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  • 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...
  • Insurance Company with Lowest Rates, Most Customers Pulls Out of MNsure

    09/16/2014 9:35:35 AM PDT · by Parmenio · 11 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | September 16, 2014 | Jennie Olson
    It’s a major blow to the MNsure health insurance exchange – the insurance company with the lowest rates and the most customers signed up through MNsure will not be back in 2015. The decision is expected to have a major impact on health insurance customers and the governor’s race. Golden Valley-based PreferredOne Health Insurance just notified MNsure and the Minnesota Department of Commerce of their decision through a letter. Sources tell KSTP’s Tom Hauser that MNsure CEO Scott Leitz was notified by phone Tuesday morning. PreferredOne Spokesman Steve Peterson tells Hauser this is “purely a business decision.” He says the...
  • Appeals court vacates ruling that tossed ObamaCare subsidies

    09/04/2014 7:24:25 AM PDT · by maggief · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 4, 2014 | Elise Viebeck
    The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has agreed to revisit a ruling that struck down the ObamaCare subsidies issued through the federal exchange. The announcement of the second hearing is a victory for the Obama administration, which suffered a defeat in late July when a three-judge panel threw out the subsidies, ruling they were not legitimate under the Affordable Care Act. A decision by the full D.C. appellate court, in which Democratic appointees outnumber Republicans, could favor the administration. Arguments are scheduled for Dec. 17.
  • Federal Court Throws Out Obamacare Subsidies Ruling

    09/04/2014 9:41:07 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 47 replies
    NBCNews.com ^ | 09/04/2014 | Pete Williams
    In a victory for the Obama administration, a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C. Thursday threw out an earlier ruling that said financial subsidies are not available for people who bought health insurance on the federal exchange. A three-judge panel of the D.C. Court of Appeals reached that conclusion in late July. On the same day, a federal appeals court in Richmond reached the opposite conclusion and said the subsidies are available. But Thursday, the full D.C. Court of Appeals said it will re-hear the case, which erases the lower court ruling that went against the subsidies. This greatly diminishes...
  • A 10-Year Prediction for the Affordable Care Act: Number of uninsured Americans may increase by 10%

    08/29/2014 2:09:47 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    National Journal ^ | 08/29/2014 | MICHAEL RAMLET
    The Affordable Care Act cannot be broken down into sound bites. This holds true for both its most ardent supporters and its most fervent opponents. The law is simply too complex to be labeled either a total failure or a smashing success. But that doesn't mean it isn't trending in one of those two directions. Across the country, individuals and families are beginning to learn whether their insurance premiums will change for 2015—early estimates indicate an overall national increase of 7.5 percent, according to a PricewaterhouseCoopers analysis. That's what is expected despite the early promise that the ACA would lower...
  • Could a wording 'glitch' doom Obama's healthcare law?

    08/26/2014 1:10:26 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | August 25, 2014 | David G. Savage
    When a federal appeals court ruled last month that a seemingly arcane wording flaw in the Affordable Care Act should invalidate a central part of the law, many of those who drafted the statute five years ago reacted with shock and anger.. In 2009, they had spent months piecing together a compromise that sought to create a national system of subsidized insurance — but one run by the states. Now, they fear their work could be undone by what some call a "drafting error" and others portray as a political miscalculation. The judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals for...
  • How Obamacare subsidies could impact your tax refund

    08/25/2014 9:10:45 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 9 replies
    cbs news ^ | 8-25-2014
    Taxpayers accustomed to filing a simplified 1040EZ will not be able to do so if they received health insurance tax credits this year. Some highlights: -- You may have heard that the IRS cannot use liens and levies to collect the law's penalty on people who remain uninsured. But there is no limitation on collection efforts in cases where consumers got too big a tax credit. If your refund isn't large enough to cover the repayment, you will have to write the IRS a check. "They are not messing around," Brandes said. For families, the cap is double the amount...
  • More Bad News for the Middle Class and Their Health Care

    08/07/2014 6:34:11 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 41 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 7,2014 | Keith R. Jackson
    In the hospitals, we see the consequences. While the poor and the illegal immigrants get absolutely free care, the middle-class patients are collapsing financially under the strain of their deductibles and their lost income from their time off work, not to mention the additional stress of their illness. In our clinics, sick patients are choosing to forego testing, medicines, and surgery that they need solely because of cost. Instead they are living with their illnesses, often with cheap antibiotics as a means of delaying the inevitable. To make matters worse, the patients getting their health care for free will ask...
  • Democrats Fudge Truth about Subsidies on Health Care Exchanges

