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  • Blame For Obamacare's Next Rate Hike Shifts To Trump And GOP

    05/23/2017 4:18:55 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 29 replies
    Forbes ^ | 22 May 2017 | Bruce Japsen
    The healthcare industry is beginning to shift blame for Obamacare’s 2018 rate hikes and an unstable individual insurance market to Donald Trump and the Republican-led Congress. An alliance of health insurers, doctors and employers are urging the Trump administration and Congress to fund cost-sharing subsidies for millions of Americans under the Affordable Care Act. Politico reported Friday that Trump is telling “advisers he wants to end key Obamacare subsidies.” If cost-sharing reductions (CSRs) aren’t funded through 2018, Trump and Republicans will be responsible for more insurers leaving public exchanges and a rate hike of nearly 20% on average, reports indicate....
  • Despite its Bitter Taste, Clinton Wants a Second Helping of Obamacare

    10/07/2016 6:19:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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.”...
  • Idahos Last-Minute, Backdoor Obamacare Expansion Would Be A Mistake

    03/25/2016 10:13:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 25, 2016 | Nicholas Horton
    For the past several years, Idaho lawmakers have rejected every attempt to bring Obamacares 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, theres 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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 Trumps 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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
    Breitbart.com ^ | 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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
    Fox23.com ^ | 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 dont 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 rulings 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 Brills 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 Brills new book, America's Bitter Pill, for much the same reason I procrastinate when its 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 writers 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...