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  • 17 Errors & Omissions in Vox's Otherwise Excellent History of King v. Burwell

    03/03/2015 11:03:33 AM PST · by Ray76 · 1 replies
    Forbes ^ | Mar 2, 2015 | Michael Cannon
    This week, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in King v. Burwell, one of four legal challenges to an IRS regulation that purports to implement the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, but in fact vastly expands the IRS’s powers beyond the limits imposed by the Act. Just in time for oral arguments before the Court, Vox’s Sarah Kliff has produced what I think may be the best history of King v. Burwell and related cases I’ve seen. Still, there are a few important errors and omissions.... Kliff reports that all congressional staff involved with the drafting of the...
  • Jonathan Gruber in 2013: States Without Exchanges Will Cost Residents

    03/02/2015 7:24:44 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 7 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 03/02/2015 | John Sexton
    Most observers of the legal battle over Obamacare’s subsidies are now familiar with the two clips (one video and one audio) in which economist Jonathan Gruber takes the plaintiff’s side, saying only states which set up an exchange will receive subsidies. But a third example of Gruber saying much the same thing has, so far, received very little attention.
  • 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...
  • Burwell Stonewalls; Doesn't Address Risks For Obamacare Enrollees If Court Rules Against Her

    02/07/2015 5:18:01 PM PST · by Ray76 · 6 replies
    Forbes ^ | Feb 4, 2015 | Michael Cannon
    Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell is the lead defendant in King v. Burwell, in which the plaintiffs claim the Obama administration is taxing millions of employers and individuals and subsidizing millions of HealthCare.gov enrollees contrary to the plain language of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (a.k.a., ObamaCare). The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case on March 4, and will likely rule by late June. If the Court rules against Burwell, 57 million individuals and employers will be freed from those illegal taxes and maybe 4 million HealthCare.gov enrollees will lose subsidies that the...
  • Mr. President, Tell HealthCare.gov Enrollees About King v. Burwell And The Risks To Their Coverage

    01/20/2015 6:47:44 PM PST · by Ray76
    Forbes ^ | Jan 20, 2015 | Michael F. Cannon
    Tonight, President Obama will deliver his annual State of the Union address to Congress. He will no doubt boast that his administration has enrolled 6.8 million individuals in ObamaCare plans in the 37 states with federal Exchanges — i.e., through HealthCare.gov — and a couple million more in the few states that established their own Exchanges. The State of the Union would also be a good time for the president to be honest with those HealthCare.gov enrollees, especially the roughly 6 million of them who are purchasing coverage with the help of federal subsidies, about the risks to which he...
  • Harvard Study Of CBO Reports Says Nothing New Or Interesting About King v. Burwell

    01/19/2015 3:46:58 PM PST · by Ray76 · 5 replies
    Forbes ^ | Jan 16, 2015 | Michael F. Cannon
    Vox‘s Sarah Kliff reports that Harvard University’s Theda Skocpol has produced a study purporting to show Congress intended for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to authorize health-insurance subsdies through Exchanges established by the federal government — even though the statute expressly and repeatedly says those subsidies are available only “through an Exchange established by the State.” Whether the PPACA authorizes those subsidies in the 36 states with federal Exchanges is the question presented in King v. Burwell. The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in King on March 4, with a ruling expected by June. Unfortunately for the...
  • Questions on the House Vote to Tweak ObamaCare’s Employer Mandate

    01/10/2015 1:52:05 PM PST · by Ray76 · 18 replies
    Cato Institute ^ | Jan 7, 2015 | Michael F. Cannon
    Tomorrow, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives will vote on a measure that would alter the definition of full-time work, for purposes of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate, from 30 hours per week to 40 hours per week. I have a few questions about this supposed threat to ObamaCare: This legislation would reduce the burden of ObamaCare’s employer mandatem but it would also increase government spending by making more workers eligible for health-insurance subsidies through ObamaCare’s Exchanges. How is that a policy victory?The legislation would therefore shift part of ObamaCare’s cost from an organized and influential interest group...
  • Affordable Care Excise Tax, Part II

