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  • First-day glitch shuts state’s health-insurance exchange

    11/16/2014 6:14:51 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | November 16, 2014 | By Lisa Stiffler and Patrick Marshall
    Internal checks determined the state Healthplanfinder website was miscalculating the amount of tax credits applicants were eligible for. So exchange officials decided to shut the site down for repairs. They hope to have it back up on Sunday. “It’s our plan to be up as soon as possible,” said Michael Marchand, communications director of the Washington Health Benefit Exchange, which operates Healthplanfinder. By early evening Saturday, the exchange issued a release saying it is expected to be back online by 8 a.m. Sunday. The tax-credit calculations are critical to the site’s utility. Based on an applicant’s income level, the credits...
  • Obamacare enrollees hit snags at doctor's offices

    02/04/2014 10:32:10 PM PST · by Lmo56 · 34 replies
    LA Times ^ | 2/4/14 | Chad Terhune
    Many consumers faced hurdles signing up for Covered California health plans. Now they're having trouble finding in-network doctors. After overcoming website glitches and long waits to get Obamacare, some patients are now running into frustrating new roadblocks at the doctor's office. A month into the most sweeping changes to healthcare in half a century, people are having trouble finding doctors at all, getting faulty information on which ones are covered and receiving little help from insurers swamped by new business. Experts have warned for months that the logjam was inevitable. But the extent of the problems is taking by surprise...
  • Second wave of health-insurance disruption affects small businesses (25 MILLION cancellations)

    01/30/2014 1:38:57 PM PST · by Libloather · 26 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/11/14 | Ariana Eunjung Cha
    When millions of health-insurance plans were canceled last fall, the Obama administration tried to be reassuring, saying the terminations affected only the small minority of Americans who bought individual policies. But according to industry analysts, insurers and state regulators, the disruption will be far greater, potentially affecting millions of people who receive insurance through small employers by the end of 2014. While some cancellation notices already have gone out, insurers say the bulk of the letters will be sent in October, shortly before the next open-enrollment period begins. The timing — right before the midterm elections — could be difficult...
  • Much Better than Obamacare: The Burr-Coburn-Hatch Plan

    01/30/2014 1:37:09 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/30/2014 | James Capretta
    The introduction of an Obamacare replacement plan by Republican senators Richard Burr (N.C.), Tom Coburn (Okla.), and Orrin Hatch (Utah) has given Obamacare’s apologists — who admittedly have had very tough duty over the past four years — a rare opportunity to get out of their defensive crouches and go on the attack. Not surprisingly, fast out of the gate has been Ezekiel Emanuel, who has a piece up at the New York Times website claiming that the fatal flaw of the Republican senators’ plan is that it would raise taxes on millions of American households. There are a couple...
  • How Republicans Could Replace Obamacare: Plan begins by repealing Obamacare in its entirety

    01/29/2014 7:17:40 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Reason ^ | 01/29/2014 | Peter Suderman
    What is the GOP’s health care plan? For years, this has been the rejoinder from supporters of Obamacare whenever asked to confront the flaws in their own legislation. It was an attack line, but also a question worth asking: For the last five years, Republicans have spent plenty of time bashing the president’s health law, but far less time describing what they would do instead. A new proposal from Republican Sens. Coburn (Okla.), Burr (N.C.), and Hatch (Utah) represents a tentative attempt to respond substantively to the question. It’s called The Patient Choice, Affordability, Responsibility, and Empowerment (CARE) Act, and...
  • A Few More Reasons To Repeal ObamaCare

    02/01/2014 2:33:58 PM PST · by Innovative · 7 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | Jan 31, 2014 | BETSY MCCAUGHEY
    Moody's rating agency has lowered the outlook for health insurers from stable to negative, blaming ObamaCare. Section 1342 of the Affordable Care Act forces taxpayers to make insurers whole for most of the losses incurred selling ObamaCare exchange plans through 2016. The bailout is designed to conceal the failure of the president's signature health law until he is out of office. No one in the Obama administration talked up the advantages of bailing out insurers. It was kept under wraps until the fall of 2013. As any business owner will tell you, a temporary bailout is no substitute for the...
  • Watch these workers' faces as they realize what ObamaCare does to them

