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  • ObamaCare Enrollees Got $235 Million In Excess Subsidies

    09/04/2015 5:13:36 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 2 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 9/4/2015 | John Merline
    An IRS audit released this week shows that nearly half a million ObamaCare enrollees were able to claim more than $235 million in excess subsidies that they will never have to pay back, thanks to a quirk in the law that leaves the program vulnerable to potentially billions in excess subsidy payments.
  • Almost 3 Million Could Lose Their ObamaCare Subsidies Next Year

    08/22/2015 7:05:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    IBD ^ | 08/22/2015
    Remember the hue and cry when it looked like the Supreme Court could deny ObamaCare subsidies to millions of people? Looks like it could happen anyway, thanks to the law's tax complications. Fully 40% of taxpayers who received ObamaCare subsidies last year haven't filed their taxes yet and are at risk of losing their subsidies for next year, according to the American Action Forum. An update on ObamaCare that the IRS recently sent to Congress said that out of the 4.5 million taxpayers who got ObamaCare's "advance payment" subsidies last year, only 2.7 million had filed the required tax forms...
  • Scalia leads scathing dissent on ObamaCare ruling, dubs law 'SCOTUScare'

    06/25/2015 8:45:29 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 58 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 6/25/2015 | FoxNews
    “We should just start calling this law SCOTUScare,” Scalia wrote, referring to the several times the high court has ruled on controversial parts of ObamaCare. Scalia blasted that reading. “The court holds that when the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act says ‘Exchange established by the State’ it means ‘Exchange established by the State or the Federal Government,’ Scalia wrote. “That is of course quite absurd, and the court’s 21 pages of explanation make it no less so.”
  • Obamacare’s Architect Agreed That Only State Exchanges Could Offer Subsidies [from 2014]

    06/25/2015 10:09:33 AM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | 7-25-14 | Veronique de Rugy
    Tonight, Reason’s Peter Suderman published an interesting revelation about the history of the decision reached this week by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, that Obamacare subsidies couldn’t be distributed unless it happened through a state exchange. It turns out that one of the key minds behind Obamacare, MIT professor Jonathan Gruber, entirely agreed with Michael Cannon and Jonathan Adler, the scholars behind the legal theory that backed up the Halbig plaintiffs who triumphed this week.  He’s on the record explaining that Obamacare subsidies are limited to state exchanges.  Suderman writes: Jonathan Gruber, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology economist who helped design the Massachusetts health...
  • 'The Gift That Keeps On Giving': George Will Takes On Gruber After New Email Revelations

    06/22/2015 5:24:58 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 6/21/15 | Al Weaver
    Columnist George Will called MIT professor Jonathan Gruber “the gift that keeps on giving” to Obamacare opponents Monday after new emails show that the White House downplayed his role in crafting the law. Appearing on “Special Report,” Will tied Gruber to the upcoming Supreme Court decision on Obamacare subsidies, saying we’ll read the opinion “in light” of Gruber’s comments. The syndicated columnist made the comments after the House Oversight Committee released 20,000 pages of emails between Gruber and Obama administration officials. GEORGE WILL: Well, Mr. Gruber is, for opponents of the Affordable Care Act, the gift that keeps on giving....
  • However the Supreme Court Rules, ObamaCare Is In Deep Financial Trouble

    06/22/2015 6:26:04 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 19 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 06/22/2015 | John Merline
    Anyone who thinks ObamaCare will cut the deficit over the next decade should look at Page 11 of the latest Congressional Budget Office report. The table on that page shows how the trillions in ObamaCare subsidies are supposed to be "paid for" — by tax hikes or spending cuts. What it reveals, however, is that ObamaCare increasingly relies on dubious Medicare spending cuts to cover its growing subsidy costs.
  • ObamaCare Can't Account for Almost $3 Billion In Subsidy Payments

