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11/21/2011

In Michigan, Obamacare is Already a Job-Killer

While the White House continues its rhetoric on job creation, the job-killing effects of Obamacare are already taking effect. One provision of the law, its tax on medical device manufacturers, is already having a detrimental impact on a Michigan-based manufacturer. Stryker Corporation has announced that it will cut approximately 5 percent of its workforce by 2013 due to the tax. ... Read Full Article ›

11/21/2011

Supreme Court Judge Fails To Grasp Obamacare

Shortly before the Supreme Court agreed to rule on the constitutionality of Obamacare’s individual mandate, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Washington, D.C., Circuit affirmed, 2-1, its constitutionality. Writing for the majority, Judge Laurence Silberman, a Reagan appointee, brusquely acknowledged that upholding the mandate means there is no limit to Congress’ powers under the Commerce Clause. Fortunately, Silberman’s stark assertion ... Read Full Article ›

11/16/2011

Another ObamaCare Health Insurance Glitch

Wall Street Journal NOVEMBER 16, 2011 Congress made a legal mistake while rushing through the health law. Now it’s come back to haunt the administration. JONATHAN H. ADLER AND MICHAEL F. CANNON Even if ObamaCare survives Supreme Court scrutiny next spring, its trials will be far from over. That’s because the law has a major glitch that threatens its basic ... Read Full Article ›

11/10/2011

Surprise, Surprise: Yet Another Part of Obamacare Increases Health Premiums and Kills Jobs

The Heritage Foundation Surprise, Surprise: Yet Another Part of Obamacare Increases Premiums and Kills Jobs Kathryn Nix Even without Obamacare, the United States faces rising health care costs and an economy struggling to recover from the recent downturn. Despite its supporters’ promises, the health care law does not solve these problems. A study released today by the National Federation of ... Read Full Article ›

11/09/2011

Supremes About to Decide Which Obamacare Cases Make the Cut

The American Spectator Supremes About to Decide Which Obamacare Cases Make the Cut Justices scheduled to discuss five separate ACA petitions on Thursday. David Catron 11.9.11 When the U.S. Supreme Court is in session, Friday afternoons are typically reserved for an exclusive conclave in which the justices discuss petitions from various litigants who hope the Court will condescend to review ... Read Full Article ›

11/09/2011

ObamaCare: Flawed Policy, Flawed Law

Wall Street Journal NOVEMBER 9, 2011 ObamaCare: Flawed Policy, Flawed Law Even if it were to survive the high court’s judgment, the individual mandate would never work as the law’s drafters intended. GRACE-MARIE TURNER The Supreme Court is expected to meet Thursday to discuss whether to hear challenges to last year’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act—particularly concerning the constitutionality ... Read Full Article ›

11/08/2011

College Lending Hidden in Obamacare

Wall Street Journal NOVEMBER 8, 2011 Student Body Left The President wants everyone in college on Uncle Sam’s dime. As the default rate rises on federally backed student loans, President Obama has responded with a plan to make education lending even more expensive for taxpayers. That’s hard to do, but he’s determined. In his first student-lending reform, which was rushed ... Read Full Article ›

11/05/2011

Obamacare Billions In Hidden Pork for Unions

Investor’s Business Daily Health Reform: How do you funnel billions of dollars to your union pals at a time when the government is running record deficits? Easy, you just tuck the money into ObamaCare. According to a new Government Accountability Office report, the federal government has so far handed out $2.7 billion out of a $5 billion program squirreled away ... Read Full Article ›

11/03/2011

Obama Health Care Law has Unexpected Beneficiaries

Yahoo News RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama’s health care law created a $5 billion fund to shore up coverage for early retirees, and some of that money is flowing to places you might not expect. Two Texas public employee programs are among the top 25 recipients of the federal subsidy despite Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s opposition ... Read Full Article ›

11/02/2011

GOP Wastes Obamacare Opportunity

National Review Michael Tanner November 2, 2011 GOP Wastes Obamacare Opportunity They should be gaining politically from attacking bad policies. GOPers aren’t giving repeal their all. A new poll released last week shows that support for Obamacare has reached an all-time low. According to the poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation, which has traditionally found more support for the health-care ... Read Full Article ›

