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Obamacare Damages (So Far)

The disastrous roll-out of Obamacare's Healthcare.gov web site. The avalanche of health insurance cancellation letters to disbelieving policyholders, many of whom voted for Obama. The blatant fraud of President Obama... It seems that all of the warnings of Obamacare's opponents are coming true, and then some. The so-called "Affordable Care Act", and the socialist transformation it seeks to impose on an unwilling America, has become the foremost political drama of our time.

This web page is a dedicated, blow-by-blow chronicle of the misbegotten monster known as Obamacare. Check back often as we highlight the details of its imposition, its effects on ordinary American citizens, and the political prospects for beating it back.

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Ex-Secret Service Member, GOP Candidate Loses Insurance Under Obamacare

Dan Bongino, a twelve-year veteran of the Secret Service and now a Republican candidate for Maryland’s sixth congressional district, says he’s had his insurance canceled by Obamacare.

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Second wave of health plan cancellations looms

A new and independent analysis of ObamaCare warns of a ticking time bomb, predicting a second wave of 50 million to 100 million insurance policy cancellations next fall -- right before the mid-term elections.

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Students suffer ObamaCare sticker shock as premiums soar, plans get cut

While millions of Americans are watching their individual polices get canceled due to ObamaCare regulations, the new health care rules are also having a major impact on college campuses.

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Obamacare enrollments got off to very slow start, documents show - CBS News

For 31 days now, the Obama administration has been telling us that Americans by the millions are visiting the new health insurance website, despite all its problems.

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Florida Woman's Insurance Rate Increases 10X Under Obamacare

One Florida woman is going from paying $54 a month to $591 under Obamacare, CBS reports. "For many, their introduction to the Affordable Care Act has been negative: A broken website, and now cancellation notices from insurance companies, followed by sticker shock over higher prices for the new plans," says a CBS reporter. "It's directly at odds with repeated assurances from the president."

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Analysis: Tens of millions could be forced out of health insurance they had

Even as President Barack Obama sold a new health care law in part by assuring Americans they would be able to keep their insurance plans, his administration knew that tens of millions of people actually could lose those their policies.

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Who counts as an Obamacare enrollee? The Obama administration settles on a definition.

The fight over how to define the new health law’s success is coming down to one question: Who counts as an Obamacare enrollee?

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Public college cites high cost of Obamacare in canceling students' health plans

Officials at one one of the nation's oldest and most elite historically black colleges are citing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as the reason they have cancelled a school-wide affordable health care plan they had offered students.

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Obamacare Enrollment Numbers Brutally Low

On Wednesday, the Obama administration finally released its first numbers for Obamacare health insurance exchange enrollment dating from October 1 to October 31. The numbers were not pretty: just 106,185 people “selected a Marketplace plan” using the exchanges, after the administration predicted that 494,620 people would do so.

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Military members, veterans missing out on key ObamaCare provision

One of the most touted benefits of President Obama’s health care overhaul law is the provision allows parents to keep their adult children on their health insurance until age 26. However, Trace Gallagher reported on “The Kelly File” Monday, this benefit is not being extended to a significant group of Americans: members of the U.S. military.

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Dem. Rep.: 'I Think the President Was Grossly Misleading to the American Public'

Rep. Kurt Schrader, a Democrat from Oregon, said that President Obama was "grossly misleading" on Obamacare.

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Obama supporter miffed at botched healthcare rollout

Margaret Davis of West L.A. voted for President Obama and appreciates the ideas behind the Affordable Care Act. She agrees that everyone should have access to healthcare and no one should be denied coverage because of pre-existing conditions.

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Healthcare.gov – A Failed IPO

If Obamacare’s website, www.healthcare.gov, had an initial public offering, as Twitter did last week, how might its stock price be valued after its recent performance?

