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Obamacare Website to Be Shut Down for Portion of Most Weekends During Open Enrollment

People wait in line to see an agent from Sunshine Life and Health Advisors as the Affordable Care Act website is reading, "HealthCare.gov has...

How the Latest Effort to Repeal Obamacare Would Affect Millions

At the end of July, the nation held its collective breath as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) looked poised to achieve his most...

GOP Two Votes Away from Replacing Obamacare with State Block Grants

Senate Republicans pushing to replace Obamacare with state block grants are making real noise before their window to act closes, insisting they...
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Video: Trump Can’t Vote Down Obamacare, So He’s Strangling It Instead

Republican governors aren't 'letting Obamacare fail'--they're actively sabotaging it, says Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Visit ... Via Youtube

15mn Americans would opt out of Obamacare if they could – CBO

By next year, 15 million people would opt out of the Affordable Care Act, widely known...
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Video: “Far from Over”: Senate Narrowly Defeats Obamacare Repeal, But More Attacks on Healthcare...

https://democracynow.org - In an stinging defeat for the Republican Party and President Trump, the Senate voted by a slim margin—49 to 51—against the repeal...

Trump: 'Let Obamacare implode'

US Senate attempt to repeal Obamacare fails, representing blow to President Trump

Published time: 28 Jul, 2017 05:37 Edited time: 28 Jul, 2017 07:28 The US Senate has...

GOP splits further as 'skinny' Obamacare repeal may get rewritten in conference

Four Republican senators are threatening an 11th hour vote on the Health Care Freedom Act, or...
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Video: Sen. McConnell Plans Vote on Repealing Obamacare Despite Lacking Enough Support from GOP...

https://democracynow.org - Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has announced the Senate will vote next week on whether to repeal the Affordable ... Via Youtube

Sen. McConnell Plans Vote on Repealing Obamacare Despite Lacking Enough Support From GOP Senators

Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has announced the Senate will vote next week on whether to repeal the Affordable Care Act without a replacement...

Trump admin used public Obamacare funds to undermine health law ‒ report

As President Donald Trump’s administration tries to ‘repeal and replace’ Obamacare, they have reportedly been accessing...

It takes two: Senate plans to separate Obamacare repeal bill from replacement

Published time: 18 Jul, 2017 03:11 Edited time: 18 Jul, 2017 08:58 Senate Majority Leader Mitch...

Senate GOP releases new Obamacare repeal-and-replace plan

Published time: 13 Jul, 2017 16:14 Edited time: 13 Jul, 2017 16:35 The discussion draft of...

GOP ponders shoring up Obamacare as repeal falters & lawmakers buy insurance stock

The Senate majority leader has admitted that the GOP may have to work with Democrats to...

Did Obamacare Save Lives?

One of the popular objections to the GOP proposals to reform health insurance markets is that the Affordable Care Act (aka “ObamaCare”) saved thousands...
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Video: Historian: Republican Push to Replace Obamacare Reflects Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America

https://democracynow.org - As Republicans attempt to revive a bill to overturn Obamacare, we look at the radical right's attempt to reshape the role of...
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Video: Part 2: Lee Fang on Koch Brothers’ Demand For Obamacare Repeal & Lobbyists...

https://democracynow.org - In Part 2 of our interview with Lee Fang, investigative journalist at The Intercept covering the intersection of money and politics, ... Via...

Senate won’t vote on Obamacare repeal bill this week, GOP senators say

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) will delay a vote on repealing and replacing Obamacare until...

Obamacare repeal bill would leave 22mn more uninsured: Report

US Senate Republicans are making a last-minute push for a healthcare bill that could leave millions of Americans uninsured over a decade. Read more

22mn Americans to lose health insurance under Senate Obamacare repeal bill ‒ CBO

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) assessed the Republican-proposed healthcare bill facing the US Senate will cost...
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Video: GOP Attack on Obamacare Won’t Slow Calls for Dems to Back Single-Payer

Carol Paris, president of Physicians for a National Health Program, says the Republican vote to repeal Obamacare won't deter the movement pressuring ... Via Youtube

Senate Republicans release draft of Obamacare overhaul

Published time: 22 Jun, 2017 14:43 Edited time: 22 Jun, 2017 15:26 Senate Republicans released their...

#HoldTheFloor: Democrats grind Senate to halt in Obamacare repeal bill protest

For hours, Democrats have taken over control of the Senate floor to draw attention to the...

Media Help Republicans Gut Obamacare Behind Closed Doors

“We’re not stupid,” a Senate aide told Axios‘ Caitlin Owens (6/12/17) to explain why the GOP would not release a draft healthcare bill. Senate Republicans...

Obamacare repeal bill set for simple-majority Senate passage, but GOP not unified

Published time: 8 Jun, 2017 00:15 Legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare complies with Senate rules,...
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Video: Republican Healthcare Plan: Skimpier, Meaner Obamacare

The Affordable Care Act has become the symbol of a health care status quo that long pre-dated it, but the Democrats refusal to acknowledge...

23mn Americans to lose health insurance by 2026 under GOP repeal of Obamacare –...

Published time: 24 May, 2017 22:00 Edited time: 25 May, 2017 12:39 The nonpartisan Congressional Budget...

Many More People Will Die If Republicans Are Successful in Dismantling Obamacare

Janine Jackson: The US healthcare conversation has come to an odd pass. We have an elected representative who maintains that, because you can go...

List of Obamacare Taxes Repealed

House Passes Obamacare Repeal

House narrowly passes Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill

Published time: 4 May, 2017 18:22 Edited time: 4 May, 2017 18:38 House Republicans squeaked by...

Trump administration, Congress reach deals on Obamacare sticking points

The Trump administration has reached deals with a range of disparate factions in Congress to both...

Obamacare Is Actually Working

Question: What do you get when you mix a barrel of fables, a sack of mendacity, and a gross of whoppers – topped with...

Just How Bad is ObamaCare?

by John V. Walsh / April 4th, 2017 Now that ObamaCare is “the law of the land” for the foreseeable future, as House Speaker Ryan...

Medicaid Saved Obamacare, and Single-Payer Universal Health Insurance May Be Back on the Agenda...

A lot of the reporting on the GOP's attempted repeal of ObamaCare has focused on the Freedom Caucus, a group of libertarian-minded representatives for...

Bannon-Style "Administrative Deconstruction" of Obamacare Is Coming

Adviser Steve Bannon looks on as President Donald Trump speaks at a working lunch to discuss the federal budget, at the White House in...

Red states eye Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion after GOP bill failure

With the failure of the House Republicans' attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare, several GOP-led states...
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Video: After Republican Infighting Dooms GOP Healthcare Plan, Trump Vows to Let Obamacare “Explode”

http://democracynow.org - Under President Obama, House Republicans voted more than 50 times to repeal or rewrite the Affordable Care Act. But on Friday, the...

‘Obamacare will explode’ warns Trump after Republicans pull healthcare bill

Published time: 25 Mar, 2017 17:10 US President Donald Trump is recruiting the entire population of the...

Trump holds Kentucky rally amid push of Obamacare replacement, travel ban

Published time: 20 Mar, 2017 23:40Edited time: 20 Mar, 2017 23:56 Thousands gathered in Louisville, Kentucky, to...

The Time for Single Payer Has Come (So Why is Bernie Sanders Still Hawking...

It’s not a question of whether. It’s a question of when. With the accelerating collapse of Obamneycare, it’s only a matter of time. Single payer is on...

14mn Americans to lose health coverage next year under GOP Obamacare replacement – CBO

The Congressional Budget Office has some bad news for Republicans pushing repeal of Obamacare. While health...

Trump pitches Obamacare repeal in White House ‘listening session’

President Donald Trump made his pitch for repealing his predecessor’s healthcare law by bringing a number...

Rand Paul leads charge against GOP ‘Obamacare-lite’ plan, files repeal-only bill

Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky is one of several Republicans who have vowed to vote against...

House Republicans Unveil Bill to Repeal Obamacare

Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives unveiled long-awaited legislation on Monday to repeal much of the Obamacare healthcare law, including its...

The GOP Fix for Obamacare: Rich Get Tax Breaks While Millions of Others Lose...

House Republicans have unveiled long-awaited legislation to repeal much of the Affordable Care Act -- also known as Obamacare -- including its expansion of...
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Video: The GOP Fix for Obamacare: Rich Get Tax Breaks While Millions of Others...

http://democracynow.org - House Republicans have unveiled long-awaited legislation to repeal much of the Affordable Care Act—also known as ... Via Youtube

‘Unprecedented freedom’: Republicans present Obamacare replacement

The GOP-proposed American Health Care Act would return power to the states and offer greater choice,...
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Video: Disabled Cancer Survivor Ola Ojewumi: I am Terrified by Trump’s Push to End...

http://democracynow.org - During his speech before Congress on Tuesday night, Donald Trump called on Congress to address the "imploding Obamacare ... Via Youtube

IRS won’t care what your tax return says about Obamacare mandate

The IRS will no longer reject tax filings of those who do not have health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in direct...

Steep decline in Obamacare sign-ups under Trump after ad takedown, executive order

Half a million fewer Americans have enrolled in Obamacare through healthcare.gov since US President Donald Trump...
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Video: ‘Repeal and replace’: Donald Trump signs order to ‘ease burden of Obamacare’

On Friday night, just after his inauguration, President-elect Donald Trump signed the executive order as the new administration and Congress are working to ... Via...

With First Executive Order, Trump Strikes Blow to Obamacare

President Donald Trump's very first executive order was a move toward fulfilling his campaign promise to gut Obamacare. The executive order, signed hours after Trump's...

Trump Signs First Order on Obamacare

President Donald Trump directed government agencies on Friday to freeze regulations and take steps to weaken Obamacare, using his first hours in...

Trump signs order to 'ease burden of Obamacare' before it can be replaced

Published time: 21 Jan, 2017 00:30Edited time: 21 Jan, 2017 00:59 On his first day in the...

Obamacare Repeal = $7 Million Tax Cut for Nation's Richest 400 People

Repealing Obamacare, which Republicans on Friday appear closer to doing, would deliver a sizeable tax cut for the rich, a new report shows. Released Thursday...

House approves budget measure, opens door to repeal of Obamacare

The US House of Representatives has approved a budget measure that opens the door for a...

