The Stupidity of the American Technocrat (all the bad news about Obamacare)

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Jonathan Gruber ponders what we’ve learned about the stupidity of the American voter after 10 years of Obamacare; touts increased coverage which was never more than about half of what he predicted.
https://www.nber.org/papers/w25932#fromrss

Medicaid expansion blowing up Nevada state budget, as another state finds out that taking ‘free’ money from Washington threatens education, infrastructure, and other state spending priorities
https://www.recordcourier.com/opinion/nevadas-medicaid-budget-ballooning/

It’s funny to see liberals worry about high Medicaid spending and how it squeezes other state spending priorities like education and infrastructure. #ToldYouSo
https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/6/3/18650609/health-care-medicaid-expansion-recession

Concern about cost sinks Medicaid expansion in Alabama and North Carolina for now
https://www.heartland.org/news-opinion/news/north-carolina-senate-rejects-medicaid-expansion
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https://www.al.com/news/2019/05/where-do-we-find-the-money-once-again-medicaid-expansion-stalls-in-alabama.html

Medicaid expansion would be a disaster for North Carolina; the state would “need to reduce provider payments, divert resources from other important parts of the budget … or greatly increase taxes.”
https://lockerroom.johnlocke.org/2019/06/10/heartland-institute-reject-the-push-for-medicaid-expansion-jlfs-jordan-roberts-medicaid-expansion-for-the-heartland-institute/

Medicaid expansion states show consistent pattern of higher enrollment and expenditures than projected – makes one wonder whether expansion supporters deliberately low-balled the cost
http://www.maciverinstitute.com/2019/05/medicaid-expansionists-should-know-no-free-lunch-from-debt-ridden-federal-government/

Republicans block Medicaid expansion in Wisconsin because intended beneficiaries already qualify for highly-subsidized Obamacare plans
https://www.cbs58.com/news/republicans-stand-by-rejection-of-medicaid-expansion

Medicaid expansion crowding out private insurance in Louisiana. #ToldYouSo
https://www.wsj.com/articles/medicaid-expansion-has-louisianans-dropping-their-private-plans-11559944048

Another Republican who voted for Medicaid expansion in Virginia gets voted out
https://www.thecentersquare.com/virginia/virginia-republican-who-backed-medicaid-expansion-loses-to-primary-challenger/article_26765a30-8d10-11e9-9b3d-ff201ebdaf92.html

Psychiatrist participation in Medicaid declined after Medicaid expansion. #MedicaidAccessProblems
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/914006

California moves closer to giving free Medicaid health benefits to illegal aliens (and the rest of us U.S. taxpayers are just supposed to support this recklessness?)
https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/14/politics/california-budget-medicaid-undocumented-immigrants/index.html

Self-interested healthcare unions and Planned Parenthood behind Medicaid expansion push in Florida. #FollowTheMoney
https://www.wmfe.org/medicaid-for-more-constitutional-amendment-gets-enough-signatures-for-legal-review/113930

Deconstructing the Single Payer Narrative (tweets & analysis) –
http://www.liberato.us/single-payer.html

REPEAL OBAMACARE NOW!
– legalize true catastrophic insurance
– return Medicaid to a poverty program

END THE OBAMACARE CONGRESSIONAL EXEMPTION!

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ACA Contraceptive Mandate Knocked Down in Court (all the bad news about Obamacare)

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Federal judge in Texas permanently blocks enforcement of ACA contraceptive mandate against any employer with religious objections
http://www.conservativehq.com/node/30394

Pennsylvania and New Jersey in court arguing that the federal government has to force the Little Sisters of the Poor to give out contraception against their religion
https://www.westernjournal.com/states-force-little-sisters-poor-back-court-obamacare-mandate/
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https://news.bloomberglaw.com/health-law-and-business/nuns-hhs-to-clash-with-states-over-obamacare-birth-control-rule

Don’t tell me Obamacare has ‘stabilized’; the era of big price hikes is not – 13% in Vermont, 8.4% in New York. That’s a lot of victims. #TheTrainWreckWillNeverEnd
https://www.politico.com/story/2019/06/03/obamacare-rate-hikes-appear-modest-for-2020-1497115

