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Obamacare Ends Dozens of Poor Alabama Widows' Healthcare Plans

Apr 17, 2014 6:33 AM PT

According to this story from WHNT News in Alabama, several dozen widows of county employees - many of them elderly and with little income - lost their health insurance due to ObamaCare.  It's going to cost a cool $25 million to restore it, due to "Affordable" Care Act mandates.  

Therefore, under Democrat Party dogma, these widows have ceased to exist.  If you listen carefully, you'll hear an audible pop as they become non-persons and vanish from mediaspace, never to be mentioned by anyone in President Obama's newsroom palace guard.

Sebelius' Shameful Legacy

Apr 14, 2014 11:30 AM PT

Outgoing HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will be remembered by most for the insanely botched roll-out of ObamaCare, but her most shameful legacy to those of us who remember it, will always be her disgraceful tenure as Governor of Kansas because of her unwavering support for illegal late term abortions, and her role in vilifying the attorney general who was trying to put a stop to them. 

Infamous late term abortionist,  Dr. George Tiller, who practiced his shady, sordid business in Wichita, was able to game the system through strategic donations to Democrat politicians, most particularly, Kathleen Sebelius.

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Ted Cruz and the 'Broken Window' Theory of ObamaCare

Apr 6, 2014 7:49 AM PT

When I was marveling at the spectacle of Barack Obama killing six million insurance policies, then celebrating the "achievement" of selling those people more expensive coverage at gunpoint, I compared it to Obama running a tire shop with a line of tire-puncturing spikes deployed on the road outside.  "Wow, shame about how your wheels just blew off!  Lucky for you we sell tires here!  You'd best buy a set, before the cop up the road arrests you for driving on four flats!"

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) made the same point with a reference to the classic "Broken Windows" fallacy outlined by Bastiat:

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HHS Started Obamcare Applications For Americans, Without Consent

Apr 4, 2014 1:22 PM PT

In the closing days of  the open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) , the Department of Health and Human Resources (HHS) was mailing out letters notifying certain Americans that they had already started a healthcare coverage application for them.

The HHS letter stated that the information they used to begin the application for individual Healthcare was obtain by the state agency in charge of implementing Obamacare. In this particular case, the State of Florida was responsible for submitting personal records to HHS.

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House Removes ObamaCare's 30-Hour Full-Time Workweek

Apr 3, 2014 6:10 PM PT

Eighteen Democrats joined with Republicans in a 248-179 vote to eliminate an ObamaCare provision which would have defined a 30-hour workweek as full-time employment. 

The GOP's concern was that the limitation would cause employers to reduce some employee's hours to below 29 so as to avoid being forced to provide them coverage under ObamaCare. Seven Democrats co-sponsored the Save American Workers Act, or H.R. 2575.

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Gibbs Calls Eliminating ObamaCare's Employer Mandate A "Common Sense" Improvement

Apr 3, 2014 5:53 PM PT

Calling it a "common sense" improvement of ObamaCare, former Obama advisor and White House press secretary Robert Gibbs recently predicting that the law's employer mandate will eventually be eliminated.

“I don’t think the employer mandate will go into effect. It’s a small part of the law. I think it will be one of the first things to go,” said Gibbs, speaking at the 2014 Benefits Selling Expo. Gibbs also noted that the mandate has been delayed twice and that most employers with over 100 employees already offer healthcare coverage to employees.

In his hour-long speech — which included questions and answers — Gibbs admitted to questioning whether the individual mandate as part of the law was the way to go; being embarrassed and critical over the “truly horrible” exchange rollout last fall; and cringing when former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi infamously quipped “we have to pass the bill to find out what's in it.”

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Jimmy Fallon Zings President on ObamaCare and Ukraine - Invites Sarah Palin to Pile On

Apr 3, 2014 12:12 PM PT

Tonight Show Host Jimmy Fallon isn't known for being an Obama critic, but he has been slamming the president and his signature health care law fairly hard in recent weeks.  He has been especially hard on the mandatory nature of the law.

On March 21, the show featured a skit in which Fallon played Vladamir Putin on a mock phone call with Obama about the situation in Crimea.

OBAMA: Don't you see what you're doing though? You're forcing people to accept something that the majority of them don't even want.

