Posts Tagged ‘ ObamaCare ’

ObamaCare rule harms millions

March 3, 2015
posted by

Competitive Enterprise Institute Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Sam Kazman  

"In King v. Burwell, four Virginia residents are a challenging an IRS Obamacare rule in the Supreme Court. While the case involves only a handful of plaintiffs, it is really about the millions of Americans who are victims of Obamacare's mandates and penalties. Like the King plaintiffs, millions are harmed by Obamacare's individual mandate, which forces them to either buy insurance that they don't want or to pay a tax penalty. But the IRS rule also has devastating consequences for countless other Americans and their families." (03/01/15)

https://cei.org/content/obamacare-rule-harms-millions  

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Eight goofs in Jonathan Gruber’s health care reform book

February 18, 2015
posted by

Foundation for Economic Education Foundation for Economic Education
by Matt Palumbo  

"In one of life's bitter ironies, I recently found a book by Jonathan Gruber in the bin of a bookstore's going-out-of-business sale. It's called Health Care Reform: What It Is, Why It's Necessary, How It Works. Interestingly, the book is a comic, which made it a quick read. It's just the sort of thing that omniscient academics write to persuade ordinary people that their big plans are worth pursuing. In case you've forgotten -- and to compound the irony -- Gruber is the Obamacare architect who received negative media attention recently for some controversial comments about the stupidity of the average American voter." (02/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ohcs3gz  

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Billions over budget

February 17, 2015
posted by

Campaign For Liberty Campaign For Liberty
by Heather_D  

"States that have opted to expand their Medicaid programs under ObamaCare are millions of dollars -- and in some cases billions of dollars -- over budget. In fact, Ohio's program is 30% over budget already, with months to go before the end of the fiscal year. Here in Alaska, they're already calling the current budget deficit 'unprecedented.' Yet Governor Bill Walker is continuing his push for ObamaCare expansion, and I need your help to stop it." (02/17/15)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/billions-budget  

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SCOTUS ruling could deal ObamaCare severe blow

February 12, 2015
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San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle    

"Thousands of people signing up for health insurance this weekend may not realize it, but their coverage under President Obama's law could be short lived. The 2015 enrollment season, which ends Sunday, has avoided last year's website meltdown so far. But a Supreme Court case could result in millions of consumers losing financial assistance for their premiums later in the year. The Affordable Care Act still sits on shifting political sands." (02/12/15)

http://tinyurl.com/petjvyv  

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King v. Burwell: Senator Nelson’s letter, the irrelevant “bombshell”

February 11, 2015
posted by

10th Amendment Center Tenth Amendment Center
by Michael Cannon  

"The plaintiffs in King v. Burwell claim the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act only offers premium subsidies, as the statute says, 'through an Exchange established by the State.' Members of Congress who voted for the PPACA -- most recently Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) and former Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) -- now swear it was never their intent to condition Exchange subsidies on state cooperation. Ironically, Casey's and Nelson's decision to wade into the King debate demonstrates why, when a statute is clear, courts traditionally assign no weight to what members of Congress claim they intended a law to say -- especially if, as here, those claims come after a clear provision has proven problematic." (02/10/15)

http://tinyurl.com/jvfs44h  

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The Great Society declared war on marriage: ObamaCare made it worse

February 10, 2015
posted by

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

"President Lyndon B. Johnson declared an 'unconditional war on poverty' in 1964 and followed up a year later with an avalanche of domestic social and antipoverty programs known collectively as the Great Society. Johnson persuaded Congress to support his welfare agenda -- sending him more than 80 pieces of legislation to sign in a short period of time." (02/10/15)

http://www.ncpa.org/pub/bg177  

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Could this be the case that ends ObamaCare?

February 7, 2015
posted by

Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by Justin Haskins  

"State officials in Ohio filed a lawsuit on Monday, Jan. 26 alleging Obamacare tax assessments against government agencies are unconstitutional. Unsurprisingly, the case was covered closely by major media outlets across the nation. But while the Ohio case may be getting all the headlines, it could be a case brought forward by an unknown Pennsylvania tax collector that ends up taking down key provisions of President Barack Obama’s signature law when the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit considers the case in the spring." (02/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mc9r6wa  

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Health care spending is up, way up

February 6, 2015
posted by

John R. Graham Independent Institute
by John R Graham  

"The economic data on health spending has been bouncing around like crazy in the age of Obamacare, so we must not read too much into one report. Nevertheless, the January 30 report on Gross Domestic Product (GDP) issued by the Bureau of Economic Analysis indicates that health spending has begun to race up again, despite moderate economic growth." (02/05/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kvxgyhy  

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GOP unveils new ObamaCare alternative

February 5, 2015
posted by

The Hill    

"Three top Republicans are pushing an alternative to ObamaCare that would scrap the law's mandates while keeping the tax credits that help low-income people buy private insurance coverage. An outline of the plan was made public late Wednesday by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.). The plan -- released the same week that the House cast its first vote of the year to repeal ObamaCare -- will compete with several other replacement options as the GOP tries to coalesce around a response to a looming Supreme Court decision that could dismantle the law." (02/04/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kr7uv2y  

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Stop ObamaCare in Ohio!

