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  • Texas Sen. Ted Cruz On Obamacare: ‘Come 2017, A Republican President’ Will Repeal ‘Every Word’

    09/19/2014 2:11:53 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    KYW-TV ^ | September 18, 2014 | Chris Stigall
    Chris Stigall hosted Texas Senator Ted Cruz at the National Constitution Center to discuss the upcoming elections and President Obama’s plan to combat ISIL in Iraq and Syria.(AUDIO-AT-LINK)Cruz said the government shutdown that Republicans forced last fall has led to the American public’s collective rejection of the Affordable Care Act. “As a result of that fight, we elevated the national debate and millions of Americans across this country focused on all the incredible harms, the disaster that is Obamacare, and as a direct consequence of that fight, today President Obama’s approval ratings are at the lowest they’ve ever been…We have...
  • GOP governors' cave-in on Medicaid is shortsighted

    09/10/2014 9:46:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 09/10/2014 | Philip Klein
    <p>As heavy lobbying by the hospital industry intersects with immediate political considerations, a growing number of Republican governors are caving in to Medicaid expansion through President Obama’s healthcare law.</p> <p>In the process, they are imposing massive and unnecessary financial burdens on taxpayers.</p>
  • Ouch, the Bill for ObamaCare Coming Due

    09/09/2014 9:26:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 38 replies ^ | September 9, 2014 | Peter Morici
    The bill is coming due for ObamaCare and it’s a whopper. According to Medicare Care’s own actuaries U.S. health care spending is about to rocket. Federal meddling in what was once the finest and cost-effective health care system on the planet is nothing new. Back in the 1960s, many Americans paid for doctor and hospital services out of pocket or through modestly priced private insurance. Health care spending was about 6 percent of GDP. Enter President Johnson and Medicare. He bought millions of votes by giving seniors free health care that they never paid for through payroll taxes during their...
  • Fox News: The End of Employer-Provided Health Plans Is Near

    09/06/2014 6:33:39 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | September 2, 2014 - 4:00 PM | Katherine Rodriguez
    Fox News is reporting that employer-provided health care plans may be a thing of the past. Former Obama health adviser Zeke Emanuel predicted that Obamacare will replace 80 percent of employer-provided health plans will disappear in 10 years. “It’s going to actually be better for people. They’ll have more choice,” Emanuel said. “Most people who work for an employer and get their coverage through an employer do not have choice.” …
  • Cruz: Let's repeal ‘every bloody word' of Obamacare

    07/30/2014 6:29:32 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 16 replies
    CNN ^ | July 29th, 2014 | Ashley Killough
    <p>Washington (CNN) – Sen. Ted Cruz on Tuesday forcefully argued that Obamacare is not here to stay and pledged that he would continue working to dismantle the health care law in 2014 and 2016.</p> <p>“I think those elections should be about many, many things,” the Texas Republican said, listing jobs and growth as examples. “But they should be about repealing every bloody word of Obamacare.”</p>
  • 85 percent of ObamaCare ‘inconsistencies’ can’t be fixed

    07/02/2014 8:03:25 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 5 replies
    The New York Post ^ | 7/2/2014 | Geoff Earle
    WASHINGTON — Federal officials can’t resolve 85 percent of 2.9 million “inconsistencies” on applications for ObamaCare even after nine months of trying, according to new data provided by the administration. Most of the problems involve certifying citizenship and income, key components of the national health plan. But some of the problems are downright nutty. One unidentified state-run marketplace cited situations in which infants and young children were “erroneously identified as incarcerated, according to federal data,” the inspector general for the Health and Human Services Department revealed Tuesday. Just 425,000 problematic applications have been resolved out of 2.9 million that states...
  • Ted Cruz calls to repeal ‘every blessed word of Obamacare’

