Posts Tagged ‘ ObamaCare ’

ObamaCare’s best allies: The courts and the Republicans

June 30, 2015
posted by

Ron Paul Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul  

"As dissatisfaction with Obamacare grows, there will be renewed efforts to pass a single-payer health care system. Single-payer advocates will point to Obamacare's corporatist features as being responsible for its failures and claim the only solution is to get the private sector completely out of health care. Unfortunately, many Republicans will inadvertently aid the single-payer advocates by failing to acknowledge that Obamacare is not socialist but corporatist, and that the pre-Obamacare health care system was hobbled by government intervention." (06/29/15)

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Justice John Roberts’s ObamaCare decision is an Orwellian mess

June 30, 2015
posted by

Ilya Shapiro Cato Institute
by Ilya Shapiro  

"For the second time in three years, Chief Justice John Roberts has saved President Barack Obama's signature legislation, his eponymous healthcare law that seems to enjoy more legitimacy at the Supreme Court than among the American people. What is going on here? Is the George W. Bush appointee a secret liberal, or at least a jurist who 'grew in office' like so many before him? Actually no, quite the opposite. He's the epitome of a small-c conservative, meaning that temperamentally and philosophically he works to preserve the status quo and not rock the boat. " (06/26/15)

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The law is not what it says (again!)

June 29, 2015
posted by

Timothy J. Taylor Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor  

"SCOTUS Chief Justice, John Roberts, did it again this week. He proved my point (again) when I posted here last April the fact that The Law is Not What it Says. That's right. He just wrote the 6-3 majority opinion in King v. Burwell, (the ObamaCare case) confirming that the law is not what it says -- it's what he says." (06/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o7652nr  

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SCOTUS saves ObamaCare — and the GOP’s 2016 prospects

June 26, 2015
posted by

Thomas L. Knapp William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"The US Supreme Court handed down its ruling in King v. Burwell on Thursday (June 25), putting to rest the question of whether or not certain subsidies created by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ('ObamaCare') would remain available. The Court ruled against the clear language and intent of the law. In so doing, it greatly improved the Republican Party's slim chances of maintaining its Senate majority, and possibly even winning the White House, in 2016. Yes, really." (06/25/15)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/1932  

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Rule of law dealt a blow by the Supreme Court

June 25, 2015
posted by

Competitive Enterprise Institute Competitive Enterprise Institute
by staff  

"Today the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the government in King v. Burwell, the lawsuit coordinated by the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) that challenged the IRS'[s] rewriting of the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. At issue in the case was the legality of an IRS regulation that made federal subsidies available on HealthCare.gov, the federal health insurance exchange, in addition to state-based exchanges explicitly mentioned in the law." (06/25/15)

https://cei.org/content/rule-law-dealt-blow-supreme-court  

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Court rejects challenge to ObamaCare contraception mandate

June 24, 2015
posted by

CBS News CBS News    

"A U.S. appeals court panel has ruled that certain provisions in the Affordable Care Act dealing with birth control don't violate the religious rights of faith-based groups under federal law. ...At issue was an accommodation in the federal health care law that allows religious groups to opt out of directly providing birth control coverage. The plaintiffs argued even seeking the accommodation was a violation of their rights." (06/24/15)

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ObamaCare-related mergers soar, number of health insurance carriers decline

June 23, 2015
posted by

Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by Gene Koprowski  

"Mergers among Medicare providers are decreasing competition in the health insurance market -- yet another adverse outcome of Obamacare. According to an analysis by The Wall Street Journal, 75% of Medicare Advantage customers only have one health carrier to choose from in their market. The market for health insurance may, moreover, be reduced from five to three major carriers nationally, quite soon." (06/23/15)

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Shrink ObamaCare’s costs by removing rule driving up young people’s premiums

June 23, 2015
posted by

John R. Graham National Center for Policy Analysis
by John R Graham  

"The decision on King v. Burwell will determine whether tax credits being paid in 34 states without their own exchanges are legal. If the Supreme Court makes the administration follow the letter of the law, billions of dollars of federal tax credits will continue to flow to 16 states, but not the rest. ... Here is one suggestion: Remove Obamacare's rule forbidding accurate premiums by age." (06/23/15)

http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_ID=25781  

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How is ObamaCare working?

