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  • More phony ObamaCare numbers from the White House

    03/17/2015 4:34:01 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 5 replies
    Health Reform: The Obama administration says more than 16 million have gained insurance, thanks to ObamaCare. But a closer look at the numbers shows they're once again playing fast and loose with the data.
  • Shock Poll: Half The Uninsured Want ObamaCare Repealed

    03/06/2015 5:21:20 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 15 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 03/05/2015 | Staff
    Health Care: ObamaCare was supposed to be a gift to the uninsured. Maybe someone should have checked with them first. A new poll finds the uninsured hate ObamaCare more than any other group.
  • Gruber’s Obamacare lies

    02/22/2015 10:25:39 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 2 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 2/22/15 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Thanks to some careful research by Matt Palumbo who writes for the Foundation for Economic Education, a series of lies and half-truths being promulgated by Obamacare mouth piece Jonathan Gruber have been uncovered. The first lie cited is the bogus analogy Gruber makes between a mandate forcing Americans to buy Obamacare and one forcing drivers to buy auto insurance. This completely pushes aside the fact that no one is required to drive a car and thus carry auto crash liability insurance. Asserting that the burden to carry Obamacare is no different than the mandate of auto liability insurance is a...
  • Uninsured Balk at Obamacare Bite

    02/02/2015 4:32:31 AM PST · by rootin tootin · 19 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 2/2/2015 | David Catron
    When it became obvious a couple of years ago that Obamacare would accelerate health care inflation, the law’s boosters began claiming that cost control was never its primary goal. PPACA’s promoters had previously promised that it would reduce annual health care expenses by $2,500 per family while improving access and quality of care. But the facts forced them to abandon that pledge and adopt a safer party line. As expressed by the New York Times, the new story goes thus: “At its most basic level, the Affordable Care Act was intended to reduce the number of Americans without health insurance.”...
  • Don't Credit ObamaCare Exchanges For Uninsured Drop

    09/17/2014 5:06:59 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 11 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 09/16/2014 | John Merline
    The uninsured rate fell 1.3% in the first three months of this year to the lowest point since the Centers for Disease Control began tracking it in 1997. The CDC's survey, on top of others by Gallup, the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Urban Institute, appears to show that ObamaCare is succeeding in its main goal of cutting the ranks of the uninsured. But the picture is far murkier than these surveys suggest. In fact, it's not entirely clear what impact ObamaCare is having on the uninsured, or what part of the law deserves credit if it is.
  • Even The Uninsured Are Growing Sour On ObamaCare

    09/11/2014 5:16:30 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 25 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 09/10/2014 | IBD Staff
    ObamaCare defenders keep insisting that the law is a huge success while public approval continues to deteriorate, even among Democrats and especially among the uninsured. It's supposed to be the GOP's worst nightmare — President Obama's health care takeover turns out to be a success, proving once and for all that small-government conservatives are delusional. ObamaCare has, we're told, signed up more than expected while avoiding terminal rate shocks. In fact, a new report suggests premiums for "benchmark" Silver plans will actually be lower in many states next year....
  • College Professors Feeling the ObamaCare Pinch

    09/10/2014 12:07:20 PM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 31 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 9, 2014 | Spencer Irvine
    Ironically, liberal college professors are now feeling the increasing weight and burden that is from ObamaCare, or its official name “The Affordable Care Act.” A study released by the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources found that an increasing number of college and university professors are paying more for their health insurance. obamacare forum The study, “2014 Employee Healthcare and Other Benefits in Higher Education Survey,” covered health benefits, four types of healthcare plans (HMO, PPO, POS and high deductible plans), “formal wellness programs,” dental plans and other healthcare basics. The questionnaire itself can be viewed here. The...
  • A 10-Year Prediction for the Affordable Care Act: Number of uninsured Americans may increase by 10%

    08/29/2014 2:09:47 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    National Journal ^ | 08/29/2014 | MICHAEL RAMLET
    The Affordable Care Act cannot be broken down into sound bites. This holds true for both its most ardent supporters and its most fervent opponents. The law is simply too complex to be labeled either a total failure or a smashing success. But that doesn't mean it isn't trending in one of those two directions. Across the country, individuals and families are beginning to learn whether their insurance premiums will change for 2015—early estimates indicate an overall national increase of 7.5 percent, according to a PricewaterhouseCoopers analysis. That's what is expected despite the early promise that the ACA would lower...
  • The bad news the press managed to miss in that Kaiser ObamaCare survey

