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  • Next president faces possible ObamaCare meltdown

    08/11/2016 10:45:56 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 67 replies ^ | 08/11/16 06:02 AM EDT | By Sarah Ferris
    The next president could be dealing with an ObamaCare insurer meltdown in his or her very first month. The incoming administration will take office just as the latest ObamaCare enrollment tally comes in, delivering a potentially crucial verdict about the still-shaky healthcare marketplaces. The fourth ObamaCare signup period begins about one week before Election Day, and it will end about one week before inauguration on Jan. 20. After mounting complaints from big insurers about losing money this year, the results could serve as a kind of judgment day for ObamaCare, experts say. “The next open enrollment period is key,” said...
  • ObamaCare Is Destroying The Co-Ops It Spent Billions Creating

    07/12/2016 4:50:49 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 14 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 7/11/2016 | John Merline
    After providing $2.4 billion in loans to get them started, ObamaCare is now driving several nonprofit insurance co-ops out of business. That, in turn, will leave tens of thousands of people scrambling to find other insurance, while making it unlikely that those taxpayer-subsidized loans will ever be repaid.

    06/25/2015 8:00:06 AM PDT · by Kazan · 109 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 6/25/2015 | Mark Sherman
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the nationwide tax subsidies under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, in a ruling that preserves health insurance for millions of Americans. The justices said in a 6-3 ruling that the subsidies that 8.7 million people currently receive to make insurance affordable do not depend on where they live, under the 2010 health care law.< The outcome is the second major victory for Obama in politically charged Supreme Court tests of his most significant domestic achievement. It came the same day the court gave the administration an unexpected victory by preserving...
  • Explaining the proposed Minnesota health insurance rate increases

    06/05/2015 5:28:59 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 11 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 6-5-15 | David Montgomerty
    June 05--Minnesotans got a shock Thursday when the state's health insurers proposed "eye-popping" rate increases for people who buy health insurance on the individual market -- premium increases as high as 70 percent. Democratic-Farmer-Labor Gov. Mark Dayton condemned the increases as "outrageous" and suggested they should be scaled back. Republicans saw them as reason to criticize the state-run portion of that market, MNsure. Here's the background about these premium increases, why they're happening and what they mean: What's proposed? Federal law requires health insurers to disclose any premium increases above 10 percent. Those were released Wednesday, and in Minnesota, there...
  • Obama vows to ‘play offense’ against GOP-led Congress

    01/16/2015 8:41:53 AM PST · by servo1969 · 28 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1-16-2015 | Fox News
    President Obama told Senate Democrats in a private meeting that he plans to "play offense" against the new GOP-controlled Congress, showing little hesitation about clashing with Republicans for the next two years. Congressional sources confirmed the comments, made Thursday during a summit in Baltimore, as Republican lawmakers held their own summit in Hershey, Pa. The president, who already has issued a string of veto threats in the opening days of the 114th Congress, indicated he's prepared to keep opposing legislation he finds objectionable. This includes legislation with bipartisan support. Not only has Obama threatened to veto bipartisan legislation authorizing the...
  • Hill Editor: Gruber Probably Has Emails Showing ´Close Relationship´ with Dems

    11/17/2014 6:25:13 PM PST · by Nachum · 39 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | 11/17/14 | Ian Hanchett
    Bob Cusack, editor-in-chief of The Hill, said he was "sure" ObamaCare architect Jonathan "has many, many e-mails that prove he has a very solid relationship with Democrats" on Monday´s "Your World with Neil Cavuto" on the Fox News Channel. "I would imagine that Gruber is a bit shocked by it [Democrats throwing him under the bus], too, and I´m sure he has many, many e-mails that prove that he has a very solid relationship with Democrats and has had for years. They trusted him with putting together the centerpiece of what President Obama needed and wanted in his first term....
  • Obama on Gruber: I Just Heard About This Today

    11/16/2014 4:58:54 PM PST · by Nachum · 82 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | 11/16/14 | Pam Key
    Sunday on Fox News Channel´s "Fox & Friends," network White House corespondent Ed Henry asked President President Obama about Jonathan Gruber and the president claimed he had just heard about the ObamaCare architect before walking out on stage in Australia. President Obama said, "I just heard about this. I get well briefed before I come out here. The fact that some adviser who never worked on our staff expressed an opinion that I´ve completely disagreed with in terms of the voters, is no reflection on the actual process that was run. We had a year-long debate, Ed, I mean, go
  • Obamacare's Foundation of Lies (Liberals waking up)

