Trump Budget Eyes Obamacare Replacement

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Trump budget calls for speedy adoption of Graham-Cassidy bill that would replace Obamacare with block grants
https://www.postandcourier.com/politics/white-house-budget-wants-lindsey-graham-s-obamacare-overhaul-plan/article_79d17180-1019-11e8-bb94-3338eb484bc4.html

Trump budget proposes eliminating Medicaid expansion.  Expansionistas building on quicksand.
http://www.richmond.com/opinion/their-opinion/guest-columnists/sen-ryan-mcdougle-republicans-focus-on-lower-health-care-costs/article_f4536a3b-a256-5d3b-bad9-b69edaa53b39.html

BCBS braving possible penalties; seeks to offer ACA-noncompliant plans in Idaho
http://www.idahostatesman.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article199999234.html

Firms pushing back against ACA’s employer mandate; contesting fines, seeking legislation
https://www.wsj.com/articles/businesses-challenge-irs-bid-to-start-enforcing-insurance-mandate-1518567751
- http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/373691-house-gop-discussing-repeal-of-obamacare-employer-mandate

The healthcare.gov train wreck continues – now it’s getting too expensive and Nevada wants out
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/article199523364.html

Obamacare’s narrow networks debacle continues
http://avalere.com/expertise/managed-care/insights/plans-with-more-restrictive-networks-comprise-73-of-exchange-market

Centene is sued for Obamacre-induced narrow network complaints in 15 states
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/11/health/centene-health-insurance-lawsuit.html?mtrref=www.google.com

Stupid Obamacare with its penalties has failed to move the dial on hospital readmissions. #TheyWereWrongAboutEverything
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/obamacare-hasnt-helped-solve-the-problem-of-rehospitalization/article/2649104

Academics supported Obamacare and now they’re cry-babies about how much it’s costing them. #MyHeartBleeds
https://www.academia.org/academics-encounter-sticker-shock-from-obamacare/

Wisconsin mulls Minnesota style reinsurance plan / hi risk pool to hold down premiums
https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/politics/2018/02/12/gov-scott-walkers-200-million-plan-cut-obamacare-premiums-goes-lawmakers-monday/328750002/

Just the facts, ma’am: Medicaid expansion enrollment is more than double what was expected, states have had to raise taxes and cut programs. It’s a D-I-S-A-S-T-E-R
https://us10.campaign-archive.com/?u=67abbe11c24f0e5ff34cb3515&id=6b99747a32&e=793afcbb05

The uninsured rate is lower in Virginia (and Kansas) than in several Medicaid expansion states
http://www.richmond.com/opinion/their-opinion/guest-columnists/sen-ryan-mcdougle-republicans-focus-on-lower-health-care-costs/article_f4536a3b-a256-5d3b-bad9-b69edaa53b39.html

There are lots of ways to help people with healthcare, don’t just focus on Medicaid expansion. Eliminate insurance coverage mandates, allow catastrophic policies, boost short-term plans, expand pools, fund mental health treatment, etc.
http://www.richmond.com/opinion/their-opinion/guest-columnists/sen-ryan-mcdougle-republicans-focus-on-lower-health-care-costs/article_f4536a3b-a256-5d3b-bad9-b69edaa53b39.html

Stop trying to rejigger Obamacare and just bring back true catastrophic insurance, already.

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http://www.liberato.us/single-payer.html

REPEAL OBAMACARE NOW!
– legalize true catastrophic insurance
– return Medicaid to a poverty program (100% FPL)

END THE OBAMACARE CONGRESSIONAL EXEMPTION!

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IPAB Really Most Sincerely Dead

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Budget Act: IPAB death panel morally, ethically, Spiritually, physically, Positively, absolutely, Undeniably and reliably DEAD!  CLASS Act waiting at the Pearly Gates. #StupidObamacare
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/paloma/the-health-202/2018/02/09/the-health-202-republicans-kill-obamacare-s-controversial-death-panel/5a7c601d30fb041c3c7d76c7/

Obamacare enrollment down 3% from a year ago.  #WeToldYouSo
https://apnews.com/837a78792b944937b6e0fca69ee55e4e/AP-count:-Nearly-11.8M-enroll-for-Obama-health-law-in-2018

IRS overpaid $5.8 billion in Obamacare tax credits last year to people who underestimated their income; gov’t can’t get most of it back.
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/feb/7/irs-overpaid-obamacare-tax-credits-nearly-35-billi/

