Medicaid Expansion Baby Elephant Grows Up

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Mike Pence as Indiana’s Governor refused to expand Medicaid, calling it “the gift of a baby elephant”.  The baby has grown up and is eating states out of house and home.

Maine’s Governor refuses voter-approved Medicaid expansion until the state finds a way to pay for it
http://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/359387-lepage-refuses-medicaid-expansion-despite-ok-from-maine-voters

Credit agencies say Maine’s Medicaid expansion will ruin state’s finances
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/nov/8/mcauliffe-virginia-be-next-state-expand-medicaid/

“Trump Official Says Medicaid Expansion Not Sustainable Without Changes”
https://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-official-says-medicaid-expansion-not-sustainable-without-changes-1510258845

“La. AG says Medicaid expansion has ‘exacerbated’ the state’s opioid crisis” – prescriptions doubled.
http://www.wafb.com/story/36789137/la-ag-says-medicaid-expansion-has-exacerbated-the-states-opioid-crisis

Louisiana Medicaid expansion enrollment continues to blow past projections
http://www.wafb.com/story/36789137/la-ag-says-medicaid-expansion-has-exacerbated-the-states-opioid-crisis

26 states added benefits to their Medicaid programs in FY17; only possible b/c of federal deficit spending
https://khn.org/news/despite-gop-efforts-to-corral-medicaid-spending-states-expand-benefits/

Massachusetts hits the wall; Medicaid expansion boosted program costs to 40% of state budget; looking for cuts
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/massachusetts-shows-rationing-is-inevitable-when-government-is-in-charge-of-healthcare/article/2638176

Iowa Medicaid hits the wall, wins reprieve from retroactive eligibility.
https://www.axios.com/iowa-is-changing-a-core-medicaid-element-2504401915.html

Politicians who make their careers giving away Other People’s Money – lock them up!

Provider leaves Iowa’s wunderbar managed Medicaid program, says state low-balled the costs
http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/cms-chip/amerihealth-caritas-exits-iowa-s-managed-care-program-maine-to-vote-medicaid-expansion

600,000 disabled stuck on waiting lists as Medicaid expansion’s able-bodied childless adults waltz right in
http://thefga.org/solution/welfare-reform/stop-medicaid-expansion/

New Mexico scrambling to find at least $50 million more after Medicaid expansion busts budget
https://www.abqjournal.com/1083062/medicaid-federal-inaction-squeeze-nm-budget.html

Another salami slice toward full Medicaid expansion in Utah. #WrongDirection
http://kuer.org/post/medicaid-expansion-homeless-substance-use-mental-health-approved-utah

“Cover Oregon improperly enrolled 41,400 in Medicaid, owes feds up to $64 million”. More gov’t, please!
http://www.bendbulletin.com/health/5716476-151/oregon-health-agency-owes-federal-government-up-to

Why is it the government’s job to sell health insurance? Where’s that in the Constitution?

Automakers step up sales pitches as government slashes effort … then I woke up
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-healthcare-insurance/insurers-step-up-pitch-for-obamacare-as-government-slashes-its-effort-idUSKBN1D62G8

Delayed Obamacare health insurance tax to hit middle class families, seniors, small business
https://empowertexans.com/texans-in-dc/stop-obamacare-tax-health-insurance/

“Obamacare customers look for alternatives” – off-exchange, short-term, health sharing ministries, etc.
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/obamacare-customers-look-for-alternatives/article/2639339

“Under Obamacare, Premium Growth Continues To Outpace Rise In Worker Wages”
https://www.forbes.com/sites/theapothecary/2017/10/31/under-obamacare-premium-growth-continues-to-outpace-rise-in-worker-wages/#2b1cb2c34243

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Edw. Mitchell MS MBA‏ @coldstreams Nov 4Replying to
@ObamacreTrthSqd
64 yr old couple, $65k income, above subsidy cut off, $49,000/yr premiums for Silver, in Laramie, WY. Quote from http://HealthCare.gov
OCTS: Who ever dreamed they would see a $50,000 Obamacare plan?  The cheerleaders have some explaining to do.  #ItsNotWorking

Deconstructing the Single Payer Narrative (tweets & analysis) –
http://www.liberato.us/single-payer.html

REPEAL OBAMACARE NOW!
– end the individual mandate
– return Medicaid to a poverty program (100% FPL)
– legalize true catastrophic insurance

END THE OBAMACARE CONGRESSIONAL EXEMPTION!

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Half of U.S. Counties Down to One ACA Insurer

More than half of U.S. counties down to a single Obamacare insurer. ACA supporters were such #LIARS
https://www.cms.gov/CCIIO/Programs-and-Initiatives/Health-Insurance-Marketplaces/Downloads/2017-10-20-Issuer-County-Map.pdf

“Anthem’s ACA membership will drop by 70% next year”
https://www.axios.com/anthems-aca-membership-will-drop-by-70-next-year-2501272445.html

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Beverly Gossage‏ @bghsa
Beverly Gossage Retweeted James Woods
This. Times thousands of sad stories just like it. @AAPSonline @IWV @ObamacreTrthSqd #DemocratsShouldRepealIt
Michelle Piper‏ @MichellePiper18
Michelle Piper Retweeted Barack Obama
Thanks Obama: I didn’t keep my doctor I pay $30,000/yr in premiums My deductible went up Only 1 insurer left in my state Thanks a lot MORON

Judge refuses to order cost sharing subsidies by way of preliminary injunction; case headed to trial
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/25/us/politics/alexander-murray-congressional-budget-office-deficit-savings.html

Food trade groups dismayed Trump admin apparently moving ahead with ACA calorie count rule
http://freebeacon.com/issues/groups-fear-fda-moving-ahead-obamacare-calorie-rule/?utm_source=Freedom+Mail&utm_campaign=34a4454c84-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_10_29&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b5e6e0e9ea-34a4454c84-45628225