    08/03/2014 8:41:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 3, 2014 | Bruce Bialosky
    Some people want you to suspend your imagination and your memory regarding what the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) actually states in terms of who can receive subsidies for their health insurance. Of course, as usual, when you have right on your side, truth does not matter. But we will explain why the subsidies disbursed from the federal exchange fails the test of what is right. As you know by now, there were two rulings issued in a Court of Appeals that were diametrically opposed to each other. The issue revolves around whether the federal exchange (operating in 36 states)...
  • An Obamacare Statist Gets Caught Lying (over and over again)

    08/02/2014 9:16:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 2, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Many of you probably heard about the “Halbig” decision, in which a federal court struck a blow against Obamacare by ruling that the IRS was wrong to arbitrarily grant subsidies for health insurance policies purchased through a federal exchange. And why did the judges rule against the IRS? Well, for the simple reason that the Obamacare legislation specifically says that subsidies are only available for policies purchased through exchanges set up by state governments. My Cato colleague Michael Cannon explains: The PPACA authorizes the IRS to issue health-insurance tax credits only to taxpayers who purchase coverage “through an Exchange established...
  • Obamacare opponents ask Supreme Court to step in

    08/01/2014 2:19:47 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    MSNBC ^ | August 1, 2014 | By Adam Serwer
    The group seeking to invalidate the Affordable Care Act’s subsidies to Americans purchasing health insurance through federally run state marketplaces is asking the Supreme Court to take up the case early. The Competitive Enterprise Institute, the conservative group funding challenges to the IRS rule allowing subsidies to flow to state exchanges, announced Thursday that it was asking the Supreme Court to intervene. The challengers argue that the Affordable Care Act only allows subsidies in exchanges set up by states – an interpretation that could lead to millions of people being unable to afford coverage. Owing largely to Republican resistance, only...
  • Schlafly: Stunning Setback to Obamacare

    07/29/2014 9:22:13 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | July 29, 2014 | Phyllis Schlafly
    Obamacare has proven again to be the biggest legislative failure in history, with last week's ruling that its subsidies are illegal. These subsidies induced some 5 million Americans to sign up for Obamacare but are prohibited by law as held by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in Halbig v. Burwell. This humiliation to the Obama administration was a devastating setback to legislation already disfavored by a 59-40 percent margin among the public, according to the latest CNN poll. Twice as many Americans say they are being hurt rather than helped by Obamacare. Officially known as the...
  • Obama Goes Around Congress — Again — to Expand Health Coverage for Federal Workers

    07/28/2014 5:12:20 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 10 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | july 28, 2014 | Pete Kasperowicz
    The Obama administration on Tuesday will publish a proposed rule that would give thousands of temporary and seasonal government workers access to the government’s health care program, even though current law would appear to prohibit them from using that program. The rule from the Office of Personnel Management would let these federal workers sign up for coverage under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, and also allow some of them to enjoy a government contribution to their insurance premiums. Both steps would be done through OPM’s proposed regulation, and not through an act of Congress. The proposed rule indicates that...
  • Obamacare Architect Admists Taxpayers in Non-Exchange States Won't Get the Subsidy

    07/28/2014 6:37:59 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 2 replies
    Competitive Enterprise Institute ^ | July 24, 2014 | Ryan Radia
    UNKNOWN QUESTIONER:“Um, you mentioned the Health Insurance Exchanges for the States. And it’s my understanding that if the States don’t provide them, that the Federal Government will provide them.”M.I.T. economics Prof. Jonathan Gruber:“Yeah, so these Health Insurance Exchanges —once you go on MA-HealthConnect.org and CRS [is] in Massachusetts—will be these new shopping places. And they’ll be the place that people go to get their subsidies for health insurance. “In the law it says [that] if States don’t provide them, the federal backstop will. The Federal Government has been sort-of slow in putting in this backstop, I think partially, because they...
  • Will John Roberts Decide a 'State' Is Not a 'State'?

