Posts Tagged ‘ ObamaCare ’

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
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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
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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
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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
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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)

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Is ObamaCare winning over Republican lawmakers?

April 1, 2015
posted by

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

"Former Speaker of the U.S. Representatives Newt Gingrich said something last week that many feared, but few have been willing to admit: Republicans in Congress have no intention of repealing and replacing Obamacare with patient-centered health reform. Now that we are in the twilight of the Obama presidency, and Republicans have majorities in both chambers of Congress, they should be able to put such charges to rest, says NCPA senior fellow John R. Graham. Unfortunately, last week's overwhelming bipartisan support in the House of Representatives for a deal to lock in Obamacare's way of paying doctors sends a terrible signal." [editor's note: Given that the broad outlines of ObamaCare were first proposed by Republicans (Richard Nixon in 1973 and Newt Gingrich in 1993), and first implemented by a Republican (Mitt Romney in 2007) before Obama's name ever got attached to the thing, I don't see why anyone would be surprised - TLK] (04/01/15)

http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_ID=25512  

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ObamaCare: Not as bad as it could have been, but still awful

March 26, 2015
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Michael D. Tanner Cato Institute
by Michael D Tanner  

"This may well reflect simple weariness with the issue. The law remains remarkably unpopular. The latest Real Clear Politics average of polls shows 52.5 percent opposed and 42 percent in favor. But much of the public appears to have settled for resigned grumpiness. After all, the worst news -- canceled policies, the botched rollout of HealthCare.gov -- is mostly in the past. Other expected problems have not come to pass just yet. On the other hand, supporters can point to little evidence of success beyond a modest increase in coverage and the fact that things haven't been as bad as they might have been." (03/25/15)

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Affordable Care Act could be repealed by the next president

March 24, 2015
posted by

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

"The House Budget Committee has voted on a budget resolution and the Senate Budget Committee is debating a budget resolution that shoots for the sky with respect to health reform. Their proposals recommit the Republican majorities to patient-centered health reform and show a path forward for the next president. However, they do not harvest some low-hanging fruit offered by President Obama. Failure to do so might doom patient-centered health reform to the forever future." (03/24/15)

http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_ID=25486  

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What do religious women think of the contraceptive mandate?

March 23, 2015
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The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Patricia Miller  

"The Catholic Church was first out of the gate in criticizing the mandate, claiming that it was an affront to Catholics because of the church's official prohibition on contraception. This charge was echoed by Catholic pundits, which helped stoke the controversy and the widespread perception that Catholics opposed the measure. Within months, leaders of conservative-leaning Christian groups like the National Association of Evangelicals also joined in the criticism, pressing for faith-based institutions like hospitals and universities to be exempted from the mandate, like houses of worship already were. But what about religiously-affiliated women? Where were their voices in all of this? And what did they think about the mandate? This was the question that intrigued Elizabeth Patton, an OB/GYN and health-services researcher at the University of Michigan." (03/23/15)

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ObamaCare’s second open season: Average premium up 23 percent — after subsidies

March 17, 2015
posted by

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

"Obamacare's supporters cheered that enrollment hit 11.7 million people, exceeding the low-ball estimate of 9.1 million the administration made last November. Lost in the enthusiasm for Obamacare's new high-water mark are a few uncomfortable facts. First, the average premium -- net of subsidies -- has jumped 23 percent from 2014." (03/16/15)

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Three potential paths post-ObamaCare ruling

March 15, 2015
posted by

Benjamin Domenech Heartland Institute
by Benjamin Domenech  

"There are three paths Congress could take in the wake of a ruling from the Supreme Court that strikes down the Obamacare insurance exchange subsidy system. They amount to a path toward doing nothing, a path toward doing something, and a path toward doing everything." (03/14/15)

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Medicare cut to fund ObamaCare

March 12, 2015
posted by

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

"One of the reasons people rebelled against Obamacare was that it financed the growth of government-run health care through drastic cuts to Medicare. According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), Medicare spending will see a $455 billion cut over the next decade, which would finance almost half of Obamacare spending .... One loudly trumpeted tool to create value in Medicare is the Accountable Care Organization (ACO). Unfortunately, ACOs are underwhelming and soon likely to fall off the radar screen. The ACO program never fooled the CBO, estimating that in 2010 they would only save $4.9 billion through 2019 -- just 11 percent of the total cuts to Medicare incorporated within Obamacare. ACOs are complicated contracts whereby the government and provider organizations agree to share the gains the provider organization wrings out of Medicare costs." (03/12/15)

http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_ID=25450  

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Saving ObamaCare with Supreme hypocrisy?

