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Obamacare May Make It 'Literally Impossible' in US Territories to Buy Insurance

December 24, 2013

Tony Lee

 


"Obamacare was drafted so poorly that residents in America's territories like the Northern Mariana Islands and Guam may literally be unable to purchase health insurance on the private market next year, even if they are healthy and want to voluntarily do so. 

 

Though Obamacare requires insurance companies in the territories to accept all applicants regardless of preexisting conditions, the law "does not mandate that all territorial residents buy plans nor does it provide subsidies to make coverage more affordable--as it does in the 50 states and the District of Columbia."

 

The Washington Post simply noted that "this is, to put it mildly, a really bad way to run an insurance market. The whole idea of the subsidies and the mandate was to encourage enrollment among the healthier, younger people necessary to support an insurance market that also works for the sick."

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http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/12/24/Obamacare-May-Make-It-Literally-Impossible-for-Residents-in-US-Territories-to-Buy-Insurance

 

 

 

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Missouri Bill to Gut Obamacare, Ban Penalties, Ban Healthcare Exchange
Mike(Mish)Shedlock

December 28, 2013

 

If enough states act, we are on the way to a constitutional showdown over Obamacare. The Washington Times reports Missouri bill

 

"Next month, the Missouri Senate will consider a bill which would effectively cripple the implementation of the Affordable Care Act within the state.

 

Following the lead of South Carolina, where lawmakers are fast-tracking House Bill 3101 in 2014, and Georgia, where HB707 was recently introduced by Rep. Jason Spencer, Missouri State Senator John T. Lamping (R-24) pre-filed Senate Bill 546 (SB546) to update the Health Care Freedom Act passed by Missouri voters in 2010. It passed that year with more than 70% support.

 

SB546 would ban Missouri from taking any action that would “compel, directly or indirectly, any person, employer, or health care provider to participate in any health care system.” That means the state would be banned by law from operating a health care exchange for the federal government.

 

The bill also proposes suspending the licenses of insurers who accept federal subsidies which result in the “imposition of penalties contrary to the public policy” set forth in the legislation. Since it is unlikely that any insurer would then accept a subsidy, not a single employer in the state could be hit with the employer-mandate penalties those subsidies trigger.

 

Following significant portions of the Tenth Amendment Center’s four-step plan to nullify Obamacare on a state-level, Fox News Senior Judicial Analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano noted that such actions were not just legal, but effective.

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http://freedomoutpost.com/2013/12/missouri-bill-gut-obamacare-ban-penalties-ban-healthcare-exchange/
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'They had no idea if my insurance was active or not!': Obamacare confusion reigns as frustrated patients walk out of hospitals without treatment.

David Martosko

Jan. 1, 2014

  • MailOnline spoke with patients who were told they would have to pay their bills in full if they couldn't prove they had insurance
  • One was faced with a $3,000 hospital room charge and opted to leave the hospital after experiencing chest pains
  • 'Should I be in the hospital? Probably,' she said
  • Another, coughing in the cold, walked out without receiving a needed chest x-ray
  • Consumers face sticker-shock from medical costs under the new Obamacare system, made worse if they can't prove they're insured
  • As many as one-third of new enrollees' applications have seen problems when the government transmits them to insurance companies.

 

"Hospital staff in Northern Virginia are turning away sick people on a frigid Thursday morning because they can't determine whether their Obamacare insurance plans are in effect.

Patients in a close-in DC suburb who think they've signed up for new insurance plans are struggling to show their December enrollments are in force, and health care administrators aren't taking their word for it.

In place of quick service and painless billing, these Virginians are now facing the threat of sticker-shock that comes with bills they can't afford.

'They had no idea if my insurance was active or not!' a coughing Maria Galvez told MailOnline outside the Inova Healthplex facility in the town of Springfield.

She was leaving the building without getting a needed chest x-ray.

'The people in there told me that since I didn't have an insurance card, I would be billed for the whole cost of the x-ray,' Galvez said, her young daughter in tow. 'It's not fair – you know, I signed up last week like I was supposed to.'

The x-ray's cost, she was told, would likely be more than $500."