Insurer: ‘we didn’t need the individual mandate.’  Now they tell us.
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/obamacare-insurer-not-concerned-about-loss-of-individual-mandate/article/2648212

Obamacare Truth Squad writes: Emotional appeal for Medicaid expansion riddled with untruths and errors – assumes a Medicaid card guarantees access, ER use goes down, etc.
http://0363930.netsolhost.com/WordPress/2018/02/08/medicaid-expansion-and-the-moral-high-ground/

Another Medicaid expansion blow-up.  Alaska budget another $92 million short after sign-ups exceed projections
http://mustreadalaska.com/walker-needs-million-medicaid-expansion/

Kentucky will terminate Medicaid expansion if courts strike down work requirement.
http://www.dailyindependent.com/news/officials-talk-about-potential-medicaid-expansion-elimination/article_244a1892-0abb-11e8-a1db-4f4aae2dae63.html

Mississippi House kills Medicaid expansion
http://www.djournal.com/news/house-rejects-medicaid-expansion/article_5841535f-7dfd-5741-aec6-1e6a4b483dc9.html

Hitting the Wall: 5 GOP states seek to time-limit Medicaid, like the welfare reform of the ‘90s.
http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/02/gop-states-want-to-impose-time-limits-on-medicaid.html

Hitting the Wall: NH bill to trim Medicaid expansion to 100% FPL would cut number of people eligible by almost a quarter; they would get ACA credits subsidies and credits instead.
http://www.concordmonitor.com/New-Hampshire-House-considers-push-to-cut-Medicaid-eligibility-levels-15267315

Va Guv wants to raise provider reimbursement rate on top of Medicaid expansion. Sure, and we can all live on Sugar Mountain.
http://www.dailyprogress.com/opinion/opinion-editorial-medicaid-debate-it-s-complicated/article_e574256c-0935-11e8-af94-cf2e18367408.html

Medicaid is goofed up, like other government programs.  Medical best practices not utilized.
https://www.deseretnews.com/article/900009694/the-other-side-of-medicaid-expansion.html

Insured rate fell in Kansas without Medicaid expansion.  Imagine that.
https://www.bizjournals.com/wichita/news/2018/02/07/report-kansas-uninsured-rate-drops.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 (100% FPL)

END THE OBAMACARE CONGRESSIONAL EXEMPTION!

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Medicaid Expansion Supporters Don’t Have the Moral High Ground

The emotional appeal for Medicaid expansion in Virginia from Kathryn Kadilak on February 5th in Fauquier Now is riddled with untruths and errors.

Ms. Kadilak assumes that a Medicaid card guarantees access to actual care, but assuredly it does not.  You can find documentation here, here, and here – and those are just the latest three stories on the subject!

She asserts that ER use will go down under Medicaid expansion.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  ER use goes UP, not down, when Medicaid is expanded.  See here, here, and here.  There are lots more where those came from.

She perpetuates the myth of the ‘coverage gap’ – supposedly too poor to buy an Obamacare plan but too well-off to be eligible for Medicaid.  The coverage gap is not the problem expansionistas make it out to be.  In Virginia, several types of recipients are eligible for Medicaid even though they are at or above the Federal Poverty Level – Elderly and Disabled (Long-term Care – 219 percent FPL), Pregnant Women and Children (148 percent Medicaid, 200 percent CHIP), and Seriously Mentally Ill (100 percent).  That just leaves Elderly and Disabled above 80 percent FPL, able-bodied Parents above 48 percent FPL (their children are covered), and the expansion population – childless able-bodied adults – who are not eligible without expansion (eligible up to 138 percent FPL in expansion states).

Not only are the ineligible far fewer than expansion supporters represent, many of them receive cost-sharing subsidies and tax credits under Obamacare (100-400 percent FPL), plus treatment at emergency rooms (under EMTALA) and federally-funded community health centers.  No one in this country is entirely without government-sponsored medical care of some kind.  In that sense, there is no ‘coverage gap’.

Finally, Ms. Kadilak claims that Medicaid expansion is a “moral imperative”.  How is it moral to make it harder for current more vulnerable Medicaid recipients to find a doctor?  How is it moral to send the disabled to the back of the line?  How is it moral to give a higher federal match rate to childless able-bodied adults?  How is it moral to give the short end of the stick to education and other budget priorities, just to fund Medicaid expansion?  Medicaid is already out of control. It accounts for some 10 percent of the annual federal budget deficit.

