Tag Archive: ACA


Small Businesses Get A Debilitating Dose Of Reality As Health Insurers Unveil Their Rates For 2015

 

 

 Click The Pic For Interactive Map

 

 

 

” Although the Obama administration has yet to release the federal healthcare premiums for 2015, some private insurers have.

  One of them in Minnesota has indicated that they will be showing increases of up to 60% for their ACA-compliant policies. Preferred One, the largest and lowest-cost provider of health insurance in the state, pulled out of the state’s MNsure exchange last month due to its being “unsustainable.” “

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Furthermore, a study was also just released that surveyed 2,600 businesses around the state, finding that 74% said prices of healthcare insurance increased after the law went into effect and that most of these increases were over 10%.”

 

Rightwing News has more

 

 

 

 

 

About these ads

The Anniversary Of The ObamaCare Collapse

 

 

 

 

” One year after the debut of healthcare.gov, the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) released a video to remind voters of the most enduring lie circulated by President Obama and Senate Democrats about Obamacare: “If you like your plan, you can keep it.”

  Fact-checking website Politifact dubbed the statement 2013′s “lie of the year” after employers were forced to change or cancel their employees’ plans to comply with Obamacare.

  In the video, Democratic Senators Mark Pryor, Kay Hagan, Mary Landrieu, Jeff Merkley, Mark Begich, and Mark Udall are shown repeating the lie, interspersed with testimonies from President Obama himself, followed by media coverage of the epic collapse of healthcare.gov after its October 2012 rollout.”

 

 

Washington Free Beacon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hacker Breached HealthCare.gov Insurance Site

 

 

 

” A hacker broke into part of the HealthCare.gov insurance enrollment website in July and uploaded malicious software, according to federal officials.

  Investigators found no evidence that consumers’ personal data was taken in the breach, federal officials said. The hacker appears only to have accessed a server used to test code for HealthCare.gov. The Department of Health and Human Services discovered the attack last week.

  An HHS official said the attack appears to mark the first successful intrusion into the website, where millions of Americans bought insurance starting last year under the Affordable Care Act. It raised concerns among federal officials because of how easily the intruder gained access and how much damage could have occurred.”

 

Read more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fed Appeals Court Panel Says Most Obamacare Subsidies Illegal

 

 

Obamacare Subsidies Illegal

 

 

 

” In a potentially crippling blow to Obamacare, a federal appeals court panel declared Tuesday that government subsidies worth billions of dollars that helped 4.7 million people buy insurance on HealthCare.gov are illegal.

  The 2-1 ruling said such subsidies can be granted only to people who bought insurance in an Obamacare exchange run by an individual state or the District of Columbia—not on the federally run exchange HealthCare.gov. The ruling relied on a close reading of the Affordable Care Act.”

 

 

 

CNBC can find no way to spin this crushing blow to Obamacare …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trouble For Democrats: More Senate Seats Are At Risk

senate

 

 

 

” Democrats are finding that their path to keeping control of the U.S. Senate this year is getting bumpier.

  At least four states where Democrats hold Senate seats that once were seen as fairly safe are now considered in play: Michigan, Iowa, Colorado and New Hampshire.

  They join seven states with Democratic incumbents where analysts see decent bets for Republican pickups: Alaska, Arkansas, Louisiana, Montana, North Carolina, South Dakota and West Virginia. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney carried all seven in 2012.

  The new four are now battlegrounds for the same reasons that plague Democrats elsewhere. The Affordable Care Act is detested in many circles. Anyone associated with Washington is often toxic. And popular Republicans who are running for other offices are often on the ballot.”

 

Read on

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All Those Obamacare Stories You Told Us Were Untrue

 

 

 

“There’s plenty of horror stories being told. All of them are untrue.” – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.)

“Many of the tall tales that have been told about this law have been debunked.”– President Barack Obama

 

” Last week was “victory lap” week for liberals on Obamacare. After years of telling the American people that we just don’t understand the health law enough to love it properly, the president and his allies are now crowing that all debate should be over.

 Our readers have told us about Obamacare’s effects in their lives—hiking their insurance costs and canceling many of their plans. I guess Harry Reid thinks you guys made these up.”

 

 

Watch the video refutation of Dingy Harry’s lies and read more at Heritage.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

Restaurant Chain Charges Customers Obamacare Surcharge

 

Obamacare Surcharge

 

 

 

” A Florida group that that manages several restaurants is already banking money for when the Obamacare employer mandate takes effect in 2015, and is charging customers a 1 percent surcharge on food and drinks.

