Hawaii’s ObamaCare Insurance Exchange Closing Down: Will Still Cost Taxpayers Nearly A Quarter Of A Billion Dollars

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ObamaCare down the drain

 

Hat/Tip to Doug Ross @ Journal and Twitchy.

So ObamaCare is driving costs up, huh?

What was it President Obama said about how ObamaCare would affect healthcare costs?

Oh yeah, now I remember!

“I will sign a universal health care bill into law by the end of my first term as president that will cover every American and cut the cost of a typical family’s premium by up to $2,500 a year.” June, 2007

Yeaaahhh, riiggghhhtttt…

“This legislation will also lower costs for families and for businesses and for the federal government, reducing our deficit by over $1 trillion in the next two decades. It is paid for. It is fiscally responsible. And it will help lift a decades-long drag on our economy.” March, 2010

Oh, it’s paid for all right. It’s paid for on the backs of the hard working taxpayers of America, you know – those bitter clinger types.

“This law will cut costs and make coverage more affordable for families and small businesses…” June, 2010

“And one question people ask:  How is it possible to do all this and keep costs down?  Well, part of what we did was build into the law all sorts of measures to assure that the growth of health care costs would start slowing down.  And it has….All told, since I signed the Affordable Care Act into law, we have seen the slowest growth in health care costs on record…And it turns out, lo and behold, actually, the prices came in lower than we expected — lower than I predicted.” September, 2013

Hold on!

Before we even get to the article, look what happened with his lies and rhetoric.

Before the Affordable Care Act became law, he went from saying ObamaCare would LOWER costs to saying that costs were still rising, just slower than he expected…

“Shake My Head”

The statist NEVER participates in introspection to see if he might have done something wrong, or to see if there was something he neglected to do. And in Obama’s case, it’s just easier and more fun to blame the GOP.

But enough of that, on to the story!


 

The Hawaiin health exchange is an abysmal failure, costing the taxpayers 205 million dollars in the process. Now it’ll cost the taxpayers an additional $30 million to make the change from a state exchange to the federal exchange, for a total cost to taxpayers of $235 million dollars, or nearly a quarter of a billion bucks!

 

  The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that the Hawaii Health Connector will immediately set in motion a contingency plan to shut down operations. The Health Connector will cease new enrollments this Friday, discontinue outreach services May 31, transfer its technology to the state by Sept. 30 and completely eliminate its workforce by Feb. 28. Residents of Hawaii will have to re-enroll in the federal healthcare.gov exchange to ensure coverage next year. Migrating to healthcare.gov is estimated to cost $30 million. Nearly $205 million in federal grants were awarded to build and operate the Hawaii Health Connector online marketplace.

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Record Number Of Hospitals Close: ABC News Article Never Blames The “Affordable Care Act”

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Sac Osage Hospital in Osceola, Missouri to close due to ObamaCare

Hat/Tip to IOTWReport.com.

Remember when Obama uttered these famous words lies over and over and over ad nauseam? Well here are a few reminders, of the nearly 40 times that Obama said them:

“If you like the plan you have, you can keep it.  If you like the doctor you have, you can keep your doctor, too.  The only change you’ll see are falling costs as our reforms take hold.” Barack Obama, June 6, 2009.

“No matter how we reform health care, I intend to keep this promise:  If you like your doctor, you’ll be able to keep your doctor; if you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan.” Barack Obama, June 11, 2009.

“And that means that no matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise to the American people: If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period. If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan, period. No one will take it away, no matter what.” Barack Obama, June 15, 2009.

“Under our proposals, if you like your doctor, you keep your doctor. If you like your current insurance, you keep that insurance. Period, end of story.” Barack Obama, July 18, 2009.

“If you’ve got health insurance, it doesn’t mean a government takeover. You keep your own insurance. You keep your own doctor. But it does say insurance companies can’t jerk you around.” Barack Obama during first Presidential debate, October 3, 2012.

Well, evidently keeping your hospital wasn’t included in that, but then who are we kidding? Keeping your doctor and/or your health insurance wasn’t included in those lies, either.

After 45 years of providing health care in rural western Missouri, Sac-Osage Hospital is being sold piece by piece.

Ceiling tiles are going for 25 cents, the room doors for an average of less than $4 each, the patient beds for $250 apiece. Soon, the remnants of the hospital that long symbolized the lifeblood of Osceola, population 923, will be torn to the ground.

Sac-Osage is one of a growing number of rural U.S. hospitals closing their doors, citing a complex combination of changing demographics, medical practices, management decisions and federal policies that have put more financial pressure on facilities that sometimes average only a few in-patients a day.

“Money just kept drying up,” said Chris Smiley, a former operating room nurse who was the last chief executive of Sac-Osage and is now overseeing its liquidation.

