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  • Despite its Bitter Taste, Clinton Wants a Second Helping of Obamacare

    10/07/2016 6:19:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies ^ | October 6, 2016 | Devon Herrick
    The leading presidential candidates’ positions on health reform could not be farther apart. Donald Trump wants to repeal Obamacare it in its entirety. Hillary Clinton wants to expand it. If elected, she plans to prop up Obamacare with more taxpayer subsidies. The Obama Administration is already looking for ways to bail out insurers as they flee the federal and state marketplace. Clinton now wants to boost subsidies to low-income households as well. Expanding Obamacare. Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the government pays all premiums in excess of 2 percent to 9.5 percent of income, based on a sliding scale....
  • Is the Rise of Socialized Medicine Unstoppable?

    04/05/2016 12:03:37 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | April 5, 2016 | Justin Haskins
    In August 2007, then-Sen. Barack Obama expressed his hope for the growth of socialized medicine in the United States. “[Health care] is a $2 trillion part of our economy, and it is my belief that it’s not just politically, but economically, it is better for us to start getting a system in place—a universal health care system signed into law by the end of my first term as president and build off that system to further to make it more rational … By the way, Canada did not start immediately with a single-payer system. They had a similar transition step.”...
  • Idaho’s Last-Minute, Backdoor Obamacare Expansion Would Be A Mistake

    03/25/2016 10:13:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | March 25, 2016 | Nicholas Horton
    For the past several years, Idaho lawmakers have rejected every attempt to bring Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion to the Gem State. Earlier this year, they rejected two expansion plans that were so unpopular, they failed to even earn a committee vote. But with the legislative session winding down, there’s another last-minute, backdoor attempt to expand Medicaid on the horizon. The latest plan, dubbed the “Idaho Accountable Care Waiver Act,” would require the state to “provide for managed Medicaid services” to a new class of able-bodied adults. Although the legislation nominally limits its Medicaid expansion to able-bodied adults below the poverty line,...
  • Strange Bedfellows Defending Obamacare

    03/21/2016 10:39:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | March 21, 2016 | Devon Herrick
    The primary component of GOP presidential candidates’ health policy proposals is to repeal Obamacare. Once GOP frontrunner Trump released his plan, the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget took notice and did an analysis of the likely fiscal effects from Trump’s plan. Presumably, these fiscal effects would also apply to the other Republican candidates who also support repealing Obamacare. The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (CRFB) is a budget watchdog group that began 35 years ago. For the past few years it has been housed with the neo-Democratic think tank, New America. The two organizations parted ways over the...
  • Obamacare Exacerbates the Tragedy of the Healthcare Commons: We Can do Better

    02/16/2016 3:17:59 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | February 16, 2016 | Devon Herrick
    It is common sense that people take care of their own property better than community property, often times referred to as "commons." Because community resources are finite (say, grazing land in a pastoral society), overgrazing - and too little maintenance - is bound to occur absent any collaborative agreements. Moreover, one person's conservation efforts cannot overcome all the other self-interested parties' perverse incentives. Economists call this the tragedy of the commons. Unfortunately, Obamacare proponents (and LBJ for that matter) did not understand how the tragedy of the commons would boost health care spending. Medicare, Medicaid and Obamacare plans are all...
  • Paul Krugman Begs Liberals To Stop Bashing ObamaCare

    02/07/2016 2:33:44 AM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies
    Investors ^ | 2/05/16 | JOHN MERLINE
    New York Times columnist Paul Krugman is a bit apoplectic that the left, which has always wanted single-payer health care, is still pushing for single-payer health care. "Why," he frets, "do we hear not just conservatives but also many progressives trashing President Obama's biggest policy achievement?" He goes on to say, "A lot of what I hear from the left is not so much a complaint about how the reform falls short as outrage that private insurers get to play any role. The idea seems to be that any role for the profit motive taints the whole effort." Krugman says...
  • Laugh Track: Top 10 Funniest Dem Debate Moments

    01/18/2016 3:41:21 AM PST · by Biggirl · 15 replies ^ | January 18, 2016 | Joel B. Pollak
    When Democratic presidential candidates get together to debate, it really is like watching the Mensheviks and the Bolsheviks, as Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) once joked.
  • Obamacare Deadbeats and Scam Artists Make a Bad Program Worse

