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Posts Tagged ‘Obama Health Care Plan’

  • The States to Speaker Pelosi: They’re Serious

    Posted October 14th, 2010 at 5:18pm in Health Care, Rule of Law 11

    When Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was asked by a reporter “where specifically does the Constitution grant Congress the authority to enact an individual health insurance mandate,” she responded, “Are you serious? Are you serious?” Today comes an answer from Florida, 19 other states, and the National Federation of Independent Businesses: they are very serious.  Federal District [...] More

  • Two of the most prominent “safety net” hospitals in Massachusetts are facing sizable budget gaps again this year, and are turning to the feds to bail them out. Boston Medical Center (BMC) and Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) have long received, in part because of their emphasis on the under- and uninsured, greater political assistance in [...] More

  • Obamacare at Six Months

    Posted September 24th, 2010 at 2:00pm in Health Care 3

    Yesterday marks six months since the passage of Obamacare. Here’s a quick review of what’s happened since then and what we have learned about the law: 1. Almost immediately after passage of the law, a number of major corporations had to take large write-downs against expectations of higher health care costs in the future. AT&T took [...] More

  • Obamacare’s Prescription for Inanity

    Posted September 23rd, 2010 at 5:00pm in Enterprise and Free Markets, Health Care 6

    Regulators have begun issuing some of the hundreds, if not thousands, of regulations necessary to implement Obamacare. Among them is a new restriction on health reimbursement accounts that exemplifies the lunacy of the entire health care scheme. Health reimbursement accounts (HRA) provide tax breaks for deposits used to pay medical costs, including basic over-the-counter (OTC) remedies [...] More

  • Massive Medicare Advantage Cuts

    Posted September 17th, 2010 at 10:00am in Health Care 15

    President Barack Obama has repeatedly said, “If you like your health plan, you can keep it.” But is that true? Most likely not, if your plan is a Medicare Advantage (MA) plan. MA is the “private option” within Medicare in which private health insurers are paid a fixed monthly fee to provide health benefits to their [...] More

  • No demographic was more opposed to Obamacare’s passage and no group wants to see the law repealed more than America’s seniors. They know that Obamacare used Medicare as a piggy bank to transfer half a trillion dollars out of Medicare, not to shore up Medicare’s solvency, but to spend on a new government program. As [...] More

  • Senate Fails to Repeal Burdensome Obamacare Business Requirement

    Posted September 14th, 2010 at 4:00pm in Health Care 14

    The Senate failed today to repeal one of the more troublesome provisions of Obamacare. Tucked away in the legislation that made Obamacare into law is a tax provision that will be a compliance nightmare for businesses when it goes into effect in 2012. The provision calls for all businesses to file 1099 forms with the IRS [...] More

  • Will more small businesses be able to offer their workers health coverage under Obamacare?  The legislation creates a tax credit to encourage just that.  But a new report from The Commonwealth Fund says it probably won’t help much. Though small firms eligible for some level of the tax credit employ approximately 16.6 million employees, the report [...] More

  • Obamacare in Pictures Busts Health Care Myths

    Posted September 13th, 2010 at 11:02am in Health Care 17

    As America closes in on the six-month anniversary of the passage of Obamacare and prepares for the November elections, liberal health groups are revving up to defend the unpopular new health care law. But the platitudes offered to justify the massive overhaul of the health care sector haven’t held up—as Heritage’s new online feature, Obamacare [...] More

  • Side Effects: Obamacare Raises Your Premiums

    Posted September 8th, 2010 at 5:00pm in Health Care 9

    Health Insurers Plan Hikes. That’s the headline of today’s Wall Street Journal story which reports: “Health insurers say they plan to raise premiums for some Americans as a direct result of the health overhaul in coming weeks, complicating Democrats’ efforts to trumpet their signature achievement before the midterm elections. Aetna Inc., some BlueCross BlueShield plans [...] More