Ms. Kadilak’s moral compass always points to Medicaid expansion regardless of all other considerations. Medicaid expansion is like iron ore.  It makes moral compasses go haywire, to the point where, not only Ms. Kadilak, but Virginia’s current Governor and many other politicians both Republican and Democrat think it is a virtue to give away other people’s money and send the nation deeper into debt.  If that’s your idea of morality, no thanks.

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Medicaid Expansion More than Double Expected Cost

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Medicaid expansion’s higher than projected enrollment and per-person costs have led to billions in cost overruns; “expansion has cost taxpayers more than two and a half times as much as promised.”
https://thefga.org/news/new-fga-report-obamacare-expansion-cost-twice-much-promised/

Medicaid expansion states “have spent 76 percent more per expansion enrollee than expected.”
https://thefga.org/news/new-fga-report-obamacare-expansion-cost-twice-much-promised/

Medicaid expansion “a disaster” – massive cost overruns shattered state budgets, puts truly needy at risk, “and projections are only getting worse”
https://thefga.org/news/new-fga-report-obamacare-expansion-cost-twice-much-promised/

Medicaid expansion: the sick stay, so the healthy leave, so ave monthly enrollee cost rises 20% over 2 ½ years.
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/costs-rising-for-obamacares-medicaid-enrollees-analysis/article/2646924

Medicaid expansion provider tax gimmick to raise cost of healthcare in Oregon https://www.realclearhealth.com/articles/2018/02/01/new_taxes_will_make_health_care_more_expensive_in_oregon_110765.html?utm_source=morning-scan&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=mailchimp-newsletter&utm_source=RC+Health+Morning+Scan&utm_campaign=d540f11292-MAILCHIMP_RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b4baf6b587-d540f11292-84306653

Virginia Senate tables Medicaid expansion (this is just round 1, the battle will be in the budget discussions)
http://wtvr.com/2018/01/25/senate-republicans-reject-medicaid-expansion/

Virginia report tells familiar tale in the states: galloping unsustainable Medicaid spending gobbling up state budget
https://fairfaxfreecitizen.com/2018/01/27/parents-beware-medicaid-depleting-education-funds-virginia/

More evidence Medicaid expansion makes ER use go UP, not down.
https://economics21.org/html/real-hidden-tax-increased-insurance-coverage-2816.html?mc_cid=4b22d0c72b&mc_eid=4fec4aa80b

Showdown coming in Idaho? Or will insurers shy away from offering ACA-noncompliant plans because of possible penalties?
http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20180131/NEWS/180139983/congressional-democrats-eye-hhs-response-to-idaho-aca-insurance-plans

States should chip away at Obamacare w/waivers for qualified plans, actuarial value, risk-pooling, etc.
http://dailysignal.com/2018/01/25/state-leaders-undoing-obamacares-damage/?utm_source=TDS_Email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=MorningBell%22&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiTVRFM1kyRTNORGxpTldSayIsInQiOiIxNXVrZUJJcUNRNjFzMTl5OXg2cXl2emoxNjNseVNPK3VqOENjNWg2NGxWMklZWGdxeXlHN0hmNmZvalwvWXM0MjBveWpDaHRtNktFTmxLM2NBcEd0RW5oWGJYSXpIamJVbTBNNmpXN0RWejhIVE90SXE0WlV4VGVuNmV0ZHZPNTgifQ%3D%3D

ACA call center operator short-changes workers to tune of $100 million, per union complaint
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/30/us/politics/medicare-call-centers-wages.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fpolitics

Study documents ACA ‘crowd-out’ of private insurance, recommends block grants as cure
https://www.manhattan-institute.org/html/how-increase-health-insurance-coverage-reducing-aca-crowd-out-10900.html

Patients spend 3 times as much as they should because gov’t paperwork consumes two-thirds of doctors’ time
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/bureaucrats-not-doctors-are-making-healthcare-so-expensive/article/2647097

Premiums for skimpiest Obamacare plan soar 35% in D.C.
http://dailycaller.com/2018/01/30/brozne-obamacare-premiums-skyrocket/

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 (100% FPL)

END THE OBAMACARE CONGRESSIONAL EXEMPTION!

