Posts Tagged ‘ ObamaCare ’

Heartland Daily Podcast, 04/13/16

April 14, 2016
posted by

Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by  

"In today's Health Care News Podcast, Brian Blase, senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, joined Health Care News Managing Editor Michael Hamilton to discuss the disparity between promises many Americans were told the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would fulfill, and the stunning reality three years into the ACA's implementation and six years after President Barack Obama signed the ACA into law." (04/13/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/04/heartland-daily-podcast-brian-blase-obamacares-broken-promises/  

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ObamaCare’s unintended consequences: People buy short-term policies

April 13, 2016
posted by

John R. Graham Independent Institute
by John R Graham  

"Obamacare has driven individual health insurance premiums up so high that people are forgoing comprehensive health coverage in favor of short-term policies .... Sales of these policies have doubled or more since 2014, according to sources cited by Ms. Mathews. This surely feeds into the problem that Obamacare enrollees are sicker than expected: The healthy candidates are choosing these policies." (04/13/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/04/13/obamacares-unintended-consequences-people-buy-short-term-policies/  

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ObamaCare again?

March 28, 2016
posted by

Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Ilya Shapiro and Josh Blackman  

"In what has become a spring tradition, Obamacare returns to the Supreme Court this month, the fourth time in five years. Fortunately for the religious nonprofits challenging the law's contraceptive mandate -- including the Little Sisters of the Poor, a monastic order that cares for impoverished elderly -- the results of the Court's second and third encounters with the act can together answer their prayer for relief." (03/28/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/obamacare-again  

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ObamaCare website still vulnerable to hackers, federal watchdog warns

March 24, 2016
posted by

Fiscal Times    

"Federal officials have been lucky until now, but the Affordable Care Act's Internet web portal could become a hacker's playground -- with plenty of sensitive data compromised -- without a significant tightening of security, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office. The new warning comes on the sixth anniversary of the enactment of the ACA and addresses security problems related to the personal information -- including names, addresses, Social Security numbers and sensitive income and tax details -- of literally millions of Americans who have enrolled in the insurance program online through HealthCare.gov." (03/24/16)

http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/2016/03/24/Obamacare-Website-Still-Vulnerable-Hackers-Federal-Watchdog-Warns  

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Kansas embracing ObamaCare?

March 20, 2016
posted by

Campaign For Liberty Campaign For Liberty
by Blake Branson  

"You are paying the health insurance bills for 97% of Obama's 'newly insured.' And if some Kansas legislators get their way, you'll be paying for even more. ObamaCare stooges swore their scheme would bring prices down, since 'everyone would have to pay something in.' But only 3% of the 'newly insured' are actually paying into this boondoggle." (03/18/16)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/kansas-embracing-obamacare  

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ObamaCare’s death panel: Deferred, but not dismissed

March 16, 2016
posted by

John R. Graham Independent Institute
by John R Graham  

"Soon after Associate Justice Antonin Scalia passed away on February 13, Senate Republicans felt the need to declare that they would not even entertain the thought of holding confirmation hearings for any candidate President Obama might nominate to the Supreme Court in the last eleven months of his second term. Given the high drama and politics surrounding presidential appointments that require Senate confirmation, it might be a good time to ask why another 15-member 'court,' which President Obama himself established in 2010, and which was supposed to deliver its first decision in January 2014, has not yet seen its first member nominated! This 'court' is the almost forgotten 'death panel,' officially named the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB)." (03/16/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/03/16/obamacares-death-panel-deferred-but-not-dismissed/  

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ObamaCare co-ops lost millions in 2015; some expect 2016 profits

March 13, 2016
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Knoxville News Sentinel    

"The Affordable Care Act's health insurance co-ops absorbed deep financial losses last year, and 2016 is shaping up to be a make-or-break year for these nonprofit alternatives to traditional insurers. But it's too late for the Knoxville-based Community Health Alliance, which shut down at the end of 2015 after state officials said its 'financial success could not be guaranteed.' Heading into their third full year of operation, the remaining co-ops are adding customers and improving their coverage, but they also face the end of some government programs designed to support insurers as they build business on the ACA's public insurance exchanges. They will have to determine soon whether their businesses can stand on their own and compete with more established carriers." (03/12/16)

http://www.knoxnews.com/business/health-co-ops-lost-millions-in-2015-some-expect-2016-profits-2dc83073-3d14-2b2e-e053-0100007ffb45-371834441.html  