    01/07/2015 3:06:15 PM PST · by NaturalBornConservative · 10 replies
    Natural Born Conservative ^ | January 7, 2015 | Larry Walker II
    Effing the Middle Class:: By: Larry Walker II ::In Part 1, we voiced concern that in constitutional law sense, an excise tax is usually an event tax as opposed to a “state of being” tax, the recent exception to this principle being the "minimum essential coverage" tax under Internal Revenue Code section 5000A as enacted by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111–148), whereby an indirect tax is imposed on the condition of not having purchased health insurance coverage.This is not the first time in history the United States has forced its middle class to pay a...
  • Why Your Plan Was Cancelled: Health Insurance and the Affordable Care Act (video)

    01/02/2015 7:04:43 PM PST · by servo1969 · 20 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | 9-22-2014 | Mercatus Center
    There's a bizarre reason why millions of Americans saw their health plans cancelled in 2013 and, as explained in a new video featuring Robert Graboyes of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, millions more will lose their plans in years to come.
  • IRS Goes After Nonprofit Hospitals On Asking Customers To Pay Bills

    12/30/2014 12:27:39 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 45 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | December 29, 2014 | Sarah Hurtubise
    The Obama administration announced new rules under Obamacare on Monday that target nonprofit hospitals’ efforts to get paid by their patients.Nonprofit hospitals, which serve a charitable purpose and are often religiously affiliated, will now be subject to strict rules on when and how they can collect payments from customers, thanks to regulations included in the health-care law. As a condition of their tax-exempt status, these hospitals must “take an active role in improving the health of the communities they serve,” Treasury Department deputy assistant secretary for tax policy Emily McMahon wrote in a blog post Monday. Under the new IRS...
  • 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 HealthCare.gov platform for 2015 Full Title: Tax dollars at work: 87% of new Obamacare users given federal aid
  • GOP's Medicaid Expansion Plans Encounter Growing Skepticism

    12/30/2014 11:40:57 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    Newsmax.com ^ | December 29, 2014 | Joe Himelfarb
    While states debate expanding their Medicaid programs under Obamacare, they're wrestling with a looming 2017 deadline — when their taxpayers begin paying for the cost of the expansion. Beginning in 2014, states that agree to expand Medicaid to persons with incomes of up to 138 percent of the poverty line will have the federal government pay 100 percent of the cost. But beginning in 2017, the federal share will fall to 95 percent, and it drops to 90 percent in 2020. This has officials — many of them in Republican-dominated states across the country — worried that they will not...
  • McCaughey: Hillary's Healthcare Rx May Be Worse Than Obamacare

    12/28/2014 6:57:15 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    Newsmax.com ^ | December 26, 2014 | Newsmax
    The Affordable Care Act may become even more of a nightmare with Hillary Clinton in the White House, says Betsy McCaughey, chairwoman of the Committee to Reduce Infectious Deaths and former lieutenant-governor of New York. "Hillary could make it worse," McCaughey said Friday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV, referencing Clinton's attempt to launch a heathcare plan when her husband, Bill Clinton, was president. "Hillarycare back in November 1993, all 1,362 pages of it . . . was far more coercive than Obamacare." For example, said McCaughey, a medical doctor, Clinton's plan was far more rigid than President...
  • Affordable Care Excise Tax, Part I

    12/13/2014 6:19:48 PM PST · by NaturalBornConservative · 6 replies
    Natural Born Conservative ^ | December 13, 2014 | Larry Walker II
    What the Individual Mandate means for you and your family:: By: Larry Walker II ::Under the Affordable Care Act, beginning in 2014, State governments, insurers, employers, and selected individuals are supposed to share in the responsibility of providing health insurance coverage. The Act’s shared responsibility provision, also known as the individual mandate, requires you and each member of your family to either: Have minimum essential coverage; or An exemption from the responsibility to have minimum essential coverage; or Pay an Excise Tax. You will report minimum essential coverage, claim an exemption therefrom, or make an excise tax payment when...
  • Obamacare Architect Jonathan Gruber to Testify

    12/09/2014 5:25:21 AM PST · by Ray76 · 13 replies
    Townhall ^ | Dec 08, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    MIT professor and Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber will testify on Capitol Hill Tuesday about his role in selling the 2010 healthcare law to "stupid American voters" through deception and non-transparency. The hearing will be held by the House Oversight Committee and Gruber will have to field questions from Chairman Darrell Issa and angry lawmakers about the legislation. Gruber became infamous just a few weeks ago after a Philadelphia financial consultant and citizen blogger started pulling and publishing multiple video clips of him at various events discussing Obamacare. During those events, Gruber admitted the redistribution of wealth in the legislation was...
  • Grubergate Part 5: How King v. Burwell Would (Finally) Bring Transparency To ObamaCare

