UPDATE – Getting Out Ahead of the Single-Payer Debate

There wasn’t a lot of Obamacare news this week, so I want to tell you about something new the Truth Squad is doing on the single-payer front, plus give you another way to undermine support for Obamacare.  I will end on a positive note.

You’ve heard of ‘open line Fridays’.  The Truth Squad is now tweeting ‘Single Payer Mondays’.  We’re collecting the single-payer stories we see and tweeting them as a batch at 10 a.m. Eastern time on Mondays.  We criticize the single-payer proposals and commentary we see, and support our arguments with more horror stories about government-run medicine, both here and abroad.  We’re building up the collection of horror stories we already have on our website about socialized medicine in Cuba, Sweden, and other countries in the process.  The collection on our website is called ‘Deadly Germs’ and I’ll send in the link for the wrap-up.

Why are we doing this?  Because we believe the single-payer debate is coming sooner than you might think.  Presidential candidates support single-payer.  There’s also a proposal to take all of Colorado single-payer.  The Truth Squad is trying to get out ahead of the debate so our side is not caught flat-footed like we were when we first started hearing ‘46 million, 46 million, 46 million people don’t have health insurance’ when the Obamacare debate began.  That’s all we heard for months, with no response from anyone on our side.  We can’t let that happen again, unless we all want to end up in hospitals with dirty sheets like in Britain, or no sheets at all like in Cuba.

So we will be paying attention, not only to the problems with single-payer, but to the dazzling rhetoric and other tricks the Left uses to sell socialized medicine.  Their latest ruse is say single-payer is good for national defense.   They claim single-payer will be cheaper but, of course, we know that’s a lie.  Just look at Bernie Sanders’ single-payer proposal, which even the left-wing publication Vox says will cost twice as much as Bernie says it will.

If you’re on Twitter, you can pick up some ammo to fight single-payer on Mondays at 10 a.m. Eastern time.

The Truth Squad is working to undermine Obamacare in a number of ways.  One I haven’t mentioned on these webinars yet is ‘subsidy risk’.  The basic idea is to alert stock market investors that Obamacare plans are a phony, made-up business, and shareholders shouldn’t invest in companies that depend on healthcare subsidies from the government.  Subsidies have a way of disappearing, so any company that depends on government subsidies, instead of building a real business in the free market the right way, does not have a sustainable business model.  Investors should stay away.  Solyndra, anyone?  What happened to solar companies like Solyndra, when government subsidies couldn’t keep them afloat, could easily happen to healthcare companies.  Look at the insurers that are losing money because their Obamacare exchange customers are costing them a whole lot more than the insurers thought they would.  UnitedHealth’s stock went UP, after it announced it would leave Obamacare exchanges.   Then there’s the managed care providers who turn unprofitable when their Medicaid reimbursement rates get cut without warning.  There was just a story on that this week.  This is why we tell investors to ‘Beware Subsidy Risk’ and to stay away from companies that depend on Obamacare subsidies and mandates for their customers and their profits.

Finally, the percentage of Democrats viewing Obamacare unfavorably has gone up, a poll showed this week.  The percentage climbed to 25 percent, up 6 points from 19 percent in the same poll a month ago.  That’s a pretty dramatic rise for just one month, and should give us all hope that maybe, just maybe, we can get rid of this dreadful law someday.

Links

If #ACA collapses, be ready to fight single-payer; both presidential frontrunners support it
ttps://www.conservativereview.com/commentary/2016/04/further-down-the-spiral-how-much-longer-can-obamacare-last

OCTS New Feature – equipping you for the coming fight over #SinglePayer. Let’s get out ahead of the other side, for once!

