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  • This Election is About The Evolution of The Human Race (Beyond crazy)

    05/30/2016 4:03:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    Bients ^ | May 30, 2016
    Itís About Us I turn 56 in a few weeks and Iíve never even bothered to register to vote before because Iíve always suspected something that so many people are finding out to be true this year; that we do not live in an authentic democracy and havenít for a very long time. Donít judge me for this, Iíve been disenfranchised as long as I can remember. We assassinated our own president in 1963, I lost friends from my high school in Vietnam, Nixon was a blatant crook and Iíve never felt there was ever a candidate that represented me...
  • Most Americans want the government to pay for health care, poll says

    05/17/2016 12:21:48 PM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 62 replies
    Newsy, via WPXI ^ | May 17, 2016 | Grant Suneson
    A new Gallup Poll shows most Americans want the government to take on a bigger role in health care. More than 1,500 people from across the country were surveyed, and 58 percent favor replacing the provisions set up by the Affordable Care Act with a federally funded health care program. The ACA, or Obamacare, lets Americans buy insurance through the federal government, but the survey shows most citizens want the government to just pay for everything, or at least thatís what theyíre saying now. In recent years, Americans have waffled on whether the government should pay their medical bills. Polls...
  • Great: Obama encouraging health insurers to sue federal government, then offering fat settlements

    04/18/2016 11:53:46 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 7 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/18/16 | Dan Calabrese
    Circumventing Congress's ban on the use of federal money to bail out ObamaCare casualties. Iím sure youíre all quite familiar with the Obama Administrationís proclivity for ignoring Congress and doing whatever it wants, whether that means refusing to enforce the law or attempting to shove gun control down the nationís throat. But if you think Obama only does this via executive orders, you havenít quite grasped the full scope of his lawlessness. Letís say you want to spend money to bail out health insurers that you have driven to the brink of ruin by passing ObamaCare. But Congress (thanks in...
  • Obamacare Exodus Accelerates: After Georgia And Arkansas, Biggest Health Insurer Exits MI and OK

    04/19/2016 5:54:06 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 18 replies
    Two weeks ago we reported that after its November warning that it may exit certain Obamacare markets as a result of substantial losses, the largest U.S. health insurer UnitedHealth, did just that when it announced it would no longer sell plans for next year in Georgia and Arkansas. Then over the weekend, UnitedHealth also added Michigan to the list of states whose Obamacare market it would no longer service. As Bloomberg reported, "the insurer wonít sell policies through Michiganís ACA exchange for next year, according to Andrea Miller, a spokeswoman for the stateís Department of Insurance and Financial Services. Georgia...
  • Sanders, Trump, and Cruz all want dramatic changes to the US government. Clinton doesnít.

    03/29/2016 10:20:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Vox ^ | March 29, 2016 | Ezra Klein
    I spent some time Monday playing around with the excellent tax calculator that Alvin Chang and the Tax Policy Center built. The tool lets you estimate what the tax plans released by Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, and Ted Cruz would mean for your tax bill ó but, more than that, it offers a window into the fundamental ways in which the four candidates are very, very different from one another. Let's take a family making $100,000 ó a hefty income, to be sure, but a useful one for illustration. Trump would give you a $6,040 tax cut. Cruz...
  • Bernieís Dangerous Health Care Proposal

    03/20/2016 6:39:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 20, 2016 | Bruce Bialosky
    Bernie Sanders, everyoneís favorite socialist running for the American presidency, has been crisscrossing the country telling everyone that the disruption called Obamacare (or the ACA) is not good enough for America. What we need is the government taking over all of our health care system and providing health care for all. He says Medicare for all. Unfortunately, Sanders does not really confront the facts at hand so we will do it for him. Mr. Sanders likes to point out that we are the only civilized country that does not have health care as a right for all. As you may...
  • TRUMP POSITION PAPER: HEALTHCARE REFORM TO MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN

