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Obamacare 2014: A Sign of Things to Come

Featured image Kudos to Ed Morrissey for picking this up. The scene is Mankato, in southern Minnesota. The event is an agricultural forum. The participants are Democrats Amy Klobuchar, Collin Peterson and Tim Walz. Peterson, the ranking member on the House Agriculture Committee, was there to answer questions about the farm bill. But the audience, which looks large, wanted to talk about Obamacare. A local television station captured this priceless footage. Note »

If Democrats Think They Can Run on Obamacare…

Featured image …they’ve got another think coming. Check out this absolutely brutal–because it is true–ad that Americans For Prosperity is running in Michigan: Congressman Gary Peters is running to fill the Senate seat formerly held by Carl Levin. Most polls show likely Republican nominee Terri Lynn Land, former secretary of state, leading Peterson. A pickup in Michigan would be a huge step toward regaining control of the Senate. It is hard to »

Is Obamacare Adorable?

Featured image For Valentine’s Day, the Obama administration decided to promote Obamacare in a manner less macho than its “Pajama Boy” campaign. It pronounced Obamacare “adorable,” in animal-themed messages appropriate to the season: There are more, equally adorable cards at the link. I am trying to picture the circumstances under which these Valentine’s Day missives would be used. At the linked OFA page, you can click to share them on Facebook. I »

Obamacare Unemployment: It’s Exciting!

Featured image A special election is going on in Florida’s district 13. Democrat Alex Sink is favored to flip the district, which is currently Republican. She was asked in an interview to comment on the CBO’s projection that Obamacare will result in a loss of employment equivalent to two million full-time jobs or more. In reply, she termed this “an exciting prospect.” The NRCC is promoting this video clip: Will it help? »

20 percent of Obamacare enrollees failed to pay their premium

Featured image The New York Times reports that, according to insurance companies and industry experts, one in five people who signed up for health insurance under Obamacare failed to pay their premium on time and therefore did not receive coverage in January. Given Obamacare’s disastrous rollout, the White House had urged insurers to give people more time to pay, and did so. But some people missed even the extended deadlines. Presumably, human »

Obamacare in one state

Featured image Linking to this New York Times story, James Taranto wrote here earlier this week about the tangled fate of Obamacare in Arkansas. Coincidentally, Dr. Samuel Vallery wrote us from Hot Springs, Arkansas with a personal take: I am long time reader of Power Line. I am a 51 year old, solo ENT specialist, practicing in Hot Springs, Arkansas. I have been in practice here for 19 years. I have watched »

Obama Administration Changes Obamacare Again

Featured image In keeping with its position that the Affordable Care Act means whatever it decrees, the Obama administration has once again ordered changes in the law. The effect of the changes is to relax, further, the requirement that businesses offer Obamacare-compliant health insurance to their employees. The changes are summarized at the Washington Post’s risibly-named Wonkblog: 1. Employers with between 50 to 99 employees get another year of transition. The Obama »

Not All of Obamacare’s Job Losses Are “Voluntary”

Featured image When the CBO released its annual Budget and Economic Outlook last Tuesday, the major news story was CBO’s projection that Obamacare will cause a reduction in hours worked of between 1.5% and 2%, equivalent to the loss of around two million jobs annually. This was rightly seen as a serious blow to Obamacare, which Democrats tried to deflect by pointing out that according to the CBO, nearly all of the »

Lies of Obamacare

Featured image In the new issue of the Weekly Standard, Christopher Conover delivers “An Obamacare report card.” Among other things, it collects key promises made by President Obama to sell Obamacare. In the first part of the article Conover compiles eight such promises and grades Obama’s performance on each. With one exception, it’s lies all the way down: the grades range from F (seven) to Incomplete (one). Here is Conover’s net assessment »

Today’s #Obamacare fail

Featured image Well, yesterday’s at least, as brought to us by the Washington Post’s Amy Goldstein: “ can’t handle appeals of enrollment errors.” Goldstein’s story arrived less than 24 hours after President Obama assured Bill O’Reilly and a national television audience that is working beautifully (video below). Today’s #Obamacarefail is therefore also one more of the many, many lies of Obamacare. »

Oregon’s Obamacare Scandal: Fraud Charges?

Featured image John wrote here a few weeks ago about the fiasco of Oregon’s state-designed Obamacare exchange, and especially how his old college classmate, the current governor John Kitzhaber, walked out of a TV interview when pressed on the issue.  Maybe he walked out to avoid having to admit that the whole situation is worse than had been disclosed–that Oregon may in fact face federal fraud charges.  That’s the allegation reported today »

Obamacare In New Hampshire

Featured image New Hampshire is a good example of a state where the Obamacare disaster could make a Senate race unexpectedly competitive. Without Obamacare dragging her down, incumbent Jeanne Shaheen would be a prohibitive favorite for re-election. But a recent poll shows her in a dead heat with Scott Brown, who has moved to the state and is mulling the possibility of a run. This New Hampshire Journal article illustrates what a »

The uninsured don’t like Obamacare either

Featured image A new Kaiser poll finds that just 24 percent of uninsured Americans have a favorable view of Obamacare, while 47 percent of the uninsured view it unfavorably. Thus, two uninsured Americans dislike Obamacare for every one American who likes it. And the ratio becomes slightly more damning when the question to the uninsured is whether they see themselves as better or worse off due to Obamacare. 30 percent say they »

Sen. Coburn’s cancer doctor not included under Obamacare

Featured image Sen. Tom Coburn has prostate cancer. Today, he revealed that Obamacare doesn’t include the doctor who has been treating the cancer. Coburn added that “even though my new coverage won’t cover my specialist — I’m going to have great care, and I have a great prognosis.” But to get that care, Coburn is paying out of his own pocket so he can retain the services of his oncologist. The average »

Lies of Obamacare: A Debate

Featured image Scott Gottlieb and Megan McArdle are two of the must-read commentators on Obamacare. On January 15 they held down the pro side of a debate on the proposition: “Resolved: Obamacare Is Now Beyond Rescue.” McArdle wrote about the debate in her Blooomberg column here. Jonathan Chait (the inspiration for what I once dubbed “Chaitred”) and Douglas Kamerow held down the con side (no pun intended). Chait wrote about the debate »

Obamacare: no internet sensation

Featured image The Obama administration is boasting that 44.5 million people have called or visited state and federal websites to explore their Obamacare options. That sounds impressive, if true. But how many of them were sufficiently impressed by what they saw to actually purchase the product? Not many, it turns out. So far, according to Scott Gottlieb, only 2.2 million people have signed up for Obamacare. This means that the number of »

William Levin: Obamacare death throes

Featured image William Levin, a graduate of Yale Law School and former clerk on the D.C. Circuit, manages an investment banking firm. He writes to comment on the case involving the legality of Obamacare subsidies on the 36 federally facilitated exchanges provided to states that have not established their own. Last week D.C. District Judge Paul Friedman ruled that the subsidies provided on these exchanges were legal despite statutory language to the »