    07/23/2014 2:00:14 AM PDT · by markomalley · 37 replies
    CNS News ^ | 7/23/2014 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The Supreme Court may soon need to decide whether the federal government can be considered a "state" in our federal republic in the same sense that Iowa, Wyoming and Wisconsin are states. On the face of it, this question may seem absurd. In fact, given any level of reflection, it is absurd. The federal government is not one of the states. But this absurd question was at the heart of Halbig v. Burwell, decided this week by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, and it could soon become a defining issue in American life. Section 1311...
  • White House To Ignore Court Ruling, Keep Handing Out Obamacare Subsidies

    07/22/2014 10:52:15 AM PDT · by Nachum · 44 replies
    The Daaily Caller ^ | 7/22/14 | Sarah Hurtubise
    The Obama administration will continue handing out Obamacare subsidies to federal exchange customers despite a federal court’s ruling Tuesday that the subsidies are illegal. A D.C. Court of Appeals panel ruled Tuesday morning that customers in the 36 states that didn’t establish their own exchange and use HealthCare.gov instead cannot be given premium tax credits, according to the text of the Affordable Care Act itself. (RELATED: Federal Court Takes Down Obamacare: Subsidies In Federal Exchange Are Illegal) But the White House said in response that it will continue handing out the billions of taxpayer dollars in subsidies. White House press...
  • Healthcare Premiums Would Absolutely Explode If Today's Obamacare Ruling Stands!

    07/22/2014 9:42:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/22/2014 | Brett LoGiurato
    A federal appeals court on Tuesday dealt a setback to the Affordable Care Act, ruling that premium subsidies provided through the federal health exchange in 36 states are invalid under the writing of the law.Here's the practical effect of the ruling, if it withstands the rest of the legal process: More than 5 million, generally low-income Americans who received tax credits through the federal exchange to purchase health insurance would see their premiums explode.Avalere Health, an independent healthcare firm, released an analysis last week showing that individuals who received premium subsidies for health insurance would see a premium hike of about...
  • ‘A real bomb-thrower’: Pending case experts say could kill Obamacare overnight (VIDEO)

    07/08/2014 10:44:18 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 26 replies
    Biz Pac Review ^ | July 8 2014 | Richard Berkow
    A pending federal court ruling could upset the entire Obamacare applecart and send the president’s titular achievement back to the Supreme Court. The appellate court in Washington, D.C., could decide Halbig v. Burwell as early as today, deciding whether the federal subsidies provided to 90 percent of Obamacare enrollees who signed up through the federal exchange are legal, according to CNBC. Michael Cannon, director of health studies for the Cato Institute, helped craft the plaintiff’s argument. Studying the legislation carefully for three years, he has said that the Obama administration and its supporters are claiming powers “that “Congress never gave...
  • Truth Buried — Again

    07/06/2014 4:22:25 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 12 replies
    Investor' Business Daily ^ | 07/03/2014 | IBD Staff
    Bias: You'd think that a government audit showing how ObamaCare couldn't tell whether millions of enrollees were eligible for the subsidies they're getting would be front-page news. Instead, the press hid it from view. If you wanted to read in the New York Times about these findings — which detailed rampant problems verifying eligibility and income information from millions of ObamaCare applicants — you had to dig 17 pages into the news section. In the Washington Post, the story was on page 11, after stop-the-press-stories like a change in House travel reporting rules and a puff piece on the new...
  • Five problems a government inspection found with Obamacare subsidies [nothing to see here folks...]

    07/02/2014 2:44:38 AM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 7/2/2014 | Susan Ferrechio
    The inspector general for the Department of Health and Human Services released a report highlighting problems verifying eligibility for federal health insurance subsidies under the Affordable Care Act.Here are five issues the IG found in place as of Feb. 23:1. Fraud could be significant. The audit found the federal government has been unable to resolve 2.6 million out of 2.9 million “inconsistencies” in the information provided by people who applied for health care subsidies. In other words, it could not verify the data provided by people seeking subsidies.2. Most inconsistencies were about citizenship and income. The vast majority of the...
  • $250K fine for lying on health insurance forms

    05/18/2014 2:30:26 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 48 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 5/16/14 | ap
    The Obama administration Friday spelled out civil fines of up to $250,000 for knowingly and willfully providing false information to get taxpayer-subsidized coverage under the new health care law. New regulations say the fines also apply for lying to escape the law's requirement that most Americans carry health insurance.
  • Your ObamaCare subsidies are probably wrong, but don’t worry. We’ll bill you later.

