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Health Care


Obamacare’s Predictable Problems

“What we’ve learned through the course of this program is that this is really not a sensible way for the health-care system to be run.” That was Gary Cohen, director of the Department of Health and Human Services’ Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight. He was talking about the apparently surprising need to halt enrollments in a program designed ... Read Full Article ›


Is a Tax that Can’t Be Collected an Actual Tax?

One of the necessary features of any law is enforcement. Taxes are laws, and if you don’t pay your taxes, the government swoops down on you like a raptor on a rodent. You then must either pay up or prove that you don’t owe the money the government says you owe. Otherwise, government can garnish your wages, take your house, ... Read Full Article ›


IRS unveils rules for Obamacare sales tax on insurance companies (and super PACs)

Federal tax regulators outlined the rules pertaining to a tax on health insurance companies (and super PACs, curiously) in Obamacare that will cost$58.8 billion over five years before rising after 2018. “Under section 9010(e)(1) [of Obamacare], the aggregate fee amount for all covered entities (referred to as the applicable amount) is $8 billion for calendar year 2014, $11.3 billion for ... Read Full Article ›


Killing the Obamacare Zombie

“But Republican governors are folding like cheap lawn chairs,” you say. “And political eunuchs in the GOP establishment are bowing to Obama like he bows to foreign dictators. Any hope of repeal is long dead, and besides, Chief Justice John Roberts put the final nail in the judicial coffin last summer, didn’t he? Any chance of killing the Obamacare zombie ... Read Full Article ›


Obamacare: Where Will You Buy Insurance?

The Affordable Care Act has been the “law of the land” for almost three years. Time really flies. Despite the many resources available, most of the general population has no clue how “Obamacare” is supposed to work. With the insurance provisions finally kicking in January 1, 2014 and the realization that the law is not going away, people need to ... Read Full Article ›


Universal Studios Florida Drops Part Time Insurance

“Universal” health care is coming at too great a cost for Universal Studios Orlando. The theme park plans to drop medical coverage for part-time workers starting in 2014, due to a provision in the federal health care overhaul. The rule, which has raised concern at a number of other companies, would restrict annual limits on insurance policies. The trade-off in ... Read Full Article ›


Cheapest Insurance Costs under Obamacare: $20,000

( – In a final regulation issued Wednesday, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) assumed that under Obamacare the cheapest health insurance plan available in 2016 for a family will cost $20,000 for the year. Barack Obama, Kathleen Sebelius and then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi after signing the Obamacare law – The 3 Faces of Health Care Evil Under Obamacare, Americans will ... Read Full Article ›


Obamacare Loving Tax Preparers

Ana Maria Costanza likes the Affordable Care Act—a lot. “I read the whole 900 pages,” the H&R Block (HRB) tax preparer exclaims happily in a TV ad. “It literally took me weeks.” Most people have a different reaction to the thought of wading through new government regulations, and that’s the point. “I know the law,” Costanza tells the camera with ... 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 ›


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 ›


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 ›


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 ›


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 ›


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 ›


Court Reinstates Obamacare Lawsuits

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals dealt a blow to the Obama administration by ruling in favor of two Christian schools suing for exemptions from the Obamacare contraception mandate, the Becket Fund announced. The Court ruled that two lower courts inappropriately dismissed Wheaton College and Belmont Abbey College’s suits, and reinstated the two schools’ lawsuits. The Court also mandated that ... Read Full Article ›


The Emerging Obamacare Truth Is Disarray

A remarkable truth about Obamacare is how many aspects of its initial programs and initiatives are already in disarray. The Obama team is woefully behind its own schedule for implementing features of the legislation. The critical regulations outlining what the Obamacare insurance benefit will look like was supposed to be out more than six months ago. Now it looks like ... Read Full Article ›


Waiting for Obamacare The Doctor Won’t See You, Now

A few years ago, my small local hospital asked a Senate staffer if she could assist them in obtaining federal money for a new building. So she did, expediting the process by which that particular corner of northern New Hampshire was deemed to be “under-served” and thus eligible for the fed gravy. At the ribbon-cutting, she was an honored guest, ... Read Full Article ›


Get Ready for the Costs and Chaos of Obamacare

Nancy Pelosi was widely mocked when she said of Obamacare, “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” At the time, March 2010, Pelosi’s words accurately described the Democrats’ just-get-it-done approach to passing a national health care bill. But now it turns out Pelosi was wrong. In fact, we have to implement ... Read Full Article ›


Restaurant Chains Ditch Plans to Cut Workers’ Hours in Response to Health Care Law

The company that owns the Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants backed down Thursday from its plan to cut employees’ hours in response to President Obama’s health care law. Darden Restaurants — one of several restaurant firms embroiled in political controversy over employees’ health care benefits — said Thursday it will not follow through with plans to cut workers’ hours. ... Read Full Article ›


Guide to Obamacare Taxes for 2013 and 2014

Many Americans could face higher tax bills Jan. 1, 2013, as a result of four health care-reform law changes.Here’s a look at what’s about to hit — unless Congress otherwise acts — and how you may be able to minimize the impact to you. What’s Coming Jan. 1 1. Limit on flexible spending account (FSA) contributions. Today, employers set their ... Read Full Article ›