    06/25/2014 8:41:49 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 5 replies
    Investor' Business Daily ^ | 06/24/2014 | IBD Staff
    Enrollment: ObamaCare loyalists are trumpeting a new Kaiser Family Foundation survey finding that more than half of those who enrolled had been uninsured. But the survey's findings are nothing to cheer about. First, nobody knows exactly how many ObamaCare enrollees were previously uninsured, because the administration didn't bother to ask for that information when people signed up. So it's been up to pollsters to figure out what happened, and previous surveys showed that only a small percentage of ObamaCare sign-ups came from the ranks of the uninsured. The new Kaiser survey, in contrast, found that 57% of those getting coverage...
  • Short Unhappy Life of ObamaCare

    06/11/2014 9:08:50 PM PDT · by RicocheT · 10 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 11, 2014 | STEPHEN T. PARENTE
    President Obama claims the debate over the Affordable Care Act is "over," but in coming weeks and months expect it to intensify. Health-insurance companies will soon begin releasing preliminary rate estimates for next year's plans. Industry experts say consumers should once again brace for significantly higher premiums. [snip] Either way, there will be a significant number of uninsured Americans unwilling or unable to pay for the inflated insurance available on the exchanges and forced to pay penalties, which for 2016 and thereafter will be the greater of $695 or 2.5% of income. More will choose this option every year. By...
  • Pro Report: HHS hits pause on ACA (Obamacare) enrollment reports...

    05/25/2014 4:29:55 PM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies
    Politico ^ | 5/21/14 | TALIA BUFORD
    ADMINISTRATION STOPS MONTHLY ACA ENROLLMENT REPORTS: Kyle Cheney with today’s top read [] — “The Obama administration has quietly decided to halt its monthly updates on Obamacare enrollment, which were a major pipeline of information about the impact of the health law heading into the 2014 campaign season. ‘HHS issued monthly enrollment reports during the first marketplace open enrollment period in order to provide the best understanding of enrollment activities as it was taking place,’ an HHS spokeswoman emailed. ‘Now that this time period has ended, we will look at future opportunities to share information about the marketplace that is...
  • Why are 2.7 million ObamaCare 'enrollees' still unaccounted for?

    04/24/2014 4:25:43 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 16 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 04/23/2014 | IBD Staff
    Affordable Care Act: President Obama has for a while been bragging that 8 million people have signed up for ObamaCare. But the administration still hasn't released the state-by-state numbers to back up that number. You'd think that with such good news, the administration would want to put out as many details as possible, as soon as possible. But judging by previous months, the latest Health and Human Services enrollment report is now nearly two weeks behind schedule. As a result, we still don't know where 2.7 million ObamaCare enrollees came from. Here's what we do know
  • Report: Census overhaul will obscure ObamaCare first-year effects

    04/15/2014 8:43:17 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 15, 2014 | Elsie Viebeck
    Changes to this year's census will make it difficult to assess how many people gained health insurance as a result of ObamaCare's first year of open enrollment, according to a report. The reported overhaul of census questions on health insurance arrives as politicians, journalists and researchers await official data on how many people gained and lost coverage in the last year. The changes are reportedly intended to improve the survey's accuracy. They will likely mark a "break in trend" for census health insurance data, making it hard to compared the 2014 report to past reports. The revisions and their potential...
  • MNsure to undergo evaluation by auditor, analysis of its coverage effectiveness

    04/10/2014 4:59:04 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 8 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 4-10-14 | Christopher Snowbeck
    As Minnesota's legislative auditor announced Wednesday a full evaluation of MNsure, state officials revealed plans to address a key question: Did the federal health law reduce the number of Minnesotans lacking coverage. MNsure has asked University of Minnesota researchers to work with insurance companies and the state Department of Human Services to provide a preliminary estimate for the impact of the federal Affordable Care Act on the uninsured rate in Minnesota. The most recent estimate suggests about 445,000 Minnesotans lacked coverage last year. Projections last year suggested the health law would reduce that number to between 159,000 and 201,000 by...
  • Media Hype 'Good' ObamaCare News, Bury The Bad

    04/10/2014 4:52:30 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 8 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 04/09/2014 | IBD Staff
    Bias: The media are cheering a survey that, they say, shows ObamaCare is working miracles. It shows nothing of the kind. Meanwhile, they're ignoring another report that finds ObamaCare-induced premium spikes. 'Millions More People Are Getting Health Insurance Because Of ObamaCare," screams a headline on the left-wing Huffington Post. Countless other major news outlets more or less echoed this line, calling it a big win for ObamaCare. They and others are all talking about a Rand Corp. survey that, in fact, finds no such thing.
  • Only 5% of Alaska’s uninsured signed up for ObamaCare?