    05/17/2014 10:42:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/17/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    Remember back in the bad old days when the ObamaCare website didn’t work and everyone had a good laugh over it? Ah… good times. But then they got it fixed, millions of people signed up and we all marched happily forward into the future. Or did we?Rick Moran wrote a piece for American Thinker this week highlighting a recent report showing that, well… math is still hard. The Washington Post has learned that more than a million Americans who signed up for Obamacare insurance policies are being paid too much or too little in taxpayer funded subsidies.Bad enough, right?...
  • Report: Obamacare Customers in for Deductible Sticker Shock

    05/10/2014 12:42:31 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | May 8, 2014 | Wynton Hall
    A new report finds that Obamacare customers are in for sticker shock because, unlike many employer-sponsored insurance plans, the fine print in many Obamacare policies requires patients to meet their deductible before lower-cost prescription drug co-pays kick in. That means hefty out-of-pocket expenses for Obamacare plan holders, especially since Obamacare deductibles are "relatively high" as compared to employer-sponsored insurance plans. The report, which was conducted by the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation and Breakaway Policy, concludes that even Obamacare customers who receive taxpayer-funded subsidies will "find it difficult to afford the amounts they will have to pay out-of-pocket before their Exchange...
  • It’s Official: The IRS Will Raid Your Tax Data Through Obamacare

    05/05/2014 1:48:51 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 11 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | may 5, 2014 | Pete Kasperowicz
    The Internal Revenue Service this week will publish a final rule requiring Obamacare health insurance exchanges to hand over key personal data to the IRS, which will use the information to implement the tax aspects of the controversial health care law. The IRS rule covers health exchanges that sell insurance to individuals, and it takes effect this year. That means people enrolled in an Obamacare exchange this year will have their information given to the IRS as soon as it’s needed for tax purposes. Information to be handed over from Obamacare exchanges includes names, addresses, taxpayer identification numbers, insurance premium...
  • Obamacare enrollment in L.A. tops New York, most other states

    05/02/2014 9:12:45 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 2, 2014 | by Chad Terhune
    More than 400,000 people in Los Angeles County signed up for Obamacare coverage in the health law's first open enrollment, surpassing turnout in most states. Federal data released Thursday show that if the Los Angeles area was a state, it would have the fourth-highest enrollment in the country. In California, 89% of exchange customers qualified for federal premium subsidies.
  • Why Is ObamaCare a Rube Goldberg Contraption?

    04/26/2014 4:54:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 26, 2014 | John C. Goldman
    Have you ever wondered why ObamaCare is burdened with so much complexity? Here's the answer: Barack Obama. Obama? Yes, the president himself. He campaigned on the promise that he would put partisanship aside and unite the country behind sensible answers to pressing problems. Then he didn't. How could that possibly have worked in health care? Easy. Obama could have adopted the approach taken by his 2008 opponent, John McCain. In fact we now know that Zeke Emanuel and others on the White House staff were urging him to do just that. Also, before he became the president's chief economic adviser,...
  • It's time for White House to start sweating over legal challenge to Obamacare subsidies

    03/26/2014 1:03:46 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 25, 2014 | Philip Klein
    [Carter appointee Judge Harry Edwards] prodded Carvin to explain why Congress saw it as such an advantage to have states rather than the federal government manage the exchanges. “Why does it matter who establishes the exchanges?” he asked. “Your argument makes no sense.” He said, “Who cares?” At that point, [GHWB appointee Judge Raymond] Randolph jumped in and said, “Ben Nelson.” Carvin agreed, arguing that Nelson, the former senator from Nebraska, was withholding support for Obamacare, in part, because he wanted exchanges to be state-based rather than federally-run. To get the law across the finish line, the Senate voted to...
  • Obama Spins Subsidies Both Ways

    02/13/2014 12:10:27 PM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 13, 2014 | Peter Schiff
    In our current age of spin and counter-spin, there is no contortion too great for a politician to attempt. On occasion, however, the threads of one story become entangled with another in a manner that should deeply embarrass, if the media were sharp enough to catch it. This happened last week in response to the Congressional Budget Office's (CBO) bombshell report on how Obamacare incentives could reduce the size of the labor force by more than two million workers by 2017. While the report did not reflect the Republican spin (that the law will cause employers to kill jobs -...
  • Obamacare Court Ruling in Halbig a Major Blow to Opt-Out States