Obamacare and Single Payer

In his farewell address, President Obama bluntly laid down a challenge – “If anyone can put together a plan that is demonstrably better than...

Trumping Obamacare

When it comes to healthcare Donald Trump has a two-part plan, repeal Obamacare and replace it with something better.  As with other proposals by...
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Video: If Obamacare Is Repealed, Advocates Expect “Meaner and Skimpier” Replacement for the Poor

http://democracynow.org - As Republicans in the newly sworn-in 115th Congress are moving swiftly to repeal the Affordable Care Act, President Obama's ... Via Youtube

US Senate passes measure to take first step in dismantling Obamacare

US senators have passed the first measure on the way to dismantling outgoing-President Barack Obama’s much debated health care law, commonly known as Obamacare. Early...
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Video: Repeal & Run? Republicans Move to Axe Obamacare, But What Will Replacement Look...

http://democracynow.org - Republicans in the newly sworn-in 115th Congress are moving swiftly to repeal the Affordable Care Act, President Obama's signature ... Via Youtube

The Three Big Reasons Republicans Can't Replace Obamacare

Republicans are preparing to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and have promised to replace it with something that doesn’t leave more than 20 million...

On Trump’s Plan to Replace Obamacare

Critics of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA, or Obamacare) have openly advocated the full repeal of the legislation since its implementation...
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Video: Rep. Grijalva: Power of the People Key to Stopping Repeal of Obamacare &...

https://democracynow.org – We get response from Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Arizona) to Republican congressmembers' efforts to make it easier for Congress to ... Via Youtube

‘Broken promises’ or ‘sick again’? New Congress draws battle lines over Obamacare

As the Republican leadership of the 115th Congress prepares to fulfill US President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign...

New Congress Prepares to Undo Obamacare, Weigh Trump Personnel Picks

A new, Republican-controlled U.S. Congress convenes on Tuesday eager to repeal major portions of President Barack Obama's healthcare law and roll back...

Obama, congressional Dems plot ways to keep Obamacare

Millions of Americans ‒ more than 22 million of them ‒ are wondering what will become...

Millions more Americans able to afford healthcare under Obamacare – study

New research shows that millions of Americans have been able to afford healthcare under Obamacare, particularly...
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Video: Keiser Report: Obamacare Helped Trump? (E1003)

Check Keiser Report website for more: http://www.maxkeiser.com/ In this episode of the Keiser Report Max and Stacy ask whether Obamacare helped Trump. Via Youtube
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Video: Repeal of Obamacare Could Leave 20 Million Americans Without Insurance

Rank-and-file nurses and healthcare advocates will resist attempts by the Trump administration to repeal the Affordable Care Act - unless it's replaced with ... Via...

Trump praises Clintons, vows to keep parts of Obamacare in 1st post-vote TV interview

In what appears to be the continuing reinvention of Donald Trump, the president-elect used his first...

Obamacare Architect: Obamacare Premium Increases Are ‘Going to Be Severe’ For ‘A Million People’

On Tuesday’s broadcast of CNN’s “The Lead,” Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, one of the architects of Obamacare, stated that “There’s a million people”...

Brace Yourself: Double-digit price hike for Obamacare coming soon

The Obama administration today confirmed that the president’s signature healthcare plan will see a double-digit spike in prices of premiums next year. Many Americans...

Bill Clinton calls Obamacare “crazy system”

No couple agrees on everything, but Bill Clinton may have gone off-script when he insulted Obamacare...

White House to veto Obamacare mandate exemption bill

President Barack Obama is set to veto a Republican-passed bill that gives people an exemption from...

Republicans Issue Good News About Obamacare

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org To Republicans, good news about Obamacare (the American President’s ‘legacy’ healthcare-reform program, called officially “The Affordable Care Act”) is...

Large insurers exiting Obamacare exchanges over lack of profit – former exec

Major private insurance companies such as Aetna, which is “extremely profitable,” have fled Obamacare health exchanges,...

Fixing Obamacare: The Democrats Have to Talk About It

Michelle Stoaks takes the blood pressure of patient June Chaper at DuPage Medical Group in Lisle, Illinois, on April 6, 2016. A...

Obamacare bankrupting health insurers, too: Largest insurer loses $1 billion a year, says it’s...

Americans who are suffering rate increases and higher out-of-pocket expenses thanks to the healthcare "reforms" of the "Affordable" Care Act, are about to get...

Watchdog audit finds billions in wasted dollars on Obamacare fiasco

There is now yet another reason to be disgusted by the ongoing fiasco known as Obamacare: A new report from the Government Accountability Office...

ObamaCare benefiting only 15 percent of Americans

Only 15 percent of Americans say they have benefited from President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law, a new poll shows. Signed into law by Obama...
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Video: The Co-ops Collapse: How GOP & HMOs Undercut Obamacare’s Nonprofit Option, Leaving 500K...

As the Obamacare open enrollment period begins, it's the end for many healthcare co-ops, leaving hundreds of thousands of people scrambling to find coverage...

Broke U.S. government needs millions of new Obamacare enrollees to prevent program from collapsing

Obamacare is in trouble again, and it will take a massive infusion of members and taxpayer money to save it. The Washington Times reports that...
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Video: Obamacare Death Panels In Financial Death Spiral

Obamacare is in a financial “Death Spiral”.13 percent of people covered by Obamacare in 2015 have been dropped from coverage because many of them...

White House official in charge of Obamacare rollout hired as health insurance lobbyist

By George Gallanis Marilyn Tavenner, former director of HealthCare.Gov and administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, was unanimously selected as the new CEO...

Hillary Clinton won’t release her personal medical records, but Obamacare keeps YOUR medical records...

Consider it another case of the governing elite playing by a set of rules different from the ones they impose on the rest of...
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Video: After Marriage Equality & Obamacare, Mixed Results from SCOTUS on Abortion, Pollution, Executions

http://democracynow.org - After historic rulings that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide and upheld a key provision of the Affordable Care Act, this week the ... Via...
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Video: The Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare, So Why Is the Health Care Industry Celebrating?

Six million people remain insured, but as many as 58 percent of federal exchanges provide one or two healthcare plans, meaning the profit-driven healthcare...

Obamacare’s Health Plan Choice Benefits Are Vastly Overrated

It is well documented that many other countries have created health care systems that are more popular than ours, cover everybody, are more effective...

Obama and the ‘News’ Media Continue to Falsify About Obamacare

Eric Zuesse The Obama Administration basically lied on Monday, March 16th, when it said that it had reduced the percentage of healthcare uninsured Americans from...

Obama’s Biggest Lie About Obamacare

He promised “universal coverage” but delivered a plan in which that was impossible. Consequently, whereas 85.4% of Americans had coverage in 2008, only 87.7%...

How Obama Lied About Obamacare

Eric Zuesse When U.S. Senator Barack Obama was campaigning for the Presidency in 2007 and 2008, he promised that on healthcare, his plan would be "making...

Obamacare = A Death Panel For The U.S. Economy

Michael T. Snyder  RINF Alternative News Did you know that some Americans are being hit with health insurance rate increases of more than 500 percent? Taking...

Obamacare Architect Says Society Would Be Better Off If People Only Lived To Age...

Michael Snyder RINF Alternative News Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, brother of Rahm Emanuel, says that society would be far better off if people quit trying to live...

Krugman: Why the Real Story About Obamacare Is Not Being Told

Janet Allon Paul Krugman proposes an interesting theory in today's column about why the success of Obamacare is a story that is mostly being ignored by the...

Obamacare drug benefits block access to vital medicines

Kate Randall An estimated eight million people have signed up for health care insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Obama administration has touted...

Cancer Victim’s Obamacare Nightmare: Death Panels And Racism A Reality




My wife DeLynn is going to die.

Barring a miracle, something which is being constantly prayed for and is entirely possible considering the boundless healing power of Almighty God, I have had to come to terms with that reality. While I might not be able to do anything to prevent the cancer that has ravaged her body from taking her life, I should at least be able to make her passing more comfortable; but we are being blocked at every turn by coverage limitations under Obamacare and, even more shockingly, social workers who delight – and profit – from denying benefits to eligible clients.

DeLynn and our grandson Conner
My wife and I are not the only victims of a social services system run by sadistic ideologues. According to a vendor for the Michigan Department of Human Services, the department is filled with cruel, uncaring, and despicable “social workers.” In an exclusive interview with The Truth Is Viral, this whistleblower says that she has personally held conversations with social workers who called their clients, “leeches, losers, and lowlifes.” She relayed the story of one woman in particular who was raising five children alone after her husband left upon learning that she had cancer. The woman’s worker told the whistleblower, “She should have thought about getting sick before she had all of those kids.”

The whistleblower described the sickening practice of rewarding workers who denied benefits to eligible clients – many times based solely on the fact that the client was white – and how those workers were rewarded. Every time an eligible client was denied a benefit for which they would normally be entitled, the worker gets a “brownie point.” According to the whistleblower, these brownie points can be turned in for pay raises and promotions.

One would think that people choose social work in order to help people who are in need. It is possible, and apparently altogether too common, for social workers to become so jaded that they begin to treat their clients with the disdain normally reserved for junkies or skid row bums stinking of Sterno; and even then, aren't they human beings deserving of compassion too? When that disdain takes the form of criminal actions that not only adversely affect the lives of society’s most vulnerable, but define anew terms like “corruption,” “avarice,” and “sociopath,” it is incumbent upon society to put an end to those actions and punish those responsible.

The Old Ball & Chain dragging me to garage sales.
I believe that my family is being punished by our social worker and her superiors. We can never get a phone call returned by our worker and her supervisor refuses to meet with us or even consider our request for a new worker despite repeated complaints. Whenever I go to talk to him he’s “In a meeting” or otherwise unavailable. My wife’s Medicaid has been turned off twice since she was diagnosed with cancer. Dealing with the disease is difficult enough without having to fight to keep her insurance for no good reason whatsoever. We are literally afraid to ask them for anything for fear of having new sanctions imposed instead of the help we require.

But the situation here at Casa Powell has reached the point where my wife needs skilled, in-home care; she needs hospice. She’s pretty much confined to bed, as her bed sores will attest, depending on me to steady her and provide what measures I can to make her comfortable. I’m “on-call,” literally 24 hours a day, unable to even leave the house to shop for groceries unless there is another adult available to stay with her.

