Posts Tagged ‘ ObamaCare ’

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)

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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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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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