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Jonathan Gruber Testifies Before An Unimpressed Congressional Oversight Committee

 

 

 

 

 

” Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber, voluntarily testified before the House Oversight Committee today. Made famous when his comments about Obamacare were unearthed in all their truthful glory, Gruber took great pains to sidestep any question that touched upon the veracity of his remarks.

  Gruber’s defense amounted to, “I’m not a politician, and I was using inexcusable language to make myself sound smarter than I really am.” For not being a politician, Gruber was coached masterfully avoided answering questions.

  Despite getting paid almost six million bucks from the federal government and advising the Obama Administration on the construction of the Affordable Care Act, Gruber claimed repeatedly that he was not a political advisor.

“ The pervasiveness of your quotes is so much that it has to be more than that. It has to be more than an episodic mistake that you made,” Gowdy grilled. Gowdy went on, “What did you mean when you said you wish that you had been able to be transparent, but you’d rather have the law than not?” “

 

Many thanks to Kemberlee Kaye at Legal Insurrection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cost Still A Barrier Between Americans And Medical Care

 

Percentage of Americans Putting Off Medical Treatment Because of Cost

 

 

” One in three Americans say they have put off getting medical treatment that they or their family members need because of cost. Although this percentage is in line with the roughly 30% figures seen in recent years, it is among the highest readings in the 14-year history of Gallup asking the question.

  Since 2001, Gallup has asked Americans each November if they have put off any sort of medical treatment for themselves or their families in the past 12 months. Last year, many hoped that the opening of the government healthcare exchanges and the resulting increase in the number of Americans with health insurance would enable more people to seek medical treatment. But, despite a drop in the uninsured rate, a slightly higher percentage of Americans than in previous years report having put off medical treatment, suggesting that the Affordable Care Act has not immediately affected this measure. “

 

Gallup has the details

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A New Supreme Court Challenge For ‘Obamacare’

 

 

 

 

 

 

” The Supreme Court agreed Friday to hear a new challenge to President Barack Obama’s health care law — a case that threatens subsidies that help millions of low- and middle-income people afford their health insurance premiums.

  The justices said they will review a federal appeals court ruling that upheld IRS regulations that allow health-insurance tax credits under the Affordable Care Act for consumers in all 50 states. Opponents argue that most of the subsidies are illegal.

  The long-running political and legal campaign to overturn or limit the 2010 health overhaul will be making its second appearance at the Supreme Court. The justices upheld the heart of the law in a 5-4 decision in 2012 in which Chief Justice John Roberts provided the decisive vote.

  The case probably will be argued the first week in March, with a decision expected by late June.

  White House press secretary Josh Earnest promised a vigorous defense before the high court.

” This lawsuit reflects just another partisan attempt to undermine the Affordable Care Act and to strip millions of American families of tax credits that Congress intended for them to have,” Earnest said. “

 

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Over 214,000 Doctors Opt Out Of Obamacare Exchanges

 

 

 

 

” Over 214,000 doctors won’t participate in the new plans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA,) analysis of a new survey by Medical Group Management Association shows. That number of 214,524, estimated by American Action Forum, is through May 2014, but appears to be growing due to plans that force doctors to take on burdensome costs. It’s also about a quarter of the total number of 893,851 active professional physicians reported by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

  In January, an estimated 70% of California’s physicians were not participating in Covered California plans.

  Here are some of the reasons why:

1.      Reimbursements under Obamacare are at bottom-dollar – they are even lower than Medicare reimbursements, which are already significantly below market rates. “It is estimated that where private plans pay $1.00 for a service, Medicare pays $0.80, and ACA exchange plans are now paying about $0.60,” a study by the think-tank American Action Forum finds. “For example, Covered California plans are setting their plan fee schedules in line with that of Medi-Cal-California’s Medicaid Program-which means exchange plans are cutting provider reimbursement by up to 40 percent.” “

 

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Did You Hear The Koch Brothers Just Gave A Million Bucks To NPR To Cover Healthcare?

 

 

 

” No, you didn’t hear about that Koch gift to NPR, because it never happened. 

  But now that I have your attention, let me ask you whether you heard that a different funder, who also has a strong agenda on healthcare, just gave $1.3 million to NPR to report on this topic?

  No, you probably didn’t hear about that gift either, by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation—a grant that has caused zero controversy. 

  Come to think of it, I didn’t recall any controversy when RWJF gave National Public Radio $5.6 million to report on healthcare between 2008 and 2011, during a period when this was among the most politicized of all topics. 

  You’d think that somebody would at least have raised an eyebrow, given that RWJF is a strong proponent of the Affordable Care Act, as well as other healthcare policy positions on the progressive side of the spectrum.

  God bless that foundation, if you ask me. But as a thought experiment, imagine if the Koch brothers had given the same amount of money to NPR to cover healthcare. 

  People would have gone nuts. “

 

Read all about the “progressive” funding hypocrisy at Inside Philanthropy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

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” 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

 

 

 

 

 

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.”

 

 

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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.”

 

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Fed Appeals Court Panel Says Most Obamacare Subsidies Illegal

 

 

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” 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

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” 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.”

 

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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.”

 

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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

 

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” 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

 

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” 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 .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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