Posts Tagged ‘ ObamaCare ’

ObamaCare and the Big Lie

April 23, 2014
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Bruce McQuain QandO
by Bruce McQuain  

"So if the goal was to proved care to the '45 or 50 million' uninsured, how does enrolling 8 million, many of whom had lost their insurance due to the ACA, constitute success? Well in the real world it doesn't. Only in Oz or Fantasyland do the rules of reality not apply (even if they really do and what those living there do is deny it) and allow them to make these claims with a straight face. It’s election prep. We’ve seen it countless times before. It is an attempt to make lemonaide out of the lemons this abomination of a law has handed its creators." (04/22/14)

http://www.qando.net/?p=16643  

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The shocking secret behind Obamacare enrollment numbers

April 18, 2014
posted by

Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Michael F. Cannon  

"Barack Obama wants you to know he enrolled 7.5 million Americans through Obamacare’s health insurance Exchanges. What he doesn’t want you to know is how. Federal courts may soon rule that President Obama induced the majority of those enrollees to enroll by offering them taxpayer dollars he has no legal authority to spend." (04/16/14)

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Obamacare’s cost is down 8%, but that may not be good news

April 17, 2014
posted by

John C. Goodman Independent Institute
by John C. Goodman  

"[S]o is access to doctors and hospitals in the plans offered on the health insurance exchanges." (04/16/14)

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Why is Obamacare a Rube Goldberg contraption?

April 11, 2014
posted by

John C. Goodman Independent Institute
by John C. Goodman  

"Have you ever wondered why Obamacare is burdened with so much complexity? Here’s the answer: Barack Obama. Obama? Yes, the president himself. He campaigned on the promise that he would put partisanship aside and unite the country behind sensible answers to pressing problems. Then he didn’t." (04/09/14)

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Obamacare shows America suffers from a president dangerously disconnected from reality

April 6, 2014
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Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by Peter Ferrara  

"The population of the U.S. is 314 million. On the day Obamacare was passed, the estimate of the uninsured was 60 million. So in this context, the supposed 7 million Americans signed up for insurance on the Obamacare Exchanges, even if that is a valid number, and all of those have actually started paying premiums, both of which are highly dubious, does not mean any significant success for Obamacare. That is especially so since at least 6 million Americans have lost their health insurance due to Obamacare, so far, with more to come once the illegally and arbitrarily delayed employer mandate becomes effective, if it is ever allowed to do so." (04/06/14)

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Can ObamaCare be fixed? Part 2

April 3, 2014
posted by

John C. Goodman Independent Institute
by John C. Goodman  

"The reason we have so many problems in health care is that almost everywhere we look, people face perverse incentives — patients, doctors, employers, employees, etc. When they respond to those incentives, they do things that make costs higher, quality lower, and access to care more difficult than otherwise would have been the case. At the root of those perverse incentives is bad public policy." (04/02/14)

http://blog.independent.org/2014/04/02/can-obamacare-be-fixed-part-ii/  

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Krugman wonders why he’s the only one parroting administration talking points on ObamaCare

April 3, 2014
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Robert P. Murphy Free Advice
by Robert P. Murphy  

"So obviously what happened here is that Krugman naively trusted some White House outlet, and foolishly repeated 'facts' that were lies. I was watching Krugman’s blog pretty closely back then, and I never saw him apologize for this mistake, or even bother to change it in the original post. This, despite Krugman’s frequent compliments to himself and the NYT for the wonderful fact-checking process they use (in contrast to the shills who write for pro-Republican newspapers). In that context, it’s pretty funny to now read Krugman complaining ..." (04/02/14)

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Employer-based health insurance: “Job lock” is not the problem, “insurance lock” is

April 2, 2014
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Independent Institute Independent Institute
by John R. Graham  

"We get our health benefits from our employer because they are non-taxable. If employees bought health insurance on our own, we would pay premiums with after-tax dollars. Given this government discrimination, the idea of job lock makes sense: If we got our homes from our employers, we would surely hesitate to switch jobs, which would result in forced eviction from the current home to a new one. But while there may be some job lock due to employer-based benefits, the problem has become way overblown in public discourse, with politicians like Nancy Pelosi claiming that Obamacare would free the masses to pursue artistic dreams, free of wage slavery." (04/02/14)

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How to avoid the Obamacare penalty

April 2, 2014
posted by

Laurence M. Vance Tenth Amendment Center
by Laurence M. Vance  

"Beginning 'about mid-April, people will no longer be able to get extensions through HealthCare.gov.' Further, but much more narrow, extensions will then only be available 'through one of the federally sponsored call centers nationwide.' Yet, 'once the narrower rules take effect, people will still be trusted to tell the truth about why they need more time -- a method known as 'self-attestation.'' But the deadline for enrollment is not the only thing that has been extended. A 'hardship exemption' has also been extended, through October of 2016." (04/02/14)

