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Obamacare Sticker Shock

“Already, the Affordable Care Act is helping to slow the growth of health-care costs,” President Obama boasted during his State of the Union address. Apart from the fact that the statement is untrue, the line will be a real howler next year, especially for the young people who so enthusiastically supported him. Doug Holtz-Eakin, president of the American Action Forum, ... Read Full Article ›


Obamacare HATES Marriage

It was one of the biggest applause lines in President Obama’s State of the Union address, drawing cheers from both sides of the aisle. “We’ll work to strengthen families by removing the financial deterrents to marriage for low-income couples,” Obama said. “What makes you a man isn’t the ability to conceive a child; it’s having the courage to raise one. ... Read Full Article ›


Obamacare vs. Minimum Wage

President Obama, in his State of the Union address on Tuesday, proposed raising the minimum wage from its current level of $7.25 per hour to $9.00 per hour. It’s a policy that typically polls well, even though its economic impact is questionable at best, and likely ends up hurting the very people it is intended to help. In particular, new employer ... Read Full Article ›


California Doesn’t Have Enough Doctors for Obamacare

Pressure is mounting to allow physician’s assistants, nurse practitioners and pharmacists in California to fill a doctor shortage caused by President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act. State lawmakers are proposing to let assistants treat additional patients nurse practitioners to set up their own practices, the Los Angeles Times reports. They are also proposing that pharmacists and optometrists act as primary ... Read Full Article ›


ObamaCare ‘Affordable’ Coverage Penalizes Families

A new ObamaCare rule sends a strong signal to modest-income families that they can no longer afford to work for firms that offer affordable health coverage. The rule also sends a message to employers that it might be heartless to offer modest-wage workers affordable coverage. Millions of such families could find themselves in what Cornell University economist Richard Burkhauser calls ... Read Full Article ›


A New Year, New Obamacare Regs

With the turn of the calendar to 2013, it is now less than a year until full implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The regulations are coming out of Washington fast and furious. As you can expect the more answers we get the more questions we have. The IRS has just proposed regulations on a variety of issues surrounding the ... Read Full Article ›


Smokers May Not Be Able To Afford Obamacare

The Affordable Care Act allows health insurers to charge smokers buying individual policies up to 50 percent higher premiums starting next Jan. 1. WASHINGTON – Millions of smokers could be priced out of health insurance because of tobacco penalties in President Obama’s health-care law, according to experts who are teasing out the potential impact of a little-noted provision in the ... Read Full Article ›


Immigration fallout from saying no to ‘Obamacare’

The health care law expanded Medicaid to cover millions of low-income adults who are ineligible under current rules. As written, the law assumed that every state would accept the Medicaid expansion, with Washington paying for most of it. So the law stipulated that people below the federal poverty line – $11, 170 for a single person, $23,050 for a family ... Read Full Article ›


Universities Bludgeon Adjuncts With Obamacare Loophole

When the Affordable Care Act passed in early 2010, many in academia—faculty and students alike—cheered on. But now that its provisions are going into effect, some of these same people are learning firsthand that Obamacare has some nasty side effects. A new piece in the Wall Street Journal reports that many colleges are cutting back on the number of hours ... Read Full Article ›


As Obamacare Gears Up for Implementation, Enthusiasm for it Falls

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the individual mandate and President Obama’s re-election removed all doubt about whether Obamacare would become the law of the land. But in 2012, even as the historic decision was handed down by the highest court and even as a majority of the electorate decided to give the president four more years, enthusiasm toward ... Read Full Article ›


Whole Foods chief backs off ObamaCare ‘Fascism’ Claim

Whole Foods co-CEO John Mackey is backing off his controversial comparison of ObamaCare to “fascism,” but he’s not easing off his criticism of the health care overhaul. Mackey, who has long spoken out against the 2010 health care law, took heat earlier this week after saying in an NPR interview that the policy is not so much socialism as it ... Read Full Article ›


Obamacare Critics Were Right

In the frantic effort to actually implement Obamacare, some of the law’s champions are grudgingly coming to acknowledge that many of its critics’ key concerns were right. The latest example is the insurance companies’ panic over the perfectly obvious fact that the law is designed in a way that will encourage young and healthy people to avoid getting insurance until ... Read Full Article ›