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It’s the Price Hikes, Stupid

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Trump tax cut being swallowed up by Obamacare premium increases
http://www.breitbart.com/2018-elections/2018/01/15/pollak-help-obamacare-ate-tax-cut/

ACA benchmark plans up average 29% this year
https://www.americanactionforum.org/research/2018-aca-marketplace-premiums/

Tennessee couple victims of 220% Obamacare premium increase over 4 years; “What part of this is ‘affordable’?”
http://www.rgj.com/story/opinion/voices/2017/12/28/even-low-cost-obamacare-plans-unaffordable-many-nevadans-welsh/989077001/

“Obamacare Continues to Crush Small Business Owners in 2018”
http://dailysignal.com/2018/01/25/obamacare-continues-crush-small-business-owners-2018/?utm_source=TDS_Email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=MorningBell%22&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiWVRRMk5EWTFPVFl5TUdFeiIsInQiOiJGeHVkS216K0ZqQXFjdTgzUEZCaTRPXC85WlFUKzFUUDk5cVJmSlJEMFZsRW1Qd1FMVno5V3RIeVA0d3hqK0ZCUnNMT2dqTnFjRStCSmp0amxzRmxKSTVhdE82TjN5QmJacFhQUXlhZ3k3RHVwd05qdW9ieGFPM2JydDUzdHFYcmMifQ%3D%3D

ACA’s “preexisting conditions provisions create perverse incentives for insurers to reduce the quality of coverage”
https://www.healthaffairs.org/do/10.1377/hblog20180103.932096/full/

The problem of eroding preexisting conditions coverage cannot be solved until ACA’s coverage mandates eliminated
https://www.healthaffairs.org/do/10.1377/hblog20180103.932096/full/

Bye-Bye, individual mandate. Employer mandate, you’re next.
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/14/us/politics/employer-mandate.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fpolitics&_r=0

Idaho repudiation of Obamacare coverage mandates is a direct challenge to federal authority; insurers face lawsuits if offer noncompliant plans
http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/370708-idaho-seeks-to-roll-back-obamacare-insurance-protections

Cruz: finish the job of repealing Obamacare and use reconciliation to do it.
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/ted-cruz-we-need-to-finish-the-job-on-obamacare-in-2018/article/2646932

New study: ACA-inspired workplace wellness programs don’t work, don’t save money or make employees healthier. #TheyWereWrongAboutEverything
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-01-26/workplace-wellness-programs-really-don-t-work

Consequences of not building Healthcare.gov back-end: thousands of ineligible applicants receiving subsidies (death, SSN, citizenship, other problems)
http://thefederalist.com/2018/01/26/report-obamacare-exchanges-rife-fraud-costing-taxpayers-millions/

Study: more people on Obamacare exchanges facing insurance monopolies, higher premiums, narrower networks
https://www.heritage.org/health-care-reform/report/2018-obamacare-health-insurance-exchanges-competition-and-choice-continue

Genius masterminds overlooked the obvious, so Obamacare never really caught on because the uninsured don’t pay full cost of their medical care.
https://economics21.org/html/real-hidden-tax-increased-insurance-coverage-2816.html?mc_cid=4b22d0c72b&mc_eid=4fec4aa80b

Opposition to impending Obamacare IPAB ‘death panel’ growing; kill it now before treatable people are left to die
http://thehill.com/opinion/healthcare/371017-congress-must-axe-obamacares-medicare-rationing-board-before-it-is-too

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 (100% FPL)

END THE OBAMACARE CONGRESSIONAL EXEMPTION!

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False Claims in Virginia

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Virginia’s Governor Northam calls Medicaid expansion “economic justice”.  Yo, @GovernorVA ! How is robbing Peter to pay Paul justice?  How is sending the disabled to the back of the line justice?
http://www.richmond.com/news/virginia/government-politics/general-assembly/northam-tells-legislators-medicaid-expansion-is-a-matter-of-basic/article_c11c76e6-4c49-5387-ad64-9e3eb291a08a.html

Yo, @GovernorVA ! How is making it harder for current Medicaid recipients to find a doctor justice?
http://www.richmond.com/news/virginia/government-politics/general-assembly/northam-tells-legislators-medicaid-expansion-is-a-matter-of-basic/article_c11c76e6-4c49-5387-ad64-9e3eb291a08a.html

Yo, @GovernorVA !  How is a higher match for childless able-bodied adults justice?  How is the inability of working class Virginians to get into state schools because of Medicaid justice?
http://www.richmond.com/news/virginia/government-politics/general-assembly/northam-tells-legislators-medicaid-expansion-is-a-matter-of-basic/article_c11c76e6-4c49-5387-ad64-9e3eb291a08a.html

