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  • Insured woman may face medical bills of more than $70K

    07/10/2014 7:41:26 AM PDT · by anonsquared · 40 replies
    KCRA News (Sacramento) ^ | July 9, 2014 | Sharokina Shams
    A Stockton couple is worried that they may face a bill of more than $70,000 for a hospital stay that was initially covered by insurance. Their health plan, Anthem Blue Cross, sent them a letter last month telling them that their insurance coverage has been canceled retroactively, back to the first day of the year -- and that they may be responsible for paying bills for medical care during that time. We called Anthem Blue Cross, and they said, ‘Well, we can cancel people whenever we want. We can do whatever we want,’” Xanttopulos said. A spokesman for Covered California...
  • HHS Report: 1,295,571 Obamacare Enrollees May or May Not Be Legal Citizens

    07/02/2014 5:18:59 PM PDT · by blueyon · 14 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7/01/14 | Wynton Hall
    A devastating new Health and Human Services (HHS) Inspector General report released on Tuesday reveals that the Obama administration has yet to determine whether 1,295,571 of the over 8 million Obamacare enrollees are U.S. citizens lawfully in the country. The finding, located on page 11 of the report, states that 44% of the remaining 2,611,780 application "inconsistencies" are related to verifying "Citizenship/national status/lawful presence." Another 960,492 application inconsistencies were related to verifying whether subsidy applicants provided accurate income information.
  • WASHINGTON: ObamaCare whistleblower claims retaliation, Republicans cry foul

    06/27/2014 3:06:01 PM PDT · by Linda Frances · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6/27/2014 | Dan Springer
    "If a judge is told by a party to decide his cases in a certain way, or one party can threaten the judge’s job if the case is not decided in that party’s favor, then this central pillar of our democratic society is corroded,” Petersen said at a recent hearing called by the Senate Law and Justice Committee.
  • 3,137-County Analysis: Obamacare Increased 2014 Individual-Market Premiums By Average Of 49%

    06/19/2014 4:52:45 AM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    Forbes ^ | 6/18/2014 | Avik Roy
    There are hundreds of aspects of Obamacare that people argue over. But there’s one question that matters above all others: does the Affordable Care Act live up to its name? Does it make health insurance less expensive? Last November, our team at the Manhattan Institute published a study indicating that Obamacare had increased the underlying cost of individually-purchased health insurance in the average state by 41 percent in 2014, relative to 2013. We’ve now redone the study on a county-by-county basis, complete with a brand-new interactive map. Depending on where you live, the results may surprise you.Our new county-by-county analysis...
  • HHS “Started” Individual Obamacare Applications Prior To Deadline,Obtained Personal Info From States

    04/04/2014 8:33:17 AM PDT · by M. Thatcher · 31 replies
    Shark Tank ^ | April 4, 2014 Read more at: http://www.shark-tank.com/2014/04/04/hhs-started-individual-obamacare-a | Javier Manjarres Read more at: http://www.shark-tank.com/2014/04/04/hhs-started-individual-obamaca
    In the closing days of the open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) , the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) was mailing out letters notifying certain Americans that they had already started a healthcare coverage application on their behalf. The HHS letter stated that the information they used to begin the application for individual Healthcare was obtain by the state agency in charge of implementing Obamacare. The next step for the individual would be visit Healthcare.gov and complete the already started application to see if they qualify for “Marketplace coverage.” News of the HHS letter...
  • Convicted Terrorist Worked as Obamacare Navigator in Illinois

    02/27/2014 8:10:54 AM PST · by njslim · 18 replies
    National Review Online ^ | February 26, 2014 4:33 PM | Jillian Kay Melchior
    A terrorist from Jordan briefly worked as an Obamacare navigator in Illinois while authorities remained unaware of her conviction for involvement in a deadly grocery store bombing and two other attacks. Rasmieh Yousef Odeh was convicted in Israel for her role in several bombings, including the 1969 attack on an upscale Shufersol grocery store, which killed two Hebrew University students who had stopped in to buy groceries for a hiking trip in the Jerusalem hills.
  • Colorado Health-Care Exchange Director Indicted in Montana Housing (Fraud & Theft) Case

    02/12/2014 6:55:11 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 5 replies
    SF Gate ^ | Wednesday, February 12, 2014 | SF Gate
    Colorado health-exchange director on paid leave DENVER — A director with Colorado's health-care exchange is on paid leave after it was discovered she has been accused of stealing from a nonprofit housing organization she oversaw in Montana. Christa McClure is the director of partner engagement for Connect for Health Colorado, the state program that implements the Affordable Care Act. According to the Denver Post, program spokesman Ben Davis says in her Colorado job, McClure does not have access to any of exchange's finances. The eight-count indictment against McClure was filed in U.S. District Court in Billings, Mont., in January.
  • New Cover Oregon allegations: 'If it's true, someone's going to prison'

