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Shocker: Obamacare exchanges not properly checking eligibility

Featured image The Washington Post reports that “the new health insurance marketplaces run by the federal government and some states are not checking carefully enough that Americans who apply for health plans qualify for the coverage and federal subsidies to help pay for it, according to federal investigators.” Is this evidence of incompetence and/or lack of resources? Perhaps. But you could also argue that the marketplaces are running essentially as they were »

Obamacare Delenda Est

Featured image With the cascade of Administration scandals and the serial ineptitude of Obama’s foreign policy, it is easy to lose sight of the central issue that should swing a lot of the close Senate races this fall.  In case you’ve forgotten, here’s a 90-second video that makes the point elegantly: Democrats lied about Obamacare. And they’re not about to “fix” it. »

The IRS lays down the law of Obamacare

Featured image New York Times health care reporter Robert Pear brings the latest news of Obamacare, courtesy of the IRS. Obamacare was signed into law in March 2010, yet four years later this comes as something of a surprise: Many employers had thought they could shift health costs to the government by sending their employees to a health insurance exchange with a tax-free contribution of cash to help pay premiums, but the »

Obamacare: Who Could Have Seen This Coming?

Featured image Really, who could have seen this coming?  From today’s Wall Street Journal: ER Visits Rise Despite Health Law Health Act Isn’t Cutting Emergency Volume So Far; Government Says It’s Too Early to Draw Conclusions The only thing wrong with the main headline is its accuracy; it should of course read “ER Visits Rise Because of Health Law.”  Anyway: Early evidence suggests that emergency rooms have become busier since the Affordable »

The mutual lies of Obamacare

Featured image During last year’s budget negotiations, Senate and House Republicans warned that many Obamacare enrollees would provide false information about their income in order to obtain subsidies to which they are not entitled. In response, HHS Secretary Sebelius (remember her?) promised to put in place a system through which the government would thoroughly vet the salary information submitted by applicants for coverage. That promise was a predicate — or if you’re »

Lies of Obamacare

Featured image Reuters reports the filing of a notable Obamacare-related lawsuit against Blue Shield of California: Consumers who purchased new health plans from Blue Shield of California have sued the insurer, claiming they were misled into thinking the insurance would cover their desired doctors and hospitals. Reuters doesn’t bother to point out the similarity of the allegations against Blue Shield to Barack Obama’s incessantly repeated falsehoods promoting the enactment of Obamacare. But »

Spending spree: Obamacare edition

Featured image We haven’t begun to account for the gusher of federal spending attributable to Obamacare, Medicaid included. What a bloody mess of pottage. So when the mythical “Al Franken” — he who is incessantly sending fundraising email messages to “Hind” — begins his latest message, “When you think of the words ‘spending spree,’” I think of BARACK OBAMA AND HIS ROBOTIC SUPPORTERS LIKE YOU, PAL. By contrast, “Al Franken” purports to »

The lies of Obamacare — bending the cost curve

Featured image One of the supposed benefits of Obamacare was that, somehow, it would “bend the cost curve” for health care cost — in other words, slow the rate of growth of these costs. Just how providing subsidized health care to millions would accomplish this feat was never clear. But the claim, nonetheless, was part of the sales pitch. The claim has persisted since Obamacare was enacted. Supporters note that lately health »

The Growing Financial Disaster of Obamacare

Featured image President Obama asserts that 8 million people have signed up for Obamacare, as though that were something to be proud of. In fact, Obamacare has always been a fiasco from a fiscal perspective–a black hole of subsidies and expanded Medicaid, with largely fictitious mechanisms in place to pay for it. As the number of subsidized participants grows, the disaster gets worse. Charles Blahous explains: Our national discussion…is missing the truly »

The lies of Obamacare: victory lap edition

Featured image President Obama says that 8 million people now have signed up for Obamacare. Apparently, the extension of the enrollment deadline helped boost the final figure to well in excess of the administration’s publicly declared target of 7 million. Obama also claimed that 35 percent of those who have signed up for Obamacare are younger than age 35. However, that number includes children. The key figure in terms of Obamacare’s viability »

The lies of Obamacare: Census Bureau edition

Featured image High among the list of Obamacare’s most embarrassing failures is the fact that it will not meet its stated purpose of reducing to a low level the number of Americans who lack health insurance. This goal was the justification for the massive disruption of the health care system that Obamacare has imposed. The millions and millions of Americans who will lose their health insurance plan and/or their doctors, and/or will »

Premium rates soar under Obamacare

Featured image Fox News reports on a recent survey of 148 insurance brokers which shows that Obamacare is sending premiums upwards at the fastest clip in decades. The survey, conducted by Morgan Stanley, shows an increase in premium costs nationally of about 12 percent. California experienced a 53 percent increase; in Florida the increase was 37 percent; Pennsylvania’s was 28 percent. According to Fox, analysts attribute the higher costs primarily to Obamacare: »

The Numbers Are In: Obamacare Causes Health Insurance Costs to Skyrocket

Featured image Morgan Stanley has reported on its quarterly survey of insurance brokers, and Scott Gottlieb of Forbes sums up the depressing findings: Health insurance premiums are showing the sharpest increases perhaps ever according to a survey of brokers who sell coverage in the individual and small group market. … The average increases are in excess of 11% in the small group market and 12% in the individual market. Some states show »

Obamacare Steams Toward the Iceberg

Featured image There are several reasons why Michael Ramirez is America’s best editorial cartoonist. One is that he is an excellent artist. This drawing not only sums up brilliantly the absurdity of the Democrats’ claim of success for Obamacare–we have entrapped 7 million people in our lousy program!–it is also beautiful. Click to enlarge: »

Voters Still Hate Obamacare

Featured image The Democrats hope that the supposed success of signing up 7 million Obamacare participants will blunt the potency of the issue in November. If this Rasmussen survey is any indication, however, they have a long way to go: Unfavorable opinions of the new national health care law are at their highest level in several months, while the number who think the quality of care in this country will get worse »

William Levin: Obamacare death throes updated

Featured image We’ve written a few times about Halbig v. Sebelius, a case challenging the Obama administration’s operation of Obamacare on the 36 federally facilitated exchanges established for states that declined to set up their own. William Levin, a graduate of Yale Law School and former clerk on the D.C. Circuit, manages an investment banking firm. He previously commented for us on the case here. Oral argument on the appeal pending before »

The staggering costs of Obamacare

Featured image Now that President Obama has completed his end-zone dance for perhaps signing up more people for health insurance than have been dropped from coverage due to Obamacare, it’s time for a sober look at the costs of his signature program. Our friend Tevi Troy, head of the American Health Policy Institute (AHPI), provides that look in a study called “The Cost of the Affordable Care Act to Large Employers.” The »