    11/12/2014 9:58:09 AM PST · by jalisco555 · 31 replies
    National Journal ^ | 11/12/14 | Ron Fournier
    A lie is apolitical, or at least it should be. If there is one thing that unites clear-headed Americans, it's a belief that our leaders must be transparent and honest. And yet, there seem to be two types of lies in our political discourse: Those that hurt "my party" and "my policies"; and those that don't. We condemn the former and forgive the latter—cheapening the bond of trust that enables a society to progress. This truism came to mind when I read a Washington Post story headlined, "Who Is Jonathon Gruber?" It was an important and workmanlike report on the...
  • Who Are You Calling Stupid?

    11/13/2014 5:16:58 AM PST · by Kaslin · 53 replies ^ | November 13, 2014 | Cal Thomas
    "Stupid is as stupid does" -- Forrest Gump Unless you regularly follow conservative media, you may not have heard what one of the architects of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) thinks about you. Jonathan Gruber is a Massachusetts Institute of Technology health economist who helped craft Obamacare. In a rare moment of unvarnished candor, Gruber told an audience last year at the University of Pennsylvania the law passed because of the "stupidity of the American voter." In what can only be described as a smoking gun -- meaning there is no way to spin his remarks as "out of...
  • Academic Built Case for Mandate in Health Care Law (NYT 2012 article cites Gruber as influence)

    Mr. Gruber has spent decades modeling the intricacies of the health care ecosystem, which involves making predictions about how new laws will play out based on past experience and economic theory. It is his research that convinced the Obama administration that health care reform could not work without requiring everyone to buy insurance. And it is his work that explains why President Obama has so much riding on the three days of United States Supreme Court hearings, which ended Wednesday, about the constitutionality of the mandate. Questioning by the court’s conservative justices has suggested deep skepticism about the mandate, setting...
  • The cause of the virus that 'makes humans more stupid' discovered...

    11/10/2014 4:56:59 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 21 replies
    CRASHR ^ | 11-10-14 | The Looking Spoon
    From The Independent A virus that infects human brains and makes us more stupid has been discovered, according to scientists in the US. Here's the virus at 10000x magnificationAnd here is the astounding result of it being grown in a Petri dish... :-D
  • Time for Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid to go

    11/11/2014 5:00:11 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 41 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | November 12, 2014 | By Scot Lehigh
    IN POLITICS, there’s nothing harder than realizing that it’s time to go. For Democrats Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, that moment has arrived. With the Democrats’ midterm losses, the two 74-year-olds should announce that when this session of Congress ends, they will relinquish their roles as leaders of their respective Democratic caucuses. And if Reid and Pelosi don’t soon come to the conclusion on their own that it’s time to bow out? Well, then, their fellow Democrats, recognizing that you can’t begin a new era with old leaders, should let both know that the time has come to go.
  • Boston Globe: Time for Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid to go

    11/12/2014 3:49:47 PM PST · by Zakeet · 30 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | November 12, 2014 | Scot Leigh
    In politics, there’s nothing harder than realizing that it’s time to go. People who have made their careers as Beltway politicians start to think they’ve become indispensable to Washington, when in fact it’s Washington that has become indispensable to them. And so they can’t or won’t recognize when the moment has come to move on to other things. For Democrats Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, that moment has arrived. With the Democrats’ midterm losses, the two 74-year-olds should announce that when this session of Congress ends, they will relinquish their roles as leaders of their respective Democratic caucuses.
  • Nancy Pelosi: Midterms were NOT a GOP wave.