Proposed rule could ease Obamacare insurance Essential Health Benefits requirements (small potatoes)
https://apnews.com/81a608ea92574b479111dc8573d64b65/Trump-administration-proposes-health-law-benefit-changes

2018 plan coverage of failed Mass/NH Obamacare co-op terminated due to financial risk
http://freebeacon.com/issues/former-obamacare-co-ops-2018-coverage-terminated-due-financial-risk/?utm_source=Freedom+Mail&utm_campaign=bb3102cb2f-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_10_31&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b5e6e0e9ea-bb3102cb2f-45628225

ACA premiums up, choices down (again). Exchanges deteriorating rapidly. 2nd lowest-cost Silver up ave 37%
https://aspe.hhs.gov/system/files/pdf/258456/Landscape_Master2018_1.pdf

Number of ACA insurers down to 132 from 237 just 2 years ago
https://aspe.hhs.gov/system/files/pdf/258456/Landscape_Master2018_1.pdf

Some Dems backing IPAB repeal
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/democrats-joining-bipartisan-push-to-kill-obamacares-rationing-board/article/2638796

House votes to repeal IPAB; bill goes to the Senate
http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/358529-house-votes-to-repeal-obamacares-medicare-cost-cutting-board

Poll numbers go south for repeal-blocking senators
https://morningconsult.com/2017/11/02/voters-soured-on-key-gop-senators-during-height-of-aca-repeal-push/

“System justification motivation” lies at heart of opposition to Obamacare? No, just read the news.
http://www.latimes.com/business/lazarus/la-fi-lazarus-healthcare-republican-delusion-20171103-story.html

Virginia right to resist Medicaid expansion; program already gobbling up state budget
https://fairfaxfreecitizen.com/2017/11/04/vote-nov-7-consider-obamacare-wrought/

Centene stock drops 8% after Trump admin moves to cut Obamacare subsidies. #BewareSubsidyRisk
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-centene-results/centene-warns-on-obamacare-subsidy-cuts-shares-dive-idUSKBN1CT199

“Affordability Of Employer Health Plans For Low Income Families Has Deteriorated Under Obamacare”
https://www.forbes.com/forbes/welcome/?toURL=https://www.forbes.com/sites/theapothecary/2017/11/03/affordability-of-employer-health-plans-for-low-income-families-has-deteriorated-under-obamacare/&refURL=https://www.google.com/&referrer=https://www.google.com/

A top House Dem admits it was a mistake to ram Obamacare down everyone’s throat
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/house-democrat-jamming-obamacare-through-congress-didnt-work/article/2639566

We’re all Obamacare-loving Pajama Boy snowflakes now. Dependency on gov’t will do that to a nation. (video)
https://www.conservativereview.com/articles/pajama-boy-nation-how-obamacare-helped-infantilize-a-country

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Quagmire or Quicksand? You Decide

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Maine Guv: Medicaid expansion would be a disaster; budget shortfalls for everything else, just like the last time
https://www.mdislander.com/opinions/socialist-agenda

Wyoming lawmakers shocked at Medicaid deficit, bleak long-term prognosis. #Unsustainable
http://trib.com/news/state-and-regional/as-wyoming-ages-health-department-presents-bleak-medicaid-shortfall-to/article_aa65d304-2cec-595f-b49c-5819f78260ed.html

Jacksonville pair pleads guilty in $1.4 million Medicaid fraud.
http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/2017-10-17/pair-pleads-guilty-jacksonville-medicaid-fraud-case

Dominant NJ carrier raising rates ave 24%. #LIARS #WheresMy2500
http://www.nj.com/healthfit/index.ssf/2017/10/aca_sticker_shock_horizon_customers_to_see_24_perc.html

Pennsylvania ACA rates going up ave 30%
http://www.post-gazette.com/business/healthcare-business/2017/10/16/pennsylvania-obamacare-rate-hike-average-30-percent-economy-health-insurance-trump-upmc-highmark-aca/stories/201710160169

“Rising Obamacare costs leave less In some early retirees’ pockets”
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2017/10/15/rising-obamacare-costs-leave-less-some-early-retirees-pockets/756591001/

Obamacare tax on insurers coming into effect in January will raise premiums. Happy New Year!
http://freebeacon.com/issues/obamacare-tax-premiums-cost-270-billion-next-decade/?utm_source=Freedom+Mail&utm_campaign=42dcf37d60-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_10_15&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b5e6e0e9ea-42dcf37d60-45628225

Liberal prof: ACA cost sharing subsidies were unconstitutional because Congress never appropriated the money
https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2017/10/14/turley_obamas_original_obamacare_order_was_unconstitutional_also_violated_health_care_law_itself.html

Bill introduced to trim ACA individual mandate; hits low end, fails to drive enrollment
http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/health-reform-implementation/355823-gop-senators-seek-to-repeal-obamacares

Get rid of IPAB. 15 unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats should not have that kind of power.
http://dailysignal.com/2017/10/17/unelected-board-put-seniors-health-care-at-risk/?utm_source=TDS_Email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=MorningBell%22&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiTkRJeE5EbGlOekEzTjJKbSIsInQiOiJZTVZEb0FVTUVwdzRudk9PZ3J6ekhnRlloZmNZa3NjQkZSN2VwKzVLYVdEQ1VxMmNEQU11Z1pCWkxiQ0tpNEpHOU5kREVcL2RXRGNFU3ZqRmJOdzZlRHVcL01vcHJZaThHZzR1SDdnWVhiZmVOMkRJUmJ3R3BQY3VoUWVBWHpsMTI1In0%3D

“Trump Admin Settles Obamacare Abortion Mandate Lawsuits, Christians Won’t Have to Fund Abortion Drugs”
http://www.lifenews.com/2017/10/17/trump-admin-settles-obamacare-abortion-mandate-lawsuits-christians-wont-have-to-fund-abortion-drugs/