    03/03/2016 7:07:48 AM PST · by Jim 0216 · 152 replies
    Donald J. Trump for President ^ | 3/2/16 | Donald Trump
    On day one of the Trump Administration, we will ask Congress to immediately deliver a full repeal of Obamacare. We will work with Congress to make sure we have a series of reforms ready for implementation that follow free market principles and that will restore economic freedom and certainty to everyone in this country. Congress must act. Our elected representatives in the House and Senate must: 1. Completely repeal Obamacare. 2. Modify existing law that inhibits the sale of health insurance across state lines. 3. Allow individuals to fully deduct health insurance premium payments from their tax returns under the...
  • Health care issue, longtime uniter of Democrats, now divides

    02/22/2016 10:13:10 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 22, 2016 12:48 PM EST | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    Health care for all. It's a goal that tugs at the heartstrings of Democrats, but pursuing it usually invites political peril. Now Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are clashing over this core question for liberals, making it a wedge issue in the party's presidential primary. [...] Signed almost six years ago, Obama's health overhaul is the starting point for Democrats who would succeed him. About 16 million people have gained coverage, and the uninsured rate has fallen to 9 percent, a historic achievement. Economic recovery helped, but the biggest increases in coverage came after the health law's insurance markets and...
  • Trump: 'Part of the Problem with Republicans' Is Opposition to National Health Care

    02/21/2016 7:29:45 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 470 replies
    The National Review ^ | February 21, 2016 | Tom S. Elliott
    Donald Trump attacked Republicans this morning for their opposition to government-provided health care. Appearing on Meet the Press, Trump told host Chuck Todd, "We're not going to let people die in squalor because we are Republicans, okay?" "That's part of the problem with the Republicans, somehow they got fed into this horrible position," Trump said. "We're going to take care of people." Trump also said he didn't mean to express support for Obamacare's individual mandate during Thursday night's CNN town hall when he told Anderson Cooper, "I like the mandate." "We had a situation where we were Anderson Cooper, who's...
  • Donald Trump in Triage Mode After Shocking Conservatives With Health Care Comments

    02/19/2016 8:42:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 126 replies
    The New York Times ^ | February 19, 2016 | Alan Rappeport
    He has broken with many Republicans on taxing the rich, threatening trade wars and keeping Planned Parenthood alive. On Friday, Donald J. Trump faced criticism for an even bolder act of conservative heresy: embracing the core tenet of the Affordable Care Act. Mr. Trump has to date offered only bits and pieces of his health agenda, generally presenting a vow to repeal "Obamacare" and replace it with "something great." In a town-hall meeting hosted by CNN on Thursday night, he shared some more expansive views on the subject, and unlike most Republicans he did not call for removing the individual...
  • Single Payer Is Inherently Problematic

    02/19/2016 1:20:57 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 15 replies
    Real Clear Policy ^ | 19 Feb, 2016 | Julian Adorney & Grant Phillips
    By now, even many liberals accept that Bernie Sanders' health-care plan is deeply flawed. Kenneth Thorpe, a progressive professor retained by Vermont to help craft their single-payer plan, argues that Sanders' plan would result in higher costs for 71 percent of working households who currently have private insurance. But the problems with single-payer go beyond Sanders' plan. Single-payer inherently creates substantial problems for doctors, hospitals, and patients. A century ago, the economist Ludwig von Mises argued that the economy cannot function without real market prices. Market prices inform producers about the value of their services, enabling them to best serve...
  • No Senator Cruz, Donald Trump does NOT want Single Payer health care. (Cruz own delegate)

    02/12/2016 6:47:29 AM PST · by Sybeck1 · 258 replies
    woopress ^ | 2/11/16 | C.Steven Tucker
    I have been studying health care policy for 20 years now. I am also a multi-state licensed health insurance broker who continues to operate in an increasingly less competitive and more bureaucratically controlled system on both the federal and state level. During the last 20 years I have seen a lot of changes in the U.S. health care system. Some of them good (HIPAA) and some bad (Reagan‚Äôs EMTALA) the PPACA a.k.a. ‚ÄúObamacare‚ÄĚ etc. During the last two decades I have read everything I could get my hands on pertaining to health care policy. I also spent the longest two...
  • Canada‚Äôs palliative care so bad that patients may opt for euthanasia, experts warn

