Healthcare Reform
The ‘Progressive’ Way: Cancel, Block, Spin
The ‘Progressive’ Way: Cancel, Block, Spin
Health Policy News Roundup Curated by Jane M Orient, MD Remember how ObamaCare was supposed to be about keeping your insurance? The irony is that more health insurance policies have been canceled under Obamacare than ever before, writes Merrill Matthews. While trying to stop health insurers from canceling policies that couldn’t be canceled anyway because of a provision in HIPAA, Obamacare initiated widespread policy cancellations. http://www.forbes.com/sites/merrillmatthews/2014/10/10/remember-when-obamacare-would-stop-health-insurers-from-canceling-policies/ The reach of the regulatory state keeps growing at an accelerated pace. Recent notes on what the FDA “protects” us from:Adult stem cells. A man paralyzed after a clean cut to his spinal cord... read more
H.R. 5651: Small Business Hardship Relief Act
More Proposed Changes to “Improve” ObamaCare. Rep Raul Ruiz, D-CA with no co-sponsors introduced H.R. 5651, the “Small Business Hardship Relief Act”. It was referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means on September 18, 2014. The bill amends the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (part of the Affordable Care Act) to provide an exemption to the employer health insurance mandate for small businesses (defined as 100 employees or less) which are experiencing hardship. The hardship exemption can be used for up to five years. A business has a hardship for a given year if it has: (A) missed... read more
S. 2908: Affordable Health Insurance for the Middle Class Act
Another Change to Obamacare that Tacitly Admits its Unaffordability. Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) introduced the “Affordable Health Insurance for the Middle Class Act.” This bill, S. 2908 was assigned to the Finance Committee on September 18, 2014. This bill is short and simple. It would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (part of the ACA) to expand eligibility for the refundable credit for coverage under a qualified health plan. Currently those with a household income of 400 percent above the poverty line. The bill would raise this to 600 percent. Full Bill Text and Status: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/s2908 Full text of... read more
GAO: HHS Lacks Funding Authority in Obamacare to Cover Insurer Losses
GAO: HHS Lacks Funding Authority in Obamacare to Cover Insurer Losses
The nonpartisan government watchdog Government Accountability Office (GAO) confirms the Congressional Research Service conclusion that Department of Health and Human Services “has no legal authority to disburse risk corridor payments under Obamacare absent a congressional appropriation,” said Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee. House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) stated, “Following the law matters. . . Today’s report sounds the alarm once again on the administration’s efforts to unlawfully subsidize its health care law with taxpayer dollars. American taxpayers are already on the hook for a still-incomplete health exchange with a price... read more
Truth and (Unintended?) Consequences
Truth and (Unintended?) Consequences
ObamaCare Roundup curated by Jane M. Orient, M.D. The Associated Press has compiled a list of 8 ways in which the Obama Administration is blocking access to information. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests are being forwarded to political appointees. Just last month, AP reported on the flimsy rationale offered by HHS for denying a FOIA request for records on the “kinds of security software and computer systems behind the federally funded Healthcare.gov.” http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/erik-wemple/wp/2014/09/22/has-the-department-of-health-and-human-services-politicized-foia-requests/ Worried about the burden of “healthcare costs”? The burden of federal regulation, affecting medicine and everything else, was more than $2 trillion in 2012, according a... read more
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