    02/13/2014 3:17:29 PM PST · by Ben Mugged · 29 replies
    Open Market ^ | January 15, 2014 | Sam Kazman
    The court’s ruling today in Halbig v. Sebelius delivers a major blow to the states that chose not to participate in the Obamacare insurance exchange program. It is also a blow to the small businesses, employees and individuals who live in those states as well. In upholding this IRS regulation that is contrary to the law enacted by Congress, this decision guts the choice made by a majority of the states to stay out of the exchange program. It imposes Obamacare penalties on employers and on many individuals in those states, penalties that Congress never authorized, putting their livelihoods and...
  • Four words in the ACA could spell its doom

    01/30/2014 5:37:41 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 35 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 1-29-14 | George F. Will
    Someone you probably are not familiar with has filed a suit you probably have not heard about concerning a four-word phrase you should know about. The suit could blow to smithereens something everyone has heard altogether too much about, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (hereafter, ACA). Scott Pruitt and some kindred spirits might accelerate the ACA’s collapse by blocking another of the Obama administration’s lawless uses of the Internal Revenue Service. Pruitt was elected Oklahoma’s attorney general by promising to defend states’ prerogatives against federal encroachment, and today he and some properly litigious people elsewhere are defending a...
  • Barack Uses ObamaCare to Keep Seniors in Pain and Die Earlier

    01/22/2014 4:28:48 PM PST · by grundle · 32 replies
    capoliticalnews.com ^ | Janaury 2014
    On Oct. 1, 2012 the Obama administration started awarding bonus points to hospitals that spend the least on elderly patients. It will result in fewer knee replacements, hip replacements, angioplasty, bypass surgery and cataract operations. These are the five procedures that have transformed aging for older Americans. They used to languish in wheelchairs and nursing homes due to arthritis, cataracts and heart disease. Now they lead active lives. But the Obama administration is undoing that progress. By cutting $716 billion from future Medicare funding over the next decade and rewarding the hospitals that spend the least on seniors, the Obama...
  • Rep. Gohmert drops health coverage, blames Obamacare

    01/21/2014 8:06:49 AM PST · by Whenifhow · 15 replies
    http://www.dallasnews.com ^ | January 20, 2014 | BEN KAMISAR
    WASHINGTON — Lots of conservative lawmakers hate Obamacare. Rep. Louie Gohmert is putting his money where his mouth is. The Tyler Republican gave up his health insurance for 2014, asserting that the president’s signature health care law, the Affordable Care Act, has made coverage too expensive. “Other people are going to see what I did when I looked into health insurance for my wife and me: that the deductible rate, it doubled, about $3,000 to $6,000, and our policy was going to go from about $300 to about $1,500 a month,” he said during a recent radio interview with Trey...
  • State legislatures advance bills which will legally “gut” ObamaCare

    01/17/2014 9:10:31 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 13 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 1/17/14 | Doug Book
    The IRS is facing numerous lawsuits thanks to its illegal decision to provide subsidies to insurance companies in states which did NOT create an ObamaCare exchange. The Service’s unilateral decision to confiscate and distribute $700 billion in subsidies and tax credits DIRECTLY violates the language of the Affordable Care Act; language which is quite specific in stating that subsidies and the penalties they trigger are only authorized to be dealt out through STATE established exchanges. In August of 2013, District Judge Ronald White ruled that a suit filed against the IRS for this illegal ObamaCare decision may go forward. The...
  • Obamacare tax credit suit rejected

    01/15/2014 2:07:56 PM PST · by Theoria · 7 replies
    Politico ^ | 15 Jan 2014 | JASON MILLMAN
    A District of Columbia federal judge rejected a lawsuit Wednesday that challenged tax credits for Obamacare coverage in the 36 states with federal-run exchanges – one of the most significant remaining legal fights over President Barack Obama’s health care law.The four individuals who brought the lawsuit, Halbig v. Sebelius, had argued that the IRS overstepped its legal authority by allowing federal-run exchanges to provide tax credits for people who purchase health insurance. They contended that the Affordable Care Act only allows for state-run exchanges to access such credits and that Congress purposefully designed the law that way to incentivize states...
  • More Hidden Costs of ObamaCare Coming to Light (some subsidies will have to be paid back)