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2532869/They-no-idea-insurance-active-not-At-Virginia-hospitals-Obamacare-confusion-reigns-frustrated-patients-walk-out.html

 

 

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I'm Suing Over ObamaCare Exemptions for Congress

If the president wants to change the health-care law, he must ask Congress to do it

ByRon Johnson

January 5, 2014 

 

"On Monday, Jan. 6, I am filing suit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin to make Congress live by the letter of the health-care law it imposed on the rest of America. By arranging for me and other members of Congress and their staffs to receive benefits intentionally ruled out by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the administration has exceeded its legal authority.

 

The president and his congressional supporters have also broken their promise to the American people that ObamaCare was going to be so good that they would participate in it just like everyone else. In truth, many members of Congress feel entitled to an exemption from the harsh realities of the law they helped jam down Americans' throats in 2010. Unlike millions of their countrymen who have lost coverage and must now purchase insurance through an exchange, members and their staffs will receive an employer contribution to help pay for their new plans.

 

It is clear that this special treatment, via a ruling by the president's Office of Personnel Management, was deliberately excluded in the law. During the drafting, debate and passage of ObamaCare, the issue of how the law should affect members of Congress and their staffs was repeatedly addressed. Even a cursory reading of the legislative history clearly shows the intent of Congress was to ensure that members and staff would no longer be eligible for their current coverage under the Federal Employee Health Benefit Plan.

 

The law states that as of Jan. 1, 2014, the only health-insurance plans that members of Congress and their staffs can be offered by the federal government are plans "created under" ObamaCare or "offered through an Exchange" established under ObamaCare."

 

Furthermore, allowing the federal government to make an employer contribution to help pay for insurance coverage was explicitly considered, debated and rejected. In doing so, Congress established that the only subsidy available to them would be the same income-based subsidy available to every other eligible American accessing insurance through an exchange. This was the confidence-building covenant supporters of the law made to reassure skeptics that ObamaCare would live up to its billing. They wanted to appear eager to avail themselves of the law's benefits and be more than willing to subject themselves to the exact same rules, regulations and requirements as their constituents."

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http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304325004579296140856419808

 

hmm, well, we will see how this goes and how many years it may take.  I dare say there are a lot of Americans who will be in dire financial straights by the time this law suit sees the light of day.

 

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Roberts Refuses to Grant Obamacare Emergency Stay

January 6, 2014

 

'WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has refused a group of doctors’ request to block implementation of the nation’s new health care law.

 

Chief Justice John Roberts turned away without comment Monday an emergency stay request from the Association of American Physicians & Surgeons, Inc. and the Alliance for Natural Health USA.

 

They asked the chief justice Friday to temporarily block the law, saying Congress had passed it incorrectly by starting it in the Senate instead of the House. Revenue-raising bills are supposed to originate in the lower chamber. They also wanted blocked doctor registration requirements they say will make it harder for independent non-Medicare physicians to treat Medicare-eligible patients.

 

Still pending is a decision on a temporary block on the law’s contraceptive coverage requirements, which was challenged by a group of nuns."

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/01/06/roberts-refuses-to-grant-obamacare-emergency-stay/

 

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13,000 Obamacare Applicants Have No Records with Health Insurers

January 9, 2014

By TOM MURPHY and RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR  AP

 

'Record-keeping snags could complicate the start of insurance coverage this month as people begin using policies they purchased under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

Insurance companies are still trying to sort out cases of so-called health insurance orphans, customers for whom the government has a record that they enrolled, but the insurer does not.

Government officials say the problem is real but under control, with orphan records being among the roughly 13,000 problem cases they are trying to resolve with insurers. But insurance companies are worried the process will grow more cumbersome as they deal with the flood of new customers who signed up in December as enrollment deadlines neared.'

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http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/01/09/Some-find-health-insurers-have-no-record-of-them

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Older People Lead Sign-Ups for Insurance

January 13, 2014

By MICHAEL D. SHEAR and ROBERT PEAR

 

"WASHINGTON — People signing up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act’s federal and state marketplaces tend to be older and potentially less healthy, officials said Monday, a demographic mix that could threaten the law’s economic underpinnings and cause premiums to rise in the future if the pattern persists.