    02/10/2016 9:43:37 AM PST · by wagglebee · 27 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 2/9/16 | Lianne Laurence
    OTTAWA, February 9, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) ‚ÄĒ Canada has a ‚Äúmoral imperative‚ÄĚ to fund palliative care because people have a dignity that ‚Äúcomes from God,‚ÄĚ Canada‚Äôs top ranking Catholic cardinal told the special joint parliamentary committee on ‚Äúphysician-assisted dying‚ÄĚ last week. The dignity of the human person is ‚Äúinherent‚ÄĚ and remains regardless of their circumstances, Cardinal Thomas Collins of the Toronto archdiocese told the committee. ‚ÄúThat‚Äôs why we don‚Äôt believe it‚Äôs right to kill them.‚ÄĚ This belief in the intrinsic dignity of the human person motivates the Catholic Church‚Äôs mission of providing health care, including care for the dying, he said....
  • Trump: Unlike Cruz, ‚ÄėI Have a Heart,‚Äô I‚Äôll Enact Universal Health Coverage

    01/31/2016 10:18:08 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 503 replies
    National Review ^ | January 31, 2016 12:20 PM | Tom S. Elliott
    In an interview this morning on This Week, Donald Trump cited his desire to "help people" as the reason he favors government-funded universal health coverage. Unlike Ted Cruz, Trump said, "I have a heart." "If somebody has no money and they're lying in the middle of the street and they're dying, I'm going to take care of that person," Trump said.
  • It Doesn't Matter How LIBERAL Trump Is As Long As He's Right On Immigration - Ann Coulter (VIDEO)

    01/12/2016 11:08:34 AM PST · by conservativejoy · 87 replies
    Right Scoop ^ | 1/1/2/2016 | soopermexican
    In a really good debate between Republican activist Liz Mair and right-wing firebrand Ann Coulter, they go at each other about whether Trump is actually a conservative and whether he's good for the country. Watch below: Ann Coulter basically lays out all her cards very early on when she says that nothing else matters as long as Trump is far right on immigration. She doesn't care that he's liberal on a lot of other issues, including the power of the federal government, executive orders, eminent domain, and crony capitalism, as long as he's tough on immigration. Liz Mair hits her...
  • ObamaCare's Not-So-Secret Plan To Force Everyone Into HMOs

    01/05/2016 4:45:15 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 10 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 1/4/2016 | Staff
    Health Reform: Americans unlucky enough to have to buy insurance through an Obama-Care exchange are increasingly finding their choices limited to highly restrictive and unpopular HMO plans. This isn't by accident.
  • Trump to 60 Minutes: single payer health care

    12/29/2015 10:55:34 PM PST · by TBP · 395 replies
    The Examiner ^ | September 28, 2015 | Gary Gross
    ccording to the transcript of Donald Trump's interview with Scott Pelley on 60 Minutes, Mr. Trump favors a single payer health care plan in certain situations. During the interview, Pelley asked Mr. Trump what his plan was to replace Obamacare would look like. Mr. Trump responded, saying "I am going to take care of everybody. I don’t care if it costs me votes or not. Everybody’s going to be taken care of much better than they’re taken care of now." When Pelley pressed Mr. Trump further about who would pay for this coverage, Mr. Trump said "the government’s gonna pay...
  • Fate of ObamaCare co-ops uncertain after half collapse