    06/06/2014 4:21:49 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 50 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 6 Jun 2014 | Emma Margolin
    “Today, liberty is under assault,” declared conservative firebrand Ted Cruz before an adoring audience Friday at the Republican Party of Texas State Convention. The GOP senator and Tea Party darling left virtually no red meat unthrown, calling for a return to the Constitution – “the most extraordinary document crafted in history” – a resurrection of American leadership abroad – where “bullies and tyrants are laughing at [us]” – and a rebuilding of jobs and economic growth at home, through adhering to free market principles, supporting “the American energy renaissance,” abolishing the Internal Revenue Service, and repealing “every blessed word of...
  • McConnell: Ky. Exchange Unconnected To Health Law

    05/25/2014 10:10:18 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 26 replies ^ | May 23, 2014 6:33 PM PDT
    <p>LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but he would not say Friday what that would mean for the 413,000 Kentuckians who have health insurance through the state's health care exchange.</p>
  • Bobby Jindal, with an eye on 2016, to unveil plan to replace Obama health-care law

    04/02/2014 7:54:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 04/02/2014 | By Robert Costa and Amy Goldstein
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal announced a plan to repeal and replace President Obama’s health-care law, an effort by the Republican to insert himself into the increasingly competitive early maneuvering for his party’s presidential nomination. Jindal, a former state and federal health official, said his plan is one of many policy proposals he will release in coming months, making clear that he wants to be seen as a policy-driven problem solver. In his 26-page plan, Jindal lays out a lengthy critique of the health law — which he refers to throughout as “Obamacare” — and reiterates his belief that it needs...
  • Getting Serious about Obamacare Repeal

    03/24/2014 6:16:32 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 21 replies
    National Review Online ^ | March 24,2014 | Jeffrey H. Anderson
    But until the GOP advances an alternative that can provide the answer to Wasserman Schultz’s question, the Democrats can be confident that, while Obamacare might get tweaked, changed, or “fixed,” it won’t get repealed. Four years after the Democrats passed Obamacare in clear defiance of public opinion, it still remains to be seen which Republican(s) will take the lead on repeal — by championing a well-conceived alternative that can bring it to fruition. Just because Republicans don’t have an answer to Wasserman Schultz’s question, however, doesn’t mean there isn’t one. Indeed, the 2017 Project has advanced a conservative alternative to...
  • The GOP Establishment Wants to Run on Fixing -- Not Repealing -- Obamacare (Rush Limbaugh)

    03/14/2014 12:37:04 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 38 replies
    The Rush Limbaugh Show ^ | March 14, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: I've got so much stuff here today, folks, and I'm trying to figure out which I want to do first. Here's Obama with deportations, and here's Obama with determining who gets overtime, all of this is a distraction. It's all a distraction from what's happening with the economy and with Obamacare. I guess this is the big deal to me. We have this massive electoral victory on Tuesday in Florida, Florida 13. And I'll be damned if the Republican establishment is not doing its best in high gear to tell everybody, "Hey, don't think that Obamacare was...
  • Cruz on O-Care repeal: ‘We’ll do it in 2017’

    03/09/2014 12:03:45 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 33 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 09, 2014, 10:47 am | Keith Laing
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said Sunday that Republicans will repeal the controversial healthcare law after President Obama leaves office in 2017. Cruz became of the face of an unsuccessful effort to eliminate the healthcare law last year that resulted in a government shutdown. Most Republicans backed off the repeal-or-shutdown position after sustaining political damage during the two-week standoff in October, but Cruz promised on Sunday during an appearance on ABC News’s “This Week” to continue trying to get rid of Obamacare during the remainder of the president’s term. “I’ll give you one scenario where it could [be repealed before Obama...
  • GOP’s “demands” for debt-ceiling hike: Approve Keystone or repeal the ObamaCare bailout program

    02/04/2014 1:34:38 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/04/2014 | AllahPundit
    These aren’t demands in the sense of “pass them or we’ll walk.” These are “demands” — scare quotes — in the sense of “we’re going to force Democrats to vote them down so we can use it against them in the midterms, and then we’re going to pass a clean debt-ceiling hike.”Boehner’s never been willing to risk a technical default before. He’s not going to start now, in an election year when the GOP’s looking at significant gains. Several House members told The Washington Post on Monday that Republican leaders have narrowed their list of possible debt-limit strategies to two...
  • Much Better than Obamacare: The Burr-Coburn-Hatch Plan