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State Obamacare exchanges enroll 3 pct of target so far

President Barack Obama's healthcare reform has reached only about 3 percent of its enrollment target for 2014 in 12 U.S. states where new online health insurance marketplaces are mostly working smoothly, a report released on Monday said.

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Sebelius: Possible for convicted felons to become Obamacare navigators

Health and Human Services Sec. Kathleen Sebelius acknowledged Wednesday that it would be possible for a convicted felon to become an Obamacare navigator — one of the workers responsible for helping people deal with the ins and outs of the healthcare law.

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92,793 in Louisiana face loss of health insurance policies

Nearly 93,000 Louisiana residents who are losing their health insurance plans must decide by the end of March whether to upgrade with their provider, shop on the Affordable Care Act exchanges or pay a fine.

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Loyal Obama Supporters, Canceled by Obamacare

San Francisco architect Lee Hammack says he and his wife, JoEllen Brothers, are “cradle Democrats.” They have donated to the liberal group Organizing for America and worked the phone banks a year ago for President Obama’s re-election...

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Obamacare Restrictions Lead Brooklyn Couple To Consider Divorce

From website crashes to long holds on calls, the issues involved with the unveiling of the Affordable Care Act are well documented. But now, could it be breaking couples up?

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Obama denies ‘you can keep it’ videotaped promises

President Barack Obama told his enthusiastic supporters Monday night that he never promised what video recordings show him promising at least 29 times.

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When Fraud is Legal   (Under socialism, there's no such thing as consumer protection.)

Several readers responded to yesterday's column with emails criticizing us for stopping short of using the L-word – lie – to characterize President Obama's repeated statements to the effect that "If you like your plan, you can keep it." We did use the word in Tuesday's column, although we allowed for the alternative possibility that the president "suffers from a dissociative disorder, a pathological disconnection with reality."

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The seniors getting hurt by Obamacare

Obamacare has a new message to seniors: Take two aspirins and find yourself a new doctor in the morning...

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85)
Obama Officials In 2010: 93 Million Americans Will Be Unable To Keep Their Health Plans Under Obamacare

Obamacare’s disruption of the existing health insurance market—a disruption codified in law, and known to the administration—is only just beginning. And it’s far broader than recent media coverage has implied.

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David’s Bridal employees moved to part-time due to Obamacare

A memo reportedly went out Monday from the corporate offices of David’s Bridal to store managers informing them that all employees have been moved from full-time to part-time as a result of Obamacare.

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83)
Healthcare.gov Users Warn of Compromised Personal Information

A South Carolina man has had his personal information compromised through Healthcare.gov, the federal health-care exchange.

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82)
Canceled health insurance plans add to angst of change

Bill Fullner has reached his breaking point. It started with the letter from his health-insurance company informing him it was canceling his plan and offering him a new one that’s nearly twice as expensive. Then the 60-year-old retiree from Mount Vernon heard about more people like himself with canceled plans and soaring premiums. Finally, he spent hours on the phone and computer trying – and failing – to find a new option that he likes.

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Obamacare Paper, Phone, Web Apps ‘Stuck in the Same Queue’

A series of internal Obama administration memos obtained exclusively by ABC News reveal for the first time how dysfunction with HealthCare.gov has upended the entire Affordable Care Act enrollment process, including applications by paper and phone that officials have been pushing as more reliable alternatives.

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80)
You Also Can't Keep Your Doctor

For almost seven years I have fought and survived stage-4 gallbladder cancer, with a five-year survival rate of less than 2% after diagnosis. I am a determined fighter and extremely lucky. But this luck may have just run out: My affordable, lifesaving medical insurance policy has been canceled effective Dec. 31.

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AP: 3.5 Million Insurance Plans Canceled

There are at least 3.5 million Americans who would take issue with President Obama’s promise that they could keep their insurance plans if they want to, according to the Associated Press. In a state-by- state breakdown, the news agency came to the figure by tracking notices through insurers in each state.