  • Guest Blogger: Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL) on Obamacare

    Posted September 2nd, 2010 at 6:00pm in Health Care 11

    If at first you don’t succeed, change the message. That’s the lesson learned when it comes to the new trillion dollar health law passed this spring. One of the central advocacy groups who pushed for the Obamacare recently held a confidential ”messaging” conference call with the progressive movement where they revealed the results of extensive polling on the [...] More

  • The Repeal Windfall

    Posted September 2nd, 2010 at 3:00pm in Health Care 7

    As November approaches, Obamacare’s defenders are quite plainly desperate. They see public opinion solidly against them, and a devastating election fast approaching. Their latest gambit to protect what was jammed through Congress in March is to claim that repeal would be so costly to the federal budget that it would be impossible to pass, even [...] More

  • Doctors Pushing Back on Obamacare Consolidation

    Posted August 26th, 2010 at 12:00pm in Health Care 8

    It’s not just the majority of American voters who are itching from the rash of regulations, taxes and government bureaucracy that has stemmed from Obamacare. Small physician groups aren’t ecstatic with the White House’s latest effort to cajole them into swallowing some bitter pills regarding their day-to-day operations. This week, several Obama administration officials, including a [...] More

  • Morning Bell: The Left is in Full Retreat

    Posted August 23rd, 2010 at 9:04am in Health Care 80

    Last Thursday, a who’s who of the progressive movement met for a conference call organized by Families USA and hosted by the advocacy group for government-run health care, The Herndon Alliance. The Alliance’s partners include AARP, AFL-CIO, SEIU, MoveOn and La Raza, among many others. Democratic pollsters John Anzalone, Celinda Lake and Stan Greenberg were [...] More

  • Obamacare Proponents Running Scared

    Posted August 20th, 2010 at 6:00pm in Health Care 43

    A new messaging strategy, based on public polling results from top Democratic pollsters, suggests that congressional lawmakers should wave the white flag when discussing Obamacare in their election campaigns. The PowerPoint presentation, released in a conference call organized by Families USA, encouraged officials to “keep claims small and credible: don’t overpromise or ‘spin’ what the [...] More

  • Tucked away in the legislation that made Obamacare into law is a tax provision that will be a compliance nightmare for small businesses if it ever goes into effect. The provision calls for all businesses to file 1099 forms with the IRS for all transactions with other businesses over $600. Businesses are not like individuals. They [...] More

  • The CLASS Act: Obamacare’s Other Public Option

    Posted August 5th, 2010 at 7:00pm in Health Care 4

    The American people made it clear during the recent health care debate that they were leery of a public option. But included in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) passed by Congress is the CLASS Act, a public option of a different sort: a government-run long-term care entitlement. In recent research, Heritage analyst Brian Blase [...] More

  • Orszag vs. Ryan

    Posted August 5th, 2010 at 4:15pm in Health Care 1

    And so we have finally arrived at the heart of the matter. In recent days, Peter Orszag, the now-former director of the Office of Management and Budget (he left the position at the end of last week), and Ezra Klein, the like-minded liberal blogger for The Washington Post, have weighed in — again — on Rep. [...] More

  • Obamacare vs. Limited Government

    Posted August 3rd, 2010 at 12:30pm in Health Care, Rule of Law 5

    Even as Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA) was telling constituents that the federal government has unlimited power to do whatever it wants, U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson was saying, “Not so fast!” What President Obama considers his crowning achievement illustrates the great divide in American politics — between those who see Washington’s power as limited only by [...] More

  • Morning Bell: Another Victory on the Road to Repeal

    Posted August 3rd, 2010 at 9:25am in Health Care, Rule of Law 36

    Last month at a town hall in Hayward, Calif., a constituent asked Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA) about Obamacare: “If this legislation is Constitutional, what limitations are there on the federal government’s ability to tell us how to run our private lives? … If they can do this, what can’t they?” Stark, a long-time advocate of [...] More