 

Questions about the law’s financial viability are likely to become the next line of attack from its critics, as lawmakers gear up for the midterm elections this fall. Republicans quickly seized on the government’s progress report on Monday as evidence that the health insurance law would not work."

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http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/14/us/health-care-plans-attracting-more-older-less-healthy-people.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

 

 

 

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HealthCare.gov security -- 'a breach waiting to happen'

January 16, 2014

Lance Whitney

 

 

"Only half of one of the security holes previously identified on the government's health care site has been patched, while new ones have since been uncovered, says the head of a security consulting firm."

 

The government's problem-riddled Obamacare Web site may face further problems from hackers taking advantage of its many security holes. At least that's the consensus of a group of security professionals who have analyzed the site.

 

David Kennedy, who is CEO of computer security consulting firm TrustedSec and who is testifying before Congress today on the security issues related to HealthCare.gov, outlined his concerns in a blog post today. Kennedy previously testified in November. Since then, it's still been "business as usual" on the site, he said in the blog.

 

Among the security holes identified last year, only half of one of them has been fixed, according to Kennedy. And more than 20 additional ones have been discovered by other security researchers examining the site. By his own admission, Kennedy didn't form his opinion by trying to hack into the site but rather based on his years of experience resolving similar problems for other organizations.

 

To review his findings, Kennedy said he called on other security professionals, including Ed Skoudis, Kevin Mitnick, Chris Nickerson, Eric Smith, Chris Gates, John Strand, and Kevin Johnson. Their responses?

 

"I asked that they simply give their professional opinion on what they thought of the exposures and if they think best practices were followed on the healthcare.gov website," Kennedy said. "The results were unanimous and unified -- it's bad."

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http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-57617335-83/healthcare.gov-security-a-breach-waiting-to-happen/?part=rss&subj=news&tag=title

 

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Hundreds in Ohio Lose Their Doctor Due to Obamacare

Daniel Halper

January 22, 2014

 

"Hundreds in Ohio are losing their doctor due to Obamacare, a local news outlet finds:

 

 

"With the passage of the Affordable Care Act, some area medical facilities saying, they're no longer able to use some insurance companies," says the anchor. 

 

The local reporter adds, "Hundreds of people in the Mahoning Valley can no longer go to their trusted doctors, and local officials say the Affordable Care Act is to blame. Doctors from the Mahoning county medical society sat down with U.S.

representative Bill Johnson today, discussing their concerns with United Health Care's decision to drop local doctors, including the Eye Care Associates in Beaver Township, from their Medicare Advantage plans. That means patients either have to change doctors or pay out of their own pockets."

 

One doctor tells the reporters that people are "really scared" at the prospect of having to change doctors."

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/hundreds-ohio-lose-their-doctor-due-obamacare_775213.html#

 

Obamacare strikes again, and once again, against Senior citizens.

 

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Obamacare: Tom Coburn loses cancer doctor

January 28, 2014

Tal Kopan

 

"Cancer-stricken Sen. Tom Coburn revealed Tuesday that his health insurance under Obamacare doesn’t cover his oncologist, but said he still is receiving excellent care.

 

“I’m doing well from a health standpoint, got great docs,” Coburn said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Tuesday when asked about his health. “Fortunately — even though my new coverage won’t cover my specialist — I’m going to have great care and I have a great prognosis.”

 

The Oklahoma Republican’s spokesman confirmed to POLITICO that since the senator enrolled in his health insurance plan under Obamacare, his coverage has been reduced and he lost coverage for his cancer specialist. Coburn will continue to pay out of his own pocket and see the oncologist, his office said.
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http://www.politico.com/story/2014/01/obamacare-tom-coburn-cancer-doctor-102724.html
 

Yes, but how about those who can't afford to pay out of their own pocket??? :angry2: 
 

 

 

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Doctor's "I Will Not Comply" Breakup Letter Getting Incredible Praise From Her Peers

 

A Texas ophthalmologist and co-founder of AmericanDoctors4Truth tore down the curtain on Obamacare last week, describing President Obama’s “signature” legislative achievement for the con game of forced labor that it really is.