    01/30/2014 1:37:09 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/30/2014 | James Capretta
    The introduction of an Obamacare replacement plan by Republican senators Richard Burr (N.C.), Tom Coburn (Okla.), and Orrin Hatch (Utah) has given Obamacare’s apologists — who admittedly have had very tough duty over the past four years — a rare opportunity to get out of their defensive crouches and go on the attack. Not surprisingly, fast out of the gate has been Ezekiel Emanuel, who has a piece up at the New York Times website claiming that the fatal flaw of the Republican senators’ plan is that it would raise taxes on millions of American households. There are a couple...
  • How Republicans Could Replace Obamacare: Plan begins by repealing Obamacare in its entirety

    01/29/2014 7:17:40 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Reason ^ | 01/29/2014 | Peter Suderman
    What is the GOP’s health care plan? For years, this has been the rejoinder from supporters of Obamacare whenever asked to confront the flaws in their own legislation. It was an attack line, but also a question worth asking: For the last five years, Republicans have spent plenty of time bashing the president’s health law, but far less time describing what they would do instead. A new proposal from Republican Sens. Coburn (Okla.), Burr (N.C.), and Hatch (Utah) represents a tentative attempt to respond substantively to the question. It’s called The Patient Choice, Affordability, Responsibility, and Empowerment (CARE) Act, and...
  • A Few More Reasons To Repeal ObamaCare

    02/01/2014 2:33:58 PM PST · by Innovative · 7 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | Jan 31, 2014 | BETSY MCCAUGHEY
    Moody's rating agency has lowered the outlook for health insurers from stable to negative, blaming ObamaCare. Section 1342 of the Affordable Care Act forces taxpayers to make insurers whole for most of the losses incurred selling ObamaCare exchange plans through 2016. The bailout is designed to conceal the failure of the president's signature health law until he is out of office. No one in the Obama administration talked up the advantages of bailing out insurers. It was kept under wraps until the fall of 2013. As any business owner will tell you, a temporary bailout is no substitute for the...
  • 226 reasons why people who used to support Obamacare are now against it

    02/01/2014 7:41:36 AM PST · by grundle · 19 replies
    wordpress ^ | January 27, 2014 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog Here are 226 reasons why hypocrite politicians and unions that support Obamacare want exemptions for themselves By Dan from Squirrel HillPosted on September 24, 2013. Updated on January 27, 2014.As the author of this blog post, I place it into the public domain. Anyone may freely copy it in any part or in its entirely, without asking my permission, and without paying any money. I do ask you please cite a link to ask you to please show this list to as many people as possible. Sunshine really is the best disinfectant. I can’t stop...
  • Ted Cruz: Time is Right to Step Up Attack on ObamaCare

    01/09/2014 9:28:45 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 17 replies
    NewsMax ^ | sday, 09 Jan 2014 03:01 AM | Cathy Burke
    Echoing strategy that led to the October 2013 government shutdown, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz says Republicans have opportunities to scale back Obamacare with deadlines looming on spending bills Jan. 15 and on a debt ceiling vote this spring — and is urging GOP lawmakers to use “every leverage point available” to uproot the law. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal Wednesday, Cruz vowed to “fight even harder . . . to repeal every word of Obamacare,” calling the health care law "a disaster" and "the No. 1 job killer in the country." The feisty lawmaker sees a comparison...
  • We the people can nullify the unconstitutional ObamaCare ourselves!! Refuse to submit to tyranny!!

