The Obamacare We Deserve

Michael Moore’s Op-Ed piece crys out against Obamacare, claiming that Obamacare’s rocky start is the result of one fatal flaw: “The Affordable Care Act is a pro-insurance plan implemented by a president who knew in his heart that a single-payer, Medicare-for-all model was the true way to go.”

Moore claims that Obamacare was conceived at a conservative thinktank, the Heritage Foundation, birthed in Massachusetts by then-Governor Mitt Romney, and was improved slightly under Obama so as to keep the private insurance industry intact.

Read more at The New York Times

2013: The Year of Broken Obamacare Promises

Top-10 Obamacare promises that were broken in 2013:

  1. The website is simple and user-friendly
  2. “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan.”
  3. “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.”
  4. Premiums will fall by as much as $2,500 per family
  5. Obamacare won’t add ‘one dime to our deficits’
  6. The ACA will cost around $900 billion over 10 years
  7. Families making less than $250,000 won’t see ‘any form’ of tax increase
  8. The ACA will keep healthcare costs down.
  9.  You have a deadline and a mandate.
  10. Sure, the national exchange is glitchy, but the state sites are working great.

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Next Big Obamacare Shock May Come at Tax Time

People who use subsidies to help pay for their Obamacare policies may get a nasty shock at tax time, when the Internal Revenue Service could hit them with a big demand to repay the money.

While it’s in the law, it’s still likely to make plenty of Obamacare subscribers angry at the IRS.

A new job, promotion, or anything that causes income to go up could result in a demand to return the tax credits, if the life change isn’t reported, according to the new rules.
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Schumer’s Claims About Democratic and GOP Efforts to ‘Fix’ Obamacare

Sen Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” on December 22, 2013 said, ““I think what most Americans want us to do is not repeal Obamacare, which is what our Republican colleagues are focused on, but fix it. The President is working to fix it, we are working in the Senate to fix it, we urge our Republican colleagues to join us in fixing it.”

Author claims, however, that no so-called “technical corrections” bill has been passed, let alone introduced, because political passions continue to run high about the law. Thus, when unexpected problems have emerged, the White House has preferred to order administrative workarounds. Schumer’s comment is an example of political rhetoric that misdirects through omission and its tone, leaving listeners in the dark about the actual dynamics on the Senate floor.

Read More at The Washington Post

 

Glitchy State-Run Obamacare Sites Hitting ‘Hurdle After Hurdle’

Online Obamacare state-run enrollment operations in Maryland, Hawaii, Massachusetts and Oregon, have struggled with technological difficulties and low sign-up levels. Many top executives have been replaced. A few states such as California and New York have been more successful with relatively smooth rollouts.

More than 2 million people visited the federal healthcare.gov site on Dec. 23, ahead of a deadline to sign up for insurance coverage that starts Jan. 1. Thirty-six states are using the federal portal. The remaining 14 and the District of Columbia have built their own marketplaces.

Some of the states’ missteps mirror that of the federal government’s website. Like healthcare.gov, Oregon built its exchange without hiring an outside information-technology firm, known as a systems integrator, to organize the project.

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Why Obamacare Surprise? Column

Four years ago the author started asking doctors what they thought Obamacare would lead to.  The doctors talked mostly about three issues: the orchestrated rationing of health care, much more intervention by the government in health care decisions and higher costs for people like me. A couple of them predicted a coming doctor shortage.

The author feels that the news media could have done a better job of covering the Obamacare “drama.”

Read More at USA Today

New Obamacare Fees Coming in 2014

The cost of Obamacare will hit Americans in 2014 as new taxes pile up on their insurance premiums and on their income-tax bills.

The new taxes and fees include a 2 percent levy on every health plan, which is expected to net about $8 billion for the government in 2014 and increase to $14.3 billion in 2018. There’s also a $2 fee per policy that goes into a new medical-research trust fund called the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute. Hidden taxes include the 2.3 percent medical-device tax that will inflate the cost of items such as pacemakers, stents and prosthetic limbs.

Read More at the New York Post

Polls: 77 Percent of Uninsured Don’t Want Obamacare, Majority of Voters Want Repeal

Two out of three voters want Obamacare delayed, including a majority of Democrats who now say they want the new healthcare law postponed — a surge in sentiment that has climbed 10 percent since October 2013.

A majority said they would vote to have the new healthcare law repealed, if they were able, and they wish it had never passed and the old system was still in place, according to the poll taken Dec. 14-16 of 1,027 registered voters across the country.

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Rep. Issa Accuses HHS of Criminally Obstructing Probe into ObamaCare Website

The Health and Human Services Department has told contractors working on the problem-plagued ObamaCare website not to release documents to congressional investigators, a mandate slammed as “criminal obstruction” by House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa.

The Dec. 6 letter from CMS official Daniel Kane says that although the department understands Congress’ need for documents to continue its probe into the issues with Healthcare.gov, the agency is concerned about security risks from releasing testing information to third parties.

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Four Stories: After Obamacare ‘Fix,’ Many are Still Left Out

After severe criticism, President Barack Obama announced in November 2013 that he would allow insurance companies to renew so-called “subpar” plans for existing customers. But nearly a month later, not everyone is seeing the benefit of this policy change.

  • Many have been dropped by insurers after Affordable Care Act went into effect
  • President Obama announced a fix to allow some to get policies back
  • Several people have fallen through the cracks.

Read More at CNN