Obamacare: disastrous central planning by genius masterminds.  Can’t say we weren’t warned.
https://fee.org/articles/hayek-warned-us-about-obamacare/

In allowing association plans across state lines, Trump order shows coercion doesn’t work.
https://fee.org/articles/the-scandalous-truth-about-obamacare-is-laid-bare/

Crazy, right-wing PBS and NYT: Trump Obamacare executive order creates more coverage options
http://iwf.org/blog/2804962/VIDEO:-The-Truth-About-the-Health-Care-Executive-Order

Deconstructing the Single Payer Narrative (tweets & analysis) –
http://www.liberato.us/single-payer.html

REPEAL OBAMACARE NOW!
– end the individual mandate
– return Medicaid to a poverty program (100% FPL)
– legalize true catastrophic insurance

END THE OBAMACARE CONGRESSIONAL EXEMPTION!

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We Drank the Obamacare Kool-Aid

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States that drank the Medicaid expansion Kool-Aid scrambling to stave off financial disaster
https://www.usnews.com/opinion/policy-dose/articles/2017-10-11/obamacares-medicaid-expansion-is-sucking-states-dry

Vote ‘no’ on Medicaid expansion in Maine; previous expansion a disaster, estate claw-backs loom, price tag $400M
https://knox.villagesoup.com/p/voting-no-on-medicaid-expansion/1693552

Medicaid main driver of Virginia state spending growth, zoomed by 73% 2008-17. #Unsustainable
https://fairfaxfreecitizen.com/2017/10/12/medicaid-top-driver-state-spending-growth/

Previous NY Medicaid expansion caused MORE racial disparity in access to cancer surgery
https://medicalxpress.com/news/2017-10-ny-state-medicaid-expansion-widened.html

7.5 million people unsubsidized and getting slammed; ‘can’t do stuff for my grandchildren’
https://khn.org/news/overlooked-by-aca-many-people-paying-full-price-for-insurance-getting-slammed/

Pricing ACA plans without cost sharing subsidies exposes the true cost of Obamacare. #NoMoreHidingTheBall
http://www.news-press.com/story/news/2017/10/06/whats-behind-45-hike-unsubsidized-obamacare-premiums-florida-directive-insurers/736712001/

Georgia ACA rates going up 23-40%, plus another 17% if cost sharing subsidies not funded
http://thebrunswicknews.com/opinion/editorial_columns/obamacare-premiums-just-keep-going-up/article_9422265e-2ccd-5554-8a06-f966547490a2.html

Unsubsidized health insurance customers in New Hampshire hit with 52% increase
https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/panel-studying-medicaid-expansion-to-hear-updated-analysis/

“Health Insurers in Florida Request Premium Rate Hikes as High as 71%”
http://freebeacon.com/issues/health-insurers-florida-request-premium-rate-hikes-high-71/?utm_source=Freedom+Mail&utm_campaign=cfb8038229-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_10_08&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b5e6e0e9ea-cfb8038229-45628225

“Obamacare premiums to jump as much as 22 percent for some North Dakotans”
http://www.grandforksherald.com/news/4339736-obamacare-premiums-jump-much-22-percent-some-north-dakotans

Optima raises Obamacare rates ave 81% in Virginia; other insurers in the state going up double digits
https://pilotonline.com/news/local/health/obamacare-marketplace-survives-but-virginia-premium-rates-are-increasing-by/article_53c26297-505a-5b64-b1f5-0ac537922a31.html

Record ACA increases in New Mexico – 17-49%
http://freebeacon.com/issues/health-insurers-new-mexico-implement-record-high-premium-increases/?utm_source=Freedom+Mail&utm_campaign=2a5c73dfd8-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_09_29&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b5e6e0e9ea-2a5c73dfd8-45628225

“In 47 of 50 cities, ObamaCare coverage will be ‘unaffordable’ in 2018 by law’s definition”
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/09/29/in-47-50-cities-obamacare-coverage-will-be-unaffordable-in-2018-by-laws-definition.html

“Nevada Obamacare rates expected to rise nearly 37 percent”
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/nevada-obamacare-rates-expected-to-rise-nearly-37-percent/article/2636325

“Highmark’s Obamacare policies to rise 25 percent in Delaware”
http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/health/2017/10/05/highmarks-obamacare-policies-rise-25-percent-delaware/732278001/

West Virginia Obamacare rates go up 19.6% and 25.6%
http://wvmetronews.com/2017/10/10/state-insurance-commission-approves-obamacare-exchange-rate-increases/

California ACA exchange slaps on 12.4% surcharge, bringing silver plan increases to 25%
https://khn.org/news/california-slaps-surcharge-on-aca-plans-as-trump-remains-coy-on-subsidies/

“Obamacare insurance rates to rise 36 percent in Wisconsin next year”
http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/health-med-fit/obamacare-insurance-rates-to-rise-percent-in-wisconsin-next-year/article_aca5f9b8-9d28-5d57-95e3-060462506256.html

Nashville Obamacare policyholders to lose access to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in 2018
http://www.tennessean.com/story/money/industries/health-care/2017/10/05/vanderbilt-health-network-2018-nashville-area-aca-insurance-plans/736186001/

Sen. Ron Johnson threatens to subpoena OPM on Congressional Obamacare exemption flim-flam
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/10/05/top-gop-senator-threatens-subpoenas-over-obamacare-exemption-for-congress.html

New interim rules provide relief from Obamacare abortifacient/contraception mandate
http://dailysignal.com/2017/10/06/trump-administration-undoes-obamacares-egregious-assault-on-religious-freedom-conscience-rights/?utm_source=TDS_Email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=MorningBell%22&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiTXpJelpERmlaVEk1TVRSaSIsInQiOiJJXC9uWkllK1NWcUlNaVlmaVMwbzVoRHpJVlJZRmpjQ0UyMG9BT1RUaUJaYk5kVmpzemdVTHBNYitIS2RBUHBmUzhCV1wvT0l4emhMNDNSN1hjTDJJajhXaTBJaURuMm1RaktCaXJCSVVwWTlRZHJGV1lGMmVZNHdmUmcrbHZUUjJaIn0%3D