    11/28/2015 5:07:46 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/28/2015 | Brooke Singman
    The fate of a network of alternative ‚Äúco-op‚ÄĚ health plans started under ObamaCare remains uncertain going into 2016, after half of them collapsed amid deep financial problems. The co-ops are government-backed, nonprofit health insurers propped up with over $2 billion in taxpayer loans. Twelve of the 23 co-ops established under the Affordable Care Act, though, have gone or are expected to go under by the end of the year, leaving customers who used them scrambling for coverage and taxpayer money at risk. But, as lawmakers on Capitol Hill demand answers on what‚Äôs being done, the Obama administration is offering few...
  • Trump Stands By Past Support For Universal Health Care

    07/18/2015 6:25:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 63 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | 07/18/2015 | Andrew Kaczynski, Ilan Ben-Meir
    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is standing by his past support for universal health care. ďI want people taken care of in the country, okay? You can call it anything you want, but I want ó including people that donít have anything,Ē The Donald told radio host John Fredericks in an interview Wednesday. ďWe gotta do that.Ē Trump said in 1999 ó when he was flirting with a presidential rub on the Reform Party ticket ó that the U.S. should make health care an entitlement and that coverage should be universal. ďI would put forward a comprehensive health care program...
  • Universal health care to appear on Colorado ballot in 2016

    11/10/2015 3:02:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | November 9, 2015 | The Associated Press and Staff
    Supporters of universal health care have gathered enough signatures to put on next year's ballot a plan to make Colorado the first state to opt out of the federal health law and replace it with taxpayer-funded coverage for all. Proponents submitted 158,831 qualified signatures, about 60,000 more than required to put the measure on the ballot, Secretary of State Wayne Williams said Monday. The question would make Colorado the first state to opt out of the federal Affordable Care Act and replace it with universal health care. The campaign is expected to face intense opposition and could make for a...
  • Humana Will Yank Obamacare Plans Serving 100,000 Patients

    11/08/2015 5:45:35 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 12 replies
    Forbes ^ | November 6, 2015 | Bruce Japsen
    Humana said it will discontinue several products offered on government-run exchanges under the Affordable Care Act, impacting about 100,000 individuals currently covered by the insurer's plans across the country. The move, disclosed this morning in the company's third-quarter earnings report, comes due to higher-than expected medical costs from sick newly insured patients covered under the health law. "Operating results for the company's individual commercial medical business continue to be challenged primarily due to the volatility related to the start of the healthcare exchange program created under the Affordable Care Act as well as the morbidity of membership served under this...
  • How Hillary Clinton and the left will move Obamacare into single-payer

    11/05/2015 8:06:19 PM PST · by TBP · 27 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 4, 2015 | Monica Crowley
    If you loathe Obamacare, you‚Äôre going to hate what the Democrats have planned next. Their imminent assault on health care will go far beyond the quasi-socialized medicine of Obamacare. Mrs. Clinton is, of course, the grandmother of socialized medicine. She was pushing for it more than 20 years ago, when Mr. Sanders was an obscure local Vermont pol. And yet, she‚Äôs struggling match Mr. Sanders on the issue. Another irony: A single-payer system was tried ‚ÄĒ and went down in spectacular flames ‚ÄĒ in Mr. Sanders‚Äô home state. That, of course, is immaterial to committed leftists, for whom ideological purity...
  • Your Health Plan Will Now Self-Destruct (10 Zerocare co-ops cancel 2016 plans)

    10/29/2015 8:06:04 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Bloomberg Businessweek | October 29, 2015 ‚ÄĒ 6:00 AM EDT | John Tozzi
    Link only: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-10-29/your-health-plan-will-now-self-destruct
  • Obamacare's Latest Casualty: Largest Health Insurer On Colorado Exchange Abruptly Collapses

    10/16/2015 3:41:56 PM PDT · by smartyaz · 53 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 10/16/15 | Tyler Durden
    With the mainstream media, at least the majority that is left of center, flooded with story after story touting Obamacare's success, the news coming this morning from Denver that Colorado's largest nonprofit health insurer and participant in that state's insurance exchange Colorado HealthOP is abruptly shutting down, forcing 80,000 Coloradans to find a new insurer for 2016, was a slap in the face for the Obama administration's crowning achievement. According to AP, the health insurer announced Friday that the state Division of Insurance has de-certified it as an eligible insurance company. That's because the cooperative relied on federal support, and...
  • Two more Obamacare health insurance plans collapse