Yo, @GovernorVA ! How is it justice to give the short end of the stick to education and other budget areas just to fund Medicaid expansion? You got a funny sense of justice, Governor.
http://www.richmond.com/news/virginia/government-politics/general-assembly/northam-tells-legislators-medicaid-expansion-is-a-matter-of-basic/article_c11c76e6-4c49-5387-ad64-9e3eb291a08a.html

Medicaid busting state budgets and producing inequality; state universities shun working class to attract better paying out-of-state students
http://thefederalist.com/2017/11/10/medicaid-expands-social-economic-inequality/

Elevated federal match rate for childless able-bodied adults under Medicaid expansion makes no sense and is inequitable.
https://www.mercatus.org/commentary/why-aca-medicaid-expansion-needs-be-fixed

Former Virginia Governor McAuliffe fibs on his way out the door: ‘Medicaid expansion is 100% paid for by the feds’ – IT’S NOT TRUE.
http://www.bdtonline.com/news/va-gov-medicaid-could-be-expanded/article_1edccf0e-e12f-11e7-be32-c7c55e6bb3b0.html

Virginia Medicaid expansion would add at least 506,000 able-bodied adults to welfare rolls, costing the state $28.8 billion over the next ten years.
https://thefga.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/How-the-ObamaCare-dependency-crisis-could-get-even-worse-%E2%80%94-and-how-to-stop-it-1-15-18.pdf

Virginia should study disasters in other states before considering Medicaid expansion
http://virginiansforqualityhealthcare.com/directors-letter-to-the-virginia-senate-3-january-2018/

“Medicaid expansion has led to twice as many able-bodied enrollees as originally projected.”
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/a-new-study-just-proved-the-disaster-of-obamacares-medicaid-expansion/article/2646364

Finding funds for Maine’s voter-mandated Medicaid expansion even more complicated now that feds demanding return of $51M spent on decertified psych center.
http://www.seacoastonline.com/news/20180101/lepage-says-feds-demanding-return-of-51m

Maine lawmakers have no idea how to pay for Medicaid expansion; Guv says eliminate waiting lists for elderly and disabled first
http://www.pressherald.com/2017/12/13/lawmakers-begin-looking-for-ways-to-fund-states-share-of-medicaid-expansion/

Study: Medicaid survival rates worse than no insurance for some cancers
http://www.jeffersonpolicyjournal.com/bacon-before-expanding-medicaid-examine-the-programs-outcomes/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=virginias_latest_policy_news_from_jefferson_policy_journal&utm_term=2017-12-14

State spending for Medicaid expansion expected to reach $8.5B in 2018, $4B increase from 2016
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/medicaid-expansion-to-cost-states-nearly-9-billion/article/2626029

Medicaid is broken: “Prior authorization hurdles, diagnostic delays, and denials of care have become standard operating procedure.”
http://www.jpands.org/vol22no3/robb.pdf

“Possessing a Medicaid card does not guarantee timely access to medical care rendered by a physician or surgeon.”
http://www.jpands.org/vol22no3/robb.pdf

Nation pays for profligate Medicaid spending in California – waste, fraud, incompetence, Medicaid expansion
https://www.forbes.com/sites/theapothecary/2017/12/20/the-california-medicaid-rush-more-costly-than-gold/#1a206c936477

Medicaid expansion: “per capita expansion costs will remain more than 50% higher, through 2022, than previously projected” (p. 56)
http://www.thomasjeffersoninst.org/files/3/2017%20HealthcareHandbook%20FINAL.pdf?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=virginias_latest_policy_news_from_jefferson_policy_journal&utm_term=2018-01-05

Medicaid expansion: match rate inequitable (higher for childless able-bodied adults); causes access problems for the needy; unsustainable cost explosion (p. 64)
http://www.thomasjeffersoninst.org/files/3/2017%20HealthcareHandbook%20FINAL.pdf?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=virginias_latest_policy_news_from_jefferson_policy_journal&utm_term=2018-01-05

Medicaid expansion favors able childless adults over the vulnerable; costs are exploding
https://www.mercatus.org/commentary/why-aca-medicaid-expansion-needs-be-fixed

Oregon misspent hundreds of millions in Medicaid money – $152M since 2014; $78M for illegal aliens, etc.; $74M to coordinated-care providers
https://www.heartland.org/news-opinion/news/report-oregon-medicaid-agency-misspent-taxpayers-money