A total of 50 hospitals in the rural U.S. have closed since 2010, and the pace has been accelerating, with more closures in the past two years than in the previous 10 years combined, according to the National Rural Health Association. That could be just the beginning of what some health care analysts fear will be a crisis.

An additional 283 rural hospitals in 39 states are vulnerable to shutting down, and 35 percent of rural hospitals are operating at a loss, according to iVantage Health Analytics, a Portland, Maine-based firm that works with hospitals.

Most of the rural hospital closures so far have occurred in the South and Midwest. Of those at risk, nearly 70 percent are in states that have declined to expand Medicaid coverage under the federal Affordable Care Act, although some experts are hesitant to draw a cause-and-effect correlation.

The original article, cited above from ABC News goes out its way to avoid blaming the Affordable Care Act in the closings of these hospitals, but this passage really brings it home:

A total of 50 hospitals in the rural U.S. have closed since 2010, and the pace has been accelerating, with more closures in the past two years than in the previous 10 years combined, according to the National Rural Health Association. That could be just the beginning of what some health care analysts fear will be a crisis.”

The closest the article comes to laying blame on President Obama’s signature legislation is here:

That means they often have a higher percentage of patients covered by Medicare and Medicaid, a pair of government health care programs that pay a lower reimbursement rate than private-sector insurers. Hospitals that rely heavily on those government programs have been particularly hard hit by federal budget cuts and provisions in the 2010 federal health care law that reduced charity care reimbursements and changed other payment criteria.

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Another ObamaCare Success Story: 1 In 5 New Jersey Residents Are Enrolled In Medicaid!

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Sooner or later, everyone will be dependent on the government.

At least that seems to be the trend.

Medicaid, the public health insurance program expanded under the Affordable Care Act, now covers nearly one out of every five New Jersey residents, according to the latest enrollment figures.

More than 420,000 people signed up for insurance since New Jersey allowed more people to into the program, according to Valerie Harr, director of the division of medical assistance and health services for the N.J. Department of Human Services.

About 80,000 of those people already qualified for the program under the old income guidelines – but didn’t realize it until they attempted to enroll in Obamacare policies and found they were poor enough to qualify for Medicaid.

All told, 1.7 million New Jersey residents will now have the bulk of their medical expenses covered by Medicaid.

Obamanomics — it’s Trickle Up Poverty!

Of course, the Obamabots / Hillarians* consider putting 20 percent of New Jersey on the dole a success. Because they’re not paying for it.

But, those of us who are still dumb enough to be working for a living?

BOHICA.

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ObamaCare Is Working So Well In New Jersey Almost No Doctors Are Willing To Accept It

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Five years since it was shoved down our throats in the dark of night, and despite all the debacles encountered along the way, ObamaCare’s supporters continue to insist it’s “working.” Their definition of “working” must be different from mine. Because even if it might have succeeded in forcing people to buy health insurance, those people can’t find a doctor who’ll take it.

The Affordable Care Act has provided a path for 420,500 low-income New Jersey residents to gain insurance through the Medicaid program, but a new study says the state ranks last in the nation in doctors willing to treat them.

Just 38.7 percent of New Jersey physicians said they accepted new Medicaid patients in 2013 — far below the national average of nearly 69 percent, according to the most recent data available from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. New Jersey is the only state where fewer than half of the doctors accepted new Medicaid patients. California, at 54.2 percent is second-lowest in the nation.

New Jersey also ranked at the bottom in a 2011-12 survey of 8,158 physicians, when 46 percent of primary care doctors said they had planned to take on new Medicaid patients.

Can you guess why?

Obamacare is long on promises, and short on payments.

New Jersey’s Medicaid physician reimbursement rates — among the lowest in the country despite the state’s high cost of living — have long suppressed doctor participation in the program known as NJ FamilyCare.

Are you surprised by that? Of course you aren’t.

Obamabots believe doctors should work for free.

Notice how they don’t hold themselves to the same standard.

A report by NJ Advance Media in February detailed the problems people on Medicaid have finding a doctor who will see them. Making the situation even more challenging to patients, an investigation of the insurance company lists of participating providers revealed those lists to be inaccurate or out-of-date.

Bad info from the ObamaCare website? Say it ain’t so!

Of course it’s so. The whole thing is a train wreck.

It’s the illusion of health care.

The doctor won’t see you now. So, don’t get sick.

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Today’s ObamaCare Trainwreck Update: The IRS Taketh, Small Businesses Still Getting Hosed

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Can you believe it’s been 5 long years since ObamaCare went into effect?

Can you believe there are still deluded people out there who like Obamacare?

Not for long. The pain, it is coming.