    11/12/2014 12:38:02 PM PST · by Din Maker · 40 replies
    NewsMax ^ | November 12, 2014 | Jennifer G. Hickey
    Despite Republicans expanding their majority in the House by more than 10 seats, retaking control of the Senate and increasing their strength in state legislatures, Nancy Pelosi denies the midterm elections were a Republican wave. "I do not believe what happened the other night is a wave," Pelosi told Politico. "There was no wave of approval for the Republicans. I wish them congratulations, they won the election, but there was no wave of approval for anybody. There was an ebbing, an ebb tide, for us." Republicans increased their majority to 53 seats in the Senate this morning when the Republican...
  • Pelosi on Gruber: 'I don't know who he is'

    11/13/2014 11:18:31 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 30 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 13, 2014 | Mike Lillis
    The ObamaCare consultant churning headlines this week for questioning voters' intelligence is a stranger to Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the House Democratic leader from California said Thursday. “I don't know who he is,” Pelosi said of Jonathan Gruber. “He didn't help write our bill.” [SNIP] Still, if Pelosi is unfamiliar with Gruber now, that wasn't the case amid the fierce debate as ObamaCare was being crafted. As unearthed Thursday by The Washington Post, Pelosi's website contains entries from December 2009 featuring an extensive analysis of the law's impact on insurance premiums. The author? Jonathan Gruber.
  • White House: Hey — Gruber Wasn’t Really Obamacare’s Architect

    11/13/2014 8:34:36 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 11/13/2014 | Bryan Preston
    Posted By Bryan Preston On November 13, 2014 @ 7:51 am In Obamacare | 4 Comments Jonathan Gruber’s “stupid” comments have sent the Obama White House into a spin.When this White House gets under fire, it naturally turns to the press outlets that it has used as tools for years, including Josh Marshall’s Talking Points Memo.The name ought to give that site away: It’s not about facts, it’s about spin. Talking points.So the under-fire Obama White House turns to the talking pointers to deliver some talking points on Gruber’s “stupid” remarks.To wit: We were transparent the whole time we were...
  • Pelosi Suggests Questions About Her Future Are Sexist

    11/13/2014 9:22:05 AM PST · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 26 replies ^ | 11/13/14 | BY BILLY HOUSE
    Pelosi Suggests Questions About Her Future Are SexistTop House Democrat wonders why Mitch McConnell wasn't asked about stepping down the way she has been. BY BILLY HOUSE November 13, 2014 Nancy Pelosi on Thursday suggested that sexism plays a role in questions over whether she should remain House Minority Leader after her party's election shellacking last week. "As a woman, is there a message here?" asked Pelosi, 74, at a Capitol news conference. Pelosi challenged how many times reporters had asked that of soon-to-be Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, 72, as his party failed previously to capture the Senate majority...
  • Don’t worry, Democrats. Nancy Pelosi is pretty sure there was no midterm wave

    11/13/2014 9:27:06 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 9 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/13/14 | Robert Laurie
    A river in Egypt.... When we last heard from the totally-not-crazy Nancy Pelosi, she was predicting that “Civilization as we know it today would be in jeopardy if Republicans win the Senate.” Then, Nancy’s worst fears came true. We’re sure you’re aware of this, because the world fell apart last Tuesday and you probably spent the last week scrounging for food in our GOP-created post-apocalyptic wasteland. It’s so terrifying out there that Ms. Pelosi has decided that - rather than face the reality of the wasteland - she’s simply going to pretend the Republican wave didn’t happen.
  • When Obamacare meets "classic" SNL...

    11/13/2014 9:53:39 AM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 1 replies
    CRASHR ^ | 11-13-14 | The Looking Spoon
    Here's Jim Gruber, the architect of Obamacare who admitted that lying, as well as counting on the stupidity of American voters liberals, was essential to passing the bill.Thanks to GraceG for suggesting the mashup with SNL's MacGruber...
  • Nancy Pelosi on O-Care Architect Jonathan Gruber: “I Don’t Know Who He Is. He Didn’t Help Write

    11/13/2014 10:11:42 AM PST · by Nachum · 77 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 11/13/14 | Jim Hoft
    What rubbish. Former Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters on Thursday she had no idea who Jonathan Gruber was. Gruber, an Obamacare architect, admitted in video released this week that Democrats repeatedly lied to “stupid” Americans to pass the law. Via Twitchy:
  • Pelosi claims she doesn't know who Gruber is.

