8:01 AM, Mar 8, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
Close on the heels of an Obamacare-related "off the record" conference call hosted by Vice President Biden, President Obama will host one of this own on Monday, March 10 with "faith leaders." According to the announcement, the president "wants to thank all of the faith and community leaders across the country" for their help in enrolling people in Obamacare. The exact content of the call will not be known, however, because the "call is off the record and not for press purposes."
The call was announced on the Health and Human Services (HHS) website under the heading "Calling All Faith Leaders!":
Calling All Faith Leaders! Conference Call with President Obama on the Affordable Care Act
March 10, 2014 | 1:00 PM EST
The White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships invites you to join President Obama for a conference call on Monday, March 10th at 1:30pm ET.
President Obama wants to thank all of the faith and community leaders across the country who are working hard to help millions of Americans access affordable, quality health coverage. As you know, one of the President’s top priorities is to ensure that Americans get covered by enrolling in the health insurance marketplace before the March 31stdeadline, and he looks forward to discussing these issues with you
Thank you for your work and continued support. Please feel free to share this invitation with other community contacts who would be interested in this work. We hope you will be able to join us.
*This call is off the record and not for press purposes.
The call will take place with exactly three weeks remaining in the open enrollment period for obtaining 2014 coverage through the insurance Marketplaces. HHS recently acknowledged that insurance companies may still offer coverage directly to consumers outside the marketplace after March 31 as long as the policies conform to Affordable Care Act requirements and are available to anyone. At this point it is unclear whether or not insurers will take advantage of this opening. Those purchasing individual coverage outside the marketplace after March 31 will not be able to receive subsidies and will likely face a tax for the portion of 2014 in which they were uninsured.
8:12 AM, Mar 3, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
The March 31, 2014 deadline for Obamacare open enrollment has been widely publicized since Healthcare.gov launched in October 2013, but
2:32 PM, Mar 1, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Vice President Joe Biden tried to convince a young Canadian woman to sign up for Obamacare:
"Vice President Biden moving in close to sell the Affordable Care Act to a young woman outside Butterfield's Pancake House in Scottsdale," says the local reporter.
10:55 AM, Feb 28, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Hard to imagine anyone running for anything as a proud and unequivocal supporter of the Affordable Care Act. Anyone, that is, this side of Joe Biden. Democratic candidates for the House and Senate are already running ads asserting, essentially, I was for it before I said we had to fix it. And now, it seems that Hillary Clinton is making the same kind of noises in anticipation of 2016 and the fund raising and positioning that needs to be done between now and then.
12:42 PM, Feb 24, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
The Art in Embassies program of the U.S. State Department just turned 50 last year, but its growth in the last decade has been particularly dramatic if the insured value of the artwork is any indication. Although Art in Embassies purchases original works, such as the $1 million sculpture for the new U.S. Embassy in London, much of the artwork on display at various State Department installations throughout the world is in fact borrowed. In 2002, the State Department maintained a $20 million policy for artwork. By 2010, it had grown to $65 million. This year, the agency is looking to renew its current level of coverage, informing interested providers that "[i]nsurance must cover all items in any location in a Department of State facility abroad up to a value of $200,000,000." Last year, the $200 million policy cost the government $86,932.
1:04 PM, Feb 19, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
As the clock ticks down toward the end of Obamacare's first open enrollment period on March 31, the White House continues to invest considerable resources in publicizing the president's signature domestic program.
9:01 AM, Feb 7, 2014 • By IKE BRANNON
Despite my earnest intentions, my family and I are still not covered on the Washington, D.C. Obamacare exchange. I am beginning to despair that I will ever obtain insurance from the exchange.
9:24 AM, Feb 6, 2014 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
Testifying before the House Budget Committee yesterday, Congressional Budget Office director Douglas Elmendorf said of Obamacare, “[T]he act creates a disincentive for people to work.” He declared, “[B]y providing heavily subsidized health insurance to people with very low income and then withdrawing those subsidies as income rises, the act creates a disincentive for people to work—relative to what would have been the case in the absence of that act.”
8:11 AM, Feb 6, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Wall Street Journal reports that "Insurers are facing pressure from regulators and lawmakers about plans that offer limited choices of doctors and hospitals, a tactic the industry said is vital to keep down coverage prices in the new health law's marketplaces."
6:34 PM, Feb 5, 2014 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
On Tuesday, the Congressional Budget Office released a new study finding that the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, will cause "a decline in the number of full-time-equivalent workers of about 2.0 million in 2017, rising to about 2.5 million in 2024."
8:01 AM, Feb 3, 2014 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
There are a lot of Republican politicians who ostensibly favor the repeal of Obamacare. But there are a lot fewer who give the impression of having the ability and determination to lead the way in bringing about that nation-defining result.
10:43 AM, Jan 30, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
A local news station brings viewers inside one Pennsylvania company as the employees there learn about their new health care plans under Obamacare:
8:47 AM, Jan 27, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
In a stunning admission, a recently released government document reveals that the original contract for Healthcare.gov contained no "specific concurrent user performance requirement." The federal government's online marketplace was plagued from the outset, in part due to the lack of ability to handle the amount of traffic to the site.
3:17 PM, Jan 26, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The boss reported this morning on CBS that Republicans will unveil an alternative to Obamacare tomorrow in the Senate:
Said host Bob Schieffer, "Bill, you actually have some news, I understand, because you've learned that the Republicans are going to, what, present an alternative to Obamacare?"