How to Defraud Medicaid #187 – stop cleaning pools for a living, open luxury rehab centers for cash-cows (i.e., government-subsidized addicts), keep going until you have $176 million
https://www.cato.org/blog/federal-subsidies-spur-massive-fraud

Presidential candidate Sen. Michael Bennet sings Obamacare’s praises, but won’t sign up for it
https://thefederalist.com/2019/06/04/dem-presidential-candidate-just-loves-obamacare-wont-sign/

One in 4 Americans skipping needed medical procedures because of the high cost.  Wasn’t Obamacare supposed to fix all that? We were sold a bill of goods. #ItsNotWorking
https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/446664-poll-1-in-4-americans-say-cost-led-to-skipping-medical-care

The public was more satisfied with healthcare in 2007 than in 2018 – after years and $586 billion of Obamacare
https://issuesinsights.com/2019/06/04/586-billion-later-health-care-in-bigger-state-of-crisis-thanks-obama/

Deconstructing the Single Payer Narrative (tweets & analysis) –
http://www.liberato.us/single-payer.html

REPEAL OBAMACARE NOW!
– legalize true catastrophic insurance
– return Medicaid to a poverty program

END THE OBAMACARE CONGRESSIONAL EXEMPTION!

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Obamacare Cheerleader Now Admits It’s a Failure (all the bad news about Obamacare)

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Lawmaker who helped ram Obamacare down our throats now admits #ItsNotWorking
https://freebeacon.com/issues/lawmaker-who-helped-write-obamacare-what-we-have-now-is-not-working/

“New evidence that short-term plans offer good coverage for many”
https://www.wsj.com/articles/about-that-junk-health-insurance-11558290334

Oral arguments in constitutional challenge to Obamacare set for July 9th
https://www.reuters.com/article/health-obamacare/5th-circuit-sets-arguments-over-constitutionality-of-obamacare-for-july-9-idUSL2N22Z1UQ

Proposed HHS rule would remove Obamacare protections for transgenders
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/trump-hhs-moves-to-roll-back-obamacare-protections-for-transgender-patients

“CMS to expand requirements for ACA navigators”
https://www.modernhealthcare.com/insurance/cms-expand-requirements-aca-navigators

Ohio Medicaid expansion hit the wall under Kasich; now premiums and co-pays he vetoed are on the table again to #AddressTheMess
https://radio.wosu.org/post/some-ohio-medicaid-recipients-could-soon-pay-small-premiums-copays

Delusional Louisiana Health Secretary thinks Medicaid expansion doesn’t cost taxpayers anything and that costs to the state aren’t double original estimates (Chris Jacobs) https://www.theadvertiser.com/story/opinion/2019/05/17/inconvenient-truths-louisianas-medicaid-expansion/3693606002/

The truth about the phony-baloney work requirements that sold Medicaid expansion in Virginia: it will be years before they are in place, if ever. Stupid Republicans whine “this just isn’t what we were promised”
https://www.dailypress.com/news/virginia/dp-nws-medicaid-work-requirements-update-20190521-story.html

Gov. Bevin and feds make argument in court: SNAP and TANF have work requirements; why not Medicaid expansion?
https://forwardky.com/bevin-trump-administrations-cite-snap-work-requirement-reverse-medicaid-ruling/

“N.C. House budget underestimates funding needed for Medicaid”. #DejaVuAllOverAgain
https://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2019/05/20/n-c-house-budget-underestimates-funding-needed-for-medicaid/

Louisiana still trying to clean up its Medicaid rolls – 30,000 ineligibles were removed in March; state sends out 17,000 more eligibility inquiries
https://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/politics/legislature/article_e5526ace-7ca9-11e9-9083-ff0bc51a0a7a.html

Deconstructing the Single Payer Narrative (tweets & analysis) –
http://www.liberato.us/single-payer.html

REPEAL OBAMACARE NOW!
– legalize true catastrophic insurance
– return Medicaid to a poverty program

END THE OBAMACARE CONGRESSIONAL EXEMPTION!