    01/02/2014 10:50:33 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 275 replies
    We the people can nullify Obama’s unconstitutional communist POS by simply refusing to submit. If the majority of the people don’t sign up for it, it dies on the vine. In fact it wouldn’t take anywhere close to a majority. Twenty to thirty percent ought to do it. It's not going to work anyway. Socialism never works. We need to kill if it we want to save our constitutional republic! No surrender, no retreat!! Do not sign away your freedom!! Do not submit to the godless leftist wannabe dictators!! We are the resistance!!
  • Missouri bill would gut Obamacare

    12/27/2013 5:26:35 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 24 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 12/27/2013 | by Michael Boldin
    Next month, the Missouri Senate will consider a bill which would effectively cripple the implementation of the Affordable Care Act within the state. Following the lead of South Carolina, where lawmakers are fast-tracking House Bill 3101 in 2014, and Georgia, where HB707 was recently introduced by Rep. Jason Spencer, Missouri State Senator John T. Lamping (R-24) pre-filed Senate Bill 546 (SB546) to update the Health Care Freedom Act passed by Missouri voters in 2010. It passed that year with more than 70% support. SB546 would ban Missouri from taking any action that would “compel, directly or indirectly, any person, employer,...
  • ObamaCare: Older Workers Could Pay 25% Of Income

    12/26/2013 6:38:57 PM PST · by Innovative · 45 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | Dec 26, 2013 | JED GRAHAM
    A primary rationale of ObamaCare's insurance reforms limiting age-rating and precluding pricing based on health status has been to ensure that people will be able to afford health coverage when they need it most. An IBD analysis finds that middle-class households in their late 50s and early 60s could spend 25% or more of their income on health care — before their deductible is exhausted and ObamaCare's benefits kick in. Covered California's shop-and-compare tool shows that a 58-year-old couple in Los Angeles County with $65,000 in income buying a bronze plan would have to spend $19,400, including $9,400 in premiums...
  • The Twelve Days Of Obamacare

    12/26/2013 5:08:55 AM PST · by Lazamataz · 48 replies
    Original Content | Dec 26, 2013 | By Laz A. Mataz
    On the First day of Obamacare, Obama gave to me, A canc-elled insurance pol-i-cyyyy. On the Second day of Obamacare, Obama gave to me, Too large premiums, And a canc-elled insurance pol-i-cyyyy. On the Third day of Obamacare, Obama gave to me, Huge deductibles, Too large premiums, And a canc-elled insurance pol-i-cyyyy. On the Fourth day of Obamacare, Obama gave to me, Identities stolen, Huge deductibles, Too large premiums, And a canc-elled insurance pol-i-cyyyy. On the Fifth day of Obamacare, Obama gave to me, New death pann-ellllls.... Identities stolen, Huge deductibles, Too large premiums, And a canc-elled insurance pol-i-cyyyy. On...
  • The doctor won’t see you? Analysts warn ObamaCare plans could resemble Medicaid

    12/26/2013 9:19:52 AM PST · by Innovative · 65 replies
    Fox News ^ | Dec 26, 2013 | FoxNews
    Those signing up for private health care coverage on the ObamaCare exchanges may be in for an unpleasant surprise -- they'll have insurance, but they might have trouble getting the doctor to see them. Just as with Medicaid, analysts warn that if payments get too low, many doctors might start refusing to see patients. That will leave more and more patients jockeying to see fewer and fewer doctors. They emphasize, then, that having health insurance won't necessarily translate into access to health care.
  • 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.”
  • Colorado bill would use tax credits to offset ObamaCare penalty

    12/19/2013 8:55:14 AM PST · by gooblah · 8 replies
    Foxnews ^ | December 19 2013
    Two Republican lawmakers in Colorado plan to introduce a proposal that would make it easier for residents to opt out of ObamaCare by creating a tax deduction to offset the federal penalty for not purchasing health insurance.
  • Decision time for Md.'s health exchange(too few signing up for O'Malley-care)