Leftist publication: “Bernie Sanders’s single-payer plan is twice as expensive as he says”
http://www.vox.com/2016/5/9/11640292/sanders-single-payer-urban-institute

Physicians group’s #SinglePayer ideas include new taxes, illegal immigrants, and naiveté (less paperwork??)
http://health.usnews.com/health-news/hospital-of-tomorrow/articles/2016-05-05/beyond-obamacare-doctor-groups-push-for-single-payer-health-care-plan

“Prominent Democratic Consultants Sign Up to Defeat Single Payer in Colorado”
https://theintercept.com/2016/05/03/single-payer-dems-colo/

Selling #SinglePayer #1 – snooker conservatives like Ike sold National Defense Highway System in 1956
http://www.singlepayeraction.org/2016/04/20/single-payer-necessary-for-national-defense/

#SinglePayer Dazzling Rhetoric #1 – ‘it will help the national defense, cheaper, more $$ for military’.
http://www.singlepayeraction.org/2016/04/20/single-payer-necessary-for-national-defense/

OCTS New Feature – Deadly GeRMs (government-run medicine horror stories).  More arrows in the quiver for the #SinglePayer Hunger Games

UK deteriorating #SinglePayer fined for incompetently leaking the names of more than 700 HIV patients.
http://www.cnet.com/news/hiv-patient-name-leak-results-in-fine-for-uks-national-health-service/

UK deteriorating #SinglePayer failing to prevent unsafe sending of elderly patients home
http://www.nationalhealthexecutive.com/Health-Care-News/health-services-failing-to-prevent-unsafe-discharge-of-elderly-patients-phso

UK deteriorating #SinglePayer 50,000 doctors and nurses short; relying on temp agencies to fill gaps
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-05-10/health-service-plans-poorly-raising-costs-u-k-lawmakers-say

UK deteriorating #SinglePayer canceling operations at last minute due to lack of staff and beds; 15-yr hi.
http://presstv.ir/Detail/2016/05/14/465557/England-healthcare-slipping

Beat me, kick me, give me #SinglePayer.

UnitedHealth stock hits all-time high after co. flees #Obamacare (investors smarter than HHS)
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/heres-how-does-unitedhealths-obamacare-retreat-does-or-doesnt-affect-you-2016-04-20

Investors, we keep telling you – #BewareSubsidyRisk. #ACA exchange plans are a phony made-up business.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-05-12/hospital-stocks-fall-after-ruling-against-obamacare-funding

Anthem profit falls; #Obamacare costs too hi, cutting margins. #BewareSubsidyRisk
http://fortune.com/2016/01/27/health-insurer-anthem-says-obamacare-hit-q4-profit/

Centene’s business model completely depends on #ACA subsidies and Medicaid contracts. #BewareSubsidyRisk
http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20160426/NEWS/160429943?utm_campaign=socialflow&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social

Molina profit falls due to reduced Medicaid expansion premium rates. #BewareSubsidyRisk
http://cwruobserver.com/2016/05/17/earnings-estimates-under-spotlight-molina-healthcare-inc-nysemoh/

Formerly pro-ACA hedge fund cuts 11 healthcare holdings as threat to its capital. #BewareSubsidyRisk
http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20160517/NEWS/160519907/larry-robbins-hedge-fund-sells-off-all-chs-uhs-hospital-stocks

Poll: A quarter of Democrats view #Obamacare unfavorably, up from 19% one month ago
http://freebeacon.com/issues/democrats-take-unfavorable-view-obamacare/?utm_source=Freedom+Mail&utm_campaign=cb458917e2-WFB_Morning_Beacon_05_04_165_3_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b5e6e0e9ea-cb458917e2-45628225

Obamacare Truth Squad Twitter Feed – All the Bad News about #Obamacare Every Day
https://twitter.com/ObamacreTrthSqd @ObamacreTrthSqd

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‘Black Privilege’ (new Rhetoric Central)
http://www.liberato.us/rhetoric-central.html

Use of ‘Guidance’ Allowed Education Department to Evade Administrative Procedure Act (Rule of Law updates)
http://www.liberato.us/rule-of-law-alerts.html

Climatista State Attorneys General Abandon Subpoena for CEI Records and Donors (new issue of The Truth)
http://www.liberato.us/the-truth.html

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Most Popular Tweets

 Our most popular tweets in the last 30 days:

GOP lawmakers subpoena documents on O-admin’s illegal #ACA cost-sharing subsidies. #RuleOfLaw
http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/278762-house-gop-subpoenas-obamacare-documents

Good: doctors and patients. Bad: hospital and insurance cronies. Screwing things up: government. Can we make it any plainer?