When she wrote to the Aetna insurance companyarrow-10x10.png canceling her participation in its offerings, Dr. Kristin Held of San Antonio was informed she is contractually bound to care for the company’s patients for another year — as though Obamacare not only re-configured the American health care system, it repealed the 13th Amendment at the same time.

 

http://www.bizpacreview.com/2014/02/02/doctors-i-will-not-comply-obamacare-break-up-letter-getting-incredible-praise-from-her-peers-98109

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HealthCare.gov can’t handle appeals of enrollment errors

Amy Goldstein

February 2, 2014

 

 

"Tens of thousands of people who discovered that HealthCare.gov made mistakes as they were signing up for a health plan are confronting a new roadblock: The government cannot yet fix the errors.

 

Roughly 22,000 Americans have filed appeals with the government to try to get mistakes corrected, according to internal government data obtained by The Washington Post. They contend that the computer system for the new federal online marketplace charged them too much for health insurance, steered them into the wrong insurance program or denied them coverage entirely.

 

For now, the appeals are sitting, untouched, inside a government computer. And an unknown number of consumers who are trying to get help through less formal means — by calling the health-care marketplace directly — are told that HealthCare.gov’s computer system is not yet allowing federal workers to go into enrollment records and change them, according to individuals inside and outside the government who are familiar with the situation.

 

“It is definitely frustrating and not fair,” said Addie Wilson, 27, who lives in Fairmont, W.Va., and earns $22,000 a year working with at-risk families. She said that she is paying $100 a month more than she should for her insurance and that her deductible is $4,000 too high."

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Given her salary, Wilson knew she was eligible for federal subsidies to help pay for her coverage. She was discharged from the hospital on Dec. 23, the insurance sign-up deadline; she did not yet know that CMS had quietly reset its computers to give people one more day to enroll. It had been weeks since the Obama administration had announced that the system was working smoothly, so she could not understand why the HealthCare.gov screen on her laptop, which should have calculated her subsidy, stubbornly refused to appear. She asked her boyfriend to try on his computer and her father to try on his. Nothing worked.

 

She called HealthCare.gov’s toll-free number, where, she said, a woman on the other end tried typing and then told her, “Well, it’s not working for me either.” The woman recommended that she choose a health plan at the too-high price and file an appeal. Since her Blue Cross coverage would end Dec. 31, she went back onto HealthCare.gov and picked a plan."

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/healthcaregov-cant-handle-appeals-of-enrollment-errors/2014/02/02/bbf5280c-89e2-11e3-916e-e01534b1e132_story.html

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Obamacare to cut work hours by equivalent of 2 million jobs: CBO

 

President Barack Obama’s healthcare law will reduce the American workforce by the equivalent of 2 million full-time workers in 2017, the Congressional Budget Office said on Tuesday, prompting Republicans to paint the law as bad medicine for the U.S. economy.

 

more at link...http://wtfrly.com/2014/02/05/obamacare-to-cut-work-hours-by-equivalent-of-2-million-jobs-cbo/

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Aetna may pull out of Obamacare: CEO

Drew Sandholm

February 6, 2014

 

 

"There is so much uncertainty about Obamacare that Aetna, the U.S.'s third-largest insurance provider, may be forced to double its rates or opt out of the program, the company's CEO, Mark Bertolini, told CNBC on Thursday.

 

What action Aetna will take is still up in the air, but the company doesn't plan to set its 2015 Obamacare rates until May 15. Between now and then, though, Bertolini said he's trying to get the necessary information from the Obama administration to properly price its insurance products.

 

"I think in the end analysis, pulling out is always the last resort," Bertolini told "Closing Bell."

 

"We don't like to do that because we disenfranchise customers and we disappoint customers, so we always look at that as a last resort, but that is an option that we will pursue if we need to if the program doesn't settle down; if we can't get a good handle on the data and the less data we have, the more risk premium we need to put into our products and that means the prices are higher."