    02/12/2014 5:04:30 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 26 replies
    KATU ^ | Dusty Lane
    PORTLAND, Ore. – You already know the process that led to the failed rollout of the Cover Oregon website was bad. But was it criminally bad? Former Republican state Rep. Patrick Sheehan told the KATU Investigators he went to the FBI in December 2012 with allegations that Cover Oregon project managers initiated the design of dummy web pages to convince the federal government the project was further along than it actually was. If Sheehan’s allegations are true, those managers could face time in jail for fraud.
  • Enroll America taking ‘appropriate action’ after employee stung in O’Keefe video

    11/25/2013 4:18:03 AM PST · by markomalley · 15 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11/25/2013 | Patrick Howley
    The Obamacare enrollment group linked to Kathleen Sebelius still has not announced whether or not the employee stung in James O’Keefe’s latest video has been fired but said that it is “taking appropriate action.”Enroll America’s Texas state communications lead Christopher Tarango conspired to provide a list of potential Obamacare enrollees, obtained through the “commit cards” that the group hands out door to door to help them pick insurance plans, to an O’Keefe investigator posing as the representative of a political action committee.As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Enroll America is prohibited from engaging in political activity.“I can’t confirm anything,” Tarango said when...
  • Ted Cruz accuses Senate of stacking courts to protect Obamacare

    11/23/2013 9:44:50 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 49 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Friday, November 22, 2013 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    <p>Sen. Ted Cruz cut to the chase and gave his view of the real reason fellow Democrats wanted to ban filibusters against certain court nominees: It’s all aimed at protecting the long-term fate of Obamacare, he said.</p> <p>The whole scheme — the passage of the rule change — was “designed to pack that court with judges that they believe will be a rubber stamp,” Mr. Cruz said, The Hill reported.</p>
  • Who counts as an Obamacare enrollee? The Obama administration settles on a definition

    11/11/2013 5:41:43 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 45 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Movember 10 2013 | Sarah Kliff
    Health insurance plans only count subscribers as enrolled in a health plan once they’ve submited a payment. That is when the carrier sends out a member card and begins paying doctor bills. When the Obama administration releases health law enrollment figures later this week, though, it will use a more expansive definition. It will count people who have purchased a plan as well as those who have a plan sitting in their online shopping cart but have not yet paid.
  • The Unhealthy Truth About Obamacare's Contractors (Fraud, Corruption)

    11/10/2013 11:09:56 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 11 replies
    Forbes ^ | November 10, 2013 | Udayan Gupta
    On July 16 of this year, Sarah Kliff posted a prescient piece on the Washington Post’s Wonkblog. The post, “Meet Serco, the private firm getting $1.2 billion to process your Obamacare application,” reported that 90 percent of Serco’s U.S. business is with the federal government and that the 25-year-old firm pretty much owes its existence to government contracting. In this case, Serco won a contract that will pay it $114 million in 2013 and that eye-popping number of $1.2 billion over the next five years. According to one outside study, it’s the largest single contract for implementing the Affordable Care Act,...
  • Greenfield: The Bad Apple President

    11/10/2013 4:24:14 AM PST · by Louis Foxwell · 14 replies
    Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog ^ | Saturday, November 09, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    Saturday, November 09, 2013 The Bad Apple President Posted by Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog Turn on your television. Keep flipping the channels past the infomercials, the reality shows and the music videos and you'll hear it. The problem only affects a small (millions large) sliver of the population. The plans being cancelled were substandard. Health plans aren't lost; they're transitioning to new health opportunities. The private marketplace was an unregulated Wild Wild West where villainous deductibles went around with guns blazing through the office of the town sawbones. The insurers decided to cancel the plans for reasons...
  • If obamacare is a tax how can the waivers not be unconstitutional?

    11/09/2013 4:47:50 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 24 replies
    Like the thread title says, taxes cannot be selectively enforced. If obamacare is a tax, this would seem like an open and shut case for the courts where every single waiver is Unconstitutional.
  • Carney vs. Karl: White House Unable To Point To Quote Obama Claims He Made On Obamacare [Video]

    11/08/2013 3:23:45 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 22 replies
    JON KARL: On Monday the president said that f you had one of these plans before the Affordable Care Act came into law, you really like that plan, what we have said is that you can keep it if it hasn't changed since the law was passed. I'm wondering, could you give me a citation of when the president ever said such a thing. JAY CARNEY: Sure, we went through this the other day, the president was referring to the law, and I can obviously point you to the law, and people who covered it and wrote it. KARL: But...
  • Report: White House exerting ‘massive pressure’ on insurance companies to keep quiet

