Posts Tagged ‘ ObamaCare ’

ObamaCare is not a revolution, it is mere evolution

October 26, 2014
posted by

Ludwig von Mises Institute Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Roger McKinney  

"The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act focused the attention of Americans on government regulation as few issues have. However, they should have paid attention decades earlier because states have been eating away like termites at freedom in the healthcare insurance market for decades. The PPACA adds little to existing state regulations. States began dictating to insurance companies what to cover, whom to cover, when to cover them and how much they could charge in the 1950s. Massachusetts, home of Romneycare, the template for Obamacare, enacted the first state mandate in 1956 requiring insurers to cover mentally and physically handicapped children." (10/25/14)

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Why doctors give ObamaCare a failing grade

October 19, 2014
posted by

Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Jeffrey A. Singer  

"The Physicians Foundation made shockwaves last month when it released its 2014 Survey of America's Physicians. The survey's top-line finding: Of the 20,000 doctors surveyed, almost 50 percent stated that Obamacare deserves either a 'D' or an 'F.' Only a quarter of physicians graded it as either an 'A' or a 'B.' Count me among the discontented. Obamacare has harmed too many of my patients." (10/15/14)

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States won’t reveal ObamaCare rate hikes for 2015 until after election

October 16, 2014
posted by

Megan Stiles Campaign For Liberty
by Megan Stiles  

"As ObamaCare enters its second year, many are wondering what type of rate increases Americans will experience in 2015. Enrollment on healthcare.gov doesn’t begin until November 15, almost two weeks after the mid-term elections. Many are calling this a political move to help vulnerable Democrats who voted for ObamaCare win reelection. There is one state, however, that is releasing rate hikes before the election: Alaska."

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A costly failed experiment

October 8, 2014
posted by

John C. Goodman Independent Institute
by John C. Goodman  

"While the president and his party struggle to find more convincing reasons why we need ObamaCare, three huge problems won’t go away." (10/06/14)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=5143  

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Wal-Mart to stop health care benefits for some part-time workers

October 7, 2014
posted by

Baltimore Sun    

"Wal-Mart Stores, the biggest private sector employer in the United States, said on Tuesday it would no longer provide health benefits to some of its U.S. part-time workers due to ballooning healthcare costs. The company it would stop health benefits for part-time employees who work less than 30 hours a week. The move is expected to impact about 2 percent of the company's workforce, Wal-Mart said in a blog post. Coverage will be discontinued from Jan. 1, 2015. That's when the Affordable Care Act -- popularly known as Obamacare -- will require all companies employing 50 or more people to offer health insurance to those working at least 30 hours a week." (10/07/14)

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How ObamaCare is affecting Wisconsin’s workers and employers

October 2, 2014
posted by

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

"The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is having a profound effect on the labor market and raising the cost of health benefits for both employers and individuals. The impact on small businesses is especially acute. ... Wisconsin businesses will not escape these effects." (10/02/14)

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Judge rules against White House on ObamaCare subsidies

October 1, 2014
posted by

Politico    

"A federal judge in Oklahoma has ruled that Obamacare subsidies cannot go to residents of states that are not running their own insurance exchanges, a second blow to the Obama administration on a issue that threatens a key element of the health law’s coverage expansion. Judge Ronald A. White said that the administration’s decision to allow subsidies to go through either a state-run health insurance exchange or the federal exchange is an improper and invalid reading of the Affordable Care Act and must be struck." (09/30/14)

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On its one-year anniversary, ObamaCare gets an “F”

September 30, 2014
posted by

Michael D. Tanner Cato Institute
by Michael D. Tanner  

"This Wednesday will mark one year since enrollment in ObamaCare began. What began with the disastrous rollout of healthcare.gov has ended with the health law’s supporters claiming victory. It is true that some of the worst predictions have not yet come true. Yet. But in the last year we’ve also seen plenty of bad news for consumers, providers, employers and taxpayers." (09/28/14)

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Do you want ObamaCare or consumer friendly health care?