    01/18/2016 6:14:44 AM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies ^ | January 18, 2016 | Devon Herrick
    The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was intended to solve the problem of affordable coverage for people with preexisting conditions by using an age-old strategy that politicians love. That strategy is often referred to as OPM (other peoples' money). For instance, ACA regulations force insurers to accept all applicants -- including unprofitable ones -- at rates unadjusted for their health risk. Premiums can vary somewhat by age, but not by health status. Thus, Obamacare is a bad deal for most people by design; the majority of enrollees are charged much more than their expected costs. In theory, this should allow individuals...
  • The 'Unaffordable Care Act' Causing High Medical Bills for Insured People

    01/11/2016 10:09:20 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies ^ | January 11, 2016 | Devon Herrick
    Liberal public health advocates and left-of-center health policy wonks have long thought every American needs health insurance (they don't, but that's another discussion). Lefties assume health insurance is the only way Americans access medical care. After all, the purpose of the Affordable Care Act was to insulate Americans from the financial hardship of medical care they couldn't afford to pay for out of pocket. Moreover, many pundits believe having to reach for one's wallet during a medical encounter is unacceptable. So imagine my shock when I read a headline in The New York Times claiming that Obamacare is no guarantee...
  • America's Largest Health Insurance Company: Obamacare Has Been a Bad Decision For Us

    12/02/2015 2:23:28 PM PST · by Kaslin · 27 replies ^ | December 2, 2015 | Katie Pavlich
    The third open enrollment period for Obamacare is currently underway ahead of the New Year and the CEO of America's largest health insurance is expressing regret for getting involved in the government mandated entitlement program. From Bloomberg (bolding is mine):
  • City employees shocked by new insurance deductibles

    06/15/2015 10:58:16 AM PDT · by FatherofFive · 59 replies ^ | June 11, 2015 | News Story
    The City of Bixby changed insurance deductibles for their employees. One of the changes means that a family now has a $7,000 deductible instead of a $500 one. There is a gap plan available on limited basis. Employees said that no one asked them about the change or if they would prefer to pay higher premiums instead.
  • Consumers In 'Grandfathered' Health Plans Can Face Higher Costs

    06/10/2015 4:40:25 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 20 replies
    NPR ^ | 06/10/2015 | MICHELLE ANDREWS
    Judy Naillon called her insurer several months ago to find out why she was being charged $35 every month for birth control pills. Her friends said they were getting their pills free under the federal health law. Why wasn't she getting the same deal? The insurance representative explained that was because the plan Naillon and her husband had through his job was "grandfathered" under the health law. In other words, unlike other health plans, Naillon's insurance policy, which existed before the health law was enacted, doesn't have to cover many preventive services, including contraception. Naillon would have to continue to...
  • Obama plans major Obamacare speech

    06/09/2015 6:30:13 AM PDT · by PROCON · 33 replies
    washingtonexaminer ^ | June 9, 2015 | Paige Winfield Cunningham
    President Obama will tout his healthcare law Tuesday to a Catholic group that has consistently supported the law despite deep divides over its birth control requirement. In a speech to the Catholic Health Association — which represents hundreds of hospitals and nursing homes across the U.S. — the president will talk about the law's major tenets and make his case that it has improved health plans for virtually everyone, in addition to expanding coverage to millions. The address comes just days before the Supreme Court is expected to issue a ruling that could halt the healthcare law's insurance subsidies to...
  • David Brooks: 'Obama Has Run An Amazingly Scandal-Free Administration' [mentions my blog]

    05/31/2015 4:47:12 PM PDT · by grundle · 52 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | May 31, 2015 | Tom Blumer
    <p>Despite 6-1/2 years of horrid governance and dozens of acknowledged scandals, several of which a few of the credible remaining outposts of liberal thought have actually agreed are scandals, David Brooks, the New York Times's resident fake conservative, asserted on Friday's PBS NewsHour, as if it's an indisputable fact, that "President Obama has run an amazingly scandal-free administration, not only he himself, but the people around him."</p>
  • Does 'Joy of Cooking' Explain Logic of King v. Burwell?

