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Under Obamacare, Small Business Owner Forced to Get Rid of Health Care Benefits or Face Fine Up to $500K

Posted: May 30, 2016 at 5:08 pm   /   Politics

When Maryland business owner Thomas Kunkel first learned about the Affordable Care Act, he was excited about the prospect of the new health care law. “From the small business standpoint, it was actually one of the first times I felt like a bit of a social program might actually benefit a small business,” he told […]

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Obama’s Latest Executive Overreach is in Medicare

Posted: May 21, 2016 at 7:56 am   /   Politics

The Obama administration has proposed regulatory changes in payment for Medicare Part B drugs. They’re looking to impose a broad, multi-year change through a demonstration project. Medicare demonstrations routinely test payment or delivery models in pilot programs, make a report to Congress, and the lawmakers either enact or reject the model as a statutory basis […]

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Why Obamacare Customers in Some States Might See Higher Rates in 2017

Posted: May 18, 2016 at 2:44 pm   /   Politics

As insurance companies begin submitting their rates for health care coverage next year, consumers are seeing changes in the number of insurers selling plans on Obamacare’s exchanges. And in some places, fewer choices on the exchanges can mean higher premiums. So far, three states—Alabama, Alaska, and Wyoming—have just one insurer selling coverage on their Obamacare […]

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Why HHS Says It Doesn’t Want to Spend Anti-Ebola Funds to Fight Zika

Posted: May 13, 2016 at 8:05 am   /   Politics

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has unspent money left over from the fight in 2013 against the Ebola epidemic overseas. But HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell has not deployed that money to combat the coming Zika virus because of what she considers prior commitments. House Republicans want to repurpose old Ebola money for […]

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How November’s Elections Could Impact the House’s Obamacare Lawsuit

Posted: May 12, 2016 at 2:49 pm   /   Politics

A federal judge delivered a blow to the Barack Obama administration and the president’s signature health care law Thursday in a lawsuit mounted by the House of Representatives. But the lawsuit’s future could be impacted further by November’s elections. U.S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer sided with the House in a case challenging how the Obama […]

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How Congress Mysteriously Became a ‘Small Business’ to Qualify for Obamacare Subsides

Posted: May 11, 2016 at 1:33 pm   /   Politics

It seems that federal officials have worked overtime to undermine public trust. Benghazi, the IRS abuses, the “fast and furious” gun-running fiasco, the solar power boondoggles, and the seemingly endless implementation problems of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)—all these scandals have common themes: Arrogant and abusive bureaucracy, double dealing, lame excuses and legal hairsplitting. All […]

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STOSSEL: Free-Market Medicine

Posted: May 11, 2016 at 12:00 pm   /   Features, Politics, Top Stories

President Obama’s proudest accomplishment is increasing the number of Americans with health insurance. A better idea would be to help people escape government care altogether. As I wrote after my recent surgery, hospital bureaucracy is toxic for patients. Unfortunately, calls for reform usually come from people who want more of the same — more health […]

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MACRA Implementation Should Reflect the Original Intent of the Legislation

Posted: May 11, 2016 at 2:27 am   /   Politics

On April 27, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its proposed rule regarding the implementation of the provisions outlined in the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). The basic goal of the MACRA was to repeal the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) mechanism of Medicare physician payment and replace […]

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Obama Administration Paves Way for States to Bail Out Remaining Obamacare Co-Ops

Posted: May 10, 2016 at 2:48 pm   /   Politics

The Obama administration is changing its rules for the remaining 12 co-ops started under Obamacare to now allow them to more easily attract outside investors, paving the way for states and large hospital systems to potentially inject cash into the struggling nonprofit insurers. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued an interim final rule […]

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