PUTIN: Yes, in Russia we have word for this. ObamaCare.

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Obamacare Delays May Mark 'major shift of constitutional power'

Apr 3, 2014 10:12 AM PT

The Obama administration has issued dozens of delays to various Obamacare deadlines. University of Michigan law professor Nicholas Bagley says the President appears to be overstepping his constitutional authority.

Bagley teaches at the University of Michigan, specializing in "administrative law, regulatory theory, and health law." Wednesday the New England Journal of Medicine published a piece in which Bagley reviewed the legality of the President's ad hoc adjustments to Obamacare.

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Obamacare numbers are phony

Apr 2, 2014 7:25 AM PT

The 7.1 million sign-ups is a phony number and the point to note is that an administration that could not deliver accurate numbers as Kathleen Sebelius, HHS Secretary stated many times can now deliver an accurate top line number but cannot give the basis for that number by identifying the types of sign-ups for Obamacare. 

Let's apply common sense ... To get to the 7.1 million you have to count how many people signed up and therefore you would know based on the information they've provided what the breakdown demographically - age, gender, number of people in each plan, number of people who have paid versus just enrolled. This data is generated by the same principle that any well-built website can export data by category. This function would normally be programmed into the websites at the federal and state level. This data has to exist or you cannot provide a pricing structure to the Obamacare enrollee. 

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The joys of goalpost-moving

Apr 2, 2014 6:49 AM PT

It's annoying to defenders of free-market capitalism when their arguments are misinterpreted as a blanket defense of all capitalists.  Of course, the same thing happens in the other direction with socialism - support for an allegedly compassionate collectivist agenda automatically confers sainthood upon the supporter, no matter what how he conducts his personal dealings... sometimes even when those dealings involve the kind of corruption that should outrage sincere believers in Big Government.

Speaking as a staunch defender of capitalism, I haven't a single illusion about the proclivities of the people involved in either business or government.  They all tend to act in their own best interests.  The capitalists are usually more honest about it, although they do love to buy those ersatz halos from Big Government, which is always quite happy to sell them.

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ObamaCare VICTIMS might indeed be gnashing their teeth

Apr 2, 2014 4:53 AM PT

In response to Jay Carney: ObamaCare Critics Are "Gnashing Their Teeth" :

Actually, ObamaCare critics are steadily repeating the same logical, evidence-supported points they've been making all along, while the White House and its media lapdogs caper and dance like fools, because they were able to make up a phony number that matches the reduced expectations for their health-care scheme.  Obama and his supporters have ground their teeth down to the gum line waiting for something they could portray as a victory.  

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No Mention of Kathleen Sebelius in President's Obamacare Speech

Apr 1, 2014 5:05 PM PT

While Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was present in the Rose Garden when Barack Obama took what he portrayed as something of a victory lap regarding the Affordable Care Act, or ObamaCare, today, not only was the beleaguered Sebelius not present at the podium, Obama didn't even see fit to mention her once in his 18-plus minute address.

What's unclear is if that was because Sebelius is generally associated with some of the new law's biggest problems, including a recent outage, or if, as some might expect, Obama doesn't much like to share the spotlight when attempting to take credit for perceived positive developments.

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White House Claims 7.1 Million Obamacare Enrollments, but How Many Previously Uninsured Have Paid?

Apr 1, 2014 4:18 PM PT

The President held a celebration today at the White House to announce that 7.1 million people had signed up for insurance under Obamacare. As Jonathan Strong points out, it was a deeply partisan speech in which the President decried the partisanship of his opponents.

The real problem with Obama's announcement wasn't the tone; it was the false premise. Most of the people who he touted today had insurance before Obamacare came along. In fact, we've had two surveys in recent weeks. The McKinsey survey found that just 27 percent of sign ups were previously uninsured. Yesterday the LA Times revealed details from an unpublished RAND corp. survey which found that "about one-third" of all sign-ups were previously uninsured.

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Obamacare and the 80-20 Rule

Mar 31, 2014 11:51 AM PT

The 80-20 rule, also known as the Pareto Principle, says that 80 percent of results are often the result of just 20 percent of actions. That seems to be the case with Obamacare. New data suggests that 80 percent of the newly insured came from just two changes made under the law.