  Currently only management employees of the eight Gator’s Dockside restaurants receive health insurance, but starting in December, in order to comply with the employer mandate, about 250 full-time employees will also receive health insurance, according to CNN Money.

  Sandra Clark, director of operations for the Gator Group that manages the restaurants, “is not sure how much the company is spending on compliance, but estimates that it will cost $500,000 a year to extend insurance to its full-time hourly restaurant workers,” CNN Money reported. “The surcharge may bring in about $160,000 a year, she hopes.” “

 

Truth in labeling is a time-worn business tradition … LOL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plan To Limit Some Drugs In Medicare Is Criticized

 

 

 

 

” An alliance of drug companies and patient advocates, joined by Democrats and Republicans in Congress, is fiercely opposing an Obama administration proposal that would allow insurers to limit Medicare coverage for certain classes of drugs, including those used to treat depression and schizophrenia.

  Opponents warn that the proposal, if enacted, could harm patients. Federal officials say it would lower costs and reduce overuse of the drugs.

  The proposed rule, which would lift a requirement that insurers cover “all or substantially all” drugs in certain treatment areas, is just one of a series of changes to the drug program that are being opposed by the unlikely alliance. Even insurers and drug benefit managers, who have previously supported added limits on drug coverage, oppose the rule. They object to provisions including changes to so-called preferred pharmacy networks, where consumers are steered toward a limited network of pharmacies, and to reducing the number of plans that insurers can offer in any one region.”

 

    So all that talk of drug rationing was just another conspiracy theory cooked up by the “vast right-wing conspiracy” , was it ?

Source: NY Times 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rasmussen Poll: Obamacare Opposition Reaches All-Time High

 

 

” The opposition to Obamacare is at a fever pitch, with an all-time high of 58 percent of voters surveyed saying they’re against the requirement that every American be covered by health insurance, a Rasmussen poll reveals. 

  Also, for the second month in a row, 51 percent of insured voters and 45 percent of uninsured voters said they think overall quality of healthcare will decline because of Obamacare, says the Rasmussen Reports phone survey released Monday.”

 

Newsmax has the story.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Medicaid Expansion Brings Latest Unpleasant Surprise From Obamacare

 

 

 

 

 

” Now we have the latest in the long and growing list of unpleasant “surprises” about the Affordable Care Act.

  It turns out that expansion of Medicaid coverage for low-income Americans increases rather than decreases visits to hospital emergency rooms.

  According to just-released results of a new study published in the journal Science based on 10,000 low-income residents in Oregon newly covered by Medicaid, emergency room visits were 40 percent higher than those with no insurance at all.

  It was supposed to be the opposite. Supposedly, a big driver of our high expenditures in health care has been due to those without insurance going to emergency rooms.

  So get more of these folks covered with government health insurance, they stop going to the emergency room, and we all save money. Right? Wrong.”

 

Continue reading

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

W.H.: Obama Has “Signed Up” For Insurance Under Obamacare

 

 

” President Barack Obama has signed up for health insurance through an Affordable Care Act exchange, the White House said Monday.

  In what an official acknowledged is a “symbolic” move since the president gets his medical care from the military, Obama selected a low-cost bronze plan through the District of Columbia exchange. He made the pick over the weekend while vacationing in Hawaii.

  But Obama did not directly sign up for insurance. Rather, his staff went in person to sign him up, an official told POLITICO.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three 20-Year-Olds Fix Obamacare Website In Days

 

 

” To illustrate how incompetent CGI’s attempt at building a healthcare exchange website was, three 20-year-old programmers working in San Francisco built their own website. 

  In just a few days, Ning Liang, George Kalogeropoulos and Michael Wasser build healthsherpa.com. This website launched two weeks ago and already solves the main problem with healthcare.gov.”

 

 

 

 

 “ They got it completely backwards in terms of what people want up front—they want prices and benefits, so that they could make the decision,” Liang said.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WATCH: The Anti-Obamacare Parody That Is Going Viral

 

 

You Picked A Fine Time To Leave Me Blue Shield

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Conspiracy Against Obamacare

 

 

 

 

” Last week, A Conspiracy Against Obamacare: The Volokh Conspiracy and the Health Care Case was released, of which I am proud to be the editor. The book compiles the discussions and debates about the Affordable Care Act that occurred on the legal blog the Volokh Conspiracy, supplemented with new material. The posts are stitched together into a narrative structure. As a result, you can see the constitutional arguments against the Affordable Care Act develop in real time, from before the law was passed all the way to the Supreme Court.”

 

   The contributing author’s roster in a virtual who’s who of the libertarian legal movement and as such this book is destined to become a classic in the history of the fight against Statism.

