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Mandate delayed but Obamacare destruction goes on

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Some 60 percent of Americans — nearly 160 million people — get insurance through their jobs. Thanks to Obamacare, that number is about to nosedive.

The president’s signature law is hiking the cost of health insurance for American businesses of all sizes. They’re responding by dumping coverage for workers, spouses, and retirees.

Even though the employer mandate, which requires all firms with 50 or more full-time staffers to provide health coverage or pay a fine, has been delayed by one year, the employer health insurance market is slowly bleeding out. Read More»

Obamacare exchanges portend disaster

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One thousand two hundred and eighty-nine days.

That’s how long the Obama Administration had to set up the 36 online health insurance exchanges it’s operating wholly or in partnership with states. Surely three-and-a-half years is enough time to establish websites with at least basic functionality, right?

Not so much. Obamacare’s exchange rollout has been disastrous. The federal government’s Healthcare.gov website is still unusable for most browsers. By last count, fully 47 state exchange sites were generating frequent error messages. Read More»

Obamacare will cost more

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Obamacare’s state-level health insurance exchanges are set to sign people up in October. But with the federal government on the hook to run 27 of them by itself — and another seven in partnership with states — it’s increasingly likely that they’ll open for enrollment after the official Oct. 1 start date.

The exchanges face more than technical difficulties. People won’t even know what to do when the marketplaces open. Forty-three percent of the uninsured are unaware that they must get coverage under the law. Read More»

Medicaid ‘useless’ in improving health outcomes

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State legislators across the country are wrestling with whether to expand Medicaid, with the bulk of the funding to come from the federal government, thanks to Obamacare.

Thus far, a substantial number of states have rebuffed the feds’ offer — or are leaning that way. They’re right to do so. The states and the federal government have spent trillions on the program — but new data show that Medicaid beneficiaries’ health is not getting any better. Read More»

We must end Medicare as we now know it

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As Republican leaders in Congress prepare to negotiate over the federal budget with their Democratic counterparts in the aftermath of the election, it’s time for everyone to face a hard truth — we must end Medicare as we know it.

The entitlement is bleeding to death. Without major changes, it won’t be around for the next generation of seniors.

Medicare covers approximately 50 million seniors today. But the mass retirement of the Baby Boom generation is just beginning, and skyrocketing healthcare costs have made the program’s finances unsustainable. Read More»

Don’t look now: The impending disaster of the Obamacare exchanges

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All eyes have been on voting day, Nov. 6. But ten days later may prove to be the true make-or-break moment of President Obama’s political career — regardless of the election result.

Nov. 16 is the deadline for states to submit a blueprint to the federal government for Obamacare’s insurance exchanges — a key component of the new healthcare law.

Already, the exchange system is proving to be an unmitigated disaster. Read More»

The multiple ways the new Obamacare law may affect you in 2011

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A federal judge recently ruled President Obama’s healthcare law unconstitutional. The U.S. Supreme Court will no doubt have to settle the matter, but several of the reform package’s most damaging provisions have already taken root.

For starters, the new law effectively stops the construction of physician-owned hospitals throughout the country — even as it extends government-subsidized insurance coverage to tens of millions of new patients. Read More»

The cost of ObamaCare’s ‘savings’

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The new healthcare law gives the federal government unprecedented control over medical decisions. And one bureaucrat in particular looks to be leading the crusade for more public power: Dr. Donald Berwick, the new director of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

CMS may be obscure. But it wields enormous influence over the availability of treatments. If CMS decides a treatment isn’t worth its price, public insurance programs like Medicare and Medicaid will stop covering it, and patients will lose access to the treatment. Read More»

Obama lied, your health plan died

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“If you like your healthcare plan,” pledged President Obama, “you will be able to keep your healthcare plan.”

As the president barnstormed in favor of his health overhaul, that promise was a constant, appearing in speeches, media appearances, and all the administration’s literature. It was a lie.

Earlier this summer, the White House fessed up. By 2013, according to the administration, eight in 10 employer-sponsored health insurance plans could be gone. Read More»

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