Doc furious that #ACA diverts healthcare dollars into expanding the government and controlling the people
http://www.theblaze.com/contributions/obamacare-is-all-about-control-not-care/

Bill Clinton slams #Obamacare: premiums, co-pays, deductibles too high to provide meaningful coverage
http://www.theamericanmirror.com/bill-clinton-turns-on-obamacare-a-lot-of-problems/

How Congress connived with O-admin to get exemption from #Obamacare, special subsidies for themselves
http://dailysignal.com/2016/05/11/how-congress-mysteriously-became-a-small-business-to-qualify-for-obamacare-subsides/?utm_source=TDS_Email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=MorningBell&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiTVRGbFlXSmtaall3TVdZMiIsInQiOiIzNFR0RHo3RjRUWnpTYkczWnpVUFNkYmp1VzdpR3BkSXlsaTFVblJXMzA2N2g2Umdlc01mckVhU3V3b2FIYjRiZ2hzc0owaUNmZkJZbnQ0YnJSVXFWcHJjbzhvejd5VWhZejFKNytxTGJQOD0ifQ%3D%3D

Half of Medicaid reimbursement to Worcester government schools ends up in city general budget. #MissionCreep
http://www.golocalworcester.com/news/monfredo-needed-an-adequate-school-budget-in-worcester

The Medicaid expansionistas are in such a rush to cause another train wreck. Expand, expand. They’re not thinking about the consequences.

#ACA supporters have no problem showing contempt for truth, if it serves their purpose. ‘YOU CAN KEEP YOUR PLAN’ Lie of 2013.

Ways to Defraud Medicaid #162 – Steal student identities, bill for fictitious services.
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/breaking-news/os-revive-athletics-medicaid-fraud-20160419-story.html

Leftist publication: “Bernie Sanders’s single-payer plan is twice as expensive as he says”
http://www.vox.com/2016/5/9/11640292/sanders-single-payer-urban-institute

 

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Obamacare’s ‘Controlling Costs’ Means Hiking WA’s 2017 Rates by 13.5%

Comment: This classic video compiles some of the times Obamacare promised you its extra middlemen, bureaucrats, and taxes would save you $2,500 a year. And we can all see it’s working great, because ObamacareLogic(tm) says, “Nothing says ‘savings’ quite like hiking your rates even higher!” (Great “Supercuts” video by Washington Free Beacon here.)

“Thirteen health insurers have filed to sell 154 individual health plans for 2017 in Washington state, both inside and outside the state exchange, and they’re seeking rate increases that average 13.5 percent.”

Rate requests way up for 2017 individual health-care plans
JoNel Aleccia, The Seattle Times, updated May 17, 2016 at 8:56 am

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White House Renews Obamacare ‘Big Lie’

Comment: Obamacare fantasyland: “The health insurance market is a lot better for private citizens now than it was before the Affordable Care Act. That’s just a fact.” —White House spokesman Josh Earnest, 5/16/2016

Meanwhile, back in unAffordable Care Act reality…

“The crisis in Obamacare continues to grow as three states report that only one health insurance company will be offering a plan on the Obamacare exchanges.”

“The Alaska, Alabama, and Wyoming state exchanges will offer only one plan to consumers: Blue Cross Blue Shield. In Arizona, only one company will offer a plan in every county, with seven counties not having any coverage at all.”

“The Wall Street Journal reports that 650 counties across the country – mostly rural – will be offering only one Obamacare insurance plan.”

“United Health and Humana have pulled back from several state exchanges, leaving them with few alternatives.  Next year, there may be several states with no insurance coverage at all.

Any questions?

3 states down to one Obamacare insurer
By Rick Moran

May 17, 2016
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UPDATE – The Correct Bathroom for the New Soviet Man

It was a big week for Obamacare news, so let’s get right to it.

