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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‘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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“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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Maine Guv: Show Me the Medicaid Expansion Money

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Maine’s Gov. LePage: “Show me the money” to pay for Medicaid expansion.  “I will not let them endanger the state’s financial health.”
http://www.themainewire.com/2017/12/proponents-medicaid-put-money-mouth/

Maine’s ‘We Want Free Ice Cream!’ Medicaid expansion referendum will cost state $54M and federal taxpayers $525M annually
https://www.forbes.com/sites/sallypipes/2017/11/27/maines-medicaid-mistake-could-cost-lives/#2c9c6b0b37a3

Maine’s Gov. LePage: “Leaving needy Mainers to languish on waitlists while giving free health care to able-bodied adults is unconscionable.”
http://www.themainewire.com/2017/12/proponents-medicaid-put-money-mouth/

Medicaid produces “persistently inferior outcomes”
http://thefederalist.com/2017/12/08/study-suggests-medicaid-persistently-inferior-form-health-coverage/

Medicaid produces inferior health outcomes in part b/c “less skilled and less specialized surgeons” most likely to accept Medicaid.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/sallypipes/2017/11/27/maines-medicaid-mistake-could-cost-lives/#2c9c6b0b37a3

Medicaid expansion generally not improving health outcomes for young adults
http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/aca-health-outcomes-medicaid-recipients/

Greedy hospitals lost their bet that Medicaid expansion would bring them riches; reimbursements lower than expected, bad debt rising again.
http://www.healthcarefinancenews.com/news/moodys-revises-nonprofit-and-public-health-outlook-negative-hospitals-face-rising-operating

Congress should stop subsidizing state Medicaid provider tax scams
http://thehill.com/opinion/healthcare/363295-medicaid-funds-shouldnt-be-used-to-subsidize-state-taxes-on-health-care

Audit shows Oregon spends hundreds of millions of dollars in improper Medicaid payments; state “wasteful and incompetent”
http://reason.com/blog/2017/12/01/why-does-oregon-suck-so-much-at-spending

Yo, Virginia! Medicaid costs are unsustainable even w/o Medicaid expansion. What other parts of the budget will you cut?
http://www.fredericksburg.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-paying-for-medicaid-in-virginia/article_2000edba-a602-5f9c-97c2-c5c55c42b28f.html

Virginia cannot afford long-term costs of Medicaid expansion and should not make false commitments
http://www.dailyprogress.com/news/state/virginia-governor-elect-promises-to-promote-bipartisan-agenda/article_05dab7ce-1ded-5df2-8569-e363c3ece241.html

Virginia’s new #UnicornsAndRainbows Governor wants free community college AND Medicaid expansion
http://www.dailyprogress.com/news/state/virginia-governor-elect-promises-to-promote-bipartisan-agenda/article_05dab7ce-1ded-5df2-8569-e363c3ece241.html

Medicaid expansion is a bad idea because Obamacare failed to ‘bend the healthcare cost curve down’
http://www.fredericksburg.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-paying-for-medicaid-in-virginia/article_2000edba-a602-5f9c-97c2-c5c55c42b28f.html

Access is already a problem in North Carolina and you want Medicaid expansion there?
http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20171127/NEWS/171129943/north-carolina-seeks-to-widen-medicaid-network-by-paying-docs-debt

“Whistleblower: Medicaid Managed-Care Firm Improperly Denied Care To Thousands”
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/whistleblower-medicaid-managed-care-firm-improperly-denied-care-to-thousands/2017/12/01/8a389d46-d680-11e7-9ad9-ca0619edfa05_story.html?utm_term=.ea691d106b1a

‘Medicaid expansion caused the number of ER visits to go up.’  Huh?  Expansion was supposed to bring the number down.  #TheyWereWrongAboutEverything
https://www.axios.com/whos-paying-for-er-visits-2511449513.html

California: insurers are getting rich on Medicaid while low-income and disabled get stuck with substandard care
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/453920/medicaid-expanding-making-insurers-rich-most-vulnerable-paying-price

California insurers make $5.4 billion on state Medicaid program.  Just more pigs at the trough. #SpecialInterests
https://californiahealthline.org/multimedia/making-money-off-medicaid/

