nobel Prize — for fiction. “The president already has a Nobel Prize for peace, I think he’s shooting for one in fiction,” Gowdy (R-S.C) said Monday on Fox News’s “The Kelly File.” ...
  • Trey Gowdy: President Obama's ACA ‘fiction’

    11/05/2013 8:12:18 AM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 11 replies
    POLITICO ^ | 11/05/13 | LUCY MCCALMONT
    Rep. Trey Gowdy says President Barack Obama’s latest comments about his health care law could earn him another Nobel Prize — for fiction. “The president already has a Nobel Prize for peace, I think he’s shooting for one in fiction,” Gowdy (R-S.C) said Monday on Fox News’s “The Kelly File.” Gowdy hit the president on changing his language on whether people would be able to keep their insurance plans under Obamacare, after host Megyn Kelly made reference to remarks Obama made Monday regarding existing coverage.
  • Obama denies ‘you can keep it’ videotaped promises

    11/05/2013 5:14:54 AM PST · by Haiku Guy · 193 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11/5/13 | Neil Munro
    President Barack Obama told his enthusiastic supporters Monday night that he never promised what video recordings show him promising at least 29 times. The videos show Obama promising 300 million Americans that “if you like your health-care plan, you will be able to keep your health-care plan, period.” (snip)
  • David Axelrod claims Obama line on keeping your coverage was 'substantially' true

    11/05/2013 6:55:41 AM PST · by theruleshavechanged · 50 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/05/2013 | Charlie Spiering
    "The fact of the matter is, the president went out and said, I think he said what he believed to be the fact and what was substantially was the fact, because 90, whatever, 95, 96, 97 percent of Americans are in the position where they can keep the insurance they have and they're going to see no changes," Axelrod explained to MSNBC's Chris Hayes on Monday night. Axelrod dismissed people currently losing their health plans as a "small group" of people who bought "substandard policies" in the individual market.
  • Obama’s Catastrophic Victory.

    11/05/2013 6:31:25 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 44 replies
    WSJ ^ | 5 Nov 2013 | Peggy Noonan
    So the program debuts and it’s a resounding, famous, fantastical flop. The first weeks of the news coverage are about how the websites don’t work, can you believe we paid for this, do you believe they had more than three years and produced this public joke of a program, this embarrassment? But now it’s much more serious. No one’s thinking about the websites. They wish you were thinking about the websites! I bet America hopes the websites never work so they never have to enroll. They said if you liked your insurance you could keep your insurance—but that’s not true....
  • How Obama went from bulls–t to dishonesty

    11/03/2013 8:26:11 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 34 replies
    <p>How Americans see President Obama changed in an important way this week. It’s because there is a huge difference between lies and bulls – - t.</p> <p>Obama says a lot of things that are not true, even nonsensical. But it’s easy to shrug off most of these, because they aren’t really lies. They’re just bulls – - t.</p>
  • A Phalanx of Lies (Steyn)

    11/02/2013 5:55:19 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 30 replies
    NRO ^ | 11/2/2013 | Mark Steyn
    At the same time as dozens of Obamacare enrollees were being signed up, millions of other Americans were having their health insurance canceled — including so many pundits of left (Kirsten Powers), right (Michelle Malkin), and center (David Frum) that the Pulitzers should introduce a prize for Best Suddenly Uninsured Writing. Among their number was Matthew Fleischer, who wrote in the Los Angeles Times: Most young, middle-class Americans I know are happy that millions of previously uninsured people will receive free or heavily subsidized insurance under the Affordable Care Act. We just didn’t realize that, unless we had health insurance...
  • ObamaCare Will Raise Average Health Insurance Premiums by 32% for 21 Million People