    03/05/2015 11:01:16 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | March 4, 2015 | Sean Trade
    One of the frustrating things about reporting on the King v. Burwell litigation is the difficulty explaining some relatively complicated legal concepts to an audience of non-lawyers. Jonathan Cohn of Huffington Post has come up with a pretty good analogy, though I don’t think it works quite the way he thinks it does. First, to recapitulate the legalese. The Affordable Care Act works by mandating that people buy health insurance. To help ensure accessibility of that insurance, the statute creates exchanges where people can shop for policies. This is done in three sections of the law. Section 1311 mandates that...
  • A Supreme Court decision against Obamacare could cost states billions and billions of dollars

    02/19/2015 5:52:54 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 35 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 19, 2015 | By Greg Sargent
    If you want a sense of just how far-reaching the impact of a Supreme Court decision gutting Obamacare subsidies could prove, new data on health care signups released this week provide a fresh way to game out such a ruling’s consequences. The Department of Health and Human Services announced the other day that some 11.4 million people have signed up for health plans through federal marketplaces. The new HHS data also provides a breakdown of the number of sign-ups in each of the three dozen states on the federal exchange — precisely the states that would no longer get subsidies...
  • I have to pay back my Obamacare subsidy

    02/14/2015 9:06:30 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 66 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 02/13/2015 | CNN Money
    Janice Riddle got a nasty surprise when she filled out her tax return this year. The Los Angeles resident had applied for Obamacare in late 2013, when she was unemployed. She qualified for a hefty subsidy of $470 a month, leaving her with a monthly premium of $1 for the cheapest plan available. Riddle landed a job in early 2014 at a life insurance agency, but since her new employer didn't offer health benefits, she kept her Obamacare plan. However, she didn't update her income ... Now, she has to pay back the entire subsidy, which is forcing her to...
  • Steven Brill´s Latest Work of Fiction

    01/26/2015 4:14:02 AM PST · by rootin tootin · 6 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 1/26/2015 | David Catron
    I put off reading Steven Brill’s new book, America's Bitter Pill, for much the same reason I procrastinate when it’s time to clean the gutters on my house. I was sure it would be a boring chore that would leave me yearning for a shower. A previous encounter with this writer’s work in a 2013 edition of Time suggested that this tome would contain a catalogue of canards about U.S. health care, a tendentious account of the tawdry political process that produced Obamacare, and some hare-brained theory on how to fix our medical delivery system once and for all. My...
  • “Dad, I have cancer”

    01/06/2015 11:57:05 AM PST · by Starman417 · 4 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 01-06-15 | DrJohn
    Obamacare is going to kill you. Or one of your kids. Or one of your parents. Someone in your family is going to die from Obamacare. You can bet on it. You can bet your life on it. There are many things in medicine that are in a state of flux because of Obamacare. Obamacare is the name given to the most inappropriately termed "Affordable Care Act." There is nothing about Obamacare that makes care affordable. Obamacare has made care much more unaffordable. What it has done is make healthcare appear to be affordable because of subsidized premiums. The problem...
  • Five Strikes Against Single-payer Healthcare

    01/05/2015 12:03:57 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/04/2015 | By Deane Waldman
    In baseball, when you get three strikes, you’re out. There have been at least five strikes called against single payer (SP). Shouldn’t we hear from an umpire? Whether you call it single payer, socialized medicine, universal health care, Veterans Administration (VA) Hospital System, ObamaCare, Public Option, or National Health Service, these are all different names for the same thing: government-controlled healthcare. Details vary but all single payer-type systems have one thing in common: a central authority that controls both supply of dollars and providers, as well as demand for goods and services. Strike #1: Italy's price controls In the...
  • What If a Death Panel Evaluated Obamacare Itself?

