This Is Not A Monarchy Watch: panicky HHS just making up new #obamacare ‘laws’ on the spot.
Glenn Reynolds has a question about this: The Obama administration on Thursday pushed back the deadline for consumers to make their first payment for coverage under the healthcare law. Rather than a deadline of Dec. 23, insurers will be required to accept premium payments through Dec. 31 for people who are seeking coverage that starts on Jan. 1. [snip] In addition to the one-week extension | Read More »
Obamacare: I Know a Dead Parrot When I See One
by Chris Shugart Hey, who remembers Baghdad Bob, Saddam Husseins’s Information Minister during the Iraqi war? His blatantly-in-denial reports on the undeniably successful American invasion into his country provided comic relief throughout the war. Today, if you consider the Obama administration’s wild tales of fantasy about Obamacare, Baghdad Bob almost seems quaint by comparison. But in either case, unintentional humor can be just as funny | Read More »
Washington State #obamacare exchange raids enrollees’ bank accounts.
Heck of a job there, Governor Jay Inslee (Democrat). Heck of a job. Shot, December 10, 2013 (all bolding mine): Four of the states with their own exchanges – Connecticut, Kentucky, Rhode Island and Washington – have sites that have run especially smoothly, becoming models for states such as Arkansas, Idaho, Illinois and New Mexico that are planning to launch their own sites in 2014. | Read More »
Ryan-Murray budget shuts down conservative government in House
Did I miss the lingering effects of the supposedly disastrous-for-Republicans government shutdown, which was the obvious motivation of Paul Ryan’s November 19, 2013 pre-budget-negotiation-guarantee that, and I quote, “We will keep the government funding at the current level if need be.” Atta boy Paul, that’s a tough negotiating position…not! Since the government shut down for 16 days last October, the Democratic Party’s 2014 electoral prospects | Read More »
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A Washington Budget Deal: Republican Style
Earlier today, Democrats utilized the nuclear option for the first time. They pushed through the nomination of Mel Watt to head the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). Now, one of the biggest supporters of affordable housing mandates will guard the hen house at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Additionally, Democrats pushed through the nomination of two more liberal judges to serve on the D.C. Circuit | Read More »
The Colorado #obamacare exchange is a disaster.
I’m sorry*, but there’s no other way to describe these enrollment numbers. Which are, by the way, from a state exchange – meaning that the problems of healthcare.gov should theoretically be irrelevant to the conversation: Enrollments have grown to 15,074, marketplace officials announced Monday. Marketplace officials set a goal of 136,000 people covered on exchanged-based plans by the end of 2014, but so far the | Read More »
Dr. Chad Mathis on Obamacare and His Run for Congress
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Dr. Chad Mathis to discuss his job as a surgeon, how Obamacare will impact the medical profession and his run for Congress in Alabama.
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Emerging Ryan-Murray Deal: More Taxes to Fund Obamacare and Increased Spending
James Madison was very adamant that the power of the purse be preserved in the body of government that is closest to the people – the House of Representatives – as a way to redress all grievances against harmful government interventions. We have a law that is woefully unpopular and universally regarded as unworkable, yet Republicans have made it abundantly clear to the Democrats that | Read More »
Add Minnesota to the list of “#obamacare exchanges about to wreck YOUR insurance coverage.”
Time to test Minnesota Nice to destruction, I guess: …Minnesota’s top insurers have laid out a list of technological problems that they say may keep people who’ve enrolled in a health plan from being covered on Jan. 1. Insurance carriers selling plans on the state’s insurance marketplace say enrollment information they’re getting from MNsure, is inaccurate and incomplete – and that time is running out | Read More »
Obamacare and Abortion
I have a basic question: As far as I can tell the Roe v. Wade decision hinged on the fact that there is an implicit right to privacy in the Constitution. The NSA surveillance programs seem to revoke that constitutional right. It might be argued that there is still an implicit right to privacy in certain matters like healthcare (although why the Constitution would protect | Read More »
Hey! They’re phishing the DC #Obamacare exchange!
Didn’t see that coming*: The D.C. insurance exchange where thousands of Hill aides are shopping has confirmed that an outside scammer is redirecting customers to a fraudulent website. Some shoppers are being directed from the insurance website to an outside site that appears nearly identical to the real exchange, officials confirmed Friday. The fraud is widespread enough that they’re considering adding disclaimers to its website | Read More »
Obamacare Architect Now Says If You Want to Keep Your Doctor, You Can Pay More, But Whitehouse.gov Still Says Otherwise
On Sunday, the architect of Obamacare, Zeke Emanuel, modified another one of Obama’s promises. This time, he explained the “if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor” now actually means “if you want to, you can pay for it,”. During Fox News Sunday, Chris Wallace pressed Emanuel to whether the promise would be upheld. Here’s the exchange, courtesy of The Weekly Standard. “The | Read More »
Covered California’s war on privacy. #obamacare
Hey, did you sign up an account in the California Obamacare exchanges? If you did, guess what: Covered California gave out your personal information to brokers, the better for them to call you up out of the blue and try to sell you an insurance policy! Isn’t that nice of Covered California? Raising concerns about consumer privacy, California’s health exchange has given insurance agents the | Read More »
Obamacare- a Personal Story
This story would be sad if it was not so funny along the way. This past week I learned, through confidential sources, that the company for which I have worked for the past 11 years would be dropping health care coverage on all its 2,000 employees at the venue where I personally work. They additionally employ several more thousand nationwide. Of course, everyone realized something | Read More »
#Obamacare watch: If you like your volunteer fire department… not @BarackObama’s problem, peasants!
Because the n-dimensional, urbane Democratic party geniuses that created this marvelous healthcare plan for us all have never actually grokked what ‘volunteer’ means in the first place. The International Association of Fire Chiefs has asked the Internal Revenue Service, which has partial oversight of the law, to clarify if current IRS treatment of volunteer firefighters as employees means their hose companies or towns must offer | Read More »