    12/09/2014 5:15:30 AM PST · by Ray76 · 1 replies
    Forbes ^ | Dec 1, 2014 | Michael F. Cannon
    “Grubergate” involves two different groups of videos/recordings of MIT health economist and ObamaCare architect Jonathan Gruber. One group consists of videos where he explains that various deceptions that went into crafting and selling the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and explains the scam worked because voters are “too stupid to understand the difference.” The second group consists of two recordings in which Gruber acknowledges the PPACA offers premium subsidies only to residents of states that help implement the Act by establishing a health-insurance Exchange. To my knowledge, no one has remarked upon the connection between these two groups of...
  • EEOC: Obamacare ‘Workplace Wellness’ Programs Neither Voluntary Nor Legal

    12/03/2014 7:04:56 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 44 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | December 2, 2014 | Barbara Hollingsworth
    (CNSNews.com) – The 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA) allowed corporations to reduce their health care costs by rewarding employees for voluntarily participating in workplace “wellness” programs to help them lose weight or stop smoking. But now three of those programs are the target of discrimination lawsuits by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which says they are neither voluntary nor legal. EEOC recently filed its third wellness lawsuit, claiming that Honeywell International, Inc.’s ACA-approved wellness program violates the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Honeywell recently informed employees and their spouses who were enrolled in the company’s health benefits plan that...
  • FDA Finalizes Menu Labeling Rules

    11/26/2014 10:28:43 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 25, 2014 | Leah Barkoukis
    Thanks to the FDA’s calorie labeling regulations announced Tuesday, major changes will soon be coming to the food and restaurant industries. The regulation itself is nothing new; it became law in 2010 as a provision attached to the Affordable Care Act, but final rules were delayed for the past few years, thanks in large part to heavy opposition from grocery stores, pizza chains, vending machines, convenience stores, and movie theaters. Although some concessions were made, none of these industries were fully spared. By November 2015, these establishments will be forced to post calorie information on menus and menu boards, which...
  • Gruber Has Contracts Terminated In Vermont And North Carolina

    11/21/2014 8:50:21 PM PST · by Ray76 · 36 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | Nov 21, 2014 | James Beattie
    MIT professor Jonathan Gruber, architect of President Obama’s health care law, saw contracts with two states terminated inside of one week: Vermont on Wednesday and North Carolina on Thursday.
  • Origins of Obamacare

    11/19/2014 4:00:37 AM PST · by Ray76 · 26 replies
    Nov 19, 2014
    The Origin of Obamacare: The Organization and Their Plan Part 1   Quentin Young, Sen. Barack Obama, 2003 Quentin Young is a founding member of the Chicago-based Physicians for a National Health Program. [1][2] Young is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America [14] Peter Orris co-founded the Physicians for a National Health Program [3]. Orris was a member of Students for a Democratic Society at Harvard [4] Physicians for a National Health Program advocates single-payer national health insurance. [10] They both serve on the National Physicians Alliance Advisory Board. [5] Obama learned about single-payer health care from his...
  • Obama 2012 Campaign Press Release: Gruber “Helped Write Obamacare”

    11/18/2014 7:48:18 PM PST · by Ray76 · 53 replies
    The Federalist ^ | Nov 18, 2014 | Sean Davis
    The Obama administration can try to distance itself from Jonathan Gruber all it wants, but a 2012 press release from Obama’s own presidential campaign shows that when it comes to Obamacare, the president and Gruber are joined at the hip.
  • HealthCare.gov hiccups hit Obamacare 2.0 rollout

    11/15/2014 5:40:16 PM PST · by Ray76 · 23 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Nov 15, 2014 | Kellan Howell
    The second rollout of the online federal healthcare exchange website experienced some setbacks within 12 hours of launching at midnight Saturday.
  • How DSA Marxists Influenced Health Policies for Both Major Presidential Candidates

    A leading Marxist health academic played a key role in designing health policies in Massachusetts and at the Federal level, now popularly associated with both leading US presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Barack Obama.
  • Technical Assistance in Evaluating Options for National Healthcare Reform