Half of the households that received subsidies to help pay health insurance premiums last year under the Affordable Care Act will probably have to repay some of that money to the federal government, according to a new analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Sorry suckers!

Taxpayers generally receive subsidies in advance, with the amount based on their projected household income for the year the insurance policy will be in effect. But they must then reconcile the estimate with their actual income when filing federal taxes. Kaiser estimated that subsidy recipients who underestimated their incomes will owe $794 on average.

There goes your refund. Please make your check payable to Obama For America Ready For Hillary and don’t forget to mail it in by April 15th.

Speaking of pain, small business is bearing the brunt of ObamaCare’s onerous record-keeping requirements.

Complying with the health care law is costing small businesses thousands of dollars that they didn’t have to spend before the new regulations went into effect.

Brad Mete estimates his staffing company, Affinity Resources, will spend $100,000 this year on record-keeping and filing documents with the government. He’s hired two extra staffers and is spending more on services from its human resources provider.

The Affordable Care Act, which as of next Jan. 1 applies to all companies with 50 or more workers, requires owners to track staffers’ hours, absences and how much they spend on health insurance. Many small businesses don’t have the human resources departments or computer systems that large companies have, making it harder to handle the paperwork. On average, complying with the law costs small businesses more than $15,000 a year, according to a survey released a year ago by the National Business Association.

“It’s a horrible hassle,” says Mete, managing partner of the Miami-based company.

That’s $15,000 the business can’t spend on raises, or expansion, or supplies. It’s wasted, a lost opportunity really, dragging our economy down.

But don’t take my word for it. Listen to Senate Democrats.

A group of Democratic senators is urging the Obama administration to delay a key portion of ObamaCare because the results could be “harmful and disruptive.”

The letter was signed by Democratic Sens. Claire McCaskill, Heidi Heitkamp, Chris Coons, Joe Manchin, Joe Donnelly and Jon Tester and independent Sen. Angus King, who caucuses with the Democrats.

“We are writing to share our concerns regarding scheduled changes to the definition of the small group market under the Affordable Care Act (ACA),” the senators wrote in the letter, dated March 12.

“Under the law, employers with 51 to 100 employees will be included in the ACA’s definition of small group market starting in 2016. Instead of providing stability, we believe expanding the definition will force those historically defined ‘large group plans’ into the ‘small group market,’ where they could experience higher premiums, less flexibility, and new barriers to coverage. We therefore encourage you to delay the effective date in the definition change for two years so the market can more smoothly transition to the new rules.”

Wait, I thought ObamaCare was working swimmingly and all the kinks were worked out! How can these senators say it causes “higher premiums, less flexibility, and new barriers to coverage?”

Because the small group marketplace (aka SHOP) still isn’t built, that’s why. It’s 2 years behind schedule. And I’ll know you’ll find this hard to believe, but it’s actually more of a trainwreck than the original ObamaCare web site.

As a guy who’s already stuck in the hell that is ObamaCare’s small business marketplace, let me tell you, it’s worse than you can imagine. Choices? Yeah, we have “choices.” Between Expensive, Ridiculously Expensive, and Donald Trump Couldn’t Afford This Plan. We liked our insurance. We didn’t get to keep our insurance. And our employees are not happy. Not one bit.

Just wait until thousands and thousands more hapless schmucks are subjected to the same fate. No wonder these senators are worried, people who are pissed off at ObamaCare might not vote for HillBillary. They might even decide to put that Ted Cruz feller into the White House. And then where would progressivism be?

ObamaCare, it’s so great they have to force you to buy it, and then they have to keep postponing the really scary parts so they can retain their hold on power. No wonder it’s so popular!

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Thanks To ObamaCare Nearly 200,000 In Colorado Will Lose Health Plans

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Hat/Tip to Cardigan at IOTWReport.com.

And the Lie of the Year is the gift that just keeps on giving, unfortunately; and 200,000 Coloradans are learning this the hard way. Gee, I wonder how many of those folks losing health care coverage in that Blue state voted for Obama?

Buyers remorse, anyone?

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ObamaCare is causing even more Americans to lose their health insurance policies. Even if they like their policies, they can’t keep them. This time it’s happening in Colorado.

Nearly 200,000 insured Coloradans will lose their health-care plans next year under the state’s embattled ObamaCare exchange, Connect for Health Colorado.

State insurance commissioner Marguerite Salazar touched off an outcry Friday by confirming to news outlets that health-care policies covering 190,000 people will be dropped in 2016 because they fail to comply with the Affordable Care Act.

Read the full story here.

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More ObamaCare Problems: California Sends Out 100,000 Incorrect Tax Forms

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Hat/Tip to YahooNews.