    03/19/2014 1:22:07 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/19/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Which is worse about this story? Is it that only 6,666 people in Alaska have signed up in ObamaCare, or that it’s only the fifth-lowest total among states? The state estimated that more than 139,000 Alaskans would have eligibility to enroll in ObamaCare, but with the deadline approaching for enforcement — kind of, anyway — only five percent of them have done so, reports the Alaska Daily News (via Salena Zito): In less than two weeks, the health insurance marketplace will close, shutting out Alaskans until the next enrollment cycle and imposing fines on some of the uninsured.Nearly 5 percent...
  • One-Third Of 'Obamacare-Prospects' Intend To Stay Uninsured

    03/17/2014 5:22:37 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 3/17/14 | Tyler Durden
    Despite spending over half-a-billion dollars on increasingly mind-blowing promotions for Obamacare, a new survey released today shows that even the website apparently fixed, over one-third of Americans without insurance say they plan to stay that way, even after being told that the new law requires them to get covered or pay a penalty. As CBS notes, some 46% of those surveyed also were unaware of the March 31 deadline for being insured as it seems "low-income, young families may have been overlooked. They're probably not spending a lot of time watching television, they never read a newspaper and if they...
  • One Third of Uninsured Won’t Sign Up for Obamacare

    03/17/2014 9:11:54 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 32 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 3/17/14 | Brianna Ehley - The Fiscal Times
    As the White House scrambles to get people signed up for health insurance before the March 31 deadline, many uninsured Americans say they are still planning to take their chances and remain without coverage. A new study by shows that about one third of uninsured Americans are going to remain without coverage and opt to pay the penalty. The survey results suggest that the administration’s outreach to uninsured people may be falling short, with more than half of people without insurance unaware of the March 31 deadline—and even more unaware of subsidies that could make their policies more affordable....
  • Five takeaways from Gallup’s poll on the uninsured (tiny drop from 17.1% to 15.9% of adults)

    03/10/2014 6:37:04 PM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 15 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 10, 2014 | Jason Millman
    The big headline from the report: 15.9 percent of adults are now uninsured, down from 17.1 percent at the end of 2013. It's news that the Obama administration and the law's supporters are going to cheer as proof that the Affordable Care Act is working, and you'll likely hear a lot about it this week. The uninsured rate for the highly scrutinized 18-34 year-old demographic is dropping, but not yet to the levels the administration hopes for. The uninsured rate among 18-25 year-olds is now 23 percent, down from 23.5 percent, and the rate for 26 to 34 year-olds dropped...
  • Gallup: Percentage of Uninsured Americans Higher Now Than in 2008

    03/10/2014 3:13:50 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 9 replies
    CNS ^ | 3/10/14 | Susan Jones
    Defenders of Obamacare will point to a new Gallup poll showing that the percentage of Americans without health insurance continues to fall -- to 15.9 percent so far in 2014, down from 17.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013. But compare the most recent percentages with those posted by Gallup in 2008, when 14.8 percent of Americans lacked health insurance coverage. In fact, as Gallup has previously reported, "The number of uninsured was generally below 15% in 2008 until it began to increase in November of that year, coincident with the worst of the economic crisis."
  • Uninsured: Obamacare is Unaffordable

    03/10/2014 5:00:14 AM PDT · by rootin tootin · 22 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 3/10/2014 | David Catron
    A new survey confirms that the “Affordable Care Act” has failed to achieve one of its most important goals — making health coverage accessible to the uninsured. As the Washington Post reports, “Just one in 10 uninsured people who qualify for private health plans through the new marketplace have signed up for one.” Why so few? According to the survey, which was released last Thursday by McKinsey & Company, the most common reason cited by uninsured respondents was lack of affordability. Out of five possible reasons for failing to enroll, most chose, “I could not afford to pay the premium.”
  • Study: ObamaCare not reaching uninsured