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Believe it or not, the Republican ObamaCare replacement plan might come together

February 18, 2016
posted by

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

"Earlier this month, Speaker Paul Ryan announced six task forces, each comprised of House Committee Chairmen, to develop a 'bold, pro-growth agenda.' What was remarkable was that one of the task forces was on health care reform. Many had thought Congressional Republicans were investing too much time and energy grandstanding Obamacare repeal, and not enough developing a credible alternative. That may have changed with the selection of four Committee Chairman to the Health Care Reform Task Force." (02/17/16)

http://healthblog.ncpa.org/believe-it-or-not-the-republican-obamacare-replacement-plan-might-come-together/  

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ObamaCare exacerbates the tragedy of the healthcare commons (can we do better?)

February 16, 2016
posted by

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

"Taxpayers' goodwill, their willingness to pay and ability to pay for other peoples' medical care is a finite resource. From this everyone uses a little (and yet often pays out of pocket), while a few gorge from the community trough, with little regard for what they spend. As a society, we could spend our entire GDP on health care and still not cure every disease or achieve immortality. The logical question is: how much is enough?" (02/15/16)

http://healthblog.ncpa.org/obamacare-exacerbates-the-tragedy-of-the-healthcare-commons-can-we-do-better/  

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Ted Cruz should make the case for telemedicine

February 10, 2016
posted by

Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Shirley Svorny  

"Ted Cruz won Iowa's Republican presidential caucus promising to repeal every word of Obamacare. When pressed for details, he said he would separate insurance from employment, expand the use of health savings accounts, and allow people to purchase insurance across state lines. These are good ideas, ones we've heard before. There are, however, a number of other policy initiatives worthy of attention, whether the Affordable Care Act is repealed or not. There's one simple thing Congress could do that would expand access to high-quality care, especially for patients in rural areas, without costing taxpayers a dime." (02/09/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/ted-cruz-should-make-case-telemedicine  

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ObamaCare’s Robin Hood scheme and the socioeconomics of health

February 9, 2016
posted by

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

"Obamacare is a bad deal for most people by design. Most individuals have few health concerns. For instance, about half the population spends less than $500 annually on medical care. For a decade prior to the ACA I often heard liberal public health advocates chant the imbecilic phrase, 'health coverage won't be affordable until everyone has coverage.' What they meant by that was if insurers were required to cover money-losing customers at rates that did not reflect their costs, new regulations would have to force healthier individuals to purchase coverage that was overpriced compared to their health costs. Thus, at its core Obamacare is a wealth redistribution scheme." (02/08/16)

http://healthblog.ncpa.org/ohamacares-robin-hood-scheme-and-the-socioeconomics-of-health/  

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Section 1332, where are you?

February 8, 2016
posted by

John R. Graham Independent Institute
by John R Graham  

"People are starting to get excited about another Obamacare work-around: The section 1332 waiver. This refers to a section of Obamacare that allows states great flexibility in how they deliver Obamacare within their borders. The curious thing about section 1332 waivers is that they can only be issued as of January 1, 2017. Why? Why not allow states to get section 1332 waivers as of October 2010, when Obamacare's first regulations took effect? Or January 2014, when the gushers of tax credits began to flow through the exchanges? Who knows? Maybe the administration just thought they needed a few years for the cement around Obamacare to solidify." (02/08/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/02/08/section-1332-where-are-you/  

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Want to cut health care costs? Get insurers out

