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  • Illegal Change to Obamacare Is Designed to Scapegoat Insurers, Not Restore Canceled Insurance Policies

    November 15, 2013
    If aliens from outer space read today's newspapers, they would assume that America is a dictatorship, not a republic, and that President Obama has the authority to pass and repeal laws all by himself, though executive decree. Writing about President Obama's decision to allow insurers to temporarily reissue certain policies cancelled due to the Affordable Care Act, The Washington Post stated, "President Obama relented to pressure from the public and his own party Thursday and changed one of the bedrock requirements of the new health-care law to fulfill his promise to allow people to keep their insurance plans if they want." But as every schoolchild used to be taught, Presidents cannot "change" the "...
  • Under Obamacare, People Pay More for Inferior Health Plans, Lose Health Insurance They Liked

    November 11, 2013
    A Colorado woman who championed Obamacare lost her insurance plan. As a CBS TV station in Denver noted, "Millions of people are getting cancellation notices, including about 250,000 Coloradans. For years the president said that those who like their current plan would be able to keep it, but it turns out that’s not the case." So did a former host at MSNBC, whose coverage of Obamacare touted Obama's since-broken pledge that "if you like your health plan, you can keep it," and depicted...
  • Racial Preferences in Obamacare, and Discrimination, Too, Based on Weird Ideology

    October 29, 2013
    Obama RacineThe Daily Caller has an interesting story about race-conscious provisions and racial preferences contained in Obamacare. It's a subject that has received remarkably little attention, even though the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights concluded back in 2009 that the healthcare bill was racially discriminatory, in two ways. First, the law is filled with “sections that factor in race when awarding billions in...
  • Glitches and Errors Widespread on Obamacare Health Insurance Website

    October 25, 2013
    In addition to the Obamacare web site glitches that left people unable to purchase insurance despite hours or days of trying, the website dramatically understates health insurance costs, note CBS News and websites such as Liberty Unyielding:
    CBS News has investigated the new feature at which allows consumers to see the offered insurance plans without registering. Its reporters found that the pricing displayed dramatically underestimates the actual cost of the plans. According to CBS, the new “shop and browse”...
  • Selfishness Underlies the Shutdown, At Home and Abroad

    October 4, 2013
    Americans aren’t the only ones talking about government shutdown this week. Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi almost collapsed Italy’s government on Wednesday by threatening to pull his party’s support for the current left-right coalition government. Fortunately, he eventually relented. At their core, petty selfishness drives both President Obama and Berlusconi’s actions. The former, by defending his signature healthcare law at any cost, hopes to preserve his spot in the history textbooks. The latter will pull out all the stops to prevent his expulsion from the Italian Senate—after a tax fraud conviction this summer--that would signal an end to his longtime pursuit for political glory. I elaborate on their similar motives to gum up the political works in my recent...
  • Obamacare Quadruples Rates for Some, Subsidizes Some Wealthy Who Retired Early

    September 30, 2013
    Due to Obamacare, North Carolina "will see individual-market" health insurance rates "triple for women, and quadruple for men." In Tennessee, Obamacare will triple men's premiums, and double women's, in the market for individual health...
  • Massive Marriage Penalties in Obamacare Health Insurance Exchanges

    September 26, 2013
    On the Obamacare health insurance exchanges, being married can cost you a lot. Get divorced (or avoid getting married, if you live together), and you save $7,230 per year if you are a fairly typical 40-year-old couple with kids (example: the husband working full-time, and the wife working part time, with the husband making $70,000, and the wife making $23,000). If you are a 60-year-old couple with equal incomes and no kids, and you make $62,041 a year, you save $11,028 a year by getting divorced or remaining unmarried. These are the amounts of money you will lose if you get married, since you will lose this amount of taxpayer subsidies due to Obamacare's discriminatory treatment of married versus unmarried couples. That's the reality confirmed by an Obamacare “...
  • MoveOn admits: "[I]f younger, healthier people don't participate, then costs will skyrocket and Obamacare will fail."

    August 30, 2013 yesterday sent me an appeal asking for $5 to help fund a $250,000 social media campaign supporting ObamaCare targeted to reach young adults. Here’s why they need my five bucks:
     [R]ight-wing groups have launched a multi-million-dollar campaign to torpedo Obamacare before it even gets started. Their plan: Mislead young people about how the law works so they get scared and don't enroll. The problem is that it really could work because if younger, healthier people don't participate, then costs will skyrocket and Obamacare will fail. [Emphasis in original] footnotes a Washington Post article, which explains that last sentence. From the Post Wonkblog article by Sarah Kliff: “Young adults tend to have lower...
  • Let in More Foreign Doctors to Fix Looming Shortage of Physicians Aggravated by Obamacare

    August 16, 2013
    "Bring on the foreign doctors," writes Slate's Brian Palmer:
    If President Obama’s health care reform plan is implemented in its current form, the United States will face an estimated shortfall of 130,000 doctors by 2025.  . .There’s a simple solution to this problem: Import more physicians from abroad. And yet, it takes years for foreign trained doctors to earn a U.S. license. . .Even if a doctor has practiced for years in her home country, she must pass the same exams as graduates of American medical schools, then repeat three or more years of residency and fellowship...
  • More Economic Suffering Due to Obamacare

    July 24, 2013
    The Washington Post reports on the ever-growing number of people losing wages and facing pay cuts due to the 2010 healthcare law:
    For Kevin Pace, the president’s health-care law could have meant better health insurance. Instead, it produced a pay cut. Like many of his colleagues, the adjunct music professor at Northern Virginia Community College had managed to assemble a hefty course load despite his official status as a part-time employee. But his employer, the state, slashed his hours this spring to avoid a Jan. 1 requirement that all full-time workers for large employers be offered health insurance. The law defines “full time” as 30 hours a week or more. “We work so hard...


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