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May 30, 2023 • 04:59 PM

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181 Clinton's Phony Health Care Fixes

The Clinton campaign is finally owning up to what most Americans learned the hard way. The Affordable Care Act is anything but affordable. In fact, its costs are "crushing" people who have to buy health insurance. Hillary Clinton vows to fix the problem, but don't count on it. Clinton's remedies are bad medicine. Some are so preposterous…

182 Obamacare's Tax-Time Torment

"Where is my 1095-A? This is what it must be like dealing with a government agency in a third world country." That was the lament on Twitter of just one poor citizen this week trying to get his tax records in order. Nationwide, hard-working Americans are struggling to meet the April 18 IRS filing deadline. Standing in the way: the bumbling…

183 Heads Must Roll at the CDC

Consumer Reports is sounding the alarm about a vicious infection raging through hospitals, even prestigious academic medical centers such as Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City and Ohio's Cleveland Clinic. Clostridium difficile, or C. diff for short, sickens half a million people each year, and 29,000 of…

184 Obama Administration Breaks Law to Enrich Health Insurers

The Obama administration will tell any lie and break any law to prevent the president's signature health program from collapsing. Insurance companies, such as UnitedHealthcare and Aetna, are losing billions trying to sell Obamacare plans, and the risk is they'll drop out at the end of 2016. No insurance companies means no Obamacare. In 2014, the White…

185 CDC Dropping the Ball on Zika

If you're pregnant or planning to be, rethink your vacation plans. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning against travel to Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and 22 countries in Latin America where mosquitoes are carrying the Zika virus and infecting people they bite.  The biggest danger is to pregnant women, whose babies…

186 Hillary's Healthcare Lies

Hillary Clinton is attacking rival Bernie Sanders, calling his plan to replace Obamacare with socialist single payer healthcare a "risky deal" and unaffordable. She's telling Democrats the survival of the Affordable Care Act depends on her winning the presidency. "The stakes couldn't be higher," she warned Iowa voters. Sunday night…

187 Doctors Agree: Obama's Electronic Medical Records Mandate Sucks!

Hey, who's up for a stiff dose of "See, I told you so?" For the past several years, medical professionals have warned that the federal electronic medical records mandate — buried in the trillion-dollar Obama stimulus of 2009 — would do more harm than good. Their diagnosis, unfortunately, is on the nose. The Quack-in-Chief peddled…

188 Obama Lied, My Health Plan Died...Twice!

It's deja screwed all over again. In the fall of 2013, our family received notice from Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Colorado that we could no longer keep our private health insurance plan because of "changes from health care reform (also called the Affordable Care Act or ACA)." We liked our high-deductible preferred provider organization…

189 Drug Price Controls Would Compound a Government-Made Problem

Price controls and caps are always a bad idea. So when a candidate for president of the United States starts talking about the government setting prices for prescription drugs, it’s always a good idea to cast a cold eye. When two candidates for political office advocate price caps on prescription drugs, that’s when real trouble starts.…

190 ObamaCare's Bill Comes Due: Premium Hikes Up to 36.3% Coming

During the first two years under ObamaCare, health insurers remained unable to assess what rates they must charge to cover the costs imposed by the new law.  Now that such assessment is possible in its third year, insurers realize that the law has proven much costlier than anticipated, and they're desperately seeking premium increases accordingly…

191 Only Democrats Are to Blame for Obamacare Chaos

If the Supreme Court were to decide not to allow retroactive legislating and uphold Obamacare as written, terrible things would happen to America. We might, for instance, find out what health insurance in fabricated, state-run "marketplaces" actually costs. The Kaiser Family Foundation estimates that the 37 states that have declined to set…

192 Unsustainable Exchanges & Subsidies Exposing ObamaCare’s Weaknesses

From financially dubious exchanges to subsidies that aren’t technically legal, ObamaCare is imploding under its own shoddy draftsmanship. ObamaCare’s state-run exchanges are a great idea – so long as federal taxpayers foot the bill. Since the law was passed in 2010, almost $5 billion in federal start-up grants have been doled out…

193 ObamaCare Exchanges on Life Support

At a recent White House science fair celebrating inventors, a Girl Scout who helped design a Lego-powered page-turning device asked President Obama what he had ever thought up or prototyped. Stumbling for an answer, he replied: "I came up with things like, you know, health care." Ah, yes. "Health care." Remember when the president…

194 Florida Sues to Block "Gun to the Head" ObamaCare Coercion

When it comes to expanding Medicaid under ObamaCare, the Obama administration has a clear goal: Coerce holdout states into submission by threatening to eliminate funding for other health-related programs. Florida is fighting back. In a new lawsuit, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi details a long train of bad faith negotiations by federal officials…

195 What Congress Could Do If the Supreme Court Strikes Down ObamaCare Subsidies

In thinking through how to respond if the Supreme Court strikes down a controversial IRS interpretation of ObamaCare, Republicans in Congress should remember that “a fundamental flaw of the [law] was its imposition of new regulations that made health insurance more expensive for millions of Americans and that, in large part, the [law’s]…

