Texas Gov. Rick Perry has criticized the Obama administration after it announced a new video contest meant to promote ObamaCare among young people during Health and Human Services Secretary Sebelius’ visit to Texas.
The administration has partnered with the non-profit Young Invincibles to produce the “Health Young America” contest, which encourages young people to create videos explaining their health insurance experiences. Users can submit their own videos and vote on their favorites. The makers of the videos receiving the most votes in three different categories will receive cash prizes, according to the contest’s website.
Sebelius announced the contest while visiting Houston to promote the new “Obamacare” law before it goes into effect in October 2013, a move slammed by Perry.
“If ObamaCare were sound health care policy, Secretary Sebelius wouldn’t have to resort to video contests and prizes to tempt people to sign up,” Perry said in a statement. “Texans are already subject to too much costly and burdensome federal regulation, and ObamaCare only makes the problem worse.”
Conservative tax activist Grover Norquist, appearing Sunday, August 18, 2013, on CNN’s “State of the Union,” said U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid conceeds that Obamacare will eventually move to a single-payer healthcare system.
“At least now they’re telling us the truth,” says Norquist. “They believe this will fail systematically into single payer.”
Democratic strategist Donna Brazile appearing on the show admitted that most Democrats want single-payer health system, but said they compromised with Republicans by settling for an individual mandate in the Obamacare law.
Strange as it seems, many employees in 2014 may ask their employers not to offer them health insurance benefits, owing to a quirk in Obamacare that could financially penalize certain workers and their families.
Some employees will find it less expensive to have an employer not offer health insurance subsidies for them and their families, and then instead buy insurance with government subsidies on the Obamacare state health exchanges.
Newt Gingrich scolded his fellow Republicans on their failure to come up with a replacement for Obamacare.
“If we’re going to take on the fight with Obamacare, we have to be able to explain to people what we would do to make your life better,” he said.
The persistent unpopularity of the Democrats’ signature health-care initiative hasn’t helped the GOP take the lead on the broader issue. A recent poll by the Morning Consult found a 10 percent edge for Democrats on health care. Even the conservative polling group Rasmussen continues to find a Democratic edge.
The public doesn’t like what the Democrats did. But they really don’t like what they think the Republicans will do.
Gingrich correctly points out that the Republicans have no idea what is it is they’ll do — save for undoing what it is the Democrats did. Gingrich, however, pre-Obamacare health-care plan : It was Obamacare.
“We should insist that everyone above a certain level buy coverage (or, if they are opposed to insurance, post a bond),” Gingrich wrote in his 2008 book, ‘Real Change.’ “Meanwhile, we should provide tax credits or subsidize private insurance for the poor.”
An individual mandate plus tax subsidies to purchase insurance sounds like the core of Obamacare. And it’s no surprise Gingrich supported it. Lots of Republicans did. Gov. Mitt Romney had even signed a plan like that into law in Massachusetts.
Consumer watchdog and advocacy groups like Fraud.org, the Federal Trade Commission’s division of marketing practices and the AARP are issuing warnings about spikes in scams tied to the October 2013 roll-out of Obamacare.
The Affordable Care Act, commonly called Obamacare, was passed in 2010, but many of its major provisions will not take effect until Oct. 1, 2013, when new health plans will be offered through a government-run marketplace or health care “exchange.” Many details must still be ironed out, which enables scammers to take advantage of people.
Fraudsters want to steal medical identities – which includes a person’s address, Social Security number, Medicare number and medical history. Possessing this information allows thieves to obtain medical care, buy prescription drugs, fake intake forms, order supplies and submit fraudulent insurance claims to the government.
Social Security numbers go for about $1 on the black market, but medical records are much more lucrative for con artists and fetch up to $50 a pop. Scammers tend to target the elderly and those on a lower socioeconomic scale or people going through tough times.
Congressional Republicans want Obamacare to be eliminated, but they are bitterly divided over how to do it.
They have tried dozens of times to repeal it. Now, some GOP lawmakers want to block all money for Obamacare in a spending bill that must be approved in September 2013 to prevent the government from shutting down on October 1, 2013. But other Republicans say that won’t work and may well backfire.
Critical article pointing out that insurance premiums have risen an average of 30 percent since Obamacare’s enactment. In Orange County, Calif., premiums for a 25-year-old in good health will rise by 95 percent.
The ACA was to have employers report whether they were offering employees “affordable” care. Now with the employer mandate delayed, exchanges may accept applicants’ statements that they qualify for subsidies without further verification.
If enrollees pay one month’s premium, exchanges provide a grace period of three consecutive months during which coverage cannot be terminated. Insurers, however, are merely required to pay claims during the first 30 days of the grace period. Thus, patients with valid insurance cards in hand can seek treatment at a doctor’s office on day 31 through 90 of the grace period. When the physician in good faith submits a claim to the insurer, the claim can be denied. Although the physician can bill the patient, many patients will not pay. The insurance industry can off-load two-thirds of the risk of nonpayment onto physicians.
Summer 2013 polls from Fox News, Gallup and Rasmussen indicate growing public confusion over Obamacare’s complexities, how it will be implemented and how much it will cost, thus reducing support for the law.
Many Americans believe Obamacare will increase their medical costs and taxes, according to an Aug. 8, 2013 Fox News poll. The survey found 57 percent of those polled felt the way Obamacare was being rolled out was “a joke.”
Overall, 63 percent of voters believe that the 2010 health care law needs to be changed, up from 58 percent of those asked the question in July 2012.
Eighty-four percent of Republicans think the law should be changed. According to the poll, more voters used negative terms to describe the health care overhaul — with 39 percent calling it “disastrous” and 14 percent calling it “a step backwards.”
FedSmith.com (“an information portal for sources of information impacting the federal community and those interested in the Federal Government’s activities”) surveyed 2,500 federal employees and retirees and found that 92.3 percent believe federal workers should keep their current health insurance and not be compelled to enroll in ObamaCare. Only 2.9 percent say they should become part of the new health insurance exchanges.
Moreover, 96.1 percent say federal retirees should be able to stay with their retirement health insurance. Only 3.9 percent think they should get “Medicare in lieu of their current option.”
Thus, federal employees and retirees almost unanimously prefer to stay in their high-quality taxpayer-funded health insurance program, known as the Federal Employees Health Benefit Plan (FEHBP), rather than being subjected to either ObamaCare or Medicare.
The Affordable Care Act (known as Obamacare) has set new standards — called essential health benefits — outlining what health insurance companies must now cover. But there’s a catch: Insurance firms can still pick and choose, to some degree, which specific therapies they’ll cover within some categories of benefit. Also, the way insurers interpret the rules could turn out to be a big deal for people with disabilities who need ongoing therapy.