    12/18/2013 6:59:19 AM PST · by sickoflibs · 22 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 12/17/2013 | Home > News > Editorial
    Our view: The O'Malley administration has made progress on its Obamacare website, but the question of whether to scrap it remains unanswered. Since Gov. Martin O'Malley declared that the state's health insurance exchange website was functional for most users, anecdotal reports have been mixed. Some people report continued problems with frozen screens and other glitches that have bedeviled the site; others say they were finally able to enroll with relative ease. (clip) That said, the pace of enrollments is still far too low. If the exchange is able to replicate its best weekday and weekend performance during every one of...
  • Obamacare Is Over (If You Want It)

    12/18/2013 8:26:23 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    Slate ^ | December 17, 2013 | David Weigel
    Despite reports following the shutdown debacle, Sen. Ted Cruz has only begun to fight Obamacare. "......................The Obamacare wars of 2013 already seem quaint. Telling conservatives that a funding bill was “the last chance” to kill the law was great for fundraising. It was true, as Cruz repeatedly said, that subsidies could make the law more popular. But reports of Cruz’s ultimate defeat were written too soon. Last week, to little fanfare, his office released a helpful list of probable constitutional problems with Obamacare. Just in case any lawyers wanted to look into that.
  • North Carolina Endorsement (Rand Paul email)

    12/17/2013 8:22:44 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 13 replies
    12/17/13 | Rand Paul
    When I won my primary for U.S. Senate in 2010, upsetting many in Washington, D.C., I began my speech that night by declaring, "We've come to take our government back." Since that election, I've fought hard to stop the reckless spending, rein in our massive deficit, repeal ObamaCare and protect our God-given liberties. But I'm only one man, and to truly take our government back, to truly pull Obama's radical agenda up by its roots, it's going to take more principled men and women who are willing to stand up and fight for our conservative values in Washington. That's why...
  • Dems exaggerate impact of Obamacare repeal

    12/16/2013 3:40:41 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | December 16, 2013 | By Lori Robertsoc
    Singled out for criticism is U.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-Bucks). Democrats are telling the constituents of a Pennsylvania Republican that repealing the Affordable Care Act “would take health care away from 657,000 children in Pennsylvania with preexisting conditions.” No, it wouldn’t. That number comes from an Obama administration estimate for all children living in Pennsylvania, under 18, with some kind of preexisting condition. It’s not an estimate of how many had gained coverage because of the law’s preexisting condition protections. Or an estimate of how many would lose their insurance if the law were repealed.
  • A Second Chance for Republicans - "tailwinds like never before"

    11/21/2013 2:38:08 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 35 replies
    RedState ^ | November 20, 2013 | Daniel Horowitz
    Now that the entire country sees the ten-alarm fire that has set our healthcare system ablaze, Democrats feel compelled to do something. Their Mr. Fix It plans are akin to an arsonist posing for a photo op with a 2-liter pitcher of water to put out the wildfire. Will Republicans continue to pose with them in the photo op or will they kick them aside and smother the fire? There are two clear observations about Obamacare at this point: it cannot be fixed and it will not collapse on its own. As we are now seeing from the cancelled insurance...
  • “The Cure for Obamacare: The Widely Accepted Alternative and a New Idea to Go with It”

    11/18/2013 8:16:06 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 52 replies
    Hugh ^ | November18,2013 | Clark S. Judge
    At a luncheon in Washington last week, I stumbled across something new in the Obamacare debate. Most of the attendees were reporters. The inevitable question came up: If not Obamacare, what? And when a Republican ran through an answer (equalizing tax treatment of insurance bought through employers and individually; allowing insurance policies approved in one state to be sold in all; HSAs and high deductible plans; medical liability reform), the reception was attentive, not dismissive. In other words, Washington is starting to take seriously the prospect of repeal and replace. An effective reform package will have more items in it...
  • Obamacare Architect: 'Could Be the Beginning of a Death Spiral'