196 Two-Thirds of ObamaCare Subsidy Recipients Had To Pay Back the IRS

If you like your ObamaCare subsidy, chances are you won’t be able to keep it. “Almost two-thirds of tax filers who received insurance via the state or federal insurance Marketplaces had to pay back an average of $729,” according to an analysis by H&R Block. That translates into a 33 percent reduction in the average refund. This…

197 Florida Will Sue to Stop ObamaCare Coercion to Expand Medicaid

Was the U.S. Supreme Court serious when it upheld ObamaCare, but said the federal government couldn’t “hold a gun to the head” of states that choose not to expand Medicaid? A new lawsuit initiated by Florida and supported by Texas may provide an answer. Florida Governor Rick Scott, a Republican, is embroiled in a bitter fight with…

198 ObamaCare Is Great for Insurance Companies, Irrelevant for Better Health

Under ObamaCare, the percentage of Americans without health insurance has dropped, but one stubborn fact remains – the newly covered aren’t any healthier. A new report from Gallup’s Healthways Well-Being Index shows that among U.S. adults 18 and older the uninsured rate is now 11.9 percent, a five-point decline from the beginning…

199 ObamaCare’s Fault: IRS Overworked, Understaffed Going into Tax Season

If the Obama administration thought that canceling millions of individual insurance plans ahead of ObamaCare’s first enrollment period threatened to kill the controversial health law, wait until taxpayers get to experience paying penalties to a dysfunctional IRS. By now, most Americans are aware that ObamaCare tasks the Internal Revenue Service…

200 ObamaCare Plan B: Contract with States to Save Subsidies

If the Supreme Court strikes down an unauthorized IRS rule that gives ObamaCare subsidies to ineligible citizens, the Obama administration thinks it has a way to save them. Last week the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in King v. Burwell, a Virginia-based challenge to the mechanism that makes “The Affordable Care Act”…

201 Obamacare's 1095-A Nightmare

Tax season is stressful enough. But if you are like countless miserable Americans trapped in the Obamacare 1095-A abyss, it's hell on stilts on a Segway teetering over the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. The screw-ups, incompetence and bureaucratic blame avoidance over the health insurance exchange tax forms make the healthcare.gov website fiasco look…

202 CBO: ObamaCare Increases Deficit by $1.35 Trillion

Buried in a new report by the Congressional Budget Office is the latest admission that ObamaCare was sold on a foundation of lies.  Back in 2009, President Barack Obama told a joint session of Congress that “our health care system is placing an unsustainable burden on taxpayers.” “Put simply, our health care problem is our deficit…

203 Going Deeper on Krauthammer’s Plan to Repeal ObamaCare

After the Republican wave washed over Congress last week, Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer had several pieces of advice for the new GOP majority. He advocated bold and continuous legislative actions that would put Democrats on the defensive. Those include measures with sizeable Democratic support such as authorizing the Keystone XL pipeline…

204 Playing Politics with ObamaCare’s 2015 Insurance Premiums

With the 2014 midterm elections now in the books, Americans will finally get information the Obama administration refused to reveal. For the last twenty years, it’s been standard practice in the health insurance industry to release insurance premium rates sixty days before they go into effect. Since policies begin January 1, insurance rates…

205 Medicare-for-All is Not the Solution for ObamaCare’s Problems

More than 7 million Americans have had almost a year to experience affordable health insurance under ObamaCare. Many want out. A recent New York Times piece explains the plight of Patricia Wanderlich, a 61 year-old resident of Chicago who suffered a brain hemorrhage in 2011. She needs an annual brain scan to monitor whether the damage from the hemorrhage…

206 Sign Up for ObamaCare, Become a Union Member?

A federal lawsuit in Texas alleges that an ObamaCare contractor used taxpayer money to sign-up union members in addition to enrolling people in the controversial health insurance program. Cedric Anthony, the plaintiff, alleges that he was initially hired by Southern United Neighborhoods (SUN) to work as an ObamaCare navigator. Navigators are temporary…

207 New Fed Court Strikes Down Key ObamaCare Subsidy

This week, a federal judge in Oklahoma ruled that the IRS is violating the terms of ObamaCare by giving tax credits to people buying health plans through Healthcare.gov, the federally owned and operated insurance exchange. The decision by Ronald A. White, a federal district judge, opens up a new front in the fight to weaken the controversial health…

208 Report: Obama Admin Can’t Say How Much It Spends To Promote ObamaCare

A new Government Accountability Office report says the primary agency charged with ObamaCare’s implementation can’t verify how much it’s spending to promote the controversial health law. ObamaCare’s in-house marketing job is the responsibility of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO), an arm of…

209 When Medicaid Reform Isn’t

In last week’s column, I explained why not all decisions by Republican governors to expand Medicaid under ObamaCare deserve to be criticized. The difference is in the details. Most GOP governors who’ve said yes to expansion are doing nothing more than increasing the federal – and eventually their states’ – budget deficit…

210 How to Think About GOP Governors Who Expand Medicaid

With Republican governors in Pennsylvania and Tennessee recently agreeing to expand their states’ Medicaid programs under ObamaCare, some conservatives are worried that a wave of capitulation is washing over the GOP. “Is the Republican fight against Medicaid expansion over?” asks a Washington Examiner headline. The question was prompted…

 
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