    11/13/2014 6:21:22 PM PST · by Ray76 · 4 replies
    The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), intends to negotiate with Jonathan Gruber, Ph.D. on a sole sources basis for technical assistance in evaluating options for national healthcare reform. The basis for restricting competition is the authority of 41 USC 253(c)(1) 106-1(b) because there is only one responsible source and no other supplies or services will satisfy DHHS requirements. The anticipated contract period will be eight months.
  • Academic Built Case for Mandate in Health Care Law

    11/13/2014 1:57:21 PM PST · by Ray76 · 10 replies
    NY Times ^ | Mar 28, 2012 | CATHERINE RAMPELL
    After Massachusetts, California came calling. So did Connecticut, Delaware, Kansas, Minnesota, Oregon, Wisconsin and Wyoming. They all wanted Jonathan Gruber, a numbers wizard at M.I.T., to help them figure out how to fix their health care systems, just as he had helped Mitt Romney overhaul health insurance when he was the Massachusetts governor. Then came the call in 2008 from President-elect Obama’s transition team, the one that officially turned this stay-at-home economics professor into Mr. Mandate. “Creating a good model from scratch would have taken months, maybe years,” said Lawrence H. Summers, who was the director of President Obama’s National...
  • Jonathan Gruber, Romneycare, and Obamacare

    11/13/2014 8:31:57 AM PST · by Ray76 · 21 replies
    Nov 13, 2014 | self
    Obama used the Massachusetts law developed by Gruber as the blueprint for Obamacare When asked in 2012 what were the differences between RomneyÂ’s and ObamaÂ’s plans he said "They are the same bleeping bill! More seriously, the core of the ACA [Affordable Care Act] is exactly the same as what we did here in Massachusetts" Romneycare was held up as a success. It became the exemplar model. But in fact it is a failure. Gruber himself says the "dirty secret" is that a large portion of the cost of Romneycare was paid by the Feds. Here is Gruber and the...
  • How the White House Used Gruber's Work to Create Appearance of Broad Consensus

    11/13/2014 12:08:25 AM PST · by Ray76 · 25 replies
    HuffingtonPost ^ | Mar 18, 2010 | Jane Hamsher
    (Mar 18, 2010) Up until this point, most of the attention regarding the failure to disclose the connection between Jonathan Gruber and the White House has fallen on Gruber himself. Far more troubling, however, is the lack of disclosure on the part of the White House, the Senate, the DNC and other Democratic leaders who distributed Gruber's work and cited it as independent validation of their proposals, orchestrating the appearance of broad consensus when in fact it was all part of the same effort. [] Now that we know that Gruber's work was not that of an independent analyst but...
  • Follow the Money: Your Tax Dollars Bought Jonathan Gruber’s Services

    11/12/2014 10:25:25 PM PST · by Ray76 · 19 replies
    FiredogLake ^ | Jan 10, 2010 | Rayne
    (Jan 10, 2010) Firedoglake has been researching the relationship of MIT economist Jonathan Gruber with the Obama administration with regard to health care reform. You’ll find posts by emptywheel, dday and Jon Walker about the apparent conflicts of interest on Gruber’s part, that of the Obama administration and the media covering health care reform. We’re still looking at the money – yes, follow the money, as Deep Throat once said – paid out to Gruber by the government. OUR MONEY, our tax dollars, paid out to Gruber under three administrations. You can view the numbers at this link, at which...
  • White House used Mitt Romney health-care law as blueprint for federal law

    11/12/2014 4:47:31 PM PST · by Ray76 · 71 replies
    NBC ^ | Oct 11, 2011 | Michael Isikoff
    (Oct 11, 2011) Newly obtained White House records provide fresh details on how senior Obama administration officials used Mitt Romney’s landmark health-care law in Massachusetts as a model for the new federal law, including recruiting some of Romney’s own health care advisers and experts to help craft the act now derided by Republicans as “Obamacare.” “The White House wanted to lean a lot on what we’d done in Massachusetts,” said Jon Gruber, an MIT economist who advised the Romney administration on health care and who attended five meetings at the Obama White House in 2009, including the meeting with the...
  • King, Halbig, Et Al. Head To The Supreme Court

    11/11/2014 9:05:01 PM PST · by Ray76 · 5 replies
    Forbes ^ | Nov 7, 2014 | Michael F. Cannon
    I applaud the Supreme Court’s decision to grant certiorari in King v. Burwell. Since January, the Obama administration has been spending billions of unauthorized federal dollars, and subjecting nearly 60 million Americans to unauthorized taxes, all to hide the full cost of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or ObamaCare. The administration’s actions have not only violated the law and caused massive economic disruption, they have also subverted the democratic process.
  • What Will Obamacare Cost You?