January 29, 2016
posted by

Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Jeffrey A Singer  

"The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reported last month that total health care spending in 2014 -- the first full year under President Obama's health care law -- rose by 5.3 percent. That's the largest single-year increase since 2007. ... the Affordable Care Act's central tenets -- mandating that everyone have insurance and requiring that insurance cover more -- is exactly what's causing the problem. That's because the law's goal of increasing insurance coverage is misplaced. Putting an insurance card in everyone's hand does nothing to address rising health care costs. It merely inserts a third party between you and your health care provider." (01/28/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/want-cut-health-care-costs-get-insurers-out  

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National healthcare didn’t start with president Obama

January 27, 2016
posted by

TJ Martinell Tenth Amendment Center
by TJ Martinell  

"Obamacare's conservative critics are right about the program's intrusive, inefficient, and costly aspects, but they need to keep in mind that the 'crown jewel' of President Obama's eight years in the Oval Office was the culmination, not the beginning, of unconstitutional nationalized medicine. The feds first got involved in the healthcare industry over 80 years ago with the Social Security Act, signed into law in the 1930s during FDR's administration. This created both the Social Security system, as well as the Social Security Administration." (01/26/16)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2016/01/26/national-healthcare-didnt-start-with-pres-obama/  

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Hillary Clinton shouldn’t be so proud of the Affordable Care Act

January 21, 2016
posted by

Veronique de Rugy Reason
by Veronique de Rugy  

"During the Democratic presidential debate, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton mentioned that as president she would build on President Obama's signature health care plan. The Affordable Care Act 'is one of the greatest accomplishments of President Obama, of the Democratic Party, and of our country,' she added. I beg to differ." (01/21/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/01/21/hillary-clinton-shouldnt-be-so-proud-of  

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US House GOP issues subpoena for ObamaCare docs

January 21, 2016
posted by

The Hill The Hill    

"House Republican committee chairmen on Wednesday subpoenaed Treasury Secretary Jack Lew for documents related to ObamaCare payments that Republicans say are unlawful. House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) issued the subpoena for Lew and three IRS officials to produce documents related to financial help for people under ObamaCare known as 'cost sharing reductions.' The lawmakers are issuing the subpoena after repeatedly requesting the information throughout 2015 but being rebuffed by the administration." (01/20/16)

http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/266534-house-gop-issues-subpoena-for-obamacare-docs  

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Guess who pays the “slacker mandate?” Workers with no kids!

January 15, 2016
posted by

John R. Graham Independent Institute
by John R Graham  

"The 'slacker mandate' is the provision in Obamacare requiring employer-based health plans to offer benefits to adult dependents of their workers, up to age 26. I have discussed research showing that the mandate reduced work among adults, aged 19 to 26, and increased the time they spend socializing, sleeping, and exercising. What about the financial costs of the mandate? Speak to an insurance agent or benefits consultant and they will tell you the cost[s] are fully borne by working parents." (01/14/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/01/14/guess-who-pays-the-slacker-mandate-workers-with-no-kids/  

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KY: Bevin notifies feds of intent to shut down state’s ObamaCare program

January 12, 2016
posted by

Fox News Fox News    

"Kentucky's new Republican administration is moving forward with plans to shut down the state's health insurance exchange, becoming the first state to cut ties with one of the key pieces of President Barack Obama's signature health care [sic] law because of a political promise. Gov. Matt Bevin notified federal officials in a letter dated Dec. 30 that the state exchange will cease operations 'as soon as is practicable.' That will be at least a year from now, according to federal law. It will not affect health plans sold for 2016." (01/11/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/01/11/kentucky-moves-ahead-with-plans-to-dismantle-health-exchange.html  

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Health insurers’ consensus on ObamaCare is collapsing

January 11, 2016
posted by

John R. Graham Independent Institute
by John R Graham  

"The health insurance industry is undergoing a crisis of consensus on how to respond to the failure of Obamacare. That is the only way to interpret the departure of another large, national carrier, Aetna, from America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP). This follows UnitedHealth Group's departure from the industry's trade group last June ..." (01/11/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/01/11/health-insurers-consensus-on-obamacare-is-collapsing/  

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Why Republicans wouldn’t actually repeal Obamacare