    11/02/2013 3:25:23 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 14 replies
    forbes ^ | 11/2/2013 | Robert Lenzner
    In my search for the truth about how much ObamaCare will increase how many Americans’ health insurance premiums I came upon a frightening map of the United States(see below) that projected what the percentage hikes would be state by state. The projections, prepared by the Society of Actuaries in March, 2013 predicted some pretty outrageous premium increases in the likes of California,62%, Alabama, 60%, Texas, 34% and Arizona 41%. Only in New York, Massachusetts and New Jersey would the premiums decline slightly. Maybe the computer models used by the Society of Actuaries are just plumb ridiculous and wrong. I printed...
  • Obamacare Cancelling Your Insurance? Share your story at mycancellation.com

    11/01/2013 9:31:19 PM PDT · by MrChips · 5 replies
    http://mycancellation.com/ ^ | Novemver 1, 2013 | MrChips
    ObamaCARE didn’t terminate your health plan; OBAMA did! It’s right there in black-and-white on page 43 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The president’s famous promise that if you like your plan you can keep your plan (without which the bill most certainly would never have passed) is indeed the law of the land. It is Section 1251, to be exact. This is what it says . . . . SEE LINK Ironclad. Bulletproof. If you like your plan, “nothing in this Act” can “require that an individual terminate coverage.” It’s. The. Law. So why are millions of...
  • Krauthammer: Obamacare laid bare

    10/31/2013 6:38:17 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 42 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | October 31, 2013 | Charles Krauthammer
    Every disaster has its moment of clarity. Physicist Richard Feynman dunks an O-ring into ice water and everyone understands instantly why the shuttle Challenger exploded. This week, the Obamacare O-ring froze for all the world to see: Hundreds of thousands of cancellation letters went out to people who had been assured a dozen times by the president that “If you like your health-care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health-care plan. Period.” The cancellations lay bare three pillars of Obamacare: (a) mendacity, (b) paternalism and (c) subterfuge.
  • Governor Palin slams Obama’s Obamacare lies

    10/31/2013 9:11:09 AM PDT · by Bratch · 69 replies
    Conservatives 4 Palin ^ | October 31, 2013 | Doug Brady
    The Governor pulls no punches in her latest piece: President Obama flew in to Boston today to deliver another “ShamWow”-style infomercial for Obamacare, and it went about as well as his entourage’s snarled traffic debacle in Beantown. As millions of Americans are being kicked off their desired insurance plans and seeing their premiums skyrocket, the President had a lot of ‘splaining to do today. For starters we anticipated a Presidential apology for lying to Americans repeatedly when he promised things like, “If you like your current health care plan, you can keep it.” Make no mistake, he knew he was...
  • 20,000 Montanans' health insurance 'discontinued' by Obamacare

    10/31/2013 6:49:01 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    The Missoulion ^ | October 31, 2013
    HELENA – In Montana, as many as 20,000 holders of individual health insurance are getting or will get letters from insurers saying their current policy doesn’t comply with "Obamacare" regulations, and is being “discontinued.“ But insurers say the letter is not a cancellation, and that they’re instructing those policyholders how to get comparable coverage, which may or may not cost more. Blue Cross sent notices to about 13,500 individual policyholders in Montana this fall, telling them their current policies are being discontinued because of the ACA. PacificSource, which has more than 5,000 Montana customers with individual policies, is sending letters...
  • ‘If You Like Your Plan, You Can Keep It.’ Well, Not Exactly (Tea Party Forced Obama to Lie)

    10/29/2013 5:19:27 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 10/29/2013 | Jonathan Chait
    The attention of the peripatetic political world has lurched suddenly from the dysfunctional rollout of the Obamacare website to the discovery — or, more accurately, rediscovery — that its functioning will roil the individual-health-care market. President Obama repeatedly promised that people would not lose their existing coverage as a result of his health-care plan. This lay somewhere between an oversimplification and a falsehood, as millions of Americans are facing exactly that prospect right now as the individual-insurance market complies with the law’s new regulations. Reports in Politico, the Los Angeles Times, and NBC News have added a tinge of revelatory...
  • Christie on Obamacare: 'We weren't told the truth'