11/02/2011

Critical Cancer Drugs are in Short Supply Thanks to Price Controls

Wall Street Journal The Bush-Obama Rx Shortages Critical cancer drugs are in short supply thanks to price controls. This week President Obama finally confronted a major U.S. health-care disgrace—the growing shortages of lifesaving drugs, especially anticancer therapies. For some reason the White House lumped its executive order with its “we can’t wait” campaign against House Republicans, but the pity is ... Read Full Article ›

11/01/2011

Cooking the Books on Grandma’s Health Care

Wall Street Journal NOVEMBER 1, 2011 Medicare patients who get less care have a higher risk of dying. Don’t believe the hype that implies otherwise. BETSY MCCAUGHEY The British medical journal Lancet reported last month that 32% of elderly American patients undergo surgery in the year before they die, a statistic culled from Medicare data. In an accompanying editorial, Dr. ... Read Full Article ›

10/31/2011

Caving on Obamacare

Investor’s Business Daily Reform: Remember when Nancy Pelosi promised that Americans would fall in love with ObamaCare once it was the law of the land? Turns out barely half of Democrats now like it. The Kaiser Family Foundation has tracked public support for ObamaCare since the law was passed. It’s never been very popular, but now support has hit a ... Read Full Article ›

10/29/2011

ObamaCare Has Become the Great Unmentionable

Wall Street Journal OCTOBER 29, 2011 Less Popular All the Time ObamaCare has become the great unmentionable. Good policies are sometimes unpopular, and everybody knows that bad ones are too often very popular, which helps explain the habits of modern Washington. So it’s more than a little gratifying when the political class’s worst choices earn the public scorn they deserve, ... Read Full Article ›

10/28/2011

Boehner Rejects Democrats Debt Proposal

The Hill Russell Berman and Erik Wasson House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Thursday rejected a proposal by the Democratic members of the congressional supercommittee on debtreduction, declaring its $1.3 trillion in tax increases unacceptable. A majority of the six Democrats on the 12-member panel privately proposed a package that would cut the deficit by $3 trillion over 10 years, ... Read Full Article ›

10/28/2011

Repeal Health Law? It Won’t Be Easy

OCTOBER 29, 2011 LOUISE RADNOFSKY Every Republican presidential candidate has promised to repeal the Obama administration’s health-care overhaul. But despite full-throated criticism, it’s going to be hard for any of them to fulfill that pledge if elected. Despite their full-throated pledges to repeal the health overhaul law, no Republican presidential candidate is likely to fulfill that pledge entirely if elected ... Read Full Article ›

10/28/2011

GOP Says Obamacare Undermines Marriage

“The result of linking the tax credit to the federal poverty level is that two individuals who make between $61,600 and $91,200 in 2014 will not benefit from the tax credit if they decide to marry, but both individuals can qualify for the tax credit if they remain unmarried or if they decide to divorce,” the report states. The report ... Read Full Article ›

10/28/2011

Shredding Kathleen Sebelius

Town Hall Michelle Malkin If a private health insurer had engaged in the kind of criminal obstruction that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has been tied to in her home state of Kansas, it would be a federal case. Instead, it’s a non-story in the Washington press. Nothing to see here. Move along. On Monday, a district judge ... Read Full Article ›

10/27/2011

Bottom-line Issues Stall Republicans (GOP) Efforts to Pull Back Health Law

The Washington Times Senate Democrats turn from agenda Paige Winfield Cunningham Republicans scored historic gains in last year’s elections in part on their pledge to scrap the new health care law — but their passion for repeal has dimmed in the face of a split Congress and the difficulties of untangling the complex legislation. Dozens of House-passed repeal bills and ... Read Full Article ›

10/26/2011

HHS Admits Nearly $5 Million Spent on Implementation of CLASS Act Prior to Abandoning Program

From the Office of Senator John Thune (R-South Dakota) Oct 26 2011 HHS Admits Nearly $5 Million Spent on Implementation of CLASS Act Prior to Abandoning Program WASHINGTON, D.C.–Senator John Thune today criticized the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) admission at a U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing that the Obama Administration has spent “just under $5 ... Read Full Article ›

10/26/2011

We’d Like to Know a Little Bit About You for Our Files – Private Health Information Exposure

