Posts Tagged ‘ ObamaCare ’

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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Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion as “job creator?” Not so fast

December 11, 2014
posted by

Show-Me Institute Show-Me Institute
by Patrick Ishmael  

"One of the Left’s favorite talking points for why states should expand Medicaid is that doing so will mean more jobs at Missouri’s hospitals. That argument is attractive, at least superficially; if the government spends more money on health care, the assumption could be that more people will be hired by hospitals. In other words, it’s 'the stimulus' debate all over again: If you spend it, there will be jobs. But is it true that Medicaid expansion actually leads to hospital job growth?" (12/11/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nwdbtl5  

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Stupid before Congress

December 10, 2014
posted by

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"MIT economist Jonathan Gruber has had a big influence on American life, much of it 'behind the scenes.' He helped put together RomneyCare in Massachusetts, then Obamacare at the federal level. And he made a curious case for abortion that was picked up by Steven Levitt and made famous in Freakonomics. But he wasn't summoned before the U.S. House of Representatives' Oversight Committee, yesterday, to talk about abortion. His boastings, in public, that the Affordable Care Act had been designed to deceive caught congressional attention. And referring to voters as 'stupid' doesn't sit well with politicians -- maybe because they're living evidence." (12/10/14)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2014/12/10/stupid-before-congress/  

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Rewarding Gruber

November 24, 2014
posted by

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"Revealing to all the world the contempt for the American people that Washington insiders possess might garner for Prof. Gruber a future Medal of Freedom. Perhaps by a president elected by the Irony Party. What Gruber is unlikely to get, however, is a Nobel Prize for Economics." (11/24/14)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2014/11/24/rewarding-gruber/  

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How the GOP should now deal with ObamaCare

November 24, 2014
posted by

John C. Goodman Independent Institute
by John C. Goodman  

"From the base there is the incessant cry for 'repeal.' But as just about every Republican candidate in this last election acknowledged, there can be no 'repeal' without 'replace.' Otherwise, from 10 to 15 million people will lose their health insurance. However, 'repeal and replace' means transitioning from ObamaCare to a new system. And no matter how radically different the new system is, it will run the risk of being called 'ObamaCare lite.'" (11/19/14)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=5219  

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ObamaCare’s Jonathan Gruber and the superhero oath

November 23, 2014
posted by

Gary M. Galles Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Gary M. Galles  

"Gruber and the other designers of Obamacare also used their knowledge of the Congressional Budget Office's methods to manipulate public perceptions. Obamacare’s design was tweaked to look as good as possible in the CBO's eyes. This is the genesis of the program's mandates. Gruber said 'The bill was written in a tortured way to make sure the CBO did not score the mandate as taxes. If the CBO scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies. OK, so it's written to do that,' to take advantage of 'the stupidity of the American voter.' The manipulation of the CBO also extended to the timing of Obamacare's implementation, as CBO rules specify that one must only go out ten years in estimating costs. " (11/22/14)

http://tinyurl.com/onh6f6b  

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Gruber, ObamaCare and lying intellectuals

November 22, 2014
posted by

James Bovard JimBovard.com
by James Bovard  

"Democratic politicians and the liberal media are scrambling to curtail the damage from Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber’s proclamations on stupid voters and deceitful legislative tactics. A New York Times editorial dismissed Mr. Gruber's comments as 'impolitic' while the New Republic largely exonerated him as an 'independent-minded professor' devoted to the public good. However, the 'nothing to see here, move along' defense is doomed to fail. Mr. Gruber's comment that 'lack of transparency is a huge political advantage' could do permanent damage to the administration’s credibility." (11/20/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ofdk58h  

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You’ve been Gruber’d, stupid!

November 21, 2014
posted by

Alan Caruba Heartland Institute
by Alan Caruba  

"Will the last name of the MIT professor identified as the 'architect of ObamaCare' become a verb some day? Will people say 'I've been Gruber'd?' or 'the government is “Grubering again?' After all, when he admitted that ObamaCare's passage was achieved by deceiving the Congressional Budget Office and the entire American public, turning his name into a synonym for lying is not unthinkable. Adding insult to injury, he said the voters were 'stupid.'" (11/20/14)

http://blog.heartland.org/2014/11/youve-been-gruberd-stupid-2/  

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Beyond Gruber

November 20, 2014
posted by

Competitive Enterprise Institute Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Scot Vorse  

"By June 2015, the Supreme Court will rule on the issue of Obamacare insurance exchange subsidies in King v. Burwell .... In implementing the law, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) made individuals purchasing health insurance on both state and federally facilitated exchanges eligible for tax credits to offset part of the cost of the insurance. That rule violates the plain text of the Act, which makes such subsidies available only for insurance purchased on exchanges established by the states. Obamacare supporters have defended the IRS rule on the grounds that the precise statutory language is a mere drafting error .... However, a growing body of contemporaneous evidence shows that even many Obama administration officials believed just the opposite -- that subsidies would only be made available on state-established exchanges." (11/20/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nh8mznb  

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My experience with ObamaCare

November 20, 2014
posted by

Megan Stiles Campaign For Liberty
by Megan Stiles  

"I am a very healthy, single 26-year-old. I exercise almost everyday and maintain a healthy weight, so I view health insurance as something that I would only use if I was in a horrible accident or stricken with a terrible disease. I also like the HSA model, because it allows me to save money tax-free for health expenses down the road. The first thing I noticed while comparison shopping was that there were vastly fewer plans to choose from that began in 2014 than there were that began in 2013, but nevertheless I continued on my search." (11/20/14)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/national-blog/experience-obamacare/  

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