• Barack Obama,  Obamacare

    ObamaCare is a California Loser

    ObamaCare is a California Loser

    How many months ago did I prognosticate that ObamaCare, while rammed through the Congress by Democrats, would NEVER be fully implemented? Look what is happening in California, which is probably BEST case.

    More than 1 million cancellation notices have been sent to Californians as the Affordable Care Act begins allowing individuals to buy insurance through exchanges, Jones said. The federal law requires policies to offer minimum levels of coverage, forcing companies to terminate many existing plans. But Jones said that under the law, insurers have another year to do so.

    More than a MILLION policy cancellations!

    How many Californians will be “BARE” (without insurance) over the next year?

    Just wait for the increase in premiums and the “sticker shock.”

    The Congress should get busy and make the necessary changes in the law or….. voters should change the Congress.

  • Obamacare

    The Troubles with ObamaCare Implementation

    Obama in white coat ObamaCare: Only a Third Favor Obamas Health Reform Law

    Oh and there are plenty of problems with ObamaCare as Noemie Emery points out in her piece.

    Obama won on the claim we had come through the worst of the crash and recession, and that things would slowly but surely start to improve. But wait for the downturn that’s likely to hit when smaller business embark on a new wave of cutbacks, to avoid moving north of Obamacare’s 50-employee limit, above which the federal mandates to provide workers with health care kick in. New hires will not happen, full-time employees with benefits will become part-timers without out them, and some jobs may even be axed. For two years, businessmen have postponed their decisions — now they will make them. Wait until voters find their jobs, their hours cut, their premiums rising, their insurers going out of business and their employers dropping health coverage because of Obamacare.

    Employment will be hurt first as any recovery in the unemployment rate numbers will stall. Then, folks will discover that their medical insurance will suddenly cost more – a lot more or their physicians may either retire or no longer accept Medicare.

    Then, the political recriminations will begin as more and more states refuse to implement the Medicaid expansion portion of the law. The waiting lines for Medicaid patients to see a medical specialist will grow astronomically. There will be stories about rationing of care for the poor.

    The problems are coming folks and coming soon.

  • Obamacare,  Polling

    Gallup Poll: American Majority Against Government Healthcare Guarantee

    Gallup Poll on Government Healthcare Guarantee

    Not a good sign with ObamaCare implementation due by 2014.

    For the first time in Gallup trends since 2000, a majority of Americans say it is not the federal government’s responsibility to make sure all Americans have healthcare coverage. Prior to 2009, a majority always felt the government should ensure healthcare coverage for all, though Americans’ views have become more divided in recent years.

    The shift away from the view that the government should ensure healthcare coverage for all began shortly after President Barack Obama’s election and has continued the past several years during the discussions and ultimate passage of the Affordable Care Act in March 2010. Americans are divided on that legislation today — 48% approve and 45% disapprove — as they have been over the last several years.

    Republicans, including Republican-leaning independents, are mostly responsible for the drop since 2007 in Americans’ support for government ensuring universal health coverage. In 2007, 38% of Republicans thought the government should do so; now, 12% do. Among Democrats and Democratic leaners there has been a much smaller drop, from 81% saying the government should make sure all Americans are covered in 2007 to 71% now.

    One thing that has not changed is that Americans still widely prefer a system based on private insurance to one run by the government. Currently, 57% prefer a private system and 36% a government-run system, essentially the same as in 2010 and 2011. Prior to the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, the percentage of Americans in favor of a government-run system ranged from 32% to 41%.

    I think folks see that the costs will be tremendous and the government healthcare system bureaucratic and intrusive.

    America continues as a right-center country where self-reliance is more innate than not.

    Redistribution is not the American way and that is reflected in this poll.

    Over the next few years, the U.S. healthcare system will undergo significant changes as more parts of the Affordable Care Act go into effect. To date, the passage of the law has not led to a major transformation in U.S. healthcare attitudes, apart from the shift away from the view that the government should ensure all Americans have healthcare.

    However, this year’s Health and Healthcare poll could signal the beginning of somewhat less negative views of the U.S. healthcare system. Americans have always been positive about the quality of healthcare they receive. Though they remain more negative than positive about healthcare coverage, Americans’ opinions are trending toward a more positive view of health coverage. Americans remain broadly dissatisfied with U.S. healthcare costs, and it is unclear at this point whether the healthcare reforms will significantly reduce U.S. healthcare costs once the law is fully implemented.