    06/18/2015 2:59:51 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 18 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 06/17/2015 | Staff
    Fiscal Responsibility: Now we learn that the Obama administration doesn't know whether billions in subsidies it paid out to insurers were appropriate. Yeah, this law is working just great.
  • Feds Can’t Verify $2.8 Billion in Obamacare Subsidies

    06/16/2015 3:07:29 PM PDT · by Signalman · 24 replies ^ | 6/16/2015 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The federal government cannot verify nearly $3 billion in subsidies distributed through Obamacare, putting significant taxpayer funding “at risk,” according to a new audit report. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) released an audit Tuesday finding that the agency did not have an internal system to ensure that subsidies went to the right enrollees, or in the correct amounts. “[The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services] CMS’s internal controls did not effectively ensure the accuracy of nearly $2.8 billion in aggregate financial assistance payments made to insurance companies under the Affordable Care Act...
  • Ted Cruz fights GOP approach on Obamacare subsidies

    06/11/2015 11:02:55 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 44 replies
    Politico ^ | 06/11/2015 | Manu Raju
    Ted Cruz is planning to battle his party over Obamacare again — this time, if Senate Republicans seek to extend subsidies that could be killed by the Supreme Court as soon as this month. In an interview with POLITICO, the 2016 presidential candidate weighed in on the high-stakes Supreme Court case that could end subsidies for millions of people who receive their health insurance through the federal exchange. A majority of Republican senators have endorsed an approach to keep those subsidies in place until September 2017, but Cruz flatly said “no” when asked if he’d sign on as well. “I...
  • Public to Supreme Court: Don’t gut Obamacare [But opposition at RECORD HIGH]

    06/08/2015 7:43:10 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 29 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 6/8/15 | P Craighill
    [Obama's Death Panels law] hangs in the balance in the Supreme Court for the second time in three years, but the public has rendered a judgment ahead of the court's ruling. By a margin of 55 percent to 38 percent, more people say the court should not take action to block federal subsidies in states that didn't set up their own exchanges, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll..... ....The survey finds opinion on the health-care law among the worst in Post-ABC polling; 54 percent oppose, up six percentage points from a year ago. Support ties the record low...
  • GOP open to extending ObamaCare subsidies

    06/04/2015 7:11:36 AM PDT · by Mariner · 55 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/04/15 06:00 AM EDT | By Peter Sullivan
    House conservatives are hinting at support for a temporary extension of Obama-Care subsidies if the Supreme Court cripples the law, even as they set up a working group to develop their own plan. The high court is set to rule later this month in the case of King v. Burwell, which could invalidate subsidies for millions of people in at least 34 states using the federally run marketplace. Republicans say they need to be ready to address people losing their coverage, but have yet to coalesce around a plan. Now another proposal is in the works. Members of the conservative...
  • GOP open to extending ObamaCare subsidies(if the Supreme Court cripples the law)

    06/04/2015 6:08:23 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/04/15 | Peter Sullivan
    House conservatives are hinting at support for a temporary extension of Obama-Care subsidies if the Supreme Court cripples the law, even as they set up a working group to develop their own plan. The high court is set to rule later this month in the case of King v. Burwell, which could invalidate subsidies for millions of people in at least 34 states using the federally run marketplace. Republicans say they need to be ready to address people losing their coverage, but have yet to coalesce around a plan.
  • Affordable Care Excise Tax, Part IV

    05/31/2015 8:49:13 AM PDT · by NaturalBornConservative · 9 replies
    Natural Born Conservative ^ | May 31, 2015 | Larry Walker, II
    What Marketplace?:: By: Larry Walker II ::“Putting thoughts into words is vastly different from putting truth into words. For words are not truth. As ardently as writers sort and select and polish their words, at the end of the day they are still words. They are not, in themselves, truth...” ~ Lionel FisherThe act of naming the federal government’s unlawfully subsidized website an “Exchange” or “Health Insurance Marketplace” doesn’t make it one. In a true marketplace, when a product or service is inadequate new competitors are allowed to step in and offer something better. But free competition is stifled when...
  • Greta: Obama Playing Terrible Game With Your Health Care