    01/31/2014 10:29:44 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 25 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 1-31-14 | Andre Malcolm
    Barack Obama was in Wisconsin and Tennessee Thursday happy talking about "opportunity." He's for it, by the way. "It's good to be in Wisconsin," he told Wisconsin. Few hours later, "It's good to be in Nashville." In both places he talked about "opportunity"--the opportunity that comes with jobs and the opportunity that comes with education. As a word, "opportunity" polls well. Americans like the idea. Yet, these days whenever Obama has the opportunity to talk about his signature namesake "achievement," he rarely seizes the opportunity. It wasn't until two-thirds of the way through his 7,000-word State of the Union address...
  • Real Life Obamacare Small Business Example

    02/03/2014 6:40:59 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 3, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    Here is an interesting video regarding the effects of Obamacare on all the employees at at Simonetta's auto repair shop in Pennsylvania. The video was made by a local TV station. A couple premiums dropped, but most went up, some by huge amounts. In every case deductibles soared. Every person involved is worse off than before. Link if video does not play: Employees in Pennsylvania Company Learn of Increased Health Costs Due to Obamacare Partial Transcript Jeff and Dave used to have a $1,250 deductible. Since Obamacare went into effect, it's now jumped 60 percent to $2,000. That's nothing compared...
  • Obamacare's 'mandate' meltdown

    02/01/2014 11:05:07 AM PST · by 1rudeboy · 37 replies
    AEI ^ | Jan.19, 2014 | James C. Capretta, Jeffrey H. Anderson
    The president and his Democratic allies are finding it harder to make people buy insurance than they’d expected. Will Obamacare’s individual mandate survive? Last month, the administration announced that anyone with a canceled 2013 individual insurance plan would be exempt from the “individual-responsibility requirement” this year, and would be allowed to buy the catastrophe-only insurance previously offered to those age 30 or under. This exemption is likely only the first of many. How, for one, can the administration exempt people who had insurance last year but not exempt people who were uninsured because they couldn’t afford coverage? Obamacare’s architects were...
  • President ignores ObamaCare horror stories as human, financial costs pile up

    01/31/2014 3:42:33 PM PST · by grundle · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 30, 2014 | L. Brent Bozell III
    People’s Exhibit A: Josie Gracchi has breast cancer. Up until January 1st of this year she had insurance and was scheduled for a January 3rd biopsy and follow-up treatment at one the largest private cancer treatment centers in the world: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. But once 2014 arrived, her insurance was rolled into an ObamaCare health exchange. She now has no access to the surgeons she was working with, her biopsy and treatment have been postponed and she can’t find comparable doctors and surgeons through the ObamaCare website. She pleaded on television for help from the president,...
  • Taxpayers Get Fleeced to Make Obamacare Look Affordable

    01/30/2014 12:14:21 PM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 30, 2014 | Betsy McCaughey
    Last week, Moody’s rating agency lowered the outlook for health insurers from stable to negative, blaming Obamacare. Few Americans will shed tears for insurance companies. But the Moody’s announcement is a warning sign to taxpayers. They’ll be getting clobbered. Section 1342 of the Affordable Care Act forces taxpayers to make insurers whole for most of the losses incurred selling Obamacare exchange plans through 2016. The bailout is designed to conceal the failure of the president’s signature health law until he is out of office. No one in the Obama administration talked up the advantages of bailing out insurers. It was...
  • GOP senators push ObamaCare alternative that scraps mandates

    01/28/2014 12:02:51 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 33 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 27, 2014 | Jonathan Easley
    Three senior Senate Republicans on Monday proposed an alternative to ObamaCare that would replace “job-crushing” federal mandates with a voluntary system led by the states. The legislative blueprint from Sens. Richard Burr (N.C.), Tom Coburn (Okla.) and Orrin Hatch (Utah) would eliminate all of the healthcare law’s federal rules, including the unpopular requirement to purchase insurance under the threat of penalty. But the GOP proposal, known as the Patient Choice, Affordability, Responsibility and Empowerment (CARE) Act, would also weaken one of ObamaCare’s most popular provisions, by giving insurers an opening to discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions. The CARE Act...
  • Why Is The Public Being Stonewalled On Serious ObamaCare Fixes?

