Do you like your doctor now? Because despite what President Obama has repeatedly promised, you might have to find a new one.
New reports from sources involved with Obamacare are admitting that the administration has not been entirely truthful with their promises of the new healthcare coverage proposal. The Obama administration promised the American people that under Obamacare they will be able to keep their current health care plan if they so choose. But is that true?
"We will keep this promise to the American people. If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period," President Obama said in 2009. "If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health-care plan. Period." more >>
The Obama administration apparently has known for at least three years that millions of Americans would get cancellation letters for their health insurance as a result of Obamacare, even though President Obama has said repeatedly that they wouldn't.
Several sources closely involved with the Affordable Care Act revealed in an NBC News report Tuesday that 50 to 75 percent of the 19 million Americans who purchase individual health insurance should expect to get "cancellation" letters or similar communications because their policies don't meet the standards required under the new health law.
That number according to one expert in the report, could also go as high as 80 percent. It is predicted that these individuals will also experience "sticker shock" when they realize it will cost them more to comply with Obamacare's health insurance standards. more >>
Late-night comedy show Saturday Night Live (SNL) poked fun at U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and the Obama administration's response to internet problems associated with Obamacare's sign-up website, healthcare.gov.
"A lot of folks have been talking about our new healthcare enrollment website – how it's been crashing and freezing and shutting down and stalling and not working and breaking and sucking," a parody Sebelius announces with a smile. She then proceeds to list "friendly tips" to help Americans deal with the widely-reported "glitches."
"Have you tried starting your computer?" the fake Sebelius asks nonchalantly. Going into completely unnecessary detail, she adds "sometimes it helps to turn the computer off and turn it back on." Deep in thought, the parody secretary giggles and shrugs her shoulders – "we don't know why, it just does." more >>
Not every bad thing that happens to us is bad, long term. I've learned it well; some of life's biggest blessings arrive unexpectedly, wrapped in the most unsightly dressings. It's as if the alchemy happens in the waiting. And so it may be for the GOP, as they now get to witness certain Democrats, who supported Obamacare, paying a hefty price for their misdeeds. (And who says there isn't a God?)
Bad choices have a way of boomeranging back and hitting us in the head. Some call it Karma, the Bible calls it The Law of the Harvest, and, in this case, the GOP should call it a gift – because a growing number of Democrats who spent more than two weeks opposing Republicans' request for a delay in Obamacare have suddenly seen the light. Signing on to an October 22 letter written by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., Democrats are asking the White House to grant an extension to Obamacare's open enrollment.
The letter makes it sound as if these liberals are looking out for us, but if that were true, they would not have shut down the government in the first place. Liberals are sort of like that person who tells everyone he's buying Halloween candy "for the kids" but then has to leave his house lights off October 31 because his belly is bulging and the candy bags are empty. Seriously, I don't know how liberals sleep at night knowing a law they passed caused so much chaos in the lives of everyday Americans; millions are losing coverage because their plans don't meet the ACA's requirements. Last week in Florida alone, 300,000 people lost their coverage. The Weekly Standard estimates 16 million people will receive cancellation notices and many will experience "some pretty big rate increases." Besides the Healthcare.gov meltdown, CBS News discovered the site's "shop and browse" section "a serious pricing problem" wherein premiums are underestimated by half in some cases. more >>
Well, well, well. When Republicans tried to delay the Obamacare individual mandate during the government shutdown, Democrats and President Barack Obama called them "meanies" and obstructionists. But when the Obama administration quietly had the Department of Health and Human Services announce Wednesday night it would extend the deadline for individuals to enroll in Obamacare, the media yawned as if to say "No, Big Deal."
In fact, reporter Dana Milbank of The Washington Post turned to mocking House Republicans for their persistence in pointing out the multitude of problems since the law's October 1 rollout. Even Democrats are shaking their heads at the mess. Yet Milbank haughtily writes in his bold liberal tone, "Okay, okay we get it: Republicans still don't like the healthcare-law. But can't they talk about anything else?"
Actually Dana, we can't because this nearly $3 trillion Affordable Care Act, which will add $1 trillion to our debt over 10 years, in all its glitch filled glory is giving Republicans and even some Democrats enough to talk about for the next 10 years. And talk they should. The Obamacare rollout has more glitches in its software than a hooker has runs in her panty hose. more >>
The Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare," is "not just a website," President Barack Obama recently said. True. The law is expansive, with lots of different parts. If the problems with Healthcare.gov are not fixed soon, though, the rest of the law is threatened.
To understand why, it is first necessary to understand what the ACA is mainly trying to accomplish.
While the full title of the law is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the primary purpose of the law is not to protect patients or make health care more affordable (though some parts of the law attempt to do that.) At its core, the ACA is mainly about providing more Americans with health insurance coverage. more >>