    05/27/2015 8:56:40 PM PDT · by lbryce · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 27, 2015 | Greta
    Greta:Off the Record By the end of June, the US Supreme Court could make a ruling that impacts 8 million people on ObamaCare - and the Obama administration has no contingency plan
  • Vitter's Obamacare crusade draws GOP ire

    05/12/2015 6:32:04 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    Politico ^ | May 12, 2015 | By MANU RAJU
    One fellow senator calls David Vitter’s years-long crusade to scrap health care subsidies for lawmakers and their staffers “disingenuous.” Another says it’s obviously being done “for political purposes.” “I just don’t think he’s made a lot of progress on this issue,” a third senator says. And those are just fellow Republicans talking. Within the chummy confines of the U.S. Senate, Vitter has emerged as one of the most disliked members. The second-term senator’s effort to kill the federal health care contribution, worth several thousand dollars to lawmakers and their staffers, is a big part of it.
  • How Five Republicans Let Congress Keep Its Fraudulent Obamacare Subsidies

    05/07/2015 2:49:32 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 5/7/2015 | BRENDAN BORDELON
    Health-care experts call it D.C. insiderism at its worst. The rumors began trickling in about a week before the scheduled vote on April 23: Republican leadership was quietly pushing senators to pull support for subpoenaing Congress’s fraudulent application to the District of Columbia’s health exchange — the document that facilitated Congress’s “exemption” from Obamacare by allowing lawmakers and staffers to keep their employer subsidies. The application said Congress employed just 45 people. Names were faked; one employee was listed as “First Last,” another simply as “Congress.” To Small Business Committee chairman David Vitter, who has fought for years against the...
  • ObamaCare's Tax Shock Is Far Worse Than Predicted

    04/29/2015 8:33:06 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 47 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 04/29/2015 | Staff
    Health Reform: Providing still more evidence of how ObamaCare is "working," most enrollees learned this year that they had to pay back a huge chunk of their insurance subsidies. So much for "affordability."
  • No free ride: Two-thirds of Obamacare recipients had to repay subsidies to IRS

    04/28/2015 1:48:38 PM PDT · by yuffy · 26 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Monday, April 27, 2015 | By Tom Howell Jr
    Most filers who received government subsidies to buy Obamacare plans had to pay money back to the IRS this year, according to an H&R Block analysis released Monday that looks at the health law’s first full tax season. The tax-prep giant studied its own massive customer base and concluded that two-thirds of its filers who got subsidies from Obamacare were overpaid during the course of the year, and owed money back to the IRS on the April 15 deadline. They repaid $729 on average, cutting the average refund by about a third.
  • Senate GOP Leaders Endorse Bill To Extend Obamacare Subsidies To 2017

    04/23/2015 9:53:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | 04/23/2015 | BySahil Kapur
    WASHINGTON — The Senate's top five Republican leaders have cosponsored legislation to extend until 2017 the Obamacare insurance subsidies that may be struck down by the Supreme Court this summer. The legislation, offered by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), one of the most politically vulnerable Senate incumbents in 2016, would maintain the federal subsidies at stake in King v. Burwell through the end of August 2017. The bill was unveiled this week with 29 other cosponsors, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and his four top deputies, Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), John Thune (R-SD), John Barrasso (R-WY) and Roy...
  • Obamacare Enrollment Split: Subsidies vs. No Subsidies

    03/30/2015 3:48:38 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 30, 2015 | By CHRIS JACOBS
    Two reports released in the past week demonstrate a potential bifurcation in state insurance exchanges: The insurance marketplaces appear to be attracting a disproportionate share of low-income individuals who qualify for generous federal subsidies, while middle- and higher-income filers have generally eschewed the exchanges. The overall picture presented is one of a bifurcated, or even trifurcated, system of health insurance. Individuals who qualify for very rich insurance subsidies or Medicaid have signed up for coverage, while those who qualify for small or no subsidies have not. It raises two obvious questions: Whether and how the exchanges can succeed long-term with...
  • Pocketing Obamacare tax subsidies could result in an $800 tax bill for U.S. households

