Posts Tagged ‘ ObamaCare ’

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

January 12, 2016
posted by

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    

"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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US Senate votes to cut off Planned Parenthood’s corporate welfare as part of ObamaCare repeal

December 3, 2015
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International Business Times    

"The Senate voted on an amendment that would defund Planned Parenthood Thursday, less than a week after an armed attack on an abortion clinic in Colorado. The vote came down to the wire, with 52 votes cast against providing funding for Planned Parenthood and 48 votes cast in favor. The amendment, which is a part of a repeal of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law, will almost certainly be vetoed when the bill ends up in the Oval Office." (12/03/15)

http://www.ibtimes.com/senate-votes-defund-planned-parenthood-part-obamacare-repeal-2210613  

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US Senate GOP plans to beef up ObamaCare repeal package

December 2, 2015
posted by

The Hill The Hill    

"Senate Republicans are moving ahead with an ObamaCare repeal package they say will go significantly further than a bill passed by the House in a bid to win over conservatives. They hope to approve legislation that would repeal ObamaCare's expansion of Medicaid, which 30 states have adopted, and eliminate the insurance exchanges and subsidies set up by the landmark law, according to Senate GOP sources. But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is playing his cards close to the vest, keeping many details secret." (12/01/15)

http://thehill.com/homenews/news/261748-senate-gop-plans-to-beef-up-obamacare-repeal-package  

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UnitedHealth warns it may exit ObamaCare plans

November 20, 2015
posted by

USA Today USA Today    

"The nation's largest health insurer warned Thursday that it may pull out of the Obamacare exchanges after 2016 -- forcing more than a half-million people to find other coverage -- after low enrollment and high usage cost the company millions of dollars. The possible move by UnitedHealth Group raises new questions about the viability of President Obama's signature health law and follows the departure of more than half of the non-profit insurance cooperatives this year. If UnitedHealth drops out, consumers would lose one of the lowest-cost plans available in much of the country, and some wonder how smaller insurers could fill the void." (11/19/15)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2015/11/19/unitedhealth-group-earnings-downgrade-obamacare-affordable-care-act/76040322/  

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Little Sisters of the Poor vs. government almighty

November 17, 2015
posted by

The American Spectator
by David Catron  

"The Supreme Court's decision to hear Little Sisters of the Poor v. Burwell means that another group of Christians bedeviled by Beltway bureaucrats must beg permission from nine unelected government officials to practice their faith unmolested. This isn't about women’s health or reproductive rights. It's just another battle in the war on religious liberty waged by various manifestations of the state for two millennia. Whether it's President Obama ordering his HHS secretary to bring intransigent nuns to heel or the Emperor Trajan advising a provincial governor on the proper punishment of unrepentant Christians, it's all about worshipping the state gods." (11/16/15)

http://spectator.org/articles/64664/little-sisters-poor-vs-government-almighty  

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GOP House moves on ObamaCare repeals, debt ceiling plans despite White House veto threat

October 26, 2015
posted by

Fox News    

"House Republicans [last] week appeared committed to passing measures that President Obama almost certainly won't sign, including a bill that would put the government at risk of defaulting on its bills. The GOP-controlled chamber on Friday adopted a measure -- through a process called 'budget reconciliation' -- that repeals large parts of ObamaCare and defunds Planned Parenthood. The process allows the Senate to pass such legislation without a super-majority, which the Republican-controlled upper chamber has failed to get in recent key votes. The move is largely considered another symbolic effort against the president. But another by House Republicans -- including proposed cuts to Medicare and other social service programs in the debt ceiling plan -- could cause problems after Nov. 3, when the government technically runs out of cash." (10/25/15)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/10/25/gop-house-moves-on-obamacare-repeals-debt-ceiling-plans-despite-white-house/  

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Peak ObamaCare? We’re there

October 20, 2015
posted by

John R. Graham Independent Institute
by John R Graham  

"The Obama administration has released a report estimating that enrollment in Obamacare will reach only 9.4 million to 11.4 million at the end of 2016. Back in 2010, when the Affordable Care Act was passed, the Congressional Budget Office estimated that exchange coverage would reach 21 million next year (Table 4). Why the come down? Obamacare has a miserable take-up rate: Few who do not get significant subsidies sign up. Even worse, many of those who sign up at open enrollment cannot afford the premiums and drop out. Indeed, 15 percent of Obamacare beneficiaries who signed in 2015's open season (which ended in February) were gone by the end of June." (10/19/15)

http://blog.independent.org/2015/10/19/peak-obamacare-were-there/  

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How many bailouts will ObamaCare receive before it’s scrapped entirely?

October 1, 2015
posted by

Shane Smith The Daily Bell
by Shane Smith  

"While the popularity of Obamacare has remained split along party lines, and as seams continue to split open, it seems clear that support for the bill will fizzle. As Obamacare enrollees see their rates increased by as much as 30 percent or higher, they will surely begin to yearn for the anarchic days before the Affordable Care Act. Just what is this death spiral, anyway? Obamacare architects have bet the farm on having young, healthy people sign up for insurance to effectively subsidize all the sick people that now have access to insurance. The phrase 'death spiral' refers to the series of rate hikes and customer drop-outs that feed on each other until the insurance exchange goes bust." (10/01/15)

http://bit.ly/1Oaj8WT  

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Hillary Clinton distances herself from ObamaCare’s “Cadillac tax” provision