Chemo-weakened bones break from simply walking
So last week we called NEMSCA, the Northeast Michigan Community Service Agency which works with Social Services to arrange such things, only to receive a letter informing us that my wife could not be evaluated because their in-home nursing program was “at capacity.” In other words, they don’t have any money. So much for Obamacare “protecting the most vulnerable in our society.”

Does anyone else find it disturbing that the government can find money to supply weapons to terrorist groups in Syria (ISIS thanks you Mssr. Obama & McCain,) and send illegal aliens to school instead of sending them back to the country from which they came, that Bradley Manning can transmogrify himself into a “woman” (boy, will that ever make him popular in Leavenworth,) and aged transsexuals can use Medicare to pay for their gender reassignment surgeries when they turn 65; but a dying woman can’t get skilled end-of-life care? Possibly because she is white?

The very thought makes me want to vomit.

If you would like to do something to change this, share this video on every social media site to which you belong. Post it on Twitter, sending it specifically to the FOX News personalities listed below. If anyone expects MSNBC to touch this story they’re nuts. Post it on Facebook, remembering to post it in all of the groups to which you belong in addition to your timeline. Click the share button under the video on Youtube and it opens up to reveal ten different sites where you can share the video with a couple of mouse clicks. Then send it to all of your email contacts and ask them to do the same. Send up smoke signals if you have to.

Maybe someone who can help us will see this and give a damn.

Our 25th anniversary gift; a night in a B&B
DeLynn and I want to thank everyone who has been praying for us as we have waged this battle against this most insidious disease. Your kind comments, lengthy written prayers, and moral support have strengthened us more than can be described. We’d ask however, that you not give up yet. We haven’t. Continual prayer may yet have the desired effect and save her life.

I can’t imagine a greater miracle than a cure for her cancer and diabetic neuropathy, and if one is forthcoming I swear now before the entire world that I will be ceaseless in my efforts to proclaim the healing power of Christ to all who would listen. If granting that miracle is not Father’s will, then we will need your prayers to strengthen us for our walk through the Valley of the Shadow of Death.
In any case, please pray. At this point, for anything that matters, Jesus Christ is our only hope.

God bless you all, and Semper Fi,
Bobby and DeLynn
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Obamacare: watch out, here comes “predictive modeling”

Obamacare: watch out, here comes “predictive modeling” by Jon Rappoport June 5, 2014 www.nomorefakenews.com Modeling or programming? A Medai.com article, “Why is Predictive Modeling Essential to Healthcare?” offers this quote: “…the algorithms of predictive modeling can analyze hundreds of data points to make a diagnosis or a prediction of risk.” This is the new thing […]

Former Weapons of Mass Destruction Boss Heads Up Obamacare Team

Obama has put Kristie Canegallo in charge of making sure he follows through on his healthcare fiasco. See full write-up in WAPO. WAPO writes: Unlike many of...

Daughter Pelosi Mocks Gadsden: “Don’t Tread on My Obamacare”

By Mac Slavo Originally Published at SHTFplan The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Christine Pelosi, the daughter of California Senator Nancy Pelosi, seems to be right on board with the movement to further centralize all aspects of American life. In a recent Twitter post Pelosi proudly displayed aRead the Rest...

The Real Truth About ObamaCare

Despite the worst roll-out conceivable, the Affordable Care Act seems to be working. With less than two weeks remaining before the March 31 deadline for coverage this year, five million people have already signed up. After decades of rising percentages of Americans’ lacking health insurance, the uninsured rate has dropped to its lowest levels since 2008.

Meanwhile, the rise in health care costs has slowed drastically. No one knows exactly why, but the new law may well be contributing to this slowdown by reducing Medicare overpayments to medical providers and private insurers, and creating incentives for hospitals and doctors to improve quality of care.

But a lot about the Affordable Care Act needs fixing — especially the widespread misinformation that continues to surround it. For example, a majority of business owners with fewer than 50 workers still think they’re required to offer insurance or pay a penalty. In fact, the law applies only to businesses with 50 or more employees who work more than 30 hours a week. And many companies with fewer than 25 workers still don’t realize that if they offer plans they can qualify for subsidies in the form of tax credits.

Many individuals remain confused and frightened. Forty-one percent of Americans who are still uninsured say they plan to remain that way. They believe it will be cheaper to pay a penalty than buy insurance. Many of these people are unaware of the subsidies available to them. Sign-ups have been particularly disappointing among Hispanics.

Some of this confusion has been deliberately sown by outside groups that, in the wake of the Supreme Court’s “Citizens United” decision, have been free to spend large amounts of money to undermine the law. For example, Gov. Rick Scott,  Republican of Florida, told Fox News that the Affordable Care Act was “the biggest job killer ever,” citing a Florida company with 20 employees that expected to go out of business because it couldn’t afford coverage.

None of this is beyond repair, though. As more Americans sign up and see the benefits, others will take note and do the same.

The biggest problem on the horizon that may be beyond repair — because it reflects a core feature of the law — is the public’s understandable reluctance to be forced to buy insurance from private, for-profit insurers that aren’t under enough competitive pressure to keep premiums low.

But even here, remedies could evolve. States might use their state-run exchanges to funnel so many applicants to a single, low-cost insurer that the insurer becomes, in effect, a single payer. Vermont is already moving in this direction. In this way, the Affordable Care Act could become a back door to a single-payer system — every conservative’s worst nightmare.

Obamacare Throws 62 Year Old Man into $400,000 Debt

Jennifer Robison The hospital bills are hitting Larry Basich’s mailbox. That would be OK if Basich had health insurance. But he doesn’t. Thing is, he should be...

The Feds Want To Pull Your Plug – Obamacare: Repeal is not Impossible

Dom Armentano  RINF Alternative News Obamacare was sold to the American people as a humanitarian attempt to provide health insurance to the poor and to individuals...

Obamacare: The Final Payment—Raiding the Assets of Low-Income and Poor Americans

The anonymous Obamacare expert, who provided us a year ago with the most complete account of Obamacare available, http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2013/02/03/obamacare-a-primer/ has returned with an explanation of estate recovery. Obamacare herds the poor into Medicaid which requires some enrollees to forfeit homes…

The post Obamacare: The Final Payment–Raiding the Assets of Low-Income and Poor Americans appeared first on PaulCraigRoberts.org.

Obamacare Harms America’s Workforce

Obamacare Harms America's Workforce

by Stephen Lendman

Obamacare scams consumers. It's a ripoff. It's a corporate designed scheme. It's smoke and mirrors deception. It's rife with disturbing inequities. It makes a dysfunctional system worse.

It enriches insurers, drug companies and large hospital chains. It's fast food healthcare. It rations it. 

It leaves millions uninsured. Millions more are way underinsured. It's outrageously expensive. It's double the cost of other developed countries. It makes healthcare more than ever unaffordable. 

Millions of households have to pay 40% or more out-of-pocket. It's for co-pays and deductibles. It's on top of costly premiums. It gets worse.

New York Times editors are some of Obamacare's biggest boosters. They noticed a glaring problem. On February 4, The Times headlined "Health Care Law Projected to Cut the Labor Force."

A Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analysis says so. By 2021, Obamacare will shrink the labor force by about 2.3 million workers. 

An earlier estimate predicted 800,000 shrinkage. By 2024, CBO projects 2.5 million. Maybe a future update will hike numbers higher. The more closely Obamacare is examined, the worse it looks.

Ordinary Americans are getting squeezed. Obamacare makes things worse. Doing so harms public health.

The New York Times downplayed the impact. It did so saying the new law "nudges workers to work less."

"(I)nsurance expansion reduces the need for a person to take a full-time job just to get coverage. Premium subsidies effectively bolster household income."

Most workers want higher-paying full-time jobs. They want affordable healthcare coverage. They want what Obamacare denies. 

The Times didn't explain. It touts a plan demanding condemnation. It's one of the greatest ever corporate scams. 

Martin Luther King called healthcare injustice "the most shocking and inhumane" kind. Inequality is institutionalized. Treatment when most needed is inadequate. For too many it's denied.

Proper healthcare more than ever depends on what people can afford. It means low-wage workers get less. Limited resources make expensive treatments unaffordable.

CBO claims its report isn't about jobs. It states:

"The estimated reduction stems almost entirely from a net decline in the amount of labor that workers choose to supply, rather than from a net drop in businesses’ demand for labor, so it will appear almost entirely as a reduction in labor force participation and in hours worked relative to what would have occurred otherwise rather than as an increase in unemployment (that is, more workers seeking but not finding jobs) or underemployment (such as part-time workers who would prefer to work more hours per week).

Official unemployment numbers are fake. It's not 6.7%. It's 23.3%. It includes millions of workers wanting jobs who can't find them.

Imagine Obamacare making things worse. Imagine low-wage earners reducing their hours to keep Obamacare subsidies. Imagine "creating an implicit tax on (subsidy) earnings," said CBO.

Imagine them delaying or foregoing employment altogether. CBO can't predict numbers leaving the work force. 

It doesn't know how many will shift to part-time work. It makes predicting how things will turn out ahead hard to do.

A shrinking workforce indicates economic decline. So does replacing high-pay/good-benefit full-time jobs with low-pay/poor-or-no-benefit part-time or temp ones.

America's workforce no longer resembles a developed country, says Paul Craig Roberts. It's a shell of its former self. 

A shrinking workforce when population is rising accelerates its race to the bottom. Imagine designing a healthcare system this way.

Imagine one harming overall health. Imagine it reducing aggregate labor compensation. Imagine the impact of penalties. 

They affect workers refusing to buy healthcare coverage. They impact employers not providing it to full-time workers. 

Imagine dozens of new tax provisions letting IRS agents enforce Obamacare implementation. Imagine giving them this much power. Imagine making things more nightmarish.

Imagine a politicized healthcare system. Imagine one harming health more than protecting it. Imagine bad medicine multiple ways. Imagine Republicans taking full advantage.

"The president's healthcare law creates uncertainty for small businesses, hurts take-home pay, and makes it harder to invest in new workers," said House Speaker John Boehner. 

"The middle class is getting squeezed in this economy, and this CBO report confirms that Obamacare is making it worse."

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D. NV) said Americans "rightfully...shouldn't have job lock."

"We live in a country where we should be free agents. People can do what they want."

