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A Pro-Main Street Alternative to Obamacare

3:22 PM, Sep 03, 2015

THE WEEKLY STANDARD has long observed that Obamacare, which President Obama pitched as a great deal for Americans of all stripes, is really only for the near-poor and near-elderly—at the expense of the middle class and the youn

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Bill Clinton to Give Secret Address to Health Insurers

"No press is allowed."
1:35 PM, Jun 03, 2015

Former president Bill Clinton will be the keynote speaker at a conference of health-insurance executives this week. America's Health Insurance Plans, the largest health-insurance provider trade group in the country, is holding its Institute 2015 conference in Nashville this week. Clinton, whose wife Hillary is running for president, will close out the conference Friday afternoon with his address to attendees.

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Bill Clinton to Give Secret Address to Health Insurers

"No press is allowed."
1:35 PM, Jun 03, 2015

Former president Bill Clinton will be the keynote speaker at a conference of health-insurance executives this week. America's Health Insurance Plans, the largest health-insurance provider trade group in the country, is holding its Institute 2015 conference in Nashville this week. Clinton, whose wife Hillary is running for president, will close out the conference Friday afternoon with his address to attendees.

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Obamacare Insurance is 'Unaffordable' for 105 Million Americans

2:30 PM, Feb 10, 2015

Obamacare requires employers to provide "affordable" health insurance to full-time employees, and for the purposes of the law, the word affordable is defined very specifically: 

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Obamacare Insurance is 'Unaffordable' for 105 Million Americans

1:45 PM, Feb 10, 2015

Obamacare requires employers to provide "affordable" health insurance to full-time employees, and for the purposes of the law, the word affordable is defined very specifically: 

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Ponnuru v. Jindal

1:08 PM, Feb 04, 2015

Ramesh Ponnuru is no fan of the bizarre, anti-intellectual jeremiad that Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal launched in Politico Magazine early this week. At Bloomberg View, Ponnuru writes:

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The Insurers and Obamacare

Political Corruption 101
6:15 AM, Feb 02, 2015

I have just finished a new book on political corruption. The book takes a broad overview of corruption, across the whole history of the nation, explaining its typical patterns over time.The most pertinent revelation is how the government captures private interests, which in turn capture the government right back. Indeed, reciprocity is a real phenomenon in government. It leads inevitably to conflicts of interests, and thus corruption.

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HHS: Obamacare Premiums Going Up in 2015

12:45 PM, Dec 04, 2014

The Associated Press reports that the Obama administration is admitting premiums for health-insurance plans sold on healthcare.gov will increase in 2015. Here's the AP:

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Minnesota Health Insurer Raises Rates 60 Percent

6:53 AM, Oct 17, 2014

One health insurer in Minnesota, once the top seller on the state' s Obamacare-mandated exchange, is expected to raise its premiums between 40 and 60 percent. Small-business health insurance rates are also expected to go up in Minnesota. KSTP-TV reports the story:

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Gardner Hits Udall On Obamacare

2:01 PM, Aug 11, 2014

Republican Senate candidate Cory Gardner is going after Democratic senator Mark Udall for voting for Obamacare in a new TV ad. The 30-second spot shows the GOP congressman holding up a cancellation letter he received from his health insurance provider. 

"When Mark Udall voted for Obamacare, he promised us if we liked our health care plan, we could keep it. Well, you know how that worked out," Gardner says in the ad. "I got a letter saying that my family's plan was canceled. 335,000 Coloradans had their plans canceled, too."

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Florida Obamacare Premiums To Jump Up 13.2 Percent

6:04 AM, Aug 05, 2014

Health insurance is going to be more expensive in 2015 for those in Florida who purchase it on the individual market's exchange set up by the Obamacare. The Miami Herald reports:

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Democrat Says Bill to Grandfather In Canceled Insurance Plans Reminds Her of 'Whiners'

1:03 PM, Jul 30, 2014

A Democratic congresswoman told her colleagues at a House hearing Wednesday morning that the debate over a bill that would grandfather in otherwise canceled group plans under the Affordable Care Act reminded her of a comedy skit about "whiners."

"I don't know how many of you recall years ago on Saturday Night Live, there was a segment entitled, 'The Whiners.'" said Anna Eshoo of California. "You know, they sat on the sofa and all they did was whine. They were a broken record. And I can't help but think of that segment on Saturday Night Live."

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Cancer Survivor Loses Dr. After Signing Up for Obamacare, No Drs. for 400 Miles

4:03 PM, May 30, 2014

An Oklahoma woman signed up for a new health insurance plan--only to find that there's not a doctor that will accept that plan within 400 miles. KTEN-TV reports that Janet Grigg, a cancer survivor, moved to Durant, Oklahoma to care for her elderly mother. But after signing onto a Blue Cross Blue Shield plan via the Obamacare website, she discovered she would need to pay out of pocket for her annual cancer screenings.

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House Committee: Just 67 Percent of Obamacare Enrollees Have Paid Premiums

5:55 PM, Apr 30, 2014

Only two-thirds of the eight million enrollees into new health insurance plans as mandated by the Affordable Care Act have paid their first month's premium as of April 15, according to a report from the House Energy and Commerce committee. Here's an excerpt from the committee's statement:

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The Big Picture on Obamacare's Politics

2:01 PM, Mar 31, 2014

Today is the last day of open enrollment in the Obamacare exchanges. Last week the administration had announced six million enrollments, with about five days left to go. If they enroll new people into the system at the same rate as they had the previous 10 days, that would put the final, nominal number around 6.5 million. If there is a surge of enrollments, then that could place it higher still.

Does any of this really matter? Yes and no.