    10/16/2015 4:11:27 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 20 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Oct. 16, 2015
    Nearly a third of the innovative health insurance plans created under the Affordable Care Act will be out of business at the end of 2015, following announcements Friday that plans in Oregon and Colorado are folding. In just the past week, four co-ops, as the nonprofit plans are known, have decided or been ordered to shut down. Their demise means that eight of the 23 co-ops in existence a year ago will be unavailable to consumers shopping for 2016 coverage through insurance marketplaces created under the ACA
  • Sanders Canít Bring Himself To Say He Hates Obamacare: ĎI Want To Move Fromí It

    10/11/2015 11:12:05 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 31 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | October 11, 2015 | Steve Guest
    Bernie Sanders said, ďI want to move fromĒ Obamacare Sunday on ďMeet the Press.Ē Sanders told host Chuck Todd, ďI want to build on the ObamacareÖ But I do believe that when 29 million people still have zero health insurance, and when many more are underinsured with large deductibles and copayments, and when we pay much more per capita, and when we pay the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs, you know what, Chuck? I think we can do a little better.Ē Todd then pressed Sanders, ďSo itís fair to say, yeah, you want to replace Obamacare?Ē Sanders...
  • Single Payer Health Care

    09/28/2015 3:07:58 PM PDT · by BornToBeAmerican · 35 replies
    Why Single Payer MIGHT work
  • Trump Pushes Single Payer Healthcare, Tax Increase On Wealthy

    09/28/2015 11:40:17 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 218 replies
    Copyright © 2015 Breitbart ^ | 28 Sep 2015 | John Nolte
    During his ď60 MinutesĒ interview Sunday, Republican presidential front-runner appeared to come out in favor of a form of single payer health insurance for the uninsured ... and openly called for raising taxes on the wealthy.
  • Costs derail Vermontís dream of a single-payer health plan (Flash Back of Epic Fail)

    09/23/2015 4:04:28 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 14 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 01/25/2015 | Jay Fitzgerald
    For decades, liberal activists yearned for a European-style, single-payer health system that they argued would lead to more affordable, efficient, and comprehensive medical coverage for all citizens. When Vermont four years ago enacted a landmark bill to establish the nationís first single-payer health care system, they saw their long-sought dream about to be fulfilled. But reality hit last month. Governor Peter Shumlin released a financial report that showed the cost of the program would nearly double the size of the stateís budget in the first year alone and require large tax increases for residents and businesses. Shumlin, a Democrat and...
  • Trump Is No Friend of Free Market Health Care

    08/10/2015 4:43:51 AM PDT · by rootin tootin · 135 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 8/10/2015 | David Catron
    Most of Donald Trumpís public statements include the rote declaration that Obamacare is a disaster. This is true, of course, but it doesnít tell us anything new. Itís only when he starts elaborating on his objections that one gets a sense of what he believes, and he doesnít talk like a friend of the free market. During last weekís Republican debate, for example, he was asked about his past praise of single-payer health care and replied, ďAs far as single-payer, it works in Canada, works incredibly well in Scotland.Ē This answer was both antithetical to free-market thinking and profoundly ignorant.
  • Obama Administration Urges States to Cut Health Insurersí Requests for Big Rate Increases

    08/04/2015 6:26:27 AM PDT · by PROCON · 12 replies
    nytimes ^ | Aug. 3, 2015 | ROBERT PEAR
    WASHINGTON ó Hoping to avoid another political uproar over the Affordable Care Act, the Obama administration is trying to persuade states to cut back big rate increases requested by many health insurance companies for 2016. In calling for aggressive regulation of rates, federal officials are setting up a potential clash with insurers. Some carriers said they paid out more in claims than they collected in premiums last year, so they lost money on policies sold in the new public marketplaces. After finding that new customers were sicker than expected, some health plans have sought increases of 10 percent to 40...
  • Obamacare and the Road to Communism

