by Doug Book, staff writer
In their haste to impose an historic affront to individual liberty, the authors of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) neglected to provide the federal bureaucracy with either the funding necessary to build ObamaCare exchanges within the various states OR the authority to award tax credits or impose penalties on the American public.
For when the ACA was written it was foolishly believed by lawmakers that each of the 50 states would immediately take on the near 100 million dollar responsibility of completing an ObamaCare exchange within its borders—an exchange being the sales center without which no ObamaCare business may be transacted, no healthcare policies sold.
But today a desperate Kathleen Sebelius and her Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have gone from depending on states to implement the Affordable Care Act to threatening those same states for dragging their feet and performing acts of outright rebellion against both the law and the … Continue Reading:The Supreme Court re-wrote ObamaCare in order to salvage it. Now the IRS takes its turn
by Doug Book, staff writer
So far, 26 states have opted against building ObamaCare exchanges making it clear to Kathleen Sebelius that her Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will have to do all of the work and pay the tab for the creation of any Affordable Care Act “sales center” within their borders. And as the Act provides no funds for the Department to build or staff an exchange, implementation of ObamaCare rules and regulations would seem impossible within those states.
Moreover, in addition to throwing the financial burden of the Affordable Care Act back in the lap of an unprepared HHS, a number of state legislatures have passed laws making the Act’s implementation and enforcement illegal.
But Barack has different ideas.
“The Obama administration has announced its intent to disregard state laws and state constitutional amendments prohibiting the enforcement of ObamaCare. Federal agents from the Department of Health and Human Services will … Continue Reading:States may be FORCED to implement ObamaCare whether they like it or not!
by Michael D. Shaw, staff writer
An important component of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is the establishment of so-called Health Insurance Exchanges, given the acronym HIX. Driven by the questionable notion that getting everyone insured was the most important problem to be solved in health care, and energized by the earlier concept of managed competition, HIX are intended to help individuals and small businesses purchase health insurance coverage. By January 1, 2014 these exchanges must exist in every state.
Managed competition is a purchasing strategy based on microeconomic principles, whereby maximum value is supposedly obtained for both consumers and employers. At the heart of managed competition is an all-powerful sponsor, whose role is to establish rules of equity, select participating plans, manage the enrollment process, create price-elastic demand, and manage risk selection. Its proponents acknowledge that it will tend to succeed based on the extent of high-quality, cost-effective, organized systems of care already in … Continue Reading:A Look at HIX: Health Insurance Exchanges
by Michael D. Shaw
Americans will remember the oft-repeated promise made by Obama in 2008, whereby health insurance premiums for American families would be cut by $2500, and this would occur within his first term. Presumably, he based this contention on a memo written for his campaign in May, 2007 by three well-regarded experts from Harvard: David Blumenthal, David Cutler, and Jeffrey Liebman.
As they stated:
Combining all of these effects—from improved health IT, better disease management, reduced insurance overhead, reinsurance, and reduced uncompensated care —under our “best-guess” assumptions, we estimate that businesses will save $140 billion annually in insurance premiums. The typical family will save $2500 per year.
In reality, you would be hard-pressed to find anyone whose premiums have decreased. Rather, according to the latest annual Kaiser Family Foundation employee health benefits survey, premiums for employer-provided family coverage rose $3065—a 24% increase from 2008 to 2012. Looking only at the period after ACA became law, … Continue Reading:Watching the Affordable Care Act Unfold (Or Maybe Unravel)
by Doug Book, staff writer
In November, Michigan voters roundly defeated ballot Proposal 2, a union-sponsored measure “…which would have amended the state constitution to guarantee collective bargaining rights to public and private-sector employees.” (1) For the first 2 years of his term, Governor Rick Snyder had consistently advised Michigan organized labor to keep such a proposal off the ballot. “My concern is that [the proposal] could start a whole divisive atmosphere of other people trying to put right-to-work on the ballot,” explained Snyder. (1)
Of course those “other people” so feared by the timid governor were fellow Republicans in the Michigan legislature!
In point of fact, Snyder cared no more about unions attaining greater power than the prospect of a future Republican attempt to thwart it. His REAL concern was being placed in the middle should Michigan voters decide against the proposal. For such a vote would provide just the impetus needed for house and … Continue Reading:RINO Michigan Governor prevented from imposing ObamaCare on state