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Top Dem Admits: 'We Knew'

House Democratic whip Steny Hoyer conceded to reporters today that Democrats knew people would not be able to keep their current health care plans under Obamacare and expressed qualified contrition for President Obama’s repeated vows to the contrary.

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The ObamaCare Awakening

For all of the Affordable Care Act's technical problems, at least one part is working on schedule. The law is systematically dismantling the individual insurance market, as its architects intended from the start.

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76)
Millions of Americans Are Losing Their Health Plans Because of Obamacare

While the Affordable Care Act was making its way through Congress in 2009 and 2010, President Obama famously promised the American people over and over again that if you like your health plan, you can keep it.

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Obama admin. knew millions could not keep their health insurance

President Obama repeatedly assured Americans that after the Affordable Care Act became law, people who liked their health insurance would be able to keep it. But millions of Americans are getting or are about to get cancellation letters for their health insurance under Obamacare, say experts, and the Obama administration has known that for at least three years.

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Rush Limbaugh: How Will the Millennials Fund Obamacare If They Don't Have Jobs?

RUSH: The reality is Millennials can't find work, ergo, they've got no income, yet they are the primary funders, and yet the wizards of smart behind all this don't seem to put that together.

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How Retirees Will Suffer Under the ACA

Retirees will be affected in several ways. Their premiums will have to increase because the Affordable Care Act requires insurance coverage for maternity care (which they don’t need), no caps on the amount the insurers may have to pay, coverage for pre-existing conditions and care of 30 to 40 million people who are not now insured.

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Obamacare jacks up her insurance

“I spent two years defending Obamacare. I had constituents scream at me, spit at me and call me names that I can’t put in print. The congressman was not re-elected in 2010 mainly because of the anti-Obamacare anger. When the congressman was not re-elected, I also (along with the rest of our staff) lost my job. I was upset that because of the health care issue, I didn’t have a job anymore but still defended Obamacare because it would make health care available to everyone at, what I assumed, would be an affordable price. I have now learned that I was wrong. Very wrong.”

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Beyond Obamacare glitches, some consumers face dramatically higher rates

As Obamacare begins to roll out, some people who already buy insurance on the individual market are getting cancellation notices – and offers for coverage at double and triple their old rates.

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70)
Thousands of Georgia residents get healthcare coverage revoked

In the wake of the implementation of Obamacare, thousands of Georgians are feeling the pinch of healthcare "reform" as their insurers have decided to either raise rates astronomically or revoke coverage entirely. Nationwide, approximately fourteen million people so far have received cancellation notices from their insurers, stating that these individuals who purchase their own coverage will no longer be offered coverage to even buy insurance.

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Insurers notifying customers of changes

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama, the largest provider in the state, recently mailed letters to 4 percent of its customers to inform them their health plans won’t be available in 2014 because they don’t meet Affordable Care Act, or ACA, rules.

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68)
Almost 1.5 Million Insurance Cancellations Under ObamaCare

Unless you’ve been living in a cave, you are aware that many policyholders are receiving cancellation notices from their insurance companies. Turns out that these policies don’t meet ObamaCare requirements.

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Florida Woman's Insurance Rate Increases 10X Under Obamacare

One Florida woman is going from paying $54 a month to $591 under Obamacare, CBS reports... "I just want to know why I can't keep what I have. ... Why do I have to be forced into something else?"

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White House: 'It's True' some Americans won't be able to keep their insurance

White House spokesman Jay Carney explained at today's briefing that "it's true" some Americans will not be able to keep their health care plan under Obamacare.

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"My Family Lost Our Health Insurance and Can't Sign Up For Obamacare" by Mitchell Sunderland

The Bush years were not kind to my family. Between 2000 and 2011, my parents went from earning high six-figures to roughly $50,000 a year at the Puppy Palace, the pet store my mom owns and my father manages in Hollywood, Florida. During this period, the store’s staff declined from 25 full-time employees to fewer than ten part-time employees and one full-time employee who received health care through her husband.