Obamacare tax on health insurance plans goes back into effect in January at higher rate
http://thefederalist.com/2017/10/12/unless-congress-acts-delayed-obamacare-tax-health-insurance-takes-effect-next-year/

Michelle Malkin gets 4th insurance cancellation notice, but ‘you can keep your plan’. #LIARS
http://dailysignal.com/2017/10/11/universal-coverage-fourth-health-care-plan-just-died-thanks-obamacare/?utm_source=TDS_Email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=MorningBell&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiTVRrMFlUSTJaRFkyWmpnNSIsInQiOiJSdVwvRlhjMDEyMDliYVhwUW9vY2pzMmhRTFF3cjhseWFFMVBjblB6dWxLQUNvXC9PcEhWdkY1MjRhM2N5dHdzdDZhWGoxdGVGYjg1T2ZcL1M0clltbXhRYmhzc3J0bXo1VlU3T3FqM0ZaK0E4R3k3YVUySGJMNVBzY3J5R1Z2M2hQYSJ9

4 of 5 households paying Obamacare individual mandate penalty earn less than U.S. median income
http://freebeacon.com/issues/majority-households-paying-obamacare-penalty-low-middle-income/?utm_source=Freedom+Mail&utm_campaign=5528463a7a-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_10_10&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b5e6e0e9ea-5528463a7a-45628225

Typical individual mandate penalty payer makes $12/hr. So much for Progs and their ‘fairness’.
https://www.wsj.com/articles/obamacares-disparate-impact-on-the-working-poor-1507584025

“only Congress can change the law” when it comes to the individual mandate tax penalty thingy
http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/355144-trump-administration-hints-at-enforcing-obamacare-mandate

Trump executive order expands insurance sales across state lines, short-term insurance option
https://www.cnbc.com/2017/10/12/trump-to-issue-new-order-that-could-undercut-obamacare-markets.html

Trump executive order boosts employer association plans and health reimbursement accounts
http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/355123-trump-eases-obamacare-rules-with-executive-order

Deconstructing the Single Payer Narrative (tweets & analysis) –
http://www.liberato.us/single-payer.html

REPEAL OBAMACARE NOW!
– end the individual mandate
– return Medicaid to a poverty program (100% FPL)
– legalize true catastrophic insurance

END THE OBAMACARE CONGRESSIONAL EXEMPTION!

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Where’s My $2,500?

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Agreed, Medicaid expansion IS a moral issue. How can u make people dependent on a program, knowing u can’t pay for it?  That’s immoral.

The only way to actually pay for Medicaid expansion is to raise taxes.
http://www.richmond.com/news/virginia/government-politics/loupassi-faces-pressure-on-education-medicaid-expansion-while-trying-to/article_1fe05f9c-3c9b-5719-bcc0-0862cfc27191.html

Advocates of Medicaid expansion in Kansas low-balling the cost, can’t show better health outcomes.
http://www.kansas.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/article173962266.html

New charges brought in $400 million Tenet Medicaid fraud case.
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-tenet-healthcare-fraud/u-s-brings-new-charges-over-tenet-healthcare-fraud-scheme-idUSKCN1C22YX

Iowa seeks to stop retroactive Medicaid payments to address budget woes.
https://apnews.com/bcbc01668683464f8f9c9773f856d7b5/Iowa’s-proposed-Medicaid-cut-could-signal-new-GOP-strategy

Senate Committee chair asks Hawaii, 7 other states to explain why Medicaid expansion costs exploding
http://www.staradvertiser.com/2017/09/27/breaking-news/u-s-sen-johnson-questions-hawaiis-medicaid-spending/

Senate committee chair asks Michigan to explain “exponential” increases in Medicaid expansion costs
http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2017/09/27/medicaid-spending-michigan/706163001/

Ohio budget numbers “terrifying” because of Medicaid expansion; 447,000 expected, 725,000 enrolled
http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2017/09/16/ohio-house-again-weighs-override-kasich-veto-protecting-medicaid-expansion/674066001/

Senate committee chair asks Kasich to explain why Ohio’s Medicaid expansion cost exploded beyond projections.
http://www.dispatch.com/news/20170927/senator-demands-answers-from-kasich-about-medicaid-costs

Another Medicaid expansion state hits the wall; Massachusetts seeks to cut rolls, services, and drugs
http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20170927/NEWS/170929900/massachusetts-seeks-to-move-adults-off-medicaid-limit-drug-coverage

“ CBO: In 2018 Obamacare Premiums Projected to Increase 15%”
http://freebeacon.com/issues/cbo-2018-obamacare-premiums-projected-increase-15/?utm_source=Freedom+Mail&utm_campaign=148325dcee-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_09_17&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b5e6e0e9ea-148325dcee-45628225

Affordable Care Act only ‘affordable’ if you make more than $110,000/yr
http://news.ehealthinsurance.com/news/affordable-care-act-health-insurance-will-be-unaffordable-in-2018-for-many-middle-income-american-families-ehealth-analysis-shows

Georgia facing another double-digit ACA premium increase
http://www.myajc.com/news/state–regional-govt–politics/obamacare-insurers-2018-rate-increases-rise-even-more/heMxU96qLefyRRLxhUnX7N/

Illinois residents looking at 16-37% ACA premium spikes
http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-obamacare-illinois-rates-0922-biz-20170920-story.html

How is Obamacare causing premiums to spiral ever-upwards? Let me count the ways.
http://host.madison.com/business/investment/markets-and-stocks/reasons-your-obamacare-premium-could-soar-by-a-double-digit/article_64191139-7fd9-523b-b282-091d0beb528d.html