    01/02/2014 5:48:30 PM PST · by Libloather · 29 replies
    The New American ^ | 1/02/13 | Bob Adelmann
    **SNIP** In addition, there’s the hidden surprise waiting for those who are enjoying subsidies to help them pay for the insurance. If they have a “major life event” like getting married, or getting a raise or a promotion with a higher salary, not only could the subsidy disappear but any subsidy they enjoyed prior will have to be paid back. **SNIP** The clock is ticking as the November elections draw ever closer. Senate Democrats up for reelection who voted for the ACA are finding themselves facing unhappy constituents and newly energized challengers along with critical TV ads from conservative groups...
  • IRS Has No Strategy for Fraudulent Obamacare Tax Credits

    12/25/2013 9:46:37 AM PST · by Libloather · 23 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 12/04/13
    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has no system in place to prevent fraud when individuals apply for tax credits under Obamacare, according to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA). The IG said in an audit released Tuesday that the IRS has no plan to manage, monitor, or mitigate fraud risk when processing premium tax credits available under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). “The ACA Program has not yet completed a fraud mitigation strategy,” the audit found. “It is important for the IRS to thoroughly consider fraud threats and risks that could impact new ACA systems.”
  • Yes, Please: Sen. Marco Rubio Accepts Taxpayer-Funded Obamacare Subsidy

    12/17/2013 9:24:17 AM PST · by ColdOne · 28 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 12/17/13 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) - Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), an Obamacare critic, has signed up for health insurance on the District of Columbia exchange, and he's accepted a $10,000 taxpayer subsidy to defray the cost of his family's health insurance. "It's an employer contribution," Rubio was quoted as saying on Monday. "It's available to every employee of the federal government." But as CNSNews.com has reported, some members of Congress are refusing the subsidy, saying it's not
  • Issa: ACA Navigators Coax Applicants to Lie, Get Subsidies

    12/16/2013 9:57:43 PM PST · by Nachum · 19 replies
    newsmax ^ | 12/16/13 | Greg Richter
    Obamacare navigators aren't trying to help people find a good insurance plan, Rep. Darrell Issa says; they are trying to enroll people in Medicaid and highly subsidized insurance plans. "They're not there to sell the merits of the insurance. They're there to sell the subsidy," Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said Monday on Fox News Channel's "Hannity." "This is basically just another form of community organizing, paid for with your tax dollars. Acorn revisited, if you will," Issa said. Issa and Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, were in Dallas on Monday for a congressional hearing on...
  • 6 In 10 African Americans May Qualify For Financial Assistance Under Obamacare

    12/09/2013 10:01:18 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    News One For Black America ^ | December 9, 2013 | D.L. Chandler
    President Barack Obama continues to inform the public about the many benefits of the Affordable Care Act. The latest message of his administration explains that 6 out of 10 uninsured African Americans who may be eligible for coverage may also qualify for financial assistance with Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and tax breaks by way of the Health Insurance Marketplace. A report from the Department of Health and Human Services, which was released Monday morning, outlines that 4.2 million African Americans can qualify for health insurance assistance to help meet their monthly premium rates. Secretary of Health and...
  • Healthcare.gov can't calculate subsidies, so will pay insurance companies whatever they ask for

    12/04/2013 10:27:48 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/04/2013 | Thomas Lifson
    The federal government is dumping the consequences of its Obamacare website failures onto the private sector health insurance companies. The private sector is now expected to scramble and under severe time pressure do what the feds couldn't in the three-plus years. Unable to calculate what subsidies should be for lower-income insurance buyers, it is asking insurers to estimate the subsidies, and it will cut a check to them for whatever they ask for. Roberta Rampton and Caroline Humer of Reuters write: President Barack Obama's administration has found a short-term fix to pay insurance companies for plans selected on HealthCare.gov,...
  • ObamaCare's Plans Are Worse

    11/29/2013 8:01:46 PM PST · by grundle · 44 replies
    Wall St. Journal ^ | November 29, 2013
    How the Affordable Care Act raises prices and limits medical choices. The reason this furor will continue even if the website is fixed is that the public is learning that ObamaCare's insurance costs more in return for worse coverage. Mr. Obama and his liberal allies call the old plans "substandard," but he doesn't mean from the perspective of the consumers who bought them. He means people were free to choose insurance that wasn't designed to serve his social equity and income redistribution goals. In his view, many people must pay first-class fares for coach seats so others can pay less...
  • U.S. health plan to up aid to insurers on sicker members (Obama to bailout "Big Insurance")