    01/27/2014 2:33:02 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    Forbes ^ | January 26, 2014 | Scott W. Atlas, M.D.
    ...Obama and his supporters in Congress spent a great deal of time and energy justifying the urgency of passing health care reform. The purported basis for passing the Affordable Care Act into law was to increase access and affordability of health care, mainly by increasing the number of insured people.After being heralded by his supporters and being firmly assigned the title as “the signature legislative achievement” of the Obama presidency,the law’s major provisions have finally begun. But in direct contrast to what one would rightfully expect from such a supposedly grand accomplishment,we see a strongly negative reaction from the American...
  • ObamaCare Dumped $1.2 Billion Into Failing State Exchanges

    01/27/2014 7:19:58 PM PST · by Innovative · 12 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | Jan 27, 2014 | JOHN MERLINE,
    Minnesota isn't alone in wasting federal dollars on failing exchanges. ObamaCare exchanges built by Oregon, Maryland, Hawaii, Massachusetts and Vermont also are suffering serious-to-fatal problems. These six states — all solidly Democratic — received $1.2 billion in ObamaCare grants, according to official tallies by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Those dysfunctional six are in addition to 35 states that initially accepted funds to build exchanges that never got built.
  • Michelle Obama wants $10 donations to 'help protect Obamacare'

    01/27/2014 11:57:16 AM PST · by mojito · 100 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/27/2014 | Paul Bedard
    First lady Michelle Obama is seeking $10 donations to protect Obamacare, her husband's troubled health insurance system. Just one day before he gives the annual State of the Union address, the first lady sent out a fundraising email to supporters hoping to use the speech to prompt donations to help Democrats in the midterm elections this fall. [Text of email]Friend — Earlier this month, because of what you did, it became illegal for insurance companies to discriminate against the up to 129 million Americans living with pre-existing conditions....
  • Patients flock to free clinics despite Obamacare

    01/26/2014 3:51:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | January 25, 2014 | Patricia Borns
    When the Affordable Care Act became law, Sandra Lozano looked forward to the day when the patients who rely on her free health clinic in Fort Lauderdale would be covered. But even though the new healthcare marketplace has finally launched, at the Light of the World clinic, it’s like the ACA never happened. “We’re seeing a tremendous increase in people coming to us,” said Lozano, executive director at the clinic, where applications for charitable care are up 25 percent since October. From Miami to Key West, other free and low-cost clinics say they’ve seen little impact from Obamacare — no...
  • Obama health care adviser Jennings leaving White House (health reasons)

    01/23/2014 4:46:59 PM PST · by Libloather · 13 replies
    NBC News ^ | 1/23/14 | Jeff Mason
    Chris Jennings, a top adviser to President Barack Obama who played a key part in the rollout of his signature healthcare law, is leaving the White House for health and family reasons, an aide told Reuters. Jennings, who previously served in the Clinton administration, was brought on board last year before the flawed rollout of the program created one of the biggest political problems Obama has faced since entering office. "Chris served the country at a time when he was needed most," White House chief of staff Denis McDonough said in a statement.
  • Administration Fears Part Of Health Care System So Flawed It Could Bankrupt Insurance Companies

    01/23/2014 5:49:47 PM PST · by Lmo56 · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/22/14 | Jim Angle
    While the administration publicly expresses full confidence in its health care law, privately it fears one part of the system is so flawed it could bankrupt insurance companies and cripple ObamaCare itself. "Week after week, month after month," says John Goodman of the National Center for Policy Analysis, "the Obama administration kept telling us everything's working fine, there's no problem and then they turn on a dime and fire their contractor." To justify a no-bid contract with Accenture after firing CGI as the lead contractor, the administration released documents from the Department of Health and Human Services and the Center...
  • ONE in SEVEN New Mexico Obamacare Navigators Is Listed in FBI’s Crime Database