    11/15/2013 7:10:40 AM PST · by Evil Slayer · 68 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 11/15/13 | DANIEL HALPER
    Harvard professor David Cutler, a so-called architect of Obamacare, says we "could be" witnessing "the beginning of a death spiral" for the unpopular health care bill. Cutler made the comments last night on Fox News: "So when you were on last week I asked you, if they don't get enough people in the exchanges, then what happens?" said host Megyn Kelly. "And you said then the premiums go up very, very high. Now, was that ball put in motion today?" "We don't know yet," said Cutler. "So what the president is trying to do is to say the website is...
  • Economist: ‘After 2016, All You See Is Unending Red Ink’

    11/12/2013 6:41:29 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | November 12, 2013 - 5:26 PM | Barbara Hollingsworth
    Douglas Holtz-Eakin, the former head of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, says that if Republicans and Democrats can’t agree on a budget with significant spending cuts, “spending just keeps going up in an uninterrupted fashion as far as the eye can see. By 2016, all you can see is unending red ink.” He added that he has little confidence that the congressional budget committee meeting officially for just the second time on Wednesday will be able to agree on a budget for the rest of the fiscal year that puts the federal government on an economically sustainable course by...
  • ObamaCare Is Not a Covenant - It's a Law, and It Can Be Repealed

    11/08/2013 12:25:36 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 8, 2013 |
    Rick Newman of Yahoo! Finance offers his solutions to "fix" ObamaCare.....:"As clumsy as the launch of the Affordable Care Act has been, the law is here to stay. But its numerous provisions aren't written in stone and President Obama himself has said he's willing to change the law in the future in order to make it work better.""Clumsy" doesn't quite capture what the ObamaCare rollout has been, but this is what passes for harsh criticism among mainstream pundits. More correctly,the launch has been an incompetent and hopeless failure and that fact is so obvious that Barack Obama,who is not known...
  • Congress plots exit from Obamacare coverage

    06/28/2013 6:43:06 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 10 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 6-28-13 | Glenn Garvin
    Congress is not as stupid as you think. I realize that is not a high bar; but still, credit must be given when credit is due. Quite often when our duly-elected political representatives get together in Washington to pass some ill-designed, over-intrusive and brutally expensive law, they recognize the difficulties it will create -- and so they exempt themselves. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration? The National Labor Relations Act? Minimum wage laws? None of them govern Congress. The much-lauded Sarbanes-Oxley Act, which sends corporate executives to prison for falsifying financial data, would decimate Congress if it were applied to...
  • Insurers predict 100%-400% Obamacare rate explosion

    05/13/2013 7:02:31 PM PDT · by Nachum · 40 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 5/13/13 | Paul Bedard
    Internal cost estimates from 17 of the nation´s largest insurance companies indicate that health insurance premiums will grow an average of 100 percent under Obamacare, and that some will soar more than 400 percent, crushing the administration´s goal of affordability. New regulations, policies, taxes, fees and mandates are the reason for the unexpected "rate shock," according to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which released a report Monday based on internal documents provided by the insurance companies. The 17 companies include Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield and
  • Cantor promises House vote to repeal ObamaCare soon

    05/03/2013 10:37:25 AM PDT · by EXCH54FE · 28 replies
    The Hill.Com ^ | May 3, 2013 | Pete Kasperowicz
    "While we have not locked in the timing, I expect that the House will vote on full repeal of ObamaCare in the near future," he told members. Many Republicans have been eager to vote against the 2010 healthcare law, like they did last year. But so far, GOP leaders have refrained from calling up a repeal bill, and instead have tried a tweak that failed to win enough GOP votes in April. Last month, Republicans proposed a bill that would have eliminated what the GOP says is a "slush fund" within the law, and use that money to fund an...
  • The 15 Percent Solution; Adapting to the Brave New Health Care World

    04/14/2013 3:03:59 PM PDT · by Rick Vassar · 4 replies
    Blogcritics ^ | Rick Vassar Why is healthcare tied to employment? One of the smartest decisions the federal government made was compelling employers to collect insurance, taxes, unemployment, and Medicare/Social Security contributions through the employee’s paychecks. We all have had the same reality check when we received our first paycheck. You remember…you worked at a fast food place in high school, and you received $5 per hour. You worked 20 hours, and realistically believed you would receive $100. That’s the first time you learned about taxes, and the thrill of the moment, receiving your first paycheck, is tempered by the reality of FICA, or...
  • Why We Should Be Optimistic about Repealing Obamacare and Fixing the Healthcare System