Louisiana Governor dodges lawmakers by using emergency noncompetitive process to renew Medicaid managed care contracts
http://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/politics/article_38691ce2-ced9-11e7-b62a-4f6136396e8d.html

Poll: voters want to freeze Medicaid expansion; support for expansion drops when told money could be redirected to other priorities
https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2017/11/15/poll-voters-want-to-hit-the-brakes-on-medicaid-expansion-n2409979

“Report: Skyrocketing Medicaid Enrollment Leading to Increased Government Dependency”
http://freebeacon.com/issues/report-skyrocketing-medicaid-enrollment-leading-to-increased-government-dependency/

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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They Were Wrong About Everything

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Senate votes to repeal ACA’s hated individual mandate; tax reform heads to conference committee
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/republicans-send-obamacare-individual-mandate-repeal-to-conference/article/2642364

ACA’s failed individual mandate unexpectedly turned out to be REGRESSIVE and should be repealed
http://dailysignal.com/2017/11/30/senate-repeal-regressive-tax-uninsured/?mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiTXpGall6Z3dNems1TXpOaSIsInQiOiIzWDBkQkY0bkp5VlwvMmtRWllzU1hlNlEzSHpJU0VpSnJvZ1MzTHAzQ1B1ajJpOVhMUUVRWlMyM0VRTnV4R2FXblNVWTJZa1gwVUlPNDZHT1RzS1FLdkhvMU5NMXFSbkNGK0xodm1WelRPT1wveWJCXC9kcnNlM2VkdGtPZzZSaFVReSJ9

“Obamacare’s Individual Mandate Is Repealing Itself – Premiums are so high that many are exempt.”
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/454096/repeal-obamacares-individual-mandate-its-repealing-itself?mc_cid=6259abb374&mc_eid=[UNIQID

Repeal the individual mandate; forcing people to buy something they don’t want makes them worse off
https://www.forbes.com/sites/johngoodman/2017/11/20/its-time-to-repeal-obamacares-individual-mandate/#64861e5031a2

“Poll: Obamacare Support Falls, Most Still Want ‘Significant Changes’ or Full Repeal”
https://townhall.com/tipsheet/guybenson/2017/11/28/poll-obamacare-support-falls-most-still-want-significant-changes-or-full-repeal-n2415201

ACA’s failed narrow networks strike again: Arizona’s only ACA insurer drops Phoenix Children’s Hospital
http://ktar.com/story/1854748/phoenix-childrens-hospital-dropped-by-obamacare-provider-for-2018/

ACA’s failed narrow networks to get even skinnier next year
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/obamacare-plans-will-become-even-more-restrictive-in-2018-study/article/2642135

ACA’s failed high deductibles to climb further in 2018
https://www.cnbc.com/2017/11/30/obamacare-plans-get-narrower-and-deductibles-get-pricier-in-2018.html

Nurse: Obamacare crushing people with intent to exert greater government control over their lives
http://www.njherald.com/20171126/obamacare-is-crushing-not-helping-people

ACA-inspired workplace wellness programs turned out to be coercive, invasive, tilted to favor employers, & show poor results.  #TheyWereWrongAboutEverything
http://thehill.com/opinion/healthcare/362331-its-open-enrollment-time-workplace-wellness-program-could-be-making-you

Another Obamacare goof-up – drawing from national fund makes Medicare reimbursement a zero-sum game; some states losing big.
https://riponadvance.com/stories/burr-legislation-close-problematic-obamacare-wage-loophole/

Obamacare’s high deductibles and Medicaid Expansion-induced reimbursement cuts have put hospitals in financial distress.  #TheyWereWrongAboutEverything
https://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/health-care/item/27481-hospitals-going-bankrupt-thanks-to-obamacare

Healthsharing a moral, affordable alternative to Unaffordable Care Act
https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/an-affordable-moral-alternative-to-obamacare

Residents of Obamacare’s Ground Zero – Charlottesville w/highest costs in nation – unite to protest failed law
https://www.wsj.com/articles/charlottesville-residents-unite-to-protest-likely-surge-in-health-insurance-premiums-1512037801