It they want to eat, pay rent and cover other vital expenses, they need jobs. They need decent incomes. They need government working for, not against them.

Senator Joe Manchin III (D. W VA) called the combination of low enrollments and workforce declines Obamacare's "Waterloo."

Whether true or not remains to be seen. CBO also estimated about a million fewer Americans than expected getting healthcare coverage this year.

Rollout problems bear much responsibility. So do fewer Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Plan enrollments. 

CBO estimates six million Americans enrolling through exchanges this year. Earlier it estimated seven million.

Expanded Medicaid and other public programs will enroll about eight million Americans. It's down from nine million estimated earlier.

"Over time," said CBO, "more people are expected to respond to the new coverage options, so enrollment is projected to increase sharply in 2015 and 2016."

By 2017, it estimates 25 million enrollees. A White House statement said "individuals will be empowered to make choices about their own lives and livelihoods."

They'll "have the opportunity to pursue their dreams." Perhaps Obama endorses the American dream of not working. 

Ordinary Americans can't survive without it. Obamacare promises were broken. Remember ones Obama made.

"If you like your health care plan," you can keep it, "period."

Millions of Americans lost theirs.

"If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period."

Doing so requires millions of Americans paying extra.

"(W)e'll lower premiums by up to $2,500 for a typical family per year."

They're significantly higher for most households.

Up to "90% of Americans (with) health insurance (get) stronger, better and more secure (coverage than) before...They don't have to worry about anything else."

Onerous mandates are imposed on individuals with employer-provided coverage.

"(N)o family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase."

Obamacare mandates 18 tax hikes, fees and penalties. Middle class households are heavily impacted.

Obama said he wouldn't sign any plan "add(ing) one dime to our deficits - either now or in the future."

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) estimates annual Obamacare costs will "increase the primary deficit by 0.7 percent of gross domestic spending." 

Elements "reduc(ing) costs for families, businesses, and government (are) in this bill."

Higher insurance premiums and other increased costs assure higher spending, not less.

"I will protect Medicare," Obama promised.

Obamacare cuts Medicare spending. Mandates decrease it by over $700 billion from 2013 - 2022. Future reductions are planned.

Over the next decade or earlier, Medicare will be transformed radically. Obama wants it privatized en route to eliminating it altogether.

He wants the same for Social Security. Medicaid years ahead may be substantially downsized.

Obama promised a public option. He said he'd "sign a universal health care bill into law by the end of (his) first term as president that will cover every American."

Obamacare leaves millions uninsured. It leaves millions more woefully underinsured. It makes a dysfunctional system much worse. It enriches providers at the expense of proper healthcare.

"(T)his law means more choice, more competition, and lower costs for millions of Americans."

Obamacare is polar opposite. A fundamental human right is compromised. Human life and welfare are bartered for profit.

Marketplace competition decreased. In half of US counties, consumers have either one or two insurer choices. 

Costs are much higher for most people. Americans deserve much more than they're getting. 

Universal single payer advocates hope their day will come. Medicare for all is the obvious solution.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected] 

His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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Obamacare Enrollment Misinformation

Obamacare Enrollment Misinformation

by Stephen Lendman

Mark Twain popularized what Disraeli allegedly said: "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damn lies and statistics."

A good rule of thumb suggests disbelieving official government reports. Misinformation infests them. It's hard separating facts from fiction. It's best to disregard them altogether.

Agendas alone matter. Reality is twisted to fit policy. It's standard practice. In December, a White House PR campaign went all-out to sell Obamacare.

Multi-millions of taxpayer dollars were spent. Lies substituted for truth. Facts don't matter. Government claims are duplicitous.

On January 10, Obama twittered: "Six million Americans have gotten coverage thanks to health reform. Have you?"

Official government figures say around four million. Hard evidence suggests many fewer. Data is so incomplete and inaccurate it's hard knowing anything for sure. 

A January 16 Washington Post report explained," saying:

"The 6 million figure comes from combining a figure of 2.1 million for people selecting a plan via state and federal exchanges, through December, and 3.9 million for Medicaid, through November." 

"Thus the claim that '6 million Americans have already signed up for coverage thanks to health reform.' "

It's deceptive. It says nothing about how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) affects Medicaid enrollment.

ACA expanded it to individuals with incomes up to 138% of the federal $15,850 poverty level. The Supreme Court let states decide whether or not to participate.

So far 25 plus the District of Columbia chose to do so. Four others are considering it.

ACA initially pays 100% of the cost. Later it drops to 90%. The current formula splits costs around evenly between states and Washington.

In 2014, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates about a nine million Medicaid enrollment increase.

Washington claims 3.9 million enrollees are people on Medicaid because of ACA provisions. 

According to Assistant to the President and Deputy Senior Advisor for Communications and Strategy David Simas:

"When we break down the numbers a little bit more, this includes more than 2.1 million people who've enrolled in private plans through the federal and state-based marketplaces since October 1st and 3.9 million Americans who learned that they're eligible for coverage through Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program, also known as CHIP, in October and November."

Administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Marilyn Tavenner claims ACA is working as intended.

"Nationwide enrollment for health care coverage surged in December," she said.

"Additionally, 3.9 million Americans learned they're eligible for coverage through Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in October and November." 

"These numbers include new eligibility determinations and some Medicaid and CHIP renewals."

According to WaPo, "(t)he word 'some' should be a tip-off. Here's what the number actually includes:

  • ''Medicaid and CHIP eligibility determinations made directly through state Medicaid and CHIP offices in every state.

  • Medicaid and CHIP eligibility determinations made directly through state-based marketplaces (where the state is running their own marketplace).

  • New eligibility determinations as well as renewals - i.e., people previously enrolled in Medicaid who are deemed eligible for another year."

Something is missing, added WaPo:

  • "Any of the Medicaid or CHIP eligibility determinations made through healthcare.gov. (Through November, that figure was nearly 270,000 (not) 750,000."

"Note: this column was briefly posted with the (wrong) figure for the December report but the numbers have now been corrected."

Theoretically the Medicaid eligible November and December universe combined 3.9 million and 270,000. 

CMS acknowledges some duplication. Maybe more than some. The actual number is unknown or unreported.

Reported numbers don't explain how many additional Medicaid enrollees ACA made possible. No one knows.

CMS claims accurate information will be available in April. It'll be when states bill Washington for their Q I refunds. According to WaPo:

"Determining how many people came out of the 'woodwork' - the previously eligible who suddenly focused on health care options and thus joined Medicaid - will take even more analysis."

It's false to claim ACA enrollees "are in any way equivalent to the 3.9 to 4.2 million" Medicaid eligible individuals.

December Medicaid enrollment numbers are due out. They'll be as deceptive as the 3.9 million figure. They're false unless proved otherwise.

On January 18, Forbes headlined "Coverage Expansion Fails: Less Than One-Third of Obamacare Exchange Enrollees Were Previously Uninsured," saying:

"(N)ew data suggests that Obamacare" fell short of its goal. "Instead of expanding coverage to those without it, Obamacare is" is mostly enrolling individuals with coverage.

"Surveys from insurers and other industry players indicate that" from 65 - 89% of enrollees were previously insured.

A McKinsey & Co. report says "only 11 percent of consumers who bought new coverage under the law were previously uninsured."

Over half of non-enrollees cited affordability. Another 30% indicated "technical challenges in buying the plans."

HealthMarkets is a Texas-based insurance holding company. It conducted its own survey. It found only 35% of enrollees were previously uninsured.

A Priority Health insurer survey found only one-fourth of enrollees without previous coverage.

Michigan health insurers expected about 400,000 sign-ups by yearend. They got less than 76,000. Most hadn't paid their first premium.

A Minnesota-based insurer doesn't know "if we're growing the number of people" seeking coverage. "We're just adding complexity," it believes. According to Forbes:

"If we assume that around one-third of exchange enrollees were previously uninsured, and that 90 percent of those who have 'selected a marketplace plan' will eventually enroll in coverage, the Obamacare exchanges have thus far only expanded coverage to 660,000 people, far less than the 7 million projected by the Congressional Budget Office."

A separate analysis contradicts administration enrollment claims. "Sean Trende of RealClearPolitics (estimates) that only 5 - 7.5% of (new) enrollees were due to Obamacare."

He examined new Medicaid enrollments in states expanding their rolls under Obamacare. He compared them to others that haven't.

Of about 1.7 million people in November "determined eligible for Medicaid and CHIP by state agencies" under Obamacare, 55% were in states not expanding Medicaid coverage.

In other words, most new enrollees were previously Medicaid eligible.

Trende learned people are enrolling and leaving Medicaid all the time. Aside from normal enrollment trends, "we have an actual estimate for Medicaid enrollment due directly to the ACA's expansion of Medicaid (by) 190,000," said Trende.

CBO projects about 14 million previously uninsured Americans will gain ACA coverage.

About 10 weeks remain in this year's enrollment period. "(W)e're looking at a coverage expansion of less than one million," said Forbes.

"(A)s many as 100 million previously insured Americans will (pay) higher premiums…under Obamacare." 

Many face stiff increases. ACA beneficiaries may be way outnumbered by millions more harmed. It remains to be seen how disappointed Americans react.

On January 9, the Augusta Chronicle headlined "Most uninsured Americans haven't tried to sign up for health care plan."

Nearly 70% haven't visited Healthcare.gov or state web sites to do it. Most cite affordability.

Over 80% don't know they face a March 31 deadline. Many don't know they need to sign up. They're unaware of penalties for not doing it.

On January 18, The Hill headlined "Document: ObamaCare contractor faces mid-March deadline or disaster." 

CGI Federal was hired to fix back-end Healthcare.gov problems. In mid-December, it wasn't found up to the task.

Accenture replaced it. Limited time remains to complete the task. According to a government document: 

"If this functionality is not complete by mid-March 2014, the government could make erroneous payments to providers and insurers."

At risk is "financial harm to the government." Healthcare providers could be jeopardized.

"Additionally, without a Financial Management platform that accounts for enrollments and associated program costs that integrates with the existing CMS Accounting platform, the entire healthcare reform program is jeopardized."

Failure to meet the mid-March deadline may cause "inaccurate issuance of payments to health plans which could seriously put them at financial risk; potentially leading to their default and disrupting continued services and coverage to consumers."