    04/11/2013 1:48:14 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies ^ | April 11, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I’m going to make an assertion that seems utterly absurd. The enactment of Obamacare may have been good news.Before sending a team of medical attendants to cart me off to a sanitarium, allow me to elaborate. I’m not saying Obamacare is good policy. After all, I’ve written over and over again that it is a budget-busting boondoggle that will exacerbate our real healthcare crisis of third-party payer.What I am saying, though, is that Obamacare may turn out to be a major political mistake for the left, one that sets the stage for sweeping free market reforms.Here’s my six-part hypothesis. Our...
  • Reflections of a Medical Ex-Practitioner

    04/07/2013 9:38:38 PM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 7, 2013 | ED MARSH
    The glow of the personal relationship with patients is being extinguished A fundamental principle in medicine is that if you get the diagnosis wrong, you'll probably apply the wrong therapy. A corollary is that if the therapy isn't working, increasing the dose may make things worse. That's where we are with ObamaCare. There are shortcomings aplenty in the health-care field, and changes and improvements are required. But never have I seen so many good intentions leading irreversibly to hell. Personal experience is by its nature parochial. Yet when it invalidates much of what passes for wisdom, there may be value...
  • Ted Cruz vows total repeal, no piecemeal fixes for failed ObamaCare

    04/04/2013 8:49:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | April 4, 2013 | Andrew Malcolm
    Republican Sen. Ted Cruz has called for the complete legislative repeal of ObamaCare and its replacement by comprehensive healthcare reforms that actually increase patient choice, decrease the role of government bureaucrats and disconnect health insurance from employment. "If you lose your job," Cruz said, "you don't lose your house, life or car insurance. They go with you wherever you go." It should be the same for health insurance. In a wide-ranging exclusive interview with IBD's weekly M&M podcast, the Texas freshman said, "Our first priority is repealing ObamaCare and repealing it in its entirety. The program isn't working." And he...
  • It's "I Told You So" on ObamaCare

    04/04/2013 9:21:02 PM PDT · by grundle · 16 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | March 6, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
    "What we've learned through the course of this program is that this is really not a sensible way for the healthcare system to be run." That was Gary Cohen, director of the Department of Health and Human Services' Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, talking. He was specifically responding to the apparently surprising need to halt enrollments in a program designed as a temporary bridge for people with preexisting conditions who couldn't wait until the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare) fully kicks in next year. The program was allocated $5 billion, but some estimate it will take $40 billion...
  • Fed Up With Obamacare, Doctors Increasingly Prefer Cash For Care

    04/04/2013 11:33:45 PM PDT · by grundle · 27 replies
    Forbes ^ | April 2, 2013 | Sally Pipes
    Patients should welcome this development. Not only does the move toward direct payment have the potential to reduce health costs — it could also yield higher-quality care. Even before Obamacare, direct-pay practices were growing in popularity. According to the Center for Studying Health System Change, direct-payment practices increased from 9.2 percent of the market in 2001 to 12.4 percent by 2008. Nearly 7 percent of doctors say they are planning to change to some form of direct-pay care in the next three years, according to a survey of 13,000 doctors done for the Physicians Foundation. The consulting firm Accenture projects...
  • ObamaCare in Trouble? Exchange provision delayed [2015], as lawmakers push to repeal another

    04/03/2013 2:34:48 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 11 replies
    Parts of ObamaCare are starting to fray, even before full implementation. The Obama administration now says a special system of exchanges designed to make it easier for small businesses to provide insurance will be delayed an entire year -- to 2015
  • Repeal Obamacare