June 11, 2015
posted by

Michael D. Tanner Cato Institute
by Michael D Tanner  

"New evidence also suggests that Obamacare is struggling to meet its goals for covering the uninsured. According to a report in Investor's Business Daily, the Obama administration estimates that roughly 10.2 million people have enrolled in Obamacare plans and paid at least one month's premium. This meets the White House's revised sign-up goal announced late last year, though it falls below the Congressional Budget Office's earlier projections. The CBO had originally projected some 12 million sign-ups through 2015, later lowering that estimate to 11 million. So, while we should recognize that Obamacare has significantly increased coverage, there clearly is a long way to go. A very long way, in fact." (06/10/15)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/how-obamacare-working-0  

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Many congressional Republicans opposing ObamaCare have a conflict of interest

June 10, 2015
posted by

John R. Graham National Center for Policy Analysis
by John R Graham  

"This is not a politically tenable situation, and both Congress and the President have an incentive to fix it as quickly as possible. Congressional Republicans have promised an offer which will be acceptable to the President while mitigating the worst effects of Obamacare. However, they have not rallied around unified response. One reason may be that many Representatives and Senators are benefitting from another illegal payment of public monies the Administration is using to prop up Obamacare." (06/08/15)

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ObamaCare health insurance COOPs are unraveling

June 4, 2015
posted by

National Center for Policy Analysis National Center for Policy Analysis
by Devon M Herrick  

"Many supporters of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) wanted a public plan option to compete with the private insurers offering insurance in the state and federal health exchanges. To placate these progressives, the ACA created a type of nonprofit health insurance cooperative that would borrow funds from the government for start-up costs and solvency reserves. However, the Consumer Operated and Oriented Plans, or health insurance COOPs, as they are commonly known, are slipping into insolvency." (06/04/15)

http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_ID=25725  

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An explanation: What the Supreme Court will not do to ObamaCare

June 3, 2015
posted by

Thomas L. Knapp William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"Writing for the Associated Press, Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar worries that the [Supreme Court's ruling in King v. Burwell] 'could wipe out health insurance for millions of people.' Let me lay that fear to rest. No such outcome is possible, for the simple reason that the health plans addressed by ObamaCare are not insurance." (06/02/15)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/1563  

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When it comes to health coverage, employers insure more than ObamaCare

May 12, 2015
posted by

John R. Graham National Center for Policy Analysis
by John R Graham  

"The RAND Corporation has published a thorough analysis of Obamacare's effect on health insurance that should have put an end to the Obamacare success narrative. Unfortunately, too many continue to confuse the effect of the delayed recovery with Obamacare. What the RAND study really shows is that employer-based benefits have been restored as jobs have started to come back, says NCPA senior fellow John R. Graham." (05/12/15)

http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_ID=25646  

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An American response to loss of ObamaCare subsidies

May 7, 2015
posted by

Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by Jane M Orient, MD  

"This summer, the U.S. Supreme Court could, in King v. Burwell, uninsure 8 million Americans by finding that subsidies are illegal outside State Exchanges. Some Republicans are saying 'Let it burn.' For Democrats, it's 'ObamaCare or nothing.' Can you detect a difference? How about an American, rather than a partisan response? One that is voluntary and constitutional. Amid the wreckage left by ObamaCare, one arrangement remains standing, exempt from the individual mandate: the healthcare sharing ministry." (05/06/15)

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Florida’s financial health care follies, and a problem with a part-time legislature

May 6, 2015
posted by

Randall Holcombe Independent Institute
by Randall Holcombe  

"Florida has been receiving about $1.3 billion a year in a Low Income Pool (LIP) grant from the federal government to help offset the costs hospitals incur from uninsured patients. The Obama administration is replacing LIP funding with Medicaid grants to states that expanded their Medicaid programs under the Affordable Care Act. Florida has not expanded its Medicaid program, so the Obama administration says it will not get the Medicaid money nor the LIP funding. The Senate wants to expand Medicaid and get the federal money. The House does not want the Medicaid expansion. There's the impasse. Meanwhile, Governor Rick Scott is suing the federal government to get the LIP money restored, claiming that the federal government is using the threat of funding cuts in order to try to force the state to expand a program it does not want to expand." (05/05/15)

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ObamaCare expanders’ emergency room claims: Still false

May 5, 2015
posted by

Show-Me Institute Show-Me Institute
by Patrick Ishmael  

"Obamacare didn't fix what was wrong with Medicaid. It simply doubled-down on a broken status quo -- adding beneficiaries to a limited and narrowing network better known for its terrible health outcomes and dysfunction than for its care. If we want to make health care for the neediest in this state better, then we have to actually reform the current Medicaid program, not repackage Obamacare's expansion and overlay it onto actual reform proposals." (05/05/15)

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Small businesses need saved from ObamaCare

May 5, 2015
posted by

John R. Graham National Center for Policy Analysis
by John R Graham  

"A number of independent sources confirm Obamacare is harming small businesses. According to a paper published by the American Action Forum last September, the increased burden of regulations and rising health insurance premiums have reduced pay in firms with 20 to 99 employees by at least $22.6 billion annually, and has led to 350,000 job losses. Employees who kept their jobs have seen a decrease in pay of just under $1,000 annually. Relief for the smallest businesses alone is not helpful because it makes it more expensive to grow." (05/05/15)

http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_ID=25626  

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ObamaCare racketeering and intellectual knavery

