Bad News: No Train Wreck Left Behind

BCBS exits Nebraska exchange, leaving one insurer.
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/blue-cross-blue-shield-drops-out-of-obamacare-exchange-in-nebraska/article/2624788

“Trump Drafts Rule to Overturn Obama Mandate Forcing Little Sisters of the Poor to Fund Abortions”
http://www.lifenews.com/2017/05/30/trump-drafts-rule-to-overturn-obama-mandate-forcing-little-sisters-of-the-poor-to-fund-abortions/

“Small Businesses Look for Relief from Obamacare Employer Mandate, Restaurateur Says”
https://smallbiztrends.com/2017/06/obamacare-employer-mandate-small-business.html

Thanks to ACA, if you are hired part-time, you stay part-time.
http://obamacarewatch.org/other/american-health-care-regulation-halting-american-business/?mc_cid=79272bbd79&mc_eid=4fec4aa80b

New rules allow individuals and small businesses to use online brokers instead of TrainWreck.gov
https://www.axios.com/aca-changes-are-aiding-online-health-brokers-2426895780.html

Support for ACA’s community rating plummets when poll includes higher costs, taxes, reduced quality for all.
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/obamacares-newfound-popularity-could-prove-fleeting/article/2624679

Corral the doctors, control the people – “less than half of physicians are independent”. Thanks, ACA
http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20170531/NEWS/170539971/for-the-first-time-ever-less-than-half-of-physicians-are-independent

Another study casts doubt on ACA ‘preventive care saves money’ assumption
http://www.nber.org/papers/w23413?utm_campaign=ntw&utm_medium=email&utm_source=ntw

EHR co. fined $155M for faulty software, fraud, kickbacks. (ACA never about healthcare; follow the money)
http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/31/health-records-faulty-software-239004

How many ACA cheerleaders will defend Obamacare when single-payer debate comes? Not many. So don’t t take anything they say seriously today.

Medicaid spending rises – is not ‘slashed’ – under Trump budget.
http://reason.com/archives/2017/05/29/trumps-medicaid-cuts-actually-increase-f/

Louisiana lawmakers vote to become more dependent on federal money to fix Medicaid expansion train wreck
http://www.wdsu.com/article/state-lawmakers-approve-dollar368-million-increase-for-medicaid-expansion/9915813

Illinois should freeze enrollment to fix Illinois Medicaid expansion train wreck
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20170525/OPINION/170529920/illinois-medicaid-expansion-needs-unwinding

Medicaid not meant t/b permanent substitute for work. Supposed t/b temporary. Good goal – people off rolls.
http://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/democrats-cant-stop-these-medicaid-reforms-from-happening/

Inconvenient truth – Obamacare was failing long before Trump came along
http://www.investors.com/politics/columnists/no-trump-didnt-cause-obamacare-to-fail/

 

 

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Bad News: Fiddling While Rome Burns

Magical thinking: CBO score once again relies on individual mandate to herd people into Obamacare.
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/448003/american-health-care-act-cbo-scoring-alarmist

Fake news: ‘CBO: 23M to lose coverage under GOP bill’. No, large bulk not currently covered. http://bwcentral.org/2017/05/fact-check-no-the-republican-healthcare-bill-would-not-cause-23-million-people-to-lose-insurance/

HHS: cost of individual health insurance has doubled on average since 2013
http://dailysignal.com/2017/05/24/3-charts-biggest-revelations-new-obamacare-study/?utm_source=TDS_Email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=CapitolBell&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiTnpjeE5UYzVPVFU1WW1ObSIsInQiOiJ3NkpxSVBkanNMMHZKYUxFcDVHRkZqejVkT2FGSWJXQ240Q01kNUFWdENvXC9YK1Q2T240OW1pYlFSTVVIaXFtV3N6ZHE4UjdtWXNkNWdOOURKbUtsN3JCRXdMRm9SQzdaSzlOZGlZSnEzd1wvUVNBNHhXR09FbXA4T2tFNFhoQkM3In0%3D

Alabama hardest hit by ACA price increases – up 223% 2013-2017, more than twice national average
http://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2017/05/are_obamacare_premiums_increas.html

‘The average family will save $2,500’. Remember that one? That was a good one.  #StrategicLying #WheresMy2500