” The contributors are Randy E. BarnettJonathan H. AdlerDavid E. BernsteinOrin S. Kerr,David B. Kopel, and Ilya Somin, most of whom are closely associated with Cato in one way or another.”

Buy it … Read it .

Daily Video 11.20.13

Cancer Patient Chooses Death Over Obamacare

 

 

Published on Nov 7, 2013

” After Bill Elliott’s $150/mo plan was canceled as a result of the ACA, he found himself unable to burden his family with his new $1500.00/mo premium costs. He is choosing to pay the fine and “let nature take it’s course”. “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Botched ACA Rollout Hammers Obama; Job Disapproval Reaches A Career High

 

Oh Bama

Click For Video

 

” Barack Obama has been hammered by the botched rollout of the Affordable Care Act, with disapproval of his job performance reaching a career high, opposition to the new healthcare law up sharply and evidence of potential fallout in the midterm elections a year off.

  The president’s job approval rating has fallen to 42 percent in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll, down 13 percentage points this year and 6 points in the past month to match the lowest of his presidency. Fifty-five percent disapprove, a record. And 70 percent say the country’s headed seriously off on the wrong track – up 13 points since May to the most in two years.

See PDF with full results, charts and tables here.

  Other ratings of the president’s performance have tumbled as well. He’s at career lows for being a strong leader, understanding the problems of average Americans and being honest and trustworthy – numerically under water on each of these (a first for the latter two). His rating for strong leadership is down by 15 points this year and a vast 31 points below its peak shortly after he took office. In a new gauge, just 41 percent rate him as a good manager; 56 percent think not.”

 

 

    The most amazing , and disheartening , thing about the poll is that approximately 46% of those questioned still regarded Obama as both “honest and trustworthy” as well as being a “strong leader” . With all the unadulterated BS that he spewed regarding Obamacare (see above video) it’s a miracle that anyone can profess to believe a word that the man says . Chalk it up to the power of State run  er , mainstream media and their desperate efforts to defend the indefensible . 

Actually the facts above are a shameful example of the public’s “head in the sand” attitude , given that it is reasonable to assume that the largest part of the new dissatisfaction with the president is the direct result of his namesake Obamacare . Even with all the other scandals that have come about as a result of Dear Leader’s incompetence , serious public dissatisfaction did not materialize until it started to directly affect the voter’s pocketbooks .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Obama’s easing of the non-citizen Medicaid enrollment process opens up Medicaid to being overwhelmed by fraud. This problem is compounded by the Navigator/Assister program being on the “honor system,” and the scores of troubling Navigators/Assisters appearing on Healthcare.gov.  Though a sideshow throughout Obamacare’s passage and litigation, Medicaid’s pivotal role in President Obama’s health care reform effort has become apparent following the law’s October 1 implementation. In many states, Medicaid enrollment through the Healthcare.gov portal is dwarfing the number of “private” insurance plan purchases.”

 

Is there any policy that Obama and the Dem’s push through that doesn’t involve fraud and abuse ? 

 

 

 

 

 

Calif. Insurance Commissioner: More Than 1M Californians Having Insurance Cancelled Due To ACA

 

 

 

 

” More than 1 million cancellation notices have been sent to Californians as the Affordable Care Act begins allowing individuals to buy insurance through exchanges, Jones said. The federal law requires policies to offer minimum levels of coverage, forcing companies to terminate many existing plans. But Jones said that under the law, insurers have another year to do so.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preliminary Map Of Cancelled Health Insurance Policies By State

 

obamacare-number-health-insurance-policies-discontinued-by-state-2013-11-02

 

 

” There’s a lot of missing space to be filled in the map below(Ed. Above) , but what it shows is the states where at least 2,330,000 individual health insurance policies have been discontinued or cancelled as a direct result of the implementation of Obamacare:

Here’s where you can find an interactive version of the map, which shows the number of reported Obamacare-driven health insurance policy cancellations reported as of November 2, 2013.

Here’s a short summary of the states for which that data has been reported: Alabama (87,000)Alaska (5,400)California (279,000)Florida (300,000)Kansas (20,000)Kentucky (280,000)Michigan (140,000)Minnesota (146,000)Montana (20,000)New Jersey (800,000)New York (100,000)Oregon (150,000), and Wyoming (2,600)

For the numbers we do have, we now count over 3.8 million Americans who have been notified by their insurers that they have been forced out of their health insurance plan they liked because of the “Affordable Care Act”. “

 

 

This is just a preliminary count , so hang onto your wallets , things are going to get worse . Read more .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Worse And Worse: New Documents Detail First Week Of HealthCare.Gov

” The Obama administration really has to reconsider its strategy of trying to hide how bad the Obamacare website has been. The debacle just drags out as details leak out slowly, as with the remarkable reports that Darrell Issa received from the website contractors and released today.

