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  • Obamacare Exchange Now Asks for Fee on all Insurance Policies

    04/23/2014 2:20:20 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 17 replies
    http://freedomoutpost.com ^ | april 23, 2014 | greg campbell
    The fee would pay for half of the annual operating costs of Connect for Health Colorado, the state Obamacare exchange, according to Health News Colorado. The exchange’s latest financial plan comes soon after its oversight board rejected a proposal to hike fees on those who use the website from 1.4 percent to 1.7 percent. Connect for Health Colorado staff has said the increase was needed to keep it solvent. Board members said staff should look at cutting expenses before raising fees, and many had the same reaction to the proposed $13 million fee, which is being called a “general market health insurer assessment.” Others call it...
  • And They Call It ... Success!

    04/17/2014 9:04:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 17, 2014 | Paul Greenberg
    There are times when the master politician has to be a master illusionist. And there are too many times when he doesn't fool anybody, perhaps not even himself, and some little Toto reveals the Great and Powerful Oz as just another little man behind the curtain. And the illusion can no longer fool even the long illusioned. Despite a beautiful stage setting like the Rose Garden at the White House, the perfect if artificial lighting, and the usual supporting cast of intellectual munchkins in the merry old land of Washington, singing, dancing, prancing and applauding all around. For no matter...
  • Taxpayers Get Fleeced to Make Obamacare Look Affordable

    01/30/2014 12:14:21 PM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 30, 2014 | Betsy McCaughey
    Last week, Moody’s rating agency lowered the outlook for health insurers from stable to negative, blaming Obamacare. Few Americans will shed tears for insurance companies. But the Moody’s announcement is a warning sign to taxpayers. They’ll be getting clobbered. 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...
  • The Latest From Obamacare Central (Free Republic Mentioned)

    01/21/2014 4:48:46 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 21, 2014 | David Limbaugh
    It's time for your latest Obamacare update, and it will come as no surprise to you that things are not getting any prettier for this monstrosity. Let's just take a jog down Obamacare Avenue and see what is popping out at us from the storefronts this week. Roll down your windows so you can get a clearer look: --Obamacare devotees are still clinging to the idea that this law will expand coverage, but the most recent data indicate that it may fall short of this goal, too, just as it has failed in every other respect. Forbes reports that instead...
  • Obamacare: Unaffordable and Incomprehensible

    11/17/2013 7:02:07 AM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 17, 2013 | Debra J. Saunders
    Chaos. "The whole mess has thrown the country, millions of people, the insurance market, into chaos," wrote Paul Palumbo, one of the million Californians who were notified that because of the Affordable Care Act, their Blue Shield plans would end Dec. 31. When the self-employed research analyst received the notice, he stopped paying his premiums because "they were dropping" him. The cheapest alternative he could find costs 61 percent more than his old premium and has a higher deductible. For now, he's waiting for the market to settle and rolling the dice. After President Barack Obama announced Thursday that he...
  • No-Money-Down College

    09/22/2013 6:07:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 22, 2013 | Bruce Bialosky
    As a regular reader of this column, you are acutely aware of the crisis in college education and particularly the soaring costs. As costs have climbed very little effort has been made to control them or limit the genesis of those costs. Our President has floated a plan which is destined for the scrap heap to have the federal government step in and rate colleges and then control federal funds to those colleges. A new way of funding college educations has emerged from the legislature in Oregon, and we took a look here. We first became aware of this new...
  • Cleveland Clinic to cut $330 million from next year's budget, may cut jobs

    09/18/2013 12:22:34 PM PDT · by EBH · 45 replies
    The Plain Dealer ^ | 9/18/2013 | Brie Zeltner
    About 60 percent of the hospital system’s costs are in labor, salaries and benefits, said spokeswoman Eileen Sheil, and “there’s only so much you can do with non-staff cost cutting. “Healthcare reform has really changed things, and the burden of cost is going to be falling on patients,” she said. “We want to make sure we can keep care affordable....” ...Sheil said the Clinic has not been filling vacant positions in many departments for a while, and some departments may be able to meet their targeted cuts by attrition and non-staff cuts. “Other places might have to look at reducing...
  • Rand Paul: Obamacare authors have ‘really small brains’