“Kentucky governor says he’ll end Medicaid benefits for 400,000 if court blocks work requirements”; financial disaster looms.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-kentucky-governor-medicaid-20180116-story.html

Alaska has to add $100 million to state budget after Medicaid expansion swells welfare rolls; ‘unacceptable and out of control’
https://www.alaskapublic.org/2018/01/18/state-senators-slam-additional-medicaid-costs/

Louisiana Attorney General raises concerns Governor illegally sidestepped legislators in letting dubious Medicaid contracts
http://thehayride.com/2017/12/landry-steps-fight-john-bel-edwards-medicaid-contracts/

Medicaid expansion: “free money”, “create jobs”, “budget stability”.  None of it was true. #UnicornsAndRainbows
http://thehill.com/opinion/healthcare/369561-states-have-proven-that-obamacare-projections-cant-be-trusted

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 (100% FPL)

END THE OBAMACARE CONGRESSIONAL EXEMPTION!

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Obamacare-size Salaries

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New Mexico co-op paid its execs high six-figure salaries. Obamacare was always just about the money – ca-ching, ca-ching!
http://dailycaller.com/2018/01/10/exclusive-insolvent-new-mexico-obamacare-co-op-boasted-six-figure-salaries/?utm_medium=email

New Mexico ACA co-op crashed and burned, didn’t tell its customers.  22,000 affected.  Only 3 of 24 co-oops left standing. #ItsNotWorking
http://dailycaller.com/2018/01/10/exclusive-insolvent-new-mexico-obamacare-co-op-boasted-six-figure-salaries/?utm_medium=email

CBO concedes it overestimated power of individual mandate to dragoon people into buying Obamacare
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/cbo-to-lower-estimate-of-uninsured-caused-by-repeal-of-obamacare-mandate/article/2645541

Big Lie: ‘American overwhelmingly embrace Obamacare.’ Not when 12M ask for exemption and 6.7M pay penalty to avoid it.
http://www.wral.com/richard-burr-obamacare-hasn-t-worked-on-the-scale-it-was-promised-/17240971/

ACA insurance mandates will continue to drive premiums upward; market not stabilizing
https://www.onenewsnow.com/politics-govt/2018/01/08/revise-insurance-rules-or-watch-premiums-skyrocket

Delayed Obamacare HIT tax “already hammering small businesses and seniors, should be repealed.”
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/jan/10/time-to-block-the-crushing-new-obamacare-tax/

ACA insurer Centene is sued for refusing to pay legitimate Obamacare claims.
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/11/health/centene-health-insurance-lawsuit.html

Humana’s ACA business turns profitable, but co. warns still has older, sicker risk pool
http://www.wdrb.com/story/36871995/now-making-money-on-obamacare-humana-still-plans-to-quit-exchanges

Number of ACA insurers falls from 167 to 132; 29% of enrollees down to one insurer, up from 20%
http://money.cnn.com/2017/11/13/news/economy/obamacare-insurer-choice/index.html

Down to one insurer in Virginia city: premiums spike 70%, have to switch doctor when sick, better to go without?
https://wydaily.com/2017/12/18/insurers-departure-leaves-greater-williamsburg-families-struggling/

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 (100% FPL)

END THE OBAMACARE CONGRESSIONAL EXEMPTION!

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‘Obamacare signups exceeded expectations’ #LipstickOnAPig

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– #SinglePayer most Mondays
– All the Bad News About Obamacare most Saturdays

‘Obamacare signups exceeded expectations.’  No, they didn’t.  They’re off 5% from last year and early articles this time touted ‘record pace’.  #LipstickOnAPig
https://www.heraldandnews.com/news/local_news/business/obamacare-sign-up-tally-dips-slightly-to-m/article_5d24fdbb-dbc0-5a0d-89da-a8225a619556.html

Individual mandate repeal expected to boost sale of short-term insurance
https://morningconsult.com/2017/12/21/higher-demand-seen-for-short-term-insurance-as-aca-mandate-set-for-repeal/

Idaho Guv signs order allowing sale of plans that don’t meet all ACA requirements. Brick by brick, the resistance is taking this stupid law down
http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/367672-idaho-governor-signs-order-seeking-to-roll-back-obamacare-rules

If Obamacare proves viable, it will only be because of “high rate increases, limited competition and narrow provider networks.” #SuchADeal
http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/367216-analysts-predict-stable-year-for-obamacare-markets

Obamacare’s preexisting conditions provisions are eroding quality of coverage for everyone
https://www.healthaffairs.org/do/10.1377/hblog20180103.261091/full/

