9:31 AM, Oct 31, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
President Obama’s appearance in Boston was the second most important event in that city yesterday and it was so far behind that it couldn’t even see the first one. Still, the President did say a couple of interesting things, including an affable suggestion for those who are feeling forsaken, betrayed, and double-crossed because they thought they could keep health insurance policies they liked and are receiving cancellation notices. (But you promised, some of them must be thinking.)
7:45 AM, Oct 31, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
For what I think is the first time, President Obama admitted that some Americans will pay more for health care under Obamacare. He made the admission in remarks at Faneuil Hall in Boston, Massachusetts.
"Because of the tax credits that we’re offering and the competition between insurers, most people are going to be able to get better, comprehensive health care plans for the same price or even cheaper than projected. You’re going to get a better deal," Obama said, boosting his signature legislation.
The fear of White House retribution.7:00 AM, Oct 30, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
CNN reports that the White House is intimidating insurance companies not to publicly criticize Obamacare:
"What is going on is, behind the scenes attempt by the White House to at least keep insurerers from publicly criticizing what is happening on this Affordable Care Act rollout. Basically, if you speak out, if you are quoted, you're going to get a call from the White House, pressure to be quiet," reports CNN.
7:27 AM, Oct 29, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Last night, Fred Upton, the Republican chairman of the of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, introduced the "Keep Your Health Plan Act of 2013." The goal is simple: To allow people who like their health care plans to keep them for the next year under Obamacare.
"I just want to know why I can't keep what I have. ... Why do I have to be forced into something else?" 8:44 AM, Oct 28, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
One Florida woman is going from paying $54 a month to $591 under Obamacare, CBS reports:
"For many, their introduction to the Affordable Care Act has been negative: A broken website, and now cancellation notices from insurance companies, followed by sticker shock over higher prices for the new plans," says a CBS reporter. "It's directly at odds from repeated assurances from the president."
9:48 AM, Oct 27, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Democratic senator Joe Manchin said that, under Obamacare, "nobody should be forced to buy a policy that cost more than what they had and is inferior to what they had":
"Senator manchin, you get the last word," said the ABC host this morning. "Are you seeing any indication from anyone in the administration that they are willing to go along with some sort of a delay?"
But they opt to cut school workers' hours instead. 10:53 AM, Oct 25, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Obamacare is costing one Indiana school district $6 million, WTHI reports:
"In the past, we've told you about the new federal healthcare law and how small business and local governments have been hit," said the anchor. "The next area affected by the law could be education."
8:37 AM, Oct 25, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
As the boss said on TV a couple days ago, the next move for the GOP should be to pass a bill that essentially says, "If you like your current health care plan, you can keep it."
1:59 PM, Oct 23, 2013 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
While the Affordable Care Act was making its way through Congress in 2009 and 2010, President Obama famously promised the American people over and over again that if you like your health plan, you can keep it.
8:45 AM, Oct 17, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The siege has been lifted. The 16-day ordeal is ended. Life, once again, is good. As Alexander Bolton and Pete Kasperowicz of The Hill report:
3:12 PM, Oct 14, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
11:37 AM, Oct 13, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
A New Mexcio man recently saw his health insurance premium triple due to Obamacare:
"Health insurance premiums are skyrocketing for some New Mexicans," says a local anchor. "The insurance companies say it's because of the Affordable (health) Care Act."
The reporter adds, "Talk about sticker shock." And points to a man, George Pitts, who used to pay $139.63 for health insurance. "Now his cheapest option: triple the price at $431."
8:21 AM, Oct 11, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
An Allentown, Pennsylvania TV station reports that, because of Obamacare, one mother is forced to choose between a "new health plan or putting food on the table":
"One mother tells us the choice for her has come down to selecting a new health plan or putting food on the table," reporter Will Lewis says.
"A small group of people bound together by the need for health insurance, all say they are the people that the Affordable Care Act is not helping."
2:05 PM, Oct 1, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
On the very day the Obamacare insurance marketplaces opened for business, a new topic appeared on the HealthCare.gov website: