The Obamacare meltdown

Featured image President Obama has two signature accomplishments: Obamacare and the Iran nuclear deal. It will be a good while before we see the main consequences of the deal with Iran, though John Podesta’s assessment that it may well lead to nuclear war and represents the biggest appeasement since Munich seems sound. As for Obamacare, Podesta’s pal Bill Clinton’s assesses it as “the craziest thing in the world.” But we need not »

On pressuring the Supreme Court

Featured image John has written about how Clinton operatives attributed Chief Justice Roberts’ vote to uphold Obamacare’s individual mandate to political pressure spearheaded by President Obama. The claim appears in WikiLeaks documents. There is little reason to believe that pressure exerted by Obama and his friends had anything to do with the Chief Justice’s vote. Roberts’ decision not to strike down Obamacare’s key provision was consistent with his long held preference for »

A word against Obamacare

Featured image In the Wall Street Journal Andrew Ogles and Luke Hilgemann argue that “Obamacare’s meltdown has arrived” (their column is accessible via Google here. They take Tennessee as their proving ground, citing state insurance commissioner Julie Mix McPeak approving premium increases of up to 62 percent in a bid to save the exchange set up under the Affordable Care Act. “I would characterize the exchange market in Tennessee as very near »

Bill Clinton on Obamacare: “It’s the craziest thing in the world”

Featured image Bill Clinton ripped Obamacare during a campaign rally for his wife in Michigan today. Calling Obamacare, “a crazy system” and “the craziest thing in the world,” the former president said “it doesn’t many any sense; the insurance model doesn’t work here.” Clinton went on to say that Obamacare “works fine” for people with “modest” incomes or who are eligible for government subsidies, but “the people that are getting killed in »

Obama plans to circumvent Congress and bail out big insurers [UPDATED]

Featured image The Obama administration is set to use an obscure Treasury Department fund to bail out big insurance companies that were complicit in the president’s illegal effort to save Obamacare. So reports the Washington Post, though not in these terms. It took Christoper Jacobs at the Federalist to explain what’s really going on. Most readers will recall that in 2013, millions of Americans received notices informing them that their existing health »

Lies of Obamacare, part MMMMCCXXXII

Featured image Stuart Varney demanded an apology from Obamacare architect and propagandist Ezekiel Emanuel last week on FOX News. The lies of Obamacare resume whenever Emanuel moves his lips, but there is therapetic value in Varney’s beatdown on Emanuel. Emanuel retorts: “Your memory is just so poor about how bad the system was before.” This isn’t good for my anger management therapy, but it is a healthy reminder, so to speak, of »

The public option rears its head

Featured image It’s been a bad year for Obamacare. James Capretta at NRO cites the following news items from the spring and summer: Aetna announced that it is pulling out of eleven of the 15 states where it currently sells products on the ACA’s exchanges because of continued large financial losses from these products. The company has lost $430 million since January 2014 on insurance plans sold through Obamacare, with more losses »

Obamacare Is Collapsing, But Democrats Don’t Mind

Featured image Obamacare is falling apart before our eyes. In state after state, insurers are withdrawing from the ACA exchanges and premiums are rising rapidly. Barack Obama’s promise that the ACA would bring down the cost of health insurance has become a bad joke. The latest news is that Aetna is leaving 11 of the 15 state exchanges in which it now participates: Aetna’s decision to pull back from ObamaCare is fueling »

Restraining our way to lawlessness and unrestrained government, Part Two

Featured image Charles Krauthammer suggests that James Comey’s decision not to prosecute Hillary Clinton, like Chief Justice Roberts’ decision to uphold the Obamacare mandate, was driven by an unwillingness to upend or overrule the political processes on a momentous matter. In Roberts’ case the momentous matter was legislation providing free or cut-rate health to millions of Americans. In Comey’s it was a presidential election. I agree with Krauthammer. In both instances, it »

Supreme Court to parties in “Little Sisters of the Poor” — work it out yourselves

Featured image The Supreme Court has issued a unanimous per curiam opinion in the Little Sisters of the Poor case. Rather than deciding the legal issues before it, the Court vacated the judgment of the Court of Appeals, which was adverse to the Little Sisters, and sent the case back to that court so the parties can be given “sufficient time to resolve any outstanding issues between them.” Justices Ginsburg and Sotomayor »

Federal Court Holds Obama’s Insurance Subsidy Payments Unconstitutional

Featured image Today federal judge Rosemary Collyer issued a decision in House of Representatives v. Burwell, the case brought by the House to challenge the legality of the Obama administration’s payments of Obamacare subsidies to insurers, despite the fact that Congress refused to appropriate money for such subsidies. Judge Collyer ruled the administration’s payments unconstitutional. I find her reasoning highly persuasive. Here is the decision in full: HofR Challenge to ACA DCt »

Did you hear the one about Obamacare?

Featured image David Rutz draws attention to alleged journalist Charlie Rose and three of Barack Obama’s former speechwriters having a good laugh Monday night joking about the president’s infamous, oft-repeated false promise that under Obamacare, “if you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan” (video below). It must have been a helluva whopper for the leftist PolitiFact to name it the 2013 “Lie of the Year.” As »

Lies of Obamacare

Featured image It should be a stunning fact that every proposition on which President Obama promoted the sale of Obamacare was a complete and utter lie. I tried to document the foundational lies and their close relations in the endless Power Line series “Lies of Obamacare,” featuring the thumbnail image of the man having Obamacare shoved down his throat. If politicians were subject to truth in advertising laws, Obama would be behind »

After Obamacare

Featured image During the Clinton hour of the Democratic infomercial on CNN in Columbus earlier this month, the moderator called on victim of Obamacare. Office manager Teresa O’Donnell told Clinton about how her monthly costs for health care insurance for her family of four went from $490 to $1,081 a month. “I know Obama told us that we’d be paying a little more. But doubling, over doubling, my health insurance cost has »

After Obamacare

Featured image In advance of the primaries this coming Tuesday, CNN afforded the Democratic candidates a two-hour town hall infomercial. CNN convened the proceedings in Columbus last night. First Bernie Sanders took questions for an hour, then Hillary Clinton. One successful physician was allowed to ask questions in both hours to express his fears of Donald Trump and specifically request the candidates’ thoughts about how they would beat him. CNN must have »

NPR and Harvard Say: Obamacare Is a Complete Failure

Featured image National Public Radio collaborated with Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to survey Americans’ recent experience with health care. As to the Affordable Care Act, the survey’s findings are damning. They suggest that Obamacare has been worse than a complete waste of money. This is the survey’s only question directly on Obamacare. Most respondents say that Obamacare hasn’t affected them; where it has »

Peak Esposito (2)

Featured image In today’s New York Post Betsy McCaughey draws attention to a striking episode of the Obama administration’s rank lawlessness. As it has been frequently in the past, Obamacare is the occasion: In 2014, the White House tried to avert that disaster by promising insurers a taxpayer-funded bailout, but public outrage and quick action by Sen. Marco Rubio put a stop to it. Now the administration is at it again. Desperate »