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  • Final GOP tax bill repeals ObamaCare mandate

    12/15/2017 4:33:43 PM PST · by springwater13 · 65 replies
    The final Republican tax-reform bill unveiled Friday repeals ObamaCare’s individual insurance mandate, leaving the GOP poised to blow a significant hole in the health-care law next week. The change, which takes effect in 2019, removes one of the least popular parts of ObamaCare, but one that many experts warn is necessary to make the law function smoothly. Without a mandate, there is less incentive for healthy people to enroll and balance out the costs of the sick. That is expected to lead to premium increases and could lead insurers to drop out of markets, potentially leaving some areas of the...
  • Judge Overturns Trump Repeal of Obamacare Mandate, Forces Christians to Pay for Abortions

    12/15/2017 3:09:09 PM PST · by Morgana · 65 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | Dec. 15, 2017 | Micaiah Bilger
    Christian groups and businesses once again may be forced to pay for birth control, including forms that may cause abortions, after a federal judge ruled against the Trump administration Friday. In October, President Donald Trump’s administration provided relief from the Obamacare birth control mandate by granting wider exceptions to religious groups. The new rules provided relief to groups like the nuns of Little Sisters of the Poor and the religious owners of Hobby Lobby, which were forced to challenge the mandate to the U.S. Supreme Court or face crippling fines. However, several state attorneys general challenged the decision. On Friday,...
  • Pro-Life Group and Christian College Defend Trump Admin Overturning Obama Abortion Mandate

    12/13/2017 4:12:16 PM PST · by Morgana
    LIFE NEWS ^ | Dec. 13, 2017 | Steven Ertelt
    Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing the March for Life Education and Defense Fund have filed motions in two federal courts asking to be allowed to help defend Department of Health and Human Services rules issued in October that protect pro-life nonprofit organizations from the Obama-era abortion-pill mandate. ADF attorneys also represent Dordt College in Iowa in one of the motions. Both March for Life and Dordt College have been involved in separate lawsuits challenging the mandate, which forces employers, regardless of their moral convictions, to provide insurance coverage for abortion-inducing drugs under threat of heavy financial penalties. The new HHS...
  • Girl Has Blunt Message for insurance Company After Brain Surgery Request Denied (Thanks, ACA)

    12/11/2017 12:40:06 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 64 replies
    KFOR ^ | DECEMBER 11, 2017
    Cara Pressman sobbed in the big red chair in her living room. The 15-year-old tried to absorb the devastating news relayed by her parents: that their insurance company, Aetna, denied her for a minimally invasive brain surgery that could end the seizures that have haunted her since she was 9 years old. “When my parents told me, I went kind of blank and started crying,” she said. “I cried for like an hour.” Her friends had been lined up to visit her in the hospital for the surgery three days away, on Monday, October 23. Between tears, she texted them...
  • Susan Collins now pushing for $10 billion for Obamacare stabilization bill

    12/05/2017 10:49:49 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 36 replies
    CBS "News" ^ | December 5, 2017
    Sen. Susan Collins is now pushing for twice the amount of money she originally requested in an Obamacare bill she's co-sponsoring in order to win her vote on the tax overhaul measure, The Hill reports. The Maine Republican is co-sponsoring a bill with Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Florida, that would provide states with $10 billion over two years to establish reinsurance programs to lower premiums or high-risk pools. They had originally requested $4.5 billion in the bill, the report said. "This plan will provide $5 billion annually for two years in seed money for states to establish invisible high-risk pools or...
  • I’ve Never Been This Busy: As ACA Marketplace Deadline Nears, Navigators Feel The Pinch

    12/05/2017 7:56:03 AM PST · by spintreebob · 8 replies
    Kaiser Health News ^ | 12-5-2017 | Michelle Andrews
    When Monica Spalding got the renewal letter from her health insurance company with premium details for the upcoming year, she couldn’t believe her eyes. The insurer estimated that the share of the monthly premium that she and her husband would owe for their marketplace silver plan would go up from the current $28 a month to $545. She immediately called Sharon Barker, a health insurance navigator with Family and Children’s Service in Nashville, Tenn., with whom she and her husband had worked this year to buy a marketplace plan after relocating from California to take care of her husband’s ailing...
  • Nolte: Obamacare Mandate Repeal Is the Most Important Civil Rights Victory in Years