Back-end problems extend beyond federal subsidy payments. The entire program is vulnerable to "inaccurate forecasting" of risk mitigation programs in place.

One issue among many is compensating insurers enrolling higher than expected numbers of sick consumers with costly illnesses.

This and other problems "potentially (put) the entire health insurance industry at risk," said The Hill.

By mid-March, Accenture must complete building a financial management platform. It must be able to track eligibility and enrollment transactions.

It must account for insurer subsidy payments. It must "provide stable and predictable financial accounting and outlook for the entire program."

It must be integrated with existing CMS and IRS systems. It's an enormous task to complete accurately in a short time. 

It involves making sure 500 million lines of Healthcare.gov's code works. Imagine the complexity. Imagine the time constraints. Imagine possible failure.

Many unresolved problems remain. It's unclear how, when or if they'll be fixed. On January 20, Wall Street Journal editors headlined "The Young and the Obamacare-less," saying:

Evidence disputes ACA defenders. They claim huge numbers of enrollees. They way exaggerate reality.

"Lifting the veil of secrecy last week, the feds revealed that 2.2 million people nationwide had selected a plan through December."

"Traffic increased sevenfold over October and November." It's way short of expectations. It fails "by Obama's own standard."

"About one of six Americans under age 65 lack insurance in the official statistics. So where are they?" They haven't sought coverage. Why not?

Signing up young and healthy enrollees is crucial for ObamaCare's success. So far, "merely 24%...are between ages 18 and 34."

At least 40% is critical mass. Current enrollment "skews heavily to people 55 - 64 years old, at 33%."

"Insurance policies plunge into a 'death spiral' when premiums don't cover the cost of claims..." Rates surge to compensate. Current enrollees unable to afford them drop out.

Washington, Ohio, Texas, Indiana and four other states face this problem now. Humana expects ACA's risk pool to be "more adverse than previously expected."

"Expect managed-care (companies) to start making writedowns on their ObamaCare business," said Journal editors.

Will things improve or worsen ahead? Nearly four months of ACA experience suggest greater trouble than already.

Obamacare is unaffordable for millions. It makes underinsurance the new normal.

Sticker shock awaits millions. They're responsible for paying 40% of out-of-pocket costs. Doing so is on top of expensive premiums.

Millions will remain uninsured. Nothing controls spiraling costs. Obamacare has many disturbing surprises. 

Eventually consumers will know they've been scammed. Corporate profits are prioritized over healthcare. 

When it's most needed, it'll be unaffordable for millions. How they'll react remains to be seen.

America is the only developed nation without some form of universal coverage. Obamacare makes a dysfunctional system worse. 

It appears worse than already imagined. Before end of 2014, we'll know more.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected] 

His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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From the moment Obamacare aka the Affordable Care Act was first proposed it seemed like it was cursed and the curse continues to this very day. From the polling before it was passed to the most recent 50,000 - 60,000 paper applications that have not been processed, the stipulations written into the ACA law have not been met by the administration and due to the incompetence of the admin's rollout, applicants may not be able to meet the laws requirements either.


Quick Recap


Democrats, who at the time controlled both the House of Representatives and the US Senate, along with Barack Obama, passed and signed it into law against the majority opposition of the American public, shown consistently in poll after poll, before it was passed and signed into law, during the battle over it, and after it's passage. (Link to Real Clear Politics collection of polls on the healthcare law)




Then came the portions of the law that were deemed unsustainable, portions that some Democratic lawmakers admitted outright they never bothered to read before passing it, such as the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports, (Class Act) which was deemed unsustainable before it's passage, but took until October 2011 for the Obama administration to pull the plug on it and admit in a letter to Congress written by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius "Despite our best analytical efforts, I do not see a viable path forward for CLASS implementation at this time."


Then the federal insurance exchange program which assumed that all states would jump on board and provided money within the bill to help states set up the exchanges but never addressed nor set aside the funds for the federally run backup when only 17 states opted in and Obama administration officials were left scurrying to scrape together the money to fund them in the other 33 states. Officials called it an "oversight."


Both the employer mandate and the small business exchange were both arbitrarily postponed by the administration, despite the law having a legal start date.


The 1099 requirement was one aspect that supposedly made Obamacare "affordable" yet it was one of the first parts to be repealed, with total bipartisan support.


More problems plagued the law, even before the disasterous rollout, including the Child Only Plans, the PCIP, the Basic Health Plan and the Obamacare for Congressional staff, just to name a few others.


Then came the two big lies.... one voted the lie of the year, "if you like your healthcare plan, you can keep it" and the other that the Individual Mandate was not a tax, which in the video below you will see Barack Obama vehemently assert..... before the Supreme Court said the only way it could survive the constitutional challenge was AS a tax.



Watch the video above before reading the Supreme Court ruling saying the Individual Mandate is a tax, HERE.


The Present:


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Then the Obama administration vowed to fix it and to investigate the "botched"  rollout.


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Navigators were also recorded advising an applicant to lie about her smoking habits to obtain a lower monthly premium. It was later discovered that two of the so-called Navigators involved in the incident were assisting consumers with their applications even though they had not completed their training and certification requirements. 
One self-identified Navigator gave a television interview in which she told viewers blatantly incorrect information—that applicants’ credit scores could impact their eligibility for certain plans. It later came to light that the woman was not a certified Navigator but rather a volunteer with a Navigator organization. 
Mountain Project, Inc., a Navigator organization in North Carolina, has been collecting and mailing paper applications on behalf of applicants, in violation of Navigator rules and procedures.

Finally, we now see there is a backlog now being reported with 50,000 - 60,000 paper Obamacare applications sitting around unprocessed.




The question now is will the Obama administration actually fine the applicants that are not signed up by the date required by law when it was the incompetent rollout that was responsible?


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Disturbing Obamacare Surprises

Disturbing Obamacare Surprises

by Stephen Lendman

Consumers are in for many rude surprises. Soon enough they'll know they've been scammed.

A previous article discussed insurers limiting hospital and doctor choices. Doing so cuts costs. Sacrificed is treatment from relied on providers when most needed.

Using their services requires paying costs out-of-pocket. Obama lied claiming:

"If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period," he said. 

"If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period. No one will take it away. No matter what."

Obamacare deception is one of many lies he told. Marketplace medicine doesn't work. Obamacare prioritizes corporate profits. It does so at the expense of proper healthcare. 

It's not a commodity. It's a fundamental human right. Not in America. Not under Obamacare for sure. Bottom line priorities matter most.

On December 6, the Washington Examiner headlined "Doctors boycotting California's Obamacare exchange," saying:

"An estimated seven out of every 10 physicians in deep-blue California are rebelling against the state's Obamacare health insurance exchange and won't participate, the head of the state's largest medical association said."

According to California Medical Association (CMA) president Dr. Richard Thorp:

"It doesn't surprise me that there's been a high rate of nonparticipation."

"We need some recognition that we're doing a service to the community. But we can't do it for free. And we can’t do it at a loss. No other business would do that."

CMA represents about 104,000 California doctors. California offers one of the nation's lowest reimbursement rates.

It's 30% lower than Medicare payments. Some reimbursement rates are even lower.

In September, insurers pegged them to California's Medicaid plan (Medi-Cal). Many doctors opted out in response.

Others consider early retirement. Former San Diego County Medical Society president Theodore Mazer said he just turned 55.

"Maybe there's something else we can do because this is just getting too onerous to keep on going," he said.

With many California doctors opting out or retiring, state healthcare could be overwhelmed. Other states may experience similar problems.

Alameda County Health Care Services Agency director Alex Biscoe already complains of a physician shortage.

It'll "get worse as more people enter the market," he said. He's not surprised about large numbers of doctors refusing to participate in a bad system.

If enough opt out nationwide, millions needing treatment won't get it. Others won't get adequate care for serious illnesses.

Healthcare in America is already dysfunctional for millions. Obamacare makes a bad system worse.

Around half of US households have employer-provided health insurance. By 2016, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates six million fewer people receiving it.

US Chamber of Commerce/International Franchise Association survey information shows 28% of mid-size companies plan to drop coverage. It's cheaper to pay imposed penalties than provide it.

Large and smaller firms maintaining it are shifting costs increasingly to employees. In 2015, Obamacare requires companies with 50 or more workers to provide coverage for full-time staff. Penalties are imposed on ones that don't.

National Retail Federation vice president Neil Trautwein said it's "definitely…less expensive to pay (them) than provide coverage."

At the same time, most companies prioritize temporary or part-time workers. They avoid full-time ones as much as possible. Doing so avoids having to provide health insurance.

Last August, Forbes magazine headlined "It's Fact, Not Anecdote, That ObamaCare Is Turning Us Into A Part-Time Nation," saying:

"An avalanche of 'anecdotes' continues to pile up as workers across the country are having their hours cut and their health benefits slashed across a broad range of industries."

Many employers say they have no choice. United Food and Commercial Workers Union president Joseph Hansen originally supported Obamacare.

No longer. It's having a "tremendous impact as workers have their hours reduced and their incomes reduced," he said.

Current data show one full-time job created for every four part-time ones. Employers have to play or pay. They're opting out by cutting back on full-time employees.

A Chamber of Commerce survey showed 71% of small businesses saying Obamacare makes growth harder.

Many said they'll either cut hours of full-time workers or replace them with part-time ones. One-fourth said they'll reduce hiring to stay under the 50-employee benchmark.

Large companies "are being hit, too," said Forbes. Delta Airlines estimates an extra $100 million healthcare cost increase in 2014.

UPS is cutting eligibility for employee spouses with access to healthcare elsewhere. The University of Virginia is limiting spouse health benefits.

Lots more than Obamacare turned America into a part-time nation. Employers gamed the troubled economy. They're still doing it.

They've cut staff, reduced wages, trimmed benefits, and shifted more heavily to temporary or part-time workers. 

Obamacare makes things worse. It remains to be seen how severely going forward. Evidence so far isn't encouraging. 

Struggling households face increasing stiff headwinds. They're more than ever on their own to get by. Obamacare adds an extra burden. It does so at the wrong time.

On December 4, the Wall Street Journal headlined "Drug-Cost Surprises Lurk Inside New Health Plans," saying:

"(D)epending on the coverage they select," consumers on expensive medications will end up paying up to half the cost themselves.