“Florida Obamacare rates may go up by 45% for consumers without subsidies”
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/health/os-florida-oir-2018-obamacare-rates-20170926-story.html

Maryland resident faces 50% ACA premium increase: ‘It blows my mind’
http://www.delmarvanow.com/story/marketplace/2017/09/29/obamacare-premiums-carriers-maryland-shore/692998001/

“Obamacare premiums to rise 15%, 63 counties to lose coverage in 2018”
http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2017/09/thanks_to_mccain_obamacare_premiums_to_rise_15_63_counties_to_lose_coverage_in_2018.html

Anthem’s decision to stay in Virginia ACA exchange comes with 42-64% premium increases.
http://www.roanoke.com/opinion/commentary/decker-kaine-lied-to-me-about-his-own-personal-obamacare/article_85874251-05e7-59a0-a96a-06535f76fc36.html

Anthem to leave Maine’s ACA exchange; 28,700 to lose their plans
https://www.forbes.com/sites/brucejapsen/2017/09/27/anthem-will-leave-maines-obamacare-market/#3168b0fe522c

ICYMI: Cigna leaving Maryland ACA exchange
https://www.forbes.com/sites/brucejapsen/2017/09/28/cigna-will-continue-to-sell-obamacare-in-six-states/#5e5950748add

3,000 North Dakotans can kiss their plans goodbye as Medica to leave ACA exchange
https://www.cnbc.com/2017/09/28/uncertainty-over-obamacare-subsidies-pushes-insurer-off-north-dakota-exchange.html

HAP to leave Michigan exchange; 9,100 can’t keep their plans.
http://www.freep.com/story/money/2017/09/15/hap-obamacare-marketplace/670573001/

“63 Counties Projected to Have No Obamacare Insurer in 2018”; 1,472 counties will only have one insurer
http://freebeacon.com/issues/63-counties-projected-no-obamacare-insurer-2018/?utm_source=Freedom+Mail&utm_campaign=6e4cb696d6-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_09_15&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b5e6e0e9ea-6e4cb696d6-45628225

“Cutting ACA Subsidies Would Benefit Poor, Says CBO”
https://www.mercatus.org/commentary/cutting-aca-subsidies-would-benefit-poor-says-cbo?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=HC

New Mexico ACA co-op in dire financial straits, doubts its ability to continue as a going concern. #CoOpFlop
https://www.axios.com/new-mexicos-aca-co-op-in-dire-straits-2485668310.html

ACA’s individual mandate is a tax on the poor.
https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/09/23/wsj-editorial-obamacares-tax-poor

Family healthcare costs up $4,372 under Obamacare. #WheresMy2500
http://www.realclearpolicy.com/articles/2017/09/26/obamacare_is_failing_the_middle_class_110368.html

Deconstructing the Single Payer Narrative (tweets & analysis) –
http://www.liberato.us/single-payer.html

REPEAL OBAMACARE NOW!
– end the individual mandate
– return Medicaid to a poverty program (100% FPL)
– legalize true catastrophic insurance

END THE OBAMACARE CONGRESSIONAL EXEMPTION!

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ACA a Losing Proposition All Around

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– All the Bad News About Obamacare most Saturdays

Radio talk show host with special needs child pays $50,000/yr before Obamacare insurance kicks in
http://kpel965.com/cassidy-cites-moon-griffon-in-obamacare-repeal-announcement/

BCBS leaving Illinois ACA small business exchange
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20170911/NEWS03/170919986/blue-cross-to-small-biz-were-officially-leaving-obamacare-exchange

Obamacare’s Potemkin Promise: preexisting conditions coverage.  Insurers wiggling out.
http://obamacarewatch.org/other/insurers-still-denying-treatments-pre-existing-conditions/?mc_cid=a4f79dce3c&mc_eid=5db8e19897

How to Game Obamacare: cram several years of medical care into one year, then drop it. http://www.denverpost.com/2017/09/09/coloradans-insured-through-obamacare-exchange-need-help/

Sen. Mark Warner: “perhaps” we made a mistake ramming Obamacare through w/o GOP support. Duh!
https://www.cnbc.com/2017/09/11/sen-mark-warner-we-perhaps-screwed-up-passing-obamacare-with-just-democrats.html

“Report: Out-of-Pocket Costs for Specialty Drugs Rise 16% Under Obamacare”. #BeatMeKickMe
https://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/specialty-drugs-cost-rise-obamacare/2017/09/12/id/813095/

Swiss-cheese individual mandate failing to herd serfs into Obamacare; “partial actuarial death spiral” underway
http://freebeacon.com/issues/expert-warns-lawmakers-obamacare-partial-actuarial-death-spiral/

“Obamacare costs projected to rise faster than inflation in next decade as enrollment declines” #LosingProposition
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/sep/14/obamacare-costs-to-rise-faster-than-inflation-cbo-/

We Told You So: ACA premium increases outstripping subsidies.
http://freebeacon.com/issues/expert-warns-lawmakers-obamacare-partial-actuarial-death-spiral/

More Americans escaping Obamacare tax, because premium increases making affordability exemption wider
http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2017/09/check_out_the_everexpanding_obamacare_exemption.html

Idaho regulator: bring back pre-ACA catastrophic insurance.
http://www.idahostatesman.com/news/business/business-insider/article173194696.html

Deconstructing the Single Payer Narrative (tweets & analysis) –
http://www.liberato.us/single-payer.html

REPEAL OBAMACARE NOW!
– end the individual mandate
– return Medicaid to a poverty program (100% FPL)
– legalize true catastrophic insurance

END THE OBAMACARE CONGRESSIONAL EXEMPTION!