September 25, 2014
posted by

Jim Babka Downsize DC
by Jim Babka  

"Obamacare isn't working. Embarrassingly ... * Only 10% of the uninsured have enrolled. * Many who do enroll soon drop out. Meanwhile ... * Others are forced into expensive plans they don't want. * Small businesses are dropping their own plans and moving employees into the exchanges." (09/25/14)

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ObamaCare will devour your pay raise

September 22, 2014
posted by

John R. Graham Independent Institute
by John R. Graham  

"Mercer’s latest National Survey of Employer Sponsored Health Plans finds that the cost of employer-based benefits will jump significantly in 2015. ... One important change that employers are making is moving towards consumer-driven health plans (CDHPs), coupled with Health Savings Accounts or Health Reimbursement Arrangements. Currently, 6 percent of large employers offer only CDHPs. Within three years, 20 percent of employers anticipate that they will have fully replaced their traditional health insurance with CDHPs." (09/22/14)

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Unintended consequences of de-insuring insurance

September 22, 2014
posted by

David Henderson EconLog
by David Henderson  

"Under ObamaCare, health insurers are no longer allowed to price for risk. (The one major exception is that insurance premiums for the elderly can be as much as 3 times as high as premiums for the young.) In other words, ObamaCare has taken the insurance out of health insurance. This is a set-up for what economists call 'adverse selection.'" (09/22/14)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2014/09/unintended_cons_5.html  

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Is ObamaCare working?

September 18, 2014
posted by

John C. Goodman Independent Institute
by John C. Goodman  

"es, according to Paul Krugman, Ezra Klein, and the Commonwealth Fund. But all these folks were cheerleaders for the Affordable Care Act from day one. Sarah Kliff, another Obamacare supporter, estimates that health reform has enabled about 5 million people to become newly insured. But that’s only about 10 percent of the uninsured. What happened to the mandate that required that everyone have health insurance this year or face a fine?" (09/16/14)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=5085  

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Are Republicans going soft on ObamaCare?

September 9, 2014
posted by

Campaign For Liberty Campaign For Liberty
by Norm Singleton  

"Many Republicans enable the single-payer advocates, not just by arguing for 'Obamacare lite,' but by pretending that America had a free-market health care system before Obamacare. Thus, those of us who understand the only efficient health care system is a one free of any government intervention must not only challenge Obamacare but those who defend the pre-Obamacare system." (09/08/14)

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ObamaCare tax merry-go-round

September 3, 2014
posted by

John R. Graham Independent Institute
by John R. Graham  

"Get a load of how Obamacare health-insurance premium taxes work. According to Medicaid Health Plans of America: 'This situation results in the federal government taxing itself and taxing state governments to fund the higher Medicaid managed care payments required to fund the ACA health insurer fee.' It look me a few times to get my head around that. What it means is that Obamacare levies a premium tax on private health plans -- including those to contract to provide Medicaid coverage. So, the federal and state governments, which are Medicaid’s payers, pay those taxes." (09/02/14)

http://blog.independent.org/2014/09/02/obamacare-tax-merry-go-round/  

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Halbig v. Burwell: A technicality could change your life

August 29, 2014
posted by

Wendy Mcelroy The Daily Bell
by Wendy McElroy  

"The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA or Obamacare) became law in early 2010. Arguably, it is the single greatest assault on the right of individuals to control their own bodies that America has seen in decades. Few matters are more intimate than medical choice; it includes decisions about giving birth, having sex and the time to die. Obamacare is a Kafkaesque mass of regulations that usurp these choices in the guise of providing them. Obamacare nationalizes the body of every American and assumes the power to determine life or death." (08/28/14)

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FDR farm folly lessons for ObamaCare

August 19, 2014
posted by

James Bovard Future of Freedom Foundation
by James Bovard  

"As the Obama administration wreaks further havoc on health care, many people expect the politicians to recognize their follies and relent. However, history indicates that rulers will continue seizing new power regardless of how much wreckage results. The farm policy of Franklin Roosevelt exemplifies how politicians 'double down' on their most brazen follies." (08/19/14)

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The ObamaCare mandate isn’t forcing people to buy health insurance after all

August 13, 2014
posted by

John C. Goodman Forbes
by John C. Goodman  

"The Obama administration told the Supreme Court two years ago that without a requirement to buy insurance, the uninsured will wait to insure until they get sick. But guess what? Almost none of the uninsured are affected by the mandate any way. That’s the conclusion of a new analysis by the Congressional Budget Office and the Joint Committee on Taxation, reported in the Wall Street Journal. According to the estimate, 90% of the uninsured in 2016 will be exempt from the mandate." (08/12/14)

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Did ObamaCare violate the Constitution’s origination clause?