The American Spectator A new HHS regulation will create a government database of your private health information. David Catron 10.17.11 While armies of attorneys battle the Justice Department over Obamacare’s constitutionality, and politicians hold forth about their strategies for repealing and replacing the unpopular law, bureaucrats at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have been working around the ... Read Full Article ›

10/26/2011

Obama’s Health Care Gamble

Wall Street Journal JOSEPH RAGO October 25, 2011 The extremely big bet that the Justice Department—and presumably, the White House—is making on ObamaCare’s constitutionality. Cert petitions asking the Supreme Court to hear the various constitutional challenges to the Affordable Care Act could be distributed to chambers for consideration as early as this week. If they are, we’ll know by mid-November ... Read Full Article ›

10/26/2011

Wal-Mart: Every Day Low Benefits

Wall Street Journal Everyday Low Benefits Wal-Mart workers pay for the retailer’s ObamaCare embrace. When Wal-Mart endorsed President Obama’s health-care plan in 2009, CEO Mike Duke said it did so “to remove the burden that is crushing America’s businesses and hampering our competitiveness in the global economy.” That doesn’t seem to be working out too well—for all Americans, and especially ... Read Full Article ›

10/26/2011

DOWNLOAD OBAMACARE BILL

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) is a United States federal statute signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010. The law (along with the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010) is the principal health care reform legislation of the 111th United States Congress. ObamaCare reforms certain aspects of the private health insurance ... Read Full Article ›

10/26/2011

ObamaCare Starts to Unravel

Now that one of ObamaCare’s major new benefit programs has been scrapped, liberals are trying to make stone soup by claiming that the Obama Administration merely committed an act of “good government.” They claim that when this long-term care insurance program proved to be unworkable, the Administration conceded as much, and now it’s gone. So let’s review the evidence, not ... Read Full Article ›

10/25/2011

Obama Rules, Budget Woes Spur Medicaid Benefit Cuts

INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY DAVID HOGBERG Critics who worried ObamaCare would lead to rationing may be seeing their fears realized sooner than they expected. Recently, Washington state changed its Medicaid program so that recipients may only go to the emergency room three times per year for “nonemergency” conditions. The initiative is expected to save about $72 million over two years. Yet ... Read Full Article ›

10/25/2011

Medical Records Achilles Heel of Obamacare

The Daily Caller Rep. Tim Huelskamp, a Kansas Republican and a Tea Party Caucus member, is sounding the alarm over a proposed rule from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that would aggregate confidential patient information into a single government database. Huelskamp explained that one of his constituents alerted him to the proposed rule in September, and said ... Read Full Article ›

10/23/2011

Tax law could hinder quick high court ruling on health mandate

The Hill Sam Baker The nuances of the Supreme Court’s case on the healthcare reform law are beginning to come together, but a thorny procedural issue could still complicate the push for a quick and decisive ruling. By now it seems clear that the Supreme Court will probably take the case filed by 26 state attorneys general and the National ... Read Full Article ›

12/02/2010

Deficit commission: What ObamaCare needs is … death panels

(Editors Note: With insurers, consumers have the option to find another insurer or self insure. Those options won’t exist in a government-run system, and are seriously limited in ObamaCare, even in the latest incarnation. Without those options, the IMAB’s decisions will be inescapable — and thanks to Harry Reid’s language, citizens won’t even have the opportunity to challenge IMAB actions ... Read Full Article ›

11/15/2010

Unions Are on the ‘Hidden’ List to Receive ObamaCare Waivers

If ObamaCare is such a good idea, then why are there 111 companies on the waiver list? That’s the question in this Fox News segment: GatewayPundit highights the segment’s central charge: “The bottom line here is that they gave out waivers is an admission of guilt. Basically they’re saying, “You’re right. We screwed up.” That’s the bottom line here. They ... Read Full Article ›

03/21/2010

20 Ways ObamaCare Will Take Away Our Freedoms

With House Democrats poised to pass the Senate health care bill with some reconciliation changes later today, it is worthwhile to take a comprehensive look at the freedoms we will lose. Of course, the overhaul is supposed to provide us with security. But it will result in skyrocketing insurance costs and physicians leaving the field in droves, making it harder ... Read Full Article ›