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64)
More losing insurance coverage than signing up on ObamaCare exchanges

More Americans reportedly are being kicked off their insurance due to ObamaCare requirements than are signing up for coverage via the newly launched health care exchanges.

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63)
"Think Tank: Health-Insurance Premiums Will Almost Double in Wisconsin" by Sterling Beard

Health-care premiums in Wisconsin will almost double under Obamacare, compared with their current rates, according to a report from the MacIver Institute.

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"Obamacare has become the Un-Affordable Care Act" by Ernest Istook

Not only is Obamacare unpopular with the general public, but it also is losing favor among the very people it’s supposed to help. The White House has difficulty getting the uninsured to buy Obamacare not merely because the government website is bad, but mostly because the product is bad. It’s overpriced.

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"The Obamacare exchange's lack of security" by Jennifer Oliver O'Connell

Week 3 of the Obamacare exchange rollout is the same old song: glitches remain, error messages abound, lags are prevalent, and there is very little evidence that anyone has actually purchased insurance. An even larger problem is the lack of security on Healthcare.gov and the State exchange sites.

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"Obamacare settled law? Try enforcing it," by Eric Golub

Liberals desperate to preserve the Affordable Care Act are doing what they frequently do when their beliefs are about to collapse. They declare matters “settled” to stifle debate and end conversations. From climate change to healthcare, their prize projects are settled simply because they say so. Everybody else should be quiet and agree with them rather than have honest debates.

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Ben Carson: Obamacare worst thing to happen to the U.S. since slavery

“It is slavery because it aims to make all of us subservient to the government,” he said. “It was never about health care. It was about control.”

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"Why America still hates Obamacare" by Eric Golub

Obamacare is hated not because of racism, bad marketing, or poor salesmanship. It is hated because the product is defective. Critics hated it because of what they thought it would be. They still hate it because they are convinced their concerns have been proven right.

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Boehner: More people will lose insurance under Obamacare than sign up in exchanges

House Speaker John A. Boehner predicted Wednesday that by the end of the month, more Americans will have lost their insurance by being kicked off existing health plans than the number who were able to sign up in the flawed online healthcare.gov website.

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"Tying the Knot Under ObamaCare" by Eileen F. Toplansky

The heinous intrusions into our lives as a result of ObamaCare swell each day. Now, in true Marxist form, the ludicrously named "Affordable Care Act" mounts an all-out attack on marriage.

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"Give us Your Young, Uninsured (and Dying to be Rooked)" by Clarice Feldman

The failures of the Obamacare website came just days after its launch and after '"top White House officials were excitedly briefing lawmakers, reporters, Capitol Hill staff members and Washington pundits" about the "shiny new Web site that was elegantly designed, simple to use and ready."

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54)
"Thanks to ObamaCare, My Insurance Was Canceled," by Howard J. Warner

I provide the full cost of health insurance for my full-time staff and pay the cost for my family. In August I received a notice that my insurance would cease as of January 2014 due to the basic set of requirements under ObamaCare.

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Peggy Noonan on ObamaCare: ‘Stop the Whole Thing, Go Back to Point One’

Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan said something about ObamaCare Sunday that the majority of Americans clearly agree with. Appearing on CBS’s Face the Nation, Noonan said, “I wish we could stop the whole thing, go back to point one and say, “Let's try this again””.

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SFGate.com: Half a milllion Californians could lose their health care under Obamacare next year

This Kaiser Health News story has been reverberating across the Internet because it starts to put together the numbers of private health-plan insureds who are receiving cancellations. (This is a small group of Californians; a majority get their health care through employer plans, Medicare or MediCal.)

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Los Angeles Times: Some health insurance gets pricier as Obamacare rolls out

Thousands of Californians are discovering what Obamacare will cost them — and many don't like what they see.

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50)
Herman Cain: "Obamacare would have killed me."