August 7, 2014
posted by

10th Amendment Center Tenth Amendment Center
by Rob Natelson  

"Two years ago, the Supreme Court declared Obamacare's penalty for failure to purchase conforming insurance to be a 'tax.' Several plaintiffs subsequently sued in federal court arguing that the penalty is invalid for violating the Constitution's Origination Clause. The Origination Clause says 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.' The argument of the plaintiffs is that the Affordable Care Act and its taxes originated in the Senate, and that the tax/penalty is therefore void." (08/07/14)

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With or without the subsidies, ObamaCare may fall apart

August 5, 2014
posted by

Cathy Reisenwitz Liberty Chat
by Cathy Reisenwitz  

"The Obamacare subsidies depend on Halbig’s outcome, and whether millions of Americans can afford their healthcare plans depends on the subsidies. At least, that’s the narrative. Commentators warn of a coming “death spiral” of extraordinary costs and insufficient incoming premiums as people cancel their plans without the subsidies. But what they’re ignoring is that Obamacare is on track to fail regardless of what the court decides." (08/03/14)

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ObamaCare: Will mandates for doctors come next?

August 4, 2014
posted by

A. Barton Hinkle Reason
by A. Barton Hinkle  

"While advocates speak of it as “making health care available” to the needy, what it really does is make coverage, rather than care, available to them. A newly enrolled Medicaid patient can get the money to pay a doctor. But can she get the doctor to take it?" (08/04/14)

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ObamaCare rulings

July 31, 2014
posted by

Cagle Post
by Gary Varvel  

Cartoon. (07/30/14)

http://www.cagle.com/2014/07/obamacare-rulings-2/  

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A big hole in the heart of ObamaCare

July 28, 2014
posted by

Ilya Shapiro Cato Institute
by Ilya Shapiro  

"If you thought the Supreme Court’s ruling two years ago remaking the individual mandate into a tax was the end of the legal threat to the Affordable Care Act, think again. Set aside Hobby Lobby and similar lawsuits; those are important for religious liberty but don’t threaten Obamacare’s existence. Instead, as we saw Tuesday, courts are again considering serious challenges that strike at the core of how Obamacare operates." (07/24/14)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/big-hole-heart-obamacare  

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Architect undermines ObamaCare foundation

July 28, 2014
posted by

Competitive Enterprise Institute Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Ryan Radia  

"Voters got to know Jonathan Gruber in 2012 when the Obama campaign put the health care policy wonk forward to shut down ObamaCare attacks from Republican nominee Mitt Romney. President Obama was so eager to play up Gruber’s role as a chief architect of ObamaCare because Gruber had been a chief architect of Romney’s state-level health law. Elevating Gruber allowed the campaign to deliver his lines with greater crack: 'The core of the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare and what we did in Massachusetts are identical,' says Gruber in one campaign ad. While Gruber may have helped neuter Romney’s ObamaCare attacks, he may end up helping to neuter the law itself thanks to a video unearthed by free-market think tank the Competitive Enterprise Institute." (07/25/14)

http://cei.org/content/architect-undermines-obamacare-foundation  

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Reining in ObamaCare — and the president

July 27, 2014
posted by

Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Michael F. Cannon and Jonathan H. Adler  

"The president’s defenders often concede that he is doing the opposite of what federal law says. Yet he claims that he is merely implementing the law as Congress intended. Such claims should be met with more than the usual skepticism when made by a president who openly advocates unilateral action -- 'I've got a pen, and I've got a phone' -- when the legislative process doesn't produce the result he wants, and when they are made by a president whose expansive view of his powers the Supreme Court has unanimously rejected 13 times." (07/22/14)

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Appeals court panels issue split decision on ObamaCare

July 24, 2014
posted by

Competitive Enterprise Institute Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Sam Kazman  

"A divided federal appeals court panel dealt a potentially major blow to President Obama's health care law Tuesday, ruling that participants in health exchanges run by the federal government in 34 states are not eligible for billions of dollars in tax subsidies. But within hours, another court ruled unanimously the opposite way." (07/24/14)

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