    11/11/2014 8:13:40 PM PST · by Ray76 · 24 replies
    An interactive guide to understanding the financial impact of the Affordable Care Act.
  • HHS pledges more funds to enroll minorities in O-Care

    09/11/2014 7:51:39 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 4 replies
    The Hill ^ | Sep 11, 2014 | Crystal Hill
    Federal health officials announced $3.2 million in new funding to help racial and ethnic minorities enroll in health coverage under ObamaCare. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Office of Minority Health awarded grants to 13 organizations that will help educate and encourage minority communities to sign up for health plans through the marketplaces.
  • Dems urge bold action on O-Care calorie counts

    08/16/2014 8:08:16 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 15, 2014 | Benjamin Goad
    A pair of congressional Democrats pressed the White House Friday to move forcefully on regulations requiring calorie counts on restaurant menus. The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) proposed rule mandates labels on restaurants, “similar retail food establishments” and vending machines to combat obesity by helping consumers make healthier choices. The regulations, a requirement of the Affordable Care Act, were first proposed in 2011 and drew hundreds of public comments. The proposal remains under review at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Meanwhile, dozens of lawmakers have argued that the FDA’s proposed rule goes beyond congressional intent, warning...
  • The Real Meaning Of Halbig v. Burwell

    07/18/2014 1:03:30 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 8 replies
    Forbes ^ | Jul 18, 2014 | Michael F. Cannon
    Halbig is one of four cases challenging subsidies the Obama administration is issuing through health-insurance Exchanges established by the federal government under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The PPACA says those subsidies are authorized only through Exchanges “established by the State.” The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit could issue a ruling in Halbig at any time. First, a few words on statutory interpretation. Contrary to what Jost claims, neither I nor anyone else “presumes that ‘an Exchange established by the State under section 1311’ cannot include a fallback Exchange established on the state’s behalf by...
  • Exclusive: Democratic senators to file amicus brief in Hobby Lobby birth control case

    01/28/2014 2:47:41 AM PST · by markomalley · 31 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 1/28/2014 | Liz Goodwin
    In a brief to be filed with the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, 19 Democratic senators are siding with the Obama administration against evangelical Christian businessmen who argue that paying for their employees’ birth control, a requirement under Obamacare, violates their company’s religious freedom. The senators—five of them women—argue in their “friend of the court” brief that the owners of the Oklahoma-based crafts store chain Hobby Lobby are not exempt from the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate simply because some forms of birth control offend their religious beliefs. Hobby Lobby’s owners, David Green and his family, are suing the federal...
  • WaPo: 'Every Democrat Should Be Scared' of this Obamacare Ad

    12/18/2013 11:06:42 AM PST · by neverdem · 50 replies
    National Review Online ^ | DECEMBER 18, 2013 | John Fund
    The conservative group Ending Spending may have premiered the ad that nationalizes the 2014 midterm elections around Obamacare. The 30-second killer ad was produced by Republican media consultant Larry McCarthy and goes after Jeanne Shaheen, the first-term Democratic Senator from New Hampshire who is likely to face former GOP Senator Scott Brown next year. The ad begins with footage of Shaheen on the Senate floor echoing President Obama by saying, “if you like your insurance you can keep it.” An overlay graphic points out that Obama was given the “Lie of the Year” award from a fact-checking group for that...
  • Obamacare Programmers obviously cannot read

    12/13/2013 11:24:18 AM PST · by SES1066 · 18 replies
    http://www.isaacsoft.com/Humor/ProgrammingLaws.html ^ | Long time ago | Apocryphal Murphy
    Murphy's Laws of Computer Programming 1. Any given program, when running, is obsolete. 2. If a program is useless, it will have to be documented. 3. If a program is useful, it will have to be changed. 4. Any non-trivial program contains at least one bug. 5. Any program will expand to fill all available memory. 6. The value of a program is directly proportional to the weight of its output. 7. The complexity of a program will grow until it exceeds the capability of the programmer to maintain it. 8. Make it possible for programmers to write in English...
  • Majority in U.S. Say Healthcare Not Gov't Responsibility