New data published by the LA Times shows that 9.5 million previously uninsured people have gained insurance under Obamacare. Nearly half, 4.5 million, were the result of the Medicaid expansion which raised eligibility to 138% of the federal poverty line. This expansion was always expected to add millions to the Medicaid rolls as well as drum up people who had been previously eligible but had not signed up for various reasons. And since Medicaid recipients get their care for free, there was no need for an individual mandate to force them to purchase it.

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Sebelius will never be freed from 'job lock'

Mar 31, 2014 11:22 AM PT

In response to Awkward: HHS Sec Sebelius Responds With Total Silence After OK Reporter Tells Her How Unpopular O-Care Is :

It's just amazing that Kathleen Sebelius still has a job, isn't it?  It's almost the only thing you have to know to understand ObamaCare: the person most directly responsible for one of the biggest, most expensive disasters in the history of American government is totally secure in her position. 

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Awkward: HHS Sec Sebelius Responds With Total Silence After OK Reporter Tells Her How Unpopular O-Care Is

Mar 31, 2014 10:57 AM PT
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius had no rebuttal Monday when a KWTV reporter described how profoundly unpopular Obamacare is in the state of Oklahoma.

“At last check, 64 percent of Oklahomans aren’t buying into the health care plan, they don’t like Obamacare, and they’ve been pretty vocal about it,” the reporter told her. “Now that’s going to be — still continue to be — a tough sell, but we’ll see how that plays out over the coming months.”

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CNN Money Touts Obamacare's Success

Mar 31, 2014 9:45 AM PT

CNN Money published a piece Monday titled "3 measures of Obamacare's success." Not surprisingly the author overlooks a lot of contradictory information in order to praise the law.

The first piece of good news, according to CNN Money, is that insurers are happy with how things look. The story quotes Ken Goulet of Wellpoint telling investors "I'm very optimistic as to where we are." Wellpoint is a big insurer so there's no doubt Goulet's opinion matters. But CNN Money is leaving out some important information.

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An Interview With Valerie Jarrett Over Her Efforts to Push Pro-ObamaCare Messaging Into TV Scripts

Mar 29, 2014 12:52 PM PT
Valerie Jarrett aka “the Other Side of Obama’s brain” was in Hollywood, this week to ask television writers to write pro-ObamaCare themes into their scripts.

We got a hint of what was coming last October when I reported on the $500,000 grant an organization called the California Endowment, gave Hollywood Health & Society, an association of The Norman Lear Center, to "help TV writers tell better stories about the new health insurance law."

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ObamaCare Launch Disaster: Send in the Lawyers!

Mar 29, 2014 7:34 AM PT

The ObamaCare launch disaster wasn't all about the bumblers in the Obama Administration scarfing down $600 million and farting out a pile of 404 errors.  The state exchanges had a lot of trouble, too.  The worst ones are still abject nightmares, in which countless millions were paid for computer systems that remain almost completely unusable.

The L.A. Times has a horrifying story about the chaos in Oregon, Massachusetts, and Maryland, whose inept administrations are busy pointing fingers of blame at software providers and lawyering up to recover some of that squandered taxpayer loot:

Officials in Oregon, Massachusetts and Maryland are exploring legal options as they sever contracts with those who created their sites. All three states are considering a move to the federal exchange, which had its own grievous start-up problems but is now largely stable, or licensing the technology of a more successful state such as Connecticut.

In each case — and in Minnesota, where outside consultants said it could take two years to fix the state's website — the states have plowed remaining grant funds into tech surges to try to salvage their programs before Monday, the deadline for states that have not received extensions. IT teams were working in Maryland and Minnesota to help thousands of bewildered consumers whose applications were frozen or had vanished into what Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, a Democrat, called a "black hole."

In Oregon, where consumers still cannot enroll at the state exchange website, officials dispatched an army of workers and community allies to help panicked consumers — some with serious medical conditions and under threat of cancellation — enroll using paper applications. In Massachusetts, where the website failure threatened to increase the state's uninsured rate, officials have rushed to put more than 125,000 people on its Medicaid rolls to avoid a gap in their coverage.

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AP Poll: Obamacare Support Drops to Lowest Level, Plurality Want Mandate Repealed

Mar 28, 2014 2:52 PM PT

A new poll published Friday by the Associated Press finds that support for Obamacare continues to drop even as most Americans seem resigned to the fact that repeal is unlikely.