    10/29/2013 5:26:24 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 45 replies
    breitbart ^ | 10/29713
    On the one year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy Gov. Chris Christie slamemd Obama “The real problem is that people weren’t told the truth" “The White House needs to square that with what was told to the American people and told to the Congress beforehand, It doesn’t seem to square at the moment.”
  • WhiteHouse.Gov Still Lying about Keeping Your Health Insurance

    10/29/2013 4:43:14 PM PDT · by BfloGuy · 11 replies
    Coyote Blog ^ | 10/29/13 | Warren Meyer
    This was on the White House web site at 5:30 EST today, October 29, 2013. Look at the second to last paragraph. You can click to enlarge.  In case you can't read it, here is just that paragraph full size I am as cynical as one possibly can be about politics and this even amazes me.
  • Hoyer: Dems knew some patients would lose ins plans under ObamaCare (misled to allay fears)

    10/29/2013 12:02:03 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 29, 2913 | Mike Lillis
    Democrats knew all along that some patients would lose their health insurance plans under the new law, Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) acknowledged on Tuesday. Although President Obama had vowed repeatedly that, under his signature healthcare initiative, those who like their plans could keep them, millions of patients are reportedly in individual plans that don't meet the law's minimum coverage criteria, forcing them to buy better insurance. Hoyer, the House minority whip, said Democrats were aware that such a shift was coming. He defended the change by arguing that those patients would ultimately benefit by getting better insurance, many of them...
  • Carney denies people misled on keeping healthcare coverage

    10/29/2013 12:10:06 PM PDT · by tellw · 88 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/29/31 | Justin Sink
    White House press secretary Jay Carney on Tuesday denied President Obama had misled the public when he said that consumers could keep their health insurance plans after the passage of the Affordable Care Act. Carney said that consumers who "had a plan the day before the Affordable Care Act passed and signed into law" and who had not either dropped their coverage or "been thrown off the plan" by their insurance companies were "grandfathered in and can keep that plan." "If you've kept it, you can keep it forever, as long as your insurer offers it," Carney said.
  • Carney denies people misled on keeping healthcare coverage

    10/29/2013 11:45:22 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 47 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 29, 2913 | Justin Sink
    White House press secretary Jay Carney on Tuesday denied President Obama had misled the public when he said that consumers could keep their health insurance plans after the passage of the Affordable Care Act. Carney said that consumers who "had a plan the day before the Affordable Care Act passed and signed into law" and who had not either dropped their coverage or "been thrown off the plan" by their insurance companies were "grandfathered in and can keep that plan." "If you've kept it, you can keep it forever, as long as your insurer offers it," Carney said. The controversy...
  • This is why Obamacare is canceling some people’s insurance plans

    10/29/2013 11:11:39 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 54 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 29, 2013 | By Sarah Kliff
    Let's start with the very basics here. About 15 million people purchase health insurance policies on the individual market. That's about 5 percent of the population. Some -- or maybe even most -- of the plans offered on the individual insurance market right now don't meet certain requirements in the health-care law. They may not offer preventive care without co-payment, for example, or leave out coverage of maternity care, one of the health-care law's 10 essential benefits. How many people are going to get cancellation notices? It's hard to put an exact number on this, given that insurance plans are...
  • Top Dem Admits: ‘We Knew’ [Steny Hoyer]

    10/29/2013 11:37:30 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 50 replies
    National Review Online ^ | October 29, 2013 | Jonathan Strong
    House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer conceded to reporters today that Democrats knew people would not be able to keep their current health care plans under Obamacare and expressed qualified contrition for President Obama’s repeated vows to the contrary. “We knew that there would be some policies that would not qualify and therefore people would be required to get more extensive coverage,” Hoyer said in response to a question from National Review.
  • Valerie Jarrett: Obamacare Doesn't Force Americans Out of Their Health Plans

    10/29/2013 10:50:58 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 68 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 10/29/13 | William Bigelow
    Barack Obama’s Senior Advisor, Valerie Jarrett, tweeted on Monday, “FACT: Nothing in #ObamaCare forces people out of their health plans. No change is required unless insurance companies change existing plans.”
  • Essential Health Benefits [why policies are being cancelled]