 

 

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Escape Obamacare Now (all the bad news about Obamacare)

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Short-term plans: far cheaper, better provider networks, and ACA essential health benefits covered (except maternity care). #EscapeObamacare
https://www.manhattan-institute.org/cheaper-health-insurance-alternatives-to-obamacare-for-low-medium-risk-patients

Obamacare in flux – good rundown on what’s changed and what hasn’t
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/05/16/democrats-try-save-obamacare-donald-trump-chips-away/3678578002/

Wannabe Obamacare genius mastermind Gavin Newsom – subsidize people making $150K/yr and bring back the hated individual mandate to pay for it. Sheer genius!
https://splinternews.com/democratic-run-states-are-experimenting-with-healthcare-1834782200

Louisiana Department of Health needs to spend nearly a billion more next year but, don’t worry, Uncle Sugar Medicaid dollars will pay for it
https://www.thecentersquare.com/louisiana/department-of-health-budget-calls-for-million-more-than-last/article_83236ab6-75a5-11e9-808b-13f77be2e002.html

Lawmaker hopes to turn Tennessee Medicaid competition provisions (shop around, keep unspent funds, etc.) into federal pilot program
https://www.nationalreview.com/2019/05/medicaid-needs-competition-free-market/

How to Defraud Medicaid #186 – create a home health agency, bill for unauthorized services and spend more hours with patients than needed, rake in millions
https://fraudscrookscriminals.com/2019/05/16/new-american-from-kenya-convicted-in-medicaid-fraud-scheme/

“Audit: California made $71 million in Medicaid payments for dead patients”
https://www.thecentersquare.com/california/audit-california-made-million-in-medicaid-payments-for-dead-patients/article_076c16da-76a8-11e9-a78c-e7934a466948.html

Deconstructing the Single Payer Narrative (tweets & analysis) –
http://www.liberato.us/single-payer.html

REPEAL OBAMACARE NOW!
– legalize true catastrophic insurance
– return Medicaid to a poverty program

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Uninsured Rate Rising (all the bad news about Obamacare)

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Uninsured rate under Obamacare jumps a point. All the king’s subsidies and all the king’s mandates couldn’t put Obamacare back together again.   #ItsNotWorking
https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/09/politics/trump-obamacare-coverage-rates/index.html

Obamacare enrollment in Virginia is down as premiums increase and half of all cities and counties cities are down to one insurer. #ItsNotWorking
https://www.richmond.com/life/health/enrollment-in-obamacare-individual-marketplace-down-as-premiums-climb/article_62abb1bb-df82-5f21-b20b-5d84f610ed37.html

Louisiana tries to fix Obamacare with a hi-risk pool.  #ItsNotWorking
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/may/7/jeff-landry-louisiana-republicans-obamacare-replac/

“The percentage of physicians participating in ACA Accountable Care Organizations has fallen from 36% in 2017 to 28% in 2019.” #ItsNotWorking
https://aapsonline.org/aaps-news-april-2019-whos-your-doctor/

Obamacare patients having trouble getting mental health care. #ItsNotWorking
https://www.upi.com/Health_News/2019/05/08/Study-Obamacare-patients-have-more-trouble-getting-mental-health-care/6441557318427/

Obama executive order set up ‘Healthy Living” committee as important part of ACA to restrict care; prescribes meditation, leaves patients in “unspeakable” pain; “Patients are being studied without their knowledge or consent”
https://aapsonline.org/aaps-news-april-2019-whos-your-doctor/

Medicaid expansion dead for the year in Kansas
https://www.healthleadersmedia.com/strategy/medicaid-expansion-wont-come-kansas-year-after-last-ditch-effort-fails

Oklahoma think tank files challenge to Medicaid expansion ballot plan – title does not accurately describe the measure; initiative unconstitutionally cedes state power to Washington
https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/oklahoma/articles/2019-05-09/think-tank-challenges-oklahoma-medicaid-expansion-plan

Study claiming individual market premiums would drop under Medicaid expansion is flawed, e.g., fails to account for increased cost-shifting when providers get more low-paying Medicaid patients
http://www.maciverinstitute.com/2019/05/study-suggesting-medicaid-expansion-could-lower-premiums-raises-more-questions-than-answers/

Medicaid expansion drives up ER use and cost-shifting to private sector patients ($177 per person)
https://thehill.com/opinion/healthcare/441730-medicaid-expansion-entails-significant-costs-to-consumers