April 30, 2015
posted by

James Bovard Future of Freedom Foundation
by James Bovard  

"Paternalism is a desperate gamble that lying politicians will honestly care for those who fall under their power. This axiom has been made stark with the controversy arising from a video of Jonathan Gruber, one of the architects of Obamacare, in which he admits that the administration conned the American public and blames dumb voters for the flimflam." (04/30/15)

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ObamaCare’s constitutionality and the Origination Clause: New evidence

April 30, 2015
posted by

Rob Natelson Tenth Amendment Center
by Rob Natelson  

"The Constitution's Origination Clause requires that 'All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills.' Because the final version of Obamacare imposed a variety of taxes, it unquestionably was a 'Bill for raising Revenue.' Obamacare's taxes, appropriations, and health-care regulations did not exist in the House-passed version of H.R. 3590. That incarnation of the bill was only a few pages long and was limited to making minor adjustments to the Internal Revenue Code irrelevant to health care. Under the guise of amendment, the Senate gutted the original language and substituted over 2000 pages of Obamacare. Some writers argue that complete substitutions were not considered valid amendments during the Founding Era, while others contend that they were." (04/30/15)

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King v Burwell decision could usher in ObamaCare alternative

April 29, 2015
posted by

John R. Graham National Center for Policy Analysis
by John R Graham  

"Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) has introduced the Preserving Freedom and Choice in Health Care bill, which he frames as a response to the Supreme Court deciding for the plaintiffs in King v Burwell. This lawsuit seeks to force the administration to obey the law by not paying tax credits to health plans that operate in states using a federal health insurance exchange (i.e. healthcare.gov) .... Victory for the plaintiffs would cause massive disruption in health insurance in the 36 states using healthcare.gov because beneficiaries' premiums would increase significantly. Up to nine million people would experience this effect." (04/29/15)

http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_ID=25607  

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Repealing ObamaCare will take some convincing

April 22, 2015
posted by

John R. Graham National Center for Policy Analysis
by John R Graham  

"Can Obamacare still be repealed? Well, that depends. If the politicians will legislate according to the people's preferences, Obamacare is a jump-ball. A successful alternative reform would have to convince supporters of Obamacare that the potential reward is higher than the risks, says NCPA senior fellow John R. Graham." (04/22/15)

http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_ID=25584  

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The question that will decide the 2016 election

April 22, 2015
posted by

The Atlantic The Atlantic
by David Frum  

"'Will you take away my health insurance?' That question does not get asked often at Republican presidential forums. Yet it will be the most decisive question in the 2016 presidential election. Since the last presidential election, the major provisions of the Affordable Care Act have taken effect. Millions of people are now enrolled in Medicaid, or are receiving health insurance subsidies through state exchanges, who were not enrolled or subsidized in November of 2012. Obamacare skeptics may disparage these benefits as inefficient, counter-productive, and excessively costly. Fine. Those who receive them won't cherish them any less. The mortgage interest deduction is not exactly a model of economic rationality. Try taking it away. Go ahead. Try." (04/22/15)

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Medical journal study shows RomneyCare failed to reduce hospitalization rates

April 14, 2015
posted by

Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by Gene Koprowski  

"Findings published this month in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), a leading research publication, show that 'preventable hospitalizations' of poor patients remained 'high,' even after they were provided with state government-subsidized health insurance in Massachusetts. Bay State legislators passed the so-called 'Romneycare' law in 2006 when Gov. Mitt Romney was in office for his one term as chief executive there. Congressional Democrats were said to have modeled the national Obamacare project on the Romney plan." (04/14/15)

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ObamaCare’s misery index: How Covered California imposed “widespread consumer misery”

April 5, 2015
posted by

Independent Institute Independent Institute
by K Lloyd Billingsley  

"President Obama doubtless plans for the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, to be the keystone of his legacy. That calls for an examination of Obamacare's largest wholly-owned subsidiary. Covered California turns out to be something of a misnomer, but it's definitely a success at spending money."

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=6345  

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Why we should replace ObamaCare with a universal health tax credit

April 2, 2015
posted by

John C. Goodman Forbes
by John C Goodman  

"One of the most popular items in the tax code is the child tax credit. It's popular because it recognizes a need that has social importance (raising children) and it addresses the need in a way that is non-intrusive. All you have to do to get a $1,000 reduction in your income taxes is have a child. The federal government doesn't tell you what to do with your child or how to spend the money. Wisely, the tax writing committees of the Congress have decided that you know more about how to parent your child than they do. Why can't we have something that simple and helpful for health care? We could." (04/02/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o2y75ye  

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