Category Archives: Health Care

October 18, 2016

Covered California Notifies Subscribers of Up to 57 Percent Rate Increases

Covered California, the state’s Obamacare health exchange, has started mailing notices to 1.3 million subscribers, announcing rate hikes of up to 57 percent for next year.

California health regulators have been forced to approve stunning rate hikes as insurance companies, doctors, and other health professionals continue to flee Covered California’s high costs and rigid health mandates.

California’s version of Obamacare sent its 1.3 million subscribers and prospects a mailer inviting them to go to the Covered California website and use the “Shop and Compare” tool to see just how much health insurance premiums skyrocketed.

The statewide “sticker shock” for Covered California healthcare insurance premiums next year is 13.2 percent — more than triple the roughly four percent increases in each of the previous two years.

Two of California’s biggest insurers — Blue Shield and Anthem — asked for some of the biggest statewide rate hikes. Blue Shield’s premiums are spiking up by an average of more than 19 percent, and Anthem’s rates are leaping by more than 16 percent.

The only reason that Covered California has not collapsed is that 90 percent of Covered California subscribers get subsidies, according to the IRS. Last year, that average federal subsidy for more than 800,000 California households was $5,200 a year, about $436 per month.

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October 17, 2016

Over 250,000 to Lose Health Insurance in Battleground North Carolina Due to Obamacare

More than 250,000 people in North Carolina are set to lose their healthcare plans under Obamacare due to two of the state’s three insurers dropping out of the exchange.

The insurers’ departure from the exchange means that only one insurer will be available for people to purchase plans from, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, and they are raising their rates by nearly 25 percent, the Washington Post reported.

The Obama Administration says the exchanges are still viable despite these departures. According to an analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation, 60 percent of Americans in the marketplaces will be able to choose from three or more insurers with multiple plans to choose from, the Post reports.

North Carolina is not the only state where 95 of its 100 counties will only have one insurer to choose from.

States such as Oklahoma, Alaska, Alabama, South Carolina and Wyoming only have one insurer to choose from on its exchanges for 2017 statewide.

Nearly three-fourths of Florida’s counties and more than four-fifths of Mississippi’s will also be down to one insurer.

Administration officials say that the lack of insurers returns to a pattern that predates Obamacare, where many in rural areas had a lack of coverage options.

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October 6, 2016

Bill Clinton calls Obamacare ‘the craziest thing in the world’… (Video)

Mark Halperin: In Little Rock, we call that a Clinton classic.

August 18, 2016

‘We are in the death spiral’

Obamacare meltdown means Americans’ health premiums rocket 40-60%.

As another major health insurance company exits the vast majority of Obamacare exchanges and many U.S. states are forecasting massive premium increases later this year, a leading health care expert says the Obamacare death spiral is already beginning.

Late Monday, Aetna announced it was pulling out of Obamacare exchanges in all but four U.S. states as a result of large financial losses. The company reported $200 million in pre-tax losses in the second quarter of 2016 alone.

“As a strong supporter of public exchanges as a means to meet the needs of the uninsured, we regret having to make this decision,” said Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini in a written statement.

Galen Institute President Grace-Marie Turner told WND and Radio America Aetna’s decision to largely abandon the exchanges is a huge development.

“Aetna was all-in in not only trying to get the law passed but also to try to make this work,” she said. “So with Aetna throwing in the towel, I think it really shows the way this law is structured, and particularly the way it’s been implemented, just does not work.”

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April 19, 2016

Newt Gingrich: Veterans Administration Is ‘Grievously Sick’

The Veterans Administration (VA) is in a desperate need of an overhaul after failing those it is supposed to serve for years, writes Former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

In an article for The Washington Times, Gingrich, also a former Republican presidential candidate, compares the individual in Tunisia who set himself on fire and subsequently sparked the Arab Spring in December 2010 to a similar event involving a New Jersey veteran.

“Last month, a 51-year-old veteran set himself on fire in front of a Veterans Administration facility in Northfield, New Jersey,” notes the former House Speaker. “His comparable act of despair should be a call to another political revolution here in the United States–one focused on transforming the bureaucracies that are failing many of the most vulnerable Americans, not least our veterans.”

“No American should be satisfied with the incompetence and corruption exemplified by the VA. That the Department of Veterans Affairs is grievously sick has been evident since at least 2007, when the stories of neglect at Walter Reed Army Medical Center began to get public attention,” he adds. “We learned that the VA had wounded veterans recovering in deplorable conditions, and that the carelessness and indifference of the administrators led to a number of deaths.”

Gingrich declares that it is Congress’ responsibility to change the VA.

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March 19, 2016

Hillary Clinton Wants To Give Americans’ Healthcare to Millions of Illegals, Says Chelsea Clinton

Hillary Clinton wants American taxpayers to pay for the healthcare of all illegal immigrants who get into the United States, Chelsea Clinton told a health-care salesman.