Poll: Fabled support for ACA preexisting conditions provisions drops if mean insurer subsidies, higher taxes and premiums, or lower quality of care
https://www.healthaffairs.org/do/10.1377/hblog20180103.261091/full/

“Obamacare’s Medical Standards Are Harming Our Medical System” – lower quality, higher costs, reduced access.  Missing aortic ruptures: “Sometimes I just need five more friggin’ minutes”
https://www.city-journal.org/html/obamacares-medical-standards-are-harming-our-medical-system-15593.html

‘Keep your plan’ among 18 lies Obama told about Obamacare in 2009. Reproduced in all their splendor here:
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/new-york-times-claims-obama-only-told-18-falsehoods-during-his-whole-presidency-here-are-18-he-told-in-selling-obamacare-in-2009-alone/article/2643666

“Funding CSR payments won’t lower premiums for 2018”
http://www.heritage.org/sites/default/files/2017-12/IB4797.pdf?mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiT0RnNU5USm1PR1ptTnpkayIsInQiOiJYamJcL2lWbVNKK3dvU1B2Z2RlakpkbUp6bXBXOG8weWYwekU2MXFGUUpxQlhOd2Y0WGUxRmJNUUxuVnMrK3VoR2VjcmRqdENXK3UybTB5UllBZ2kzUFJ0OXN0ZU9mTUlSVlwvcURTa0c2MW5xZEtobjRjclE2QlJWeWxLbTNpY05jIn0%3D&mc_cid=46cde5d39f&mc_eid=4fec4aa80b

“ObamaCare’s Failed Cost Controls – Medical spending keeps rising, outpacing both general inflation and population growth.”
https://www.wsj.com/articles/obamacares-failed-cost-controls-1513812078

Obamacare is an abject failure – “signing up millions more people for subsidized coverage has not made Americans healthier.”
https://www.wsj.com/articles/why-didnt-obamacare-work-1513978521?mod=djemBestOfTheWeb

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Finally. @SenRonJohnson suboenas @USOPM over Congress’ special/illegal #ObamaCare exemption.
https://twitter.com/mfcannon/status/944234208616222722

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 (100% FPL)

END THE OBAMACARE CONGRESSIONAL EXEMPTION!

 

 

 

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R.I.P. Unconstitutional Individual Mandate 2010-2017

Good riddance to bad garbage!

And to the woman – obviously an Obamacare supporter – who smirked at me (“Success!“) in the Capitol Hill subway station the day Obamacare passed:

Look upon your works, oh ye mighty, and despair!

Thanks for keeping me motivated the last seven years.

Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha !

 

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When All Else Fails, Try Lying Again

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– #SinglePayer most Mondays
– All the Bad News About Obamacare most Saturdays

“Repealing the individual mandate will raise taxes on the poor and kill 10,000 people a year.” They must be trying for Lie of the Year again.
http://dailysignal.com/2017/12/14/5-myths-tax-reform-theyre-wrong/?utm_source=TDS_Email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=MorningBell%22&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiTlRobFpEVXhPV1UzT1RKaSIsInQiOiJ0eDA1MGVZamF6S3g3bzFvRWxad0o1dHN4YXJZZXM2cG1rQ1dtbUlSbmM1R2F6NW5lV054c2hqRzJ0WXRFQnUxYWJlODhjd2F3MEsxTGJ1eGNBMW93aXFINEo0clh2UklueU9tSHBEQklDR3pRdUNKTTEzU3BvTTg5bzRkQXNJUSJ9

‘Obamacare’s contraception mandate spurs economic growth.’ Sure, and I’m the Tooth Fairy. #NoLieLeftBehind
https://www.forbes.com/sites/theapothecary/2017/11/30/fact-checking-the-lefts-dubious-arguments-in-favor-of-obamacares-contraception-mandate/#4251086616b6

‘Experts expect repeal of individual mandate to destabilize Obamacare market.’  Good! #GetRidOfThisTurkey
http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20171204/NEWS/171209958/loss-of-the-individual-mandate-loosened-regulation-of-short-term

CBO’s delusion about the magical power of the individual mandate to force people to sign up for Ocrapoocare is getting worse, not better.