    03/24/2015 1:02:45 PM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 17 replies
    Yahoo.Com ^ | 03/24/2015 | Mandi Woodruff
    Experts have long worried that millions of Obamacare recipients will file their taxes this year and and get hit with an unexpected tax bill. The reason? They possibly underestimated their income for the year and wound up pocketing a bigger health care tax subsidy than they should have. Now we have a better idea of just how expensive that bill could be. The Kaiser Family Foundation estimates that more than half of U.S. households eligible for health insurance subsidies in 2014 will wind up having to pay back $794 to the government. The way the health law works now, Obamacare...
  • ObamaCare Premiums Jumped 23% This Year -- After Subsidies

    03/18/2015 4:12:52 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 13 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 03/17/2015 | John Merline
    President Obama has talked a lot in recent months about how health care inflation has moderated in recent years, and he always manages to credit ObamaCare for the result. But there is rampant inflation in one part of the health care system, and ironically enough it involves ObamaCare premiums.
  • 7.7M ObamaCare customers qualify for subsidies in 2015 ($2 billion per month)

    03/10/2015 5:11:22 PM PDT · by Libloather · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/10/15 | Sarah Ferris
    Nearly nine in 10 people who signed up for healthcare from the federal government this year qualify for subsidies, the Obama administration announced Tuesday. A total of 7.7 million people would receive subsidies this year in the roughly three-dozen states using – a figure that has held steady since ObamaCare's first year. The Obama administration touted the figure Tuesday to show that the vast majority of people in states using the federal exchange rely on subsidies as the Supreme Court weighs a case that could eliminate them. A total of 34 states using could lose subsidies if the...
  • Middle-class taxpayers on Obamacare learn that it’s payback time (Pelosi knew)

    02/28/2015 4:18:28 AM PST · by Libloather · 61 replies
    Hays Post ^ | 2/28/15 | Anna Gorman
    Roberta and Curtis Campbell typically look forward to tax time. Most years, they receive a refund – a little extra cash to pay off credit card bills. But this year the California couple got a shock: According to their tax preparer, they owe the IRS more than $6,000. That’s the money the Campbells received from the federal government last year to make their Obamacare health coverage more affordable. Roberta, unemployed when she signed up for the plan, got a job halfway through the year and Curtis found full-time work. The couple’s total yearly income became too high to qualify for...
  • GOOD NEWS: Obama’s Exchanges are in Trouble

    02/12/2015 7:55:38 AM PST · by grumpygresh · 25 replies
    CCHF Health Freedom eNews ^ | February 11, 2015 | Twila Brase, RN, PHN
    Employer mandates and penalties exist only in states with ACA subsidies, which are only available through state-based exchanges. Most individuals will also be exempt from the mandate and penalties because there's no "affordable" (subsidized) coverage.
  • King v. Burwell: In 2013, Nelson Admitted He Didn't Know If ACA Offered Subsidies In Fed. Exchanges

    02/10/2015 7:35:52 PM PST · by Ray76 · 10 replies
    Forbes ^ | Feb 10, 2015 | Michael Cannon
    The plaintiffs in King v. Burwell claim the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act only offers premium subsidies, as the statute says, “through an Exchange established by the State.” Members of Congress who voted for the PPACA – most recently Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) and former Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) – now swear it was never their intent to condition Exchange subsidies on state cooperation. Ironically, Casey’s and Nelson’s decision to wade into the King debate demonstrates why, when a statute is clear, courts traditionally assign no weight to what members of Congress claim they intended a law to say...
  • If You Received a Higher Obamacare Subsidy Than You Were Eligible For, You Don’t Have to Pay...