From the laughably awful website, to the hundreds of broken promises, ObamaCare is the headache to Americans that just keeps on giving.

California’s health exchange apologized Thursday for sending about 100,000 incorrect tax forms last month to people who purchased private coverage, a mistake that could delay tax filings or force households to amend their taxes.

Covered California acknowledged that it sent out inaccurate coverage information on 1095-A forms and is in the process of sending out revised forms, said spokesman James Scullary. In all, the state sent out 800,000 forms for the first time this year.

“We certainly apologized for any inconvenience,” Scullary said. “It’s all a new process and this is the first year there’s a connection between health care and taxes.”

This latest debacle is just one more reason why average Americans hate this law. Add this to the tax penalties people are beginning to see and it’s easy to see why there is not ONE poll which shows a plurality of voters liking this law.

The mistake brings another headache for people struggling to understand the new tax penalties. The federal health care reform law requires most people to have insurance or face a tax penalty that increases each year.

The penalty for a person who makes $40,000 a year will increase from $299 in 2014 to nearly $600 in 2015. And a family of four with that same income would see fines increase from $500 to nearly $1,000.

Read the full story here.

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Six Million Taxpayers To Owe IRS For ObamaCare Tax…Wait, It’s Not A Tax, So, Penalty Or Fine Or Oh Alright, It’s A Tax

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Hat/Tip to Newsmax.

In 2009, President Obama and George Stephanopoulos got into a feisty discussion on whether ObamaCare was a tax or a penalty or a fine or a…*sigh*

not a tax is a taxAnyway, it went something like this:

GS: “Under this mandate, the government is forcing people to spend money, fining you if you don’t. How is that not a tax?”

To which, Obama offered his standard, rambling response…

BO: “Well, hold on a second, George. Here’s what’s happening. You and I are both paying $900, on average—our families—in higher premiums because of uncompensated care. Now what I’ve said is that if you can’t afford health insurance, you certainly shouldn’t be punished for that. That’s just piling on. If, on the other hand, we’re giving tax credits, we’ve set up an exchange, you are now part of a big pool, we’ve driven down the costs, we’ve done everything we can and you actually can afford health insurance, but you’ve just decided, you know what, I want to take my chances.  And then you get hit by a bus and you and I have to pay for the emergency room care, that’s . . .”

GS: “That may be, but it’s still a tax increase.”

BO: “No. That’s not true, George. The—for us to say that you’ve got to take a responsibility to get health insurance is absolutely not a tax increase. What it’s saying is, is that we’re not going to have other people carrying your burdens for you anymore . . .”

GS: “But it may be fair, it may be good public policy—”

BO: “No, but—but, George, you—you can’t just make up that language and decide that that’s called a tax increase.”

At this point in a bold move, especially by someone from the left side of the spectrum, Stephanopoulos turned to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary for clarification and to challenge Obama on what a tax is…

GS: “I-I don’t think I’m making it up, Merriam-Webster’s dictionary: ‘Tax, a charge, usually of money, imposed by authority on persons or property for public purposes.'”

And then, obviously not pleased with Stephanopoulos pushing him on this, he attacked, Alinsky-style, with ridicule.

BO: “George, the fact that you looked up Merriam’s dictionary, that the definition of a tax increase indicates to me that you’re stretching a little bit right now. Otherwise you wouldn’t have gone to the dictionary to check the definition. What we, if what you’re saying is…”

So Stephanopoulos defended himself…

GS: “I wanted to check for myself. But your critics say it is a tax increase.”

Again, Obama went with Alinsky in then applying ridicule to ALL who oppose him.

BO: “My critics say everything is a tax increase. My critics say that I’m taking over every sector of the economy. You know that. Look, we can have a legitimate debate about whether or not we’re going to have an individual mandate or not, but . . .”

GS: “But you reject that it’s a tax increase?”

BO: “I absolutely reject that notion.”

That was then, and this is now….

Well, as we all know, the Supreme Court, namely Chief Justice John Roberts, stabbed all of America in the back by twisting statutes to call this albatross a tax.

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As many as 6 million U.S. taxpayers will have to paypenalty tax of as much as 1 percent of income because they went without health insurance in part or all of 2014, the Treasury Department said.

The penalty tax, part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, is designed to force people to sign up for health insurance using the expanded options and financial assistance available under Obamacare. The penalty tax would apply to about 2 percent to 4 percent of all taxpayers for 2014.

Tax filing for 2014 opened Jan. 20, and the Internal Revenue Service’s Form 1040 — for federal income tax — includes a new Line 61 asking if the taxpayer has health insurance. Three-quarters of taxpayers won’t have to do anything more than check that box, said Mark Mazur, the department’s assistant secretary for tax policy. The remainder will have to to take additional steps, though most won’t pay a penalty, he said on a conference call with reporters.

