Obamacare

GOP Hasn’t Surrendered on Obamacare

By on 4.23.14 | 11:19AM

President Obama has taken executive power to a new level with his ongoing unilateral rewrites of Obamacare, but the Republicans have had enough.

Thirty-eight Republican lawmakers signed a legal brief challenging Obamacare on the grounds of a special Obama-decided provision to allow congressmen and their staffs to receive federal health care subsidies. If they were private-sector workers, most of them would make too much money to qualify for government aid.

Senator Ron Johnson, who filed a lawsuit regarding the provision in January, said, “Relief came in the form of a special tax treatment available only to them, granted in a manner that exceeded the president’s legal and constitutional authority."

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Can Democrats Save Obamacare?

By on 4.17.14 | 3:59PM

Democrats are fumbling with Obamacare like it’s a hot potato.

The White House’s inflated 7.5 million enrollee number looks good for liberals who suffered conservative taunts back in October. With the website’s abysmal failures behind them, this glimmer of hope has caused some Democrats to call for robust support of the bill:

“Democrats need to start making the case for Obamacare,” [Thomas] Mills [a consultant] said. “They all voted for it, they all own it, so they can't get away from it. So they'd better start defending it.”

This approach seems shortsighted at best. Mills speaks the truth when he says they voted for it, and conservatives will make them own it no matter what, but refusing to recognize the problems associated with the law won’t help them come election time.

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The Obama Watch

Damned Statistical Lies

By 4.17.14

Back in 2009, President Obama made one of his first of many unprecedented executive moves: He snatched the Census Bureau out of the hands of the commerce secretary and placed it in the White House.

Conservatives were outraged. They predicted that this consolidation of power could result in skewed and biased Census reports. They warned that once the president owned the data, it would be the end of objective government statistics. The left laughed, and told them to calm down and retire the slippery slope arguments.

As Noah Rotham pointed out yesterday—turns out conservatives were right after all.

For the first time in over thirty years, the Census Bureau has decided to change its health care survey questions in order to supposedly produce more accurate data.

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Symposium

So Long, Sebelius

By 4.11.14

The Movie Never Ends

By W. James Antle III, TAS contributing editor and editor of the Daily Caller News Foundation

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No Happy Ending for Obamacare

By on 4.8.14 | 4:36PM

Time for our daily fix of Obamacare fumbles.

After their nauseating tale of the success of the “Obamacare underdog," Politico came to their senses and printed a piece about the hurdles ahead of this massive piece of law.

Of the “six big danger points” they discussed, a few were particularly damning.

First, people don’t realize that now that the March 31 “official” deadline has passed, they can’t get insurance for the rest of the year. Even if they end up sick and needing coverage, Obama has stonewalled Americans from seeking care.

Secondly, Americans heard the $95 penalty for not buying insurance and figured, “Eh, not so bad." They didn’t realize that it was $95 or 1 percent of their income – whichever is higher. In other words, if you make any more than $9,500 a year, you are in for a terrible shock when tax time rolls around.

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The Health Care Spectator

The Incredible Obamacare Machine

By 4.4.14

There’s a scene in P.G. Wodehouse’s Right Ho, Jeeves where Bertie Wooster receives a telegram from his fearsome Aunt Dahlia that reads: “Come at once.” Bertie is puzzled. He reflects and agonizes and sends several follow-up telegrams requesting more lucid instruction. Finally he shows the cable to his perceptive manservant Jeeves and asks him to translate.

“I think Mrs. Travers wants you to come at once, sir,” Jeeves says.

Sometimes it seems like the liberal base of the Democratic Party has a similar problem. They’ve been saying for decades: “We want Medicare for all.” Senior Democrats furrow their brows and ruminate, they fret about public opinion and blue dogs, they devise independent payment advisory boards and state-run insurance exchanges. Meanwhile the activists are rolling their eyes. “No, Medicare for all. It’s not that hard…”

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Jindalcare: Time for Solutions

By on 4.3.14 | 1:35PM

After four years of criticizing Obamacare, Republicans such as Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal have decided it’s time to start offering solutions.

Jindal’s plan lacks details, but his goal is precise: make health care simpler and more affordable. He explains:

The plan I’m endorsing includes an innovative $100 billion grant program that incentivizes our “laboratories of democracy”—the states—to come up with insurance reforms and other solutions that can stem the rising tide of health costs. States’ eligibility for the grants would be tied to their ability to lower insurance premiums for their citizens.

We include other reforms in our plan too – tax equity between employer and individually-purchased health plans, lawsuit reform, wellness incentives, and new incentives for Health Savings Accounts.

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The Health Care Spectator

Obamacare’s Culture of Coverup

By 4.3.14

The headlines are everywhere. General Motors is responsible for thirteen deaths. Harry Reid’s Senate and John Boehner’s House have each held a hearing. Some 230,000 pages of documents have been turned over by the company, Senator Claire McCaskill, the Missouri Democrat, is railing about a GM “culture of cover-up.” The job of the GM CEO, Mary Barra, is on the line, and she is summoned to those televised hearings to explain and apologize. The families of the victims are giving well-attended press conferences.

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Party at the White House Tonight!

By on 4.2.14 | 3:41PM

They're breaking out the champagne at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue tonight. In case you didn't hear, 7.1 million Americans signed up for insurance on the Obamacare exchanges.

And if you want all the drama-laden details, Politico took the time to type a true all-American underdog tale of how the White House managed to surprise even itself. After a devastating roll-out, a glitchy website, and low enrollment numbers, President Obama and his team dug in their heels, developing the finest strategy for winning the Obamacare debate. They got celebrities, they got radio hits, they got TV ads, they got hot men in boxer briefs and bros doing keg-stands—they even got your mom. They threw it together and at the last second hit that buzzer three-pointer to win the game.

And the crowd went wild!!

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Obamacare’s Cosmetic Surgery

By on 4.1.14 | 12:18PM

Breitbart columnist John Sexton is reporting that the LA Times claims 9.5 million previously uninsured Americans now have health insurance. But almost half – 4.5 million – are on Medicaid. Countless others signed up through the health care exchanges and are receiving subsidies to make their insurance affordable. Another 3 million simply piggy-backed on their parents’ plans.

Then of the 6 million the government claims have enrolled on Healthcare.gov, even the Times admits that only 2 million were previously uninsured. (And who knows how many will actually pay their premiums?)

Sexton’s main point was that expanding Medicaid and allowing adult children to remain on their parents’ insurance would have been enough to solve 80 percent of the problems that Obamacare’s bureaucratic labyrinth “fixed," while saving billions of dollars, hours of time, and the mental health of the country.

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