5 ways Obamacare May be Harmful to Your Wealth

Obamacare has made sweeping changes to the U.S. health insurance system that will make coverage more expensive for everyone. The law calls for a range of tax increases and Medicare cuts to cover the cost of mandates that will affect the finances of everyone who pays for health insurance. Here are five ways Obamacare will hit your wallet and what ... Read Full Article ›


Southwestern Pa. Hospital to Stop Baby Deliveries Because of Obamacare

WINDBER, Pa. –  A southwestern Pennsylvania hospital will stop delivering babies after March 31 because its obstetricians are either leaving or refocusing their practices, and because hospital officials believe they can’t afford it based on projected reimbursements under looming federal health care reforms. The Windber Medical Center, about 60 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, is losing two obstetricians and two others ... Read Full Article ›


Colleges Roll Back Faculty Hours in Response to Obamacare

As employers prepare to implement the Affordable Care Act, it’s not just low-wage fast food workers who are feeling the heat. Adjunct faculty from at least four universities will also see their hours cut as colleges try to reduce the number of full-time employees whose health care they need to cover. The four schools are Florida’s Palm Beach State College, ... Read Full Article ›


Raiding Medicare: How will Seniors Pay for Obamacare?

The following is an excerpt from the new book “Beating Obamacare: Your Handbook for Surviving the New Health Care Law.” Everyone knows that if you don’t pay attention to maintaining and repairing your car, you limit its life. The same is true of human beings as they age. We need medical care to avoid becoming clunkers — worn out, parked ... Read Full Article ›


Obamacare is all about Death and Taxes

Prior to the November elections, I received an email that was chilling. It was about the new Obamacare rules. Before I discuss the Obamacare taxes that are kicking in this year and next, I want to share excerpts from it. The email was from an individual whose son-in-law has a brother who is a surgeon at Emory Hospital in Atlanta. ... Read Full Article ›


Obamacare is a Job Killer

‘I would like to black those days out — does that tell you how bad they were?” says Carl Schanstra, owner of a small Illinois parts-assembly firm. During the recession, his sales dropped by around 50 percent, and Schanstra was forced to take a calculated risk: He downsized considerably, reworked his business strategy, and invested his life savings to tide ... Read Full Article ›


Tips for Making Money from Obamacare (until it goes bankrupt)

Because it looks like we’re stuck with Obamacare (unless Chief Justice Roberts grows tired of media adulation before other constitutional challenges to the law reach the Supreme Court), here are some tips to help you make money from the law: If you’re like most people, you’ll be able to qualify for generous subsidies from the federal government to purchase health ... Read Full Article ›


IRS Warns Employers: Do Not Try to Avoid ObamaCare Insurance Mandate

( – The Internal Revenue Service warned employers in a new regulatory proposal not to come up with clever schemes to avoid Obamacare’s employer health insurance mandate. The IRS said it would soon issue “anti-abuse rules” to discourage employers from taking advantage of any regulatory loopholes. “The Treasury Department and the IRS are aware of various structures being considered under ... Read Full Article ›


Obamacare will be GOP’s savior in ’14

Nolan Finley-I’ve just returned from a few days in Washington, where the conversation continues to center on whether Republicans can regroup and rebound from their disappointing defeat in the November election. Thoughts on what the GOP must do range from improving their Spanish to standing up in gay weddings. But I think 2014 will be a huge Republican year. The ... Read Full Article ›


Three Approaches for Managing Pre-Obamacare Health Insurance Costs

(Reuters) – Having just earned his master’s degree in written communication, Eric Kaplan should feel triumphant. But his academic success has been tempered by a failure outside the classroom: He can’t find health insurance he can afford on his earnings as a freelance writer. GET HIRED Like many other Americans waiting for key provisions of the Affordable Care Act to ... Read Full Article ›


More Evidence of Death Panels in Obamacare

The foundations for health-care rationing and even so-called death panels may have already been quietly laid in largely unreported sections of President Obama’s health-care legislation. There is also concern for preferential treatment based on race, ethnicity and so-called life preferences. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly called Obamacare, called for the establishment of a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. ... Read Full Article ›


Health Insurers Raise Rates Bigtime Despite ObamaCare

California, Florida, and Ohio see double-digit increases! (Newser) – America’s health insurers are raising rates by up to 26% despite the fact that President Obama was dead-set on curbing such increases, the New York Times reports. California’s Anthem Blue Cross, Aetna, and Blue Shield of California have proposed increases of 26%, 22%, and 20%, respectively, on certain customers, while insurers ... Read Full Article ›