    01/03/2015 5:39:59 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | January 3, 2015 | John C. Goodman
    One of the most controversial features of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) was the desire on the part of many of its backers to subject medical decisions to a “cost effectiveness” standard. In a nut shell, that means asking of various medical procedures if the addition to good health or life expectancy they promise is worth what they cost. But if it’s good to ask that question about a medical procedure, isn’t it equally good to ask the same question about the entire Obamacare program? When we do it turns out that Obamacare fails the test. To a lot of...
  • What's behind the huge price jump for some generic drugs? [from $20 to $1,849]

    12/17/2014 7:48:23 PM PST · by grundle · 62 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | October 20, 2014 | David Lazarus
    They cited the example of the asthma drug albuterol sulfate. The average cost for a bottle of 100 pills was $11 last October, the pair said. The average charge by this April was up to $434. The antibiotic doxycycline hyclate cost $20 last October for a bottle of 500 tablets, the congressmen observed. By April, the price was $1,849. Experts say generics are growing more expensive because of reduced competition among manufacturers and shortages of raw materials. However, that might not explain triple-digit price hikes for some drugs. "Most generics are increasing in price by an average 10% a year,"...
  • I Don't Care if Obama Thinks We're Stupid; Just Repeal Obamacare (Gruber)

    12/11/2014 1:34:57 PM PST · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | December 12, 2014 | David Limbaugh
    Instead of using this space to pretend the newly released CIA "torture" report confirms that the United States is the most evil nation in the history of the universe, I'm going to address Jonathan Gruber's confirmation that he believes we're all stupid. Assuming you are not under any rocks or haven't been in an underground bunker without access to media, you will have heard that Gruber, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the principal architect of Obamacare, made some unflattering comments about his fellow Americans. At a panel event last year, discussing how the administration was able...
  • The 6 Biggest Whoppers In Gruber's ObamaCare Comic Book

    12/02/2014 5:10:27 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 11 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 12/1/2014 | IBD Staff
    Before ObamaCare architect Jonathan Gruber got famous for calling Americans stupid, he wrote an "ObamaCare for Dummies"-style comic book. The only dummies are those who believe its many fictions.
  • Former White House Adviser Issues Taunting Tweet About Obamacare Architect Jonathan Gruber

    11/17/2014 12:31:37 AM PST · by SteveH · 25 replies
    the blaze ^ | nov. 16, 2014 | jon street
    Former White House senior adviser David Axelrod wrote what appears to be a taunt about Gruber in a Sunday tweet: “As one who worked hard to make A[ffordable] C[are] A[ct] and its benefits clear, let me say: if you looked up “stupid” in dictionary, you’d find Gruber’s picture.
  • Who Are You Calling Stupid?

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

    11/11/2014 11:49:29 AM PST · by jonatron · 54 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 11/11/2014 | Richard Weir
    “This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure CBO (Congressional Budget Office) did not score the mandate as taxes. If CBO scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies. … So it’s written to do that,” Gruber said, suggesting “it would not have passed” if the law “made it explicit” that healthy people would “pay in” and the sick would get money. “Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage,” Gruber continued. “Call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really, really critical to get the thing to pass. I wish...
  • Jonathan Gruber Tries To Hide His Remarks

    11/11/2014 6:13:37 AM PST · by Pauli67 · 43 replies
    Est Quod Est ^ | 11/11/2014 | Pauli
    The University of Pennsylvania which had originally posted this has now pulled down the video from their site. But this is an attempt on the part of Jonathan Gruber and company to pull their pants up after they got caught. I think it's comical that these people still believe they can say whatever they want in public, but then flip out if anyone quotes them. It also appears that the mafia has been called in to cast doubt upon the incident as conservatives have reported it. They call this claim a Mixture of true and false. Here's their lame...
  • Yes, the Republican Obamacare Strategy Will Kill People

    11/11/2014 6:12:16 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 54 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | November 10, 2014 | By Jonathan Chait
    There is a famous thought experiment called the trolley problem, and it goes like this: A runaway trolley is headed toward five people bound on the tracks. You are standing before the switch that could divert it onto another track, where it would kill only one person. Do you pull the switch? The trolley problem is the most flattering possible way to think about the conservative movement’s fanatical commitment to repealing Obamacare. If they pull the switch and repeal Obamacare, or if they persuade five Republican Supreme Court justices to cripple it, they will spare America from the evils of...
  • Obamacare Architect: Yeah, We Lied to The "Stupid" American People to Get It Passed