Clinton “thinks it’s so important to extend the Affordable Care Act to people who are living and working here, regardless of immigration status, regardless of citizenship status,” Chelsea told the advocate March 15, at an event in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Roughly 14 million illegal immigrants are living in the United States, alongside 310 million Americans, according to the Center for Immigration Studies.

Donald Trump quickly denounced the move.

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February 10, 2016

Report: Gov’t Granted $750 Million Obamacare Funds to Hundreds of Thousands of Illegal Immigrants

The government’s Obamacare program gave up $750 million in taxpayer subsidies to illegal immigrants and individuals without verified immigration status, says a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee report obtained by Fox News.

“The Administration awarded approximately $750 million in tax credits on behalf of individuals who were later determined to be ineligible because they failed to verify their citizenship, status as a national, or legal presence,” by July 2015, according to Fox News.

The subsidies went to 471,000 Obamacare beneficiaries who did not verify their immigration status or citizenship, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services told Fox News. These individuals failed to provide full evidence of their eligibility, CMS told Fox News, but their lack of documentation does not always mean a lack of eligibility.

The committee’s review pinned the number of people who received credits for health insurance without verified legal status at 500,000 people.

The $750 million in payments divided among roughly 500,000 recipients works out to roughly $1,600 per person.

Of concern to the committee is that these subsidies were provided without verification and without a reasonable process to recoup lost funds.

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December 17, 2015

1 last chance to get lifesaving meds to America by Ted Nugent

Ted Nugent urges choice for GOP-nominee ‘boat,’ despite imperfections.

Your child is dying on an island, and there is only one boat that can get her the medicine she needs to live. It may not be your favorite boat. In fact it may be a very ugly, leaky boat in desperate need of upgrade, but it’s the only boat available, and you damn well better get on board if you truly want to save your dear child’s life.

America is dying right before our very eyes, and there will only be one boat available in November 2016 to save her life. The John McCain boat and the Mitt Romney boat were clearly not everyone’s favorite vessels, but if you truly wish to save America, you damn well better get on that do-or-die life-saving boat when it becomes available – or the death wish is inevitable.

I surely understand the abject frustration and anger that kept so many conservatives and Republicans home in November of 2008 and November of 2012.

I happen to agree that both John McCain and Mitt Romney failed us miserably. They are both guilty of good-old-boy, status quo politics, that very same status quo politics of compromise that incrementally got us into this embarrassing mess we find ourselves in today.

McCain is no conservative, and Romney brought a doily to a gunfight, blowing his opportunity for victory over the glaring crimes of Obama and his gang of Saul Alinsky henchmen. Mr. Rogers would have kicked more a– than Mitt Romney did in those debates.

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December 15, 2015

Big Business Hearts Big Government: Insurance Giants Get Rich On ObamaCare

One of the myths that always needs bursting is that Big Business hates big government’ regulations, and supposedly prefers small-government Republicans to keep Uncle Sam off its back.

In reality, Big Business loves Big Government because mega-corporations can use their lobbying clout to get subsidies for themselves and regulatory burdens on their rivals.

But it is a basic reality that heavy regulations hurt smaller companies more, even when they are, in theory, applied evenly. Big companies can absorb expenses and compliance costs more easily, they tend to be more adaptable, and they can afford the analytical firepower to find profit opportunities hidden in complex regulatory mazes.

The latest demonstration of the principle is ObamaCare, which is absolutely devastating small insurance companies, and driving those fabled insurance co-ops out of business like lemmings marching off the edge of a cliff… but the biggest of the big players are doing fine.

In fact, as The Economist notes, even though the biggest of the big five companies, UnitedHealthcare, is having serious second thoughts about losing money on the Affordable Care Act exchanges, the share prices of those top five companies – also including Aetna, Humana, Cigna, and Anthem – “have all roughly tripled over the past five years,” as these companies have remained “consistently and highly profitable.” All of them are expected to report record profits over the next few years.

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December 5, 2015

For First Time Ever, Senate Votes to Repeal Obamacare — This Is What You Can Expect to Happen Next

In a statement, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who has been relentless in his efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, said the vote represented a “significant step towards repealing every word of Obamacare.”

The Senate voted Thursday evening for the first time ever to repeal President Barack Obama’s signature health care law, passing the measure 52-47.

The bill will now head to the House, where it should win easy approval from the Republican majority.

Congress will then send the measure, which also strips federal funding for Planned Parenthood, to Obama who will veto it.

This marks the first time the Republican controlled Congress has ever sent a bill to repeal Obamacare to the president’s desk.

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“Since before my first day in office, I pledged to do everything within my power to repeal Obamacare,” Cruz said. “And over the last three years, I’ve worked day and night to do exactly that, sometimes to the dismay of those in Washington.”

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