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Special Enrollment Period Announced for Hurricane Impacted Areas

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced in late September that if you were impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma or Maria, you will receive an extension to make changes to your health insurance if you purchased it through the federal health insurance exchange. Medicare recipients were also given an extension to make changes to their plans. Federal Exchange ... Read Full Article ›


Health Risks After the Storm – What You Need to Know

After a disaster, recovery efforts can seem daunting. Recent hurricanes, tropical storms and wildfires in different parts of the U.S. have shifted the focus of the country to disaster preparedness – and for good reason. Your chances of getting hurt or injured don’t end when the winds die down and the waters recede. And while preparing for a predicted disaster ... Read Full Article ›


CBO: Taxpayers Are Paying 20% Less for Subsides

According to new cost estimates developed by the Congressional Budget Office, advance premium tax credits will cost taxpayers about 20 percent less than initially projected. Subsidies, which make health insurance affordable for millions of Americans, have been the subject of debate recently as the Supreme Court considers their implementation within the context of the Affordable Care Act. Despite the legal ... Read Full Article ›


The Hobby Lobby Ruling and the Implications on the ACA

The Supreme Court returned a verdict in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. on June 30, 2014 and the Justices decided by a 5-4 ruling that Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and other for-profit corporations who have specific religious objections to providing and paying for the costs of contraception devices in the insurance policies they offer their employees are exempt from ... Read Full Article ›


How Windfall Earnings Can Spoil Your Obamacare Subsidy

Question: I expect $45,000 in self-employed income for my family of four this year, qualifying me for substantial government subsidies through the Affordable Care Act exchange. What happens if my actual earnings are just as expected until Dec. 31, 2014, when I realize an involuntary capital gain because a company that I own a stake in gets bought out by ... Read Full Article ›


Obamacare Forces Good Physicians to Quit

Last week, politicians who helped craft the Affordable Care Act (ACA) celebrated in self-congratulatory style the third anniversary of that monstrosity which will soon extinguish health care as we’ve known it. The president’s promises about the ACA saving money and allowing you to keep your existing health plan are proving false, as many predicted. The Department of Health and Human ... Read Full Article ›


Obamacare Preventive Medical Services List

I have found this NOT to be true.  If I want ANY of these preventive medical services for FREE ( I use the term “free” loosely) I have to cancel my High Deductible Health Insurance ( I personally am grateful to  have an HSA from my employer to cover some expenses) and get another NEW private policy. This of course, ... Read Full Article ›


Affordable Care Act Is Unaffordable And Onerous

ObamaCare: Does anyone remember hearing that one of the blessings of health reform would be doing your taxes a second time? Filling out fifteen pages and paying $1 trillion in taxes are just the latest ObamaCare surprises. ‘1040″ is not most Americans’ lucky number. Yet hardly as unlucky as the digits in ObamaCare. The latest is that a three-person family ... 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 ›


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 ›


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 ›


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 ›


Obamacare May Hike Your Pet’s Health Care Bills

The Heritage Foundation: Lachlan Markay American health care consumers aren’t the only ones who will be hit by slated Obamacare tax hikes. Medical bills for their pets may go up as well. According to a rule published Friday by the Internal Revenue Service, some medical devices used in veterinary practices will be hit by Obamacare’s 2.3 percent device tax. Many ... Read Full Article ›


Obamacare Sales Tax Will Cause Premiums to Rise By $10k Over 10 Years

The Washington Examiner Joel Gehrke President Obama’s health care overhaul contains a tax that will drive up premiums for individuals, families, and even Medicare Advantage beneficiaries, according to a new study released by America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP). Obamacare “imposes a new sales tax on health insurance that starts at $8 billion in 2014, increase to $14.3 billion in 2018, ... Read Full Article ›


The Feds Blame the States for Refusing to Become ObamaCare Subsidiaries.