    11/13/2014 10:17:22 AM PST · by 1raider1 · 46 replies
    Fox Radio News | Nov 13, 2014 | 1raider1
    Just heard on the 1:00 PM EST Fox news that Nancy Pelosi has denied she knows who Jonathan Gruber is, although there is documentation that his input was included in writings she used and quoted in 2009 before ramming Obamacare through.
  • Nancy Pelosi Caught In (Yet Another) BOLD FACED LIE (about Gruber)

    11/13/2014 10:35:20 AM PST · by Lazamataz · 117 replies
    Multiple sources | 11/13/2014 | Assembled by Laz
    Nancy Pelosi on O-Care Architect Jonathan Gruber: “I Don’t Know Who He Is. He Didn’t Help Write Bill. Former Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters on Thursday she had no idea who Jonathan Gruber was. Gruber, an Obamacare architect, admitted in video released this week that Democrats repeatedly lied to “stupid” Americans to pass the law. Nancy Pelosi mentions Jonathan Gruber analysis and mentioned Gruber BY NAME
  • ‘Oh, you meant *that* Gruber?’ Nancy Pelosi’s day just got a whole lot worse [video]

    11/13/2014 10:39:33 AM PST · by Nachum · 45 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 11/13.14 | staff
    Stuart @Ringo6 Follow Pelosi today told a lie bigger than a Kardasian's butt 10:25 AM - 13 Nov 2014 And she would’ve gotten away with it if it, too, weren’t for those meddling kids at C-SPAN! Jeremy Art @cspanJeremy Follow .@NancyPelosi in 2009: “I don't know if you have seen Jonathan Gruber of MIT's analysis…”
  • Brookings study reveals Minnesota’s individual insurance market is not faring well under ACA

    10/30/2014 7:11:37 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 7 replies
    Center of the American Experiment ^ | 10-30-14 | Peter Nelson
    Printer-friendly version A new study published by the Brookings Institution reveals the rollout of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is imposing far more volatility and harm on people in Minnesota’s individual market than elsewhere. The study, by Yale economist Amanda Kowalski, takes “an early look at the impact of the ACA on the individual health insurance market.” It compares state-by-state coverage levels, insurance premiums and insurance costs in the first two quarters of 2014 to estimates of what they would have been if the ACA had not been implemented this year. These estimates are created by extending pre-ACA trends going...
  • HHS-Funded Study: Obamacare Will Suffer ‘Death Spiral’ If Subsidies Fail

    10/20/2014 9:47:51 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10/21/14 | 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. (RELATED: Second Court Strikes Down Obamacare Subsidies In Federal Exchanges) The report was sponsored by HHS’s...
  • Checkboxes, Ebola, and Embedding the EHR

    10/16/2014 9:00:20 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 5 replies
    Should the EHR be blamed? After a Texas hospital let Liberian Thomas Duncan go home (with Ebola), hospital officials blamed the electronic health record (EHR). A day later, they retracted their statement -- without explanation. The retraction is only partially correct. EHRs don't send sick adults home with fevers spiking to 103-degrees. People do. But sometimes that's because the system makes good care difficult. In this case, the EHR is at least partially to blame. EHRs are primarily for data collection. They were built for billing, not for patient care. Ask doctors and nurses what a mess Obama's EHR mandate...
  • Admin Won’t Release Final Premiums Until After Elections

    10/12/2014 3:41:59 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 24 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10/09/14 | Sarah Hurtubise
    The Obama administration has already debuted its new, improved version of, but still won’t release premium rates on the website until after the Nov. 4 elections
  • PhRMA warns out-of-pocket costs could double under O-Care

    05/16/2014 9:53:40 AM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/16/14 | Ferdous Al-Faruque
    A new study commissioned by PhRMA finds that many consumers in ObamaCare’s insurance exchanges could end up paying more than twice as much in out-of-pocket drug costs. The report for the nation’s top drug lobby was conducted by actuarial firm Milliman, which found that people on the Silver Plan, the most popular ObamaCare plan, would likely pay 130 percent more for out-of-pocket prescription drugs compared to people on similar employer-sponsored plans. One reason why out-of-pocket costs are likely to be higher is because employer plans are more generous than typical Silver Plans, according to the report. However, the numbers don’t...
  • In Poorest States, Political Stigma Is Depressing Participation in Health Law

    04/27/2014 6:18:26 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 26, 2014 | By JACKIE CALMES
    Inside the sleek hillside headquarters of Valley Health Systems, built with a grant from the health care law, two employees played an advertisement they had helped produce to promote the law’s insurance coverage for young, working-class West Virginians. Health professionals, state officials, social workers, insurance agents and others trying to make the law work for uninsured Americans say the partisan divisions and attack ads have depressed participation in some places. They say the law has been stigmatized for many who could benefit from it, especially in conservative states like West Virginia that have the poorest, most medically underserved populations but...
  • Feds Spent $26.2 Million On Medicare Advantage For Illegal Immigrants