Price increases in New Hampshire: ACA ‘obviously failing working people, doing far more harm than good.’
http://www.unionleader.com/state-government/NH-conservative-groups-critical-of-possible-Obamacare-rate-increases-05232017

BCBS-Kansas City flees ACA exchanges after losing $110M; 25 Missouri counties have no ACA insurer.
https://www.vox.com/health-care/2017/5/24/15686072/obamacare-exit-missouri-blue-cross

Insurer leaves Idaho exchange
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/idaho-loses-obamacare-insurer/article/2623805

Consumers can buy ACA plans directly from brokers and insurers w/o having to go to Train Wreck Central
http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20170517/NEWS/170519869/trump-administration-lets-consumers-skip-healthcare-gov

What if they gave a train wreck and nobody came? How many billions of dollars have been wasted on Obamacare catastrophe?

Rand Paul: “big-hearted, small-brain syndrome” – worse off if destroy country by helping people
http://www.unionleader.com/Obamacare-rate-could-see-big-spike-in-NH-next-year

Oregon Medicaid pays out millions to people it has no idea whether they’re eligible.
http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2017/05/oregons_failure_to_justify_all.html

Louisiana train wreck coming; Medicaid expansion population now 428,000, blew past 375,000 projection.
http://theind.com/article-25100-spending-on-la-medicaid-expansion-boosted-$368m.html

 

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Bad News: ACA Price Increases Outta Sight

Obamacare supporters’ latest entry in the ‘Lie of the Year’ contest: ‘It’s Trump that made Obamacare prices go up.’ Nice try. They’ll say anything to keep this national disaster in place.

Not a single price hike below the rate of inflation.
#ItsNotWorking

Maryland Obamacare price increases range from 9-53%
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/maryland-announces-surging-rates-on-obamacare-exchange/article/2622179

Oregon Obamacare price increases average 17%
http://www.teapartypatriots.org/news/oregon-obamacare-insurers-requesting-double-digit-premium-hikes/?mid=9262&id=T15OuHulZKxtwhqSTA

Average New York Obamacare price increase 16.6%
http://nypost.com/2017/05/15/state-insurers-to-seek-rate-hike-for-2018-obamacare-policies/

Connecticut Obamacare insurers seek 15-34% premium increases
http://nypost.com/2017/05/15/state-insurers-to-seek-rate-hike-for-2018-obamacare-policies/

Virginia Obamacare price hikes as high as 179%
http://nypost.com/2017/05/09/insurers-request-big-hikes-for-obamacare-premiums/

“Obamacare: 49-percent price hike since 2014”
http://www.msn.com/en-us/money/other/obamacares-crushing-cost-to-some-families-49-percent-price-hike-since-2014-premiums-of-dollar14300/ar-BBB22sq

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Chart comparing health ins premium progression from 2009 to 2016 https://www.forbes.com/sites/johngoodman/2017/05/18/individual-insurance-buyers-were-better-off-without-obamacare/2/#11dbf00b3e76 … #Repeal @IWV @ObamacreTrthSqd @SenPatRoberts

Obamacare supporters pretend ACA working fine before Nov election and insurers are to blame for latest price hikes. Good luck with that.

Bill comes due for California Medicaid: $1.3B first year. ‘Won’t be easy to make up….’ #ThePartyIsOver
http://californiahealthline.org/news/california-to-pay-about-1-3-billion-for-medicaid-expansion-in-first-year-of-state-contributions/

Bill coming due for Kasich’s kalamitous Medicaid expansion in Ohio; state on hook for $4-14B over next 8 yrs
http://www.cleveland.com/opinion/index.ssf/2017/05/bar_future_medicaid_expansion.html

Arkansas confesses error: Medicaid expansion unsustainable. Kicks 60,000 off program, impose work requirement
http://www.theeagle.com/news/nation/arkansas-governor-signs-new-medicaid-plan-restrictions/article_ff9dd756-f164-534e-afca-1772cede54ca.html

$1.6 billion budget shortfall forces discussion of Medicaid expansion retrenchment in Oregon.
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/free-coverage-isnt-free-oregon-lawmakers-discuss-rolling-back-medicaid-expansion/article/2621790

Consumers can buy ACA plans directly from brokers and insurers w/o having to go to Train Wreck Central
http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20170517/NEWS/170519869/trump-administration-lets-consumers-skip-healthcare-gov