    01/31/2015 3:59:48 AM PST · by Libloather · 34 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 1/30/15 | Andrew Kloster
    If You Received a Higher Obamacare Subsidy Than You Were Eligible For, You Don’t Have to Pay It Back This Year **SNIP** However, the IRS will waive the 2014 late payment penalty for those who received an excessive premium tax credit. The IRS has now granted these recipients of excessive federal benefits a one-year holiday. Even though they clearly owe the overpayment for 2014, they will effectively not have to, and no doubt won’t, pay the money back because they will not face any penalty if they do not pay it immediately. If the Obama administration delays the payment again,...
  • HuffPo Correspondent Invokes Cornhusker Kickback Senator to Save Obamacare

    01/30/2015 10:02:40 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 5 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | January 30, 2015 | P.J. Gladnick
    Did you know that the future of Obamacare relies on the credibilty of former Senator Ben "Cornhusker Kickback" Nelson? Yes, the Huffington Post and other liberal media outlets seem to think that what Nelson tells us was going on in his mind at the time that Obamacare passed is crucial to the outcome of the King vs Burwell case at the Supreme Court. Such is the desperate premise of Jonathan Cohn, Senior National Correspondent of the Huffington Post and other liberals looking for that lifeline out of the dilemma that the Obmacare law specifically says that only state based exchanges...
  • Poll: 64% want Congress to restore ObamaCare subsidies even if Republicans win the Halbig case

    01/28/2015 2:04:31 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/28/2015 | AllahPundit
    Remember the issue in Halbig? There’s a section in the ObamaCare statute that says federal subsidies to pay premiums are available to anyone who buys their insurance through “an Exchange established by the State.” But that phrase is vaguely worded. Is the federal ObamaCare exchange,, an exchange established by the state? Or was the idea that subsidies should apply only to exchanges created by the individual states, as an economic incentive to encourage state governments to create their own insurance marketplaces? You know what Jonathan Gruber thinks, or thought, about that. By this summer, we’ll know what John...
  • Affordable Care Excise Tax, Part III

    01/23/2015 5:45:27 AM PST · by NaturalBornConservative · 13 replies
    Natural Born Conservative ^ | January 22, 2015 | Larry Walker II
    Paying Your Fair Share:: By: Larry Walker II ::In Tax Simplification, Part II, I expounded on a 2010 Annual Report to Congress, in which National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson focused on the need for tax reform as the No. 1 priority in tax administration. In particular, she focused on the problem of delivering social benefits through the tax system, which complicates the mission of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), resulting in a dual mission of welfare administration as well as revenue collection. But instead of taking heed, the federal government doubled down, adding a new health care excise tax...
  • Top ObamaCare official stepping down

    01/16/2015 8:11:49 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 16, 2015 | Sarah Ferris
    The leader of the agency charged with the ObamaCare rollout is stepping down after five years on the job. Marilyn Tavenner, administrator of the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS), announced her departure Friday, which will take effect next month. "It is with sadness and mixed emotions that I write to tell you that February will be my last month serving as the administrator for CMS," Tavenner wrote in an email to staff. Tavenner is leaving after five turbulent years overseeing the agency. Her tenure included the disastrous rollout of the government’s website as well as, most recently,...
  • White House just assuming they’ll win Obamacare case at SCOTUS

    01/14/2015 3:36:37 PM PST · by PROCON · 73 replies ^ | Jan. 14, 2015 | Kevin Glass
    King v. Burwell, the court case that will determine if Obamacare’s language about federal subsidies and their availability on exchanges “established by the state”, will be heard in oral arguments at the Supreme Court on March 4, with a decision to come down later this year. The Obama White House is apparently so confident that they’ll win the case that they’re not preparing any back-up plan in case the Supreme Court wrecks the structure of their signature legislation. As Politico’s health care newsletter wrote this morning:Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) says that at a roundtable discussion with congressional leaders he asked...
  • Americans Protest Obamacare by Refusing Health Insurance Subsidies (another casualty of Husseincare)