    04/25/2014 5:05:45 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | April 25, 2014 | by Caroline May
    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has improperly paid millions of dollars to Medicare Advantage organizations on behalf of illegal immigrants. In a new report released Friday, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (OIG) revealed that for calendar years 2010 through 2012, CMS provided $26.2 million in improper payments to Medicare Advantage organizations for 1,600 “unlawfully present beneficiaries” — or nearly $16,375 per illegal immigrant.
  • Obamacare Shows America Suffers From A President Dangerously Disconnected From Reality

    04/04/2014 9:32:49 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 21 replies
    Forbes ^ | April 4, 2014 | Peter Ferrara Contributor
    The population of the U.S. is 314 million. On the day Obamacare was passed, the estimate of the uninsured was 60 million. So in this context, the supposed 7 million Americans signed up for insurance on the Obamacare Exchanges, even if that is a valid number, and all of those have actually started paying premiums, both of which are highly dubious, does not mean any significant success for Obamacare. That is especially so since at least 6 million Americans have lost their health insurance due to Obamacare, so far, with more to come once the illegally and arbitrarily delayed employer...
  • GOP gets O-Care angst (Establishment Republican strategists: Stop criticizing Obamacare so much)

    04/02/2014 6:45:32 AM PDT · by Qbert · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | 04/02/14 | Alexander Bolton
    Anxious Senate Republicans are worried party leaders are focusing too much this election year on ObamaCare and not enough on jobs and the economy. The concern among GOP centrists comes as President Obama and congressional Democrats are crowing about a surge in late enrollments and claiming the political winds are shifting around the Affordable Care Act. A growing rift in the GOP was exposed when a group of Senate Republicans recently struck a bipartisan deal to extend unemployment benefits. Neither Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) nor Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) embraced the agreement. Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.), who spearheaded...

    04/01/2014 6:11:51 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 26 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 1, 2014 | By Wynton Hall
    President Barack Obama's home state of Hawaii's Obamacare exchange spent $35,749 per enrollee, a sum greater than the price of a new 2014 BMW 320i sedan (MSRP $32,750). "Just obscene amounts of money have disappeared into these state exchanges for very little actual performance," said American Commitment President Phil Kerpen. "You just have this huge duplication and waste in places like Hawaii and Oregon." A CNBC analysis ranking taxpayer-funded federal expenditures on Obamacare found that Hawaii enrolled just 5,744 people through its Obamacare exchange at a cost to taxpayers of $205,342,270. The second-worst performer was the District of Columbia which...

    03/31/2014 5:32:58 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 37 replies
    Breitbart ^ | March 31, 2014 | by WYNTON HALL
    Obamacare, the plan purportedly created to provide health coverage for the uninsured, has enrolled just 1.7% of America's 48.6 million uninsured. News of the disastrous numbers comes as nervous Democrats and President Barack Obama, ahead of the November midterm elections, did their best on Monday's enrollment deadline to put a positive spin on the deeply unpopular Obamacare program. The latest Associated Press poll finds that Obamacare has now hit an all-time low approval rating of just 26 percent. The White House now claims an Obamacare enrollment figure of six million people. However, according to The New York Times, at least...
  • Obamacare Deadline Q&A: Where We Are, What's Next

    03/30/2014 10:40:20 PM PDT · by ReaganÜberAlles · 7 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | March 31, 2014 | Alexis Simendinger & Caitlin Huey-Burns
    After years of anticipation, a long spell of calamitous implementation, and millions of hours spent by advocates nudging a nation to “get covered,” the Obama administration will cross a health-care threshold on March 31. The arrival of Monday’s deadline to get private health coverage (backed by federal subsidies for those who qualify) won’t be the final word on President Obama’s most controversial legislative achievement. Indeed, clashes between Democrats and Republicans over Obamacare will shift into another election-year phase.
  • Obamacare Architect: ‘Be Prepared to Kiss Your Insurance Company Good-Bye Forever’

    03/03/2014 4:53:13 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 29 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Mar. 3, 2014 | Jason Howerton
    Ezekiel Emanuel, one of the architects behind Obamacare, is now claiming that “insurance companies as we know them are about to die.” Critics of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law have long alleged that one of the real goals of law was to put private insurance companies out of business.
  • Health care act no more a 'job killer' than Social Security or Medicare