This is one of Cain's great moments of the night. He was asked directly about his comments that he would have died form cancer if Obamacare were in effect whenever he needed treatment, and he answered it to much applause.

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Obamacare HHS rule would give government everybody's health records

It's been said a thousand times: Congress had to pass President Obama's health care law in order to find out what's in it. But, despite the repetitiveness, the level of shock from each new discovery never seems to recede.

48)
Obama administration shelves long-term care plan

The Obama administration has shelved a financially troubled long-term care insurance plan. Officials said Thursday the staff has been cut and it's an "open question" if the program will be implemented.

47)
Patients to wait longer for care under new health law, think tank says

Nearly 700,000 Tennesseans will gain new coverage under health-care reform, but those already with insurance might have to wait longer to receive care and younger people overall may have to pay more.

46)
Scary truth about Obamacare keeps seeping out

When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi famously said that she had to pass Obamacare through Congress so that we could find out what was in it, Americans were given a preview of what they are seeing now -- a profusion of legislative errors and broken promises related to President Obama's virtual government takeover of health care. Just this month, we have seen another tranche of bad Obamacare news.

45)
Trouble Continues For ObamaCare's Health Insurance Exchanges

Logistically, setting up the health insurance exchanges is going to be a pain in the neck for anyone, especially when it comes to making determinations about which individuals qualify for new health insurance subsidies.

44)
The Real Cost of Obamacare

People aren't going to be able to afford it, governments aren't going to be able to enforce it... and taxpayers are going to have to foot an even bigger bill in the long run.

43)
Yet Another Obamacare Foul-Up

It turns out that millions of lower-income people who thought they were going to get coverage through Obamacare's insurance exchanges may not.

42)
Labor Markets and Health Care Reform: New Results

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPAC) will have profound implications for U.S. labor markets. The PPAC is fiscally dangerous, raising the risk of higher labor (and other) taxes at a time when the job market is struggling.

41)
Obama Could "Wipe Out" Restaurants

Here's another reason why the Supreme Court should consider taking up the Obamacare individual mandate case sooner rather than later.

40)
Why ObamaCare Undermines Government

If Obamacare is so great, why do so many people want to get out from under it?

39)
ObamaCare Cheerleader AARP Given ObamaCare Waiver

The latest group to receive a waiver is a company that was ironically one of the biggest cheerleaders of the healthcare legislation at the time of its passage: the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP).

38)
ObamaCare's Next Constitutional Challenge

The Medicaid provision of ObamaCare spells the death knell to competition among the states. States cannot function as "laboratories of democracy"—as the 10th Amendment intended—if the federal government can use its power to tax and spend to bludgeon all states into conformity.

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How ObamaCare Will Kill Americans

A major segment of ObamaCare will force cuts in drug and medical device research that "will kill more people than it will help," according to an astonishing study quoted in Reason Magazine May 24. The government medical program was sold as better health at lower cost. But estimated economic cost will total $1.7 trillion, resulting in 32 million lost years of life.

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EDITORIAL: Obamacare's unlimited power

The White House defense of Obamacare hinges on the claim that Congress essentially has unlimited power to force Americans to spend their personal money on a cause of the government's choosing. Oral arguments before the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday made this all the more clear.

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Beginning January 1, 2013, ObamaCare imposes a 3.8% Medicare tax on unearned income

Like a lot of the poorly-designed, economic programs of this administration, this program will destroy more wealth than it ever gets around to actually transferring.

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How ObamaCare destroys your privacy

The Obama health law enacted last year established a national electronic health database that will hold and display your lifelong medical history -- making it accessible to a troubling number of strangers, including government employees and a variety of health-care personnel.

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More Than 1,300 ObamaCare Insurance Waivers Granted, Says GAO

The Department of Health and Human Services has granted a total of 1,372 waivers from ObamaCare insurance mandates since the law's enactment, according to a new Government Accountability Office report.