    11/18/2013 5:38:20 PM PST · by neverdem · 19 replies
    Gallup ^ | November 18, 2012 | Joy Wilke
    PRINCETON, NJ -- The 56% of U.S. adults who now say it is not the federal government's responsibility to make sure all Americans have healthcare coverage continues to reflect a record high. Prior to 2009, a clear majority of Americans consistently had said the government should take responsibility for ensuring that all Americans have healthcare...
  • Live Thread: Obama to Address State of the Obamacare Sham Wow 11:25 A.M. EDT 10/21/13

    10/21/2013 6:47:20 AM PDT · by kristinn · 215 replies
    Monday, Ocotber 21, 2013 | Kristinn
    Barack Obama will speak to the nation today at 11:25 a.m. EDT from the Rose Garden with citizen props standing around him to tout the glories of Obamacare. The White House has leaked to the press Obama is "frustrated" about the problems with the government exchange website.
  • CNN host: Obama should accept GOP proposal and delay ObamaCare for a year

    10/11/2013 6:10:59 PM PDT · by neverdem · 31 replies
    Human Events ^ | 10/10/2013 | John Hayward
    It may not mark a tectonic shift in the political landscape, but it seems significant that CNN’s Wolf Blitzer expressed support for Republican proposals to delay ObamaCare for a year: Blitzer was then set upon by other CNN hosts while leaving the studio, resulting in a melee that escalated quickly, ending when Piers Morgan killed a guy with a trident. CALL TO ACTION: Should Congress be exempt from Obamacare? Sign the petition to deny Congressional exemption here! This particular conversation revolved around the epic “glitches” that have plagued the ObamaCare website. ”Glitchy” is a debatable term for a website that...
  • OPT OUT of ObamaCare’s Government Run Exchanges

    10/06/2013 11:12:12 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 16 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 10/6/13 | Doug Book
    Don’t want to become a lifelong statistic of the Democrat Party’s Affordable Care Act? The Citizen’s Council for Health Freedom (CCHF) has created an ObamaCare Exchange Opt-Out form which can be emailed directly to the federal Healthcare.gov website. “I declare that I am opting out of any and all participation in the national Obamacare Exchange system.” And the stated reasons should cause every American to question both the legitimacy of the Affordable Care Act and the true intent of its authors. It begins with the question of privacy: “Without my consent, the Exchange will...
  • TOP 10 OBAMACARE OPTIONS

    10/06/2013 8:43:50 AM PDT · by jackspyder · 13 replies
    examiner.com ^ | Oct. 4, 2013 | Rene Girard
    The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) officially launched nationwide on Tuesday Oct 1st, 2013. Since Wednesday there have been primarily negative reviews of the new Exchange system due to poor Marketplace performance. [see Forbes article] Unexpected hold times, website crashes and delays, as well as unexpectedly high monthly premiums have prompted public outrage and frustration. Therefore, as a licensed health insurance agent and fellow consumer, I would like to present a helpful list of options to those individuals who are attempting to purchase a new "Obamacare" plan at this time.
  • Will the courts derail obamacare?

    10/05/2013 3:57:49 PM PDT · by neverdem · 51 replies
    Forbes via AEI ^ | September 13, 2013 | Christopher J. Conover
    The conventional wisdom is that John Roberts [an “evil genius,” “political genius” “coward,” “pragmatist”] settled the matter of Obamacare’s constitutionality with his [“stunning,” “convoluted,” “statesmanlike,” “bipolar,” “bold”] decision [“constitutional malpractice” “a singular act of courage,” “sophistry,” “fancy footwork,” “deft performance,” “a brilliant act of judicial statesmanship”] 14 months ago to save the law by essentially rewriting some of its core provisions. The Supreme Court has spoken, Obamacare is the law of the land, Republicans should “get over it” and, in Bill Clinton’s words it should be “all hands on board” to get it launched successfully. What if the conventional wisdom...
  • The Republican Replacement: The GOP is introducing a plan that would replace the health-care law...

