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News Briefing for Friday, March 13

HEALTHCARE: Congressional Research Service: There's No Magic Pot Of Obamacare Medicaid Expansion Money “A recent report from the Congressional Research Service (CRS) confirms what many policy experts have known for some time: states that reject Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion aren’t sending that Medicaid expansion money to other states. Instead, that money is simply never spent. This revelation is important because numerous governors and state lawmakers from across the country have used this argument to justify their support for expanding Medicaid through Obamacare. However, as CRS succinctly explains, these arguments are entirely frivolo...

News Briefing for Friday, January 23, 2015

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Iowa Freedom Summit brings big names to state (TPP-sponsored event) http://www.kcci.com/news/iowa-freedom-summit-brings-big-names-to-state/30873014   A mighty conservative summit in Iowa: 23 speakers but no Bush, no Romney (TPP-sponsored event) http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/jan/22/inside-the-beltway-a-mighty-conservative-summit-in/   Sherwin-Williams Calls Average Hair Color at Tea Party Gathering 'Balanced Beige' (TPP-sponsored event) The South Carolina Tea Party Coalition convened in Myrtle Beach over the weekend, and one thing that stuck out was how few young people were in the ...

News Briefing for Friday, January 2, 2015

HEALTHCARE: Obamacare PR push goes silent “Health care reform advocates who struggled for decades to pass Obamacare left the job half-undone. They failed to sell it. They also underestimated the unrelenting intensity and duration of the opposition that makes the law so vulnerable to legislative and legal challenges even now, nearly five years after its passage. The White House and its allies are trying fresh messaging strategies for 2015 enrollment, including a lower-key sales pitch and narratives from real people who are happy with their coverage. Those success stories didn’t exist before coverage began one year ago. Yet the messaging missteps ...

News Briefing for Tuesday, December 30, 2014

HEALTHCARE: ObamaCare fines rising in 2015, IRS prepares to collect “Don't have health insurance? Get ready to pay up.  The ObamaCare-mandated fines for not having insurance are rising in 2015 -- and for the first time, will be collected by the Internal Revenue Service. The individual requirement to buy health insurance went into effect earlier this year. But this coming tax season is the first time all taxpayers will have to report to the IRS whether they had health insurance for the prior year.  The fines for the 2014 year were relatively modest -- $95 per person or 1 percent of household income (above the threshold for filing taxes), ...

News Briefing for Tuesday, December 23, 2014

HEALTHCARE: He beat that Obamacare deadline. Did you? “New York City resident Nicolas Karlson was happy to be one of at least 2.5 million people who beat a major Obamacare enrollment deadline last week, but he's going to be paying a lot more for health insurance next year because of it. To cover himself, his wife, Monica, and their three children, 45-year-old Karlson will go from paying $1,805 every three months for their long-standing Aetna plan, to a new one from New York State's Obamacare exchange that will cost them $1,221.60 per month, or more than 100 percent more than his old plan cost. That steep bump in price is a result of Aetna's ...

News Briefing for Wednesday, December 10, 2014

HEALTHCARE: Job health insurance costs rising faster than wages “People with insurance through an employer—that is, most people with health coverage—are paying "more in premiums and deductibles than ever before" as those costs outpace the growth of wages, a new report finds. Total premiums for covering a family through an employer-based plan rose 73 percent from 2003 through 2013, while workers' personal share of those premium costs leaped 93 percent during the same time frame, the Commonwealth Fund report said. At the same time, median family income grew just a measly 16 percent. If that wasn't painful enough, deductibles—or the amount ...

News Briefing for Thursday, November 13, 2014

HEALTHCARE: Obamacare 2015: Higher costs, higher penalties “With the Affordable Care Act to start enrollment for its second year on Nov. 15, some unpleasant surprises may be in store for some. That's because a number of low-priced Obamacare plans will raise their rates in 2015, making those options less affordable. On top of that, penalties for failing to secure a health-insurance plan will rise steeply next year, which could take a big bite out of some families' pocketbooks. "The penalty is meant to incentivize people to get coverage," said senior analyst Laura Adams of InsuranceQuotes.com. "This year, I think a lot of people are going to be ...

News Briefing for Wednesday, October 22, 2014

HEALTHCARE: Report: Most of new Obamacare insured are on Medicaid “Medicaid expansion accounts for the vast majority of new health insurance enrollment under Obamacare, a new report by the conservative Heritage Foundation has concluded. The think tank crunched numbers derived from insurer regulatory filings and other sources and determined that, out of the 8.5 million people who gained health insurance coverage in the first half of this year, Medicaid expansion for working-age adults comprised 71 percent of them. “The inescapable conclusion is that, at least when it comes to covering the uninsured, Obamacare so far is mainly a simple ...

News Briefing for Tuesday, October 21, 2014

HEALTHCARE: HHS-Funded Study: Obamacare Will Suffer ‘Death Spiral’ If Subsidies Fail “The Obama administration has funded a new study by top consulting firm RAND Health that startlingly finds that if taxpayer subsidies are eliminated, Obamacare exchanges will fall into a “death spiral.” The study comes in the wake of a number of lawsuits which are challenging the Obama administration’s implementation of Obamacare subsidies. Three lawsuits have made it to U.S. Circuit Courts, just one step from the Supreme Court, arguing that the text of the Affordable Care Act allows premium subsidies for state-run exchanges only. The report was ...

News Briefing for October 18, 2014

HEALTHCARE: Unable to Meet the Deductible or the Doctor http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/18/us/unable-to-meet-the-deductible-or-the-doctor.html?src=twr   ObamaCare Bronze Plan Premiums To Jump 14% In 2015 “ObamaCare shoppers in search of the lowest-cost plan may come down with a mild case of rate shock when 2015 exchange enrollment begins next month. An examination of next year's rates in the biggest city in 15 states and Washington, D.C., reveals that the cost of the cheapest bronze plan will jump an average of 13.9% for 40-year-old non-smokers earning 225% of the poverty level ($26,260). In Seattle, the cost of the cheapest bronze ...