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http://www.cnbc.com/id/101397231

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Taxpayers Hit for Millions as Six States Put Inmates on Obamacare Plan

 

Cash strapped states in six states are enrolling inmates in Obamacare  health insurance plans as a way to shift  costs to the federal government-a tactic that's legal but

frustrating for some Republicans who don't want to see the success levels of Obamas signature law artificially inflated.

 

In many cases jails are registering inmates so they will be better equipped to access addiction counseling and psychiatric care after their release, lowering the likelihood that they will return for more time behind bars .

 

The Affordable Care Act prohibits the enrollment of full time prisoners serving sentences , but many prisoners awaiting trial in prison jumpsuits are being enrolled purely to save county governments money - and shift costs to the feds - when lengthy hospital stays are required.

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2553633/Jails-6-states-inmates-Obamacare-costing-federal-government-millions-boosting-programs-enrollment-numbers.html

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AIDS Patients in Obamacare Limbo as Insurers Reject Checks
February 8, 2014

 

 

 

 

"Hundreds of people with HIV/AIDS in Louisiana trying to obtain coverage under President Barack Obama's healthcare reform are in danger of being thrown out of the insurance plan they selected in a dispute over federal subsidies and the interpretation of federal rules about preventing Obamacare fraud.

 

Some healthcare advocates see discrimination in the move, but Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana says it is not trying to keep people with HIV/AIDS from enrolling in one of its policies under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

 

The state's largest carrier is rejecting checks from a federal program designed to help these patients pay for AIDS drugs and insurance premiums, and has begun notifying customers that their enrollment in its Obamacare plans will be discontinued.

 

The carrier says it no longer will accept third-party payments, such as those under the 1990 Ryan White Act, which many people with HIV/AIDS use to pay their premiums.

 

"In no event will coverage be provided to any subscribers, as of March 1, 2014, unless the premiums are paid by the subscriber (or a relative) unless otherwise required by law," Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana spokesman John Maginnis told Reuters."

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http://www.newsmax.com/Newswidget/obamacare-aids-louisiana-healthcare/2014/02/08/id/551644?promo_code=F492-1&utm_source=Test_Newsmax_Feed&utm_medium=nmwidget&utm_campaign=widgetphase1

 

 

 

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Man’s Back Surgery On Hold As Doctors Deny Covered California Coverage

February 18, 2014

Nick James

 

"SONORA (CBS13) — A Sonora mechanic is in so much pain that he can barely walk, but he can’t seem to find a doctor to fix his ailing back after he and his wife switched their insurance coverage through Covered California.

 

Chris Dunn reached out to CBS13 hoping we could get answers.

He needs his surgery yesterday. But instead of scheduling his date, he and his wife are navigating a confusing maze of doctors and insurance plans.

 

“Then it goes down, my feet are numb, like I can do this, and I can’t feel it at all,” he said.

His ailing back has him in almost constant agonizing pain. He walks with a limp and hasn’t had a good night’s sleep in months.

“I can’t sleep on my back,” he said. “I roll around all night, because I can’t lay flat. I can’t lay anywhere for more than five, 10 minutes.”

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Tammy says she finally found an in-network doctor, but the problems don’t end there. We looked him up using the couple’s plan info, and the Blue Cross website shows him as in-network.

But that same doctor’s officer told Tammy he won’t see patients with insurance from Covered California."

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http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2014/02/18/mans-back-surgery-on-hold-as-doctors-deny-covered-california-coverage/

 

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Fourth Georgia hospital closes due to Obamacare payment cuts
February 18, 2014

Sarah Hurtubise

 

"The fourth Georgia hospital in two years is closing its doors due to severe financial difficulties caused by Obamacare’s payment cuts for emergency services.

 

The Lower Oconee Community Hospital is, for now, a critical access hospital in southeastern Georgia that holds 25 beds. The hospital is suffering from serious cash-flow problems, largely due to the area’s 23 percent uninsured population, and hopes to reopen as “some kind of urgent care center,” CEO Karen O’Neal said.

