HuffPo’s Useful Idiots

In this 2013 article, the Huffington Post’s presidential back-wipers gushed:

“The health care reform law heavily relies on private companies continuing to be the most common source of health care coverage and aims to stem the ongoing decline in employer-sponsored health insurance. Obamacare seeks to build on the estimated 159 million people currently receiving job-based health insurance by mandating that larger employers offer coverage to workers or face penalties starting at $2,000 per employee.”

Here’s the reality:

“GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Many small businesses in West and Southwest Michigan plan to drop health insurance coverage for employees and limit hiring, according to a new survey measuring the impact of the Affordable Care Act.”[1]

[1] Affordable Care Act prompts small firms to drop health insurance, limit hiring, survey finds, Jan. 22, 2015

And another bonus:

“• 46 percent of small firms have or are considering limiting or reducing new hiring.
• 28 percent have or are considering reducing their overall workforce.”  –ibid.

Meanwhile, former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen–a health care executive–and Obama henchman Ezekiel Emanuel both told us the ACA will eliminate employer coverage, which Emanuel says “is a good thing.

Lastly, the most honest President ever himself sold the plan thusly:

If we don’t pass it, here’s the guarantee….your premiums will go up, your employers are going to load up more costs on you,” he said. “Potentially they’re going to drop your coverage, because they just can’t afford an increase of 25 percent, 30 percent in terms of the costs of providing health care to employees each and every year. ” — President Barack Obama, Dec. 16, 2009

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Obamacare Spiked MA Medicaid Costs $1 Billion

Comment: Gruber and the President both repeatedly told America that Obamacare was a ‘Republican’ idea, the same as Romneycare.  Really?  They might want to tell Massachusetts.

Massachusetts already had nearly universal insurance coverage under Romneycare, with a healthcare exchange.  Switching from Romneycare just cost Massachusetts’ Medicaid program one billion dollars, and added legions of new dependents to their state rolls, and all of this in a state that already boasted nearly universal coverage.

“Massachusetts’ Medicaid caseloads spiked in fiscal year 2014, leading to an increase in spending of more than $1.1 billion.”

“The growth was due primarily to the Affordable Care Act, the national health care reform law under which Massachusetts expanded eligibility for Medicaid.”

Medicaid costs spiked $1 billion in Massachusetts primarily due to Affordable Care Act
By Shira Schoenberg, January 22, 2015

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Top Tweets – Big Brother ACA is Watching You

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Data companies tracking you on Healthcare.gov, including Google and Facebook

Healthcare.gov sends your data to co.s w/o consent (how much does gov’t make selling it & where’s my cut?)

Congress (including Dems) demands answers on Healthcare.gov #data sharing with private companies

States could use #ACA-generated data to skirt 2nd Amendment, enforce mental health restrictions on gun ownership

Plenty of other bad news this week:

35 doctor groups blast EHR meaningful use requirements; interfering with patient needs.

UnitedHealth takes $1 billion hit to earnings from #Obamacare (investors, beware happy-face reporting)

Small farms puzzled by #ACA prohibition w/$36,500/yr fines on reimbursing employees for health insurance costs

Medicaid spikes $1.1B in Mass primarily due to Medicaid expansion. Dem: ‘need to rein numbers in’ (huh?)

Just try applying final calorie-count rule to billion+ pizza topping combinations

There is hope:

Many nullification and navigator oversight bills pending in state legislatures

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SHOCKER: California’s Exchange Deliberately Blocking Competition

Comment: Will the outrages never stop?  Will the lies never end?  They said the exchanges would be models of the free market and competition in action. Well, no.

“California’s insurance commissioner says he objects ‘in the strongest possible terms’ to a decision by Covered California to block an insurer from selling policies in areas with few consumer choices.”

“Commissioner Dave Jones says Health Net wanted to sell individual policies in more than two-dozen new counties in California in both 2014 and 2015, but the effort was rejected by the health insurance exchange both times.”

[...] “The exchange had a rule not to allow new insurers into the market until 2017, with a couple of exceptions.”

Covered California Could Have Increased Insurers, Consumer Choice, Insurance Commissioner Says
Pauline Bartolone
Thursday, January 15, 2015 | Sacramento, CA

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2nd Largest OGruberCare Co-Op Co-Flops

Comment: The de-evolution of American health care will not be televised.