Just 26 percent of respondents in the latest poll said they supported the law, down slightly from 27 percent in January. Still, this is the lowest level of support for the law since it was passed in 2010. However, the drop in support is not the result of increased opposition. In fact, opposition to the law was at 50 percent in 2010 after the law was passed but now has dropped to 43 percent.

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Ezekiel Emanuel on Employer-Based Insurance: Let the Dumping Begin

Mar 28, 2014 11:25 AM PT

Ezekiel Emanuel believes that ten years from now employer-based insurance will be a thing of the past. By 2025 he believes less than 20 percent of Americans will get their coverage from an employer.

Emanuel is one of the architects of the Affordable Care Act. Recently he published a book titled "Reinventing American Health Care" in which he argues that fairly soon "a few big, blue-chip companies will announce their intention to stop providing health insurance." Once it begins other companies will follow, dropping people by the millions onto the new health exchanges.

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Few African Americans Enrolling in Covered California

Mar 27, 2014 10:05 AM PT

African Americans are not signing up for insurance under Covered California at anywhere near their percentage of the population. With this year's enrollment deadline just around the corner, time to fix the problem is short.

African Americans make up about 7 percent of California's population but just 3 percent of Covered CA enrollees. But the situation is actually worse than that because African Americans make up 17 percent of the state's uninsured population, the very people Obamacare was supposed to attract.

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A hard road ahead for ObamaCare, and America

Mar 26, 2014 10:28 AM PT

In response to Laszewski: 'Obamacare is Finished' Unless White House Acts Now:

I'll say this much for ObamaCare: it's already survived catastrophic failures that should have filled the streets of Washington with pitchforks and torches.  It really help that the media undersells everything that goes wrong, and helps Team Obama get away with their standard "one news cycle at a time" spin strategy.  The Obamanoids are free to say any insane thing it takes to squeeze out a few days of improved coverage; reporters who know better cheerfully relay their lies with minimal real-time criticism.  

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Laszewski: 'Obamacare Is Finished' Unless White House Acts Now

Mar 26, 2014 9:33 AM PT

Insurance industry expert Bob Laszewski says this is a do or die moment for Obamacare. He believes there is a way to save the policy but only if the President acts before insurers announce their rate increases in May.

Laszewski, who has been one of the law's toughest critics, notes reports that many insurers are discussing double-digit rate increases in order to adjust for low enrollment and a risk pool with far fewer young invincibles than anticipated. Laszewski offers this blunt of assessment of what that will mean "If the health plans do issue double digit rate increases for 2015, Obamacare is finished." That gives the White House a narrow window:

The health insurance companies have to submit their new health insurance plans and rates between May 27 and June 27 for the 2015 Obamacare open-enrollment period beginning on November 15th. Any major modifications to the current Obamacare regulations need to be issued in the next month to give the carriers time to adjust and develop new products.

If the administration goes into the next open enrollment with the same unattractive plan offerings costing a lot more than they do today, they will not be able to reboot Obamacare.

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Taxpayers Still Don't Like ObamaCare But We're Stuck Footing The Bills Anyway

Mar 25, 2014 3:16 PM PT

54% of likely voters still haven't warmed up to Obama's "Affordable" Care Act according to the latest Rasmussen poll. 42% have a somewhat favorable view and 42% have a very unfavorable view despite the Obama administration's massive advertising campaign.

What makes this so galling, is that the American people have to foot the bill for advertising expenses the government is racking up as it tries to sell us something we don't like and have never wanted.

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Some of the The Zaniest Pro- HHS Mandate Signs Outside SCOTUS Today

Mar 25, 2014 12:33 PM PT

Most of the arguments I've been seeing on Twitter in favor of the HHS Mandate and against Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties betray an extreme misunderstanding of the issues involved. What the Supreme Court is deciding,  in the  Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Sebelius cases are whether the rights of business owners to operate their family companies without violating their religious convictions are Constitutionally protected.

It's hard to tell if these leftists are being purposefully deceptive or are just seriously obtuse - see if any of this makes sense to you.