I guess the only thing left to ask is that if it “absolutely” isn’t a tax, why is the IRS doing the collecting?

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CBO: Obama To Leave Gargantuan Deficits For Next President

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Hat/Tip to Conn Carroll at TownHall.com.

Obama will still be screwing America and Americans even after he is out of office. His policies will explode the debt and deficits unless measures are taken to curb the insane spending his programs will incur.

Federal deficits may have been falling since the end of the recent recession, but thanks to spending increases in major health care programs, including ObamaCare, deficits are set to explode in 2017, according to a new report by the Congressional Budget Office.

Thanks to the recent recession and President Obama’s trillion dollar stimulus, the federal budget deficit reached an all time $1.4 trillion high in 2009. Then, as the economy slowly improved and Obama’s stimulus trickled to end, the deficit began to fall. According to the CBO, the deficit will continue to fall to $467 billion in 2016. 

Immediately after Obama leaves office, however, deficits are expected to rise steadily thanks mostly to growth in mandatory health care spending programs like ObamaCare. By 2025 the CBO estimates that our nation’s federal deficits will again top $1 trillion a year. For comparison’s sake the highest deficit ever under President Bush was $458 billion.

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The CBO reports that spending is embedded in future budgets, much like time bombs waiting to explode.

According to the CBO, in 2017 the federal government will be spending $384 billion a year on Medicaid, almost double what it spent before Obama became president. Spending on ObamaCare’s insurance exchanges is also set to rise from $15 billion in 2014 to $93 billion in 2017.

Now Obama has GOT to know this, I mean these are HIS policies that will pile the debt on the backs of hard working Americans everywhere. But does he worry? Does he suggest ways to decrease the pending tsunami of spending?

No.

In fact, he wants to put MORE debt onto the backs of those hard working Americans I just spoke of.

Despite this deficit time bomb, Obama only wants to spend more. Asked whether Obama’s 2015 budget would hike spending over current levels, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters earlier this month:

“The President has been pretty clear about the fact over the last two weeks that now is exactly the right time for us start making some policy decisions that invest in middle class families.”

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ObamaCare Penalty: Big Shock At Tax Time

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Hat/Tip to Tom Howell, Jr at the Washington Times.

President Obama said that it’s absolutely not a tax, except when his lawyers argued for the law in front of the Supreme Court, then it WAS a tax.

More to the point, it is Big Government getting into our wallets, tax or not – We The People are left holding the bag.

Those Americans who didn’t get health insurance last year could be in for a rude awakening when the IRS asks them to fork over their ObamaCare penalty — and it could be a lot more than the $95 many of them may be expecting.

The Affordable Care Act requires those who didn’t have insurance last year and didn’t qualify for one of the exemptions to pay a tax penalty, which was widely cited as $95 the first year. But the $95 is actually a minimum, and middle- and upper-income families will actually end up paying 1 percent of their household income as their penalty.

How much higher?

Hold on…

TurboTax, an online tax service, estimated that the average penalty for lacking health insurance in 2014 will be $301.

“People would hear the $95, quit listening, and make an assumption that that was what their penalty was going to be,” said Chuck Lovelace, vice president of affordable care for Liberty Tax Service. “I think that a lot of people will be surprised when they get in there and find out that their penalty is [based] on their household income.”

The penalty is designed to prod Americans to buy insurance and the penalty for not having it is scheduled to rise considerably: to a $325 minimum or 2 percent of income in 2015, and to a $695 minimum or 2.5 percent of income in 2016.

Thank you, Mr. President. You’re forcing hard working Americans to pay for health insurance for those who won’t work, or won’t get health insurance on their own. And you lied about your law, to boot.

But where do those hard working Americans turn to for help in navigating this mess?

They won’t be able to turn to the IRS, even though the ObamaCare penalty is a tax, the IRS is whining about budget cuts, saying they’re not going to be able to help over half of the folks who call them.

Tax experts said mixing ObamaCare with the annual tax filing season is a major adjustment, and it comes even as the IRS, blaming budget cuts, says it won’t be able to even answer a majority of help calls, and those who do get through will have to wait an average of 30 minutes.

I just can’t go on…the irony of an agency which targeted Conservative Americans for political retribution and spent lavishly on their conventions and “training sessions” is now complaining about a smaller budget.

Let’s see, do we cut back on our lavish get-togethers, or on being able to help answer taxpayers’ questions?

Hmm….

Why, we have to cut down on services, of course!!

Read the full story here.

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Thanks ObamaCare, NJ Health Insurance Premiums Rising Faster Than Ever

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Nineteen times Dear Leader promised he’d reduce our health insurance premiums by $2,500 per year.