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Democratic Governor Admits Anger About Obamacare is Justified

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Parents of disabled adult child: Medicaid expansion diluted funds for severely disabled
https://www.wsj.com/articles/aca-diluted-funds-for-the-severely-disabled-1502831064

NH Medicaid expansion population costs more per capita than expected.  #GroundhogDay
http://nhpr.org/post/report-nh-medicaid-expansion-patients-younger-costlier-rest-individual-market

Cost shifting by Medicaid expansion patients to ACA exchange customers becoming unsustainable
http://www.unionleader.com/editorial/Shell-games-The-cost-of-Medicaid-expansion-08302017

Louisiana Medicaid expansion enrollment blew past projections in first year; now at 433,412
http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/07/louisiana_medicaid_expansion_n.html

Partial victory Maine ballot fight: Medicaid expansion now ‘coverage’ instead of ‘insurance’. It’s still welfare.
http://www.pressherald.com/2017/09/07/secretary-of-state-releases-referendum-wording-substitutes-coverage-for-insurance-in-medicaid-question/

Unsubsidized ACA customers getting whacked; that end of the market in ‘classic early stages of a death spiral’
http://healthpolicyandmarket.blogspot.com/2017/05/how-obamacare-could-become-zombiecare.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+HealthCarePolicyAndMarketplaceBlog+%28Health+Care+Policy+and+Marketplace+Blog%29

Cigna hiking Missouri ACA premiums average 42%
http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/health-care/article170835182.html

*  *  Democratic Governor of Colorado admits anger justified at Obamacare’s spiking premiums and fleeing insurers
http://freebeacon.com/issues/democratic-governor-says-americans-right-angry-obamacare/?utm_source=Freedom+Mail&utm_campaign=2fca701200-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_09_07&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b5e6e0e9ea-2fca701200-45628225

Colorado: “Obamacare health insurance rates average 26.7 percent increase statewide”
http://www.vaildaily.com/news/obamacare-health-insurance-rates-average-26-7-percent-increase-statewide/

“Ohioans face sharp premium hikes, fewer insurers on Obamacare exchanges”
http://www.dispatch.com/news/20170907/ohioans-face-sharp-premium-hikes-fewer-insurers-on-obamacare-exchanges

Anthem cuts Kentucky footprint in half for 2018
https://www.cnbc.com/2017/09/06/big-insurer-anthem-slashes-obamacare-footprint-in-kentucky-in-half.html

“Optima’s exit may leave many Virginia counties with no ObamaCare insurer”
http://thehill.com/business-a-lobbying/349544-optimas-exit-may-leave-virginia-counties-with-no-obamacare-insurer

“ObamaCare is making the middle class the new uninsured”
http://nypost.com/2017/09/06/obamacare-is-making-the-middle-class-the-new-uninsured/

Small business victim of Obamacare – plan canceled, new plan inferior but costs $26,000 more. Sorry, no raises.
http://lancasteronline.com/opinion/letters_to_editor/small-business-is-victim-of-obamacare/article_6940910c-8f3b-11e7-be2f-fb9f27fcdc13.html

Delaware woman is irked gov’t telling her to work less to get bigger Obamacare subsidy
http://www.sfchronicle.com/news/medical/article/Frustration-mounts-over-premiums-for-individual-12170263.php

Massachusetts ACA co-op flop placed in receivership
http://freebeacon.com/issues/obamacare-co-op-now-state-receivership-exiting-obamacare-exchanges/

ACA co-op flop leaves Utah taxpayers on the hook for $10 million for unpaid claims
https://www.wsj.com/articles/utah-to-pay-10-million-to-cover-failed-obamacare-insurers-debts-1504491742

“Sticker shock: Obamacare’s specialty drug customers faced big price hikes in 2017”. #ItsNotWorking
https://www.cnbc.com/2017/09/05/obamacares-specialty-drug-customers-faced-big-price-hikes-in-2017.html

ACA premiums will continue to skyrocket as long as guaranteed issue & community rating are the law of the land
http://www.realclearhealth.com/articles/2017/09/05/the_inconvenient_truth_about_obamacares_premium_spiral_110721.html

Rep. DeSantis offers amendment to defund Congressional exemption to Obamacare.
http://dailysignal.com/2017/09/06/lawmakers-live-obamacare/

Congressional exemption: false statements to D.C. small business exchange violated criminal laws
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/trump-can-end-congress-illegal-obamacare-exemption-with-the-stroke-of-a-pen/article/2633384

Deconstructing the Single Payer Narrative (tweets & analysis) –
http://www.liberato.us/single-payer.html

REPEAL OBAMACARE NOW!
– end the individual mandate
– return Medicaid to a poverty program (100% FPL)
– legalize true catastrophic insurance

END THE OBAMACARE CONGRESSIONAL EXEMPTION!

 

 

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The Stupidity of Jonathan Gruber

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Jonathan Gruber slinks away from Vermont, FIRED in settlement of billing fraud case against him
http://dailycaller.com/2017/08/20/chief-obamacare-architect-sacked-after-fraudulent-billing-investigation/

NY ACA rates to soar ave 14% next year after soaring 17% this year. Why should GA and MD have all the fun?
http://nypost.com/2017/08/19/ny-pols-play-fast-and-loose-with-obamacare-costs-just-to-bash-trump/

“Illinois residents face Obamacare rate hikes of up to 43%”.  You can thank the Republicans for failing to repeal.
http://www.myjournalcourier.com/news/112994/illinois-residents-face-obamacare-rate-hikes-of-up-to-43

Regulators approve 23-50% ACA rate hikes in Maryland. #GoAwayBadDream
http://www.baltimoresun.com/business/bs-hs-obamacare-rates-20170829-story.html

50% ACA rate hikes predicted for NY, GA & and MD in 2018; ending CSR subsidies would expose true cost
https://www.fool.com/investing/2017/08/26/3-states-where-obamacare-premiums-may-rise-more-th.aspx