Among the damning revelations:

  • On the first day of the website roll-out, 90% of Medicaid applicants were mistakenly rejected.
  • On the second day, 40,000 people are estimated to have been stuck in the HealthCare.gov waiting room – only 100 had enrolled.
  • By the third day. it was confirmed that insurers were not getting the data for people who had signed up for healthcare.

But wait, there’s more! ” Lots more …

The reality is so much worse than the rumors .

Brad Paisley & Carrie Underwood Slam ObamaCare, Spoof ACA Website Problems At CMAs

 

 

 

” Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood ripped into ObamaCare during their 2013 CMA Awards opening on Tuesday.

The pair kicked off a rant about the faulty Affordable Care Act website after the country crooner “injured” himself “twerking.” “

 

 

Funny stuff … “Obamacare by morning , over six people served ” … LOL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

White House Takes To Twitter To Dismiss Stage-4 Cancer Patient’s Insurance Cancellation

 

 

 

 

” Dan Pfeiffer is the White House’s senior advisor to President Obama.  Responding to a stage-4 cancer patient’s op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, Pfeiffer took to twitter today to dismiss her complaint that she has lost her insurance coverage and her doctors because of Obamacare.”

 

 

     We posted about Edie Littlefield Sundby and her letter yesterday and lo and behold within hours a simple citizen expressing her first amendment rights comes under attack by the national bullying team at the White House . Have we ever had an administration that sunk to such depths as to demonize individuals by name ? Shameful is the only word that comes to mind .

    But of course this is not the first time the Chicago gang has sunk to character assassination . It has been a recurring theme over the past five years , but in all our years of following national politics we must admit that the phenomena seems to have been a recent development . More of that “Hope & Change”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liberal Entitlement-State Dream Is Crumbling

 

 

” Charles Krauthammer and the Wall Street Journal’s Dan Henninger noted in excellent recent columns that this whole Obamacare business represents the greatest-ever expansion of the liberal entitlement-state dream. But I don’t want that dream. And you shouldn’t either.

Here’s what else I don’t want: As a 60-something, relatively healthy person, I don’t want lactation and maternity services, abortion services, speech therapy, mammograms, fertility treatments or Viagra. I don’t want it. So why should I have to tear up my existing health-care plan, and then buy a plan with far more expensive premiums and deductibles, and with services I don’t need or want?

Why? Because Team Obama says I have to. And that’s not much of a reason. It’s not freedom.”

 

 

Illustration by Steve Kelley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Obama Donor’s Firm Hired To Fix Web Mess It Created

 

 

 

 

” UnitedHealth Group subsidiary Quality Software Services Inc. (QSSI), which built the data hub for the ObamaCare system, has been named the new general contractor in charge of repairing the glitch-plagued HealthCare.gov.

Welters and his wife, Beatrice, have shoveled piles of cash into Obama’s campaign coffers and ­apparently reaped the rewards.

Beatrice Welters bundled donations totaling between $200,000 and $500,000 for Obama’s campaign during the 2008 election ­cycle, according to campaign- ­finance data compiled by Center for Responsive Politics.

 

 

    Aside from the obvious ethicality questions raised by having an insurance company that stands to profit handsomely off of the Obama exchanges being put in charge of creating the website for the exchanges , what of the blatant , in-your-face cronyism on display in awarding a major business contract to one of Obama’s biggest financial supporters ?

 

 

” The couple then became top donors for Obama’s inauguration festivities, kicking in $100,000 out of their own pockets and bundling another $300,000 from friends and business associates, according to the center.

The investments quickly paid off for Beatrice Welters. The Obama administration tapped her in 2009 for the plum job of US ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago, which she held through last November.”

 

 

    A little quid pro quo goes along way in Obamaworld . The ambassadorship was apparently just the first course in the payback for the Welters . Now the main course is served …

 

 

” What’s more, UnitedHealth Group is one of the largest health-insurance companies in the country and spent millions lobbying for ObamaCare.

QSSI has been paid an estimated $150 million so far, but officials couldn’t say how much more the company might collect on the ­repair contract.

The couple have been frequent guests at the White House.Visitors logs show at least a dozen visits between the two by the end of 2012, the most recent information available.”

 

 

It’s good to be friends of the King , and very lucrative as well .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 6,675 other followers