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CBO hires Obamacare advocate to provide 'objective' health care budget numbers

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has hired Melinda Beeuwkes Buntin, an Obama administration official who has been key in implementing parts of Obamacare thus far and a large donor to Democrats and liberal groups, to work in its Health and Human Resources (HHR) Office.

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Coming soon: A bigger, costlier Obamacare

Obamacare poses two great dangers to our nation: lower quality of care and runaway costs. It will stifle innovation and lead to rationing. But the overwhelming cost and the damage it will do to our nation's finances at a pivotal moment in our history deserve greater scrutiny.

30)
The ObamaCare Bad News Continues

A kerfuffle was stirred up last week by a devastating McKinsey & Company study that concluded up to 78 million Americans would lose their current health coverage as employers stopped offering insurance because of President Obama's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

29)
Nevada gets waiver from Obamacare

The Health and Human Services Department announced late Friday that Nevada had secured a statewide waiver from certain implementation requirements of the Obama administration's health care law, because forcing them through, the department found, "may lead to the destabilization of the individual market."

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Nearly 20% of Obamacare waivers are for fancy hotels and restaurants in Nancy Pelosi's district

Of the 204 new Obamacare waivers President Barack Obama's administration approved in April, 38 are for fancy eateries, hip nightclubs and decadent hotels in House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's Northern California district.

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List of health reform waivers keeps growing

The number of waivers the Obama administration has awarded for a provision of the year-old healthcare reform law grew by 128 in March.

With the new waivers, that means 1,168 businesses, insurers, unions and other organizations have received one-year exemptions from a healthcare reform provision requiring at least $750,000 in annual benefits

26)
Number of healthcare reform law waivers climbs above 1,000

The number of temporary healthcare reform waivers granted by the Obama administration to organizations climbed to more than 1,000, according to new numbers disclosed by the Department of Health and Human Services.

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FactCheck.org: ObamaCare Requires the IRS to Hire 1,000 More Workers

Q: Is the IRS seeking more than 1,000 new workers to administer the new health care law? A: Yes. ... The IRS budget request for fiscal year 2012 shows that the agency is seeking at least 1,269 full-time equivalent employees (FTEs)...

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Drudge: Obamacare Waiver list tops 700...

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HHS grants 500 new healthcare waivers

A week after Republicans announced plans to investigate waivers granted to organizations for healthcare reform provisions, President Obama's health department made public new waivers for more than 500 groups.

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3 SEIU Chapters – Including One in Chicago – Granted Obamacare Waivers

The House Energy and Commerce Committee on Thursday asked the Department of Health and Human Services to provide detailed information on the over 200 groups requesting and receiving one-year waivers from Obamacare. In November it was first reported that the Obama Administration had handed out 111 (now over 200) Obamacare waivers to special US companies… And, they hid this information from the American public. It took 6 clicks to find out this information on the government’s health care website.

21)
Comprehensive List of Tax Hikes in Obamacare

It's important to remember that Obamacare is also one of the largest tax increases in American history.

20)
Obamacare Waiver List Swells

The Obama Administration has quietly granted even more waivers to one provision of the new federal health reform law, doubling the number in just the last three weeks to a new total of 222.

19)
Doctors say Medicare cuts force painful decision about elderly patients

Want an appointment with kidney specialist Adam Weinstein of Easton, Md.? If you're a senior covered by Medicare, the wait is eight weeks.

18)
Union Drops Health Coverage for Workers’ Children

One of the largest union-administered health-insurance funds in New York is dropping coverage for the children of more than 30,000 low-wage home attendants, union officials said. The union blamed financial problems it said were caused by the state’s health department and new national health-insurance requirements.

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Obama White House Hands Out 111 Obamacare Waivers – Hides It From Public (Video)

This didn’t make any headlines… The Obama Administration recently handed out 111 Obamacare waivers to special US companies… And, they’re hiding this from the American public. It takes 6 clicks to find out this information on the government’s health care website.