    10/31/2013 1:01:01 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 37 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | October 31, 2013 | Katie McHugh
    The White House is pressuring insurance companies not to speak publicly about Obama administration policies that could eliminate the existing health insurance plans of millions of Americans. The administration made “clarifications” to the 2010 Affordable Care Act after it was passed that have already wiped out hundreds of thousands of existing health plans. “Basically, if you speak out, if you’re quoted, you’re going to get a call from the White House, pressure to be quiet,” said CNN investigative reporter Drew Griffin on Anderson Cooper 360 Wednesday night. Insurance companies executives, Griffin said, ask heads of consulting firms not to criticize...
  • President embraces role as 'salesman' for Obamacare [Obama-wow]

    10/26/2013 4:23:05 AM PDT · by markomalley · 28 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/26/2013 | MEGHASHYAM MALI
    President Obama in his weekly address Saturday said he was proud to be a “salesman” for Obamacare despite criticism over the glitch-filled rollout of the law’s insurance exchanges.“Some people have poked fun at me this week for sounding like an insurance salesman. And that’s okay,” said Obama. “I’d still be out there championing this law even if the website were perfect.”Obama’s comments came after another week of withering criticism over the administration’s rollout of a new website designed to enroll consumers in the health care law’s public insurance exchanges.Obama said at an event Monday that he is frustrated with the...
  • What Happened to All of Obama's Technology Czars?

    10/25/2013 4:27:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 25, 2013 | Michelle Malkin
    Why does the White House need a private-sector "tech surge" to repair its wretched Obamacare website failures? Weren't all of the president's myriad IT czars and their underlings supposed to ensure that taxpayers got the most effective, innovative, cutting-edge and secure technology for their money? Now is the perfect time for an update on Obama's top government titans of information technology. As usual, "screw up, move up" is standard bureaucratic operating procedure. Let's start with the "federal chief information officer." In 2009, Obama named then 34-year-old "whiz kid" Vivek Kundra to the post overseeing $80 billion in government IT spending....
  • Waxman: I Logged Onto Healthcare.gov on My iPad During Hearing So It’s All Good

    10/25/2013 3:18:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | October 24, 2013 | Bridget Johnson
    The ranking member on the House Energy and Commerce Committee downplayed the mounting concerns about the efficacy and integrity of the Healthcare.gov website because he was able to log on while fiddling around on his mobile device during today’s hearing. Contractors including CGI Federal appeared before the committee today to answer questions about the failure of the Obamacare exchange website, but no administration officials testified. “We are disappointed that the system is not in place and running the way we envisioned. But the contractors have given us assurances that they think everything will be every day better to the point...
  • ILLEGAL ALIEN Heads Obamacare ‘Navigator’ Program in New York City

    10/15/2013 5:10:15 PM PDT · by montag813 · 8 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 10-15-2013 | John Hill
    Above: Maria Marroquin: Illegal alien...and ObamaCare "Navigator"- by John HillStand With ArizonaAmericans were outraged after the Obama Administration denied access to the WWII memorial for veterans  - but allowed illegal aliens to hold a rally for amnesty on the "closed" National Mall. Americans were also angered last week after the Healthcare.gov ObamaCare website, which cost $634 million to build (half a billion dollars over budget), utterly failed to work. Now it has emerged that an illegal alien in New York is serving as an Obamacare navigator, according to the Center for Immigration Studies. According to the CIS report, Maria Marroquin — identified as an illegal...
  • Canadian firm hired to build troubled Obamacare exchanges

    10/04/2013 11:21:57 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 24 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | OCTOBER 4, 2013 | RICHARD POLLOCK
    A Canadian tech firm that has provided service to that country's single-payer health care system is behind the glitch-ridden United States national health care exchange site healthcare.gov. CGI Federal is a subsidiary of Montreal-based CGI Group. With offices in Fairfax, Va., the subsidiary has been a darling of the Obama administration, which since 2009 has bestowed it with $1.4 billion in federal contracts, according to USAspending.gov. The "CGI" in the parent company's name stands for "Conseillers en Gestion et Informatique" in French, which roughly translates to "Information Systems and Management Consultants." However, the firm offers another translation: "Consultants to Government...
  • Congress, staff required to buy gold ObamaCare plans (Video)