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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ACA Enrollment Will Decline

Don’t be misled; Obamacare enrollment on track to FALL 19-41%. #EpicFAIL
https://www.forbes.com/sites/theapothecary/2017/11/24/no-obamacare-enrollment-is-not-strong-not-by-a-longshot/#34e6d97a4919

4-year-old Colette Briggs can’t keep her doctors because of Obamacare’s narrow networks
http://dailysignal.com/2017/11/21/how-fewer-obamacare-options-hurt-a-4-year-old/?utm_source=TDS_Email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=MorningBell%22&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiWmpNM01tSTNaV05tTWpGaSIsInQiOiJ3M2VXZ05jNk1KNGROWjFcL0lnVWR0K2sycnd1SDN5eXN0Y2F5b1JXS01JOFZrSTRvWUVVdm51TVpZR3c1cHBSeTZMWGJDclBFWE1QK0o2WXB1NFl6SzRqTzc2VjlJanczdW4rbUZSN0EzOGpnNUV2cjFoeERBU0N3MDhCc3F1eFkifQ%3D%3D

Molina’s ACA customers in Utah slammed into another plan, face higher prices, uncertainties in coverage
http://www.standard.net/Government/2017/11/13/Automatic-Obamacare-plan-switch-causes-confusion-may-cost-Utahns-more-ACA-molina-selecthealth.html

Study finds ACA-noncompliant plans are way cheaper. Duh!
http://www.commonwealthfund.org/publications/blog/2017/nov/noncompliant-health-plans

Concerns about Obamacare’s impossible food calorie count rule and its absurd penalties go unaddressed
http://freebeacon.com/issues/groups-criticize-fda-guidance-obamacare-calorie-rule/?utm_source=Freedom+Mail&utm_campaign=52a0a242eb-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_11_15&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b5e6e0e9ea-52a0a242eb-45628225

Obamacare shot itself in the foot by allowing “children” under age 26 to stay on parents plan; sicker risk pool the result
https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-individual-mandate-is-the-worst-tax-ever-1510521324

Risk pool still lop-sided; only 26% of enrollees 34 or younger, 40% needed to avoid death spiral. #ItsNotWorking
https://www.investors.com/politics/columnists/dont-give-up-the-fight-to-repeal-obamacares-individual-mandate/

Obamacare’s delayed health insurance tax looms; 4-6% on every plan sold
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/most-people-dislike-obamacares-imminent-health-insurance-tax/article/2641266

ACA-induced hospital and physician consolidation means higher prices, fewer choices, no incentive to improve
http://dailycaller.com/2017/11/21/obamacare-incentives-are-causing-hospital-monopolies-to-put-profits-over-patients/

More demagoguery: How do you ‘kick people off’ coverage they don’t want to buy?
https://www.forbes.com/sites/theapothecary/2017/11/16/fact-checking-democratic-claims-about-repealing-obamacares-individual-mandate/#4d3d752752fc

Health Sharing a good way to escape Obamacare
https://fairfaxfreecitizen.com/2017/11/23/obamacare-escape-route/

Obamacare hospital readmission penalties are killing people. #TheyWereWrongAboutEverything
https://www.wsj.com/articles/obamacares-death-payments-1511465449

‘Health insurance should be voluntary. Punishing people for not buying something they can’t afford is just mean.’
https://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2017/11/25/obamacare-individual-mandate-tax-working-poor/LLog96t6im6s71auC4smKK/story.html

Individual mandate tax penalty thingy falling disproportionately on those who can least afford it (2-min video)
http://www.oann.com/obamacare-mandate-crushing-families/

“Obamacare’s individual mandate is a tax on the working poor”
https://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2017/11/25/obamacare-individual-mandate-tax-working-poor/LLog96t6im6s71auC4smKK/story.html

“Businesses eliminated hundreds of thousands of full-time jobs to avoid Obamacare mandate”
https://www.marketwatch.com/story/businesses-eliminated-hundreds-of-thousands-of-full-time-jobs-to-avoid-obamacare-mandate-2017-11-24

The Left never quits. If you lose in federal arena, sue Little Sisters of the Poor in state court to fund  abortion, contraceptive coverage
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/11/21/states-file-lawsuit-to-force-catholic-nun-org-to-follow-obamacare-contraceptive-mandate.html

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Medicaid Expansion Baby Elephant Grows Up

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Mike Pence as Indiana’s Governor refused to expand Medicaid, calling it “the gift of a baby elephant”.  The baby has grown up and is eating states out of house and home.