Many cancer, hepatitis, rheumatoid arthritis, HIV, and other patients are in for rude surprises.

"(T)he lower a plan's monthly premium, the higher the portion of drug costs patients must bear," said the Journal. Other factors are involved.

They include "whether a medication is on the insurer's covered-drug list, or formulary; in what level, or tier, of coverage it is; and what cost-sharing formula applies to that tier." 

It "can vary from plan to plan even among those offered by the same insurer in the same bronze, silver or other category."

Drug tiers depend on insurer/Big Pharma price arrangements. They "can make a huge difference in patient costs," said the Journal.

Understanding what various plans provide is hugely challenging. Doing so requires careful due diligence. Too few consumers bother.

Clear information isn't easy to access. Arthritis Foundation advocacy director Kimberly Beer said:

"We're concerned that people may be attracted to plans with low premiums and not have much drug coverage at all."

According to Gay Men's Health Crisis in New York Aids counselor Alexandra Remmel:

"Right now, the problem is not getting access to care - it's getting access to information."

Consumers complain about trying to find the right plan. Obamacare makes it harder, not easier.

On December 9, the Washington Post headlined "AIDS advocates say drug coverage in some marketplace plans is inadequate."

Insurers can't deny coverage to consumers seeking it. Even sick ones. They've got other ways to game the system. Examples above were discussed.

Patient advocates said some insurers "found a way to discourage the chronically ill from enrolling in their plans," said WaPo.

One way among others is offering "skimpy" drug coverage "for those with expensive conditions." 

Some plans don't cover HIV medications. Or they require patients to pay up to half the cost. For some, it's over $1,000 monthly. It's much more than most people can afford.

AIDS Foundation of Chicago vice president John Peller said:

"The fear is that they are putting discriminatory plan designs into place to try to deter certain people from enrolling by not covering the medications they need, or putting policies in place that make them jump through hoops to get care."

According to National Health Council executive vice president Marc Boutin:

"The easiest way (for insurers) to identify a core group of people that is going to cost you a lot of money is to look at the medicines they need, and the easiest way to make your plan less appealing is to put limitations on these products."

Bottom line priorities depend on it. Insurers are experts at gaming the system. They've always done it. Especially in recent decades.

Swallowing Obamacare is enough to make most people sick. For insurers, it's a potential bonanza. Millions more consumers must be covered. Insurers have lots of wiggle room.

They can't turn away customers based on pre-existing or other conditions. They can discourage them in lots of ways.

They can make them pay half the cost of expensive drugs. They can restrict hospital and doctor choices. 

They can pay limited amounts for treatments. They can require doctors to use certain drugs before prescribing more expensive ones. 

They can do lots of things to make money. Key is attracting more healthy people and fewer sick ones. Important also is making healthcare decisions that should be solely up to doctors.

"A new (Avalere Health) analysis of (marketplace exchange plans) found that the benefits tend to be skimpier than in most other private insurance in the United States, with drug benefits a particular weak spot," said WaPo.

Patients needing expensive drugs "could encounter big bills right away." Avalere's head, Dan Mendelson, believes employers may go the same way as exchanges.

It's already happening. It's less expensive. It shifts costs to employees. Former MS Consortium neurologist Daniel Kantor believes "2014 is going to be a scary year."

"People are going to have to stop taking medicines they are already stable on because of this," he said.

Insurers hope "if they make in inconvenient for people with MS to get treatment, they will leave their rolls."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates over 1.1 million HIV/AIDS infected Americans.

About 50,000 more are infected annually. Around 15,000 die each year. "Perhaps the most politically sensitive issue related to drug coverage involves people" currently affected, said WaPo.

Studies show a single tablet/three to four HIV meds combined works best. It reduces hospitalizations. It keeps patients healthier. 

An AIDS group coalition voiced concerns. It reviewed nationwide health plans. It found at least 47 exclude single tablet coverage and other standard treatments.

Some insurers are reconsidering earlier decisions. They may begin covering the drug. They may cut other costs to compensate. They may require patients to pay up to half the cost.

Plans excluding life-saving drugs show how insurers can game the system profitably. So does making patients pay plenty for expensive drugs covered.

Universal single payer coverage alone works. Everyone in, no one out should be mandated.

Insurers are predatory middlemen. They add around $400 billion annually to healthcare costs. They provide no care to ill patients.

America is the only developed nation without some form of government provided universal coverage.

Obamacare scams consumers. It rations care. It makes America's dysfunctional system worse. It sacrifices healthcare for profits. It does so irresponsibly.

Universal coverage provides care for everyone. It does it cheaper. Medicare for all alone works.

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Senators push bill to prevent insurance industry ‘bailout’ over ObamaCare

Fox NewsNovember 20, 2013 Warning that the latest ObamaCare “fix” could compel the federal government to bail out insurance companies, Republican senators have introduced a...

Woman Cited by President as ObamaCare Success Story Can’t Afford Insurance

“I'm really embarrassed,” Olympia, Washington, resident Jessica Sanford told Washington State Wire. “It has completely turned around on me. I mean, completely.”The “it” to...

Rand Paul: Chris Christie embraces Obamacare

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ObamaCare Lawbreaker in Chief: Barack Obama

“The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly,” said Abraham Lincoln. It's ironic that Barack Obama has claimed...

By Unilaterally Changing Obamacare, Obama Is Making A Mockery Of The Constitution

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Time To Change Course On Obamacare

Dear MoveOn, It is with great sadness that I watch you making last-gasp desperate attempts to save Obamacare and Obama's reputation. You look foolish when...

Obamacare exposed: The gutting of health care for workers

20 November 2013 The Affordable Care Act (ACA), Barack Obama's signature domestic policy, is being exposed on a daily basis as a counter-reform aimed...

Official: Between 60% And 70% Of Obamacare Website Still Not Built

Jacob FischlerBuzzFeedNovember 19, 2013 It's been several weeks since HealthCare.gov was supposed to be fully up and running, but one official said that between 60...

Official: Between 60% And 70% Of Obamacare Website Still Not Built

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Woman Hailed by President as Obamacare Success Story Now Can’t Afford Obamacare

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Obama claims ’100 million’ have enrolled in Obamacare

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Ads Use Casual Sex, Drinking to Promote ObamaCare to Young People

Supporters of ObamaCare have resorted to what some critics say is sleazy advertising in an effort to convince young people to sign up for...

Obama Zealots: Obamacare Critics Are ‘Racists’ Who Support Slavery

Even in the face of its utter failure and destruction, some of the most zealous Obama fans have continued to cling to the notion...

Dem. Rep.: Obama Lacks ‘Legal Underpinning’ for Obamacare Fix

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New York Times Suggests Repeal of Obamacare Is Possible

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Obamacare and poison of party loyalty

US members of Congress join Tea Party at anti-Obamacare rally at Washington September 10, 2013. Four years ago, countless Democratic leaders and allies pushed for...

The Obamacare Disaster

Four years ago, countless Democratic leaders and allies pushed for passage of Barack Obama's complex healthcare act while arguing that his entire presidency was...

Cruz: Other shoe hasn’t dropped; what’s next for Obamacare is worse

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ObamaCare Driving Doctors and Patients to Direct Pay

UnitedHealth Group has dropped thousands of doctors from its networks due to falling reimbursements, leaving patients wondering what their options are. So are those...

Dem Admits Knowing Obama Lied – BONUS Pelosi Tries To Rewrite HER Obamacare...

Democratic politicians that backed Obamacare, passed it against the opposition of the majority of Americans without any GOP cover,  are in a panic mode after...

Obamacare: The Final Nail In The Coffin For The Middle Class

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DC official fired for slamming Obamacare

Washington, D.C. Insurance Commissioner William P. White was dismissed from his post one day after releasing a statement that criticized President Barack Obama's proposed...

Staggering out-of-pocket costs shock consumers on Obamacare exchanges

By Kate Randall18 November 2013 As the disastrous rollout of the Affordable Health Care (ACA) online exchanges drags into its eighth week, Americans are...

Woodward: Obamacare not Watergate, but it ‘is going to get worse’

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Obamacare could hurt Dems in 2014

Republican strategist Karl Rove says President Barack Obama's healthcare law, the Affordable Care Act, could hurt Democrats in the 2014 midterm elections. "In 2014, it's...

Fraudsters Are Exploiting Obamacare

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Democrat: Legalizing illegal immigrants is the “solution” to Obamacare

Stephen DinanThe Washington TimesNovember 16, 2013 Polis is a representative of Colorado's 2nd congressional district. Rep. Jared Polis said Friday the key problem with health care...

Democrat: Legalizing illegal immigrants is the “solution” to Obamacare

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Madison, Jefferson Vs. Obama, Reid, Pelosi on ObamaCare Exemptions

Thomas Jefferson believed that “legislators ought not to stand above the law they create but ought generally to be bound by it as are...

House Dems refuse to apologize for Obamacare broken promises

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Obamacare’s problems run deeper

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The Most Outrageous, Inaccurate Right-Wing Smear of Obamacare

There are many things wrong with...

Dozens of Democrats back Republican anti-Obamacare bill

By Kate Randall16 November 2013 On Friday, one day after President Barack Obama announced a “fix” to the problem of cancelled individual health care...

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Some states, from Vermont to Washington state, said they wouldn't follow Obama's directive. Caught in limbo once again, a million Californians on Friday found themselves...

Obama’s “Fix” of ObamaCare’s Debut Is Unconstitutional

Within two hours of President Obama's announced “fix” for the fumble he caused in his ObamaCare rollout, the insurance commissioner from the state of...

Legal Scholar: Obama’s “Fix” of ObamaCare’s Bungled Debut Unconstitutional

Within two hours of President Obama's announced “fix” for the fumble he caused in his ObamaCare rollout, the insurance commissioner from the state of...

Reid, Pelosi – If ObamaCare’s So “Wonderful” Why Aren’t YOU Joining?

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is fuming over Senator David Vitter's efforts to expose members of the Senate and House who exempt themselves and...

AlterNet Comics: Tom Tomorrow On Obamacare Mishaps

Introducing the five stages of health-care...

Proof!! Obamacare Fraud Rampant, Not ‘Isolated Incident’ (Video)

By Susan DuclosProject Veritas has released a second video, proving that the obamacare navigator scandal shown in the first was not an isolated incident and the corruption and fraud being perpetuated is rampant throughout the system.The obamacare ...