As you’ve undoubtedly heard, the House won its lawsuit against the administration’s Obamacare cost sharing subsidies made without Congressional appropriations.  It’s a nice win for the rule of law – requiring the executive branch to use appropriated funds instead of just drawing from an open-ended entitlement spending account. But I agree with Mark Levin.  Congress should not be relying on the courts to enforce the separation of powers.  Congress should use the powers in Article 1 of the Constitution to fight its own battles, beginning with the power of the purse.  If I was a judge and Congress came crying to me about how the executive branch was doing something Congress never authorized, I would say – ‘don’t look at me, fix your own problem.’

There have been lots of stories recently about Obamacare premiums going up a lot next year.  The administration knows it has a P.R. disaster on its hands.  The actual increases will hit right before the election. So the administration is already trying to spin the rate increases and control the narrative – The final rate increases will be smaller than requested, they say.  Rate increases aren’t so bad after subsidies, which also increase. Consumers are free to shop for a better deal in the exchanges. Next comes the kitchen sink – Obamacare has reduced the number of uninsured, plans are better than before, blah, blah, blah. The rebuttal to all this is, this is not what we were promised.  We were told our premiums would go down $2,500 a year.  Instead, they’ve gone up a lot faster than inflation each and every year under Obamacare.  Keep your eye on the ball – the rate increases are bad news no matter how they try to spin them, and we should pound our opponents with them every chance we get. The Truth Squad will be tweeting every rate increase story we see, using the hashtag #PremiumPain.

Meanwhile, stories continue to trickle in that more insurers might leave the exchanges next year. Humana is leaving Alabama and Virginia, and might leave some more exchanges. Blue Cross might leave North Carolina after losing almost $300 million there.

Finally, in addition to the transgender bathroom ‘guidance’ for schools issued this week, the Obama administration finalized new regulations that will force doctors and hospitals to provide sex change operations under Obamacare and any other health program funded by HHS.  This presumably includes Medicare and Medicaid.  This means that the federal government is now forcing healthcare providers to participate in sex changes even if it goes against their religious beliefs or their medical judgment.  I imagine this will be litigated at some point on religious freedom grounds, or on grounds that bureaucrats cannot puff up ‘sex discrimination’ under federal law to include gender identity.  The language is important here.  The new regulations call this ‘sex reassignment surgery’.  This fits with the Left’s narrative that gender is merely ‘assigned’ at birth and it’s no biggie to ‘reassign’ it later.  There was a story this week about how a city council in Britain wants 4-year-olds to be asked whether they want to be a boy or a girl when they grow up.  I’m sorry, but confusion is a weapon. If they can confuse you about whether you are a boy or a girl, they can confuse you about anything.  Transgenderism is not just some political issue that came up by accident, that people disagree about.  It’s part of a deliberate military-style assault against the people by the hard Left to redefine everybody and everything in order to take control, just like the Soviets did with their efforts to remake society through artificial identity construction.  It’s the New Soviet Man all over again.  What did people think Barack Obama meant when he talked about fundamentally transforming America?  Well, now you’re seeing ‘fundamental transformation’ in all its glory, and all the coercion, artificial identity construction, and thought control that goes with it.  More reasons we must repeal Obamacare.

Links

Court slaps O-admin down on unappropriated cost-sharing subsidies; sides w/House but stays ruling
http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/12/politics/obamacare-court-challenge-republicans/

#ACA rate hikes will hit a week before the election, causing problems for the Democrats
http://www.politico.com/story/2016/04/obamacare-rate-hikes-a-looming-political-headache-for-democrats-222663

O-admin laying plans to control narrative on rate increases (put Ben Rhodes in charge – LOL!)
https://morningconsult.com/2016/05/democrats-prepare-win-healthcare-narrative/

Humana to leave #Obamacare market in Alabama and Virginia
http://www.wtvy.com/content/news/Humana-pulls-out-of-Alabama-leaving-one-insurer-on-Obamacare-exchange-378451841.html

Humana might leave some #ACA exchanges; enrollment way down.
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20160505/NEWS03/160509869/humana-like-rivals-may-leave-obamacare-exchanges

Blue Cross might leave North Carolina after losing almost $300 million there.
http://wncn.com/2016/05/05/blue-cross-still-dealing-with-system-failure-issues-may-drop-obamacare/

New #ACA rules force docs, hospitals to give sex change surgery against religious belief, medical judgement
http://dailysignal.com/2016/05/13/new-obamacare-transgender-regulations-threaten-freedom-of-physicians/