  • Barack Obama,  Medicare,  Mitt Romney,  Obamacare,  Paul Ryan

    Video: Romney Goes on the Attack to “Save Medicare” from ObamaCare

    Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan today unveiled an ad to be broadcast in key battleground states that attacks President Obama and his ObamaCare health reform legislation.

    In what is viewed to be a pre-emptive strike against Democratic criticisms of Ryan’s efforts in the House to reform Medicare, Romney is shooting the first shot across Obama’s bow.

    Here is the ad:

    Now, the Romney ad team will be able to build upon their own narrative not the negative portrayal of the national Democratic Party and their minions in the mainstream media.

  • Barack Obama,  Obamacare

    Video: Another Broken Obama Promise – ObamaCare is a Tax

    Actually, President Obama’s health care reform law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a series of tax increases over time. The increases have just not been assessed or paid yet – except in a few instances.

    The Republican National Committee in their video above aptly reminds voters about Obama’s broken promise from 2008.

    But, the verdict is out whether this will be the prominent issue that Mitt Romney and GOP use against the President in November.

    It is the economy…..

  • Day By Day,  Obamacare

    Day By Day June 29, 2012 – Eat Your Vegetables

    Day By Day by Chris Muir

    Chris, the SCOTUS decision yesterday on ObamaCare has given conservatives newly-driven incentive to win electoral gains in November.

    The Tea Party will rise from moribund inaction and become active in key competitive U.S. Senate races around the country.

    Mitt Romney has already raised more than $4.2 million since the decision was announced.

    Chief Justice Roberts may have handed the GOP a gift with his flip to the LEFT.

  • Obamacare

    ObamaCare – The Affordable Care Act Survives Supreme Court Challenge

    The Obama Administration’s and Democrats’ Affordable Care Act and its individual mandate were in large part sustained in the United States Supreme Court ruling this morning.

    The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the individual insurance requirement at the heart of President Barack Obama’s historic health care overhaul.

    The decision means the huge overhaul, still only partly in effect, will proceed and pick up momentum over the next several years, affecting the way that countless Americans receive and pay for their personal medical care. The ruling also hands Obama a campaign-season victory in rejecting arguments that Congress went too far in requiring most Americans to have health insurance or pay a penalty.

    Breaking with the court’s other conservative justices, Chief Justice John Roberts announced the judgment that allows the law to go forward with its aim of covering more than 30 million uninsured Americans.

    The justices rejected two of the administration’s three arguments in support of the insurance requirement. But the court said the mandate can be construed as a tax. “Because the Constitution permits such a tax, it is not our role to forbid it, or to pass upon its wisdom or fairness,” Roberts said.

    The court found problems with the law’s expansion of Medicaid, but even there said the expansion could proceed as long as the federal government does not threaten to withhold states’ entire Medicaid allotment if they don’t take part in the law’s extension.

    The court’s four liberal justices, Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor, joined Roberts in the outcome.

    Here are some links:

    OBAMACARE STANDS…Mandate survives as a tax…

    Chief Justice Roberts joins left of the Court

    The opinion in PDF format

    Clearly, this is a win for the White House and President Obama as the court refused to invalidate ObamaCare as unconstitutional.

    However, this is not the end of the controversy as the GOP moves to repeal the legislation.

    Stay tuned…..

  • Obamacare

    ObamaCare: Only a Third Favor Obama’s Health Reform Law

    Obama in white coat The Morning Flap: June 18, 2012

    According to the latest Associated Press-GfK poll on ObamaCare.

    Just a third of Americans back President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul on which the Supreme Court is about to pass judgment, a new poll finds. But there is overwhelming support among both supporters and opponents for Congress and the president to begin work on a new bill if the high court strikes down the 2-year-old law.

    The overall level of support for the law is relatively unchanged in recent months, with 47 percent opposing it. But an Associated Press-GfK poll shows that only 21 percent of independents approve of the law, a new low in AP-GfK polling.

    But, Americans desire reform of the health care system.

    But whatever people think of the law, they don’t want a Supreme Court ruling against it to be the last word on health care reform. More than three-fourths of Americans want their political leaders to undertake a new effort, rather than leave the health care system alone if the court rules against the law, according to the poll.