Scheduled cut in federal match for Medicaid expansion contributing to Ohio Medicaid budget woes
https://www.watchdog.org/ohio/dewine-administration-looking-for-ways-to-rein-in-ballooning-medicaid/article_308b3dd6-6c06-11e9-9e5d-5f426597a753.html

Add Rhode Island to the list where Medicaid expansion has blown up: “In 2013 the state projected about 40,610 low-income childless adults would become eligible, yet 119,754 have since signed up.”
https://www.wsj.com/articles/state-medicaid-tax-trap-11556838493

Rhode Island hits the wall.  Governor proposes 10% business payroll tax to fund Medicaid
https://www.wsj.com/articles/state-medicaid-tax-trap-11556838493

Alaska hits the wall – Medicaid expansion state seeks $249M in cuts to Medicaid program
https://www.kcaw.org/2019/04/22/cant-put-any-dollar-sign-on-the-heart-sitka-health-providers-dismayed-by-state-budget-cuts/

Nebraska might have to cut benefits to 25,000 already on Medicaid in order to implement the voter-mandated Medicaid expansion
https://www.omaha.com/livewellnebraska/health/medicaid-expansion-could-reduce-benefits-to-some-nebraskans-now-on/article_edae653c-cb44-58b8-96f9-6023232cfda2.html

American Cancer Society to spend $4.5M to push Medicaid expansion in more states
https://khn.org/morning-breakout/with-4-5m-medicaid-expansion-campaign-cancer-group-targets-southern-states-where-opposition-still-runs-deep/

If Gov. Bevin terminates Medicaid expansion because his work requirement proposals are not allowed, expansionistas will have no one to blame but themselves
https://m.state-journal.com/2019/04/23/jim-waters-let-states-clean-up-the-medicaid-mess/

“Expanding Medicaid in the remaining non-expansion states would crowd millions of able-bodied adults out of private insurance coverage and shift them into taxpayer-funded Medicaid.”
https://thefga.org/research/medicaid-crowding-out-private-insurance/

Medicaid expansion discourages work, creates government dependency, diverts resources from the truly needy, and blows state budgets
https://dailycaller.com/2019/04/17/anthony-bryson-medicaid-expansion/

The story of Medicaid expansion so far: exploding enrollment and costs, mistaken predictions of growth and jobs, state savings that didn’t materialize, etc.
https://yellowhammernews.com/alabama-should-wait-and-watch-before-considering-medicaid-expansion/

Trump administration rule stops diversion of millions in Medicaid dollars to unions
https://www.watchdog.org/national/trump-administration-ends-unions-skimming-million-per-year-from-medicaid/article_8755b136-6d1f-11e9-ae3d-73cdf791c720.html

Louisiana House rejects Medicaid oversight committee despite the massive eligibility fraud found earlier this year
https://www.watchdog.org/louisiana/house-rebuffs-effort-to-create-medicaid-oversight-committee/article_f5c35b34-72a9-11e9-991c-2f08a259bfc1.html

It’s not true Medicaid Expansion saves rural hospitals. #TheyWereWrongAboutEverything
https://www.kark.com/news/local-news/first-rural-hospital-to-close-since-medicaid-expansion-in-arkansas/1984161381

Deconstructing the Single Payer Narrative (tweets & analysis) –
http://www.liberato.us/single-payer.html

REPEAL OBAMACARE NOW!
– legalize true catastrophic insurance
– return Medicaid to a poverty program

END THE OBAMACARE CONGRESSIONAL EXEMPTION!