Repeat after me: Barack Obama is a lying sack of shit.

Since ObamaCare kicked in, health insurance premiums in New Jersey have risen faster than ever.

Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, the cost of premiums in New Jersey each year have risen faster than the national average, according to a study released today by a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank.

Premiums for New Jersey employer-sponsored health coverage climbed an average of 4.4 percent a year from 2003 through 2010 to $5,153 per single person, according to the study by the Commonwealth Fund. But from 2010 to 2013, the average premium rose 6.4 percent a year, to $6,200.

The spike was even greater for family policies. Pre-ObamaCare, premiums rose by 4.7 percent a year, but escalated to a 7.4 percent average jump annually from 2010 to 2013. The total cost of a family policy in New Jersey was $17,396 in 2013.

New Jersey is among 10 states where premiums climbed 6 percent or more each year from 2010 to 2013. Similarly high increases were felt in Alaska, Colorado, Indiana, Maryland, New Hampshire, Ohio, South Dakota, West Virginia, and Wyoming, according to the report.

I’m thinking that 7.4 percent number is a little low. My day job’s small group plan’s premiums rose an average of 18 percent a year over the same time period. And that’s for crappier coverage with higher deductibles and whopping out-of-pocket / coinsurance costs. Pre-ObamaCare we had an awesome Aetna plan which really was “affordable.” Post-ObamaCare our prescription drug copays have trebled, the family max out-of-pocket quadrupled, and the number of doctors in our network went way down. For this we pay premiums that are almost double what they were 6 years ago.

The only person who ever told the truth about ObamaCare was Jonathan Gruber.

Oh, but the Obamabots will call him (and me) a liar, and claim ObamaCare is “working.” 9 million more people are insured! OK, then riddle me this, Batman. The US population is about 320 million. So to allegedly help 2.8% of the people, Obama screwed over the other 97.2%.

Yeah, that’s some mighty fine government work alright. No wonder he’s the Best President Evuh.

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Obama Pulls The Rug Out From Under NJ Doctors’ Medicaid Reimbursement Rates

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For two years, Barack Obama pretended to care about Medicaid’s low reimbursement rates. He gave doctors a much-needed pay increase, to keep pace with Medicare and private insurance plans. But at the stroke of midnight on January 1st, the party’s over.

When federal lawmakers planned the massive expansion of Medicaid as part of the Affordable Care Act, they included a big enticement to physicians — a significant, but temporary, pay increase.

Although the pay increase was not tied to Medicaid expansion, New Jersey accepted the deal. Some 300,000 additional state residents have enrolled in Medicaid in the last year.

Even though the number of patients continues to increase, come Jan. 1, the pay increase will be gone, adding even more stress to overburdened health care providers in the state.

The provision of the health law that boosted Medicaid reimbursement rates to make them equal to Medicare rates expires at the end of the year.

Medicaid reimbursements to New Jersey providers will decline by 53 percent, according to an Urban Institute report. Only four other states — New York, Michigan, California and Rhode Island — will see greater decreases, the report found.

Obama figured, wrongly it turns out, that the states would pick up the tab after he bailed out. And I’m sure his media sycophants will do all they can in the coming days to pin the upcoming Medicaid-accepting-doctor shortage on Chris Christie.

Because the state has had a low reimbursement rate, only about 40 percent of New Jersey physicians accept Medicaid patients — a nationwide low, according to a 2012 Health Affairs study.

In addition, because many feared the boosted payments would end without an extension, few of the state’s doctors who hadn’t been accepting Medicaid patients joined the program, she said.

“Many doctors in New Jersey didn’t trust that it would be a long-lasting parity situation,” said Campagnolo, a past president of the Medical Society of New Jersey.

Medical society CEO Lawrence Downs speculated in a Nov. 18 letter to Human Services Commissioner Jennifer Velez that the return to 2012 reimbursement levels could drive physicians out of Medicaid.

“Our concern is that we could have 5,000 less physicians accepting Medicaid in 2015, when payments go back down to one of the lowest in the nation,” he wrote. “Thus, continuation of this payment level is crucial for the proper access to care for Medicaid patients.”

Doctors don’t want to work for peanuts.

Last year, a New Jersey family physician averaged $23.50 for an office visit from a Medicaid-covered patient.

And remember, $23.50 is the increased reimbursement rate. Next year it’ll be a paltry $12.45.

I can’t imagine any doctor being dumb enough to accept that.

So, all you suckers who believed Obama, voted for him, and signed up for Medicaid? Yeah, the joke’s on you. Here’s my advice: Don’t get sick.

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ObamaCare, So Successful That People Can’t Afford To Use It

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Hey Obamabots, what good is “affordable” health insurance if it costs you too much to use it?

