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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

How to Escape the Horror of Obamacare

By Rick Pearcey • August 17, 2016, 11:57 AM

Betsy Mccaughey writes at American Spectator:

On Tuesday, Aetna announced it's canceling its Obamacare plans in nearly all states. Count on other major insurers to back out soon.When open enrollment starts November 1, the public will see they're going to have few plans to choose from.

Worse, they're going to be paying lots more for health insurance in 2017 and getting less. Across the country, state insurance departments are announcing double-digit premium hikes, in some places.

The more you know about the demonically named "Affordable Care Act," the less you like. "People who earn too much to qualify for a subsidy will be forced to pay as much as a fifth of their income for health insurance," Mccaughey continues.

In return for this joy, "they’ll get less choice of doctors and hospitals and less prescription drug coverage." Ah, yes. Obama's transformation.

But there is hope beyond this darkness. "Annual enrollment begins eight days before voters go to the polls," Mccaughey writes.

"Donald Trump is vowing to repeal Obamacare. Hillary Clinton is doubling down on keeping and expanding it. Democrats are worried Obamacare sticker shock will have an 11th hour impact on the election."

There is therefore "a way out," according to Mccaughey. "If you don't want Obamacare rammed down your throat, vote Republican in November."



Thursday, October 15, 2015

Another Obamacare Collapse: Kentucky Healthcare Co-op Goes Under

By Rick Pearcey • October 15, 2015, 11:12 AM

Despite receiving "over $146 million in federal loan money" . . . "the Kentucky Health Cooperative has decided not to offer health insurance plans for 2016," Leah Jessen reports at the Daily Signal.

"The Kentucky co-op (Consumer Oriented and Operated Plan), a nonprofit health insurer created with federal taxpayer funds under Obamacare, announced its fold on Friday," according to the Daily Signal.

"It is with sadness that we announce this decision," Glenn Jennings, interim CEO of the Kentucky Health Cooperative, is quoted as saying in a statement.

"This very difficult choice was made after much deliberation," Jennings said. "If there were a way to avoid it and simultaneously do right by the members, providers and all others that we serve, we would do so."



Thursday, July 30, 2015

Wheaton College Ends Student Health Insurance Over Obamacare

By Rick Pearcey • July 30, 2015, 10:45 AM

Mariana Barillas reports at Campus Reform:

Wheaton College (Ill.) will no longer offer its students health care coverage after being denied a temporary exemption from the Obamacare contraceptive mandate.

"We regret that we were not able to provide earlier notice of this significant change, which affects roughly a quarter of our student body," said vice president for student development Paul Chelsen in a July 22 statement. The college will not renew its student health insurance plan (SHIP) for the upcoming school year.

"Additionally, Chelsen declared that the 'College desires that every student have access to quality and affordable healthcare' but said an 'unexpected notification' to comply with the contraceptive mandate 'did not allow the College adequate time to make alternate plans to provide student coverage in line with its institutional convictions'," Campus Reform reports.

"As previously reported by Campus Reform," Barillas continues, "Judge Richard Posner, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, denied the college's request for a preliminary injunction earlier this month. If it had been granted, the college would have been given a temporary religious exemption until its lawsuit was decided."

The Chicago-area college "is currently suing the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services because of religious objections to 'emergency contraception' coverage as part of its student health plan. The private Christian liberal arts college holds that several act as abortifacients and being required to provide them would violate its religious convictions," Campus Reform reports.

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Friday, June 26, 2015

After Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare, Texas Congressman Introduces Bill Aimed Directly at Justices

By Rick Pearcey • June 26, 2015, 06:23 AM

Oliver Darcy reports at The Blaze:

Rep. Brian Babin (R-Texas) responded to a Supreme Court decision upholding a key Obamacare provision Thursday by introducing a bill in the House that would require each of the justices to enroll in the controversial health care program.

"As the Supreme Court continues to ignore the letter of the law, it's important that these six individuals understand the full impact of their decisions on the American people," Babin stated in a press release, according to The Blaze.



Monday, May 4, 2015

Emergency-Room Visits Continue to Rise Under Obamacare

By Rick Pearcey • May 4, 2015, 11:32 AM

At the Washington Free Beacon:

Emergency-room visits continue to rise in the second year of Obamacare, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The visits are up despite claims by President Obama that the law would reduce emergency-room visits because Obamacare would increase access to other kinds of care.

"There was a grand theory the law would reduce ER visits," Dr. Howard Mell of the American College of Emergency Physicians was quoted as telling the Journal. "Well, guess what, it hasn’t happened. Visits are going up despite the ACA, and in a lot of cases because of it."