City council in Britain wants 4-year-olds to be asked whether they want to be a boy or a girl when they grow up.
http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/7089698/Parents-blast-council-after-kids-told-to-choose-their-gender.html

Obamacare Truth Squad Twitter Feed – All the Bad News about #Obamacare Every Day
https://twitter.com/ObamacreTrthSqd @ObamacreTrthSqd

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The Increasingly Brazen Fascistic Left Will Soon be Coming for You (new issue of The Truth – Thinkpieces)
http://www.liberato.us/the-truth.html

So Jeffrey Sachs, you’re going to tell me what my rights are? Go jump in the lake! (tweets from The Discontenterati)
http://www.liberato.us/the-discontenterati.html

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Top Tweets – What a Week!

The House lawsuit, more bureaucrats behaving badly, rate hikes, more insurers leaving – that was the week that was in the continuing crack-up that is Obamacare.

Court slaps O-admin down on unappropriated cost-sharing subsidies; sides w/House but stays ruling
http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/12/politics/obamacare-court-challenge-republicans/

#ACA crony Andy Slavitt misled Congress with bogus claim $200M has been recouped from exchange meltdowns
https://morningconsult.com/2016/05/house-panel-dings-slavitt-lack-returned-aca-grant-money/

Humana might leave more #ACA exchanges; enrollment way down.
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20160505/NEWS03/160509869/humana-like-rivals-may-leave-obamacare-exchanges

O-admin laying plans to control narrative on rate increases (put Ben Rhodes in charge – LOL!)
https://morningconsult.com/2016/05/democrats-prepare-win-healthcare-narrative/

“Oregon health insurers seek double-digit 2017 rate hikes”; one insurer leaves state. #SpinThis
http://www.oregonlive.com/business/index.ssf/2016/05/oregon_health_insurers_seek_do.html

HHS breaking state law by using Iowa co-op’s receivables to pay government instead of policy claims
https://insidehealthpolicy.com/daily-news/states-watching-iowas-co-op-lawsuit-liquidation-battles-continue

Pour your private capital into failing #Obamacare co-ops, the spider said to the fly.
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20160509/NEWS03/160509829/medicare-unveils-rule-to-help-obamacares-struggling-co-op-plans

Medicaid expansion monster devouring Colorado state budget
http://gazette.com/medicaid-expansion-strains-state-budget/article/1575748

Alaska House still appealing Governor’s pen-and-a-phone Medicaid expansion
http://juneauempire.com/state/2016-05-08/house-pursuing-appeal-medicaid-suit-decision

Poll: Only 38% have a favorable view of the #ACA.  43 percent want the law repealed or scaled back.
http://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/are-democrats-bailing-on-obamacare-too/

Stop this train wreck – I wanna get off!

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UPDATE The Real Obamacare Death Spiral

Tonight, I want to tell you about the real Obamacare death spiral, give you more reasons why hospitals are not our friends, and clear up some confusion about Medicaid payments to hospitals. I’ll finish with a brief announcement.

The news about Obamacare insurance just keeps getting worse – insurers are leaving the exchanges, and huge rate increases are coming again next year – 45 percent expected in New Hampshire alone.  Talk of an insurance death spiral is back.  But here’s the REAL Obamacare death spiral – tax credits go up with premiums. Every time premiums go up, Obamacare subsidies go up.  This is crazy. The national debt is already $19.2 trillion. Federal healthcare spending is now bigger than Social Security, a story said this week.  Every cent for Obamacare subsidies has to be borrowed. Who’s going to pay for all this – the health insurance fairy?  That’s what one commentator wanted to know this week.  Obamacare takes us further and further away from a debt-free future, and that’s another reason to fight it, as if we needed any more.  How can we keep doing this? Like the economists say, if something can’t continue, it won’t.  We have a choice – we can keep throwing more and more money at the death spiral of Big Government, Big Insurance, and Big Healthcare, or change course and move in the direction of simplicity, catastrophic insurance, and patient-centered reform. We’re headed in the wrong direction.  Stop this train wreck – I wanna get off!