“It was a heck of a Christmas for David Fairchild and his wife, Clara Peterson. They found out they were about to lose their new health insurance.”

[...] “But the co-op’s failure in Iowa has left David Fairchild and Clara Peterson scratching their heads.”

““I mean the whole Affordable Care Act is [about] competition between insurance companies, and now we’re back down to what?” says Peterson.”

“For them, only one option: Coventry. They’ve already applied through healthcare.gov and now they’re now waiting for approval for a plan that will cover a lot less of Fairchild’s medicine expenses.

Nation’s second-largest Obamacare co-op fails in Iowa
By Clay Masters,   Posted: January 19, 2015

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Employees Go ‘OOO’ — Opting Out of Obamacare

Comment: Obamacare, perversely, has now become a cruel tax on the very people it supposedly helped.

“Of my company’s 5,453 eligible employees, only 420 actually enrolled. The other 5,033 opted to pay a penalty.”

Shunning ObamaCare by Andy Puzder, CEO CKE Restaurants

The Wall Street Journal, Jan 13, 2015

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Top Tweets – Good for Cronies, Not for Us

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Crony Alert – H&R Block CEO: ‘tax complexity good for us, we’ll get a boost from #Obamacare’

Individual Coercion Mandate: 21 pages of IRS instructions

Notorious #Obamacare #crony Serco should have been fined for nonperformance of Virginia road contract, IG finds

Hold’em accountable for result: premiums up 49%, 90% on welfare, enrollment lies, 44% docs cutting back, longer waits

#Obamacare ‘cover everybody’ approach raises demand for medical services without increasing supply

Exchange applicants seeing incorrect subsidy amounts

Patients clipped for access to their own EHRs. (We already paid $20B, how much more do they want?)

Cadillac plans dying out, as planned (Yo – Union members! Still love #Obamacare?)

Judicial Watch: D.C. Gov’t Concedes Law Does Not Allow Congress to Obtain #Obamacare in ‘Small Business Exchange’

Furious Harvard profs hoisted by own petard; asked to pay more due to #Obamacare reforms they championed

Health economist in Kafkaesque netherworld run by Keystone Cops, all because of #Obamacare

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ObamaCaid’s Bait-and-Switch Coming Home to Roost

Comment: Barack Hussein Pelosi Gruber’s cynicism on full display: having tied millions onto this Obamacare IED–sold on lies and temporary subsidies–now Obamacare pulls the pin and runs away from them.

It’s simply cruel.

Just as millions of people are gaining insurance through Medicaid, the program is poised to make deep cuts in payments to many doctors, prompting some physicians and consumer advocates to warn that the reductions could make it more difficult for Medicaid patients to obtain care.”

“The Affordable Care Act provided a big increase in Medicaid payments for primary care in 2013 and 2014. But the increase expires on Thursday — just weeks after the Obama administration told the Supreme Court that doctors and other providers had no legal right to challenge the adequacy of payments they received from Medicaid.

As Medicaid Rolls Swell, Cuts in Payments to Doctors Threaten Access to Care

The New York Times,   by Robert Pearson, Dec. 27, 2014

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Britain’s Government Care, Canceling Surgeries

Comment: Canceling operations for cancer patients. Chaos in emergency rooms.  Government “takes social care away from older people and makes it harder to see a GP.”  “Operation waiting lists.”  It’s “not working.”

We couldn’t have said it better.

Shafi Ahmed said:

“As a practising surgeon, looking after cancer patients, it is very difficult to have to tell a patient who has prepared themselves for a major procedure that their operation has been cancelled for non-clinical reasons.”

“[...]the NHS is simply not working.”

Labour’s shadow health secretary Andy Burnham:

“Standards of patient care are slipping by the week and now more and more people get ready for an operation only to face a last minute postponement.”

“The chaos in A&E [emergency rooms] is spreading through the NHS. Hospitals are in danger of becoming overwhelmed as the Government takes social care away from older people and makes it harder to see a GP. These cancellations help to explain why operation waiting lists are at a six-year high.”

3,000 ops cancelled as demand rises
Press Association, Dec. 28, 2014

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RATE SHOCK – 2015 Individual Premiums Up 53%

OCTS original reporting, Dec. 22, 2014

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