    11/10/2014 9:31:37 AM PST · by Kaslin · 94 replies ^ | November 10, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    Meet Jonathan Gruber, a professor at MIT and an architect of Obamacare. During panel event last year about how the legislation passed, turning over a sixth of the U.S. economy to the government, Gruber admitted that the Obama administration went through "tortuous" measures to keep the facts about the legislation from the American people, including covering up the redistribution of wealth from the healthy to the sick in the legislation that Obamacare is in fact a tax. The video of his comments just recently surfaced ahead of the second open enrollment period for Obamacare at "You can't do it...
  • IRS to Close “Loophole” on “Sub-Standard” Plans (Title Shortened

    11/10/2014 8:47:20 AM PST · by justlittleoleme · 19 replies
    Proskauer's ERISA Practice Center Blog ^ | November 6th, 2014 | By Paul M. Hamburger, Stacy Barrow and Tzvia Feiertag
    On November 4, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) announced that it intends to close a perceived “loophole” in health care reform. This so-called loophole allows employers to offer low cost health plans that don’t cover inpatient hospitalization services or physician services (or both). If that coverage were treated as “minimum value” coverage, then employers could avoid all pay-or-play penalties with low cost coverage and covered individuals would not be able to benefit from premium assistance or subsidies in the health insurance Marketplace. What does this IRS Notice Mean? Once this new rule is final, it means that Non-Hospital/Non-Physician Services...
  • An Obamacare Mess You Likely Missed: Biosimilars

    10/16/2014 12:32:32 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | October 16, 2014 | Ken Blackwell
    Buried inside of the 20,000 pages of the Obamacare monstrosity are a few paragraphs which could create a multi-billion dollar industry in the American healthcare sector. Known as "biosimilars," the law allowed for the production of complex drugs which are medically equivalent versions of biologics (drugs derived from living organisms), and can treat deadly diseases ranging from Alzheimer's, AIDS, and rheumatoid arthritis. Not only can biosimilars save lives, the competition they create for a heavily regulated and patented marketplace can help patients by lowering the price of their prescriptions by up to 40 percent. The average annual cost of biologic...
  • Ebola and the Affordable Care Act

    10/10/2014 9:03:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | Charlotte Hays
    “When the Ebola case was diagnosed, we went in to crisis mode," Ed Garcia, the managing director of Firestone Liberia, recently told NPR. In a saga that commentator Scott Ott characterizes as one of “an evil capitalist corporation” springing into action for the commonwealth, Firestone employees in Liberia stopped the spread of Ebola in their area by taking quick actions after an employee showed symptoms of the deadly disease. When no hospital in the area could take the stricken woman, Firestone staff built an onsite treatment center in record time. The Firestone employees set up an Ebola ward so quickly...
  • Dr. Emanuel's Death Wish

    10/07/2014 6:25:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 55 replies ^ | October 6, 2014 | Jeff Jacoby
    THE ELDERLY are such a pain, aren't they? Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel thinks so. Half of those older than 80 have "functional limitations," the prominent health policy analyst and key ObamaCare architect writes in the October issue of The Atlantic. One in three Americans 85 and up has Alzheimer's. Old people are more likely to be disabled, or at least "faltering and declining." They lose their creative mojo. They don't "contribute to work, society, the world." Instead of being regarded as "vibrant and engaged," they grow "feeble, ineffectual, even pathetic."Especially disagreeable are old parents, who can be so irritating: "They set expectations,...
  • Old and In the Way?

    09/25/2014 9:09:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 46 replies ^ | September 25, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Normally, no one would care that in a recent Atlantic essay -- "Why I hope to die at 75"-- 57-year-old Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel argued that living to be 75 years old was long enough for anyone. After 75, Emanuel suggests, "We are no longer remembered as vibrant and engaged but as feeble, ineffectual, even pathetic. But Emanuel is no garden-variety crackpot. Nor is he a wannabe science-fiction writer dreaming of a centrally planned planet of robust youthful humanoids. Unfortunately, he was one of the chief architects of the troubled Affordable Care Act and a key medical advisor to the Obama...
  • Obamacare Creator: Die At 75!

