ST. PAUL, Minn.—The second Obamacare open enrollment period officially ended Sunday—after a week’s extension due to more web site glitches. Meanwhile, late last week the Obama Administration announced it had sent approximately 800,000 Healthcare.gov customers incorrect tax forms and asked them to delay filing their taxes as a result. It also extended enrollment until April 20 to give people penalized for being uninsured in 2014 time to get covered in 2015.
Health Exchanges - Imposing Obamacare
"The ACA cannot be implemented without an insurance exchange in each state. It's a go or it's a no-go. It's that simple." - As Robert Laszewski, president of Health Policy and Strategy Associates, Sept 2012, HealthDay.
"The exchange is the foundation of health care...Without these exchanges we're really not going to reform anything." - Terry Gardiner, national policy director for the Small Business Majority in 2010.
Hardship Exemption Information:
MN EXCHANGE DOCUMENTS - contracts, letters, rejection letter
FEDERAL EXCHANGE DOCUMENTS (limited list) - letters from Congress and Federal Departments
Beware the Advancing Care for Exceptional Kids Act of 2014. Proponents say the ACE Kids Act (H.R. 4930) will improve coordination of care for children with complex conditions on state government programs. Sponsored by Congressman Joe Barton (R- Texas), it has 48 Republican and 56 Democrat co-sponsors.
The Obamacare exchanges are in trouble. This is good news. These data-collecting, dollar-distributing structures hold Obamacare together. The exchanges also expand government dependency (Medicaid/Obamacare). The IRS will use the exchanges to enforce the law, track the insured and uninsured, and impose penalty payments from tax refunds -- for which they seek $67 million.
Patient Advocate Says New Mandate Will Harm Doctor-Patient Relationships; Survey Demonstrates Concern
ST. PAUL, Minn.—When Minnesota rang in the new year, the state also ushered in a new mandate requiring all health providers to utilize an Electronic Health Record (EHR) system that will share their patients’ private data with other entities and greatly impact the doctor-patient relationship.
Republicans must ignore bad advice. Liberal media, government officials, Democrats, and ACA proponents say Republicans must soon “fix” (expand) Obamacare.
As SCOTUS’ King v. Burwell Decision Looms, Administration Declares High-Risk Pools for Those with Serious Pre-Existing Conditions ‘Compliant’
ST. PAUL, Minn.—There was once a time when a citizen who had a serious pre-existing condition, had no access to employer health care, and was unable to obtain individual coverage from a traditional insurance company, could join a “high-risk pool” in nearly three-quarters of U.S. states and have his or her medical needs met.
Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Arguments on March 4
ST. PAUL, Minn.— 2015 is gearing up to be the year Obamacare will take even more money out of Americans’ pockets.
ST. PAUL, Minn.—This past year was perhaps one of the most crucial in history regarding patient rights and privacy, as important issues such as government health care, the storage of and research on baby DNA and federal biosurveillance plans all made headlines.
ST. PAUL, Minn.—The state of Florida will soon begin selling health insurance coverage plans through a “marketplace” that will operate much like a state exchange, but without the connection to HealthCare.Gov or the access to subsidies provided to patients through the state exchanges.
Yesterday, Jonathan Gruber was on the hot seat. His videotaped comments discussing “the stupidity of the American voter” have caused a firestorm nationwide. Yesterday, he testified for a U.S. House hearing called, “Examining Obamacare Transparency Failures.” I called it the grilling of Gruber.