    01/16/2014 6:57:20 PM PST · by Nachum · 36 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 1/16/14 | Jim Hoft
    We’re from the government and we’re here to help. One in seven Obamacare navigators in New Mexico is listed in the FBI’s crime information database.But these “experts” are here to serve you.New Mexico Watchdog reported: An investigation by the National Review, one of the leading conservative media outlets in the country, reports that one in seven navigators in New Mexico hired to help consumers work their way through the Affordable Care Act appeared on the FBI’s National Crime Information Center database.But an official with the state’s Affordable Care Act Implementation Projects emphasizes that while a person’s name may turn up on the FBI database, it does not mean they pose any risk to...
  • BREAKING: No one knows who has paid for Obamacare!

    01/16/2014 11:00:22 AM PST · by connell · 52 replies
    Western Free Press ^ | 1-16-14 | Christopher Cook
    This is breathtaking incompetence. In the video below, we have the spectacle of a CMS official telling us they literally do not know who has paid for their Obamacare premiums. The administration literally does not collect the information, though we are assured they will do so at some point. They will have to go back and "reconcile" that information later. How on earth could something this appallingly bad ever have become law in a modern industrialized nation? This is the sort of thing that you expect from banana republics and dysfunctional socialist regimes . . . oh, wait, now I...
  • A health industry expert on ‘the fundamental problem with Obamacare’ (They can't collect the tax)

    01/12/2014 10:30:40 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 9, 2014 | Ezra Klein
    Ezra Klein: Give me your status report on Obamacare. Where do you think the law stands now? Robert Laszewski: They’re about where I expected them to be. HealthCare.Gov on the front-end is in pretty good shape. It’s where it should’ve been at launch. The back-end is still highly problematic. Clearly the administration put its emphasis on the consumer side. Insurers are still seeing errors in probably 5 percent of the files coming through. That’s compounded by the issue of all the people enrolling in the last few weeks. That’s a huge surge that would create customer-service problems in the best...
  • Coming Soon: Higher Obamacare Premiums

    01/15/2014 7:14:36 PM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 15, 2014 | Guy Benson
    A follow-up to my Obamacare post from yesterday: The law's adverse selection problem doesn't just inflame the risk of a market death spiral. It also all but guarantees that next year's expected premium hikes will be worse than anticipated for millions. The New York Times' lede is telling: People signing up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act’s federal and state marketplaces tend to be older and potentially less healthy, officials said Monday, a demographic mix that could threaten the law’s economic underpinnings and cause premiums to rise in the future if the pattern persists. Questions about the law’s...
  • MN Health Care Program for Low-Income Workers Faces Deep Deficit

    01/15/2014 11:13:40 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 5 replies
    kstp ^ | 1-13-14 | jay kolls
    New budget projections for MinnCare, the state's health insurance program for low-income workers, could show a deep financial hole in the next five years. An email from the Minnesota Council of Health Plans indicates what 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS has been told, that MinnCare could be in the red "around 500 to around 600" million dollars. The email was in response to our inquiry about the financial status of MinnCare. We asked Gov. Mark Dayton for a response to the new budget numbers, but his office referred us to the Minnesota Management and Budget Office (MMB). The Minnesota Department of Human...
  • Obamacare meltdown on schedule: Only a quarter of Obamacare enrollees are 18-34

    01/14/2014 7:00:04 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/14/2014 | Rick Moran
    According to figures released by HHS, only one quarter of the 2 million Obamacare enrollees who signed up through December are young adults - 18-34. On the other side of the coin, fully one half are 45-64. The White House says that 25% enrollment of young invincible is enough to prevent the dreaded "death spiral" for the program, where older, sicker enrollees far outnumber the younger healthy ones, thus leading to skyrocketing insurace premiums. But there are no figures available that show how many enrollees have actually paid their first month's premium, nor is there any breakdown of how...
  • Demographic disaster: Obamacare’s missing young adults have all been replaced by people over 55