    03/07/2014 1:26:38 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 6, 2014 | Jonathan Easley
    ObamaCare isnÂ’t achieving its primary goal of extending coverage to the uninsured, according to a new study. The survey released Thursday by the McKinsey & Co. consulting firm found that only 27 percent of people who have selected a plan on the new exchanges didnÂ’t previously have coverage. The Obama administration says 4 million people have selected a plan since the exchanges launched on Oct. 1, but has not said how many of them already had an insurance plan. At a healthcare industry conference on Thursday, Gary Cohen, a top official at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS),...
  • Health insurance marketplaces signing up few uninsured Americans, surveys say

    03/06/2014 2:13:09 PM PST · by mandaladon · 7 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 6 Mar 2014 | Amy Goldstein
    The new health insurance marketplaces appear to be making little headway so far in signing up Americans who lack health insurance, the Affordable Care Act’s central goal. A pair of surveys released on Thursday suggest that just one in 10 uninsured people who qualify for private health plans through the new marketplace have signed up for one — and that about half of uninsured adults has looked for information on the online exchanges or plans to look. Taken together, the snapshots shown by the surveys provide preliminary answers to what has been one of the biggest mysteries since and...
  • Why Do The Uninsured Hate ObamaCare?

    01/31/2014 11:06:56 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 29 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 01/30/2014 | IBD Staff
    Health Care: A new survey shows that ObamaCare is less popular with the uninsured than with the public. How is this even possible? The January Kaiser Family Foundation health tracking poll shows that just 24% of the uninsured approve of ObamaCare. That's down from 40% the month before the reform officially launched in October, and it's a full 10 points below the public's overall favorable rating. Incredibly, more than twice as many uninsured say they're worse off because of ObamaCare than say it's helped. What's more, just 7% of the uninsured say they tried to get coverage through an ObamaCare...
  • Obamacare deadbeats: Some don't pay up

    01/30/2014 9:33:20 AM PST · by mandaladon · 38 replies
    CNN ^ | 30 Jan 2014 | Tami Luhby
    Just cause they've signed up for Obamacare doesn't mean they're covered. Around one in five people who picked health insurance policies on the state and federal exchanges last year haven't paid their first month's premiums, according to insurers polled by CNNMoney. These folks will likely see their policy selection canceled and they'll be left uninsured. Some 2.1 million people signed up for a plan in time for their coverage to start January 1, according to the Obama administration. But with the payment deadlines stretching until January 31 at the latest, anywhere between 12% and 30% of those folks still haven't...
  • Support for Obamacare suddenly plummets among the uninsured

    01/30/2014 9:10:48 AM PST · by The Old Hoosier · 20 replies
    Conservative Intel ^ | 1/30/14 | David Freddoso
    Today’s Kaiser tracking poll shows support for Obamacare plummeting — not with just anyone, but within the 15 percent of the population that is uninsured, the very people the law was supposed to help. The rise in disapproval of the law from November is pretty big, but the drop in approval is even bigger...
  • Opposition to ObamaCare now 2:1 … among the uninsured!

    01/30/2014 10:17:37 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/30/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Behold, your chart of the day. This comes from Kaiser Health News, which has regularly polled on health-related policies, and in particular the uninsured in relation to ObamaCare. Since 2011, the support and opposition have remained fairly close together, but now that ObamaCare has been implemented, a dramatic change has taken place — and one the White House and Democrats won’t like:KHN says, presumably without irony, that the reason for the sudden shift is unclear: Uninsured Americans — the people that the Affordable Care Act was designed to most aid — are increasingly critical of the law as its key...
  • Obamacare's Dismal California Numbers

    01/27/2014 6:57:45 AM PST · by Innovative · 16 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Jan 24, 2014 | John McCaormack
    900,000 Californians lost their health plans by January 1; only 500,000 signed up on the Obamacare exchange. Health care industry expert Bob Laszewski points out that that means at least 330,000 of the 500,000 people who signed up for Obamacare already had health insurance. "If you want to know how many uninsured bought it, subtract by at least" 330,000, Laszewski told THE WEEKLY STANDARD.
  • ObamaCare's Phony Medicaid Promise Exposed

    01/07/2014 7:20:15 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 16 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 1/06/2014 | IBD Staff
    Failure: ObamaCare is driving millions of people into Medicaid, a program we now know does nothing to improve health and actually drives emergency-room use higher. A central premise of ObamaCare was that vastly expanding Medicaid would ultimately save health care dollars. The millions of uninsured gaining access to Medicaid would no longer crowd costly emergency rooms looking for care, the thinking went. And that improved access would keep them healthier. Turns out that neither of those claims is true.
  • How ObamaCare Saves 30 Million From Being Uninsured While Leaving 30 M Without Coverage