Welcome to the Doctor’s Office — Your Papers Please

I recently took my daughter to our pediatric ophthalmologist — a physician she has seen for several years, and with whom we have a very good relationship. Upon arrival this time, the receptionist gave me three new, additional forms to fill out. These forms were not the usual update forms. This new paperwork required specific demographic information. As I filled ... Read Full Article ›


As 2013 Begins, Get Ready For An ObamaCare’s Tax Onslaught

The third wave of ObamaCare taxes began on January 1, the latest blitz before the tsunami of changes from the health overhaul law hit in 2014. These new and higher taxes are being levied to partially pay for ObamaCare’s massive new subsidies for private health insurance and expansion of Medicaid. The most controversial of the latest ObamaCare taxes is the ... Read Full Article ›


Obama’s Tax Bill Comes Due

So Congress has passed a bill to avoid the tax cliff, hallelujah. This is the way to look at it if you have a pre-Copernican view of politics where Washington is the center of the economic universe. The better way to see it is that the tax bill on the private, productive part of the economy is now coming due ... Read Full Article ›


The Fiscal Cliff’s Hidden $1 Trillion Tax Hike

There is a hidden $1 trillion net tax hike in the “fiscal cliff” that no one is talking about. According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), Obamacare’s twenty new or higher taxes amount to a net $1 trillion over the next decade, 2013-2022. These tax increases are already permanent law due to Obamacare. They include the medical device tax, the ... Read Full Article ›


Obama Administration: We Can and Will Force Christians to Act Against Their Faith

In a legal argument formally presented in federal court in the case of Hobby Lobby v. Kathleen Sebelius, the Obama administration is claiming that the First Amendment—which expressly denies the government the authority to prohibit the “free exercise” of religion—nonetheless allows it to force Christians to directly violate their religious beliefs even on a matter that involves the life and ... Read Full Article ›


Hobby Lobby’s Emergency Application to Supreme Court: Sotomayor

Having been away, I’ll catch up quickly on Wednesday’s order by Justice Sotomayor, in her capacity as circuit justice for the Tenth Circuit, denying the emergency application by which the individual members of the Green family and their two closely-held family businesses sought an injunction, pending appeal, against the HHS mandate. That order puts the Greens in the appalling position ... Read Full Article ›


The Seventh Circuit Blocks the HHS Mandate for a Private Business: Sotomayor Squashed

Late yesterday afternoon (Friday), the Seventh Circuit granted an emergency injunction against the HHS mandate — preventing its enforcement against an Illinois business and its owners. My colleagues at the ACLJ represent Korte & Luitjohan Contractors, Inc., a family-owned, full-service construction contractor. The company is located in Highland, Ill., and employs about 90 workers. The brief opinion is worth a ... Read Full Article ›


Hobby Lobby, Obamacare and the Loss of America’s Soul

As for religious liberty, liberals like Supreme Court judge Sonia Sotomayor, rather than uphold religious liberty, facilitate Barack Obama’s effort to redefine the free exercise clause of the First Amendment. Jeannie DeAngelis In America, established rights such as religious liberty and the right to bear arms are currently under attack. Liberals are in charge and they seem to feel that ... Read Full Article ›


Obamacare Opponents Going About Health Care Reform All Wrong

While all eyes are or aren’t on Washington this holiday season as we near our collective jump off the fiscal cliff in the New Year, there is another battle well under way in our state capitals over, you guessed it, the president’s signature health care overhaul. Upholding the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate as a tax, Chief Justice John Roberts’ ... Read Full Article ›


EDITORIAL: Obamacare’s costly new year

The re-election of President Obama means Uncle Sam is only going to grow larger. As the new year arrives, Americans are likely to see with their own eyes the consequence of their choice of chief executive as health care costs escalate thanks to Obamacare. Provisions of the law that take effect in the new year will reveal the true price ... Read Full Article ›


Hobby Lobby faces Millions in Fines for Bucking Obamacare

Washington (CNN)– Craft store giant Hobby Lobby is bracing for a $1.3 million a day fine beginning January 1 for noncompliance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, dubbed Obamacare The company opposes providing some contraceptives to employees through its company health care plan on religious grounds, saying some contraceptive products, like the morning after pill, equate to abortion. ... Read Full Article ›