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http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/health-care/article170835182.html … #ACARepeal Let KS&MO restore competition & increase low priced plan options. @JerryMoran @IWV @ObamacreTrthSqd
http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/health-care/article170835182.html
42% ACA rate hike coming in Missouri

Health system blames ACA for closure of its insurance arm that lost hundreds of millions of dollars
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-24/new-york-hospital-system-shuts-obamacare-unit-after-losses

Health system closing insurance arm whines about ACA risk adjustment transfers – guess u didn’t read the law.
http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20170828/NEWS/170829899

Lucky Nevadans in former ACA dead zones now get to pay skyrocketing premiums, deductibles
https://www.reviewjournal.com/news/news-columns/victor-joecks/obamacares-so-called-successes-show-why-it-has-failed-nevada/

Another Obamacare fiasco: study shows ACA slowed ambulance response times average 19%
http://www.nber.org/papers/w23722

For the umpteenth time, Medicaid is welfare.  Dishonest to call it ‘insurance’ on Maine expansion ballot
http://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/22/republican-group-asks-to-strike-insurance-from-ballot-wording-on-medicaid-expansion/

4 million paid IRS penalty last year to escape disastrous Obamacare regime
http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/million-people-paid-obamacare-penalties-averaging-for-irs-says/article_bdf27674-80ff-11e7-bab8-2fbefda70e2d.html

“Bringing down health care costs starts with repealing Obamacare”
http://www.stltoday.com/opinion/mailbag/bringing-down-health-care-costs-starts-with-repealing-obamacare/article_ba2282e1-a615-5e22-9435-87b816622e16.html

Extra job and dipping into savings are what some have to do to afford the Affordable Care Act
http://www.publicopiniononline.com/story/news/local/2017/08/19/families-health-costs-obamacare/575431001/

“New Research Shows Many In Middle-Aged, Middle Class Can’t Afford ACA Policies in 2018”
https://www.forbes.com/sites/theapothecary/2017/08/17/new-research-shows-many-in-middle-aged-middle-class-cant-afford-aca-policies-in-2018/#f3df608461f1

“Obamacare’s unsubsidized customers face higher prices and doctor changes”
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/obamacares-unsubsidized-customers-face-higher-prices-and-doctor-changes/article/2632602

ACA spawned 454,000 new administrative positions providing no care and  costing $38.2 billion a year
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/obamacare-is-reducing-access-to-care/article/2632520

Government-run healthcare: insurers disappearing, doctors refusing patients, huge new costs
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/obamacare-is-reducing-access-to-care/article/2632520

ACA ‘navigator’ “received $200,000 and enrolled ONE person in Obamacare.”
https://townhall.com/tipsheet/laurettabrown/2017/08/31/hhs-cuts-90-percent-of-affordable-care-act-advertising-budget-n2375940

Federal gov’t utterly incapable of managing something as complicated as healthcare
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/the-obamacare-death-spiral-is-quietly-getting-much-worse/article/2632860

HHS: half of U.S. Counties down to one ACA insurer. This is not what we were promised.
https://www.teapartypatriots.org/news/hhs-nearly-50-of-u-s-counties-only-have-1-health-insurance-option-under-obamacare/?mid=14655&id=T15OuHulZKxtwhqSTA

Another #KasichKalamity – former budget hawk proposes giant unconstitutional bailout for miscreant ACA
http://thefederalist.com/2017/09/01/john-kasichs-obamacare-plan-giant-bailout-junk-law/

Unappropriated funding of Obamacare cost-sharing subsidies unconstitutional; violates separation of powers
http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/commentary/trump-obamacare-aca-insurance-subsidies-preexisting-conditions-hhs-tom-price-20170824.html

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Abigail Nobel‏ @PolicyRNAbby Aug 19
Abigail Nobel Retweeted Obamacare TruthSquad
Cash is king. Never accept unpriced routine #care, & never accept the first price. Cash pay saves service time, merits 30-70% discount! #dpc
OCTS
Prices drop when people shop.

Deconstructing the Single Payer Narrative (tweets & analysis) –
http://www.liberato.us/single-payer.html

REPEAL OBAMACARE NOW!
– end the individual mandate
– return Medicaid to a poverty program (100% FPL)
– legalize true catastrophic insurance

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Don’t Blame Trump

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– All the Bad News About Obamacare most Saturdays

ACA’s catastrophic failures would be happening if Hillary, Bernie or Bozo the Clown were President.
http://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/obamacare-not-trump-is-causing-obamacares-massive-rate-hikes/

Sen. Ron Johnson demands OPM records on Congressional Obamacare exemption.
http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/346954-johnson-wants-details-on-congressional-obamacare-exemption

Follow the money: ACA making former Obama staffers filthy rich. http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/new-centene-ceo-is-another-example-obamacares-architects-getting-rich-off-obamacare/article/2631602

CBO: premiums 20% higher w/o subsidies.  Shame on Trump for exposing how big ACA welfare checks are
https://www.forbes.com/sites/brucejapsen/2017/08/15/cbo-trumps-threats-to-obamacare-subsidies-will-boost-premiums-20/#2553601d714a

I’m so glad I’m not a liberal. The pain of 400 people in remaining Nevada ACA dead zones is not real to them.
http://money.cnn.com/2017/08/15/news/economy/nevada-obamacare-centene/index.html

ACA still sickly after years of operation. Dead zones, one insurer. This is NOT what we were promised.
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/15/upshot/obamacares-bare-county-problem-looks-mostly-solved-for-now.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fpolitics&_r=0

Obamacare enrollment assistance costs $1,545/person.  Meanwhile, 1.9M dropped out this year.
http://freebeacon.com/issues/obamacare-enrollment-program-signed-fraction-canceled-coverage-2017/?utm_source=Freedom+Mail&utm_campaign=55e23729e7-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_08_18&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b5e6e0e9ea-55e23729e7-45628225