    12/26/2013 6:57:38 PM PST · by Innovative · 23 replies
    Forbes ^ | Dec 25, 2013 | Paul Roderick Gregory,
    A more recent independent study estimates 30 million uninsured at the end of Obama’s second term, and finds, remarkably, that the uninsured will have the same features (poor, Hispanic, young) as before ObamaCare. And I thought the primary goal of ObamaCare was to insure everyone, not to leave close to 30 million uninsured behind! These two projections raise the question: How can ObamaCare raise the number of insured by 30 million as it leaves some 30 million uninsured?
  • California health insurance exchange struggling to enroll Latinos

    12/14/2013 9:32:40 PM PST · by Innovative · 9 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Dec 13, 2013 | Chad Terhune and Eryn Brown
    The state's enrollment so far among Latinos is anemic — even though they represent more than half of California's 7 million uninsured residents. Only 5% of enrollees, or fewer than 4,500 people, in the first two months of enrollment are primarily Spanish speakers, new data show. People who speak primarily Spanish account for 29% of California's population, but they represent only 5% of exchange enrollment.
  • Obama Misled Public About Number Of Uninsured Too

    11/15/2013 9:37:24 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 11 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 11/15/13 | John Merline
    Just 18% of the uninsured have bothered to go to one of the ObamaCare exchange websites, according to a recent Gallup survey. And only 22% say they plan to buy an ObamaCare plan next year. That same week, a Reuters poll found that 56% of the uninsured oppose ObamaCare. Just 44% view it favorably. In other words, the uninsured are, if anything, more opposed to the law than are the public at large. Given the mounting fury over millions of policy cancellations and the federal exchange website debacle, these findings garnered little public attention. But they should.
  • Most Uninsured Americans Ignoring Health Exchange Sites

    11/08/2013 1:36:10 PM PST · by grundle · 28 replies
    Gallup ^ | November 8, 2013 | Frank Newport
    PRINCETON, NJ -- In the midst of widespread news coverage of problems with the federal health exchange website, relatively few uninsured Americans (18%) -- the primary target population for the exchanges -- have so far attempted to visit an exchange website. The percentage is slightly higher, 22%, among uninsured Americans who say they plan to get insurance through the exchanges. Have you personally gone to, or attempted to go to, a government health insurance exchange website since the Internet-based health exchanges opened on October 1, or not?
  • Poll: 78% of Uninsured Not Interested in ObamaCare

    11/08/2013 12:18:06 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 76 replies
    brietbart ^ | 11-8-2013 | John Nolte
    A new Gallup poll brings more terrible news for President Obama and his signature health plan, showing that only 22% of uninsured Americans intend to buy insurance through the ObamaCare exchanges. One of the major selling points for using ObamaCare to disrupt our health care system (that polls showed up to 80% of Americans were satisfied with) was to insure the uninsured. But according to this poll, only a very small minority of that small minority is even interested in obtaining insurance. Even more troubling is the realization that a month ago, that number was double; a full 44% of...
  • Most uninsured ignoring healthcare exchanges

    11/08/2013 12:13:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Hot Air ^ | November 8, 2013 | Bruce McQuain
    So what was the point of all this drama? Why did Democrats pass this awful health care law? Wasn’t it to ensure that those without healthcare insurance would finally be covered? Hmmm … maybe someone should have asked the uninsured whether or not it was a priority for them. Gallup tells us most of them are ignoring the push for them to enroll: In the midst of widespread news coverage of problems with the federal health exchange website, relatively few uninsured Americans (18%) — the primary target population for the exchanges — have so far attempted to visit an exchange...
  • Dead Man Walking

    10/26/2013 9:28:04 AM PDT · by Praxeologue · 62 replies
    The Ne England Journal of Medicine ^ | October 23, 2013 | Michael Stillman, M.D., and Monalisa Tailor, M.D.
    “Shocked” wouldn't be accurate, since we were accustomed to our uninsured patients' receiving inadequate medical care. “Saddened” wasn't right, either, only pecking at the edge of our response. And “disheartened” just smacked of victimhood. After hearing this story, we were neither shocked nor saddened nor disheartened. We were simply appalled. We met Tommy Davis in our hospital's clinic for indigent persons in March 2013 (the name and date have been changed to protect the patient's privacy). He and his wife had been chronically uninsured despite working full-time jobs and were now facing disastrous consequences. The week before this appointment, Mr....
  • Uninsured, Unemployed & Obamacare: Don't Lose Your ID or Password