I’ve focused on hospitals before on these webinars, because hospitals lobby furiously for Medicaid expansion – they just want more money, they don’t care where they get it, or whether it’s good public policy. And the way they are buying up each other and independent providers is leading to single-payer. There were a number of reminders in the news in the last couple of weeks about how hospitals are not our friends.  I call them ‘hospitrosses’.  In West Virginia, two hospitals settled antitrust claims that they conspired to stay out of each other’s territory and not compete with each other.  In Chicago, city residents will pay $45 million more for healthcare next year, and every year thereafter, if the two biggest hospitals are allowed to merge.  Hospital monopolies are forcing independent doctors out of Vermont. I’ve spoken before about mission creep in healthcare.  Hospitals are a prime example.  Some hospitals are now business incubators.  I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to pay for new company start-ups on my hospital bill.  And I don’t want to pay for community gardens either, which is also happening.  Other hospitals are double-booking surgeries and not telling patients that their surgeon will have to leave in the middle of an operation.  The practice has been criticized as unsafe. Ya think? And now, my favorite: A hospital in New York has been fined $2.2 million for allowing a TV reality show to film patients without prior consent.  Allowing reality shows to roam your halls – does it get any greedier than that?  We should go on offense and agitate for hospitals to be stripped of their tax exemptions.  If community gardens are their idea of community benefit justifying a tax exemption, there’s something wrong with tax exemptions.

Now I want to clear up some confusion about Medicaid payments to hospitals.  They’re called Disproportionate Share payments, or ‘dish’ for short.  These payments were supposed to be cut under Obamacare because, it was assumed – incorrectly as it turned out – that Medicaid expansion would be mandatory in all 50 states, and hospitals would no longer need DSH payments.  The reporting on this has been very confused.  Stories in the news are not careful to distinguish between Medicaid DSH payments and Medicare DSH payments.  More importantly, lots of stories make it sound like the Medicaid DSH cuts have already occurred but, in fact, they have been delayed.  I talked to some congressional staffers last week and they confirmed what I thought:  the Medicaid DSH cuts have in fact been delayed and no hospital has lost a single penny from a Medicaid DSH cut yet.  So, when you hear hospitals squealing about DSH cuts, demand proof.  They just might be postponed forever, like the notorious Medicare ‘doc fix’.  You can assume that reporters don’t know what they’re talking about on this subject, as is so often the case with stories that are important to folks on our side of the ledger.

If I may be permitted a brief aside, my Anticommunism Action Team is holding a twitter rally this coming Friday, April 29th at 1 p.m. Eastern to push back against communist May Day celebrations taking place around the world around May 1st.  We invite you to join us.  The hashtag is #MayDayMadness and I’ll send a link in for the wrap-up.  Jenny Beth is writing an op-ed in the Washington Times and you can see all the other pushback efforts at my website Spider & the Fly dot com.

Links

New Hampshire looking at 45% increase next year RIGHT BETWEEN THE EYES!
http://www.unionleader.com/Unaffordable-Care-Act-NH-customers-facing-increase

Federal spending on major health programs (Medicaid, Medicare, #ACA) now bigger than Social Security
http://dailysignal.com/2016/04/01/4-facts-that-prove-obamacare-isnt-aging-well/?utm_source=TDS_Email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=CapitolBell&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiWWpsbU5URmhNMlptTnpJMSIsInQiOiI3SmFKUnptaE8xSkRQUGxxUkRLM0RpMXArUjlHUWxKTjk1ZUtESkNMZFMrZTc0OG1TdnJIam5talZFYVpXSll2dTk2VklMdU9OS2dLNmQwQVZWQzdHWXMwcG5SUVZCMGVpOXUreElNKzJnVT0ifQ%3D%3D

#ACA #crony Tavenner says #Obamacare market not stabilizing, rates will go up more next year than last
https://morningconsult.com/2016/04/marilyn-tavenner-predicts-exchange-premium-increases-2017/

#ACA ‘stability’ can only be purchased at price of repeated rate hikes, narrower networks and higher out-of-pocket.
http://healthpolicyandmarket.blogspot.com/2016/04/united-healthcare-leaving-obamacare.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+HealthCarePolicyAndMarketplaceBlog+%28Health+Care+Policy+and+Marketplace+Blog%29