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Obamacare destroyed coverage for 1.4 million people (all the bad news about Obamacare)

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Obamacare’s massive price hikes caused 1.4 million people to lose their insurance, CBO says
https://issuesinsights.com/2019/04/25/cbo-report-1-4-million-lost-health-insurance-since-2016-and-obamacare-is-to-blame/?utm_source=Galen+Email+Alerts+%26+AHC&utm_campaign=1e4ec98cb8-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_09_14_12_40__COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_93ad194d45-1e4ec98cb8-171567693&mc_cid=1e4ec98cb8&mc_eid=4fec4aa80b

Justice Department asks appeals court to strike Obamacare in its entirety
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/may/1/obamacare-must-be-struck-down-justice-department-t/

President Trump reiterates vow to repeal Obamacare
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-renews-vow-to-repeal-affordable-care-act-weeks-after-gop-leaders-urge-caution-on-the-issue/2019/04/26/c12d00b0-6849-11e9-8985-4cf30147bdca_story.html?utm_term=.8cee9ed37317

HHS final conscience regulation bolsters protections for healthcare providers objecting to performing abortions and assisted suicides under Obamacare
https://www.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/final-conscience-rule-factsheet.pdf

Association health plans soldier on despite court ruling invalidating them; Labor Department appeals ruling
https://khn.org/news/association-insurance-pushes-on-despite-court-ruling/
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https://associationsnow.com/2019/05/labor-department-appeals-association-health-plans-ruling/

ACA multi-state insurance plans bite the dust.  #GeniusMastermindAlert – #TheyWereWrongAboutEverything
https://www.axios.com/trump-affordable-care-act-multi-state-plans-cfa730db-8110-4809-a915-8de8b6132201.html

500,000 people will lose their insurance if House Democrats succeed in squelching short-term insurance
https://reason.com/2019/04/30/democrats-short-term-plans-lose-coverage-cbo/

Another escape hatch from Obamacare opens: Kansas farm bureau gets OK to offer noncompliant plans
https://apnews.com/8c6f552e504e490b8ce2cd7d753e1995

“Obamacare has been an absolute train wreck for our state since it passed, leading to higher premiums and fewer health choices for many Montanans”
https://helenair.com/opinion/columnists/fox-and-bennion-wrong-to-support-obamacare/article_ca010042-bb2e-5397-9c7d-f409fbc8bdc8.html

Obamacare’s $716 billion chop out of Medicare has meant fewer primary care doctors for seniors
https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2019/04/obamacare_robs_medicare_.html

CBO still over-estimating effect of Obamacare individual mandate https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/441888-cbo-repealing-mandate-penalty-increases-uninsured-by-7-million

Blue states attempting to revive hated Obamacare individual mandate despite fact it was a failure in getting people to buy over-priced insurance (Sally Pipes)
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/apr/30/resurrecting-the-individual-mandate-of-obamacare-t/

“the dysfunction and unaffordability of the Affordable Care Act has brought us farther away from single-payer, not closer”
https://www.nationalreview.com/2019/05/obamacare-failure-shows-folly-government-health-care/

Deconstructing the Single Payer Narrative (tweets & analysis) –
http://www.liberato.us/single-payer.html

REPEAL OBAMACARE NOW!
– legalize true catastrophic insurance
– return Medicaid to a poverty program

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Sweet Little Obamacare Fantasies (all the bad news about Obamacare)

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Obamacare reduced costs, expanded access, and allowed us to keep our doctors if we like our doctors. Then I woke up.  (Ron Paul)
https://www.thenewamerican.com/reviews/opinion/item/31949-obamacare-s-unhappy-anniversary

Obamacare enrollment in Illinois drops 7 percent as price goes up and penalty for not having insurance disappears.  If Obamacare were really such a great deal, people wouldn’t be leaving.
https://www.watchdog.org/illinois/fewer-illinoisans-enroll-in-obamacare-as-costs-increase-penalties-disappear/article_9e7162a5-1061-5ce5-bcc4-678b18755637.html

Obamacare: I’m supposed to pay $15,000 in premiums and deductibles before my insurance kicks in?  Forget it!  #BadDeal #StupidLaw
https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2019/04/obamacare_has_a_premium_problem_and_a_few_others.html

Poll: Few Americans believe Obamacare has helped them
https://thehill.com/hilltv/what-americas-thinking/437401-poll-few-americans-believe-they-have-personally-benefitted-from

Kansas House votes up noncompliant farm bureau plans
https://apnews.com/681cae9e6082483eb11559793831f376

North Dakota doing what it can to address chaos Obamacare caused in individual marketplace (e.g., reinsurance)
https://www.inforum.com/entertainment/podcasts/1001966-Plain-Talk-Podcast-ND-insurance-commissioner-seeks-to-address-chaos-Obamacare-has-caused-in-the-individual-marketplace