January 26, 2015
posted by

Campaign For Liberty Campaign For Liberty
by Heather_D  

"The 2014 elections have thankfully come to an end. But what will happen to your liberty now that the newly elected are sworn in to office? Regardless of what the outcome was for the candidates in your area, you can most certainly count on the horse-trading and backroom deals to continue. You see, politicians count on you to stop paying attention once an election is over." (01/26/15)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/stop-obamacare-ohio  

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Why don’t Republicans have an alternative to ObamaCare?

January 20, 2015
posted by

John C. Goodman Forbes
by John C Goodman  

"The Affordable Care Act is one big mess. Even most Democrats know it’s a mess. It’s disliked on the left almost as much as it’s hated on the right. So you would think that Republicans would have a golden opportunity to offer an alternative. But they don’t have one. They’re not even close. Why is that?" (01/19/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p5wj4ju  

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How ObamaCare is “working”

January 15, 2015
posted by

Michael D. Tanner Cato Institute
by Michael D Tanner  

"No matter how badly you want something to be true, simply wishing will not make it so. This is a lesson that Obamacare supporters need to learn, as they tell us yet again that the Affordable Care Act 'is working.' The latest claims stem in part from evidence that the number of uninsured Americans has been steadily declining. It is true that the most recent poll from Gallup found that the uninsured rate fell to 12.9 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014, down from 16.3 percent before the ACA passed. Of course, it would be a mistake to attribute all of that improvement to the ACA." (01/15/15)

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

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Litigation update: The Affordable Care Act

January 14, 2015
posted by

National Center for Policy Analysis National Center for Policy Analysis
by Ann N Purvis  

"In the five years since Congress passed and President Barack Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, the validity of the law has been litigated in federal courts throughout the United States. From infringements on religious liberty to violations of the legislative process, lawsuits challenging the ACA have reflected the dissatisfaction of many with both the substance of the bill and its implementation." [executive summary -- full article available as PDF download] (01/14/15)

http://www.ncpa.org/pub/bg176  

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How ObamaCare forced me to be dependent on the state

January 14, 2015
posted by

Liberty Chat
by cindybiondigobrecht  

"Because of the deductions in my business, my taxable income put me in a subsidized coverage. Now I am totally at the mercy of the US government thanks to the ACA. I have been put in the position to be a dependent of the State when I was perfectly able to take care of my own insurance before the ACA mucked everything up. It seems that this law is really meant to force Americans into a socialized health care system whether they want to or not because only the wealthy can afford to be out of the system." (01/12/15)

http://www.libertychat.com/2015/01/obamacare-forced-dependent-state/  

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Subsidy for everybody!

January 11, 2015
posted by

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"According to Vice President Joe Biden, the debate is over. Health care, by which he means medical assistance, is a basic right -- to be obtained through government, and made effective by the Affordable Care Act -- not a 'privilege.' By 'right' he means 'something others are forced to provide,' in this case by taxes, regulations, and the full panoply of U.S. law. Today's 'liberals' like to use the word 'privilege' to mean anything obtained without direct government assistance. And therein lies a huge problem." (01/09/15)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2015/01/09/subsidy/  

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The Grubers in the audience

January 7, 2015
posted by

Liberty Unbound Liberty Unbound
by Wayland Hunter  

"For a long time I've been thinking about Stephen Cox's account (Liberty, November 22) of Jonathan Gruber's now-famous remarks about how easy and necessary it is to fool the American people. Did you notice: Cox analyzed Gruber, but failed to analyze the audience that not only acquiesced in Gruber's disgraceful performance but also, in some of the recordings, laughed along with him. Cox isn't the only one who failed to explore the subject. No one seems willing to do it, despite the fact that you can tell a lot about a culture by the willingness of an audience to tolerate what somebody says to it." (01/06/15)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1354  

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Medicaid expansion: Texas should chart its own course