March 12, 2015
posted by

James Bovard JimBovard.com
by James Bovard  

"America's prisons are overflowing in part because the Supreme Court has objected to few of the 4,500-plus criminal statutes Congress enacted. Thanks to the threat of ruinous mandatory minimum penalties, 97 percent of defendants plead guilty. As Justice Antonin Scalia noted in a 2012 dissent, the current system 'presents grave risks of prosecutorial overcharging that effectively compels an innocent defendant to avoid massive risk by pleading guilty to a lesser offense.' The Supreme Court will likely rule on the Obamacare case in June. Does the court believe that unlimited coercion of citizens is OK but that any pressuring of state governments is a cardinal sin?" (03/12/15)

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King v. Burwell: The latest ObamaCare mess at the Supreme Court

March 12, 2015
posted by

Rob Natelson Tenth Amendment Center
by Rob Natelson  

"When I first heard about King v. Burwell, the latest Obamacare controversy before the U.S. Supreme Court, I assumed it was the kind of case in which the legislative intent was clear, but for one reason or another the wording of the statute did not match the legislative intent. That would have been an interesting case, because it would have given the Court a chance to struggle with age-old 'intent vs. text' questions. It turns out, though, that the legislative intent is unclear -- if there was any unified intent at all. And the statute is at least as messy as the evidence of intent." (03/10/15)

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ObamaCare: Of hypocrites and heroes

March 11, 2015
posted by

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

"Richard Mack, former sheriff of Graham County, Arizona and founder of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association, opposes ObamaCare and declined to sign up for subsidized health insurance under its provisions. When he suffered a heart attack in January, his family set up a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds for his care. As I write this, the campaign has nearly met its $30,000 goal. By the time you read this, it will probably have surpassed that goal. Donors to the fundraiser have the option of commenting, and a funny thing happened on the way to the goal: Lots of people made small donations for the sole purpose of publicly chiding 'Sheriff Mack' (as his friends and fans still call him though he's no longer in office) for his opposition to ObamaCare. The remarks range from 'agree to disagree, but I'm happy to help you' at one end to strident and, in some cases, nasty at the other. 'Hypocrite' seems to be among his detractors' favored terms. But hypocrisy involves 'insincerity by virtue of pretending to have qualities or beliefs that you do not really have.' And in this, as in so many other instances, Sheriff Mack is the exact opposite of a hypocrite." (03/10/15)

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Government bailouts business strategy for ObamaCare health insurance co-ops

March 11, 2015
posted by

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

"The insolvent Iowa-based health insurance cooperative, CoOportunity Health, had to be taken over in December by Iowa insurance regulators. Iowa and Nebraska's Guarantee Associations -- and state and federal taxpayers -- are now on the hook for millions in claims the insurer could not pay. CoOportunity Health wasn't a traditional health insurer. Rather, it was a taxpayer-funded, non-profit health insurance cooperative (co-op) established under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The co-op program is plagued by numerous flaws." (03/09/15)

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Why the Supremes need to scrap ObamaCare’s federal exchange subsidy

March 10, 2015
posted by

Shikha Dalmia Reason
by Shikha Dalmia  

"Last week's oral arguments for King vs. Burwell, the latest legal challenge to Obamacare before the Supreme Court, confirmed one thing: The law, as written, is a complete mess. The justices might be tempted to take it upon themselves to straighten it out to avoid disrupting coverage for millions of Americans, but that's really not their job. The Obama administration will no doubt disagree, but the most appropriate -- and the least political -- course for the justices would be to overrule the contested portion of the law and let Congress rewrite it." (03/10/15)

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