    10/19/2013 2:55:11 PM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies
    Chicago Now ^ | 10/19/13 | Woodlawn Wonder
    **SNIP** So let's recap, if you lose your password you have to call a phone line that's always busy. I expected more from our first technologically savvy presidential administration. Odd---the President can always find a way to get those email blasts to me to ask for money but his crack IT team couldn't retrieve my ID & log in information in a timely manner. Go figure. After a few minutes of stewing, it turned out that the did have one saving grace that helped me jog my memory.
  • PCAN helps uninsured find health care

    10/06/2013 4:49:26 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 12 replies
    News 13 ^ | 10-6-2013 | Bakari Savage
    ORLANDO -- Since its launch on Oct. 1, the kinks in the website for people to sign up for insurance through the Affordable Care Act continue to get sorted out. Some are finding out there is information needed on hand before getting insurance. The process can be tougher than signing up for a new credit card. “They knew that I purchased pet insurance? Wow,” said insurance representative Michael Grace as he followed the steps to sign up. Grace has been advising people on new insurance plans available through the Affordable Care Act. The process is becoming clearer now that more...
  • Gallup: At Least 25% of Uninsured Americans Say They Will Stay That Way (under Obamacare)

    09/30/2013 2:38:36 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | September 30, 2013 - 7:40 AM | Susan Jones
    Twenty-five percent of uninsured Americans say they will pay a fine rather than purchase health insurance in 2014, according to a newly released Gallup Poll. Another 65 percent said they are more likely to purchase health insurance than pay a fine. Under Obamacare, people may sign up for insurance on one of the new exchanges; or they may get coverage through their employer, from Medicaid or Medicare, or by purchasing a plan outside the exchanges. …
  • Survey: Health Care Investors Expect Low Obamacare Enrollment

    09/21/2013 9:06:21 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 26 replies
    Wall Street Cheat Sheet ^ | 9-19-13 | Meghan Foley
    The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that 7 million Americans will enroll in the online exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act’s individual insurance mandate when the marketplaces open on October 1. But investors surveyed by Citigroup have a much lower forecast: 4 million. The expected problem is not unawareness of the law’s requirement that all Americans who can afford to buy healthcare insurance must do so, or confusion about how to sign up for coverage, or even distaste for the mandate; rather, the survey showed that investors are concerned that technical glitches will present obstacles to enrollment, Reuters reports....
  • Fox’s Gregg Jarrett Accuses Obama: He ‘Doesn’t Even Understand His Own Health Care Law’

    08/13/2013 8:51:35 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 25 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 8-12-13 | Evan McMurray
    Fox News host Gregg Jarrett became exasperated with analyst Alan Colmes over the details of Obamacare implementation, accusing Colmes and President Barack Obama of either not understanding or intentionally misrepresenting the number of people covered under Obamacare. “Maybe the president doesn’t even understand his own health care law,” Jarrett said, playing Obama’s remark, made during his Friday press conference, that the GOP’s “holy grail” is to prevent 30 million people from receiving health care. “It’s 48 million! You would think the president would understand a basic, fundamental, and important fact about his own signature law.” “That was a little bit...
  • Obamacare installs new scrutiny, fines for charitable hospitals that treat uninsured people

    08/08/2013 9:24:51 PM PDT · by Nachum · 61 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 8/8/13 | Patrick Howley
    Charitable hospitals that treat uninsured Americans will be subjected to new levels of scrutiny of their nonprofit status and could face sizable new fines under Obamacare. A new provision in Section 501 of the Internal Revenue Code, which takes effect under Obamacare, sets new standards of review and installs new financial penalties for tax-exempt charitable hospitals, which devote a minimum amount of their expenses to treat uninsured poor people. Approximately 60 percent of American hospitals are currently nonprofit. Charity for the uninsured is one of the factors that could discourage enrollment in Obamacare, which requires all Americans to purchase heath...
  • In U.S., 43% of Uninsured Unaware They Must Get Coverage [Or be fined (taxed)]