January 11, 2016
posted by

Paul Waldman The American Prospect
by Paul Waldman  

"Last week, in a bold example of their governing prowess, congressional Republicans took their 62nd vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and this time they actually passed it through both houses and sent it to President Obama to be vetoed. Naturally, they were exultant at their triumph. ... What we know for sure is this: If a Republican wins the White House this November, he'll make repeal of the ACA one of his first priorities, whether there's a replacement ready or not. To listen to them talk, the only division between the candidates is whether they'll do it on their first day in the Oval Office, in their first hour, or in the limo on the way back from the inauguration. But I've got news for you: They aren't going to do it, at least not in the way they're promising. Because it would be an absolute catastrophe." [editor's note: Mr. Waldman is correct that the repeal would have political disaster within it, but without some major shift so will bankruptcy for the system that claims to fund this scheme - SAT] (01/10/16)

http://prospect.org/article/why-republicans-wouldnt-actually-repeal-obamacare  

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Unpopular individual mandate fails to make people buy insurance

January 6, 2016
posted by

John R. Graham Independent Institute
by John R Graham  

"Just before Christmas, Congress voted to deficit fund Obamacare by imposing moratoria on a number of Obamacare taxes that are unpopular with interest groups. Left in place was the unpopular individual mandate to buy health insurance, which has no organized interest to lobby against it. Nevertheless, it is the most unpopular part of Obamacare. The New York Times reports that a number of relatively high-income earners are choosing to remain uninsured, or even drop Obamacare coverage, and pay the fine instead ..." (01/06/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/01/06/unpopular-individual-mandate-fails-to-make-people-buy-insurance/  

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ObamaCare tightens yoke on small business

January 4, 2016
posted by

The American Spectator
by David Catron  

"One of the worst of Obamacare's ill-conceived provisions went quietly into effect on January 1. The employer mandate, previously inflicted only on businesses with 100 or more employees, will now be imposed on those with as few as 50. This mandate will prevent countless small employers from hiring workers they would otherwise have hired and incentivize many others to replace full-time employees with part-timers. It is such an obvious job killer that the Obama administration delayed enforcement until after the 2014 midterms, the liberal Urban Institute has called for its repeal, and it has even been obliquely criticized by Hillary Clinton." (01/04/16)

http://spectator.org/articles/65076/obamacare-tightens-yoke-small-business  

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GOP-led Congress set for first time to vote, pass bill to replace ObamaCare, not just repeal

January 4, 2016
posted by

Fox News Fox News    

"Within hours of reconvening Tuesday, the GOP-led Congress will finally act to fulfill a 2010 promise to repeal and replace ObamaCare. The effort is set to begin Tuesday afternoon when the House Rules Committee meets on the repeal measure, with a full debate and vote as early as Tuesday. With the Republican-led Senate having already passed its version, GOP congressional leaders will send the measure to President Obama, daring him to veto it." (01/03/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/01/03/gop-led-congress-set-for-first-time-to-vote-pass-bill-to-replace-obamacare-not-just-repeal.html  

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ObamaCare signups top four million on healthcare.gov

December 17, 2015
posted by

CNBC    

"The federal Obamacare exchange had ts biggest week so far this season -- and could break that record this week. About 1.3 million people signed up for health insurance plans between Dec. 6 and last Saturday, officials said Wednesday. The surge of customers, which came as a key deadline for enrollment approached, brings HealthCare.gov's sign-up tally to 4.17 million people since enrollment began for 2016 plans on Nov. 1. The federally run marketplace serves residents in 38 states." (12/16/15)

http://www.cnbc.com/2015/12/16/obamacare-sign-ups-top-4-million-on-healthcaregov.html  

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That free wellness visit can cost you a fortune!

December 14, 2015
posted by

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

"Preventive care is supposedly free under Obamacare. However, a recent article in U.S. News & World Report discussed the confusion that often occurs when people see their doctor for their annual 'free' wellness visit. The problem: it is easy to inadvertently cross the line into non-free medical services that cause the wellness visit to be coded as something rather costly." (12/11/15)

http://healthblog.ncpa.org/that-free-wellness-visit-can-could-you-a-fortune/  

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