    01/12/2015 1:25:15 PM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    US News & World Report via MSN ^ | 1/12/15 | Kimberly Leonard
    Grace Brewer says she never thought she would be without health insurance at this stage of her life. "I'm a casualty of Obamacare," says Brewer, 60, a self-employed chiropractor in the Kansas City, Kansas, area. She wanted to keep the catastrophic health insurance plan she once had, which she says fit her needs. But under the Affordable Care Act, the government's health care reform law, the plan was discontinued because it did not comply with the law's requirements, and her bills doubled to more than $400 a month. "I wanted a minimal plan and I’m not allowed to have it,"...
  • Mark Levin and Jonathan Gruber once agreed: No Obamacare subsidies on federal exchange

    01/08/2015 7:23:49 AM PST · by T Ruth · 1 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 1/3/2015 | William A. Jacobson
    Landmark Legal Foundation files Amicus Curiae Brief supporting challenge to subsidies on federal exchange. [snip] King v. Burwell is the case the Supreme Court agreed to hear involving Obamacare subsidies on federal exchange. You will recall that the legal issue is whether the IRS violated the express provisions of Obamacare by issuing rules allowing taxpayers to claims federal subsidies when purchasing on the federal exchange, even though the language of the statute appears not to allow that. In King, the Fourth Circuit ruled that there was possible ambiguity and another potential reading of the law, such that apparently clear language...
  • Got Obamacare? Great! Now here’s your audit: The postman always rings twice… at least.

    01/04/2015 5:32:48 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/04/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Since you’re enjoying your Obamacare health insurance policy so much, you might not be all that put off by a few extra pieces of mail showing up at your door. There’s all those forms to fill out and medical providers to screen, complicated prescription plans and all the rest. But now that the new year is upon us and tax time is approaching, you may want to prepare for an extra surprise from the mailman. It’s coming from the IRS for many of you and it’s not a birthday card.Moe Lane of Red State kicks the tires of this...
  • Half of Obamacare subsidy recipients may owe refunds to the IRS

    01/03/2015 6:45:06 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 01/03/2015 | Justin Green
    As many as 3.4 million people who received Obamacare subsidies may owe refunds to the federal government, according to an estimate by a tax preparation firm. H&R Block is estimating that as many as half of the 6.8 million people who received insurance premium subsidies under the Affordable Care Act benefited from subsidies that were too large, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. “The ACA is going to result in more confusion for existing clients, and many taxpayers may well be very disappointed by getting less money and possibly even owing money," the president of a tax preparation and education...
  • JW Files SCOTUS Amicus Brief, Argues against Subsidies for Federal Health Exchange Enrollees

    01/02/2015 2:11:03 PM PST · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | January 2, 2014
    Group asks High Court to affirm the limits on the executive branch’s ability to disregard federal statutes, reaffirm separation of powers (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that on December 24, 2014, it filed an amicus curiae brief in support of the plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the IRS and the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Treasury over a decision by the agencies to ignore a key provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The lawsuit seeks specifically to prevent the IRS from providing refundable tax credits to individuals who purchase health care coverage through...
  • Supreme Court: Mark Levin and Landmark Legal Foundation

    01/02/2015 3:42:49 PM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies ^ | January 2, 2015 | Katie Pavlich
    Conservative radio host and Landmark Legal Foundation President Mark Levin has submitted an amicus brief in support of the petitioners in King v. Burwell, the Obamacare legal case that will be heard by the Supreme Court on March 5, 2015. The case addresses whether "the Internal Revenue Service may permissibly promulgate regulations to extend tax-credit subsidies to coverage purchased through exchanges established by the federal government under Section 1321 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act." Essentially, the case looks at whether federal subsidies are legal and available to people living in states that did not set up their...
  • 87% of new Obamacare users given federal aid