January 7, 2015
posted by

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

"The 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) required each state to expand Medicaid eligibility to individuals and families with incomes up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level or risk losing federal funding for its entire Medicaid program. However, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that provision of Obamacare unconstitutional. As a result, Texas and other states that have not expanded Medicaid eligibility have more options to tailor the program to better meet their unique needs." (01/07/15)

http://www.ncpa.org/pub/st363  

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ObamaCare’s effect on uninsured is trivial

January 7, 2015
posted by

John R. Graham Independent Institute
by John R Graham  

"The drop in uninsured is only impressive when compared to 2011, when the uninsured rate was higher than it has been since Medicare and Medicaid were launched. Although Obamacare, which was signed in 2010, did not have much of an impact in 2011, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (the so-called 'stimulus') increased government dependency by adding over one hundred billion dollars to Medicaid spending and other subsidies to laid-off workers to pay health insurance premiums under COBRA. As with other parts of the stimulus, this failed to stimulate the economy, resulting in a dragged out recovery from the Great Recession. Look, on the other hand, at what happened in the early 1960s: A dramatic increase in coverage -- to 80 percent of the population -- before the institution of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965." (01/07/15)

http://tinyurl.com/k3lkjd6  

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Open enrollment in ObamaCare’s second year: Early lessons learned

January 6, 2015
posted by

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

"On November 15, Obamacare's second enrollment season opened. Applicants who wanted coverage starting on January 1 had to apply by December 15. Now that the New Year is upon us, we can take three early lessons away from the first six weeks of open enrollment ..." (01/05/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mwcnbq8  

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What true health care reform would look like

January 5, 2015
posted by

Ludwig von Mises Institute Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Matt Battaglioli  

"With the relatively recent passing of America’s new healthcare law; the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), the topics of healthcare, health insurance, prices and reform have been particularly hot lately. This of course does not mean that the controversies surrounding the American healthcare system are anything new. Healthcare prices are getting higher with many hospital visits for certain conditions totaling bills of millions of dollars. Also, the laws regulating the industry are getting heavier by the day. People have known for a while that a solid reform of the system has been in order, though it is unfortunate that most of these people calling for reform have a tendency to find their influence for such reform across the ocean." (01/05/15)

http://mises.org/library/what-true-health-care-reform-would-look  

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Affordable Health Care Act: Not affordable — epilogue

January 5, 2015
posted by

Timothy J. Taylor Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor  

"ObamaCare is a giant socialist wealth distribution program designed to force affluent and healthy individuals to subsidize healthcare for the less healthy and affluent individuals in America. It's like forcing the rich to pay grocery bills for the poor, (which we already do now anyway) except in this instance it happens to be healthcare." (01/02/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nenc9xl  

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Heartland Daily Podcast, 12/22/14

December 23, 2014
posted by

Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by  

"hris Jacobs, policy director of America Next, discusses the think tank’s market-based proposal for what Congress should pass to replace Obamacare." [Flash video] (12/22/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lmh4s73  

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The Court and ObamaCare

December 18, 2014
posted by

Michael D. Tanner Cato Institute
by Michael D. Tanner  

"Probably no later than next June, we can expect the Supreme Court to rule on whether the Obama administration can provide subsidies for Obamacarethrough federally run exchanges despite explicit language in the law that limits subsidies to 'an exchange established by a State.' There is no guarantee, of course, about how the Court will rule." (12/17/14)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/court-obamacare  

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Another day, another unintended consequence of Obamacare

December 16, 2014
posted by

Campaign For Liberty Campaign For Liberty
by Norm Singleton  

"The calorie count mandate is thus another example of the law of unintended consequences, where well-intentioned government interference in the marketplace ends up hurting the very people it is designed to help. The law of unintended consequences applies to almost every government action from economic regulations to foreign policy (blowback anyone?)." (12/15/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ou4n8cy  

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Why affordability is not ObamaCare’s primary goal

December 14, 2014
posted by

Competitive Enterprise Institute Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Tom Haynes  

"The ACA requires carriers to overprice young and healthy Americans (relative to their actuarial risk) and underprice older and less healthy consumers. We know from the recently released October 2013 video from Jonathan Gruber, one of the ACA’s prime architects, in which he states that this cross-subsidization was a key feature of the ACA and that it needed to be concealed to allow its passage. There may be policy reasons for this, but the impact is reduced affordability for the poster children of ACA advocacy -- the young and healthy uninsured. Prior to the ACA, under-30 healthy consumers could obtain relatively robust individual coverage for $100 per month or less in most states. The ACA and community rating raised that price tag to something in the $250 range. Except for young people earning only a bit more than the minimum wage, subsidies do not offset that price increase." (12/12/14)

https://cei.org/content/why-affordability-not-obamacares-primary-goal  

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