Obamacare can’t be fixed with ‘more market forces’
https://noqreport.com/2019/04/11/no-fix-obamacare/

Obamacare court challenge to be heard in July
https://www.reuters.com/article/health-obamacare/obamacare-appellate-court-challenge-expected-to-be-heard-in-july-idUSL1N21S1YT

Medicaid expansion defeated in Tennessee House subcommittee
http://www.wmcactionnews5.com/2019/04/11/medicaid-expansion-fails-tn-legislature/

Medicaid expansion in Maine on course to exceed enrollment projections by January 2020
https://www.themainewire.com/2019/04/medicaid-expansion-enrollment-is-on-track-to-surpass-projections/

Arkansas lawmakers working hard to blow up state budget again; Medicaid expansion put state in financial tailspin before, but state Senate votes to reauthorize it even though enrollment-depressing work requirements got shot down.
https://katv.com/news/local/lawmakers-approve-medicaid-expansion-budget

Special interest SEIU behind advocacy group successfully pushing state Medicaid ballot initiatives
https://www.healthaffairs.org/do/10.1377/hblog20190327.757286/full/

Medicaid expansion is quicksand: federal government can withdraw support and change the rules tomorrow
https://www.mspolicy.org/gunn-remains-opposed-to-medicaid-expansion/

Medicaid started as a poverty program. Then it got transformed into a middle-class entitlement.  Now it’s about special rights and redistribution for special groups.  #MissionCreep
https://www.watchdog.org/illinois/pritzker-to-change-state-s-medicaid-policy-to-cover-sex/article_75451e2b-ac45-56b0-ad02-1ec2028c3a47.html

“Louisiana governor shelves Medicaid work requirement idea”
https://apnews.com/1367df6ddd2646db9507d7cdb5e41aeb

Louisiana drops 30,500 from Medicaid expansion rolls as ineligible
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/article228782269.html

How bad is waste, fraud, and abuse in Louisiana Medicaid?  “1,600 people were identified as making $100,000 while being covered by Medicaid.” If you’re not mad, you’re not paying attention.
https://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/politics/legislature/article_b6cbbefe-5b1a-11e9-a18b-eb8f97dbb48c.html

Deconstructing the Single Payer Narrative (tweets & analysis) –
http://www.liberato.us/single-payer.html

REPEAL OBAMACARE NOW!
– legalize true catastrophic insurance
– return Medicaid to a poverty program

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What We All Know to be True: Obamacare is Unconstitutional (all the bad news about Obamacare)

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Close Encounters with Single Payer Healthcare in Western Europe (a personal story)
http://0363930.netsolhost.com/WordPress/2019/03/27/close-encounters-with-single-payer-healthcare-in-western-europe/

Justice Department sends letter to appeals court agreeing with lower court that all of Obamacare is now unconstitutional after Congress zeroed out the individual mandate. No severability clause.
https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/435759-justice-department-sides-with-court-ruling-obamacare-invalid?__twitter_impression=true

Texas AG: What was a tax is no longer a tax. “Obamacare was tied to the Constitution by a thin thread — a thread Congress cut in 2017.”
https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2019/03/27/obamacare-its-entirety-unconstitutional-texas-attorney-general-editorials-debates/3293957002/

HHS abortifacient mandate loses in court – AGAIN.  James Dobson Institute off the hook.
https://www.lifenews.com/2019/03/28/obama-hhs-abortion-mandate-loses-in-court-cant-force-james-dobson-to-fund-abortions/

Spin Zone: ‘Obamacare enrollment is only down a teensy-weensy bit to 11.4 million.’  Proper Perspective: the Obamacare Genius Masterminds predicted 20 million people would want their cooking, but nowhere close to that ever have.  #ItsNotWorking
https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/435694-obamacare-enrollment-declines-slightly-to-114m-signups-for-2019