    Large majorities of both opponents and backers of the law share the view that Congress and the president should start anew. The lowest level of support for new health care legislation comes from people who identify themselves as strong supporters of the tea party. Even in that group, though, nearly 60 percent favor work on a new bill.

    President Obama and then House Speaker Nancy Pelosi forced this law down the throats of the American people. Remember ObamaCare passed with NO Republican votes in the House or Senate.

    Nobody and I mean nobody fully understand all of its provisions. The uncertainty has stifled employment and cost projections of the law’s impact scares business already slammed with the economic recession.

    It is time to start over.

    This time the Congress and President need to work together for incremental reform to benefit ALL Americans.

  • Day By Day,  Eric Holder,  Obamacare

    Day By Day June 21, 2012 – Dress Up

    Day By Day by Chris Muir

    Chris, there is plenty to be “dressed up” about with the imminent ObamaCare SCOTUS decision and the House voted contempt of Attorney General Eric Holder over Fast and Furious.

    The Fast and Furious investigation has finally handed House Republicans a prize they’ve long sought: a legal smackdown of the Obama administration.

    Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) was able to show skeptical conservatives that his spine could stay stiff under pressure from President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder by locking arms with Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) on a contempt of Congress vote Wednesday. There was no daylight — at least publicly — between Boehner and Issa, a dynamic the White House was desperately seeking.

    It is certain that some Americans will be “PISSED” over the decisions.

  • Obamacare,  Polling

    ObamaCare Poll Watch: Number of Uninsured Young Americans Has Reached a Plateau

    According to the latest Gallup Poll.

    The percentage of 18- to 25-year-old Americans who do not have health insurance has leveled off at the 24% range, after declining from about 28% after the healthcare law provision allowing adults up to age 26 to stay on a parent’s plan took effect.

    The uninsured rate for 18- to 25-year-olds first began to decline in the fourth quarter of 2010 after the provision went into effect in September, falling to 26.3% from 28.0% in the third quarter of that year. It then declined further to 24% in the first quarter of 2011 and has remained at about that level since, with the exception of a slight temporary increase the third quarter of 2011.

    The uninsured rate for 26- to 64-year-olds has also leveled off. Although, in contrast to 18- to 25-year-olds, the current uninsured rate for 26- to 64-year-olds has plateaued at a higher rate than in January 2008, when Gallup and Healthways first started tracking Americans’ health insurance coverage. Roughly one in five Americans in this age group report not having health insurance for the past year.

    One of the political arguments in support of the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) is that by either the Supreme court striking down the law or a legislative/executive repeal that the government would be taking health insurance away from younger people who can join their parent’s plan.

    Looking at the graph above, it is a whopping 4 per cent at best.

    Not much of an argument, is it?

    But, in the meantime, look what has happened to private health insurance after ObamaCare passed.

    Surprise – employer-based private health insurance has declined and government paid health insurance (Medicare, Medicaid, or military/veterans’ benefits) has increased.

    Overall, the percentage of all U.S. adults without health insurance was 17.3% in the first quarter of 2012, similar to its levels for the past year, although clearly lower than in 2008, 2009, and 2010. The increase in the percentage of all Americans who were uninsured in the second quarter of 2011 coincides with Gallup’s decision to include more cell phone-only respondents in the U.S. beginning April 1. Thus, some of the increase in the uninsured could reflect the greater representation of cell phone-only respondents — who tend to be younger — in Gallup samples.

    Meanwhile, the percentage of all adults who get their health insurance through an employer has trended down — now at 44.5%. The percentage who have a government plan through Medicare, Medicaid, or military/veterans’ benefits has increased over time — now at 25.3%.

    So, what does this all mean?

    The U.S. Supreme Court last week heard arguments about the constitutionality of the 2010 healthcare law. During the hearings, the justices raised questions about how and if to save different parts of the health law should they decide against the individual mandate. While the final ruling is months away, if the court should decide to strike down the entire law — which includes the provision allowing those up to age 26 to stay on a parent’s health plans — many young adults who have recently gained coverage would likely lose it.

    Still, even as the law remains intact for now, it appears that this part of the law that allows those up to age 26 to stay on a parent’s plan may have reached a saturation point. Although millions of people took advantage of this provision when it first went into effect, it does not seem at this point to be having any additional effect on the uninsured rate among young adults. This may be because all or most of those who qualify and have an interest in taking advantage of the provision have already done so. Or, it could be that only those who are most informed have taken part and many others are still unaware of this provision.