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How many people will end up enrolled under Obamacare? We don’t know — and it may be a while before we do

March 27, 2014
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Reason Reason
by Peter Suderman  

"The problem, as always, is that the administration's sign-up totals don't give us a firm hold on how many people have actually enrolled, because many of the people who are counted as signing up have only selected a plan using the online system; not everyone who has selected a plan has gone on to pay the first month's premium. Nor do the administration's numbers give us any sense of how many people who end up paid and covered stay that way in subsequent months. Right now, however, our understanding of how many people who have selected a plan and then completed the enrollment process is somewhat weak." (03/27/14)

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Can ObamaCare be fixed?

March 27, 2014
posted by

John C. Goodman Independent Institute
by John C. Goodman  

"It’s a 2,700 page bill. There are 20,000 pages of regulations. Major provisions seem to change every other week. And despite Nancy Pelosi’s promise, four years after it passed most of us still aren’t sure about everything that’s in it. How can something like that possibly be fixed?" (03/26/14)

http://blog.independent.org/2014/03/26/can-obamacare-be-fixed/  

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HHS grants extra time to enroll for ObamaCare

March 26, 2014
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Kansas City Star    

"People who've started applying for health insurance but aren't able to finish before the March 31 enrollment deadline will get extra time, the Obama administration has announced. 'We are experiencing a surge in demand and are making sure that we will be ready to help consumers who may be in line by the deadline to complete enrollment, either online or over the phone,' Health and Human Services spokesman Aaron Albright said Tuesday. The White House is scrambling to meet a goal of 6 million signed up through new online markets that offer subsidized private health insurance to people without access to coverage on the job." (03/26/14)

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ObamaCare enrollment

March 26, 2014
posted by

Cagle Post
by Nate Beeler  

Cartoon. (03/24/14)

http://www.cagle.com/2014/03/obamacare-enrollment/  

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A costly failed experiment

March 25, 2014
posted by

John C. Goodman Independent Institute
by John C. Goodman  

"With Sunday marking the fourth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act being signed into law, it’s worth revisiting the initial purpose of the president’s signature legislation: Universal coverage was the main goal. Four years later, not even the White House pretends that this goal will be realized. Most of those who were uninsured before the law was passed will remain uninsured, according to the Congressional Budget Office. ... While the president and his party struggle to find more convincing reasons why we need ObamaCare, three huge problems won’t go away." (03/24/14)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=4954  

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ObamaCare’s “risk corridor” bailout just got bigger — much bigger

March 20, 2014
posted by

John C. Goodman Independent Institute
by John C. Goodman  

"Last Friday, the Obama administration quietly released 280 pages of rules that, among other things, increases Obamacare’s risk corridors (a.k.a. insurers’ bailout) .... An example reveals how much this change increases the 'bailout.' The table below shows an insurance plan with $10 million cost target versus $11 million of allowable costs. Actual medical claims are $8.8 million. Using the formula for calculating its payout from the risk corridor, allowing 20 percent of administrative costs, the plan gets a $410,000 'bailout' (panel A). If it can add administrative costs up to 22 percent of allowable costs, the payout increases to $635,641 -- an increase of 55 percent (panel B). Health insurers continue to win with Obamacare." (03/20/14)

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Replace ObamaCare, stat

March 17, 2014
posted by

John C. Goodman Independent Institute
by John C. Goodman  

"The American people realize that Obamacare is a very bad policy. But more and more conservatives agree that we need to offer a solid alternative before voters reject Obamacare root and branch. Recently, three prominent Republican senators ... unveiled an alternative proposal. In this article, I would like to outline my own. The proposal I suggest would achieve four remarkable things: It would be more progressive than Obamacare, because it would involve more distribution from higher- to lower-income households. It would provide genuine protection for people who have a preexisting condition, as opposed to the bait-and-switch promises of Obamacare. It would provide genuine access to care for everyone, as opposed to leaving 30 million uninsured, as Obamacare does. And it would work in practice, primarily because it would confine the role of government to setting a few simple rules of the game, leaving individual choice and the marketplace to do the heavy lifting." (03/13/14)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=4944  

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Dem candidates and the ObamaCare albatross

March 11, 2014
posted by

Michael D. Tanner Cato Institute
by Michael D. Tanner  

"Faced with the continuing unpopularity of the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, Democrats across the country appear to have settled on a new mantra: Don’t repeal it, fix it. Unfortunately, saying you want to fix Obamacare appears to be easier than actually fixing it. Of course, everyone wants a better website. Even the Political Action Committee associated with Nancy Pelosi has been running ads for Democratic candidates that criticizes 'the disastrous healthcare website.' But other than better computer programming, one wonders what Democrats would actually do." (03/10/14)