UnitedHealth is 1 of 2 insurers in 536 counties; pull-out will cause rates to go up
https://morningconsult.com/2016/04/study-finds-local-impact-unitedhealth-aca-withdrawal/

“Who is going to pay these ever higher full costs for the consumers who get subsidies? The health insurance fairy?”
http://healthpolicyandmarket.blogspot.com/2016/04/united-healthcare-leaving-obamacare.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+HealthCarePolicyAndMarketplaceBlog+%28Health+Care+Policy+and+Marketplace+Blog%29

“only one solution to the nasty mess of government-run health care and entitlements: get the government out of it.”
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865652379/Get-the-government-out-of-it.html?pg=all

Healthcare costs were rising 2.6% faster than inflation, but now it’s 3.3%. Masterminds? Master con artists is more like it.

The money for Medicaid expansion is all borrowed. What do we think we’re doing?

#Obamacare – Because the Best Way to Handle Overpriced Medical Bills is to Overpay Them, with Borrowed Money!

Two West Virginia hospitals settle antitrust claims they divided territory, didn’t compete. #Hospitrosses
http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20160414/NEWS/160419945/justice-department-alleges-two-west-virginia-hospitals-illegally

FTC: Chicagoans to pay $45M/yr more if 2 biggest hospitals merge. #RevokeHospitalTaxExemptions
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20160414/NEWS07/160419908/ftc-expert-warns-of-higher-costs-from-northshore-advocate-merger

Public medicine, hospital monopolies squeezing independent private practice docs out of Vermont
http://watchdog.org/261960/vermont-health-care-professionals-dissatisfied/

Hospitals becoming business incubators. Do u want to pay on your hospital bill for giving money to start-ups?
http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20160409/MAGAZINE/304099982

I don’t know about you, but I object to paying for community gardens on my hospital bill. #MissionCreep
http://healthaffairs.org/blog/2016/04/05/hospitals-engagement-in-population-health-moving-past-the-medicine-and-into-the-community/

Hospitals flout rules, routinely double-book unsafe concurrent surgeries. #RapaciousHospitals
http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2016/04/13/surgery/Jn7Lb0Hq3VUGeZGBgjiw0M/story.html

Greedy NY hospital to pay $2.2M fine over TV reality show filming patients without prior consent
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/22/nyregion/new-york-hospital-to-pay-fine-over-unauthorized-filming-of-2-patients.html?ref=health&_r=0

Per congressional staff – Medicaid DSH cuts haven’t happened yet. Not one hospital has lost a single penny. Another delay is possible.

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Push back on communism! Join the Anticommunism Action Team’s twitter rally @WeSowDiscontent Friday April 29th 1 p.m. ET. #MayDayMadness

MayDay Pushback from the Anticommunism Action Team
http://www.spider-and-the-fly.com/may-day-2016.html

Liberal Fascists Out in Force During Supreme Court Immigration Case (On-The-Scene Tweets from The Discontenterati)
http://www.liberato.us/the-discontenterati.html

 

 

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The Real Obamacare Death Spiral

Stop this train wreck – I wanna get off!

The news about #Obamacare insurance just keeps getting worse – insurers leaving, huge rate increases and narrower networks coming.  But here’s the real #Obamacare death spiral – tax credits go up with premiums. This is crazy. The national debt is already $19.2 trillion. Every cent put to Obamacare subsidies is borrowed. How can we keep doing this? We can keep throwing more and more money at the bottomless pit of Big Government, Big Insurance, and Big Healthcare, or change course and move in the direction of simplicity, catastrophic insurance, and patient-centered reform. #WrongDirection

Federal spending on major health programs (Medicaid, Medicare, #ACA) now bigger than Social Security
http://dailysignal.com/2016/04/01/4-facts-that-prove-obamacare-isnt-aging-well/?utm_source=TDS_Email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=CapitolBell&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiWWpsbU5URmhNMlptTnpJMSIsInQiOiI3SmFKUnptaE8xSkRQUGxxUkRLM0RpMXArUjlHUWxKTjk1ZUtESkNMZFMrZTc0OG1TdnJIam5talZFYVpXSll2dTk2VklMdU9OS2dLNmQwQVZWQzdHWXMwcG5SUVZCMGVpOXUreElNKzJnVT0ifQ%3D%3D

