May 23, 2013
Majorities of American voters say their family will be worse off under the Affordable Care Act, and think it would be better to go back to the pre-ObamaCare health care system.
A Fox News poll released Wednesday finds that while 26 percent of voters say their health care situation will be better under the new law, twice as many — 53 percent — say it will be worse. [...]
Add Labor Unions to the list of people concerned about the implementation of Obamacare. Labor is now publicly “balking at how the administration plans to implement the landmark law. They warn that unless there are changes, the results could be catastrophic.”
The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) with a membership of 1.3 million are “worried about how the reform law will affect its members’ healthcare plans.” Last month, [...]
From Junk Science:
With the IRS scandal shining a much-needed light on the miserable agency that would be the majordomo of Obamacare, we should also examine the preposterous “reasoning” at the heart of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)…
I refer to the quite foolish notion that making insurance more available, albeit not necessarily more affordable, is somehow the biggest problem facing our failing health care system.
Let’s try an analogy: [...]
May 16, 2013
The House of Representatives voted today to repeal the entire Affordable Care Act, 229-195. This was the third vote for full repeal, and the 37th overall vote the House has taken to disrupt, dismantle, defund or repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act.
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R.-Minn.) called the vote shortly before 6:30 p.m.
Two Blue Dog Democrats, Reps. Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.) and Jim Matheson (D-Utah), voted along with 227 House [...]
The Internal Revenue Service official in charge of the tax-exempt organizations at the time when the unit targeted tea party groups now runs the IRS office responsible for the health care legislation.
Sarah Hall Ingram served as commissioner of the office responsible for tax-exempt organizations between 2009 and 2012. But Ingram has since left that part of the IRS and is now the director of the IRS’ Affordable Care Act office, the IRS [...]
May 15, 2013
Greta Van Susteren reports today that Republican Rep. Randy Forbes of Virginia has introduced legislation to impose a hiring freeze on the federal taxation agency. The bill is aimed at preventing the feds from using the IRS to implement Obamacare.
Text from the legislation reads:
“A Bill to prohibit the Internal Revenue Service from hiring new employees to enforce the federal government’s invasion into the healthcare lives of American citizens”… [...]
When Obamacare’s individual mandate takes effect in 2014, all Americans who file income tax returns must complete an additional IRS tax form.
The new form will require disclosure of a taxpayer’s personal identifying health information in order to determine compliance with the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate.
As confirmed by IRS testimony to the tax-writing House Committee on Ways and Means, “taxpayers will file their tax returns reporting their health insurance coverage, and/or making [...]
Conservative members of a nonprofit organization set up to run Colorado’s Affordable Care Act-mandated state health insurance exchange are reeling from sticker shock over the cost of rolling out the program.
Federal grants have already paid $61 million to set up the one-stop health insurance shop, but the board is now being asked to approve another $125 million federal grant request.
Opponents, led by board member Dr. Mike Fallon, said the request is an example of [...]
May 10th, 2013
In coming years the President’s landmark Affordable Care Act will be integrated into the American health care system with the promise of providing free, abundant and complete medical care for every American citizen who needs it.
There are those who claim that the new law, passed through Congress without ever having been read by a single Senator or State Representative, is the solution to all of our problems. Its aim [...]
One of the most politically intense fights over the Affordable Care Act was over the creation of the Independent Payment Advisory Board, infamously dubbed a “death panel” by Republicans during the 2010 elections.
On Thursday, Republican House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell signaled that they would keep working to keep opposition alive by doing everything they can to impede the board’s implementation.
The two leaders wrote a letter to President [...]
Just weeks after his re-election, President Barack Obama summoned about 20 senior administration officials to the White House’s Roosevelt Room for an hour-long meeting on the implementation of his health-care law.
Obama began by reminding his staff that the Affordable Care Act would be one of his major legacies and its execution among the highest priorities of his second term, according to a Democrat familiar with the gathering.
The session, which [...]