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Oops-care

February 28, 2014
posted by

Foundation for Economic Education Foundation for Economic Education
by George C. Leef  

"Obamacare victimizes Americans, but politics means never having to say you’re sorry." (02/27/14)

http://www.fee.org/the_freeman/detail/oops-care  

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ObamaCare rationing: It’s already here

February 25, 2014
posted by

Foundation for Economic Education Foundation for Economic Education
by Terree P. Summer  

"Rationing takes many forms, and people don’t always recognize it when they see it. Because the insurance companies that have decided to participate in Obamacare must agree to contain healthcare costs, the government is essentially rationing by proxy.
Enrollees in Obamacare are finding out that the physicians and hospitals they prefer to use are not included in their plan. I was told recently by a California insurance company that, due to my zip code, if I chose an Obamacare-approved plan, I would only be 'allowed' to enroll in an EPO plan (like an HMO), even though I have used a PPO plan for the past 20-plus years. I was also informed that the EPO plan had 'a very restrictive choice of doctors.'" (02/24/14)

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The poor don’t pay taxes? They sure do — for ObamaCare!

February 21, 2014
posted by

JD Tuccille Reason
by JD Tuccille  

"One of the few certainties of the Affordable Care Act is the tax load with which it's laden. The medical device tax, income tax surcharge on high-earners, tax on investment income, and others have all fueled complaints and, possibly, even killed some jobs. But these are all supposedly taxes on businesses and relatively prosperous families and individuals -- the sort of people who make for unsympathetic victims when politicians are playing to the crowd. But, according to Christopher J. Conover of the Center for Health Policy & Inequalities Research at Duke University, low-income Americans shouldn't get too comfortable, because they're in for a soaking, too, as taxes on medical goods and services get passed along to them." (02/20/14)

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Republicans open investigation into ObamaCare’s disaster sites

February 17, 2014
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The Hill    

"Republicans are launching investigations into three state-run ObamaCare exchanges that are failing disastrously. Lawmakers are setting their sites on exchanges in Oregon, Maryland and Massachusetts where Democratic governors embraced the healthcare law, and are demanding to know why their expensive online portals remain useless more than four months after launch. On Wednesday, four Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) requesting a review of the $304 million in federal grants that Oregon received to build its broken website." (02/17/14)

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White House delays Obamacare employer mandate yet again

February 10, 2014
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Business Week    

"Small business owners are getting a reprieve from Obamacare’s employer mandate -- again. In July, the White House said it would delay the mandate, a controversial piece of the Affordable Care Act that will eventually require businesses with 50 or more workers to offer health insurance to employees or pay a fine. That delay pushed back the requirement back one year to Jan. 1, 2015. On Monday, the Obama administration said it would delay the employer mandate until 2016 for companies with 50 to 99 workers." (02/10/14)

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Health care spending will gobble the federal budget, warns CBO

January 30, 2014
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JD Tuccille Reason
by JD Tuccille  

"In a brief, slideshow analysis of federal health care policy, the Congressional Budget Office warns that 'federal spending for health care programs is growing much faster than other federal spending and the economy as a whole.' That's partially because of the Affordable Care Act, though the CBO points out that, even after Obamacare is fully implemented, Medicare will continue to have the largest appetite for federal dollars intended to support health care (intentions and results aren't the same thing, of course.) The CBO contemplates a few cost-cutting tactics, few of which are likely to win fans, and some of which might simply torpedo the provision of health care." (01/30/14)

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Coburn II

January 30, 2014
posted by

John C. Goodman Independent Institute
by John C. Goodman  

"ObamaCare is widely perceived as a Rube Goldberg contraption that treats people in arbitrary and unfair ways. A Republican alternative, therefore, needs to be clear, easy to understand, and based on principles that starkly contrast with ObamaCare. It must not be 'ObamaCare light.' The first Coburn health reform proposal (the Coburn/Burr/Ryan/Nunes bill) fits this need to a tee." (01/29/14)

http://blog.independent.org/2014/01/28/coburn-ii/  

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A simple alternative to the Obamacare mandate

January 28, 2014
posted by

John C. Goodman Independent Institute
by John C. Goodman  

"IT JUST MAKES NO SENSE. The health reform law is trying to force $15-an-hour workers and their employers to buy more than a million dollars of coverage when they don’t have anything like a million dollars in assets to protect. Further, some of these families are being forced to give up 'mini-med' plans that paid the first $2,000 or $3,000 of medical bills and enroll in plans with deductibles of $10,000 or more. Why do we need to force a family at this income level to pay the first $10,000 of medical costs? We don’t." (01/27/14)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=4901  

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