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All That Remains of the Individual Mandate: 20 Minutes of Paperwork

Mar 25, 2014 9:58 AM PT

Surprise! The individual mandate has been watered down by the White House to the point that it barely exists at all. That's the conclusion of a piece at Politico which confirms what many conservatives were saying about the mandate two weeks ago.

Titled "Honey, I shrunk the mandate," the piece highlights exemption 14, which was added to the list of possible hardship exemptions in December. It notes that under exemption 14 practically anyone can claim a hardship exemption and documentation is requested "if possible." In other words, documentation is optional.

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Hey, kids, buy ObamaCare and spend $1500 to save $250

Mar 25, 2014 8:10 AM PT

Economist John Lott zings the economics of ObamaCare, picking apart the fuzzy math of an Administration advertisement (complete with a cartoon that literally depicts the target audience of of college-age young people as small children who get boo-boos by falling off their bicycles.)  The ad tells kids to buy an ObamaCare policy because they face a fifty-fifty chance of incurring $500 in medical bills each year.

Lott writes:

Either the Obama administration is simply dishonest or this is more evidence that they don't know simple math.  Of course, both things might be true.

This ad for 25 to 34 year olds implies that there is a fifty percent chance of them having to pay at least $500 in medical bills over the course of a year.  In other words, the expected medical bills over the course of a year are at least $250 (it would be more useful to simply state what the expected bills would be).  In any case, the cheapest state insurance for a 27 year old under Obamacare is $142 per month, with most in the $200 range per month (see chart below).  Could someone please explain to me how this section of the ad justifies the statement "I should really get insurance"? 

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DC Circuit Court to Decide Tuesday Whether Obama Administration Can Rewrite Laws

Mar 24, 2014 11:00 PM PT

On Tuesday the a three judge panel on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals will be hearing Halbig v. Sebelius, one of the more important legal challenges to ObamaCare's legally problematic implementation. What the plaintiffs are asking is pretty straightforward - they want the judges to direct the Obama Administration to faithfully execute the plain language of the statute that Congress passed and the president signed.

Via The Wall Street Journal:

 The Affordable Care Act—at least the version that passed in 2010—instructed the states to establish insurance exchanges, and if they didn't the Health and Human Services Department was authorized to build federal exchanges. The law says that subsidies will be available only to people who enroll "through an Exchange established by the State." The question in Halbig is whether these taxpayer subsidies can be distributed through the federal exchanges, as the Administration insists.

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Green Card Holders Not Qualified for Medicare but Eligible for Obamacare

Mar 23, 2014 12:23 PM PT

Green card holders who do not qualify for Medicare will qualify for Obamacare and any relevant federal subsidy. They may also qualify for Medicaid, depending upon their location.

One needs to have worked a total of 40 quarters (10 years) in the United States to qualify for Medicare. 

U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents at least age 65, who have been here five years, may buy into Medicare if they don’t have the work history. Individuals who qualify to buy-in to Medicare can choose to participate in Medicare or buy Obamacare insurance.

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Cover Oregon Whistleblower Reveals Questionable Behavior at Processing Center

Mar 21, 2014 10:39 AM PT

A former Cover Oregon employee is blowing the whistle on her working environment, claiming that employees were encouraged to push paper applications through the process despite obvious problems such as missing Social Security numbers.

The whistleblower appeared in an interview with KATU investigators which was published Thursday. She said when she questioned whether it was appropriate to process some of the claims she was seeing a manager told her to "quit stressing and go take a walk." Another anonymous source told KATU "I’m not sure when it started but then eventually we were told, if they don’t have a social just go ahead and enter it, just push it on through."

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Cover Oregon Town Hall: Democrats and Republicans Argue Over Who is to Blame, Where to Go From Here

Mar 21, 2014 9:01 AM PT

By all accounts Cover Oregon has been a spectacular failure. The state was granted $300 million dollars on an ambitious website that, to date, has not enrolled a single person. Thursday night, Portland News station KATU held a televised town hall to discuss what went wrong and where Oregon should go from here.

The town hall was not structured as a debate but one quickly developed between two Republican state representatives who were extremely critical of the failure and two Democrats who alternated between placing blame on Oracle, the primary contractor, and suggesting moving forward was more important than placing blame.