    09/18/2014 6:19:49 PM PDT · by Nachum · 123 replies
    Breitbart, Big Government ^ | 9/18/14 | Ben Shapiro
    Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, one of the masterminds behind Obamacare, has now explained that he wishes to die at age 75. In an article in The Atlantic, Emanuel writes, “Seventy-five. That’s how long I want to live: 75 years.” He explains that his daughters disagree; so do his brothers and his friends. But, he says, “I am sure of my position…here is a simple truth that many of us seem to resist: living too long is also a loss. It renders many of us, if not disabled, then faltering and declining, a state that may not be worse than death but
  • 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...
  • Top U.S. health adviser wants end to partisan fighting over Obamacare

    09/08/2014 9:20:34 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Sep 8, 2014 4:50pm EDT | David Morgan
    President Barack Obama’s top health adviser on Monday called for an end to partisan bickering over Obamacare, saying the public and businesses are sending a clear message to Washington that it is time to move on with implementing the law. “The Affordable Care Act is clearly working,” U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell told a university audience in remarks that unveiled a new administration message about the successes of the healthcare reform law just as the midterm election campaign debate about its future intensifies. “What I’ve been hearing over and over … (is) enough already with the back...
  • Are Republicans Abandoning the Obamacare Issue? Doubtful

    08/22/2014 10:53:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | August 22, 2014 | David Harsanyi
    In a bit of dubious cherry-picking, a new Bloomberg article concludes that the Affordable Care Act is losing its effectiveness as a political issue for Republicans and is diminishing as a major issue. How do we know the end is near-ish? Well, so many Americans are "benefiting from the law," theorizes Heidi Przybyla, that political ads are simply not doing the job anymore. This news is somewhat unexpected -- and unpersuasive -- when you consider that a Kaiser Family Foundation poll recently found that only 15 percent of Americans believe Obamacare has directly helped them, whereas 28 percent say it...
  • Charlie Crist To Feds: Don’t Kick The Undocumented Off Obamacare Coverage

    08/15/2014 6:07:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 08/15/2014 | Sarah Hurtubise
    Charlie Crist, the Democratic nominee in Florida’s governor race in November, says the Obama administration shouldn’t require proof of immigration status for Obamacare sign-ups. “We need to make this law work for the people depending on it, and the President should suspend this requirement so that no American citizen loses their health insurance due to a bureaucratic requirement,” Crist spokesman Brendan Gilfillan told Politico Thursday. Over 310,000 Obamacare customers have failed to provide proper documentation on their citizenship or immigration status to the Obama administration, after the federal government contacted them between five and seven times about discrepancies in the...
  • After, White House creates team to solve tech problems

    08/11/2014 7:07:27 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 12 replies
    The U.S. Digital Service, comprised of a small team of digital experts, will collaborate with federal agencies to make websites more consumer friendly, to identify and fix problems and to help upgrade the government’s technology. Mikey Dickerson, the former Google engineer who helped fix after a disastrous launch will be the administrator of the U.S. Digital Service and deputy federal chief information officer. Specifically, the team will try to bring the government’s digital services in line with the private sector, collaborate with agencies to identify gaps in designing, developing and operating services and providing accountability at agencies. The administration...
  • Father of Obamacare Makes a "Speak-O"

    07/31/2014 5:06:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | July 31, 2014 | Larry Elder
    Last week, by 2-1 vote, a Washington, D.C., appellate panel ruled that the Obama administration unlawfully changed Obamacare. Meanwhile, on the same day, on the same question, a panel from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the other way. This issue is headed for the Supreme Court. Michael Cannon, director of health policy studies at the Cato Institute, is -- according to CNBC -- the "intellectual godfather" of what is perhaps Obamacare's most serious court challenge. Cannon says when Congress drafted Obamacare, they made it clear: Tax credits, grants and other subsidies would be available only to those enrollees...
  • Will Obamacare Cost You Your Job?

    07/26/2014 4:46:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies ^ | July 26, 2014 | John C. Goodman
    Why is our recovery from the Great Recession so sluggish and so slow? Economists are increasingly focusing on Barack Obama’s signature legislative accomplishment: the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as ObamaCare. Although generally thought of as a measure to insure the uninsured, health reform is affecting the entire labor market in negative ways. As I wrote previously, the employer mandate to provide health insurance will cost almost $6 an hour for family coverage. This health minimum wage (on top of the money minimum wage) raises the cost of labor and will almost certainly discourage hiring. There are two ways that...
  • Obama Democrats Lose Their Big Bet on Health Exchanges