 

Many hospitals in the 25 states that rejected the Medicaid expansion are facing similar financial problems. Liberal administration ally Think Progress has already faulted Georgia for not expanding Medicaid as Obamacare envisioned.

 

But the reality is more complicated. The federal government has historically made payments to hospitals to cover the cost of uninsured patients seeking free medical care in emergency rooms, as federal law mandates that hospitals must care for all patients regardless of their ability to pay.

 

Because the Affordable Care Act’s authors believed they’d forced all states to implement the Medicaid expansion, Obamacare vastly cut hospital payments, the Associated Press reports."

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http://dailycaller.com/2014/02/18/fourth-georgia-hospital-closes-due-to-obamacare-payment-cuts/

 

Health Law's Impact Has Only Begun

Insurers Seek Healthy Enrollees, Doctors Educate New Patients, Employers Wrestle With Added Costs

February 18. 2014

Anna Wilde Mathews
 

"On Jan. 1, the key provisions of the Affordable Care Act took effect. Americans gained access to new health plans subsidized by federal dollars. Insurers no longer can turn away people with existing conditions. Millions are now eligible for new Medicaid benefits.

 

But the federal law also upended existing health-insurance arrangements for millions of people. Companies worry about the expense of providing new policies, some hospitals aren't seeing the influx of new patients they expected to balance new costs and entrepreneurs say they may hire more part-time workers to avoid offering more coverage.

 

The law's true impact will play out over years. It will depend in part on whether backers overcome serious early setbacks, including crippling glitches in the new online insurance marketplaces and many states' rejection of the Medicaid expansion. But another obstacle the law faces is pushback from some consumers and industry over the higher costs, complex rules and mandatory requirements it imposes. ( Watch doctors, business owners and patients share their stories about the health law, and tell us your own. )

 

So far, 3.3 million have signed up for plans through the new government marketplaces, federal officials said Feb. 12. About 6.3 million were determined eligible for Medicaid through the exchanges over the final three months of 2013, including people who might have been able to enroll without the law."

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http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303491404579391740095244018?mg=reno64-wsj&url=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com%2Farticle%2FSB10001424052702303491404579391740095244018.html
 

 

 

 

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Death by Obamacare

February 25, 2014

by Keith Koffler

 

"A woman, 49, was diagnosed in 2005 with Carcinoid, a terminal cancer that nevertheless responds well to therapy and with which people can live for years.

 

She was doing as well as she could – living a tough life, but living. She had an expensive Blue Cross/Blue Shield health plan she needed because it covered the drugs and the doctors who kept her alive.

 

Until November, that is. Her son picks up the story in the Wall Street Journal:

And then, because our lawmakers and president thought they could do better, she had nothing. Her old plan, now considered illegal under the new health law, had been canceled.

Because the exchange website in her state (Virginia) was not working, she went directly to insurers’ websites and telephoned them, one by one, over dozens of hours. As a medical-office manager, she had decades of experience navigating the enormous problems of even our pre-ObamaCare system. But nothing could have prepared her for the bureaucratic morass she now had to traverse.

When finally she found a plan that looked like it would cover her Sandostatin and other cancer treatments, she called the insurer, Humana, HUM -3.24% to confirm that it would do so. The enrollment agent said that after she met her deductible, all treatments and medications—including those for her cancer—would be covered at 100%.

Then on Feb. 12, just before going into (yet another) surgery, she was informed by Humana that it would not, in fact, cover her Sandostatin, or other cancer-related medications. The cost of the Sandostatin alone, since Jan. 1, was $14,000, and the company was refusing to pay.

There is something deeply and incontestably perverse about a law that so distorts and undermines the free activity of individuals that they can no longer buy and sell the goods and services that keep them alive. ObamaCare made my mother’s old plan illegal, and it forced her to buy a new plan that would accelerate her disease and death.

 

I’ve bolded the penultimate sentence of this excerpt because it states what is truly evil about Obamacare.