    01/13/2014 2:16:06 PM PST · by The Old Hoosier · 16 replies
    Conservative Intel ^ | Jan 14, 2014 | David Freddoso
    ObamaCare’s early demographic numbers are out, and as I’m sure you’ve seen elsewhere, the 18-35 enrollment is a bust at just 24 percent — well below the 39 percent they said they needed. Okay — but that’s only half the equation. Equally important is the question of precisely who is taking their place in Obamacare’s demographic mix...
  • New York Times: Yeah, ObamaCare has made the healthcare system a mess in 2014

    01/12/2014 7:19:59 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/12/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    The Associated Press first reported this developing and completely predictable problem earlier in the week. What happens when you pass a law that (a) causes the health-insurance cancellation for millions and then (b) forces them and millions more to use a disastrously-built web portal as a middeman to replace that coverage? Answer: You end up with millions of people flooding into providers without any idea whether they have coverage or whether their doctor will accept it.The New York Times confirmed this issue … for its Saturday edition, of course: In addition to the difficulties many face in proving they have...
  • Poll: Undecided 2014 Voters Overwhelmingly Disapprove of Obamacare

    01/09/2014 5:46:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Townhall ^ | January 9, 2014 | Guy Benson
    Where have we seen an anti-Obamacare threshold of two-thirds before? Oh, right. In this case, undecided voters basically fall into two categories. They're either pure independents, or they're low information voters who nonetheless say they're likely to go to the polls in November. It looks like the GOP is enjoying a significant advantage among both groups heading into the midterms -- including with those under-informed voters who are so often ripe for Democrats' picking. The perception that Obamacare stinks has calcified in the public's imagination, and it's tough to reverse those sort of sentiments, especially amidst powerful headwinds. Check out...
  • WSJ:The Top Five Product Flops of 2013-Can You Believe It? ObamaCare #4! LOL!

    01/08/2014 8:08:02 PM PST · by lbryce · 15 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 2, 2014 | Jim Jelter
    For every hot product launch in 2013, there has also been a high-profile launch that was a miserable failure. MarketWatch's Jim Jelter takes a look at the top five of the flops.
  • It may be 'the law,' but Obamacare deserves no respect. (Pretty good take)

    01/08/2014 11:42:33 AM PST · by ReaganÜberAlles · 15 replies
    Wahsinton Examiner ^ | 01/08/2014 | NOEMIE EMERY
    "To fans and defenders of the Affordable Care Act, the bill is your normal, run-of-the-mill but wholly fantastic and wonderful game-changing measure, up there with Social Security, Medicare and the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts as national milestones -- bills that were launched amid opposition and discord, but in time were accepted and loved. But from the beginning, this has been different in three signal ways that have been self-destructive, the last of which may be the worst."
  • 49,000 NC Medicaid Cards Mailed To Wrong Addresses

    01/05/2014 12:41:37 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina health officials said Friday that they had inadvertently disclosed the personal information of tens of thousands of children receiving Medicaid coverage, but were tight-lipped about precisely what caused the massive privacy breach. The state Department of Health and Human Services issued a written release saying that new Medicaid cards for nearly 49,000 children were mailed on Dec. 30 to the wrong people. The information on the cards includes the children’s names, Medicaid identification numbers, dates of birth and the names of their primary care doctors — personal medical data that is supposed to be...
  • Bad news for woman cited as Obamacare success story (Obama Claims Fail as Obamacare Success)

    11/20/2013 11:36:18 AM PST · by MissesBush · 22 replies
    CNN ^ | 11/19/13 | jim acosta
    (CNN) - Jessica Sanford, the Washington State woman cited by President Barack Obama as an Obamacare success story, received more bad news Tuesday. Officials with the state's health exchange checked on her case and said she will not qualify for assistance in buying insurance. Sanford had written the White House last month after purchasing what she thought was affordable health care coverage on the Washington state insurance exchange. Part of her message was read by the President at a Rose Garden event at the a White House on October 21. Woman cited by President as Obamacare success story frustrated by...
  • Posts about Obama's Health Care Failure

    10/24/2009 6:39:05 AM PDT · by coachep95 · 1 replies · 271+ views
    Read a mashup of blog posts about ObamaCare failure