Small businesses can buy ACA plans directly from insurers, skip Obamacare marketplace. #ItsNotWorking
https://morningconsult.com/2017/05/15/cms-let-small-businesses-bypass-obamacare-marketplace/

“My husband would’ve died with Obamacare”
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/may/6/my-husband-wouldve-died-obamacare/

Barbaric ACA supporter tries to run GOP lawmaker off road, praised by other barbarians.
http://nypost.com/2017/05/12/obamacare-supporter-allegedly-tried-to-run-gop-lawmaker-off-the-road/
https://www.theblaze.com/news/2017/05/13/woman-tried-to-run-gop-congressman-off-road-over-obamacare-repeal-now-liberals-are-praising-her/

Aetna withdraws from Obamacare completely.
https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/05/12/icymi-wsj-editorial-board-aetna-says-sayonara-obamacare

 

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It’s Official, Obamacare Has Doubled Premiums In Just Three Years

Comment: Data from eHealthInsurance.com, the nation’s largest online health insurance broker, indicate that their average non-subsidized premium has increased 99% for an individual since the “Affordable” Care Act took effect, and 140% for the average family.

Remember the excuses?  Remember when we were told Obamacare would save us $2,500 a year?  That we could keep our plans?  And then told our premiums were going up more slowly than ever before, even as our bills skyrocketed?  And then told the policies we could not keep were “bad apple” policies, anyhow?

Starting with its website launch October 1, 2013 (the largest I.T. disaster in the history of the world), cancelling people’s preferred plans, doubling premiums for people who pay, and loading millions of Americans into unsustainable federal dependency programs, the unAffordable Care Act has proved even worse than its more ardent detractors could’ve ever imagined.

The Obamacare Truth Squad advocates for the re-legalization of catastrophic insurance (banned under Obamacare) as an affordable consumer option. Obamacare is a care catastrophe, instead. That’s not what we meant, government!

“MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jan. 23, 2017– Today eHealth, Inc. (NASDAQ: EHTH) (eHealth.com), the nation’s first and largest private online health insurance exchange, released an analysis of individual and family health insurance shopping trends for the first two months of the 2017 open enrollment period. [...]

eHealth’s analysis provides an aggregated, anonymized examination of individual and family health insurance premiums and deductibles for plans selected by eHealth shoppers not receiving government subsidies under the ACA from November 1 through December 31, 2016. It also includes demographic information on shoppers and a review of individual and family costs previously published by eHealth since 2008. [...]

Individual coverage highlights

  • Average individual premium: $393 per month for an individual not receiving subsidies in the first two months of the 2017 open enrollment period
  • In 2013, the year before major Obamacare provisions came into effect, the average individual premium was $197 per month
  • Between 2013 and the first two months of the 2017 open enrollment period, average individual premiums have increased 99%

Family coverage highlights

  • Average family premium: $1,021 per month for a family not receiving subsidies in the first two months of the 2017 open enrollment period
  • In 2013, the year before major Obamacare provisions came into effect, the average family’s premium was $426 per month
  • Between the end of 2013 and the first two months of the 2017 open enrollment period, average family premiums have increased 140%”

Average Individual Health Insurance Premiums Increased 99% Since 2013, the Year Before Obamacare, & Family Premiums Increased 140%, According to eHealth.com Shopping Data

eHealthInsurance.com Investor Relations, Jan. 23, 2017

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Bad News: Who Will Speak for Obamacare’s Victims?

“I haven’t seen an ob/gyn in three years because we can’t afford insurance.” #ObamacareTrainWreck
http://www.self.com/story/6-women-affordable-care-act-negatives

“It’s cheaper to pay out of pocket than to pay for insurance.” #ItsNotWorking
http://www.self.com/story/6-women-affordable-care-act-negatives

Obamacare plans would cost 20% more if we stopped hiding the ball w/subsidies. #WrongDirection
https://www.wsj.com/articles/anthem-membership-operating-revenue-beat-expectations-1493206070

“Thousands of Obamacare Customers Left Without Options as Insurers Bolt”
https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2017-health-insurer-exits/

“Patients can’t find docs who take FL Medicaid” – “I feel so helpless”
http://www.fox13news.com/news/fox-13-investigates/251267439-story

Protections for preexisting conditions were in place before Obamacare (employer, HIPAA, hi risk pools)
http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/healthcare/328174-obamacare-misled-americans-about-pre-existing-conditions-now#comment-3269899563