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http://www.whitehousedossier.com/2014/02/25/death-obamacare/

 

 

 

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Bill to Make the Fine $0 for Violating the Individual Mandate Passes by 90 Votes

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/bill-make-fine-0-violating-individual-mandate-passes-90-votes_784223.html

 

 

The House of Representatives passed legislation Wednesday afternoon to make the fine/“tax” for violating Obamacare’s individual mandate $0 for this year, and it did so by the wide margin of 90 votes (250 to 160).  That’s 83 more than the 7-vote margin (219 to 212) by which Obamacare passed the House four Marches ago.  Moreover, 27 Democrats voted for today’s legislation—27 more than the number of Republicans who voted for Obamacare when it passed.  In all, 223 Republicans voted for today’s bill, while only one—Paul Broun of Georgia—voted against it.  Here’s the member-by-member tally for the vote.

Earlier today, the Obama White House released a 3-paragraph statement on the legislation, noting that Obamacare “helps millions of Americans stay on their parents’ plans until age 26”—which, of course, has nothing to do with the individual mandate or the fine/“tax” for violating it—and saying that if President Obama were presented with the legislation, “he would veto it.” 

Given the wide margin by which the legislation passed the House, along with the significant level of bipartisan support with which it passed, perhaps the Senate will actually take a vote, pass the bill, and give Obama that chance.  That would provide a welcome reminder to the American people of the extent to which Obama’s centerpiece legislation relies upon coercion.

 

But it also relies on lawlessness—a fact that is becoming more apparent by the day.  Within hours of threatening to veto this legislative change to Obamacare, Obama announced that he is again making an executive change to Obamacare, in plain defiance of the legislative text, the rule of law, and the constitutional separation of powers.  No wonder left-leaning constitutional scholar Jonathan Turley says that we are at “a constitutional tipping point” and that Congress must act to stop this president’s “dangerous,” “destabilizing” “aggregation of power.”

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Obamacare blocks patients paying for treatment

Needed help can be denied 'even if patient is willing,' able to cover costs

March 6, 2014

 

"A new report by the Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics at National Right to Life warns that one of the Obamacare provisions that ex-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Americans would discover if Congress passed the bill is that some seniors will not be allowed to spend as much as they wish on their health care.

 

The extreme position was revealed in a special report by the NRLC titled “The Affordable Care Act and Health Care Access in the United States,” which analyzes four fundamental policy areas of Obamacare.

It finds several ways that the federal health care law “will drastically limit access to life-saving medical treatment under the law.”

 

“These four areas include: the ‘excess benefit’ tax coming into effect in 2018, the current exclusion of adequate health insurance plans from the exchanges, present limits on senior citizens’ ability to use their own money for health insurance, and federal limits on the care doctors give their patients to be implemented as soon as 2016.”

 

Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life, said that “for pro-life Americans concerned about the impact on innocent life – both born and unborn – the policies of Obamacare couldn’t be worse.”

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http://www.wnd.com/2014/03/feds-to-cap-what-citizens-can-spend-on-own-healthcare/

 

 

 

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Obamacare enrollment tops six million as deadline looms: White House

March 27, 2014

Roberta Ramptom

 

 

"WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More than 6 million people have now signed up for private insurance plans under President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law known as Obamacare, reflecting a surge in enrollments days before the March 31 deadline, the White House said on Thursday.

 

The milestone gives the White House some ammunition to use against Republican critics, who have described the program as a flop in the build-up to midterm congressional campaigns in November, when Democratic control of the U.S. Senate is at stake.

 

Only 10 days ago, the administration had pegged enrollment at more than 5 million people, and enlisted celebrities and top government officials to try to persuade more uninsured people - particularly the young and healthy - to sign up.

 

The last-minute boost has exceeded the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office's estimate that 6 million people would sign up in the program's first year, down from earlier expectations of 7 million enrollees because of problems with websites used for shopping for insurance."

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http://news.yahoo.com/white-house-says-obamacare-enrollment-tops-six-million-183548381--sector.html

 

Things are looking up, 6M out of 300M can't be all that bad, right?

 

 

What really matters on health care: Making it work

MatT Bai

March 25, 2014

 

"You’ve got to give it up for the political media: Somehow, through sheer force of will, we’ve actually managed to turn the most complex and consequential piece of legislation in decades into Washington’s version of March Madness — just another step for American politics down the ruinous Road to Sports Center. No longer is the health care law about the uninsured or “bending the cost curve,” or any of that boring stuff. Now it’s all about beating the spread.