Maine’s Governor refuses voter-approved Medicaid expansion until the state finds a way to pay for it
http://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/359387-lepage-refuses-medicaid-expansion-despite-ok-from-maine-voters

Credit agencies say Maine’s Medicaid expansion will ruin state’s finances
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/nov/8/mcauliffe-virginia-be-next-state-expand-medicaid/

“Trump Official Says Medicaid Expansion Not Sustainable Without Changes”
https://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-official-says-medicaid-expansion-not-sustainable-without-changes-1510258845

“La. AG says Medicaid expansion has ‘exacerbated’ the state’s opioid crisis” – prescriptions doubled.
http://www.wafb.com/story/36789137/la-ag-says-medicaid-expansion-has-exacerbated-the-states-opioid-crisis

Louisiana Medicaid expansion enrollment continues to blow past projections
http://www.wafb.com/story/36789137/la-ag-says-medicaid-expansion-has-exacerbated-the-states-opioid-crisis

26 states added benefits to their Medicaid programs in FY17; only possible b/c of federal deficit spending
https://khn.org/news/despite-gop-efforts-to-corral-medicaid-spending-states-expand-benefits/

Massachusetts hits the wall; Medicaid expansion boosted program costs to 40% of state budget; looking for cuts
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/massachusetts-shows-rationing-is-inevitable-when-government-is-in-charge-of-healthcare/article/2638176

Iowa Medicaid hits the wall, wins reprieve from retroactive eligibility.
https://www.axios.com/iowa-is-changing-a-core-medicaid-element-2504401915.html

Politicians who make their careers giving away Other People’s Money – lock them up!

Provider leaves Iowa’s wunderbar managed Medicaid program, says state low-balled the costs
http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/cms-chip/amerihealth-caritas-exits-iowa-s-managed-care-program-maine-to-vote-medicaid-expansion

600,000 disabled stuck on waiting lists as Medicaid expansion’s able-bodied childless adults waltz right in
http://thefga.org/solution/welfare-reform/stop-medicaid-expansion/

New Mexico scrambling to find at least $50 million more after Medicaid expansion busts budget
https://www.abqjournal.com/1083062/medicaid-federal-inaction-squeeze-nm-budget.html

Another salami slice toward full Medicaid expansion in Utah. #WrongDirection
http://kuer.org/post/medicaid-expansion-homeless-substance-use-mental-health-approved-utah

“Cover Oregon improperly enrolled 41,400 in Medicaid, owes feds up to $64 million”. More gov’t, please!
http://www.bendbulletin.com/health/5716476-151/oregon-health-agency-owes-federal-government-up-to

Why is it the government’s job to sell health insurance? Where’s that in the Constitution?

Automakers step up sales pitches as government slashes effort … then I woke up
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-healthcare-insurance/insurers-step-up-pitch-for-obamacare-as-government-slashes-its-effort-idUSKBN1D62G8

Delayed Obamacare health insurance tax to hit middle class families, seniors, small business
https://empowertexans.com/texans-in-dc/stop-obamacare-tax-health-insurance/

“Obamacare customers look for alternatives” – off-exchange, short-term, health sharing ministries, etc.
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/obamacare-customers-look-for-alternatives/article/2639339

“Under Obamacare, Premium Growth Continues To Outpace Rise In Worker Wages”
https://www.forbes.com/sites/theapothecary/2017/10/31/under-obamacare-premium-growth-continues-to-outpace-rise-in-worker-wages/#2b1cb2c34243

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64 yr old couple, $65k income, above subsidy cut off, $49,000/yr premiums for Silver, in Laramie, WY. Quote from http://HealthCare.gov
OCTS: Who ever dreamed they would see a $50,000 Obamacare plan?  The cheerleaders have some explaining to do.  #ItsNotWorking

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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