Price of pre-Obamacare plans with preexisting conditions coverage similar to price of ACA plans today
http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/healthcare/328174-obamacare-misled-americans-about-pre-existing-conditions-now#comment-3269899563

House GOP leaders move to cut lawmaker Obamacare exemption from repeal bill (talk about tone deaf, wow!)
http://www.politico.com/story/2017/04/27/congress-exemption-obamacare-repeal-237672

Trump appears to break campaign promise, will continue to defend HHS contraception mandate
http://www.theblaze.com/news/2017/04/25/report-trump-administration-will-defend-obamacare-contraception-mandate/

Arkansas plan would revert eligibility back from 138 to 100% of poverty to fix Medicaid expansion fiscal disaster.
http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2017/apr/27/4-year-savings-put-at-66m-if-state-cuts/?f=news-arkansas

Doctor explains how Obamacare, ‘healthcare is a right’ chased her out of medicine
http://1010wcsi.com/doctor-explains-how-obamacare-entitled-patients-chased-her-out-of-medicine/

“Running The Numbers On Mortality Rates Suggests Obamacare Could Be Killing People”
http://thefederalist.com/2017/04/25/running-numbers-mortality-rates-suggests-obamacare-killing-people/

Obamacare is working out as well as Prohibition did. #GreatAmericanDisasters

 

 

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Bad News: Obamacare Insurers on Endangered Species List

“Here’s how many insurers ditched each state’s Obamacare exchanges in 2017”
http://www.businessinsider.com/obamacare-2017-insurer-exits-from-states-map-2017-4

O-admin launched Healthcare.gov train wreck despite security warnings from contractor.
http://freebeacon.com/issues/hhs-launched-obamacare-website-known-security-concerns/?utm_source=Freedom+Mail&utm_campaign=58e9867af0-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_04_18&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b5e6e0e9ea-58e9867af0-45628225

Congress should not exempt itself from replacement bill like it did in ACA if it wants to win 2018 elections.
http://dailycaller.com/2017/04/21/practice-what-you-preach/

So what if Obamacare ‘increases access’? New study shows it has had ZERO impact on overall health.
http://thefederalist.com/2017/04/20/obamacare-may-increase-doctor-visits-isnt-making-anyone-healthier/

Expanded access a chimera; more healthcare little effect b/c Personal Determinants of Health 90% of the picture
http://thefederalist.com/2017/04/20/obamacare-may-increase-doctor-visits-isnt-making-anyone-healthier/

Hollywood writers pumped Obamacare, but screaming in contract talks about health benefits facing insolvency
http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2017/04/delicious_irony_liberal_writers_may_strike_over_obamacare_insurance_costs.html

Heresy! Oregon Dems float end to Medicaid expansion to deal with $1.6B deficit. #YouAskedForThisMess
http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20170419/NEWS/170419847

Medicaid expansionistas spreading lie Ohio cost overrun an ‘anomaly’. Sorry, costs blew up everywhere.
http://www.ozarksfirst.com/news/medicaid-expansion-not-happening-in-mo-legislature/694910833

Health sharing ministries can now operate in Montana; not ‘insurance’
http://missoulian.com/news/government-and-politics/health-care-cost-sharing-program-medi-share-now-in-montana/article_1bdb1c4e-b45e-5a83-aff2-bc8896553b1a.html?utm_content=bufferc78d0&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=LEEDCC

T-admin should modify ACA’s misguided Medical Loss Ratio (MLR) rules that drive premiums higher
https://www.forbes.com/sites/sallypipes/2017/04/17/hhs-can-target-obamacares-medical-loss-ratio-rule-right-away/#2929e5bb7322

T-admin mulls rescinding stupid Obamacare physician-owned hospital restrictions; asks for comment
http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20170417/NEWS/170419883

 

 

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Bad News: “The disappearing Obamacare insurers” (top tweets)

“The disappearing Obamacare insurers”
https://www.axios.com/the-disappearing-obamacare-insurers-2357437003.html

“Major Obamacare Insurer Blue Cross Blue Shield Won’t Turn a Profit in 2017”
http://freebeacon.com/issues/major-obamacare-insurer-blue-cross-blue-shield-wont-turn-profit-2017/

ACA cheerleaders bogus claim ‘preexisting conditions not covered pre-ACA’ – employers, HIPAA could not deny.
http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/healthcare/328174-obamacare-misled-americans-about-pre-existing-conditions-now