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Democrats Steal Tea Party Symbol to Promote Obamacare

Mar 21, 2014 8:23 AM PT

How desperate are Democrats to sell Obamacare? So desperate that they're adopting the Tea Party's beloved symbol, the Gadsden "Don't Tread on Me" flag, to sell it, as per this tweet by Democrat strategist Christine Pelosi (yes, that Pelosi family). The flag is a national symbol, of course, but Democrats have spent the last several years describing it as some kind of latter-day version of the Confederate battle flag, or worse.

Matt Welch of has a nice roundup of past Democrat statements about the Gadsden flag. The irony is compounded by the fact that the Gadsden became popular at Tea Party rallies in 2009-10 partly because Obamacare is so damaging to liberty. At the massive anti-Obamacare rally that assembled on Capitol Hill on the weekend, four years ago, that Obamacare was signed, the Gadsden flag was flying all over the West Lawn.

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Florida Woman Struggles to Unenroll from Obamacare

Mar 19, 2014 2:20 PM PT

For one Florida woman enrolling in Obamacare was difficult but not nearly as difficult as unenrolling turned out to be.

Melissa Battles signed up for an Obamacare insurance plan last year. She said enrolling was "very convoluted" and tool a very long time. She says she encountered a "whole other level of red tape" when she tried to get her son, who is autistic, into a "healthy kids" program.

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First Union to Endorse Obama Now Slams Obamacare

Mar 19, 2014 11:46 AM PT

Great write-up at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's blog on a recent report from UNITE Here, a 300,000-person that was the first to endorse then-Senator Obama in his presidential run.  But it seems the implementation of Obamacare has now left a bad taste in their mouth.

As this blog has pointed out in the past (e.g., here and here), labor unions were among Obamacare’s loudest cheerleaders until relatively recently, but they are now openly venting their disdain for the ACA and its false promises. The UNITE HERE report sums up its views nicely: “the [ACA’s] unintended consequences will hit the average, hard-working American where it hurts: in the wallet.” This fact has been obvious to many observers since 2010. 

Outlining the implications of Obamacare, the report predicts that employers will continue to cut workers’ hours in order to avoid providing mandated coverage for full time employees. Moreover, it observes, “if employers follow the incentives in the law, they will push families onto the exchanges to buy coverage. This will force low-wage service industry employees to spend $2.00, $3.00 or even $5.00 an hour of their pay to buy similar coverage.” Perhaps of greatest concern to UNITE HERE, the ACA threatens to ‘strangle’ competition and place union-created health care plans into a “death spiral” because participants in those plans, i.e. the union’s members, will not receive subsidies as many who buy coverage through the health exchanges will.

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Another Obamacare Lie Exposed: Premiums Could Skyrocket Next Year

Mar 19, 2014 11:19 AM PT

Contrary to a promise candidate Obama made more than 50 times, Health insurance premiums are going up substantially next year. That's the word from an insurance industry executive who says rates will double in some places around the country.

The unnamed executive tells the Hill "I think everybody knows that the way the exchange has rolled out … is going to lead to higher costs." The executive says he expects his own company to triple rates next year. He blames "major delays on very significant portions of the law" for the coming increases.

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Chris Christie: Obamacare is a 'Failed Federal Program'

Mar 18, 2014 5:22 PM PT

Chris Christie held a town hall meeting today in South River, New Jersey. During the Q&A Christie debated a woman from the audience who was pushing for more funding for Medicaid. As part of his answer, Christie said "I'm not going to invest further money in a failed federal program."

The questioner, who has been identified as Maura Collingsgru of New Jersey Citizen Action, began with an accusation that Christie's administration had been silent on Medicaid spending. Christie denied this pointing out that his administration had expanded Medicaid and saying "we're spending more dollars today, both federal and state, on Medicaid then we did at the beginning of my administration."

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Obamacare Hits Another Make Believe Milestone

Mar 18, 2014 9:21 AM PT

Obamacare "enrollment" in qualified health plans has now reached 5 million according to an announcement posted on the HHS website Monday. As with all the previous "enrollment" milestones, we know for certain this one isn't true. What we don't know is how far off the mark it is.

Despite the problems with the numbers, the announcement does demonstrate that the pace of enrollment has picked up significantly after a slower-than-expected February. It's even possible the official enrollment number will reach the CBO's downgraded prediction of 6 million by the end of the month. Of course that number won't be any more accurate than the one we were given yesterday. Here's why.