October 1, 2015
posted by

Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by Gene Koprowski  

"Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton -- the former First Lady and Secretary of State of the U.S. -- is poised to proclaim herself an opponent of the 'Cadillac tax' provision of Obamacare, according to published reports. The tax provision seeks to reduce income inequality, an obsession among progressives, by taxing expensive health care benefits that employers give to certain workers." (09/30/15)

http://bit.ly/1jz7DLS  

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The Donald endorses socialized medicine in 60 Minutes interview

September 30, 2015
posted by

Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by Gene Koprowski  

"GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump endorsed the idea of universal health coverage -- socialized medicine -- for all Americans, and promised to repeal Obamacare and replace it with his own complete coverage program if elected in 2016. The remarks came during a TV interview which aired this weekend. 'I am going to take care of everybody. I don't care if it costs me votes or not. Everybody's going to be taken care of much better than they're taken care of now,' said Trump during the chat with 60 Minutes on CBS. 'They're going to be taken care of. I would make a deal with existing hospitals to take care of people. The government's gonna pay for it. But we're going to save so much money on the other side." (09/29/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nnr4ga2  

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Judge clears the way for GOP ObamaCare lawsuits

September 10, 2015
posted by

CBS News CBS News    

"A federal judge cleared the way Wednesday for a legal challenge by congressional Republicans to President Obama's health care law to proceed. U.S. District Court Judge Rosemary M. Collyer ruled the House can pursue its claim that the administration violated the Constitution when it spent public money that was not appropriated by Congress. At issue is the more than $175 billion the government is paying health insurance companies over a decade to reimburse them for offering reduced health care co-payments for lower-income people. The House argues that Congress never specifically approved spending that money, and in fact denied the administration's request for it. The Obama administration insists it is instead relying on previously allocated money that it is allowed to use." (09/10/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q8cuh8c  

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Paid ObamaCare enrollment declines once again

September 9, 2015
posted by

Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by Gene Koprowski  

"The number of Americans insured by Obamacare health care plans nationally dropped to less than 10 million at the start of this summer, according to figures from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). As of June 30, just 9.9 million people were paying for coverage they purchased through government-run Obamacare health insurance marketplaces, or 'exchanges,' the federal government revealed this week. The decline is similar to a drop in enrollments seen last year, which was the first year in which people had the option to purchase the restrictive Obamacare health insurance, said to be more limited than Medicare or Medicaid." (09/09/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pob7syh  

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Doctors will be the scapegoats in the coming ObamaCare disaster

September 3, 2015
posted by

Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by Justin Haskins  

"In short, since ACA was forced on the American people, costs have gone up, access to primary care physicians has fallen, and the overall health of the nation remains unchanged at best. Obamacare has clearly been a failure, and this damaging program's supporters have already started looking for their next scapegoat." (09/03/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p8g3f68  

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Why are Republicans so upset about ObamaCare?

September 3, 2015
posted by

Laurence M. Vance Future of Freedom Foundation
by Laurence M Vance  

"Although Republicans have talked incessantly about repealing Obamacare since the day it became the law of the land, they were for Republican versions of it before they were against it. They are for Republican versions of it right now. And they wholeheartedly support government intervention into the health-care and health-insurance industries that are even worse." (09/03/15)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/republicans-upset-obamacare/  

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Welcome to the United States of Alice

September 3, 2015
posted by

The American Spectator
by Patrick J McCloskey  

"America is sliding down the rabbit hole and stepping through the mirror. In Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There, Alice meets Humpty Dumpty who declares, 'When I use a word ... it means just what I choose it to mean -- neither more nor less.' Whether or not one supports the Affordable Care Act (ACA), it is anything but 'affordable.' Most premiums are increasing steeply, government subsidies are growing, and the number of health providers is shrinking." (09/01/15)

http://spectator.org/articles/63937/welcome-united-states-alice  

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On health care, Walker and Rubio offer ObamaCare lite

August 31, 2015
posted by

Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Michael F Cannon  

"Republican Presidential candidates Gov. Scott Walker and Sen. Marco Rubio have put forward plans to repeal and replace Obamacare. Unfortunately, their 'replace' proposals are best described as 'Obamacare lite.' The centerpiece of both 'replace' plans is a refundable tax credit for health insurance. Yet such tax credits already exist, in Obamacare. Also like Obamacare, the Walker/Rubio tax credits would allow Washington to decide how much coverage you purchase, penalize you if you don't buy that government-defined plan, and conceal massive redistribution of income under the rubric of tax cuts. Why bother repealing Obamacare, only to recreate its worst features?" (08/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qjvcamp  

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“Cadillac Tax” on pricey insurance may drive a lot of ObamaCare lawsuits

August 5, 2015
posted by

Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by Gene Koprowski  

"Yet another contentious area of the Obamacare law may lead to litigation. The so-called 'Cadillac Tax' on expensive health insurance policies was due to be green-lighted by regulators for 2018. But the IRS hasn't even written the regulations on that facet of the statute yet, and is now soliciting public comments, for the record, for public policy purposes. According to a report in Forbes magazine, though the public debate over the law predicted the wealthy would be hit with the tax, the ambiguously written Obamacare bill is now being interpreted by regulators to apply to the insurance companies issuing the health insurance policy in some instances, and the beneficiary's employer, in other cases." (08/05/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pxekhg5  

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Nowadays, health insurance isn’t really insurance

July 30, 2015
posted by

Ludwig von Mises Institute Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Jim Fedako  

"Due to Obamacare, my health plan has become something other than insurance. It is now, for the most part, nothing other than a wealth transfer scheme to benefit the politically connected over others." (07/30/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o9nn26a  

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