493 results for tag: Healthcare


Policy expert: American middle class in ‘deep trouble’ over Obamacare premium increases

Americans enrolled in Obamacare will ring in the new year with Obamacare premium hikes whose deductibles under the silver plan – on average – are nearly $3,600 for singles nearly $7,500 for families. And, while those who make up to $47,080 will have help with their premiums, those who make more than $47,080 will have no help and be forced decide whether to drop their health insurance altogether. CNS News has the commentary: But a large chunk of the American middle class earns too much (more than 400 percent of the poverty level) to qualify for either the premium tax credits or the cost-sharing subsidies. If these persons don’t have, or ...

Daily Signal: Projected 2017 Obamacare deductibles ‘breathtaking’

Those who make slightly more than $47,000 a year aren’t eligible for a subsidy that would decrease one’s Obamacare premiums and, considering the shockingly high deductibles Obamacare enrollees face in 2017, it’s no wonder participants are avoiding the doctor’s office as recent reports allege. The Daily Signal has the details: For people enrolled in the health care exchanges, with annual incomes between 100 and 400 percent of the poverty line (between $11,770 and $47,080), the taxpayer subsidies will pick up a progressively larger share of the insurance premium costs as one goes down the income scale. For a person enrolled in the ...

Bill Clinton denies calling Obamacare ‘the craziest thing’ but check out this video

Former President Bill Clinton – after he was questioned by an audience member at a recent event – apparently denied an earlier statement in which he said out-of-control Obamacare premiums and diminishing coverage for those working overtime are “the craziest” thing. “That is not at all what I said. No? Oh, really? Go read it,” the former president said to the audience member. Let’s “go read” his earlier statement for ourselves, like the former president suggested. “So, you’ve got this crazy system where – all of a sudden – 25 million more people have health care, and then the people who are out there busting it, ...

Washington Examiner: Women’s Obamacare insurance will be ‘essentially worthless’

Women in general have a greater need for health insurance by virtue of their sex and likelihood of requiring pregnancy-related care and therefore shell out more money for health care than men do – something Obamacare was supposed to fix. Female enrollees, however, have apparently fallen victim to Obamacare architects who didn’t work into their equation the percentage of men who – in lieu of higher premiums – forego health insurance altogether. The Washington Examiner has the details: Post the ACA, insurance is now gender neutral, meaning you can't charge a woman more than you would charge a man for the same coverage. Like most of Obamaca...

Congressman: Obamacare ‘more than just another pile of broken promises’

Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas), in the wake of the Obama administration announcing so-called Affordable Care Act insurance premiums will rise dramatically, recently echoed the sentiment Obamacare needs to be repealed in light of its ballooning premium increases. The Washington Examiner has the details: "Twenty-two percent," he said. "That's how much more the average mid-level Obamacare plan will cost next year." Ratcliffe said if people try to switch their plans, it will mean finding a new doctor. But it might be too difficult to switch plans at this point… "As you can see, Obamacare is more than just another pile of broken promises," ...

Business Insider: ‘Americans’ out-of-pocket healthcare costs are skyrocketing’

Obamacare proponents are quick to point to the relatively slow rise in premium increases of employer-sponsored health-insurance plans as a way of dismissing those frustrated by the president’s signature health-insurance law. These same critics, however, fail to consider the hidden costs of Obamacare in out-of-pocket medical expenses like deductibles, which have spiked in recent years. Business Insider has the details: In 2016, 83% of workers have a deductible — an amount that they have to pay themselves for medical care before insurance covers it — with an average of $1,478. The average deductible for workers has gone up $486, or 49%, since ...

Doctors increasingly rejecting Obamacare

Physicians willing to take Obamacare health-insurance – whether state or federal – is on the decline, having dropped 20 percentage points from a survey conducted two years ago. Media Research Center TV has the details: According to a recent survey by SERMO, a social network for physicians, about 57 percent of doctors said they won’t be taking new patients insured by the plans next year. That’s down about four percentage points from last year, when 61 percent of physicians said the same, Forbes reported Monday. But a similar survey conducted by the Medical Group Management Association back in 2014 showed that at the time, 76.5 percent of ...

New York Post editorial: ‘Worst of Obamacare is yet to come’

As if a 25-percent-average increase to federal Obamacare insurance premiums in 39 states isn’t enough, a slew of other problems associated with the botched health-insurance law are bound to arise in the weeks and months ahead. The New York Post has the details: More, the law also pushed consolidation — penalizing doctors who stay in independent practice, rewarding hospitals that merge. All because the liberals who wrote the law saw such competition as destructive… Still ahead: Budget crises in the states that accepted temporary federal bribes to massively expand their Medicaid rolls. More premium hikes on the exchanges, as ever fewer ...

New York Times: Obamacare tax penalty ‘has not worked all that well’

The New York Times documents the people choosing to go without Obamacare this coming year because of the price spikes sweeping the country and instead take the tax penalty and pray they don’t need health insurance. Here are some of the details: It has not worked all that well, and that is at least partly to blame for soaring premiums next year on some of the health law’s insurance exchanges… William H. Weber, 51, a business consultant in Atlanta, said he paid $1,400 a month this year for a Humana health plan that covered him and his wife and two children. Premiums will increase 60 percent next year, Mr. Weber said, and he does not see ...

New York Times: ‘Obamacare prices are going way up’

Even the liberal-leaning New York Times is admitting Obamacare health-insurance premiums are jumping “way” up in 2017 but apparently dismisses the increases as insurers simply having “mispriced” insurance plans. Riiiight. This is yet another example of the New York Times ignoring the facts to promote a left-wing agenda. Read the New York Times’ details: Obamacare rates are going way up. The latest estimate from the federal government is that the average midlevel Obamacare plan, the most popular choice, will cost about 22 percent more in 2017 than it did in 2016. This is based on data from 39 states where people sign up through the ...