    02/21/2014 4:33:38 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 15 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 2-19-14 | Edward Lotterman
    The critics are right, however, that some people will choose to work less because they qualify for a tax-credit based subsidy. If not for this government program, they would have to work harder and employment numbers would be higher. So might total output or gross domestic product. This aspect of the Affordable Care Act distorts economic efficiency. But don't kid yourself that this is anything new. Social Security has the same effect. About 41 million people currently get Social Security retirement benefits. Many still do work, at least part-time. But most do not. If not for their monthly checks, which...
  • 7 Times Obama Ignored the Law to Impose His Executive Will

    02/14/2014 4:52:46 AM PST · by iowamark · 11 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | February 14, 2014 | Amy Payne
    President Obama—the imperial President, the “I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone” President who can’t wait to show us his “year of action”—once vowed to do exactly the opposite. "The biggest problems that we’re facing right now have to do with George Bush trying to bring more and more power into the executive branch and not go through Congress at all. And that’s what I intend to reverse when I’m President of the United States of America." That was candidate Obama back in 2008. This comment somehow slipped under the radar for the past few years and resurfaced...
  • Enrollment threatens exchange funding

    02/10/2014 4:53:44 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 10 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 2-9-14 | Patrick Condon
    The 14 states running their own health insurance marketplaces had all their startup costs footed by the federal government, but they're supposed to pay for themselves starting next year under the new federal health care law. In several states, it's not clear whether it will work out that way. Projected enrollments are lower than expected, meaning the insurance surcharges designed to sustain the exchanges might not generate enough revenue in the years ahead without significant changes in the financing model. Officials in some states are stashing away federal grant money to continue paying for operations beyond the January 2015 target...
  • OR Obamacare Online Enrollment System Still Doesn’t Work 3 Months After It Was Supposed To Launch

    01/13/2014 6:32:28 PM PST · by matt04 · 11 replies
    Gov. John Kitzhaber said Thursday the state has hired a firm to conduct an independent review of what went wrong with Oregon’s troubled health insurance exchange. Several states and the federal government have struggled with exchange technology, but none as much as Oregon. Cover Oregon’s online enrollment system still doesn’t work more than three months after it was supposed to launch, and the state has hired or reassigned hundreds of workers to manually process applications. Officials say they hope the online system will be operational by March. The state will pay First Data Government Solutions LP $228,000 to conduct the...
  • Skimpy health law plans leave some “underinsured”

    01/03/2014 9:23:30 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 3, 2014 2:00 PM EST | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    For working people making modest wages and struggling with high medical bills from chronic disease, President Barack Obama’s health care plan sounds like long-awaited relief. But the promise could go unfulfilled. It’s true that patients with cancer and difficult conditions such as multiple sclerosis or Crohn’s disease will be able to get insurance and financial help with monthly premiums. But their annual out-of-pocket costs could still be so high they’ll have trouble staying out of debt. You couldn’t call them uninsured any longer. You might say they’re “underinsured.” …
  • MNSure Not One of the More Secure Exchanges in Nation

    12/08/2013 3:59:44 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 4 replies
    KSTP ^ | 12-8-13 | Nick Winkler
    MNSure, the state's health care exchange, is vulnerable to a specific kind of WiFi attack. We discovered this vulnerability during a simulated attack we ran recently. MNSure denies it has a problem and blames users. 5 Eyewitness News wanted to see how MNSure compares with other state-run health care exchanges. It's why we partnered with Mark Lanterman at Computer Forensic Services to test at least a dozen other exchange sites. More than 41% of the sites tested passed, meaning they are not vulnerable to the type of WiFi attack we simulated. Like MNSure, more than 58% failed the test
  • Mary Landrieu (exempt RAT period-LA) and the Art of Backing Away

    11/20/2013 4:57:09 PM PST · by Libloather · 9 replies
    National Journal ^ | 11/18/13 | Michael Catalini
    Later this week, Southern Media & Opinion Research is expected to release the first independent poll assessing the matchup between Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu and Republican opponents in next year’s Senate race in Louisiana. For Landrieu, the poll will illuminate whether her Obamacare strategy is working, or whether the health care law is going to define her race and hurt her prospects. While the poll will be conducted by the independent organization, GOP businessman Lane Grigsby is funding the survey, according to sources in the Landrieu campaign. “Up until now the issue was manageable for her,” said Louisiana political analyst...
  • Dayton rejects Obama's health insurance policy change option