Obamacare causing headaches for US

The rollout for the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama�™s signature healthcare legislation has created headaches for the administration, Press TV reports. Just 26,794 Americans...

Congressman Warns of Obamacare “Secret Security Force”

Rep. Louie Gohmert: “I want to know are they are they using weapons to train, or are they being taught to use syringes and...

House Democrat On Obamacare “I Don’t Know How Obama Fucked This Up So Badly”

Zero HedgeNovember 15, 2013 For five years, congressional Democrats have sprung to his defense when Obama's been in trouble. Now though, amid the dismal reality...

Obamacare ‘fix’ affirms Obama as absolute dictator with power to change laws as he...

Mike AdamsNatural NewsNovember 15, 2013 In a desperate bid to save the rapidly collapsing Obamacare socialized medicine program, President Obama announced a “fix” yesterday that...

US president admits Obamacare ‘fumble’

A chastened President Obama admitted Thursday his administration had "fumbled the rollout on this healthcare law." Saying early technical glitches with the website and a...

Obamacare Down? Blame the Hackers

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President Calls for “Administrative Fix” to Remedy Obamacare Snafu

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Obamacare: Was the ACA a planned legislative disaster?

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) wasn't even read by most of Congress before it became law! The ongoing Obamacare debacle has raised huge red flags...

Dems seeking distance from Obamacare

Democratic leaders are straining to keep their members from turning against elements of ObamaCare amid pressure from angry constituents. Furious congressional Democrats on Wednesday expressed...

What do Obamacare numbers mean?

The Obamacare numbers provide only a snapshot into a six-month long enrollment process. The Obama administration released October�™s enrollment numbers for HealthCare.gov on Wednesday afternoon,...

White House releases disappointing Obamacare enrollment total: 106,000

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Only 1% of Massachusetts Cancellations Have Enrolled for Obamacare

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Boehner on ObamaCare: ‘Frankly, I Don’t Think There Is a Way to Fix It’

Eric ScheinerCNS NewsNovember 13, 2013 When it comes to ObamaCare, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) says, “frankly, I don't think there's a way to fix...

Obamacare: More than 1M Californians Losing Insurance

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Americans 34 Times More Interested In Buying Guns Than Obamacare

Zero HedgeNovember 13, 2013 It would appear that the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) website - required when purchasing a gun or...

Enrollment figures underscore Obamacare debacle

By Kate Randall13 November 2013 Less than 50,000 people had successfully enrolled for insurance coverage through the problem-plagued HealthCare.gov web site as of last...

Soros-linked Group Pushes Sex to Sell Obamacare

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La Obamacare Cosa Nostra Navigators: “Hit Jobs on Taxpayers Resemble… Money Laundering Operations by...

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Fox News guest claims al Qaeda could’ve run Obamacare better than the president

redalertpolitics.com November 12, 2013 The implementation of Obamacare has been so bad, according to a recent guest on Fox News, that the terrorist organization al Qaeda...

Obamacare: The Truth About Navigators

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Obama Administration Poised to Exempt Unions From ObamaCare Tax

Labor unions, longtime supporters of the Democratic Party, have been clamoring for changes to ObamaCare for months, and now it appears that they will...

CAUGHT ON TAPE: Obamacare Navigators Counsel Applicants To "Lie" (Video)

By Susan Duclos Once again lying is the name of the game for Obamacare. Whether it was Obama himself lying to the general public about keeping your insurance plan if you liked it to lies of omission by not informing the people what was in the Oba...

Obamacare enrollment far short of goal

Fewer than 50,000 people have successfully purchased private health plans on marketplaces linked to HealthCare.gov A new flurry of enrollment estimates for ObamaCare suggests the...

Obamacare lies exposed

12 November 2013 The Obama administration has designed a health care system aimed at defrauding the population, stripping tens of millions of Americans of...

Why Obamacare Will Motivate Millions Of Americans To Make Less Money And Get Divorced

Did you know that Obamacare contains huge incentives that will actually motivate people to try to reduce their incomes?  It’s true.  Under Obamacare, making less money can pay off big time.  As you will see below, reducing your income by just $1,000 could get you an Obamacare subsidy worth over $14,000.  Who wouldn’t want [...]

More CRIMINAL Fraud: ‘Obamacare’ Transfers $100-$300 Billion/Year from 99% to 1%

I wrote in 2010 that so-called “Obamacare” is economic fascism because it dictatorially transfers $100 billion to $300 billion every year from the 99%...

The rise of the Psychiatric State under Obamacare

The rise of the Psychiatric State under Obamacare   by Jon Rappoport November 11, 2011 www.nomorefakenews.com   Come down the road of history and watch the vast parade. There were the cave people, with their fear of the thunder and lightning and the forces behind them; there were the priesthoods rattling gourds and pointing scepters; […]

DNC Boss Wasserman Schultz: Dems Will Campaign On Obamacare Failure

Only tea party extremists are opposed to Obama's lie Kurt NimmoInfowars.comNovember 11, 2013 In the Bizarro World of establishment politics, up is down, black is white,...

Dealing With A Terminal Illness Under Obamacare; Cancer Patient Denied Coverage


Last week was a tough one, with bad news coming from two different sources. The first was from my wife's oncologist who reported that her last two CT scans showed no shrinkage of the tumors that have invaded her liver.

A couple of days later, we found out that the Michigan Department of Social Services has determined that my terminally ill wife is no longer eligible for Medicaid. As of December 1st 2013, she will lose her Medicaid; all because I applied for Obamacare. She is so stressed and frightened that she has been in tears all week. The bastards even took away the free school lunches that my son was getting in school because that is tied to being a Medicaid recipient.

Bobby & DeLynn Powell
We are appealing that ridiculous decision, but if we are to fight to get her coverage back and win, we are going to need your prayers and the help of Almighty God.

This Obamacare nightmare is a scheme cooked up right in the very pits of Hell. I'm afraid that not only will many people lose their insurance, but some - including my wife - may very well die as a result of Barack Obama's desire to destroy 1/6th of our economy with a plan that he knew full well would force more than 100-million Americans off of their insurance, leaving them unable to get affordable medical care.

I am putting together a show that will document this travesty in detail for publication later this week. Please lift my wife and me up to Father and ask that He be with us both. DeLynn doesn't want to die any more than I want her to die, and we're both frightened out of our minds.

I know this video might seem weird. I'm not quite sure how I am going to process this. I have no idea what I am going to do if I lose my wife. She means everything to me.

God bless and Semper Fi,
Bobby

Three programmers build working Obamacare site in days (more than the government can do)

Daily MailNovember 10, 2013 While the Obamacare website still remains broken, three 20-year-old programmers have shown the government how it should be done. Ning Liang, George...

Obama Admin Controls Twitter Now? Suspends Account Critical Of Obamacare (Video)

By Susan Duclos In the Lou Dobbs video report shown below, he says Twitter has once again suspended an account that is critical of Obamacare. The account encourages followers and anyone that has received a cancellation letter from their insuran...

Only 5 enrollments completed in D.C. Obamacare exchange

JENNIFER HABERKORNPoliticoNovember 10, 2013 Only five people have fully completed the enrollment process in the D.C. insurance exchange, according to information compiled by lawmakers from...

Obamacare ‘not real’ health coverage

As the United States has run a website for President Barack Obama�™s controversial healthcare law, many believe that the Affordable Care Act, widely known...

Only 5 enrolled in DC Obamacare

Consumers have until Dec. 15 and small businesses have until Dec. 12 to pay for coverage to start on Jan. 1. Only five people have...

Leno: Obama Would Have Been Better Off Smoking Crack Than Passing Obamacare

Infowars.com November 9, 2013 The rollout of Obama's namesake healthcare initiative has been so detrimental to his approval rating that he would have been better off...

Seniors lose insurance and doctors under Obamacare

Evan GahrDaily CallerNovember 9, 2013 Retired chemist Edward Schokowitz was incredulous when he received a letter from Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey...

Obamacare’s Biggest Failure So Far: Just 18% Of Uninsured Have Expressed An Interest In...

Zero HedgeNovember 9, 2013 When one steps back from all the frustration, all the confusion, all the failures both in the rollout and the...

Beating Nazis Faster Than Development of Obamacare Website

Testifying on October 30 before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said the cost to date of...

ObamaCare: The Plan is to Transition to “Single-Payer” Socialized Medicine

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Obamacare rattling Democratic nerves

Tom Cohencnn.comNovember 8, 2013 Quick, can you hear it? That creaking sound from Washington is the nerves of congressional Democrats in response to the political...

The HealthCare.gov Website Debacle and the Fraud of Obamacare

As the debacle at HealthCare.gov continues into its second month, the Obama administration is facing increasing pressure to fix the technical problems that have...

Ex-MSNBC Host’s Health Plan Soars 350% Thanks to Obamacare

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The Folly of ObamaCare

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Another Obamacare surprise: Major hospitals all across the country not included under new insurance...

Jonathan BensonNatural NewsNovember 8, 2013 As if the millions of Americans set to lose their existing health insurance coverage as a result of Obamacare was...

Obama: “I Am Sorry” Americans Will Lose Their Existing Health Plan Because Of Obamacare

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The HealthCare.gov debacle and the fraud of Obamacare

8 November 2013 As the debacle at HealthCare.gov continues into its second month, the Obama administration is facing increasing pressure to fix the technical...

Obama Defends Obamacare in Dallas, Fails to Address ‘You Can Keep Your HealthCare’

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Nearly 250,000 Colorado healthcare plans cancelled under Obamacare

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Sticker Shock and Cancellations: Millions More Hammered by ObamaCare

If you haven't already received a cancellation notice from your healthcare insurance provider, undoubtedly, you know a friend or family member who has already...

You Can’t Keep Your Doctor: Seattle Hospital Sues After Obamacare Cuts Children’s Access

Seattle Children's Hospital filed suit against Washington State's Office of the Insurance Commissioner this week, after Obamacare implementation caused the hospital to be cut...

The Future of America Under Obamacare

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Sebelius Admits ObamaCare Enrollment Figures To Be Released Will Be Low

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius admits that the launch of ObamaCare has proven unsuccessful thus far. According to the secretary, enrollment numbers,...

