Posts Tagged ‘ ObamaCare ’

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

March 26, 2015
posted by

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Affordable Care Act could be repealed by the next president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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The plan: Stop ObamaCare in the states

March 9, 2015
posted by

10th Amendment Center Tenth Amendment Center
by Michael Boldin  

"Obamacare can still be stopped. And no, it's not going to be stopped by McConnell and Boehner -- or Roberts and Scalia. It's going to be stopped by people like you -- pressing your state to resist. In fact, Obamacare's ability to become reality in the long term is like a house of cards. The act is not viable economically and unstable politically. The only way it can gain a foothold at this point is through compliance in the states. Resistance will kill it." (03/07/15)

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Jobs depend on ObamaCare defeat

March 4, 2015
posted by

Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Michael F Cannon  

"As if Obamacare weren't problematic enough, two federal courts have found that the IRS unlawfully expanded the health care law's individual and employer mandates, by imposing them on tens of millions of Americans whom Congress exempted. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear King v. Burwell, a case challenging that illegal and ongoing attempt to expand Obamacare outside the legislative process. The victims of this illegal Obamacare expansion include Kevin Pace, a jazz musician and adjunct professor of music in Northern Virginia. Anticipating the Obamacare mandate that employers cover all workers who put in at least 30 hours a week, Pace's employer was forced to cut hours for part-time professors like him in order to avoid massive penalties." (03/04/15)

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Congress should leave the health care exchange business

March 4, 2015
posted by

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

"On March 4, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in King vs. Burwell. At stake is the Administration's payment of subsidies to health insurers operating in states using the federal exchange. A decision to uphold the ACA, as written, will surely cause millions of people to stop paying premiums that will double, triple, or more after the Supreme Court strikes down the illegal subsidies, writes John R. Graham, senior fellow with the National Center for Policy Analysis." (03/04/15)

http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_ID=25421  

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ObamaCare rule harms millions

March 3, 2015
posted by

Competitive Enterprise Institute Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Sam Kazman  

"In King v. Burwell, four Virginia residents are a challenging an IRS Obamacare rule in the Supreme Court. While the case involves only a handful of plaintiffs, it is really about the millions of Americans who are victims of Obamacare's mandates and penalties. Like the King plaintiffs, millions are harmed by Obamacare's individual mandate, which forces them to either buy insurance that they don't want or to pay a tax penalty. But the IRS rule also has devastating consequences for countless other Americans and their families." (03/01/15)

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Eight goofs in Jonathan Gruber’s health care reform book

February 18, 2015
posted by

Foundation for Economic Education Foundation for Economic Education
by Matt Palumbo  

"In one of life's bitter ironies, I recently found a book by Jonathan Gruber in the bin of a bookstore's going-out-of-business sale. It's called Health Care Reform: What It Is, Why It's Necessary, How It Works. Interestingly, the book is a comic, which made it a quick read. It's just the sort of thing that omniscient academics write to persuade ordinary people that their big plans are worth pursuing. In case you've forgotten -- and to compound the irony -- Gruber is the Obamacare architect who received negative media attention recently for some controversial comments about the stupidity of the average American voter." (02/17/15)

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Billions over budget

February 17, 2015
posted by

Campaign For Liberty Campaign For Liberty
by Heather_D  

"States that have opted to expand their Medicaid programs under ObamaCare are millions of dollars -- and in some cases billions of dollars -- over budget. In fact, Ohio's program is 30% over budget already, with months to go before the end of the fiscal year. Here in Alaska, they're already calling the current budget deficit 'unprecedented.' Yet Governor Bill Walker is continuing his push for ObamaCare expansion, and I need your help to stop it." (02/17/15)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/billions-budget  

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SCOTUS ruling could deal ObamaCare severe blow

February 12, 2015
posted by

San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle    

"Thousands of people signing up for health insurance this weekend may not realize it, but their coverage under President Obama's law could be short lived. The 2015 enrollment season, which ends Sunday, has avoided last year's website meltdown so far. But a Supreme Court case could result in millions of consumers losing financial assistance for their premiums later in the year. The Affordable Care Act still sits on shifting political sands." (02/12/15)

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King v. Burwell: Senator Nelson’s letter, the irrelevant “bombshell”

February 11, 2015
posted by

10th Amendment Center Tenth Amendment Center
by Michael Cannon  

"The plaintiffs in King v. Burwell claim the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act only offers premium subsidies, as the statute says, 'through an Exchange established by the State.' Members of Congress who voted for the PPACA -- most recently Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) and former Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) -- now swear it was never their intent to condition Exchange subsidies on state cooperation. Ironically, Casey's and Nelson's decision to wade into the King debate demonstrates why, when a statute is clear, courts traditionally assign no weight to what members of Congress claim they intended a law to say -- especially if, as here, those claims come after a clear provision has proven problematic." (02/10/15)

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The Great Society declared war on marriage: ObamaCare made it worse

February 10, 2015
posted by

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

"President Lyndon B. Johnson declared an 'unconditional war on poverty' in 1964 and followed up a year later with an avalanche of domestic social and antipoverty programs known collectively as the Great Society. Johnson persuaded Congress to support his welfare agenda -- sending him more than 80 pieces of legislation to sign in a short period of time." (02/10/15)

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Could this be the case that ends ObamaCare?

February 7, 2015
posted by

Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by Justin Haskins  

"State officials in Ohio filed a lawsuit on Monday, Jan. 26 alleging Obamacare tax assessments against government agencies are unconstitutional. Unsurprisingly, the case was covered closely by major media outlets across the nation. But while the Ohio case may be getting all the headlines, it could be a case brought forward by an unknown Pennsylvania tax collector that ends up taking down key provisions of President Barack Obama’s signature law when the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit considers the case in the spring." (02/06/15)

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Health care spending is up, way up

February 6, 2015
posted by

John R. Graham Independent Institute
by John R Graham  

"The economic data on health spending has been bouncing around like crazy in the age of Obamacare, so we must not read too much into one report. Nevertheless, the January 30 report on Gross Domestic Product (GDP) issued by the Bureau of Economic Analysis indicates that health spending has begun to race up again, despite moderate economic growth." (02/05/15)

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GOP unveils new ObamaCare alternative

February 5, 2015
posted by

The Hill    

"Three top Republicans are pushing an alternative to ObamaCare that would scrap the law's mandates while keeping the tax credits that help low-income people buy private insurance coverage. An outline of the plan was made public late Wednesday by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.). The plan -- released the same week that the House cast its first vote of the year to repeal ObamaCare -- will compete with several other replacement options as the GOP tries to coalesce around a response to a looming Supreme Court decision that could dismantle the law." (02/04/15)

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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)

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