• How President Trump Could End Obamacare With A Single Tweet

    How President Trump Could End Obamacare With A Single Tweet

    After more than eight years of promising to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Republican-led Congress has yet to pass legislation that would replace Obamacare, which has forced millions of Americans to lose their doctors, caused dramatic increases in health insurance premiums and deductibles, and pushed millions more into Medicaid.

    However, a relatively small provision included in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, passed in December 2017, gives President Trump the ability to achieve what his party has failed to accomplish — ending the disastrous Obamacare program — and without the approval of Congress. READ MORE...

  • McConnell: No one can fix Obamacare

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced Thursday that he would vote against President Barack Obama’s nominee to lead the implementation of Obamacare, and said the Senate should instead spend its time on repealing the law.

    The Senate is expected to approve Sylvia Burwell as the next secretary of Health and Human Services early Thursday afternoon. But McConnell said he would vote against her, in large part because she supports the 2010 healthcare law.

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky.,said he would vote against President Barack Obama’s nominee to lead the implementation of Obamacare. READ MORE...

  • Is it time for a permanent Obamacare watchdog?

    Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) says Congress needs to create a full-time, permanent arm of the government that monitors Obamacare and submits detailed quarterly reports to Congress on how the massive healthcare law is being implemented.

    Roberts proposed legislation to create a special inspector general that would monitor all aspects of the law, including whether it’s leading to more expensive health insurance, whether insurance subsidies are being calculated correctly, how jobs are being affected, and the functionality of the Obamacare website. READ MORE...

  • Obamacare Tax is Likely Unconstitutional, and Here’s Why

    Nearly two years ago, Chief Justice John Roberts deemed the ACA’s individual mandate penalty a “tax” and saved Obama’s signature law.

    But did he really save it – or did he doom it?

    Many legal experts have disputed the classification of that provision of Obamacare as a “tax” – the ACA itself refers to it as a “penalty”.

    Ilya Shapiro, an attorney and senior legal fellow at the Cato Institute, calls the a tax a “‘unicorn tax,’ a creature of no known provenance that will never be seen again.” In a column for Forbes, Shapiro explains that the tax that Justice Roberts “invented” is unconstitutional based on the Origination Clause: READ MORE...

  • AP Treats Obamacare Contractor’s Employees in Three States Doing Almost No Work As a Local Story

    A search at 11:00 p.m. ET tonight at the Associated Press’s national web site on “Serco,” the company with a five-year, $1.25 billion contract to process paper Obamacare enrollment applications, returned no results. That’s absolutely pathetic, given that St. Louis TV station KMOV, based on multiple accounts from several current and former employees and contractors, has reported that the company has well over 1,000 people doing almost nothing all day simply because there are very few paper applications to process. KMOV, which carried five consecutive reports this week (here, here, here, here, and here), even noted in its later segments that its work had drawn national attention. READ MORE...

  • Insurance Company Bailout: A Real Possibility with Obama’s New Rule

    The Obama administration issued a new rule Friday opening up the possibility of spending even more money on a bailout for insurance companies that took the risk to work with Obamacare exchanges.

    Midway through a filing from Obamacare administrator the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the administration addresses worries that the current risk corridor funding they’re collecting for any insurer bailout may not be enough to cover insurers’ losses.

    “We appreciate that some commenters believe that there are uncertainties associated with rate setting, given their concerns that risk corridors collections may not be sufficient to fully fund risk corridors payments,” the rule reads. “In the unlikely event of a shortfall for the 2015 program year…HHS will use other sources of funding for the risk corridors payments, subject to the availability of appropriations.” READ MORE...

  • New Bill Would Make States Pay Back Funds for Busted Obamacare Exchanges

    Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and John Barrasso (R-WY) introduced a bill on Wednesday that would require states who ditch their busted Obamacare exchanges and join the federal HealthCare.gov to pay back the money they wasted.

    The bill, known as the State Exchange Accountability Act, would make states repay 10% of the federal grant money they received each year for a period of 10 years.

    “Hard-working American taxpayers should not be forced to foot the bill for what has already turned into an almost $550 million dollar boondoggle,” said Hatch in a statement. READ MORE...

  • S.F. Residents Sue BlueShield Over ‘Misrepresentation’ on Obamacare Exchange

    San Francisco residents John Harrington and Alex Talon filed a lawsuit against BlueShield in California state court on Wednesday, alleging the health insurer misrepresented the plans offered by the company on the state health exchange, according to a report from Reuters.

    Specifically, Harrington and Talon claim they bought “preferred provider network” plans from BlueShield, then discovered after their purchase that the plans would not cover the full network of providers advertised on the company’s website. In the suit, Harrington and Talon claim they visited doctors from January to March of this year, and only discovered after the visits that the providers they consulted were not covered. READ MORE...

  • Losing Access to Doctors an Ongoing Problem for Some Obamacare Customers

    When it came to selling Obamacare, President Obama frequently made the claim that if people liked their doctor, they could keep their doctor. However, the incentives built into Obamacare mean that is not true for a lot of people, even those who bought insurance.

    Many who purchased new plans this year discovered their network did not include their old physician. Those who realized the problem before the enrollment deadline could attempt to switch plans to one that did include their old provider. However, those who did not realize they had a problem before March 31 are stuck until next year. If they want to see their doctor out-of-network, they will pay a lot more. READ MORE...

  • As Usual, Obama Admin Lied: The REAL Numbers on Obamacare Registrations

    Just 67 percent of Obamacare enrollees in federally-run marketplaces had paid their premiums by April 15, bringing the federally-run Obamacare enrollment tally to only 2.45 million, according to documents provided to the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

    The Obama administration has been heavily promoting that 8 million Americans selected plans on Obamacare marketplaces, but has refused to release any data on how many purchased their plans.

    According to all 160 insurers participating in the federal exchanges, just 2.45 million people paid their first month’s premium by April 15. That accounts for 36 states, although high-enrollment state-run Obamacare exchanges — like California with its 1.4 million sign-ups — aren’t included. READ MORE...