Despite a surge in enrollment under the Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare," more Americans have lost their original health plans than have gained insurance in the new program by Jan. 1, the first day of full implementation.
On Dec. 26, The Associated Press reported that at least 4.7 million Americans received notification that their current plan would be canceled due to Obamacare mandates. This number does not account for the 17 states – such as Texas, Ohio, and Virginia – which are not currently tracking cancellations. In both state and federal exchanges, only 2 million Americans have signed up for coverage under Obamacare, the Department of Health and Human Services confirmed.
Christopher Conover, a Duke University scholar and adjunct scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, predicted that over 100 million Americans would lose coverage by the end of the year. "Bottom line: of the 189 million Americans with private health insurance coverage, I estimate that if Obamacare is fully implemented, at least 129 million (68 percent) will not be able to keep their previous health care plan either because they already have lost or will lose that coverage by the end of 2014," Conover told The Daily Caller in November. more >>
Like the sun rises in the East or that Kanye loves Kanye. Another indisputable truth is that - after its passage and being upheld by the Supreme Court, and after its implementation and subsequent unilateral changes by President Obama and his administration - you still don't know what this law is, how it works or why you should even care. By this time, you're disgusted; you just want to start again.
That Administration doesn't want to start again. They want to pretend that all is well while they make unlawful (see, illegal) changes to the law to fit their political need. Recently, they changed the individual mandate - the heart and soul of Obamacare. If you had a plan cancelled, like millions have across the nation, you can now register for a bare bones policy (the kind that is illegal under Obamacare, but now Obama says you can have one, so just keep it on the down-low, cool?) But, it only applies to those under 30 or those with a hardship. I'm not sure what they mean by hardship, but it could be something like, "Hey! This damn website don't work worth a crap! Now what the hell am I supposed to do?"
Since its inception, the Obama Administration has unilaterally changed the law more than a dozen times. These changes did not make their way through the House and Senate with major debate and recorded votes to await and eventually get the signature of the President. Those are laws. Here's an instructional video for those of you who may not be familiar with how our system of government works: more >>
2013 was the year of Obamacare whoppers. But the nastiest truth about the health law is still to be exposed – the tightening hold the federal government will have over your doctor, even if you're paying with private insurance. Obama said "you're not going to have anybody getting in between you and your doctor in your decision making." It was a lie from day one, just like the president's other sales pitches.
President Obama's often repeated claim that "if you like your health plan, you can keep your health plan" was the obvious whopper of 2013. Over six million people had their plans cancelled already.
Then, on December 20th, the president brushed aside reporters' questions about the latest changes to Obamacare by brazenly claiming "the basic structure of the law is working." That's a lie too. more >>
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor put some temporary brakes on President Barack Obama's controversial Affordable Care Act for a group of Catholic nuns Tuesday night, just hours before it began forcing some religious-affiliated groups to provide health insurance covering birth control and abortion-inducing drugs or face heavy fines on Jan. 1.
A New York Times report said Justice Sotomayor issued a stay on the requirement at the request of the Little Sisters of the Poor, an order of nuns located in Colorado that operates nursing homes for low-income people in the United States and around the world. Justice Sotomayor also gave the Obama administration until Friday to respond to the Supreme Court.
"2014 marks 175 years that the Little Sisters of the Poor have been caring for the elderly and poor. We are grateful for the decision of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor granting us a temporary injunction protecting us from the HHS contraceptive mandate," noted the order in a statement posted on their website Wednesday. more >>
Jahi McMath's family won a last-minute extension on a restraining order that prevents Children's Hospital Oakland from removing her from a ventilator for one more week. The extension came one hour before the hospital was legally allowed, and said it would, disconnect the life support.
"This child was sitting on death row," family attorney Christopher Dolan told reporters after the judgment came down. "This was a facility that was hell bent on ending this child's life today, and a court stepped in."
Jahi's family was grateful for the extension and said it would give them more time to find a facility to care for the 13-year-old who was declared brain dead on December 12, following complications from a routine tonsillectomy. The family has been battling the hospital ever since that declaration, fully believing that Jahi can make a comeback and be healed. more >>
Jahi McMath's family is praying for a miracle and searching for a medical facility to house their loved one before time runs out today. Children's Hospital Oakland officials said they will turn off the life support at 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 30.
"Barring any other court-order legal action by the family, the ventilator will be shut off at 5 p.m. tomorrow," hospital spokesman Sam Singer announced. "It's tremendously sad, but that's what's going to occur."
The hospital has declared Jahi officially brain dead, but her family believes otherwise and has tried to convince the hospital otherwise while trying to find a new facility to care for her. One was lined up, but that fell through. Now the family is hoping that a hospital in New York may take her and keep her on life support. However, there is a problem given that no doctor at Children's Hospital will insert the necessary breathing and feeding tubes before her transfer. more >>