#ACA #crony Tavenner says #Obamacare market not stabilizing, rates will go up more next year than last
https://morningconsult.com/2016/04/marilyn-tavenner-predicts-exchange-premium-increases-2017/

#ACA ‘stability’ can only be purchased at price of repeated rate hikes, narrower networks and higher out-of-pocket.
http://healthpolicyandmarket.blogspot.com/2016/04/united-healthcare-leaving-obamacare.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+HealthCarePolicyAndMarketplaceBlog+%28Health+Care+Policy+and+Marketplace+Blog%29

Virginia a microcosm: sicker pool, rate hikes, insurer profits squeezed, insurers leaving
http://www.investors.com/politics/policy/why-anthem-obamacare-premiums-will-soar-in-va-as-humana-bolts/

UnitedHealth is 1 of 2 insurers in 536 counties; pull-out will cause rates to go up
https://morningconsult.com/2016/04/study-finds-local-impact-unitedhealth-aca-withdrawal/

Quality of #ACA coverage will continue to fall after UnitedHealth exit; race to the bottom
http://www.forbes.com/sites/michaelcannon/2016/04/19/five-things-aca-supporters-dont-want-you-to-know-about-unitedhealths-withdrawal-from-obamacare/#7861fb3a5e41

“Who is going to pay these ever higher full costs for the consumers who get subsidies? The health insurance fairy?”
http://healthpolicyandmarket.blogspot.com/2016/04/united-healthcare-leaving-obamacare.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+HealthCarePolicyAndMarketplaceBlog+%28Health+Care+Policy+and+Marketplace+Blog%29

“only one solution to the nasty mess of government-run health care and entitlements: get the government out of it.”
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865652379/Get-the-government-out-of-it.html?pg=all

Healthcare costs were rising 2.6% faster than inflation, but now it’s 3.3%. Masterminds? Master con artists is more like it.

The money for Medicaid expansion is all borrowed. What do we think we’re doing?

#Obamacare – Because the Best Way to Handle Overpriced Medical Bills is to Overpay Them, with Borrowed Money!

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Expert: It’s Official – Obamacare’s Insurance Model Does Not Work

“It’s official. The Obamacare insurance company business model does not work.”

“Why is this happening?
Because nowhere near enough healthy people are signing up to pay for the sick.”

[T]he poorest are buying Obamacare and the vast majority of the rest–even if they are subsidy eligible–are not.”

UnitedHealth Group Losing Big Money and Threatening to Leave the Obamacare Exchanges–Because the Obamacare Insurance Business Model Does Not Work
Robert Laszewski, November 19, 2015

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Nation’s Largest Insurer QUITS Obamacare Exchanges!!!!

Comment:  We told y’all. Despite premiums hitting 53% higher than before Obamacare, America has still not seen the real cost of Obamacare.  Why?  Because as proved by insurers’ losses, policies are still being sold far below cost, exactly as OCTS has repeatedly warned.

What’s the bottom line?  This can only mean one of three things: huge premium increases in the near future, more insurers heading for the exits, less competition, or all of the above.

“UnitedHealth, the nation’s biggest health insurer, will cut its participation in public health insurance exchanges to only a handful of states next year after expanding to nearly three dozen for this year.”

“CEO Stephen Hemsley said Tuesday that the company expects losses from its exchange business to total more than $1 billion for this year and last. He added that the company cannot continue to broadly serve the market created by the Affordable Care Act’s coverage expansion due partly to the higher risk that comes with its customers.”

“UnitedHealth Group Inc. said it now expects to lose $650 million this year on its exchange business, up from its previous projection for $525 million. The insurer lost $475 million in 2015, a spokesman said.”

UnitedHealth to trim ACA exchanges to ‘handful’ of states
By TOM MURPHY, AP Business Writer
Apr 19, 2016

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