    12/30/2014 12:19:43 PM PST · by Ray76 · 29 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Dec 30, 2014 | Paul Bedard
    Some 87 percent of people who just signed up for Obamacare are getting financial assistance to lower their premiums, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. That is a jump from 80 percent during the last open enrollment period. ... includes more than 3.4 million people who selected a plan in the 37 states that are using the platform for 2015 Full Title: Tax dollars at work: 87% of new Obamacare users given federal aid
  • ObamaCare Supporters Should Be Very Worried, Experts Say

    12/12/2014 4:03:26 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 34 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 12/11/2014 | John Merline
    What would happen if the Supreme Court rules that ObamaCare doesn't allow subsidies through the federal exchange? There's plenty of speculation, ranging from no big deal to absolute, total catastrophe. An article published on Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine tries to answer the question with a little bit more precision. It's conclusion, however, is that disallowing those subsidies would be a devastating blow to ObamaCare.
  • Latest Gruber Video Ruins Administration's Supreme Court Argument To Save Obamacare

    12/04/2014 11:39:40 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 12 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 12.4.2014 | Jeff Dunetz
    f all the Jonathan Gruber videos released so far, this one could be the most damaging. Revealed on Tuesday's Greta Van Susteren program on Fox News, the latest blockbuster has the Obamacare architect explaining if your state doesn't set up an exchange, its residents aren't eligible for tax credits, precisely the opposite of what the Administration is arguing before the Supreme Court. The question before the Supreme Court is whether the language of the Affordable Care Act restricts the premium subsidies (in the form of tax credits) to residents buying insurance from a state-run exchange, and prohibits the credits on...
  • Obamacare 'Glitch' Puts Subsidies Out Of Reach For Many Families

    12/02/2014 9:00:54 PM PST · by grundle · 68 replies
    NPR ^ | December 2, 2014 | John Ydstie
    Don Benfield of Taylorsville, N.C., makes $11 an hour working for a mobile-home parts business, selling things like replacement doors and windows. Benfield, 51, doesn't have health insurance. "I haven't had health care insurance in years, simply because I haven't been able to afford it, especially with food prices, how they went up," he explains. Benfield's employer does offer health insurance coverage, even though, with fewer than 50 employees, the business is not required to. "The insurance here through work is $43 a week, which with my rent and other payments and everything, we haven't been able to afford," he...
  • Obamacare begins to unravel

    11/12/2014 8:54:51 AM PST · by TangledUpInBlue · 63 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 11/12/14 | Rick Newman
    There was strong opposition to Medicare before it went in to effect in 1965, but after that, the health program for seniors quickly became an accepted and even popular part of the U.S. medical system. Supporters of the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s bold health reform law, often highlight the similarity to Medicare in terms of initial opposition. But Obamacare, as the ACA is known, is hardly catching on like Medicare did (at least not yet). In fact, the law suddenly seems more threatened than at any time since it was passed in 2010, and it’s now possible the whole...
  • If Words Mean Anything, Obamacare Is In Real Trouble

    11/08/2014 9:58:45 AM PST · by rootin tootin · 21 replies
    American Spectaror ^ | 11/8/2014 | David Catron
    The Supreme Court announced on Friday that it will hear a lawsuit challenging an arbitrary IRS decision to issue tax credits and penalties through federally created Obamacare exchanges. Two federal courts have already declared the regulation unconstitutional, but a third court ruled that the IRS has acted within its authority. It was this ruling by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals that prompted the plaintiffs in King v. Burwell to file an appeal with the high court. If the Supreme Court rules against the Obama administration in this case, it could well be the undoing of the reviled health care...
  • The Supreme Court will hear King. That’s bad news for the ACA (aka Obamacare)