Guaranteed Issue and Community Rating sound like nice ideas, but give individual market indigestion
http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/healthcare/328174-obamacare-misled-americans-about-pre-existing-conditions-now

Unappropriated cost sharing subsidies are unconstitutional.
https://thefederalist.com/2017/04/12/media-proves-care-obamacare-constitution/

Couple couldn’t afford $22K ACA premium, had to change plans, lost doctors and hospitals
http://thefederalist.com/2017/04/14/we-have-to-earn-42000-every-year-just-to-fill-in-for-our-obamacare-and-gop-plans-wont-help/

Less than 3% of docs give Obamacare an ‘A’
https://westvirginia.forums.rivals.com/threads/less-than-three-percent-of-doctors-giving-obamacare-an-%E2%80%9Ca%E2%80%9D.143240/

Doc: ‘Sorry, you’re not my focus anymore. Now, I’ve got to respond to the federal bureaucracy, not you.’
https://westvirginia.forums.rivals.com/threads/less-than-three-percent-of-doctors-giving-obamacare-an-%E2%80%9Ca%E2%80%9D.143240/

Medicaid expansion blows $1 billion hole in Oregon state budget, despite robust economy.
http://www.bendbulletin.com/localstate/5221200-151/heres-why-the-budget-gap-grows-as-oregon

Heads up – Medicaid expansionistas plan another veto override attempt in May
http://salinapost.com/2017/04/10/kancare-expansion-advocates-gearing-up-for-another-override-attempt/

“Repealing IPAB Key to Preserving Patient Access to Health Care”
https://morningconsult.com/opinions/repealing-ipab-key-preserving-patient-access-health-care/

Congress exemption: “Denying special privileges for the political elite is something I hope everyone can agree on”
http://dailycaller.com/2017/04/11/how-obamacare-affects-congressional-families-it-doesnt-theyre-exempt/

 

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Bad News: Iowa Down to One Insurer (top tweets)

“Nearly all Iowa counties are down to a single insurer as Aetna calls it quits”
http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20170406/NEWS/170409947/nearly-all-iowa-counties-are-down-to-a-single-insurer-as-aetna-calls

Wellmark to leave Iowa ACA exchange; 21,400 can’t keep their plans. #ItsNotWorking
http://www.thegazette.com/subject/news/health/wellmark-to-leave-iowa-exchange-stop-selling-obamacare-compliant-plans-20170403

Knoxville could be first U.S. city with no Obamacare insurer, if Human exits as announced
http://dailycaller.com/2017/04/04/first-us-city-set-to-see-complete-obamacare-collapse/

Minnesota insurers bleed $687 million, worst year in a decade
http://www.startribune.com/health-plans-in-minnesota-saw-their-worse-year-in-a-decade/417976423/

Ending Congress’ illegal Obamacare exemption would light a fire under lawmakers to repeal this stupid law.
http://www.tulsaworld.com/opinion/othervoices/phil-kerpen-end-the-illegal-obamacare-exemption-for-congress/article_e17884ef-698f-5716-805b-3f6c0f4bfb68.html

Editorial page echoes call for ending Congressional Obamacare exemption
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/apr/2/editorial-a-modest-suggestion-to-move-congress/

Virginia Gov. ‘Tilts-at-Windmills’ McAuliffe loses Medicaid expansion bid for umpteenth time.
http://www.sanluisobispo.com/news/business/article142779869.html

Medicaid expansion rejected in Kansas as governor’s veto stands.  Virginia and Kansas – so much for ‘momentum’.
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/kansas-fails-to-override-veto-of-medicaid-expansion/article/2619189

Minnesota joins Alaska and Maine in turning to hi risk pools to handle preexisting conditions
http://www.startribune.com/dayton-will-let-542-million-reinsurance-bill-become-law-without-his-signature/417973623/

‘Obamacare popular’ poll results premised on false choice in poll question.  #RiggedPolls
http://dailysignal.com/2017/04/06/despite-deceptive-headlines-obamacare-remains-as-unpopular-as-ever/

As bad as Obamacare premiums are, they would be 19% higher if Congress stopped hiding the true cost.
http://www.cnbc.com/2017/04/06/obamacare-premiums-could-spike-19-percent-if-congress-cuts-off-subsidies.html