Dem’s plan to fix Obamacare by goosing subsidies and boa-constricting short term insurance gives taxpayer money to insurers and the rich, forces the healthy to buy coverage they don’t need, denies chronically ill access to best doctors and hospitals.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/johngoodman/2019/03/27/whats-wrong-with-the-democrats-new-health-plan/?utm_source=Galen+Email+Alerts+%26+AHC&utm_campaign=39227a20bc-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_09_14_12_40__COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_93ad194d45-39227a20bc-171567693&mc_cid=39227a20bc&mc_eid=4fec4aa80b#7e16e13f1410

Justice Department considering options after court strikes down Trump admin regs attempting to bolster association health plans
https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/28/politics/trump-obamacare-courts/index.html

Judge strikes down Medicaid expansion work requirements in two states. Arkansas worries expansion will bankrupt them again. Kentucky Governor’s threat to terminate expansion entirely is still in play.
https://www.thenation.com/article/federal-judge-strikes-down-arkansass-medicaid-work-requirement/
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https://wfpl.org/medicaid-court-ruling-worries-some-kentuckians-about-bevin-rollback/

CMS approves scaled-back Utah Medicaid expansion plan (stop at 100% FPL, add work requirements, cap enrollment if state runs out of money), but it’s not what the voters mandated and litigation will surely ensue
https://www.politico.com/story/2019/03/29/cms-utah-medicaid-expansion-1243501

Medicaid expansion will bankrupt any state that tries it and kill people already on waiting lists
https://yellowhammernews.com/rep-gary-palmer-warns-of-the-medicaid-expansion-trap-costs-will-eventually-swamp-the-state/

Nice Bedtime Story: ‘hospitals will get Medicaid expansion money, charity care will go down, and hospitals will lower their prices.‘ Doesn’t happen. In fact, cost-shifting goes UP, not down. #TheyWereWrongAboutEverything
https://khn.org/news/medicaid-expansion-boosts-hospital-bottom-lines-and-prices/

GAO: another $4.3 billion in improper payments in Medicaid fee for service in FY 2017
https://www.modernhealthcare.com/government/gao-medicare-made-23-billion-payment-errors-2017

How to Defraud Medicaid #185 – forget you’re a millionaire, just lie on the application to put you and 6 family members on the program
https://fraudscrookscriminals.com/2019/03/25/update-more-information-on-louisiana-medicaid-scammer/#more-767

The government does not recoup the billions improperly paid through the Medicaid program.  It’s your money, America – happy now? No reason you should be. #StupidGovernment
https://pjmedia.com/trending/whats-up-with-medicaids-sloppy-oversight/

Deconstructing the Single Payer Narrative (tweets & analysis) –
http://www.liberato.us/single-payer.html

REPEAL OBAMACARE NOW!
– legalize true catastrophic insurance
– return Medicaid to a poverty program

END THE OBAMACARE CONGRESSIONAL EXEMPTION!

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Close Encounters with Single Payer Healthcare in Western Europe

By Laure Fergy
March 2019

In President Obama’s weekly address on June 6, 2009 he famously said, concerning Obamacare: “If you like the doctor you have, you can keep your doctor…”

I personally believe that the former President was mocking the very people who had voted for him: the American people who, generally speaking, have not taken into account – or even learned about – the negative impact socialized medicine has had in other parts of the world for decades already.

Indeed, in England, families are not at liberty to choose their local family doctor but are assigned one, whether they like who is assigned to them or not.

  • A trip to the doctor would take a long time because the waiting room would be packed full of sick people and the average waiting time would be over an hour long.
  • Once you finally meet, the doctor would never have enough time to fully diagnose you; prescriptions are written after just a few minutes.
  • When someone needs to simply have their tonsils removed, for example, as was my personal case, the waiting list would be … twelve days? No. Twelve weeks? No. Above twelve months long!
  • A pregnant woman is not given any special treatment even when her health demands urgent care; she is simply lumped with other patients until she is six months pregnant, regardless of contagious diseases, etc.

In France, lengthy sick leave is more like house arrest.

  • The sick person must be at home between the hours of 9-11 AM and between 2-4 PM from Monday through Sunday so the social security inspector can check up on you to make sure you are sick. There are no exceptions to this rule. When my mother injured her foot at work, it took over a year to heal. She was unable to travel anywhere, let alone lead a normal life for this lengthy period of time.
  • Vaccinating children is 100% compulsory, regardless of one’s philosophical, medical or religious beliefs.