Sebelius Says ObamaCare Enrollment Figures To Be Released Will Be Low

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius admits that the launch of ObamaCare has proven unsuccessful thus far. According to the secretary, enrollment numbers,...

Sebelius: Possible for convicted felons to become Obamacare navigators [VIDEO]

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The Obamacare Website is Down for “Extended Maintenance”: Obama Administration knew Insurance Companies would...

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Romney: Instead of ObamaCare, I Would Require States Get Everyone Insured

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900,000 to lose health insurance in California as Obamacare disaster spreads

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Obamacare price hikes hit ‘red states’ hardest

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The Truth About ObamaCare

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Many Healthcare Providers Not in ObamaCare Networks

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‘How did they know?’ Jim Angle shares disturbing experience with Obamacare 800 number

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Suzanne Somers: Obamacare Screws Boomers

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Obamacare website has ‘security flaws’

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Watch Obama Lie 24 Times On Obamacare (Video)

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Healthcare.gov doesn’t protect personal information of Obamacare applicants

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Talk Nation Radio: Margaret Flowers: Web Failures Just a Symptom of Obamacare’s Illness

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White House Orders Insurance Companies Not to Criticize Obamacare

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Obamacare Stick Shock

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10 Signs That Obamacare Is Going To Wreck The U.S. Economy

Obamacare LineIt is hard to find the words to adequately describe how much of a disaster Obamacare is turning out to be.  The debut of Healthcare.gov has been probably the worst launch of a major website in history, millions of Americans are having their current health insurance policies canceled, millions of others are seeing the size of their health insurance premiums absolutely explode, and this new law is going to result in massive numbers of jobs being lost.  It is almost as if Obamacare was specifically designed to wreck the U.S. economy.  Not that what we had before Obamacare was great.  In fact, I have long argued that the U.S. health care system is a complete and total train wreck.  But now Obamacare is making everything that was bad about our system much, much worse.  Americans are going to pay far more for health care, the quality of that care is going to go down, they are going to have to deal with far more medical red tape, and thousands upon thousands of U.S. employers are considering getting rid of the health plans that they offer to employees altogether due to Obamacare.  If the U.S. health care system was a separate nation, it would be the 6th largest economy on the entire planet, and now Obamacare is going to absolutely cripple it.  To say that Obamacare is an "economic catastrophe" would be a massive understatement.

Of course we were assured that it wouldn't turn out this way.  We were promised over and over that we were going to pay less for health care, get better coverage, and be able to keep our current health plans if we were pleased with them.  The following is what Obama said at a rally in 2009...

"First of all, if you’ve got health insurance, you like your doctors, you like your plan, you can keep your doctor, you can keep your plan. Nobody is talking about taking that away from you."

Oh really?

That was such a dramatic lie that even NBC News is turning on him.  They discovered that Obama has known for three years that most people that rely on individual health insurance policies would not be able to keep them...

Buried in Obamacare regulations from July 2010 is an estimate that because of normal turnover in the individual insurance market, “40 to 67 percent” of customers will not be able to keep their policy. And because many policies will have been changed since the key date, “the percentage of individual market policies losing grandfather status in a given year exceeds the 40 to 67 percent range.”

That means the administration knew that more than 40 to 67 percent of those in the individual market would not be able to keep their plans, even if they liked them.

Pretty much everything that Obama told us when he was selling us on his plan has turned out to be a lie.

So what can we expect from Obamacare moving forward?  The following are 10 signs that Obamacare is going to wreck the U.S. economy...

#1 It is being projected that millions upon millions of Americans are going to lose their current health insurance plans thanks to Obamacare.  Most will be faced with the choice of either purchasing much more expensive health insurance or going uninsured.  This will put even more stress on a middle class that is already disintegrating rapidly.  The following is from the recent NBC News investigation mentioned above...

Four sources deeply involved in the Affordable Care Act tell NBC News that 50 to 75 percent of the 14 million consumers who buy their insurance individually can expect to receive a “cancellation” letter or the equivalent over the next year because their existing policies don’t meet the standards mandated by the new health care law. One expert predicts that number could reach as high as 80 percent. And all say that many of those forced to buy pricier new policies will experience “sticker shock.”

#2 The health insurance premium increases that some families are experiencing are absolutely mind boggling.  According to Mike Adams of Natural News, one family in Texas just got hit with a 539% rate increase...

Obamacare is named the "Affordable Care Act," after all, and the President promised the rates would be "as low as a phone bill." But I just received a confirmed letter from a friend in Texas showing a 539% rate increase on an existing policy that's been in good standing for years.

As the letter reveals (see below), the cost for this couple's policy under Humana is increasing from $212.10 per month to $1,356.60 per month. This is for a couple in good health whose combined income is less than $70K -- a middle-class family, in other words.

According to NBC News, an elderly couple in North Carolina was hit with a similar rate increase...

George Schwab, 62, of North Carolina, said he was "perfectly happy" with his plan from Blue Cross Blue Shield, which also insured his wife for a $228 monthly premium. But this past September, he was surprised to receive a letter saying his policy was no longer available. The "comparable" plan the insurance company offered him carried a $1,208 monthly premium and a $5,500 deductible.

Many Americans that were formerly in favor of Obamacare are now against it after they have seen what it is going to do to their budgets.  The following is one example of this from a recent Los Angeles Times article...

Pam Kehaly, president of Anthem Blue Cross in California, said she received a recent letter from a young woman complaining about a 50% rate hike related to the healthcare law.

"She said, 'I was all for Obamacare until I found out I was paying for it,'" Kehaly said.

#3 Obamacare actually includes incentives for people to work less and make less money.  The following is one example from a recent article by Sean Davis...

In California, a couple earning $64,000 a year would not qualify for health care subsidies. A bronze plan for them through Kaiser would cost them about $1,300 each month, or $15,600 a year. But if that same family earned just $2,000 less, it would qualify for over $14,000 in annual health care subsidies, dropping their premiums for that same Kaiser plan to less than $100 per month.

#4 Thankfully the employer mandate in Obamacare was delayed for a little while, but it will ultimately result in widespread job losses all over the country.  In fact, we are already starting to see this happen.  The following is from a recent article in the Economist...

BEFORE the recession, Richard Clark’s cleaning company in Florida had 200 employees, about half of them working full time. These days it has about 150, with 80% part-time. The downturn explains some of this. But Mr Clark also blames Barack Obama’s health reform. When it comes into effect in January 2015, Obamacare will require firms with 50 or more full-time employees to offer them affordable health insurance or pay a fine of $2,000-3,000 per worker. That is a daunting prospect for firms that do not already offer coverage. But for many, there is a way round the law.

Mr Clark says he is “very careful with the threshold”. To keep his full-time workforce below the magic number of 50, he is relying more on part-timers. He is not alone. More than one in ten firms surveyed by Mercer, a consultancy—and one in five retail and hospitality companies—say they will cut workers’ hours because of Obamacare. A hundred part-timers can flip as many burgers as 50 full-timers, and the former will soon be much cheaper.

You can find a very long list of some of the employers that have either eliminated jobs or cut hours because of Obamacare right here.

#5 Even if you are able to keep your job, there is no guarantee that your employer will continue to offer health insurance as an employee benefit.  In fact, it is being reported that large numbers of employers have already decided to no longer offer health insurance to their employees because of Obamacare.

#6 According to CBS News, so far the number of people that have had their health insurance policies canceled is more than three times greater than the number of people that have signed up for new policies under Obamacare...

CBS News has learned more than two million Americans have been told they cannot renew their current insurance policies -- more than triple the number of people said to be buying insurance under the new Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare.

#7 If what is going on in New York is any indication, those that are signing up for health insurance under Obamacare are going to have a really, really hard time finding a doctor...

New York doctors are treating ObamaCare like the plague, a new survey reveals.

A poll conducted by the New York State Medical Society finds that 44 percent of MDs said they are not participating in the nation’s new health-care plan.

Another 33 percent say they’re still not sure whether to become ObamaCare providers.

Only 23 percent of the 409 physicians queried said they’re taking patients who signed up through health exchanges.

#8 Obamacare is turning out to be a gold mine for hackers and identity thieves.  The personal information of millions of Americans could potentially end up being compromised.  According to CNN, Healthcare.gov was found to be teeming with security holes...

The Obamacare website has more than annoying bugs. A cybersecurity expert found a way to hack into users' accounts.

Until the Department of Health fixed the security hole last week, anyone could easily reset your Healthcare.gov password without your knowledge and potentially hijack your account.

And according to the New York Post, Healthcare.gov has been designed so badly from a security standpoint that it might have to be "rebuilt from scratch"...

The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said ObamaCare’s website, already a tangled mess, might need to be rebuilt from scratch to to protect against cyber-thieves because he fears it’s not a safe place right now for health-care consumers to deposit their personal information.

“I know that they’ve called in another private entity to try to help with the security of it. The problem is, they may have to redesign the entire system,” Rep. Mike Rogers said on Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” political talk show. “The way the system is designed, it is not secure.”

#9 As I noted in a previous article, approximately 60 percent of all personal bankruptcies in the United States are related to medical bills.  Because millions of Americans are now losing their health insurance policies and millions of others will choose to pay the fine rather than sign up for Obamacare, more Americans than ever will find themselves overwhelmed with medical bills when they get seriously sick.  This will result in even more personal bankruptcies.

#10 In the end, the burden for paying for the subsidies that Obamacare offers is going to overwhelmingly fall on the taxpayers.  This is going to cause our nightmarish national debt to get even worse.  Peter Schiff recently explained why this is going to happen...

It is also ironic that high-deductible, catastrophic plans are precisely what young people should be buying in the first place. They are inexpensive because they provide coverage for unlikely, but expensive, events. Routine care is best paid for out-of-pocket by value conscious consumers. But Obamacare outlaws these plans, in favor of what amounts to prepaid medical treatment that shifts the cost of services to taxpayers. In such a system, patients have no incentive to contain costs. Since the biggest factor driving health care costs higher in the first place has been the over use of insurance that results from government-provided tax incentives, and the lack of cost accountability that results from a third-party payer system, Obamacare will bend the cost curve even higher. The fact that Obamacare does nothing to rein in costs while providing an open-ended insurance subsidy may be good news for hospitals and insurance companies, but it's bad news for taxpayers, on whom this increased burden will ultimately fall.

So what do you think of Obamacare?

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