394 results for tag: Healthcare


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 ...

Even Walmart can’t handle Obamacare

Earlier this week, Walmart Stores, the largest retailer in the world, announced that effective January 1, it will terminate health insurance[1] coverage for 30,000 part-time employees. Sadly, Walmart is just the latest in a string of retailers – including Home Depot and Target – forced to cut health coverage due to rising costs as a result of the Affordable Care Act. According to one Walmart official, “This year, the expenses were significant, and led us to make some tough decisions.” The company went on to say that the Affordable Care Act prompted larger-than-expected numbers of Walmart employees to enroll in health plans, driving up the ...

Another legal blow to Obamacare

Yesterday, a federal judge in Oklahoma dealt another blow[1] to Obamacare, striking down federal subsidies for states that didn’t set up their own insurance exchanges. The decision followed in the footsteps of the recent ruling in the D.C. Circuit court in Halbig v. Sebelius. The judge in Oklahoma essentially ruled that the Obama Administration’s attempts to administer subsidies through a federal exchange is an invalid interpretation of the Affordable Care Act. In fact, Judge Ronald White went so far as to say[2] allowing the Internal Revenue Service to administer federal subsidies was “arbitrary, capricious, an abuse of discretion or ...

TOPLINE Stuff You Need to Know For Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Obama Slumps to 35 in Latest Approval Poll Barack Obama’s approval rating slid into dangerous territory this week, with the latest Reuters-Ipsos poll showing just 35 percent of Americans approve of the president’s job performance even as he leads the nation into a war against Islamic fundamentalism in the Middle East. Fifty-eight percent of Americans expressed disapproval of the White House’s current occupant — 37 percent of them “strongly.” Just 17 percent strongly approved of Obama’s current performance. The poll is based on a five-day rolling average.  The White House has struggled under a series of escalating foreign-policy ...

GAO: The Obama Administration Isn’t Keeping Track of Obamacare Costs

Obamacare is quickly becoming the poster child for government waste, fraud and abuse. Not only does the Obama Administration want to avoid talking about how much taxpayer money it is spending to promote Obamacare, it’s not even keeping track of information needed to calculate those figures. That’s what the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found[1] after investigating the accounting methods of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS). In a story on the GAO report released on Monday, the Washington Examiner reported: “The accounting system used by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid, which manages Obamacare, doesn't track ‘expenditure ...

HealthCare.gov’s Host of Problems

A new report[1] from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) finds that the website HealthCare.gov is still plagued with a host of security problems that put Americans’ personal and financial information at risk of being compromised by identity thieves. Among them, is the fact that there is no alternate processing site that would allow for the recovery of HealthCare.gov systems, should the site go down unexpectedly. “Collectively, these weaknesses put HealthCare.gov systems and the information they contain at increased and unnecessary risk of unauthorized access, use, disclosure, modification, or loss,” says the report. All in all, the ...