    11/27/2013 3:46:02 AM PST · by tobyhill · 10 replies
    reuters ^ | 11/27/2013 | staff
    The U.S. government is proposing compensation to help insurers participating in Obamacare health exchanges who fear that their costs will spin out of control if their plans are dominated by sicker people. Fears about cost burdens from sicker patients increased when President Barack Obama introduced a "fix" to fulfill his promise to let people who like their existing insurance plans keep them. The exchanges were created as part of Obama's healthcare reform law, popularly known as Obamacare. An estimated 7 million people are expected to sign up in the first year. Insurance went on sale on Oct. 1 and goes...
  • Can Propaganda Heal What Ails Obamacare? - Disinformation is all they have left

    11/22/2013 4:47:18 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 26 replies
    American Spectator ^ | November 22, 2013 | David Hogberg
    ".....the Department of Health and Human Services touted a study by the liberal health-care group FamiliesUSA that purported to show that “less than 1 percent of nation’s non-elderly are at risk of losing their current individual market plan and paying more for insurance” on the Obamacare exchanges.To get that one percent number FamiliesUSA assumed that everyone below 400 percent of the federal poverty level(FPL)is eligible for a subsidy to help purchase insurance on the exchanges. As the study claims:The individual market covers 5.7 percent of the non-elderly population—a small slice of all insured Americans. The overwhelming majority of those people...
  • ObamaCare's Union Favor: White House may [illegally] let Big Labor dodge a reinsurance tax

    11/17/2013 9:06:32 PM PST · by grundle · 8 replies
    Wall St. Journal ^ | November 17, 2013
    The Affordable Care Act's greatest hits keep coming, and one that hasn't received enough attention is a looming favor for President Obama's friends in Big Labor. Millions of Americans are losing their plans and paying more for health care, and doctors are being forced out of insurance networks, but a lucky few may soon get relief. Earlier this month the Administration suggested that it may grant a waiver for some insurance plans from a tax that is supposed to capitalize a reinsurance fund for ObamaCare. The $25 billion cost of the fund, which is designed to pay out to the...
  • Obama Admin Considering 'Administrative Fix' For 'Sticker Shock'

    11/10/2013 9:06:54 AM PST · by chessplayer · 44 replies
    Sam Stein, who poses as a journalist while toiling at the Huffington Post (he lost any legitimate claim to the title when he wouldn't back away when caught red-handed pretending to know something he couldn't possibly know about John McCain's vetting or lack thereof of Sarah Palin in September 2008), wrote on Thursday (HT Hot Air) that "The Obama administration is considering a fix to the president’s health care law that would expand the universe of individuals who receive tax subsidies to help buy insurance." Of course, Stein didn't look into how much this "fix," better described as a "huge...
  • Report: White House might expand eligibility for ObamaCare subsidies

    11/08/2013 7:38:03 PM PST · by Mike Darancette · 73 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/08/2013 | Elise Viebeck
    The White House might broaden the availability of federal discounts on healthcare coverage under ObamaCare to help consumers whose premiums are going up, according to a report. The administration is considering expanding the premium tax credits that are available to some people purchasing insurance coverage on the new exchanges, according to Huffington Post.
  • Unions May Receive Obamacare Exemption

    11/07/2013 3:39:54 AM PST · by LD Jackson · 15 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 11/07/13 | LD Jackson
    I had thought I would not write at all today, much less write about Obamacare. I am weary with telling the tale of this train wreck and what it is doing to the American people. It seems, however, there is just no end to the depths to which the Obama administration will go to further its agenda and help its friends. Just ask the unions how they feel about Obamacare. When the Affordable Care Act was first being considered in Congress, the unions were asked to support it, even though it appeared the legislation would not be optimal for...
  • Household key to tax subsidy under new health law

    10/20/2013 9:11:25 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 14 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | October 19, 2013 | Kathleen Pender
    Readers had lots of questions in response to my columns last week on the Affordable Care Act, especially about what constitutes a household. I'll answer them below, but first remember that under the law, a household generally includes anyone listed on the same tax return. To determine whether you are eligible for a tax subsidy when buying health insurance on a state-run exchange (such as Covered California), you generally must include the income of everyone on the tax return. One exception: If a dependent on the return earns income, but not enough to file his or her own tax return,...