    07/25/2014 9:07:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 36 replies ^ | July 25, 2014 | Michael Barone
    Words mean what they say. That's the basis for the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in Halbig v. Burwell invalidating the Internal Revenue Service regulation approving subsidies for Obamacare consumers in states with federal health insurance exchanges. The law passed by Congress, Judge Thomas Griffith explained, provided for subsidies in states with state-created exchanges, but not in states with federal exchanges. That's factually correct, and under the Constitution, the government can't spend money not authorized by Congress. This has not prevented Democrats from calling the decision "judicial activism," which makes as much sense as...
  • In The Government’s Crosshairs

    07/17/2014 4:30:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | July 17 | Derek Hunter
    I don’t get tanning, either outside or inside. I’ve never been a sun-worshipper and can’t stand hot summers. I prefer cold – you can always put more layers of clothes on, you can only take so much off. But just because I don’t engage in something doesn’t mean I don’t see a problem when it’s targeted by protestors, special interest groups, and especially government; and the tanning industry is the latest to have a government-painted bullseye on its back. This issue came to my attention when my friend and former co-worker Ryan Ellis wrote about it in the Washington Times...
  • On Every Big Issue, Obama's Presidency is Found Wanting

    07/04/2014 9:39:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies ^ | July 4, 2014 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON - Republicans have a wealth of political issues that will dominate the 2014 midterm election races and determine their outcome. The national news media has done its best to try to bury these issues, play them down or sugar coat them, but the American people know better. They have persistently put these issues at or near the top of every voter poll in the last six years of Barack Obama's scandal-ridden, trouble-plagued administration. It's hard to break through and overcome the power of the Washington news media that has worked hard to cover up the Obama White House's blunders....
  • As Obamacare Goes, So Goes Obama

    07/04/2014 6:27:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | July 4, 2014 | David Limbaugh
    It's no accident that Obamacare has become emblematic of the Obama administration overall, because it exemplifies so thoroughly what Obama represents ideologically and functionally. Obamacare symbolizes government largesse, incompetence, inefficiency, arrogance and heartlessness, a government that knows better than you what is good for you. It epitomizes staggering spending, waste and debt. It typifies a government that is too big for its britches, which is crushing your liberties while telling you that it has your best interests at heart and that you can't live without it. It stands for wholesale dishonesty -- something that is entirely different from what it...
  • The Continuing Obamacare Nightmare

    06/10/2014 8:13:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | June 10, 2014 | David Limbaugh
    While President Obama diverts the nation's attention with his other myriad scandals, the Obamacare Express continues to careen off the rails, leaving a wide path of destruction and rendering its supporters defenseless. The latest outrage, in a yearslong string, is that at least 4 million of the 8 million total Obamacare sign-ups contain flawed applications, according to a report by House Republicans. But this isn't some arbitrarily divined number chosen by Republicans for political purposes. It is based on a chart prepared by federal Obamacare contractor Serco that shows more than 4 million application discrepancies as of May 27. These...
  • U.S. revives group to fight homegrown extremists: officials

    06/03/2014 9:59:00 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 42 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 6/3/14 | Julia Edwards - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is re-establishing a law enforcement group to fight those it designates as domestic terrorists, with an announcement expected on Tuesday, Department of Justice officials said. Following hate-motivated shootings such as the one at a Jewish Community Center in Kansas City, Missouri in April, federal prosecutors have pressed the need to coordinate intelligence of such criminals on a national level, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The group will coordinate cases that involve Americans who may be spurred to violence for political or prejudicial reasons.
  • GOP’s Obamacare fears come true: A national enrollment system under Obamacare.

    06/01/2014 11:52:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Politico ^ | 06/01/2014 | By KYLE CHENEY and JENNIFER HABERKORN
    Liberals wanted a national enrollment system under Obamacare. They might just get it. Right now, 36 states rely on, the federal exchange, to enroll people in health coverage. At least two more states are opting in next year, with a few others likely to follow. Only two states are trying to get out. That’s precisely the opposite of the Affordable Care Act’s original intent: 50 exchanges run by 50 states. The federal option was supposed to be a limited and temporary fallback. But a shift to a bigger, more permanent Washington-controlled system is instead underway — without preparation, funding...