Healthcare Reform
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
AAPS News October 2014 - ObamaCare Kudzu
Volume 70, no. 10 October 2014 With its complicated structure and phased implementation—and strategic modifications and delays that blunted opposition, ObamaCare is becoming deeply entrenched. Former congressman Ernest Istook writes: “Obamacare was designed to be the governmental equivalent of kudzu—growing everywhere, propagating by multiple means, and sinking in its roots and becoming impossible to control.” Kudzu (Pueraria lobata), native to Southeast Asia, is an invasive plant in the U.S., outpacing herbicide spraying and mowing. It can smother trees and envelop entire structures. At first used to shade porches, it has become “the vine that ate the south.” Kudzu chokes off... read more
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