    07/30/2015 2:14:59 PM PDT · by Art in Idaho · 17 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | July 30, 2015 | Jen Kuznicki
    The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) recently called attention to an IRS ruling that would penalize small businesses up to $500,000 for daring to compensate their employees for health insurance premiums. The NFIB reports, ďOn July 1, 2015, employers will be penalized $100 per day per employee if they try to make health insurance more affordable by reimbursing their employees for individual market health insurance premiums. The penalty affects businesses that provide reimbursement for more than one employee. The healthcare reimbursement prohibition regulation decreases an employerís ability to assist employees with health insurance costs.Ē The ruling would fine the...
  • More in Minnesota have health coverage but still can't afford to be sick

    07/27/2015 7:50:23 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 22 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 7-26-15 | Glenn Howatt
    The number of Minnesotans struggling to pay their medical bills is rising sharply, despite an increase in the number of residents who have health insurance. In the past year, Minnesotaís main hospital and clinic groups filed nearly 9,000 lawsuits against people with large or long-standing medical debts ó a sharp increase since 2005, according to a Star Tribune analysis of court records. Once a leading cause of personal bankruptcy in the United States, medical debt was widely expected to decline as more Americans got health insurance following federal health reform. Instead, shifts in the insurance market are pushing more people...
  • Health insurer Anthem to buy Cigna in $54.2 bln deal [Bernie Sanders approves]

    07/24/2015 3:52:55 AM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    CNBC ^ | 6/24/15
    Anthem said on Friday it would buy Cigna in a deal valued at $54.2 billion, creating the largest U.S. health insurer. Cigna shareholders will get $103.40 per share in cash and 0.5152 Anthem shares. The deal comes three weeks after Aetna struck a deal to buy Humana for $37 billion and is part of an industry-wide consolidation of the health insurance industry following the roll-out of the Obama government's health-care reform law.
  • My Debate With Paul Krugman [No Wonder He Didn't Want It Televised]

    07/16/2015 4:58:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    IBD via RCM ^ | 07/15/2015 | Stephen Moore
    Krugman is for a single-payer health care system and argues that socialist health care systems provide better health outcomes at cheaper cost around the world. My response was that third-party payer systems in education and health care are what's driving up costs and that health care premiums paid by families are rising way faster than Obama predicted. Where are the $2,500 in family savings? Medicare is apparently the glittering success story of government, yet it's running unfunded liabilities in the tens of trillions of dollars. Krugman was lamest in explaining the migration of a thousand people a day from blue...
  • Medicareīs Victims

    07/06/2015 4:07:23 AM PDT · by rootin tootin · 8 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 7/6/2015 | David Catron
    Despite the Supreme Courtís repeated attempts to prop it up, Obamacare is collapsing. This is obvious not merely to the majority of Americans who have always disapproved of the law, but also to an increasing number of progressives. Consequently, we are once again hearing calls for single-payer health care. Most advocates of this system, including Hillary Clintonís main competitor for the 2016 Democrat presidential nomination, favor Medicare-for-All. They want, in other words, to put all Americans on the government program that covers the elderly and disabled. An excellent antidote for this simplistic solution is David Hogbergís new book, Medicareís Victims:...
  • Aetna to acquire Humana for $37 billion [Obamacare Moves Closer to Full Blown Fascism]

    07/03/2015 4:40:45 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 50 replies
    WDRB-TV ^ | 7/3/15 | Dalton Main
    Aetna has reached a $37 billion deal to buy Humana. A news release from the two companies says Aetna will acquire all outstanding shares of Humana for a combination of cash and stock valued at approximately $230 per share. The deal was unanimously approved by the board of directors....
  • BREAKING: Healthcare subsidies upheld by SCOTUS