    10/29/2013 10:58:53 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    Healthcare.gov ^ | October 1, 2013 | by Kathleen Sebelius & Barack Obama
    A set of health care service categories that must be covered by certain plans, starting in 2014. The Affordable Care Act ensures health plans offered in the individual and small group markets, both inside and outside of the Health Insurance Marketplace, offer a comprehensive package of items and services, known as essential health benefits. Essential health benefits must include items and services within at least the following 10 categories: ambulatory patient services; emergency services; hospitalization; maternity and newborn care; mental health and substance use disorder services, including behavioral health treatment; prescription drugs; rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices; laboratory services;...
  • CMS Administrator on Obamacare: ‘We Have a System That’s Working'

    10/29/2013 10:18:14 AM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 10/29/13 | Melanie Hunte
    Marilyn Tavenner, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), testified before the House Ways & Means Committee on Tuesday that the Obamacare enrollment system is “working.” “So what I can guarantee is we have a system that’s working. We’re gonna improve the speed of that system,” she said at the hearing on Obamacare enrollment. The Obamacare website, healthcare.gov, has been rife with problems for those trying to enroll in the health care insurance program. Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas) had asked Tavenner if she could guarantee that “no American will experience a gap in their health care.” Brady...
  • Democrats Deliberating Worst-Case Obamacare Scenarios

    10/29/2013 10:17:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 29, 2013 | Conn Carroll
    President Obama's nominee to be the next Director of the National Economic Council, Jeffrey Zients, has promised that, "By the end of November, HealthCare.gov will work smoothly for the vast majority of users." But with even Obama's own campaign tech team doubting that the job can be done in that time, Democrats are beginning to consider what happened if HealthCare.gov fails again. The New Republic's Jonathan Cohn writes: Nobody questions that a poorly functioning website would cause serious problems, particularly for people who need to find new insurance by January. But, according to experts and industry sources I consulted over...
  • CoveredCA chief: Up to 900,000 will lose health plans on 12/31 (Reality sucks! Huh, Obama?)

    10/29/2013 10:05:11 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 10/29/13 | Debra J. Suanders
    Covered California executive director Peter Lee told the Chronicle editorial board that he expects 800,000 to 900,000 people to lose their non-grandfathered private insurance policies on Dec. 31, thanks to the Affordable Care Act. (This figure — which is higher than past numbers reported – does not include small business coverage.) “The individual market is changing dramatically,” Lee said. What about President Obama’s promise that if people liked their plan, they could keep it? “I think it was not well stated,” Lee answered. Obama’s rhetoric “may have been an inarticulate way of describing what the realities are.” How many will...
  • Rep. John Lewis compares opposition to Obamacare to racism

    10/29/2013 10:20:12 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 70 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10-29-2013 | Alex Pappas
    October 29, 2013Rep. John Lewis compares opposition to Obamacare to racismAlex Pappas Georgia Rep. John Lewis on Tuesday compared Republican opposition to President Obama’s health-care law to racism. The Democratic lawmaker made the comments comparing the Republican resistance to Obamacare to the opposition to civil rights in the the 1950s during a House Ways and Means Committee hearing with Marilyn Tavenner, the administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Referencing the numerous Republican attempts to repeal Obamacare over the last several years, Lewis said: “Just reminds me of another period in our history. Not so long ago during...
  • Planning to Fail, ObamaCare Edition

    10/25/2013 4:29:31 PM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | October 22, 2013 | Robert Tracinski
    An old saying reminds us that when you fail to plan, you plan to fail. But the opposite is also true: if you plan to fail, you fail to plan. If the success of a project is not important to you, if you secretly hope that it will fail, then you will not be bothered to exercise the due diligence necessary to make it succeed. Does this explain the disastrous rollout of ObamaCare? Was the system designed to fail from the beginning? ObamaCare has always been based on an untenable contradiction. President Obama's rhetoric when he pushed through his signature...
  • In Friday news dump, Maryland announces its ACA enrollment totals — 96% Medicaid

