399 results for tag: Healthcare


Vermont’s single-payer experiment goes bust

They say states are “laboratories of democracy.” The idea being, that in the relationship between a sovereign state and the federal government, local governments can have some freedom to try different policies. In the last few years, Vermont has been one such laboratory. The experiment? Single-payer health care. The subjects? Vermont taxpayers. On Wednesday, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin announced his state was giving up on a single-payer, government-run universal health care system. Shumlin called it the biggest disappointment of his career. The citizens of Vermont, however, should be relieved. Shumlin admitted that moving ahead with the ...

Gruber’s apology: too little too late

MIT economist and Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber attempted to diffuse his controversial remarks today by offering an apology during a hearing with the House Government and Oversight Committee. We’ve got news for Gruber: it’s too little too late. It’s too late to apologize for saying the law was purposely written “very tortured way” and passed because of the “stupidity of the American voter.” An apology, no matter how longwinded, doesn’t change or soften the fact that a chief Obama adviser sold the Affordable Care Act on lies. Committee Chair Darrell Issa got it right when he said to Gruber, “You made a series of troubling ...

More bad news on Obamacare

The Obama Administration has acknowledged[1] that health care premiums from plans bought on the Obamacare exchange will go up next year. In one word: wow. The admission came in a report released Thursday by the Department of Health and Human Services. The report says premiums for the most popular Obamacare plan will increase by an average of five percent in 35 states. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen this kind of admission from the administration. Last year, then-HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius also acknowledged[2] that some would see insurance premiums rise as a result of the law. But it is one more negative story the White House is ...

A new low for Obamacare

Just as Obamacare’s second enrollment period[1] is getting off the ground, more Americans are voicing disapproval of the law. Support for President Obama’s signature legislative achievement, in fact, has reached a new low. A recent Gallup[2] poll shows only 37 percent of Americans approve of the law. On the flip side, 56 percent of Americans disapprove of the law. It’s hardly surprising that so many Americans are currently dissatisfied with the Affordable Care Act. For many, the law has only contributed additional hardship, stress, and complexity to their lives. Others are finally realizing that the benefits are far outweighed by the ...

Obamacare and the “stupidity of the American voter”

Once again, the Obama Administration must be kicking itself for picking the fast-talking MIT professor Jonathan Gruber as the chief Obamacare architect. A newly-surfaced video shows an unfiltered Gruber saying exactly what he thinks about American voters, the individual mandate, and how the Affordable Care Act legislation was passed in Congress. Says Gruber: This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure CBO did not score the mandate as taxes. If CBO scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies. Okay, so it’s written to do that.  In terms of risk rated subsidies, if you had a law which said that healthy people are going to pay in – you ...

Obamacare funds used to promote amnesty

Have Obamacare funds been going towards promoting amnesty for illegal immigrants? It certainly seems that way, and it definitely got the attention of Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas. Last week, Smith sent a letter [1] to House Appropriations Chair Harold Rogers, calling for the House to use its power of the purse to end a provision in Obamacare that allowed taxpayer dollars to pay for public health initiatives and ads for amnesty programs. Smith’s letter specifically points to a $15 million grant from the Prevention and Public Health Fund at the Department of Health and Human Services. The fund was set up in the Affordable Care Act legislation to ...

Obamacare’s many broken promises

Remember all those times the Left told us we needed the Affordable Care Act so it would reduce health care costs in America? Yeah, we do too. True to form, their predictions didn’t exactly pan out. A new study shows [1] that average insurance policy rates skyrocketed, in some cases by as much as 78 percent after Obamacare was implemented. In the sought-after 23 year-old demographic, rates rose the most on average. Men in that age group saw increases of 78.2 percent, while women got a 44.9 percent increase. It’s not exactly surprising. While the Left would rather we all ignore it when rates go up and policies get cancelled, there’s no ...

More security concerns with Healthcare.gov

As the second enrollment period for Obamacare prepares to open mid-November, some are raising questions about the overall security of the website. [1] At a recent House hearing, security analyst for TrustedSec, David Kennedy noted that the Obamacare website is one of the biggest federal collections of personal data ever assembled. The site, Kennedy pointed out, requires first and last names, home addresses, social security numbers and payment information – including credit card data. It doesn’t take a degree in cyber security to know a website like that is probably at the top of any hacker’s list. What’s more, concerns over healthcare....

No, Obamacare is actually not working

Today, the pages of the New York Times[1] ask a very important question: “Is the Affordable Care Act Working?” Unfortunately, the Times’ assessment is scant on facts and overloaded with desperate, Hail Mary-style claims designed to trumpet the health care law one week before the Midterm Election. The Times’ glossy treatment of Obamacare is unsurprising, if glaring. Missing in the erroneous puff piece are any mentions of the broken “if you like your plan, you can keep it,” promise. Absent are mentions of numerous polls[2] showing Americans have, for quite some time now, disapproved of the law in large numbers. Barely mentioned are the ...

Grappling with Obamacare taxes

Despite administration denials, it’s been well established that the Affordable Care Act is one large tax. Some estimates[1] put the tax-hike count in Obamacare at 18. In fact, there’s barely anyone the law doesn’t tax; it hits doctors, state governments, insurance companies, consumers, device makers and pharmaceutical companies. Consumers are already grappling with the individual mandate, and the tax it carries if they fail to buy health insurance. States are forking over $700 million in 2014 just to pay for the tax on new Medicaid health plans. And just a few weeks ago, an $8 billion tax[2] on the insurance industry took effect. There’s ...