ACA wunderkind Oscar loses another $57.6 million. Genius, sheer genius.
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-15/obamacare-startup-oscar-posts-57-6-million-first-half-loss

Study: 20% would decline health insurance even with a 90% subsidy.  Not perceived as good value.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/simonconstable/2017/08/17/still-sick-even-massive-obamacare-subsidies-wont-help-low-income-adults/#45d2215375e6

ACA Hotel California? Hemophiliac groups file civil rights complaint against insurer leaving Iowa exchange
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/hemophilia-groups-file-civil-rights-complaint-against-wellmark-for-obamacare-discrimination/article/2631548

Relaxing Obama-era restrictions on short-term health insurance one answer to ACA dead zones.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/theapothecary/2017/08/15/where-obamacare-has-become-unaffordable-short-term-health-insurance-can-help/#4d9428de4db6

Price Increases

Only ACA insurer left in Iowa asks for ave 56.7% increase.
http://qctimes.com/news/local/government-and-politics/medica-cites-uncertainty-in-proposing-even-higher-iowa-obamacare-rates/article_70b49dc2-8442-5da1-8bd5-85174857ff6a.html

New Jersey insurers file for ave 9%, 22% increases, WAY more than inflation. #ItsNotWorking
http://www.northjersey.com/story/news/2017/08/15/obamacare-gottheimer-seeks-bipartisan-fix-nj-insurers-higher-premiums/570505001/

 Prices drop when people shop.

“71% of Cities Will See Double-Digit Premium Increases as More Insurers Drop Out of Exchanges”
http://freebeacon.com/issues/71-cities-will-see-double-digit-premium-increases-insurers-drop-exchanges/?utm_source=Freedom+Mail&utm_campaign=86e9067706-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_08_14&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b5e6e0e9ea-86e9067706-45628225

Insurer Exits

Most Virginians down to one insurer with Anthem joining Aetna and UnitedHealthcare in leaving state.
https://fairfaxfreecitizen.com/2017/08/12/howell-anthem-leaving-va-marketplace/

BCBS leaves Atlanta metro area
http://news.wabe.org/post/blue-cross-blue-shield-ga-pulls-out-atlantas-obamacare-exchange

Anthem exits Nevada, half of Georgia’s counties
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-anthem-nevada-idUSKBN1AN25N


Deconstructing the Single Payer Narrative (tweets & analysis)
http://www.liberato.us/single-payer.html

REPEAL OBAMACARE NOW!
– end the individual mandate
– return Medicaid to a poverty program (100% FPL)
– legalize true catastrophic insurance

END THE OBAMACARE CONGRESSIONAL EXEMPTION!

 

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Medicaid Morass

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Why focus on Medicaid expansion? Because, last time we ran the numbers, 85 percent of people receiving Obamacare subsidies were Medicaid expansion enrollees, not individual market Obamacare customers.

CBO: 112 million people will be on Medicaid by 2027. #Unsustainable
http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/terence-p-jeffrey/112000000-medicaid-enrollees-set-climb-40m-under-obamacare

Per capita Medicaid expansion costs to remain 50% higher than projected through 2022
https://economics21.org/html/projected-medicaid-expansion-costs-just-rose-again-2423.html

Medi-Cal being sued for lack of access; patients flee to ER, even Mexico, to get care.
https://www.wsj.com/articles/medicaids-potemkin-health-coverage-1500419200?mod=djemMER

“Study shows Medicaid expansion hasn’t led to significant reduction in ER visits”
http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/healthcare/study-shows-limited-reduction-ed-visits-after-medicaid-expansion

Maine’s 2002 Medicaid expansion: drag on economic growth, uninsured rate unchanged, enrollment exploded
http://www.themainewire.com/2017/08/reject-medicaid-expansion/

Medicaid expansion would cost Maine taxpayers $400 million in 5 years
http://www.themainewire.com/2017/08/reject-medicaid-expansion/

Medicaid expansion a perfect storm of unsustainable costs, less access to care, worse outcomes than no insurance
http://www.investors.com/politics/commentary/medicaid-expansion-was-and-is-a-bad-mistake/

Medicaid expansion means cuts for the most vulnerable low-income children, pregnant women, disabled
http://www.themainewire.com/2017/08/medicaid-expansion-jeopardizes-services-needy/

Medicaid expansion in Arkansas: deceit, bribery, fraud, out-of-staters on program, jobs quit, verification broken
http://www.lovelycitizen.com/story/2434295.html

Medicaid expansion enrollment explosion in Montana leads some to hope program will sunset 2019.
http://missoulian.com/news/government-and-politics/daines-montana-s-medicaid-expansion-could-end-by-without-new/article_b885a8de-7add-5519-a71c-a8184f17efa3.html

Study: “Medicaid expansion to cost states nearly $9 billion”; $4 billion more than 2016
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/medicaid-expansion-to-cost-states-nearly-9-billion/article/2626029

What ‘state savings’ under Medicaid expansion? IL spending tripled, OR mulls ending program, LA half of budget
http://www.nola.com/opinions/index.ssf/2017/08/medicaid_expansion_1.html

Enrollment has exploded in every Medicaid expansion state – KY $3B, OH $4.7B, CA $14.7B over budget
http://www.nola.com/opinions/index.ssf/2017/08/medicaid_expansion_1.html

Louisiana Medicaid expansion enrollment to bust through projections by 150,000; state ‘savings’ evaporating
http://www.nola.com/opinions/index.ssf/2017/08/medicaid_expansion_1.html

Deconstructing the Single Payer Narrative (tweets & analysis)
http://www.liberato.us/single-payer.html

REPEAL OBAMACARE NOW!
– end the individual mandate
– return Medicaid to a poverty program (100% FPL)
– legalize true catastrophic insurance

END THE OBAMACARE CONGRESSIONAL EXEMPTION!

 

 

 

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