In a survey taken in the fall, The Commonwealth Fund, a private, independent health care research organization, found that about 40 percent of adults nationwide who had high-deductible private insurance plans reported delaying care because of the cost.

In another, the Gallup Poll, which annually asks about health care cost and use every November, reported that the percentage of Americans who had insurance and chose not to go to a health care professional for a routine visit or a need because of cost hit an all-time high of 34 percent.

“Last year, many hoped that the opening of the government health care exchanges and the resulting increase in the number of Americans with health insurance would enable more people to seek medical treatment,” Gallup said. “But, despite a drop in the uninsured rate, a slightly higher percentage of Americans than in previous years report having put off medical treatment, suggesting that the Affordable Care Act has not immediately affected this measure.”

The problem is easy to identify but difficult to solve. Health care is extremely expensive in the U.S., and to keep from busting their budgets, companies that provide coverage to their employees and families increasingly are turning to plans that keep monthly premiums lower by increasing deductibles and charging more for out-of-pocket costs, said Linda Schwimmer, vice president of the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute.

“More and more of [the cost] is being put on the employee, and because of that, they’re reluctant to get the care they need because they’re concerned about the cost,” she said.

Once again proving that the Affordable Care Act is a total misnomer.

ObamaCare will never cut costs. It can’t. Not with all of it’s mandates and required coverages. So to artificially lower the up-front cost of health insurance it had to hike the back-end copays and deductibles that kick in when we actually go to use it.

The result? Pay through the nose, or go without medical care.

Given the abysmal Obama economy, the choice is clear. Feed your kids, and skip the colonoscopy. To most folks a $4,000 deductible might as well be $400,000. And those $75 prescriptions buy a whole lotta diapers.

The best part is, Obama knew he was hoodwinking us. And he didn’t care. That’s the real story of Jonathan Gruber.

Gruber’s attempt to downplay his role in the ACA is unconvincing, for reasons we suggested here. But the most damming comments by Gruber were not his “glib” words about the American public but his accurate analysis of the Affordable Care Act. For instance, in one of the videos that became controversial, Gruber is taped saying“What the American public cares about is costs. And that’s why even though the bill that they made is 90% health insurance coverage and 10% about cost control, all you ever hear people talk about is cost control.” That is not glib; regardless of whether you think the law was sold deceptively in the way Gruber suggests, his understanding of the law’s focus on coverage over cost is correct. Whether or not Gruber was “the architect” of the law, whether or not his more noxious comment can fairly be associated with the law, he understands the law—and that is damming enough.

They purposefully obfuscated ObamaCare’s effects. Obama lied, health care died.

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Epic: Phil Kerpen Pwns Gruber Saying, “Thanks For Helping Us Destroy Sh*tty Law You Passed”…

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Hat/Tip to WeaselZippers.

Ouch.

Via Truth Revolt:

Phil Kerpen, an author, syndicated columnist, and president of American Commitment, shook hands with Jonathan Gruber immediately following Tuesday’s House Oversight Committee hearing and said, “Thank you for helping us destroy the sh*tty law you passed.”

Kerpen announced his pwnership via Twitter:

 


And Kerpen seems intent on keeping Gruber honest.

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ObamaCare Facing Slew of New Problems

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Hat/Tip to Sandy Fitzgerald at Newsmax.

They say that a fine wine only gets better with age. Well, if that’s the case, then it is painfully obvious that ObamaCare contains zero percent alcohol. Because in contrast, it only gets worse with age.

The winter months are bringing a fresh set of challenges for the second season of ObamaCare just as a new batch of potential customers are deciding whether to purchase their insurance through the nation’s healthcare exchanges.

The enrollment period has gone much more smoothly this time around, after last year’s HealthCare.gov debacle left potential customers confused, dismayed, and angry that they were not able to purchase insurance plans. But December is bringing a whole new set of program problems for the Obama administration, reports The Hill, and many may not be as easy to solve.

And besides that, we’ve gotten Jonathan Gruber, the anti-ObamaCare gift that just keeps giving.

The year is ending with the Obama administration red-faced over statements made by ObamaCare architect Jonathan Gruber, after videos surfaced of him claiming that a “lack of transparency” and the “stupidity” of the voters helped the administration push the healthcare reform through.

Democrats have insisted that Gruber wasn’t as involved in developing ObamaCare as earlier claims had portrayed. But the damage was done, and it will add fuel to Republicans’ demands to replace or repeal the president’s signature healthcare plan after they take office in January.

California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa, the outgoing House Oversight Committee chairman, will question Gruber on Dec. 9 in one of his final hearings before he leaves office at the end of the year. Gruber’s testimony may cause even more damage as Obama fights Republicans to keep his healthcare plan alive.