From Economic Policy Journal:
Ezekiel Emanuel, a former health-care adviser to President Obama and brother of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, spills the beans in WSJ:
In less than five months, on Oct. 1, the Affordable Care Act’s insurance exchanges will go live online. Millions of Americans will suddenly be able to log on to a website and choose their own heath-care coverage from a menu of subsidized options for prices and coverage levels. [...]
Average weekly work hours in the retail sector have fallen in the past 12 months.
But this is even as employment in the retail sector posted strong gains in the second half of last year, according to Paul Ashworth at Capital Economics.
Typically, the two move in tandem.
Ashworth writes that this can be attributed to a specific part of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). From the start of 2014, employers with more than 50 employees will [...]
Rochester, N.Y. (CBS DC) – Sen. Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat and longtime backer of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, said that insurance rates are likely to spike – and “Obamacare” is partly to blame.
Speaking with WHEC Rochester, Schumer said, “Our insurance department is empowered to protect families and we’re going to watch them like a hawk to make sure they do, because if they don’t, these rates could go [...]
Lawmakers, aides seek Obamacare exemption
Congressional leaders in both parties are engaged in high-level, confidential talks about exempting lawmakers and Capitol Hill aides from the insurance exchanges they are mandated to join as part of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, sources in both parties said.
The talks — which involve Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), the Obama administration and other top lawmakers — are extraordinarily [...]
As if adapting to health-care reform and curbing the “nightmare bacteria” weren’t challenge enough, hospitals are increasingly plagued by another problem: bedbugs.
More than a third of pest-management companies treated bedbug infestations in hospitals in 2012, 6% more than the year before and more than twice as many as in 2010, according to a survey released today by the National Pest Management Association. The percentage of exterminators dealing with [...]
But health law supporters are pushing back, noting close ties between the actuaries making the forecasts and an insurance industry that has been complaining about taxes.
By Jay Hancock, Kaiser Health News Staff Writer
THURSDAY, April 18, 2013 (Kaiser Health News) — Few aspects of the Affordable Care Act are more critical to its success than affordability, but in recent weeks experts have predicted costs for some health plans could soar next year.
Monday, Regal Entertainment Group, the largest movie theatre chain in the country, announced that thousands of employees will have their work hours cut– as a direct result of the added cost of the new ObamaCare mandates that become effective later this year.
In a memo to employees, management was blunt: “To comply with the Affordable Care Act, Regal had to increase our health care budget to cover those newly deemed eligible [...]
by Brittany Stepniak, Wealth Wire:
Tax Freedom Day is a pretty big deal for the finance nerds amongst us. It’s a day when our nation, as a whole unit, has officially earned enough money to pay its total tax bill for the year.
This year’s date of tax-freedom will arrive five days later this year than it did last year largely because of the fiscal cliff deal that raised federal taxes on individual [...]
Next year is the year President Barack Obama’s signature health care law goes into high gear, covering millions of uninsured Americans by a mix of private plans and government programs infused with tens of billions of dollars in taxpayer money.
You’d think there’d be a chapter in the new 2014 budget that lays it all out. Wrong.
Well, maybe a table? Wrong again.
A box? Nope.
It turns out that the costs of the [...]
The application for the new health exchanges includes 61 pages
If you thought nothing could be more tedious than filling out your tax forms, just wait until you try to apply for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act’s new exchanges.
The draft of the paper application is 15 to 21 pages, depending on whether someone is applying individually or for their family. See the Application for Health Insurance
And the [...]
WASHINGTON (AP) — Insurance companies will have to pay out an average of 32 percent more for medical claims on individual health policies under President Barack Obama’s overhaul, the nation’s leading group of financial risk analysts has estimated.
That’s likely to increase premiums for at least some Americans buying individual plans.
The report by the Society of Actuaries could turn into a big headache for the Obama administration at a time when many parts of the country [...]
Republican amendments to the Senate’s budget proposal would require President Obama and Vice President Biden to get their medical care through the new exchanges created by Obama’s signature healthcare law.
Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) both offered amendments to move the president and vice president into the healthcare law’s exchanges.
After the Affordable Care Act passed, the White House said Obama would enroll in an exchange once the time [...]
UESDAY, March 19, 2013 (Kaiser Health News) — When visiting the doctor, there may be strength in numbers.
In recent years, a growing number of doctors have begun holding group appointments — seeing up to a dozen patients with similar medical concerns all at once. Advocates of the approach say such visits allow doctors to treat more patients, spend more time with them (even if not one-on-one), increase appointment availability and improve [...]
March 19, 2013
A bill that would prohibit medical providers in Montana from refusing to treat patients who choose not to answer questions about gun ownership passed its hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee Monday, 62-38.
“This bill is drafted in response to President Obama’s Gun Violence Reduction Executive Actions… He is going to use the healthcare system to collect the database of where the firearms are and who has them [...]
From Global Economic Trend Analysis:
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Obamacare is constitutional. Legislators in the state of Oklahoma have a different idea.
The New American reports Oklahoma House of Representatives Passes ObamaCare Nullification Bill:
By a vote of 72-20, the state House of Representatives passed House Bill 1021, a bill that if signed into law would stop the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (known as ObamaCare) at the borders of the sovereign state [...]
Standing as a bulwark of liberty, the Oklahoma House of Representatives passed a bill protecting citizens of the Sooner State from the unconstitutional provisions of ObamaCare.
By a vote of 72-20, the state House of Representatives passed House Bill 1021, a bill that if signed into law would stop the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (known as ObamaCare) at the borders of the sovereign state of Oklahoma.
The bill’s primary proponent is State Representative [...]
From Charles Hugh Smith:
… The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), i.e. Obamacare, is a neutron bomb for employment. A neutron bomb is an enhanced-radiation thermonuclear weapon that famously leaves buildings, autos, etc. intact but kills all the people, even those inside buildings, vehicles, etc.
Obamacare will act as a neutron bomb on employment in the U.S. for two basic reasons:
1. It is immensely complex, and already-marginalized small business owners [...]
Companies have a new solution to rising health-insurance costs: Break up their employees’ marriages.
By denying coverage to spouses, employers not only save the annual premiums, but also the new fees that went into effect as part of the Affordable Care Act. This year, companies have to pay $1 or $2 “per life” covered on their plans, a sum that jumps to $65 in 2014. And health law guidelines [...]
by Charles Hugh Smith
About your “affordable” healthcare coverage…better read the fine print.
I recently received the good news via an advert that I can buy healthcare insurance for as little as $3.16 a day. Wow, that’s only $95 a month. Since my wife and I are paying $1,136 a month for stripped-down, minimal coverage with one of the nation’s non-profit care providers, imagine my delight at this revelation.
I know from friends that biopsies [...]
February 15, 2013
Many businesses in America, large, medium and small, are operating on shoestring budgets. As Obamacare began to kick in, hundreds of businesses began laying off staff to offset the increased costs they face under Obamacare. Consequently, thousands of people have lost their jobs, thanks to Obama and his Affordable Care Act.
Hundreds of other businesses, especially many small businesses have had to drop health benefits for their employees as they [...]
There were a lot of taxes in The Affordable Care Act that Nancy Pelosi famously said “we have to pass the bill so that we can find out what’s in it.” The American Enterprise Institute has tracked some of the taxes enacted on the medical and pharmaceutical industries, and they are expected to raise billions — in the short term. However, those costs still have to be paid, and consumers [...]
In box 12 you’ll find a new listing for how much your health insurance costs – both you and your employer.
They are only “keeping track” of this now.
This isn’t taxable income…YET
BUSINESSES DO NOT HAVE TO SHOW THIS YET IF THEY EMPLOY LESS THAN 250 PEOPLE.
You can bet your ass it will be soon, though. Why else would they put this on your W-2?
Welcome to the shithole you’ve voted for, America!