    03/26/2013 5:03:46 PM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    National Review ^ | 3/26/2013
    Liberals had hoped, and some conservatives had feared, that the legislative Frankenstein’s monster known as Obamacare would become more popular as its sundry measures were implemented. But the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is no more popular now than when it was passed, as Americans have come to realize that it will neither protect patients nor provide for affordable care. While full repeal of the law is not within the realm of short-term political reality — the presence of Barack Obama in the White House and a Democratic majority in the Senate ensures that — repeal should nonetheless remain...
  • Rep. Paul Ryan: House budget will assume the repeal of ‘ObamaCare’

    03/10/2013 8:32:31 PM PDT · by bimboeruption · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3-10-2013 | Alexander Bolton
    House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Sunday said he will not back down from the battle to repeal the 2010 Affordable Care Act even though some Republicans think the party should move on. Ryan dismissed criticism that House Republicans have virtually no chance of dismantling the signature legislative accomplishment of Obama’s first term and their efforts might be better expended elsewhere. He said his budget assumes the repeal of the healthcare law, in an interview on “Fox News Sunday.” When host Chris Wallace challenged him on that assumption, Ryan said he would not give up the fight. “That’s...
  • Senate Democrats Urge Undoing of ObamaCare

    12/12/2012 10:24:19 PM PST · by Nachum · 29 replies
    Breitbart´s Big Government ^ | 12/12/12 | Dr. Susan Berry
    Many powerful Democrats, even some of the most liberal among them, are supporting what amounts to a dismantling of President Obama’s signature health care law. Using “Republican” language to make their case, these Democrats are attempting to repeal some of the funding mechanisms as well as the cost-containment measures that were purportedly inherent in the law. With some of their most influential constituent groups facing onerous tax increases that are slated to help fund the law’s mandates and regulations, Senators like Al Franken (D-MN), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Charles Schumer (D-NY), Patty Murray (D-WA)
  • One Last Chance to Kill Obamacare

    11/05/2012 4:20:22 AM PST · by Evil Slayer · 16 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 11/5/12 | David Catron
    Barack Obama's promise to cure the ills of our health care system was obviously an important factor in his 2008 victory over John McCain as well as that year's Democrat gains in the House and Senate. Most of the electorate favored some legislation that would slow rising medical costs and increase access to care. However, when Obamacare finally slogged out of the congressional slough, it was greeted with consternation and outrage. Instead of the reform they were promised, the voters got a grotesque government behemoth reeking of corruption. They were not amused. They appeared en masse at town hall meetings...
  • US House votes to repeal Obama healthcare law, again

    07/11/2012 2:59:46 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Jul 12, 2012 2:41am IST | Thomas Ferraro and Donna Smith
    The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives, on a near party-line vote of 244-185, on Wednesday once again passed a bill to repeal President Barack Obama's overhaul of the U.S. healthcare system. Just like previous House efforts to end the two-year-old healthcare law, the bill is certain to be stopped by Obama's fellow Democrats who control the Senate. Regardless, the fight over the landmark law, which has divided Americans and rallied the Democratic and Republican political bases, will likely rage on into the Nov. 6 elections. Five Democrats joined all Republicans in voting to repeal the law, which requires nearly all...
  • House votes 244-185 to repeal Obama healthcare reform law

    07/11/2012 1:24:15 PM PDT · by Erik Latranyi · 51 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11 July 2012 | Pete Kasperowicz
    The House voted again Wednesday to repeal the 2010 healthcare reform law, giving Republicans some revenge against the late June Supreme Court ruling that found the law to be constitutional. Members approved the bill in a 244-185 vote, after five hours of debate that stretched over two days. As expected, just a handful of Democrats supported the GOP repeal bill. Five Democrats, Reps. Dan Boren (Okla.), Larry Kissell (N.C.), Jim Matheson (Utah), Mike McIntyre (N.C.) and Mike Ross (Ark.), sided with Republicans in the final vote. Of this group, all but Matheson voted with the GOP in a procedural vote...