Health Care Reform - Obamacare

Where Have All the Promises Gone?

Where Have All the Promises Gone?

It's time to remember President Obama's promises for his national health care program: Prices would drop. Everyone would be covered. And no one would be left out in the cold.

This past week, the cold truth of reality has arrived and entire classes of people will soon be wondering where all those promises went. 

Reality #5 - Powerful Board of Seven Strangers

Reality #5 - Powerful Board of Seven Strangers

The Minnesota Insurance Exchange legislation specifically defines the “Minnesota Insurance Marketplace” as a Board. This board would be a defacto state agency, signing IT contracts, accepting state appropriations, having a dedicated state account, overseeing health care across the state of Minnesota, and choosing what insurance options are available on the exchange.

Obamacare Sticker Shock

Obamacare Sticker Shock

Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services unveiled new Obamacare waivers to the individual coverage mandate, offering hardship exemptions to several classes of Americans that do not meet specific income thresholds... the result is a large group of “boomerang” individuals who could not afford coverage previously, thought they’d gain coverage within Obamacare, and now are returning to the government for waivers based on the high cost of coverage and care.

Twila speaking in Rochester, MN

Twila speaking in Rochester, MN

"Obamacare will impact your life. Get the facts."

Twila was invited to address the Rochester Area Tea Party gathering on January 31st of 2013. This gave an opportunity for those outside the metropolitan area a chance to ask questions, get the facts and get mobilized.

Reality #4 – National Database of Your Personal Information

Reality #4 – National Database of Your Personal Information

Buried in the text of the Minnesota Obamacare Exchange bill (MNHIX) has a tiny but controversial section allowing free-flow sharing of all data the government has on you. It also grants them access to the date “other entities” have on you. There is no limit to the agencies that can share data. There is no limit to the data that can be shared. There is no limit with whom the data may be shared.

Reality #3 – Obama's Bluff - the "Federal Health Exchange"

Reality #3 – Obama's Bluff - the 'Federal Health Exchange'

Although language for a "federal" health insurance exchange exists in Obama's reform law, it's essentially a bluff. The federal government never intended to create it. They don't want to create it. They didn't even give themselves money to create it. 

Ten States to Connect with “Federal Surveillance Center”

Ten States to Connect with “Federal Surveillance Center”

The federal health department recently granted $1.5 billion in aid to states actively building their health insurance exchanges – government entities that feed private data into a ‘Federal Surveillance Center’ that has access to a wide variety of data about all Americans and makes it available to state and federal government agencies...

MN Health Insurance Exchange Realities

Minnesota Health Insurance Exchange Diagram

Minnesota Health Insurance Exchange Diagram

Minnesota Legislation: Senate File 1/ House File 5

Adding Minnesotans to “the largest consolidation of personal data in the history of the republic” - USA TODAY

IRS Threatens Employers

IRS Threatens Employers

The gloves are coming off. We're 11 months from full implementation and the real-world impact of Obamacare is hitting the newswires. Taco Bell and Wendy's just cut the hours of hundreds of employees to avoid the Obamacare employer health insurance mandate.