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Silly Responses to the Obamacare Hardship Exemption Story

Mar 17, 2014 2:50 PM PT

The biggest Obamacare story last week was belated attention given to a little noticed hardship exemption that seems broad enough to allow almost anyone to claim exemption from the law's individual mandate. Rather than report on the exemption itself and the fact that it's existence was kept off the website, many left wing sites tried to spin the story as much ado about nothing.

First, it's worth noting that a couple of left-leaning sites handled the story fairly.  Talking Points Memo wrote a straight-forward story highlighting the existence of a broad 14th exemption which required no documentation. TPM even quoted Tim Jost, a supporter of the law, saying "It is hard to imagine what they were thinking when the threw the door open this wide."

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Five Hardships That Will Legally Exempt You From ObamaCare

Mar 17, 2014 11:35 AM PT

Thanks to a new ObamaCare exemption quietly added by the Obama Administration that reads, "You experienced another hardship obtaining health insurance," and that you apparently do not need to document, here are five hardships you can claim that will legally allow you to be exempted from ObamaCare and its fines for not enrolling...

1. Cuz I was going to sign up but my Unicorn was double-parked…

2. Cuz I was going to sign up but there was a "Facts of Life" marathon playing in my head…

3. Cuz I was going to sign up but sitting down at the computer makes my butt ache….

4. Cuz I was going to sign up but in my fantasy life I am married to Police Woman-era Angie Dickinson and we are too busy having sex to apply for anything.

5. Cuz I was going to sign up but ObamaCare was passed on a purely partisan vote using procedural tricks and even this wouldn’t have been possible had President Obama not repeatedly lied like a community organizing-sociopath about being able to keep your insurance and doctor. Therefore, doing anything that aids and abets this immoral and illegitimate law is a HARDSHIP on my conscience.

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Republicans Unify Behind Alternative To ObamaCare (Video)

Mar 17, 2014 9:52 AM PT

There have been a number of promising health care plans pitched by Republicans in the House and Senate in the past year as the ObamaCare debacle rolled out, but until now, there has been no unified vision to fix the nation's healthcare system. 

That appears to have changed with Republican leaders finally adopting an agreed upon repeal and replace plan, drawing a much needed election-year contrast with the president's unpopular health care law.

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Concealing the compulsory nature of ObamaCare

Mar 14, 2014 11:04 AM PT

In response to Obama: Turns Out...You Might NOT Get To Keep Your Doctor (Video):

You can tell this is a Big Effin Deal by the way media outlets are striving mightily to ignore it.  Politico, for example, twisted itself into a pretzel to avoid mentioning that oh, yeah, all the ObamaCare critics have been totally right since day one, and Obama just admitted you might lose your doctor, as well as your health insurance.  Their big takeway was that the man who told the biggest lie in modern political history now says plenty of people are signing up for his health care scheme, and it's solid as a rock.  And why not trust his claims implicitly?  We all know what Barack Obama's word is worth, especially when it comes to the Affordable Care Act!

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Obama: Turns Out...You Might NOT Get To Keep Your Doctor (Video)

Mar 14, 2014 10:05 AM PT

The massive fraud that is ObamaCare continues to be revealed.

The news here isn't that under ObamaCare, you will not necessarily get to keep your doctor. Some of us have been saying that since 2009. The news is, the guy who told the American people, "if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor" in order to sell his unpopular healthcare plan to the public, is now finally admitting it. That this president was so systematically deceitful - brazenly lying to our faces in dozens of speeches in the fashion of an Alinsky-trained Community Organizer so he could herd us all in the direction of the Single Payer outcome he always dreamed about - should have the American people up in arms.

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Why the White House Kept the Opt-Out Exemption to the Individual Mandate Quiet

Mar 14, 2014 9:43 AM PT

An exemption is only an exemption if people know about it. That's why the White House kept a broad hardship exemption to Obamacare's individual mandate quiet, including leaving it off the official exemption page on for nearly three months.

In case you missed the story this week, there are 14 hardship exemptions from the individual mandate, the portion of Obamacare which says you must buy health insurance or pay a tax. The last of these 14 exemptions is extremely broad. It just says you can claim "another hardship" that prevented you from getting insurance and requires no documentation to back it up.

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