    06/25/2015 7:09:40 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 614 replies
    SCOTUS Blog ^ | 06/25/2015 | SCOUTSBLOG
    Six are the Chief, Kennedy, Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan.
  • SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS NATIONWIDE HEALTH CARE LAW SUBSIDIES (Scalia: Obamacare is now SCOTUScare)

    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...
  • Supreme Court upholds nationwide health care law subsidies

    06/25/2015 7:59:51 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 91 replies
    AP ^ | 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.
  • Obamacare Ruling May Have Just Killed State-Based Exchanges

    06/25/2015 8:28:26 AM PDT · by Theoria · 49 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 25 June 2015 | Margot Sanger-Katz
    Now that the Supreme Court has ruled that health insurance consumers can receive federal subsidies regardless of their stateís role in running their insurance market, fewer states may stay in the game.When the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010, most people expected that each state would want to run its own health insurance marketplace. That never really happened, as many states opted to let the federal system, HealthCare.gov, do the work for them. Many of those states that did try running their own marketplaces are starting to think twice.Now, with the Supreme Court ensuring that every stateís consumers will have...
  • Ballot Initiative - $25B Single-Payer Health System - ColoradoCare

    06/12/2015 5:09:35 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 36 replies
    Colorado Secretary of State ^ | June 12, 2015 00:00 GMT | ColoradoCare
    The title as designated and fixed by the Board is as follows: STATE TAXES SHALL BE INCREASED $25 BILLION ANNUALLY IN THE FIRST FULL FISCAL YEAR, AND BY SUCH AMOUNTS THAT ARE RAISED THEREAFTER, BY AN AMENDMENT TO THE COLORADO CONSTITUTION ESTABLISHING A HEALTH CARE PAYMENT SYSTEM TO FUND HEALTH CARE FOR ALL INDIVIDUALS WHOSE PRIMARY RESIDENCE IS IN COLORADO, AND, IN CONNECTION THEREWITH, CREATING A GOVERNMENTAL ENTITY CALLED COLORADOCARE TO ADMINISTER THE HEALTH CARE PAYMENT SYSTEM; PROVIDING FOR THE GOVERNANCE OF COLORADOCARE BY AN INTERIM APPOINTED BOARD OF TRUSTEES UNTIL AN ELECTED BOARD OF TRUSTEES TAKES RESPONSIBILITY; EXEMPTING COLORADOCARE...
  • After Multiple Enrollment Failures, Hawaii Dumps State Obamacare Exchange

    06/08/2015 4:58:23 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 6/8/2015 | Katie Pavlich
    Last week Americans For Tax Reform released new information showing that during Hawaii's special Obamacare enrollment period, zero people enrolled. The total state cost for the exchange sits at more than $200 million. While Hawaii enrolled zero individuals and is the worst performing state, it is not alone. Vermont signed up only 97 households, while Rhode Island enrolled just 25 households. Hawaiiís dismal performance should not be surprising. The website cost taxpayers $205 million but could only enroll 8,592 individuals in year one. Cost to taxpayers per enroll: $23,899. The state legislature recently rejected a $28 million bailout for the...
  • NYT: In Vermont, ObamaCare flopped so bad it even killed single payer

    06/04/2015 5:36:51 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/04/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    When Barack Obama and Democrats on Capitol Hill first rolled out ObamaCare, conservatives warned that the program was so badly designed that it couldn‚Äôt possibly be on the level. Instead, people assumed that Democrats intended ObamaCare to fail ‚ÄĒ so that the only possible choice would be a single-payer system of socialized medicine. Even after Democrats reluctantly eliminated the ‚Äúpublic option,‚ÄĚ opponents insisted that the intended end game was failure so bad that it would destroy private insurance and leave nothing but the federal government to pick up the pieces.The problem with that strategy, if indeed that was the...
  • Obamacare Overhead Study a Trojan Horse