    10/25/2013 7:52:42 PM PDT · by The Old Hoosier · 30 replies
    Conservative Intel ^ | 10/25/13 | David Freddoso
    I can’t tell exactly when Maryland’s health benefit exchange posted its new numbers, but it appears to be no earlier than late this afternoon — perfect timing...
  • Delaying the individual mandate is a bad idea

    10/25/2013 4:31:50 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 25, 2013 | Editorial Board
    Despite the intolerable failure of the Obama administration to warn the country that HealthCare.gov would not work at launch, there is still plenty of time for the government to make the required fixes. Even if it takes some weeks more to get the site in reasonable order, insurance buyers will probably have plenty of time to obtain coverage before running afoul of the penalty. The penalty against individuals lacking health-care coverage is a crucial tool in the effort to drive people into the new system. Delay it, and you’ll get fewer people signing up in the first part of next...
  • Senator Proposes Law: 'If You Like Your Health Plan, You Can Keep It Act'

    10/25/2013 9:45:13 AM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 66 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | Oct 25, 2013 | DANIEL HALPER
    Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin will propose a new law next week called: "If You Like Your Health Plan, You Can Keep It Act." “One of the most important promises made by President Obama and Democrat congressional leadership to promote the Affordable Care Act was that Americans who were satisfied with their health plans could keep them. That promise has been broken. More than a million Americans have been notified that the plans they like with the coverage they have chosen have been canceled. Millions more Americans will have the plans of their choice canceled in months to come,” says...
  • Obamacare’s Ticking Clock : Dems may start to cut and run.

    10/25/2013 8:52:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/25/2013 | Jonah Goldberg
    Earlier this week, MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski tried to call the Healthcare.gov helpline and got an operator. That’s right: an operator! The call went through! MSNBC, the unofficial AV department of the Democratic party, had a scoop. The network tweeted out the big news along with a link to the video: “Mika called the Obamacare hotline and got through with no problems — right on air. WATCH.” It’s a sure sign that the bar has been lowered to curb height when spinners are touting the exciting news that phone calls actually go through. Someone picked up the phone! Quick, hang that...
  • Obamacare Side Effect – Doctors Abandon the Health Care Insurance System Altogether

    10/24/2013 1:30:22 PM PDT · by RKBA Democrat · 75 replies
    Acting Man ^ | 10-23-13 | Pater Tenebrarum
    Free Market Alert! Many medical practitioners have apparently simply had enough. Instead of continuing their never-ending struggle with the welfare state's red tape, they have decided to revert to a free market model without insurance. At first glance that seems to represent a barrier to obtaining medical care for poorer strata of the population. However, a second glance reveals that this might actually not be the case. No doubt to the great dismay of the sick-care cartel and the bureaucracy administering it, the refreshing breeze of the free market suddenly intruding upon the system shows what prices actually would be...
  • Forbes: Obamacare website troubles are meant to weed out healthy middle class

    10/14/2013 9:59:55 PM PDT · by Nachum · 44 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10/15/13 | Josh Peterson
    The technical disasters of the Obamacare exchange debacle over the past two weeks are not an accident, but rather a way to disguise the costs of healthcare plans and weed out people who don’t qualify for a federal subsidy, Forbes reports. Tech experts examining the Obamacare federal health exchange, Healthcare.gov, are becoming increasingly convinced that the traffic bottlenecks and site crashes experienced over the first two weeks were not by accident, wrote Forbes. An HHS spokesperson recently told The Wall Street Journal that implementation of a feature enabling users with the option to preview premiums was delayed as a way...
  • Now we find out what’s in it: Obamacare’s taxpayer bailout for health insurers