    12/03/2017 5:45:35 AM PST · by smileyface · 16 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Dec 2, 2017 | John Nolte
    Going all the way back to 2009, it was obvious Obamacare would end up looking like a Rube Goldberg machine powered by totalitarianism. Who would have ever guessed, though, it was such a fiasco that the mandate would actually cost the government money — a delicious irony that would result in its undoing. It works like this… For the sin of being born, Obamacare mandates that every American purchase health insurance. If we do not purchase this totally unnecessary, godawful product (more on this below), we are required by law to pay a hefty tax to the federal government. Somehow,...
  • Senate GOP repeals ObamaCare mandate

    12/02/2017 6:20:09 AM PST · by ItsOnlyDaryl · 43 replies
    the hill ^ | 12.2.17 | Peter Sullivan
    Senate Republicans have approved the repeal of ObamaCare’s individual mandate as part of their tax-cut bill, a major step forward toward ending an unpopular part of the healthcare law. “Families ought to be able to make decisions about what they want to buy and what works for them –not the government,” Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) said, hailing the accomplishment.
  • Senate GOP repeals ObamaCare mandate

    12/02/2017 1:14:50 AM PST · by Trump20162020 · 68 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 2, 2017 | Peter Sullivan
    Senate Republicans have approved the repeal of ObamaCare’s individual mandate as part of their tax-cut bill, a major step forward toward ending an unpopular part of the healthcare law. “Families ought to be able to make decisions about what they want to buy and what works for them –not the government,” Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) said, hailing the accomplishment. “I believe if people don’t want to buy the Obamacare insurance, they shouldn’t have to pay a tax penalty to the IRS.” The Senate tax bill must still be reconciled with House legislation that does not include the mandate’s repeal. But...
  • Senate Should Repeal Regressive Tax on the Uninsured

    12/01/2017 9:45:13 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | November 30, 2017 | Doug Badger
    Senate Democrats who fret over the distributional effects of tax cuts should thank their GOP colleagues for giving them the chance this week to vote on repealing one of the most regressive taxes: the Obamacare tax on the uninsured. This tax disproportionately falls on those with incomes less than $50,000, while exempting many households earning six-figure salaries. Many who qualify for subsidies will have to choose between paying the tax and buying policies that offer shabby coverage with onerous deductibles that could stick them with big medical bills. This wasn’t the way the so-called individual mandate was supposed to work....
  • Doctor accused of asking what to do next loses her license

    11/28/2017 4:52:31 PM PST · by sparklite2 · 43 replies
    New York Post ^ | November 28, 2017 | By Associated Press
    TRENTON, N.J. — A New Jersey medical board has temporarily suspended the license of a doctor who was accused of behaving erratically and possibly being delusional. The complaint says Worosilo tried for more than 40 minutes to perform an epidural injection on a patient while repeatedly asking an X-ray technician what she should do next.
  • Obamacare’s Individual Mandate Is Repealing Itself; Premiums are so high that many are exempt.

    11/28/2017 10:34:07 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/28/2017 | By Doug Badger
    The Senate this week is expected to vote on a tax bill that includes a controversial provision to repeal Obamacare’s tax penalty on the uninsured. Democrats and some conservative policy analysts fret that if Congress scuttles the so-called individual mandate, insurance premiums will rise. The reverse may be closer to the truth: Premiums for Obamacare policies next year will be so high that millions will be exempt from the tax penalty whether Congress repeals it or not. Even the skimpiest coverage now costs so much that many uninsured people with six-figure incomes will be exempt. The individual mandate is repealing...
  • Unintended consequences: CMS program might be harming patients

    11/27/2017 5:35:55 PM PST · by spintreebob · 9 replies
    Modern Healthcare ^ | 11-26-2017 | Maria Castellucci
    The CMS' Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program was an expensive wake-up call. Hospital leaders needed to prevent patients from making a U-turn after discharged. The hospital was hit with a $397,153 penalty. The penalty program established under the Affordable Care Act has motivated hospitals to change care practices. Readmissions have fallen as hospitals respond to penalties that can dock up to 3% of their Medicare payments. (excerpts from article.) But the tactics hospitals have adopted to avoid a penalty might not always be in the best interest of patients. As hospitals reduced readmissions for heart failure mortality rates increased. Financial incentives...
  • Trump's call to stop Obamacare payments leads to more cheap plans for low-income customers

    11/27/2017 10:27:57 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 11 replies
    President Trump's decision to cut off Obamacare payments to insurers has driven up the number of zero-cost plans being sold to customers for 2018. The move to stop the cost-sharing reduction subsidies has led to higher tax credits for low-income customers, which in turn has led to an increase in the number of cheap Obamacare plans available for no premium but high deductibles. The eligibility for a zero-cost plan varies depending on where an enrollee lives and how much he or she makes. For instance, 2,436 counties in the U.S. offer free bronze plans — the cheapest of Obamacare’s four...
  • Who exactly is signing up for ObamaCare?