    08/13/2013 1:52:10 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 41 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Aug 13, 2013 | By Tom Howell, Jr.
    Sen. Rand Paul outlined his fears about President Obama’s health care law on “The Daily Show” late Monday, arguing “dinosaur syndrome” has prevented well-intentioned authors of the law from crafting effective reforms. “I’m afraid it’s going to be unaffordable and that’s the real problem,” the Kentucky Republican told John Oliver, interim host of “The Daily Show” in Jon Stewart’s absence. “I’m afraid that everyone will pay a lot more for insurance. And I think precisely the people it was intended to help it may well hurt, because they may not be able to afford it.” Mr. Paul, a potential presidential...
  • Coverage may be unaffordable for low-wage workers

    06/13/2013 12:02:28 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 23 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | June 13, 2013 | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR
    It's called the Affordable Care Act, but President Barack Obama's health care law may turn out to be unaffordable for many low-wage workers, including employees at big chain restaurants, retail stores and hotels. That might seem strange since the law requires medium-sized and large employers to offer "affordable" coverage or face fines. But what's reasonable? Because of a wrinkle in the law, companies can meet their legal obligations by offering policies that would be too expensive for many low-wage workers. For the employee, it's like a mirage — attractive but out of reach. he company can get off the hook,...
  • Minnesota's child care, averaging $9,900 a year, is among least affordable

    10/10/2011 5:20:55 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 18 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 10-9-11 | Jennifer Bissell
    Minnesota ranks as the fifth least affordable state for prekindergarten child care, after New York, Montana, Massachusetts and Wisconsin. Minnesota is among the most expensive for child care partly because the industry is highly regulated by the state, according to Ann McCully, executive director of Minnesota Child Care. For example, Minnesota requires a lower ratio of staff to children than other states, which requires centers to spend more money on personnel. McCully said it can be difficult for centers to make a profit or simply break even.
  • F-35 now 'unaffordable': Defense official

    05/19/2011 7:45:45 PM PDT · by decimon · 33 replies · 1+ views
    AFP ^ | May 19, 2011 | Unknown
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – The cost of building the F-35 fighter jet, set to replace a large part of the US warplane fleet, is "unaffordable" in its current version and must be reviewed, the Pentagon's top acquisition official said Thursday. "Over the lifetime of this program, the decade or so, the per-aircraft cost of the 2,443 aircraft we want has doubled in real terms," said Ashton Carter, the under secretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics. "That's our forecast for how much the aircraft's going to cost. "Said differently, that's what it's going to cost if we keep doing what...
  • Health Care Last Chance! Fax Blue Dog Democrats! Its Fun! Here's List

    11/06/2009 5:29:33 AM PST · by joeclarke · 7 replies · 512+ views
    JoeClarke.Net ^ | 11/06/2009 | JoeClarke.Net
    Personal visits to Congress people are best, phone calls are good, but emails are thrown away. Faxing a petition to Representatives produces a hard copy letter right in their offices, and hopefully they pile up before they can burn them. Below is my fax and a fax list of the Blue Dog Democrats who are the only Democrats which have a scintilla of sense left in this once great country: DEAR HONORABLE @R [Blue Dog]; OF ALL THE FABRICATIONS TOLD TO THE ELECTORATE RE: THE HEALTH CARE BILLS - SOME OF THE MOST EGREGIOUS ARE THAT THE BILL WILL CUT...
  • Escape From the Nursing Home (Only Federal Government Can Afford NH Care)

    01/17/2007 4:15:23 AM PST · by shrinkermd · 28 replies · 1,466+ views
    New York Times ^ | 17 January 2007 | IRA ROSOFSKY
    ...Seventy-five thousand dollars is the average yearly cost of living in a nursing home, whether you pay out of pocket, whether you have long-term-care insurance, or whether you’re on welfare and your stay is paid for by Medicaid. (In 2005, Medicaid paid an estimated $54 billion of the $122 billion national expenditure on nursing homes.) Few elderly people or their families make a deliberate, considered decision to move to a nursing home. More often, institutionalization follows an accident or sudden illness. The broken hip is a typical trigger. First the patient goes to the hospital, and then to the nursing...