Repealing the individual mandate doesn’t get to the root of the problem – preexisting condition and other regulation mandates
http://thefederalist.com/2017/12/13/repealing-mandate-doesnt-fix-obamacare-regulations-stupid/

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Edw. Mitchell MS MBA‏ @coldstreams
Edw. Mitchell MS MBA Retweeted Obamacare TruthSquad
Absolutely true. I sampled quotes around US and due to 8.13% rule (IRS Form 8965) many, maybe most were already exempt from #ACA mandate
OCTS: “Obamacare’s Individual Mandate Is Repealing Itself – Premiums are so high that many are exempt.”

Another Obamacare flame-out: ‘multistate’ plans required in all 50 states, but only offered in one.  Time to say bye-bye.
http://dailysignal.com/2017/12/14/gop-lawmakers-target-obamacare-mandate-in-states/?utm_source=TDS_Email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=MorningBell%22&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiTlRobFpEVXhPV1UzT1RKaSIsInQiOiJ0eDA1MGVZamF6S3g3bzFvRWxad0o1dHN4YXJZZXM2cG1rQ1dtbUlSbmM1R2F6NW5lV054c2hqRzJ0WXRFQnUxYWJlODhjd2F3MEsxTGJ1eGNBMW93aXFINEo0clh2UklueU9tSHBEQklDR3pRdUNKTTEzU3BvTTg5bzRkQXNJUSJ9

ACA’s ‘quality’ metrics have backfired. Doc: “Sometimes I just need five more friggin’ minutes” to prevent misdiagnosis. #TheyWereWrongAboutEverything
https://www.city-journal.org/html/obamacares-medical-standards-are-harming-our-medical-system-15593.html

Obamacare hospital readmission penalties may be causing thousands of deaths a year.
https://www.statnews.com/2017/12/11/hospital-readmissions-debate/

Centene fined $1.5M for Obamacare narrow networks in Washington State
https://www.cnbc.com/2017/12/15/centene-fined-1-point-5-million-can-resume-obamacare-sales-in-washington.html

More in the loser’s column: Cruel Obamacare narrow networks impose huge out-of-pocket costs on patients w/complex medical needs.
https://www.reuters.com/article/usa-healthcare-complexcases/obamacare-insurance-options-dwindle-for-neediest-u-s-patients-idUSL1N1O417T

This is screwed up. Work less and make more because of Obamacare subsidies.
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/01/business/a-radical-move-giving-up-income-to-get-health-insurance.html

“Churning, Confusion And Disruption — The Dark Side Of Marketplace Coverage”
https://khn.org/news/churning-confusion-and-disruption-the-dark-side-of-marketplace-coverage/

Consider a la carte approach to avoid Obamacare (e.g., accident coverage)
https://khn.org/news/brokers-tout-mix-and-match-coverage-to-avoid-high-cost-aca-plans/

Dems want to delay ACA Cadillac tax. NO! If Obamacare is so great, let’s have all of it right now!
http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/364019-cadillac-tax-is-sticking-point-for-congress

A good chunk of the unsubsidized are paying $1,000 a month or more for Ocrapocare. #ItsNotWorking
http://freebeacon.com/issues/survey-36-obamacare-enrollees-without-subsidies-pay-1000-premiums/?utm_source=Freedom+Mail&utm_campaign=8a92516820-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_12_13&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b5e6e0e9ea-8a92516820-45628225

$40,000 ACA policies – #ItsNotWorking
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/health-care/article188987144.html#fmp

Return of Obamacare insurance tax to hit seniors buying Medicare Advantage plans – $500 per couple
http://dailysignal.com/2017/12/11/seniors-brace-for-return-of-obamacare-tax-in-2018/

Trump admin condones slamming people into plans they didn’t ask for if they don’t re-enroll – ‘but I didn’t ask for a Chevy truck.’
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/11/us/politics/obamacare-surprise-new-insurers-higher-costs.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fpolitics

“Obamacare has made healthcare too expensive and too inflexible for young people.”
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/reporter-uses-1992-words-to-explain-why-young-people-arent-buying-obamacare-i-only-need-12-words/article/2643501

“ACA has ruined the insurance market and true catastrophic insurance is no longer affordable, or even offered.”
http://www.jpands.org/vol22no3/robb.pdf

Thanks to Obamacare, people are unable to buy the catastrophic insurance they need and want.
http://www.jpands.org/vol22no3/robb.pdf

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

REPEAL OBAMACARE NOW!
– end the individual mandate
– return Medicaid to a poverty program (100% FPL)
– legalize true catastrophic insurance

END THE OBAMACARE CONGRESSIONAL EXEMPTION!

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