Thousands of brokers exit Obamacare as commissions dry up.
http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20170405/NEWS/170409972/thousands-of-brokers-exit-healthcare-gov-as-plan-commissions-go

ACA food labeling rules require 34 MILLION combinations for pizza shops at a cost of $5K/location. #WorthlessInfo
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/446348/obamacare-food-labeling-regulations?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=williamson&utm_content=pizza

ACA preexisting coverage not working for Chicago family. Costs escalating, networks dwindling. $46K before ins.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/letters/ct-obamacare-put-my-family-at-risk-it-s-time-for-a-replacement-20170407-story.html

 

 

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Obamacare Still Bad News

“Obamacare Regulations Drove Up Health Insurance Premium Costs By Up to 68%”
http://www.lifenews.com/2017/03/24/new-analysis-obamacare-regulations-drove-up-health-insurance-premium-costs-by-up-to-68/

Here is how much each Obamacare insurance regulation has driven up premiums:

Anthem may leave many Obamacare markets next year.
http://www.theblaze.com/news/2017/03/31/report-another-major-insurer-appears-set-to-pull-out-of-obamacare-markets/

Anthem departure could leave zero insurers in parts of Georgia, Missouri, Colorado, other states.
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/31/upshot/obamacare-choices-could-go-from-one-to-zero-in-some-areas.html?_r=0

Support for ACA preexisting condition rules drops from 63 to 31% when cost and hit to quality included in question
https://www.cato.org/blog/wsj-how-obamacare-punishes-sick

Missouri House rejects Medicaid expansion (so much for supposed momentum post-Ryan bill blow-up)
http://www.kspr.com/content/news/House-vote-to-reject-Medicaid-expansion-frustrates-advocates-417677123.html

Governor vetoes Kansas Medicaid expansion, but veto override attempt coming
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/30/us/medicaid-kansas-brownback-override-legislature.html?_r=0

Erroneous Medi-Cal projections blow $1.9 BILLION hole in California budget
http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/01/18/1-8-billion-error-adds-to-california-deficit-projection/

21% of U.S. population now on Medicaid. This is not a triumph. It’s a tragedy.

Managed care was supposed to be magic bullet for Iowa Medicaid, but losses climb to $450 million
http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20170330/NEWS/170339997

 

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UPDATE – Fake News

A couple of weeks ago, Mike Pence called all the promises the Democrats ever made about Obamacare ‘fake news.’  Well, there was plenty of news this week showing just how fake Obamacare is in many respects:

Everywhere you turn now, there’s another story about how popular Obamacare has become since the election.  It’s all fake.  Democrat pollsters cook up phony poll numbers and complicit media serve them up to you without any hesitation.  The poll questions are rigged – ‘do you like Obamacare’s community rating mandate?’, for example.  Community rating is what makes young people pay more so older people can pay less.  That’s like asking ‘do you want free ice cream?’ Support for community rating drops significantly when the poll question includes the cost of the mandate.  The polls also leave out the fact that the replacement components under discussion – HSAs, selling insurance across state lines – are popular.

Obamacare sure isn’t very popular with the people stuck on it.  Get this:  customer satisfaction with Obamacare plans dropped from 77 percent just a year ago to only 22 percent today.  Another year of premium increases, lack of choice of insurance companies and doctors, and declining benefits has made customers hate Obamacare – not to mention the fake customer service they’re getting.  Good luck trying to talk to someone about your claim or your denial.  Customer service is not going well, one story said.

Then there are the fake statistics we see everywhere now.  ‘Obamacare covered 20 million people’ they keep saying but, it turns out, that was only an estimate and 8 out of 10 newly covered are welfare cases resulting from Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion.

They keep saying how wonderful it is that people with preexisting conditions can’t be denied coverage under Obamacare, but there was another story this week showing that’s pretty fake, too.  Patients with preexisting conditions are being hit with high deductibles and co-pays, and skimpy drug coverage.  Prescriptions are the major expense for a lot of them, so their Obamacare plans are not nearly as good as they thought they were going to be.  There were stories like this a year ago about AIDS patients so, apparently, the situation hasn’t gotten any better.