    11/19/2013 4:47:31 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 7 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 11-18-13 | Christopher Snowbeck
    Siding with Minnesota health insurers, Gov. Mark Dayton said Monday that the state won't follow President Barack Obama's lead and let people renew individual health insurance policies that don't comply with the federal Affordable Care Act. The governor made his announcement in response to a letter Monday from Julie Brunner of the Minnesota Council of Health Plans, a trade group that argued that letting consumers maintain coverage likely would result in fewer young and healthy people buying coverage through MNsure, the state's new health insurance exchange. The absence of those consumers, Brunner wrote, could drive up costs and reduce options...
  • Obama's Czar Hints Site Won't Be Fixed On Time

    11/08/2013 1:08:42 PM PST · by Kaslin · 59 replies ^ | November 8, 2013 | Conn Carroll
    If you want to know why Democratic Senators appear to be panicking over Obamacare, it is probably because the White House has not been able to convince them that will be up and running as promised by November 30. And President Obama's surge czar Jeffrey Zients did nothing to calm that panic Friday on a conference call with reporters. Reuters reports: The Obama administration's adviser Jeffrey Zeints said on Friday that the trouble-plagued federal healthcare website is improving, but that higher volumes of visitors are exposing new capacity and software issues. In a conference call with...
  • The White House effort to blame insurance companies for lost plans (3 Pinocchios)

    11/07/2013 7:45:56 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 13 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 7, 2013 | By Glenn Kessler
    The provision in the law was the manifestation of the assurance that if you have a plan you want to keep, you can keep it. Insurance companies that chose to strip away benefits from existing plans in the interim, that canceled existing plans in the interim, they took away that grandfathering opportunity. And that’s a reality.” – White House spokesman Jay Carney, daily press briefing, Nov. 5, 2013 In defending President Obama’s now-discredited pledge that “if you like your health-care plan, you’ll be able to keep it,” the White House has repeatedly tried to blame insurance companies. White House spokesman...
  • The Obamacare Lies

    11/05/2013 1:56:17 PM PST · by Wolf13 · 12 replies
    YouTube ^ | 11-5-13 | Gary Bauer
    President Obama made several promises to the American people in order to secure passage of Obamacare. They all turned out to be lies.
  • "If You Like Your Insurance, You Can Keep It."

    10/29/2013 9:11:32 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    Slate ^ | October 29, 2913 | y David Weigel
    For all the work conservatives have done to legitimatize their alternative media, the Obama administration has never felt the need to respond to them. It hasn't felt the need to respond to local media reports (collated, helpfully, by Republicans) about individuals losing their current insurance plans because they didn't comport with the Affordable Care Act's regulations. But NBC News weighs in, proves that "the administration knew that more than 40 to 67 percent of those in the individual market would not be able to keep their plans, even if they liked them," and katy bar the door. Senior advisor Valerie...
  • Obama Doesn't Know Jack

    10/28/2013 2:59:55 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Rush ^ | October 28, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Ladies and gentlemen, I must, using my instincts here, apologize for the last 15 minutes or so. I may have sounded like I was on the verge of out-of-control and I wasn't. My passion got the best of me, and I really did not mean to be shouting at everybody like that. Passion's one thing. Shouting is another. I hope you will accept my apology. I don't take back anything I said, 'cause it is just amazingly frustrating to be confronted with such willful ignorance. It's so unnecessary. The truth did not require a password. The truth...
  • Dems Doomed the Country with Stupidity! (Rush goes off on Democrats and Progressives)

    10/28/2013 3:04:12 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 42 replies ^ | 10-28-2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Moving on to the Obamacare Stack, there are a lot of reports today, expressions of anger, humiliation, disappointment, over the debacle that continues to be the Obamacare website.  More glitches.  Now you've got people saying, "You know what, this thing can't be fixed.  It's gonna have to torn down and rebuilt from scratch."  And, by the way, remember the picture of the young woman that's been the iconic figure at  She's gone now.  They've replaced her with two or three icons or graphics.  That woman was probably the Julia of the famous Obamacare commercial.  But, anyway,...