    06/28/2013 8:25:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 71 replies
    Gallup ^ | 06/28/2013 | Jeffrey M. Jones
    The vast majority of Americans, 81%, say they are aware of the 2010 Affordable Care Act's (ACA's) requirement that most Americans must carry health insurance or pay a fine. Americans who are currently uninsured -- those most directly affected by this requirement -- are much less likely to be aware of the provision, with 56% saying they know about it and 43% saying they are unaware. The results are based on a June 20-24 Gallup poll, which asked a series of questions on the ACA, the comprehensive healthcare reform bill signed into law by President Obama in 2010. Many of...
  • AP: Many Will Have Insurance Cancelled Due to ObamaCare

    05/29/2013 2:45:10 PM PDT · by Nachum · 26 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5/29/13 | John Nolte
    In a classic case of "now you tell me," the Associated Press reports today that a whole swath of people who like their health insurance might be losing it. You see, ObamaCare requires all Americans get the equivalent of a Cadillac health plan. Millions of us don’t have Cadillac plans, which means that we are about to be in violation of government policy. State insurance regulators say many people who buy their own health insurance could get surprises this fall: cancellation notices because their policies aren't up to the basic standards of President Barack Obama's overhaul. These people, and some...
  • US hospitals send hundreds of immigrants back home

    04/23/2013 4:31:42 AM PDT · by Accessible Pudding · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Pitt | David
    The hospital "doesn't really want Mexicans," he said in a telephone interview with the AP. "They wanted to disconnect me so I could die. They said I couldn't survive, that I wouldn't live."
  • A Slick Marketing Campaign Won't Save ObamaCare

    04/04/2013 6:23:25 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 13 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 04/03/2013 | IBD Staff
    Uninsured: The White House recently released details about how it plans to market ObamaCare to the uninsured. What it reveals is that most of them don't want what the administration is trying to force them to buy. In a series of slides posted on the Health and Human Services' website, the administration explains how it plans to market ObamaCare to the uninsured. Let's leave aside for a minute the oddity of this effort. Its backers have endlessly touted ObamaCare as a miracle of modern government that will at long last bring insurance within reach of 48 million people who desperately...
  • Illegal immigrants hurt by new law

    07/27/2012 2:59:44 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 26. 2012 | Nina Bernstein
    President Barack Obama's health care law is putting new strains on some of the nation's most hard-pressed hospitals, by cutting aid that they use to pay for emergency care for illegal immigrants, which they have long been required to provide. The federal government has been spending $20 billion annually to reimburse these hospitals — most in poor urban and rural areas —for treating more than their share of the uninsured, including illegal immigrants. The health care law will eventually cut that money in half, based on the premise that fewer people will lack insurance after the law takes effect. But...
  • Obamacare falling short already

    07/26/2012 12:20:45 AM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 6 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | 7-26-2012 | The Orange County Register Editorial Board
    The unintended, convoluted and costly consequences of President Barack Obama's signature health care law are about to be realized. Obamacare was rushed through Congress in 2010 despite almost no one knowing what the 2,700-page law provided, apart from a vague promise to make health care more affordable and accessible. This week...
  • CBO: Obamacare to Cover Millions Fewer Than Before Supreme Court Decision (30 Mill. still uninsured)

    07/25/2012 7:27:32 AM PDT · by Qbert · 6 replies
    Heritage ^ | July 24, 2012 | Kathryn Nix
    Earlier today, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released an updated cost estimate for Obamacare that showed that the law will cost less over 10 years than last predicted—because fewer people will be covered. Now, although Obamacare spends more than $1 trillion, CBO predicts it will leave 30 million Americans uninsured, falling far short of what was promised. The reason for the changes to the law’s cost projection is the recent Supreme Court ruling. Though the Court allowed Obamacare’s individual mandate to stand as a tax, it deemed a separate provision—the Medicaid expansion—to be unconstitutional. As a result, states can choose...
  • Could ObamaCare Make The Uninsured Problem Worse?

    07/25/2012 5:10:29 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 13 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 07/25/2012 | John Merline
    When President Obama was selling health reform, he often talked about providing universal coverage. But a Congressional Budget Office report out this week finds that goal getting more elusive. The report found that despite ObamaCare’s $1.2 trillion price tag, it would only cut the ranks of the uninsured in half, leaving 30 million without coverage. That’s seven million more uninsured than the CBO first projected in March 2010. [snip] But the uninsured problem under ObamaCare could be much worse than the CBO projects.