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Ad: Obamacare 'Jeopardized My Health'

8:02 AM, Feb 19, 2014

Americans for Prospertiy, a conservative tax-exempt organization, has a new 60-second television ad running in Michigan that criticizes Democratic congressman Gary Peters for his vote and continued support of Obamacare. The ad features Michigan citizen Julie Boonstra, who describes how she was diagnosed with leukemia but lost her health insurance coverage this year because of Obamacare's regulations.

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Louisiana Ad: 'Due To the Affordable Care Act'

10:52 AM, Feb 12, 2014

A new TV ad running in Louisiana from Americans for Prosperity focuses on how the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, has negatively affected citizens' lives. Democratic senator Mary Landrieu, who voted for Obamacare in 2010, is up for reelection in Louisiana this year.

The ad features three people receiving letters in their mailboxes, with voiceovers from each reading out their letters informing them of changes to their insurance policies due to Obamacare.

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Obamacare Plans Drop Doctors, Hospitals in Tennessee

1:02 PM, Jan 28, 2014

Tennesseans who purchased health insurance policies under Obamacare are discovering their doctors and health care providers often don't fall in their new networks. WSMV, Nashville's NBC affiliate, has the story (via the Free Beacon):

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Ad: 'Keep Your Doctor, Change Your Senator'

3:01 PM, Jan 03, 2014

Democrat Jeff Merkley of Oregon probably isn't the first sitting senator Republicans think they can defeat this November. After beating incumbent Republican Gordon Smith in 2008 by 3 percentage points, Merkley appears safe in his seat. In 2012 Oregon voted for Barack Obama by more than 12 points, and the Cook Political Report rates the Senate race as "solid Democratic."

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Barnes Podcast: 2014 Is the Year of Obamacare

Hosted by Michael Graham.
4:01 PM, Jan 02, 2014

The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast, with executive editor Fred Barnes on why Obamacare will remain a major issue in 2014.

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Is Obama Adminstration Worried About More Insurance Cancellations?

Looks like it.
5:45 PM, Dec 12, 2013

On Thursday, the Department of Health and Human Services released a set of "additional steps" designed to "help" Americans get health insurance before the start of the new year. Philip Klein discusses those guidelines over at the Washington Examiner, reporting that HHS is "encouraging" health insurers to accept late and partial payments for insurance plans for the month of January. 

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HHS Delays Next Obamacare Enrollment Period Until After 2014 Elections

7:20 AM, Nov 22, 2013

The Obama administration has decided to delay next year's enrollment period for Obamacare to begin after the November midterm elections. Bloomberg reports:

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House Passes Bill To Restore 'If You Like It You Can Keep It' Promise

1:50 PM, Nov 15, 2013

The House of Representatives voted Friday to pass a bill that would allow health insurers to continue selling plans they offered for 2013 in 2014. Fred Upton's "Keep Your Health Plan Act" received 261 aye votes, including 39 from Democrats, and 157 nay votes, including 4 Republicans.

Upton spoke on the House floor before the vote to argue for the bill's passage.

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Fred Upton On His Bill, Obama's Administrative 'Fix' to Obamacare

"The president should heed his own advice..."
12:46 PM, Nov 15, 2013

Republican congressman Fred Upton, the Energy and Commerce chairman and author of the "Keep Your Health Plan Act," spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives Friday morning, ahead of the vote on the bill. Here's an excerpt:

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CNN: Obamacare Enrollment Numbers 'Complete Disaster'

4:03 PM, Nov 13, 2013

The federal health insurance exchange website created by Obamacare has been a "complete disaster" said CNN analyst Gloria Borger. Speaking on Jake Tapper's program Wednesday afternoon, Borger was asked to respond to the enrollment numbers released by the administration following the first month of healthcare.gov and the several state-run exchanges across the country.

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Report: Only 50K Enrolled in Private Plans Via Obamacare Site

4:48 PM, Nov 11, 2013

Fewer than 50,000 Americans have signed up for private health insurance plans via healthcare.gov, the federal insurance exchange website that opened on October 1. The Wall Street Journal reports:

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No, You Can’t Keep It

Nice plan you had there. Shame you had to lose it.
Nov 11, 2013

For five years, Barack Obama repeatedly, emphatically, and unequivocally promised that under his health care scheme, “if you like your plan, you can keep your plan.” That promise has now been proven to be blatantly untrue. Multiple reports during the last 10 days of October made it clear that hundreds of thousands of Americans across the country were losing their health insurance plans because the plans didn’t comply with Obamacare.

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Wasserman Schultz: Americans Weren't 'Myzled' on Obamacare

3:33 PM, Nov 05, 2013

Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Florida congresswoman and chair of the Democratic National Committee, told viewers of MSNBC Tuesday that Americans were not "myzled" by President Obama when it came to being able to keep their health plans under Obamacare.

"At the end of the day, Americans were not only not myzled [sic] by the president, the overwhelming majority of Americans are already insured," Wasserman Schultz said, apparently mispronouncing the word "misled."

Watch the video below:

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Landrieu Introduces Bill to 'Keep Promise' of Obamacare

5:30 PM, Nov 04, 2013

Senator Mary Landrieu, the Democrat from Louisiana, has introduced a bill called the "Keeping the Affordable Care Act Promise Act." The bill recognizes that Americans are losing their individual health plans because they don't conform to the new regulations under the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare.

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'MyCancellation.com': Group Launches Tumblr

"ObamaCare Cancelled Your Health Insurance. Now, Send Us Your Letter."
2:34 PM, Nov 01, 2013

A new website from conservative organization Independent Women's Voice is looking for submissions from Americans who have received letters from their health insurer notifying them that their plans have been cancelled due to Obamacare.

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