    10/26/2013 9:06:48 AM PDT · by The Old Hoosier · 12 replies
    Conservative Intel ^ | 10/26/13 | David Freddoso
    The short version? Obamacare contains a partial bailout for insurers with losses greater than 3 percent in any of the first three years...
  • Small-business insurers warn that Obamacare requires higher premiums in 2014

    10/26/2013 7:15:26 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 14 replies
    cleveland.com ^ | October 25, 2013 | Stephen Koff
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Small companies with a worker or two who have the misfortune to require serious medical care know what happens at insurance-renewal time. Their premiums don’t just rise. They leap. Small employers don’t have that happen as often when they have young, healthy workforces. This is an old reality in the health insurance field, which until now correlated a policy’s price with a client’s risk and claims experience. Was an employee hospitalized recently? Is he at risk of cancer? The employer’s premiums were almost sure to spike. The Affordable Care Act is about to upend these old insurance...
  • The hidden truth behind early Obamacare numbers: It's not what it seems

    10/26/2013 9:27:51 PM PDT · by Innovative · 72 replies
    CNN ^ | Oct 26, 2013 | Z. Byron Wolf and Adam Aigner Treworgy
    Officials announced Thursday that 700,000 people have applied for insurance plans... As the law was originally envisioned, more than half of the uninsured people in the United States -- 24 million or so, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation -- who would be getting insurance through Obamacare would have been getting Medicaid. ... in many of the states operating their own exchanges, new Medicaid enrollees account for more than half of the people who have obtained insurance under Obamacare since October 1. It may very well be that not enough people -- particularly the young and the healthy people who...
  • Washington state may force some government workers to join Obama’s health insurance exchange

    10/26/2013 3:04:47 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 19 replies
    NY Post ^ | 24 April 2013
    OLYMPIA, Wash. — In a quest to save money, political leaders in Washington state are exploring a plan that would shift some government workers out of their current health plans and onto the insurance exchange developed under President Barack Obama’s health care law. Lawmakers believe the change, which could affect thousands of part-time state employees and education workers, would save the state $120 million over the next two years. It would consequently push more health care costs onto the federal government because many of the low-income workers would likely qualify for federal subsidies. Washington state appears to be the first...
  • He should’ve seen this coming

    10/26/2013 2:59:39 PM PDT · by Captain Jack Aubrey · 80 replies
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | 10/26/13 | Michael Carroll
    Editor, Times-Dispatch: I am self-employed and I pay for my own health insurance. I assumed I would pay a surcharge for the Affordable Care Act every month. I assumed incorrectly that I would have the freedom to choose, that my future and security were in my hands. My insurance agent visited my office and asked me what provision of the ACA I wanted to sign up for. I thought he was kidding; he wasn’t. I do not have a choice. My policy will go from $325 a month to more than $900 a month, my coverage will be nowhere near...
  • Shocked—shocked!—that it’s easier to get people to sign up for ‘free’ Medicaid than pricey Obamacare

    10/25/2013 7:58:55 AM PDT · by The Old Hoosier · 8 replies
    Conservative Intel ^ | 10/25/13 | David Freddoso
    Here’s a big surprise for the White House and the insurance industry: Turns out it’s a whole lot easier to get people to sign up for an insurance plan that costs them nothing than it is to make them buy insurance at steep Obamacare rates. CBS News had an excellent piece on this in the morning...
  • Obamacare Deadline Delayed; Beware the “Insurance Death Spiral” Says Josh Barro [death spiral begins

    10/24/2013 10:51:46 AM PDT · by stonewall_jackson215 · 43 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 10/24/13 | Bernice Napach
    Glitches and tech problems that are plaguing the healthcare.gov website could lead to additional Obamacare delays. Josh Barro, politics editor at Business Insider, tells The Daily Ticker, "The government needs to get the website up and running as soon as possible." If it doesn't and only the sickest Americans sign up--because younger and healthier individuals don't--there could be an "insurance death spiral," says Barro. He explains: "If only people who are especially sick buy health insurance, then you end up with a pool of people who are really expensive to cover, so insurers have to respond to that by raising...