1:12 PM, Dec 6, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Rep. Matt Cartwright, a member of President Obama's Obamacare "strike team," says it's a "good thing" that people are losing their old health care plans:
"Because a lot of those people, they did have policies that didn't meet the minimum standards. That's just not a theoretical discussion. There's a reason you have minimum standards. There are people out there who have insurance that's really an illusion of coverage. They have immense deductibles, they have annual and lifetime caps. There's so many people out there with what I call phony insurance policies and the fact that they're going to lose those policies sooner or later I think is a good thing, because what we're up to here is we are strengthening the health care system in this country," said Rep. Cartwright of Pennsylvania.
3:15 PM, Nov 26, 2013 • By JAMES C. CAPRETTA
The past two months have laid bare the emptiness of the president’s most prominent Obamacare promises. Millions are losing the plans they have and like against their wishes, contrary to the president’s oft-repeated pledge. And those being forced into Obamacare could lose access to the doctors and hospitals they trust, also contrary to assurances from the president. The evidence demonstrating that these commitments cannot be met is so overwhelming that even the administration has abandoned defense of the president’s previous statements.
9:04 AM, Nov 25, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
A Virginia employer is being forced to cancel the health care plan it offers its employees due to Obamacare. As a result, WDBJ reports, one cancer victim will be forced off her employer's plan:
1:09 PM, Nov 22, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
Though the Obama administration has been promoting the benefits of Obamacare for several years now, one perk of coverage through the exchanges that has gone largely unnoticed is a mandated three-month grace period for unpaid premiums. The rule, however, only applies to those receiving subsidies via tax credits advanced to the insurers by the government (§155.430 and §156.270 of the Code of Federal Regulations).
9:14 AM, Nov 15, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The White House has cordially invited executives from the insurance industry to drop by, this afternoon, for a little chat. The topic for discussion will, presumably, be how to “move forward,” on the Affordable Care Act now that the president has announced a temporary fix that amounts to non-enforcement of that part of the law which declares some of the products sold by the industry to be “sub-standard.”
8:04 AM, Nov 15, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Harvard professor David Cutler, a so-called architect of Obamacare, says we "could be" witnessing "the beginning of a death spiral" for the unpopular health care bill. Cutler made the comments last night on Fox News:
"So when you were on last week I asked you, if they don't get enough people in the exchanges, then what happens?" said host Megyn Kelly. "And you said then the premiums go up very, very high. Now, was that ball put in motion today?"
9:23 PM, Nov 14, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
The White House this evening released a veto threat of the bill, "Keep Your Health Plan Act of 2013." The bill is expected to be voted upon tomorrow in the House of Representatives.
10:48 AM, Nov 14, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
WFTV in Florida reports that a woman with cancer has been dropped from her insurance plan due to Obamacare:
"A woman in a life and death battle with cancer was dealt another devastating blow," says the Florida anchor.
"This letter makes more problems for us," says the cancer victim. "That we don't need at this moment."
7:02 AM, Nov 14, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Those whose insurance has been cancelled as “substandard” don’t have much recourse. They can go to the government’s website, which isn’t working so well. Or they could write their person in Congress as some 30,000 of Senator Dianne Feinstein’s constituents have.
5:52 PM, Nov 13, 2013 • By JAMES C. CAPRETTA
The full reality of what Obamacare will mean for average Americans is only now becoming clear as the crisis over cancelled insurance plans in the individual market has steadily unfolded in recent days.
8:11 AM, Nov 13, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
A video from the House Republicans points to President Obama's statement that "there are some stray cats and dogs that got in" the health care bill:
12:12 PM, Nov 11, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The rallying cry among those who still believe in Obamacare, and that it will fundamentally transform health care in America, like to say of the program’s current problems, “It’s just a web site.” Implying that it can, like the transmission on your automobile, be fixed and you can then proceed to your destination.
10:28 AM, Nov 10, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
In North Dakota, only 30 people have so far signed up for Obamacare. Meanwhile, 35,000 people have already or will be losing their existing health insurance plans in that state alone. WDAY reports:
"New information tonight, on the number of North Dakotans signing up for health insurance, under the state's federally-run marketplace," says the local reporter. "The insurance commission says just 30-people have signed up so far."
12:08 PM, Nov 7, 2013 • By ADAM J. WHITE
By now it's an understatement to say—as Senate Democrats said to President Obama yesterday—that Democrats face a national "crisis of confidence" in the Affordable Care Act. And their confidence likely wasn't buttressed by the closing weeks of the Virginia gubernatorial campaign, in which the botched Obamacare rollout whittled Democrat Terry McAuliffe's once-substantial lead down to a surprisingly close margin.