    09/18/2013 10:34:10 PM PDT · by neverdem · 45 replies
    National Review Online ^ | September 18, 2013 | Andrew Stiles
    The GOP is introducing a plan that would replace the health-care law they hope to defund.As polls highlight the American public’s unease about President Obama’s signature health-care law, House Republicans on Wednesday introduced legislation to repeal and replace it completely with a plan of their own. The bill, called the American Health Care Reform Act, is the product of a health-care working group convened by Representative Steve Scalise (R., La.), chairman of the 175-member Republican Study Committee (RSC). “I think we’ve done a very effective job of pointing out all the things that are bad about the president’s health-care law,...
  • OBAMA WANTS YOUR SEXUAL HISTORY

    09/11/2013 10:42:28 AM PDT · by neverdem · 215 replies
    Human Events ^ | September 11, 2013 | Betsy McCaughey
    If you think the Obama health law is only for the uninsured and you won’t be affected, you’re in for a surprise next time you go to the doctor. Be prepared for questions unrelated to why you are seeking medical help — questions that you don’t want to answer.Whether you’re at the dermatologist or the cardiologist, you’ll likely be asked: “Are you sexually active? If so, do you have one partner, multiple partners or same-sex partners?”Doctors are being turned into government agents, where they’re pressured financially to ask questions they consider inappropriate and unnecessary and violate their Hippocratic Oath...
  • Reid Admits It: ObamaCare Just A Step Toward Single-Payer

    08/13/2013 10:17:51 PM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 08/12/2013 | Masthead Editorial
    Health Care: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid admitted last week that ObamaCare was just a first move toward a fully government-run single-payer system. This should not be a surprise. Some of us knew it all along." ObamaCare, we warned, "seems to have started the process." Even before ObamaCare was signed into law, we told anyone who'd listen it was a con to dupe the public. "Once the new program is finished wrecking what remains of the private health insurance industry — as it ultimately will — we'll be stuck with the government declaring that 'the market doesn't work' and forcing...
  • Conservatism Needs a Fighting General:Defunding battle highlights the need for leaders with guts

    08/05/2013 6:02:02 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 26 replies
    am spectator ^ | 8/5/13 | d catron
    Last week, Karl Rove opined that a GOP attempt to defund Obamacare would be analogous to Pickett’s Charge at the Battle of Gettysburg. His analogy was trite as well as inaccurate, yet Gettysburg does contain a lesson for establishment Republicans who oppose defunding. Its moral lies not in Pickett’s disastrous charge, however, but in the failure of Union General George Meade to follow up his defensive Pennsylvania victory by attacking the Confederate forces as they withdrew to the safety of Virginia. Meade’s timidity extended the Civil War by two years and rendered his Commander-in-Chief nearly apoplectic with frustration. Lincoln, who...
  • Second-Term Nightmare - ObamaCare's chickens come home to roost.

    08/02/2013 8:39:51 PM PDT · by neverdem · 17 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 27, 2013 | PETE DU PONT
    Talk about being between a rock and a hard place. The Obama administration and its allies in Congress are... --snip-- Earlier this month the House passed legislation that would make it legal to delay the employer mandate. The House passed another bill to delay the individual mandate by a year, with the logic that individuals and families deserve the same break busineses are getting. Both bills will languish in the Senate, but they have led to the rather odd situation of the president actually vowing to veto legislation that would put his extralegal action on solid footing. The administration's problems...
  • The Affordable Care Act's Rate-Setting Won't Work (Howard Dean!)

    07/29/2013 11:08:41 AM PDT · by neverdem · 23 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 28, 2013 | Howard Dean
    Experience tells me the Independent Payment Advisory Board will fail... --snip-- There does have to be control of costs in our health-care system. However, rate setting—the essential mechanism of the IPAB—has a 40-year track record of failure. What ends up happening in these schemes (which many states including my home state of Vermont have implemented with virtually no long-term effect on costs) is that patients and physicians get aggravated because bureaucrats in either the private or public sector are making medical decisions without knowing the patients. Most important, once again, these kinds of schemes do not control costs. The medical...
  • Obamacare Battle Takes Bizarre Turn

    07/23/2013 1:54:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 23 | Byron York
    The Affordable Care Act originally passed the House in 2009 with 220 votes, all but one of them Democrats. Recently 251 members of the House, including 22 Democrats, voted to postpone for one year implementation of the heart of the act -- the individual mandate to purchase health insurance. If this were any other issue, liberal commentators might see a governing majority emerging in favor of delaying Obamacare. In the last couple of years, House Republicans have voted over and over to repeal the president's health care plan. It got to be routine. Not long ago, however, the Obamacare battle...