 

Can the Obama administration get to 6 million by the original enrollment deadline next week, or even after the extension into next month? Is it a victory if the president comes within 500,000 of the goal, or a crushing defeat? Maybe we can break it down in a chart.

 

The truth is that whether it takes six weeks or six months to meet the next arbitrary benchmark, the health care law is now embedded in the society, and it’s not going anywhere. So the only important, longer-term question, and the one that almost no one is talking about, is whether our ailing political system can actually function well enough to make it work.

 

I recently thought about a conversation I had with Max Baucus, then the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and now ambassador to China, at around this time in 2009. Barack Obama and Democratic leaders on the Hill were just starting to open talks about a health care bill, and Baucus told me he was adamant about getting some Republicans behind it. He rejected the idea that Democrats could unilaterally push a contentious bill through the Senate with a simple majority, through a budget maneuver known as “reconciliation” — which is exactly what ended up happening.

 

I asked Baucus why it mattered. Whether a bill passed with bipartisan acclaim or through the use of some arcane legislative gimmick, it would still be law, right?

 

Sure, Baucus told me, you could ram through a health care overhaul on a partisan vote. But you wouldn’t be able to sustain it.

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http://news.yahoo.com/what-really-matters-on-health-care--making-it-work-234038897.html

 

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Not sure this is important, but will note it just in case.

 

Obamacare website asks users to change passwords after Heartbleed security scare
April 19, 2014

 

 

"There’s no sign that Healthcare.gov has been compromised by the Heartbleed security hole, but administrators are still urging users to update their passwords as a precaution."

 

"WASHINGTON — People who have accounts on the enrollment website for President Barack Obama's signature health care law are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review of the government's vulnerability to the confounding Heartbleed Internet security flaw.

 

Senior administration officials said there is no indication that the HealthCare.gov site has been compromised and the action is being taken out of an abundance of caution. The government's Heartbleed review is ongoing, the officials said, and users of other websites may also be told to change their passwords in the coming days, including those with accounts on the popular WhiteHouse.gov petitions page.

 

The Heartbleed programming flaw has caused major security concerns across the Internet and affected a widely used encryption technology that was designed to protect online accounts. Major Internet services have been working to insulate themselves against the problem and are also recommending that users change their website passwords."

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http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/obamacare-website-asks-users-change-passwords-heartbleed-scare-article-1.1762070

 

 

 

Just out of curiosity then, IF there is NO sign the website has been compromised, then WHY on earth would you tell everyone, to go and change their passwords? Can you imagine the snafu that could cause?  6 Million or so people all changing their passwords.

 

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Millions Slip Into Obamacare Coverage Gap

About 8 million people have signed up for Year 1 of Obamacare, but millions of others are still falling into the law's "coverage gap."

They earn too much money to qualify for Medicaid, yet don't make enough to get federal subsidies to buy private insurance on an Affordable Care Act exchange.

The human toll of the coverage gap can be found all too easily in Hidalgo County, Texas, where less than half of non-senior adults had health insurance in 2012.

"If Obama did this market so we can get affordable insurance, why are we still having a lot of problems? What's going on?" asked Anna Covacevich, a 57-year-old home care provider and Hidalgo County resident who made $8,000 last year.

http://money.cnn.com/2014/04/21/news/economy/obamacare-medicaid-coverage-gap-texas/index.html

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Cover Oregon Health Exchange Website to Shut Down

Oregon, once expected to be a national leader in the federal health care overhaul, on Thursday moved to become the first state to dump its troubled online health exchange and use the federal marketplace instead.

A top Cover Oregon official, Alex Pettit, said fixing the existing system would be too costly at an estimated $78 million, would take too long to implement, and would be too risky. The state's site still isn't fully functional seven months after a failed launch.

Pettit said switching to the federal system would cost $4 million to $6 million.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/04/24/Oregon-moves-to-dump-health-exchange-website

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