Posts Tagged ‘ ObamaCare ’

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)

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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)

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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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Insurance companies become ObamaCare’s biggest defenders

November 20, 2014
posted by

The Libertarian Republic The Libertarian Republic
by Peter Fricke  

"Critics charge Obamacare's individual mandate is boosting the profits of insurance companies, securing their loyalty to Democratic politicians.
Washington Post blogger Jennifer Rubin argued Tuesday that 'the individual mandate is the greatest single act of corporate welfare in memory,' creating new customers for the insurance companies by fiat and subsidizing that coverage with tax dollars." (11/19/14)

http://tinyurl.com/l239zqb  

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As stupid does

November 19, 2014
posted by

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"'Stupid is as stupid does,' said the great American prophet, Forrest Gump. Meanwhile, Obamacare maestro and MIT professor, the illustrious Dr. Jonathan Gruber, has declared in not one but a multitude of videos that the American people are, well, 'stupid.' You see, when the elites wielding political power lie to us, trick us, cheat us -- as with Obamacare -- they think that proves that 'We, the People,' aka their victims, are all morons. I’m not a fan of fraud or fraudsters; I don’t think it forms the basis for a very happy, healthy society." (11/19/14)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2014/11/19/as-stupid-does/  

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Hiring in outpatient clinics froze last month

November 17, 2014
posted by

John R. Graham Independent Institute
by John R. Graham  

"I would like to think that health care has cut back the pace of hiring because facilities are no longer convinced that Obamacare will bring them a gusher of new revenue. However, that is still to be determined. Certainly, publicly traded hospitals and clinics have credited Obamacare for their improved results lately. Convenient, retail clinics, which are the most effective way to deliver many primary services, have hired lots of people over the last year. Hopefully, these and other outpatient facilities are just taking a breather to manage their growth responsibly, and not losing market share to more expensive hospitals." (11/17/14)

http://tinyurl.com/oqqehey  

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The state-level plan to stop ObamaCare

November 13, 2014
posted by

10th Amendment Center Tenth Amendment Center
by Michael Boldin  

"States have always held the prerogative of whether or not they will enforce or participate in federal acts or regulatory programs. Rather than relying on a corrupt federal congress to stop the federal act, the StopObama.care plan -- a project of the Tenth Amendment Center -- seeks to ban the state from enforcing or assisting in the enforcement of significant portions of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. Doing so will cripple the federal act, and lead to further state actions to bring Obamacare to its end." (11/13/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kbkj9et  

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The ObamaCare deception

November 13, 2014
posted by

Jim Babka Downsize DC
by Jim Babka  

"Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber admits it was written in a 'tortured way' to hide taxes and other unpopular provisions. ... Gruber gloats, 'Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage.' To him, the ends justify the means. How's that working out?" (11/13/14)

https://downsizedc.org/blog/the-obamacare-deception  

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The Obamacare deception of “stupid” Americans

November 13, 2014
posted by

James Bovard JimBovard.com
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, admitting that the administration conned the American public and blaming dumb voters for the flimflam." (11/12/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nea6vgm  

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ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion limits medical choices

November 3, 2014
posted by

Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Jeffrey A. Singer  

"The national debate over the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion is nowhere close to being finished. Just ask my patients, who were forced off their private insurance and into the failing, government-run health care program. This was one of the ACA's (or ObamaCare's) many unintended consequences. In the 27 states that have expanded Medicaid -- including my state, Arizona -- many middle-class individuals and families with private health insurance shopped around on Healthcare.gov for their 2014 health care plans." (10/30/14)

http://tinyurl.com/oj2lxss  

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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)

http://tinyurl.com/ke7bwbr  

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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)

http://tinyurl.com/keq2ox4  

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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."

http://tinyurl.com/mk7bz39  

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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)

http://tinyurl.com/qbah2m2  

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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)

http://www.ncpa.org/pub/ib150  

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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)

http://tinyurl.com/n6hl85a  

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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)

http://tinyurl.com/kguxs7l  

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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)

http://tinyurl.com/kzx8gxs  

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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)

http://tinyurl.com/o2t6mlz  

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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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