Fewer sign-ups and being caught lying about enrollment numbers isn’t helping much, either.

The administration is predicting only 9 to 9.9 million will sign up for insurance this year, falling far short of the 13 million the Congressional Budget office predicted.

It’s not helping that a GOP probe found that HHS inflated enrollment figures by some 400,000 people after dental plans were tallied as medical coverage, reports Forbes, creating a black eye for Burwell and likely some embarrassing questions for Tavenner on Dec. 9 when she appears before Issa’s committee.

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If You Like Your Plan, You Can Keep Your Plan – Just Fork Over More Money

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Hat/Tip to Sandy Fitzgerald at Newsmax.

Despite President Obama’s repeated assurances about the average family’s premiums going down by $2500 per year, on average, we’re finding that this just isn’t the case.

If you liked the ObamaCare plan you bought last year, you can probably keep it, but it will likely cost you more this time around.

According to data unveiled by the Obama administration on Friday night shortly before the health insurance marketplace opened enrollment for 2015, costs for some recipients could go up as much as 20 percent unless they switch to a lower-cost plan, reports The New York Times.

So the elite masterminds in DC say, “No worries! Just switch to another plan.”

But that might not work out so well, either.

Lower priced premiums may not bring the same levels of satisfaction, however. Such policies often carry much larger annual deductibles, and policy owners could end up paying hundreds of dollars more in out-of-pocket expenses before their insurance coverage kicks in.

People who switch policies could also have to pay more for their doctor visits and prescription medications, The Times reports. In addition, when the price for a low-cost benchmark plan drops, the federal subsidies for the plan also could be less. 

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In 2014 Nancy Pelosi Doesn’t Know Jonathan Gruber: In 2009, She Mentions Him By Name During Presser

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Hat/Tip to WeaselZippers.

See the problem with the older politicians like Nancy Pelosi is that they forget that the internet exists. Or maybe they don’t understand how it works, I mean after all, that’s what staffers and interns are for, right?

Well anyway, she either doesn’t know, or doesn’t care because she has done it again.

That’s right. She’s lied.

* GASP!! *

And don’t expect this article to feature her lies down through the years the last two days. We just don’t have that kind of bandwidth! I mean, who do you think we are? WeaselZippers?

But I digress. The former Speaker of the House recently had some interesting comments on Jonathan Gruber.

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Update: Busted.

March 18, 2010:

… On November 30th, Krugman wrote about the CBO report, relying on Gruber’s analysis. He, too, concluded it was “good news for reform advocates.” That same day, Harry Reid took to the floor of the Senate that same day, saying “just a few days ago an MIT economist — one of the nation’s foremost economists — a man by the name of Jonathan Gruber, analyzed our bill and concluded it will help Americans pay less and get more.”

Reid read from the piece on the floor of the Senate, saying that it provided substantiation from Gruber “who is one of the most respected economists in the world” that the Senate bill would reduce the deficit. Nancy Pelosi touted “the Gruber analysis” on the Speaker’s website.

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Third Gruber Video: Obama Is “Not Stupid,” Intentionally Misled American People About Nature Of ObamaCare…

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MIT Economist & Architect of ObamaCare, Jonathan Gruber

Hat/Tip to WeaselZippers and Patrick Howley at The Daily Caller.

When you’re on the Titanic and it’s going down, you don’t stop and call the icebergs stupid. But Jonathan Gruber may as well be doing just that.

He is the principle architect of ObamaCare. The Titanic is the law itself, and the icebergs are the American voters. so what does he do?

Well evidently he pops up in video after video in which he basically has been going around telling ANYONE who’ll listen to him how “stupid” the American voters are, and how great Barack Obama is and how it is perfectly okay for Liberal/Progressive Elites to lie to the American electorate in order to force a law that they do not want, down their throats.

Wait, not stupid?

Via Daily Caller:

A fourth video has emerged of ObamaCare architect Jonathan Gruber insulting the American people and revealing that the Obama administration misled those very American people in order to pass the law.

“Barack Obama’s not a stupid man, okay?” Gruber said in a college talk at Holy Cross in March 2010, making clear he thinks Obama is smarter than the American people, whom he has called “stupid.”

“He knew when he was running for president that quite frankly the American public doesn’t actually care that much about the uninsured,” Gruber said. “What the American public cares about is costs. And that’s why even though the bill that they made is 90% health insurance coverage and 10% about cost control, all you ever hear people talk about is cost control. How it’s going to lower the cost of health care, that’s all they talk about. Why? Because that’s what people want to hear about because a majority of American care about health care costs.”

 

Watch The Amazing Gruber as he pushes his feet FARTHER into his mouth…

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