    11/27/2017 7:57:30 AM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    American Thinker.com ^ | November 27, 2017 | Silvio Canto, Jr
    We hear about this surge in ObamaCare enrollments. The San Francisco Chronicle is even asserting that "the public embrace of the Affordable Care Act amounts to a stark rejection of administration and Republican policy". Maybe we can call it something like the revenge of the AHA. The editorial spends a lot of time bashing Trump but it does not say anything about the economic state of the people signing up. In other words, are these AHA policyholders going to pay their own premiums or will they be subsidized in some fashion? We don't know but the answer matters a lot....
  • ObamaCare’s Death Payments: A program to reduce hospital admissions may have led to more deaths.

    11/24/2017 12:37:43 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 33 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 23, 2017
    ObamaCare has caused hard-to-quantify economic damage, but some of the law’s regulations may be lethal—literally. Consider a Medicare hospital payment initiative, which a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association Cardiology suggests may have contributed to an increase in deaths. Readers are likely familiar with ObamaCare’s mandate and subsidies to impel individuals to obtain health insurance. But the law also included monetary incentives and penalties aimed at inducing changes in health-care delivery and spending reductions. The government rolled out these payment models nationally without careful study, and they are having unintended side effects. A case in point...
  • Lisa Murkowski announces support for repealing individual mandate

    11/22/2017 11:06:53 AM PST · by entropy12 · 23 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | November 21 at 10:01 PM | Damian Paletta
    Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) said she would support repealing the Affordable Care Act’s individual insurance mandate, giving a potential boost to the Republican effort to pass a massive tax cut package next week. “I believe that the federal government should not force anyone to buy something they do not wish to buy, in order to avoid being taxed,” Murkowski wrote in an opinion piece published Tuesday by the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. Murkowski was careful, however, to stop short of saying she would vote for the Senate GOP tax plan. She instead focused the entire op-ed on her views about the...
  • Sen. Murkowski Supports Repeal Of Obamacare’s Individual Mandate

    11/22/2017 5:03:55 PM PST · by Liberty7732 · 19 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 11/22/17
    Sen. Murkowski wrote a piece for an Alaska newspaper Tuesday announcing she would support repeal of the Obamacare individual mandate which is currently part of the GOP tax bill. I have always supported the freedom to choose. I believe that the federal government should not force anyone to buy something they do not wish to buy in order to avoid being taxed. That is the fundamental reason why I opposed the Affordable Care Act from its inception and also why I cosponsored a bill to repeal the individual mandate tax penalty starting as early as 2013. And that is why...
  • Sen. Lisa Murkowski Hasn’t Ruled Out Voting For Tax Bill With Obamacare Mandate Repeal

    11/19/2017 7:47:14 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/19/2017 | John Sexton
    Tuesday we learned that the GOP had decided to add repeal of Obamacare’s individual mandate to the tax bill which is still under consideration in the Senate. The immediate question was whether the same Senators who balked at various iterations of Obamacare repeal would also consider repeal of the mandate a deal breaker. One of those Senators being closely watched is Lisa Murkowski. Earlier today, Murkowski told Roll Call that her vote on the tax bill would depend on Alexander-Murray, a bipartisan plan which would restore cost-sharing payments to insurers. “I think that there is a path and I...
  • Hatch Blows Up On Dem Sen. Brown: Tired Of "That Crap" That Republicans Only Help The Rich (WOW)

    11/17/2017 7:49:57 AM PST · by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget · 101 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | November 16, 2017 | Ian Schwartz
    With Video ----------------------- Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) admonished Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) for accusing Republicans of writing the tax bill "for the rich" at a late night hearing on amendments and markups. "With all due respect, I get sick and tired of the rich getting richer," Brown said in a diatribe against Republicans. "I come from the poor people, and I have been here working my whole stinkin' career for people who don't have a chance, and I really resent anybody that says I'm doing it for the rich. Give me a break. I...