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Citing health overhaul, AARP hikes employee costs

WASHINGTON – AARP's endorsement helped secure passage of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. Now the seniors' lobby is telling its employees their insurance costs will rise partly as a result of the law.

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Big Insurance, Big Medicine

ObamaCare's once and future harms have been well chronicled, but the major effects so far are less obvious and arguably more important: A wave of consolidation is washing over the health markets, and the result is going to be higher costs.

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New Study Says Cost of Health Reform Subsidies Could Far Exceed Previous Estimates

A new study by the Lewin Group estimates that 28.6 million Americans will be eligible for a federal subsidy to purchase health insurance beginning in 2014 at a projected cost to tax payers in excess of $110 billion. This estimate is dramatically higher (578%) than the cost of these subsidies forecast by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) prior to health reform's enactment into law.

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Doctors vs. Bureaucrats: Are They Listening?

This week the National Comprehensive Cancer Network — a group of leading cancer centers — reaffirmed its existing recommendation that Avastatin be used for women with advanced breast cancer. The group strongly believes that women with breast cancer enjoy a better quality of life while on the drug. But if supporters of ObamaCare have their way, breast cancer patients will be denied insurance coverage for the drug and will be forced to pay out of pocket for its benefits.

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Citing 'Cost Pressure' From New Health Care Law, Boeing Asks Employees to Pay More

Aerospace giant Boeing is joining the list of companies that say the new health care law could have a potential downside for their workers.

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Obama’s Healthcare Rules Will Shut Down Catholic Hospitals Nationwide

Another aspect of the destructive nature of [Obamacare] is that once government takes over the system, Democrats will assume they have the power to force religious-based healthcare providers to perform abortions and this will cause thousands of facilities to close down.

10)
The Light at the End of the Tunnel Is an Oncoming Train

The news today is that 89,000 stimulus checks — totaling $22 million — got sent to people who were dead or in jail...

9)
The Unraveling Of ObamaCare

Thirty companies and organizations get waivers from the new health care overhaul because otherwise they'd have to raise rates or drop coverage. The president said neither would happen. Hey, where's our waiver?

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The Obamacare massacre continues: 3M to drop retiree health plans

3M Co. confirmed it would eventually stop offering its health-insurance plan to retirees, citing the federal health overhaul as a factor.

7) ObamaCare is proving the critics right daily

At the Principal Financial Group, the company’s decision reflected its assessment of its ability to compete in the environment created by the new law.

6)
McDonalds May Drop Health Plans for Workers

Today’s Wall Street Journal reports that McDonalds “warned federal regulators that it could drop its health insurance plan for nearly 30,000 hourly restaurant workers unless regulators waive a new requirement of the U.S. health overhaul.”

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Health reform to worsen doctor shortage: group

(Reuters) — The U.S. healthcare reform law will worsen a shortage of physicians as millions of newly insured patients seek care, the Association of American Medical Colleges said on Thursday.

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First Lady Asks Nurses to Engage in Legislative Advocacy with Their Patients

With hundreds of thousands of medical errors occurring each year — a problem that ObamaCare does nothing to address — this is exactly what I want my nurse thinking about as she’s inserting a needle into my arm.

3)
Harvard Pilgrim Customers to Lose Current Coverage Due to ObamaCare

Add 22,000 New Englanders to the list of Americans who will lose their current health care coverage as a result of ObamaCare.

2)
Blue Cross, HealthPartners suspend some health plan sales

Two of Minnesota's biggest health plans said Thursday they have temporarily suspended sales of individual health insurance policies because of uncertainty related to the new federal health reform law.

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Obamacare silences health insurers

Last week saw more bad news for Obamacare. So the Obama administration slipped on the brass knuckles. Health insurance premiums grew by a smaller increment in 2010 than in any of the past 10 years. But on Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal reported that Obamacare appears to be turning that around.


 


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