Wall Street Journal November 28, 2012 Hope and Exchange The feds blame the states for refusing to become ObamaCare subsidiaries. ObamaCare is due to land in a mere 10 months—about 300 days—and the Administration is not even close to ready, so naturally the political and media classes are attacking the Governors and state legislators who decline to help out. Mostly ... Read Full Article ›


The Right Not to Work for Obamacare

The Washington Times – November 24, 2012 – Government medicine means servitude for doctors – Dr. Jane M. Orient About a century-and-a-half ago, the right not to work was established in the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. An employer could not force a person to work for him, even if he desperately needed to have his cotton picked and ... Read Full Article ›


Catholic Bishops Call Biden A Liar On ObamaCare

ObamaCare: The leaders of the vice president’s church are calling him out for denying the Affordable Care Act’s threat to religious liberty and the institutions that provide needed social services.As we noted in our post-debate analysis, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) were not amused with Joe Biden’s other great debate lie — that ObamaCare doesn’t threaten religious liberty ... Read Full Article ›


ObamaCare’s Uncertainty Cripples States And Providers

GOV. BOB MCCONNELL AND REP. FRED UPTON – Without repeal or delay, the full implementation of ObamaCare is now less than 15 months away. Yet citizens and policymakers face a mounting level of questions, fears and frustrations. Unfortunately, the administration’s continuing silence on its plans leaves patients, states and Congress with more anxiety than answers and taxpayers on the hook ... Read Full Article ›


The Wal-Mart effect Comes to Healthcare

Investor’s Business Daily August 27, 2012 The Wal-Mart Effect Comes To Health Care Health Care: Giant discounter Wal-Mart says it will soon offer vaccinations for a wide variety of ailments. Can the “Wal-Mart Effect,” which has helped slash U.S. inflation, do the same thing for soaring health care costs? Everyone knows Wal-Mart has been a positive influence on inflation. A ... Read Full Article ›


Rep. Schakowsky ‘Unaware’ Obamacare Reg Requires Offering Free Sterilization to Teens

Elizabeth Harrington ( – Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D.-Ill.) said she was “unaware” that the preventive services regulation that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has issued under the Obamacare law requires health care plans to offer free sterilizations to girls as young as their teens. However, back in March, Schakowsky did acknowledge that the mandate offers sterilizations free of ... Read Full Article ›


A State Revolt Against ObamaCare Emerges

Investor’s Business Daily July 10, 2012 A State Revolt Against ObamaCare Emerges Health Reform: After the Supreme Court’s ruling, President Obama declared ObamaCare “here to stay.” But a revolt is brewing among states that, if it continues, could cause key pieces of the misbegotten law to collapse. On Monday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry was the latest to refuse ObamaCare’s massive ... Read Full Article ›


13,000 Obamacare Regulations, and Counting

Efforts to implement ObamaCare law raise concerns of massive government expansion Jim Angle With the Supreme Court giving President Obama’s new health care law a green light, federal and state officials are turning to implementation of the law — a lengthy and massive undertaking still in its early stages, but already costing money and expanding the government. The Health and ... Read Full Article ›


Obamacare against the Church

We’ve been following the story of the Church’s response to the assault perpetrated by the Obamacare regulation on “preventive care” with a religious exemption so narrow that will require most Catholic institutions to comply. In the new issue of the Weekly Standard Jonathan Last provides an excellent journalistic account of events leading up to the regulations. As soon as Sebelius ... Read Full Article ›


Obamacare is in Bad Faith – Contraceptive Issues

The following is excerpted from an editorial in National Review: Last August, under authority granted by Obamacare, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius published an “interim final rule” for comment that would require private health-insurance plans to cover, as “preventive services,” all FDA-approved “sterilization procedures” and “contraceptive methods” — and without deductibles or co-pays. We and other critics ... Read Full Article ›


1,231 Reasons Why ObamaCare is Unworkable

The Obama Administration has been granting waivers exempting certain businesses and organizations from key components of ObamaCare for over a year. When we first alerted you, the Obama Administration had granted 30 waivers to Obama’s signature legislation, including to some of its biggest political supporters. Now, the situation has gotten worse, much worse. Of the 1,327 waiver applications that the ... Read Full Article ›


Pelosi Defends Obamacare Waivers To 1,800 Firms: “They’re Small Companies”

Of the 204 new Obamacare waivers President Barack Obama’s administration approved in April, 38 are for fancy eateries, hip nightclubs and decadent hotels in House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s Northern California district. That’s in addition to the 27 new waivers for health care or drug companies and the 31 new union waivers Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services approved. ... Read Full Article ›


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 ›


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 ›


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 ›


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 ›


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 ›


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 ›


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 ›


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 ›