Socialized Medicine is contrary to liberty of choice and movement, and crushes one’s independence.

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About the Author – Laure Fergy lived in England during the 1970s and in France from the mid-‘80s to 2003.

 

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Half the country still does NOT support Obamacare (all the bad news about Obamacare)

Join us:
– #SinglePayer most Mondays here
– All the Bad News About Obamacare most Saturdays here

After almost 10 years, half the country still does NOT support Obamacare
https://today.yougov.com/topics/politics/articles-reports/2019/03/21/obamacare-affordable-care-act-anniversary

Obamacare is gouging rural residents – typical premium $592/mo v. $376 in competitive areas. #ItsNotWorking
https://news.bloomberglaw.com/health-law-and-business/rural-areas-largely-left-out-of-improving-obamacare-picture

Obamacare carriers being sued in 4 states for inaccurate doctor directories. #ItsNotWorking
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/paloma/the-health-202/2019/03/19/the-health-202-obamacare-plans-face-lawsuits-over-erroneous-doctor-directories/5c9011581b326b0f7f38f1cb/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.77b7f36c55e9

Short-term insurance gives consumers another choice besides costly Obamacare
https://www.azcentral.com/story/opinion/op-ed/robertrobb/2019/03/15/short-term-insurance-arizona-isnt-bad-obamacare/3166884002/

Look for protectionism and lack of will to stymie sale of health insurance across state lines for the foreseeable future
https://www.cnsnews.com/commentary/chris-pope/obstacles-selling-health-insurance-across-state-lines-remain

CMS threatens to go after Louisiana after “deeply troubling” audit showing state misspent $85 million on ineligible Medicaid expansion enrollees
https://www.wwltv.com/article/news/health/federal-medicaid-agency-louisiana-audit-deeply-troubling/289-71549e82-122b-42e4-8773-b9f6d459efe5

Senators demand answers from CMS why 7-82% of Medicaid enrollees are ineligible in various states. Under Obamacare, states can only review eligibility once a year! What sense does that make? #StupidObamacare
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/mar/17/chuck-grassley-pat-toomey-find-medicaid-waste-frau/

Alaska hits the wall – needs $250 million in cuts to state’s Medicaid budget; will start with low-hanging fruit (dental, travel, etc.)
https://www.ktuu.com/content/news/Dunleavy-team-unveils-95-million-Phase-1-reduction-to-Alaska-Medicaid-programs-507378831.html

Maine Governor’s budget spends down surplus, ignores possibility of recession, fails to account for how Medicaid expansion has blown up in other states.  Maine still has no long-term funding source for Medicaid expansion!
https://www.themainewire.com/2019/03/governor-mills-budget-sets-up-maine-for-fiscal-ruin/

Medicaid “expansion has cost states 157 percent more than projected. The average cost overrun is 92 percent, which has decimated state-budgets across the country.”
https://www.cjonline.com/opinion/20190316/ty-masterson-argument-against-medicaid-expansion

Medicaid expansionistas are misleading Kansans about exploding costs in other states, how many prospective enrollees already have insurance, how expansion would save rural hospitals, etc.
https://www.cjonline.com/opinion/20190316/ty-masterson-argument-against-medicaid-expansion

Medicaid expansion – unaffordable and destroys work incentives
https://flatheadbeacon.com/2019/03/20/medicaid-expansion-affordable/

Policymakers should focus on lowering healthcare costs. This would make insurance more affordable and fewer people would end up on Medicaid expansion.
http://www.reflector.com/Op-Ed/2019/03/21/How-to-Expand-Insurance-Coverage-Without-Expanding-Medicaid.html

When you can solve Medicaid expansion’s bad health outcomes, astronomical costs, and welfare cliff, get back to me.
https://www.allongeorgia.com/georgia-column-politics/column-three-reasons-why-medicaid-expansion-is-bad-for-georgia/

Deconstructing the Single Payer Narrative (tweets & analysis) –
http://www.liberato.us/single-payer.html

REPEAL OBAMACARE NOW!
– legalize true catastrophic insurance
– return Medicaid to a poverty program

END THE OBAMACARE CONGRESSIONAL EXEMPTION!

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