Remember when Obama said he wouldn’t accept any healthcare bill that added to the deficit and the Democrats waited until CBO scored the cost of Obamacare under a trillion dollars over ten years?  Now we know that Obamacare could only have reduced the deficit IF the Medicare cuts, the ratcheting down of the tax credits, and the Cadillac tax all take effect as scheduled.  That’s a lot of ‘if’s’ and none of them are likely to happen.  More fakery.  Instead of a law that cuts the deficit, we have a law that ADDS to the deficit and will keep right on doing so.

Then there’s John Kasich’s fake claims of success.  He continues to tell people that the Bible told him to spend the next generation into oblivion and that his pen-and-a-phone Medicaid expansion in Ohio is wonderful.  Not true.  Medicaid expansion in Ohio is $2.9 billion over budget in just the first two years, but you won’t hear that from him – big phony.  The days of ‘free money’ for Medicaid expansion are over.  You aren’t hearing states screaming much about the cost yet, but you will when the numbers start coming in.  How do I know?  Because Medicaid expansion has blown past projections in every single state where it’s been adopted.  Those states will rue the day they went down that road.

Finally, I mentioned last week that 60 percent of Facebook posts defending Obamacare are fake, coming from paid activists, not grass roots.  I tweeted that on Monday and it was an instant success.  It was the most popular tweet we had all week.

Links

“Pence: Democrats’ Obamacare promises were ‘fake news’”
http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/320942-mike-pence-democrats-obamacare-promises-were-fake-news

FAKE NEWS:
Mythic surge in Obamacare popularity is FAKE NEWS – Dem pollsters, cherry-picked findings, partisan press
https://spectator.org/obamacare-sees-miraculous-popularity-surge/

Support for ACA’s community rating drops if problems and costs included in poll question
https://www.cato.org/blog/support-obamacares-most-popular-provisions-plummet-quality-care-threatened

FAKE POLLS leave out fact ‘replace’ components are popular – HSAs, low-cost ins w/o mandates, interstate market
https://www.forbes.com/sites/sallypipes/2017/02/20/repeal-and-replace-is-more-popular-than-polls-suggest/#78cb1f1d6512

FAKE POPULARITY:
“ObamaCare’s Popularity Is A Myth — Enrollee Satisfaction Craters To 22% As Exchanges Collapse”. “http://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/obamacare-repeal-just-got-easier-as-enrollee-satisfaction-plunges/

Obamacare’s 22% customer approval rating is down from 77% just a year ago! #LemonLaw
http://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/obamacare-repeal-just-got-easier-as-enrollee-satisfaction-plunges/

ACA satisfaction nosedives – hi prices, lack of choice, narrow networks, bad customer service
http://www.hrmronline.com/news/obamacare-satisfaction-falling-survey-reveals-1532

FAKE CUSTOMER SERVICE:
Obamacare: good luck getting your claim, denial, or payment handled smoothly. #ItsNotWorking
http://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/obamacare-repeal-just-got-easier-as-enrollee-satisfaction-plunges/

FAKE STATISTICS – ACA did not ‘cover’ 20 million. Based on surveys and estimates, not real data
http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/healthcare/320969-debunking-the-20-million-obamacare-myth

FAKE COVERAGE:
Insurers chintzing preexisting coverage to point no longer adequate – hi deductibles/co-pays, no Rx coverage, etc.
https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-obamacare-punishes-the-sick-1488327340

FAKE BUDGET NUMBERS:
‘ACA reduces deficit’ ONLY IF: Medicare cuts, tax credit limitations, & Cadillac tax really happen. #BudgetBuster
https://thefederalist.com/2017/02/23/dear-congress-please-take-obamacare-coverage-horrible/

FAKE CLAIMS OF SUCCESS:
“Kasich’s Medicaid expansion ran $2.9 billion over budget in the just the first two years.”
http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/healthcare/321585-rolling-back-medicaid-expansion-can-be-done-without-forcibly

Politicians can no longer ignore Medicaid expansion explosion; days of ‘free money’ are over.
https://origin-nyi.thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/healthcare/322011-congress-should-take-a-cue-from-arkansas-medicaid-expansion

Enrollment has blown past projections in every single Medicaid expansion state.
http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/healthcare/321585-rolling-back-medicaid-expansion-can-be-done-without-forcibly

FAKE GRASSROOTS:
60% of Facebook posts defending Obamacare are FAKE – coming from paid activists, not grass roots.
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/obamascare-60-of-online-obamacare-defenders-paid-to-post-hits-on-critics/article/2615774

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