    06/01/2015 4:06:15 AM PDT · by rootin tootin · 6 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 6/1/2015 | David Catron
    During the past few days the legacy media and the internet have been flooded with news articles, editorials and blog posts with titles like ďOverhead costs exploding under ObamaCare.Ē This all-too-predictable phenomenon has been breathlessly reported by outlets as different in their ideological perspectives as the Wall Street Journal and the Daily Kos. Sadly, when liberal and conservative publications are equally enthusiastic about breaking a story, it usually means the latter have been duped into promoting progressive propaganda. This case is no exception. The basis for these reports is a ďstudyĒ produced by a couple of notorious lefty data diddlers....
  • Cash-strapped State ObamaCare Exchanges Considering Mergers

    05/31/2015 6:06:25 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 19 replies
    The New American ^ | 31 May 2015 | Michael Tennant
    State ObamaCare exchanges are fast running out of cash because of higher-than-expected costs and lower-than-expected enrollment. In an attempt to keep their heads above water, many exchanges are considering combining some of their operations with those of other states ó a tactic that may prove as difficult as setting up the exchanges in the first place and that raises the specter of fully nationalized health insurance.The Obama administration, under the terms of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), disbursed about $5 billion in subsidies to states to get their exchanges up and running. After that, the exchanges were supposed to be...
  • Exclusive: States quietly consider ObamaCare exchange mergers

    05/22/2015 4:47:45 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 22, 2015 | Sarah Ferris
    A number of states are quietly considering merging their healthcare exchanges under ObamaCare amid big questions about their cost and viability. Many of the 13 state-run ObamaCare exchanges are worried about how theyíll survive once federal dollars supporting them run dry next year. Others are contemplating creating multi-state exchanges as a contingency plan for a looming Supreme Court ruling expected next month that could prevent people from getting subsidies to buy ObamaCare on the federal exchange. The idea is still only in the infancy stage. Itís unclear whether a California-Oregon or New York-Connecticut health exchange is on the horizon. But...
  • Ralph Nader: Why run for president if you don't have a chance?

    05/15/2015 10:41:31 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 15 replies
    LA Times ^ | 05/15/2015 | Ralph Nader
    The 2016 presidential election is attracting an unusually large number of hopefuls. The Republicans will probably field more than a dozen candidates and the Democrats, as many as five. Presently, very few of these supposed contenders have a real chance of becoming president. Republicans Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina and Ted Cruz are long shots. On the Democratic side, that term applies to everyone but Hillary Rodham Clinton.. ~snip~ If you tell them in private, "You do not have a chance to be president," they will point to underdogs who won, such as Jimmy Carter or Ronald Reagan, or front-runners who...
  • Obamacare Exchange: Michigan Dodged a Bullet

    05/12/2015 1:35:34 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/10/2015 | Jack McHugh
    In a news story titled ďNearly half of Obamacare exchanges are struggling over their future,Ē The Washington Post reports the following: Nearly half of the 17 insurance marketplaces set up by the states and the District under President Obamaís health law are struggling financially, presenting state officials with an unexpected and serious challenge five years after the passage of the landmark Affordable Care Act. Many of the online exchanges are wrestling with surging costs, especially for balky technology and expensive customer-call centers ó and tepid enrollment numbers. To ease the fiscal distress, officials are considering raising fees on insurers, sharing...
  • Obamaís Home State To Shut Down State-Based Obamacare Exchange Over Lack of Funds

    05/12/2015 11:42:22 AM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    cns news ^ | 5/12/15 | Brittany M. Hughes
    (CNSNews.com) -- President Barack Obamaís home state of Hawaii is shutting down its state-based health care exchange, the Hawaii Health Connector (HHC), due to incurring debts and the unwillingness of state legislators to put more taxpayer money into the struggling operation, the†Honolulu Star-Advertiser†reported†Saturday.Established in 2011, the non-profit organization is Hawaiiís state-based health exchange for the Presidentís Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. There are currently about 37,000 Hawaiians enrolled in health care plans through the exchange, far short of the roughly 70,000 needed to raise enough money to sustain it, the article reports.Officials with the exchange released a report to its...