    10/04/2013 8:06:03 AM PDT · by yoe · 33 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 3, 2013 | Pete Kasperowicz
    Regulations issued by the Obama administration this week would require members of Congress to buy one of the top-tier insurance plans from the ObamaCare exchanges. The Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of the House sent guidance to members of Congress this week, based on a directive from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), that says they must choose plans from the "gold" level of insurance coverage, not "bronze" or "silver" plans. "Platinum" is the only higher level of coverage under the exchanges. "For plan year 2014, Members of Congress and designated congressional staff will choose from 112 options in the Gold...
  • Ben Carson: 'I had my first encounter with the IRS' after challenging Obama

    10/01/2013 8:01:05 AM PDT · by Rufus2007 · 45 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | October 1, 2013 | Jeff Poor
    At an event in Birmingham, Ala. Monday night, former Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon Ben Carson revealed that he had received a visit from the Internal Revenue Service following his much-noted remarks at a National Prayer Breakfast earlier this year. “I had my first encounter with the IRS this year, unsurprisingly after the prayer breakfast,” Carson told an audience that at the annual Business Council of Alabama Chairman’s Dinner, according to a report from Cliff Sims of the Montgomery, Ala.-based Yellowhammer News Carson’s February speech February made him a conservative darling for criticizing President Barack Obama’s 2010 health care reform law, while...
  • Health Premiums Up $3,065; Obama Vowed $2,500 Cut (Blast to the past. Obama Lied, Health Care Died!)

    10/01/2013 5:51:29 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 17 replies
    yahoo ^ | 9/24/2012 | ibd
    During his first run for president, Barack Obama made one very specific promise to voters: He would cut health insurance premiums for families by $2,500, and do so in his first term. But it turns out that family premiums have increased by more than $3,000 since Obama's vow, according to the latest annual Kaiser Family Foundation employee health benefits survey. Premiums for employer-provided family coverage rose $3,065 — 24% — from 2008 to 2012, the Kaiser survey found. Even if you start counting in 2009, premiums have climbed $2,370. What's more, premiums climbed faster in Obama's four years than they...
  • Congress’s Exemption from Obamacare

    09/16/2013 11:14:59 AM PDT · by yoe · 5 replies
    NRO ^ | September 16, 2013 | John Fund
    Prostitution. Bribery. Blackmail. Thuggery. Hypocrisy. Those were just some of the incendiary words thrown around the U.S. Senate last week, and that doesn’t count what people said in private. The Senate may still have a reputation as a genteel club, but lawmakers seemed to abandon rules of decorum completely last week in arguments about whether Congress should be treated like the rest of the country when it comes to Obamacare. Senator David Vitter, a Louisiana Republican, has demanded a floor vote on his bill to end an exemption that members of Congress and their staffs are slated to get that...
  • Unions meet with Obama over health care concerns

    09/13/2013 2:20:34 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 13, 2013 5:17 PM EDT | Sam Hananel
    AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka says he hopes the White House will act within a week to address the growing concerns that labor unions have over the new health care law. … Unions want members to be eligible for the same federal subsidies available to low-income workers in the new health exchanges. …
  • Agent: IRS Still Targeting Tea Party Groups

    08/09/2013 11:02:17 AM PDT · by high info voter · 7 replies
    NewsMax ^ | Aug 9, 2013 | Todd Beamon
    The Internal Revenue Service is still targeting tea party and conservative groups in their applications for tax-exempt status, a full three months after the scandal first erupted. "In plain English, the IRS is still targeting tea party cases," an aide to Rep. Dave Camp, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, told The Washington Examiner.Camp, a Michigan Republican, released a transcript of testimony from an IRS agent who told a Ways and Means investigator that the agency was still targeting such groups, the Examiner reports. The testimony was given in a closed-door session on Aug. 1, according to the...
  • Congress’s Obamacare Waiver: Obama is buying votes from members of Congress — with stolen money

    08/06/2013 7:41:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/06/2013 | Michael F. Cannon
    America has a two-party system. But it’s not Republicans versus Democrats. It’s the ruling class — Republicans and Democrats — against everyone else. Consider how President Obama just gave Congress its very own Obamacare waiver. Obamacare includes a provision that should cost each member of Congress and each staffer $5,000 to $11,000 per year. Needless to say, the ruling class was not pleased. Congress wasn’t about to try to exempt itself from this provision explicitly, though. If John Q. Congressman voted to give himself an Obamacare waiver that his constituents don’t get, he wouldn’t be John Q. Congressman much longer....
  • Congress's ObamaCare Exemption: The President illegally intervenes to give Members and staff a break

    08/05/2013 7:13:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    <p>To adapt H.L. Mencken, nobody ever went broke underestimating the cynicism and self-dealing of the American political class. Witness their ad-libbed decision, at the 11th hour and on the basis of no legal authority, to create a special exemption for themselves from the ObamaCare health coverage that everybody else is mandated to buy.</p>