Category Archives: Obamacare

Health Care and Obamacare: Agreements and Responses.

Once again, there is so much out there that I am somewhat at a loss to focus on a single issue.  If you haven’t been hibernating early, the newsworthy items include the refugee problem, the Paris and Mali attacks, the VA travesty regarding its treatment of veterans, the Missouri-inspired (or was it Yale) episode of alleged aggressions of all sorts, but especially supposed racial offenses, and its associated threat to free speech, the election cycle for both parties, the national… Continue Reading ››

Oh the days when our worries were only over Obamacare. But we can still worry about that too!

In the midst of huge foreign policy concerns, societal breakdown on multiple dimensions, its easy to forget about our top concern a couple of years ago:  the government takeover of our health care system.  We predicted disaster, and Obamacare has never been popular with the American people.  It came at great cost to the Democratic party, and despite the Supreme Court’s amazing rulings keeping it on life support, it seems destined to collapse from its own contradictions. The plan was always… Continue Reading ››

Is There At Least One (Maybe More) Good Thing About John Boehner’s Exit?

What is that one good thing (among others)?  It is that his exit is potentially a blow to the US Chamber of Commerce, that supposedly “conservative” group of business leaders who are really not conservative except in a very limited sense.  Here is what is going on. The Chamber has decided it will spend over $100 million dollars this election cycle to defeat candidates who are in their view “too conservative.”  Mike Flynn has a very interesting article in Breitbart… Continue Reading ››

Latest Supreme Court Decision on Obamacare: Chicanery at the Court

Well, the Supreme Court has done it again.  By a vote of 6-3, including in the majority Chief Justice John Roberts, the court in the case of King v. Burwell, upheld the Obama administration’s reading of the Obamacare law that dealt with state exchanges.  You may remember, that this had been the subject of a lawsuit that said the language of the Affordable (sorry) Care Act did not allow the Federal government to step in to “save” subsidies in states… Continue Reading ››

Thankfulness and Regulations: Difficult to Reconcile, But…

While the Ferguson, Missouri riots take center stage in the news, other events are occurring too, and important ones.  For one thing, Thanksgiving is nearly here and Christians everywhere in America should take time to give thanks to God for who He is and for the abundant grace He has granted to each of us and to this nation.  In addition, we are waiting on the issuance of about 3, 400 new regulations to descend upon us, care of the… Continue Reading ››

What are Republicans Saying? Nothing Much Yet.

Something was missing from the recent Republican campaign efforts.  Though they did retake the Senate and several governor’s mansions, most were strangely silent on what might have been some winning issues.  These included Obamacare, school reform and reforming bureaucracy and regulation.  Obamacare did receive some attention, which is good, and all the new senators vowed to attempt to repeal it.  I am skeptical  of success there, for the time being, but an effort can and should be made at least… Continue Reading ››

Spinning the Medicare Data Release

Today the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a partial data set on payments to Medicare  providers. While the data will provide some interesting insights on Medicare payments, for example the Wall Street Journal says: The top 1% of 825,000 individual medical providers accounted for 14% of the $77 billion in billing recorded in the data. I discovered the Obama administration had created an interesting spin about the release of the data. The website CMS.gov said: As part… Continue Reading ››

April Fools! If you like your doctor, you can keep him (or her)!

I’ve been a bit under the weather lately (sick for over a week now–which is unusual for me).  Of course I don’t like to go to the doctor–like most of us–but I didn’t think I had a doctor, since I’d recently received a letter from my insurance company letting me know my doctor was leaving the practice and they would be seeking a replacement.  In the meantime, I could go into another provider 20 miles away.  So as my cold… Continue Reading ››

Obamacare by the Numbers: Who Really Cares?

The Congressional Budget Office recently reported new numbers related to the impact of the Affordable Care Act.  The report provided good news for Democrats and other presidential supporters when it estimated that the number of uninsured has dropped to approximately 30 million Americans.  On balance, however, Republicans and opponents have more fodder for the political battle.  Insurance enrollments totaled 1 million less than anticipated.  More damaging yet was the $1.2 trillion price tag and the loss of an estimated 2.5… Continue Reading ››

Rex Lex: Health Care Provision Delayed Again

This fruit hangs so low you can pick it with your feet. Pardon me while I take off my shoes. The Obama Administration has delayed, once again, the employer mandate for ObamaCare. Under the law’s original provision, companies with between 50 and 99 employees were required to provide coverage for workers or face a fine as of 2014. Last year the requirement was delayed until 2015, and as of now, the requirement will not kick in until 2016. This is the… Continue Reading ››