    11/07/2014 11:43:33 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Incidental Economist ^ | November 7, 2014 | Nicholas Bagley
    In a significant setback for the Obama administration, the Supreme Court just agreed to review King v. Burwell, the Fourth Circuit’s decision upholding an IRS rule extending tax credits to federally established exchanges. The government had asked the Court to take a pass because there’s no split in the circuit courts over whether the IRS rule is valid. At least four justices—it only takes four to grant certiorari—voted to take the case anyhow. As I see it, what’s troubling here is not that the Court took King in the absence of a split. Its rules permit it to hear cases...
  • Obamacare Is Headed For Another Supreme Court Showdown, And It Puts The Law In 'Dangerous Territory'

    11/07/2014 10:59:44 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 105 replies
    Business Insider ^ | November 7, 2014 | Brett LoGiurato
    The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to take up a new challenge to the Affordable Care Act, a move that will again thrust the law into a high-profile battle before the high court.The Supreme Court's move is somewhat surprising, considering there is still no split in the lower, circuit courts. But the high court agreed to King v. Burwell, a case in which the Fourth Circuit court upheld an IRS rule that extends the distribution of health insurance subsidies to states served by the federal insurance marketplace.The challenge to the law is viewed as having the potential to cripple Obamacare in...
  • Justices to hear challenge to health law subsidies

    11/07/2014 10:12:28 AM PST · by BAW · 44 replies
    AP ^ | Nov 7, 2014 | MARK SHERMAN
    The Supreme Court agreed Friday to hear a new challenge to President Barack Obama's health care law. The justices said they will decide whether the law authorizes subsidies that help millions of low- and middle-income people afford their health insurance premiums. A federal appeals court upheld Internal Revenue Service regulations that allow health-insurance tax credits under the Affordable Care Act for consumers in all 50 states. Opponents argue that most of the subsidies are illegal.
  • HHS-Funded Study: Obamacare Will Suffer ‘Death Spiral’ If Subsidies Fail

    10/21/2014 7:39:37 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | October 21, 2014 | by Sarah Hurtubise
    The Obama administration has funded a new study by top consulting firm RAND Health that startlingly finds that if taxpayer subsidies are eliminated, Obamacare exchanges will fall into a “death spiral.” The study comes in the wake of a number of lawsuits which are challenging the Obama administration’s implementation of Obamacare subsidies. Three lawsuits have made it to U.S. Circuit Courts, just one step from the Supreme Court, arguing that the text of the Affordable Care Act allows premium subsidies for state-run exchanges only. The report was sponsored by HHS’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, which,...
  • Why This Conservative Lawyer Thinks He Can Still Cripple Obamacare

    09/26/2014 9:37:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | September 26, 2014 | Sahil Kapur
    The top lawyer arguing a case to overturn Obamacare subsidies believes he can succeed at crippling the law even if it's upheld in every district and appellate court. A three-judge panel on the D.C. Circuit invalidated the federal exchange subsidies in June. The full court subsequently vacated the ruling and announced it'll re-hear the case, called Halbig v. Burwell. The conservative opponents have a tough battle because the en banc ruling will feature 8 Democratic-appointed judges — four of whom were appointed by President Obama himself — and 5 Republican-appointed judges. Michael Carvin, the lawyer for the plaintiffs, has appealed...
  • Underinsured ACA enrollees strain community health centers

    09/26/2014 11:47:02 AM PDT · by Twotone · 10 replies
    Modern Health Care ^ | Sept. 25, 2014 | Virgil Dickson
    Obamacare enrollees are straining the finances of community health centers around the country, some health center leaders say. The issue is that many lower-income patients with insurance coverage through the federal and state exchanges bought bronze-tier plans with lower premiums but high deductibles, coinsurance and copayments and no federal cost-sharing subsidies. When these patients face high out-of-pocket costs for care that falls below the deductible, they can't afford it. So the centers are subsidizing that care by offering them means-tested sliding-scale fees. When the centers, which are not allowed to turn away patients for inability to pay, try to get...