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What To Expect In 2014: Obamacare, Immigration Reform, Budget Battles & More


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Obamacare, Medicaid & Medicare

In 2014, an expansion of Medicaid, with an increased cost burden for taxpayers, is expected. This is according to the Kaiser Family Foundation which has also projected Obamacare adding another 20 millionnew Medicaid dependents. It is estimated this expansion will add an average of 13% in costs to state budgets in 2014 alone.

The health insurance premium “sticker shock” will continue in 2014 as the reality of higher premiums really hits home. Most Americans, but especially the young and healthy, will have to come to grips with health insurance premium increases anywhere between 50% and 150%. And, to make matters worse, employers will continue to cut full-time workers back to part-time by reducing employees’ hours per week from 40 to 29 or less. This is being done to minimize the number of employees qualifying for the expensive Obamacare-compliant coverage.

Because businesses must pay more to purchase Obamacare-compliant plans, remaining employer-based health insurance policies will have higher out-of-pocket costs for employees, including higher co-pays and deductibles.

Obamacare’s Impact: New Website Tracks and Publishes Health Insurance Premium Increases Submitted From People Across the Country

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Obamacare’s Impact: New Website Tracks and Publishes Health Insurance Premium Increases From People Across the Country

Cypress, CA October 23, 2013

A new website addresses the increasingly prevalent issue of premium increases due to The Affordable Care Act. SkyrocketingPremiums.Com utilizes actual cases sent in from those impacted by Obamacare. Site visitors are encouraged to submit their personal premium increase stories, in addition to a photo documenting before and after premium costs.

The website also features user submitted information on other problems people have had in regard to Obamacare. The objective of this initiative is to keep people informed about what’s going on with Obamacare, on a daily basis.

Employers Monitoring Employees’ Weight & Habits – Just One of the Ways Obamacare Intrudes Into Your Privacy

Beginning in 2014, patients’ overall health, eating habits and body mass index (BMI) will be part of an electronic record, shared with various government bureaucracies, in addition to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Doctors will be required to record your BMI, which measures whether or not you are overweight. This will be done every you receive any type of medical treatment.  This information will be sent to HHS who will keep track your BMI and your updated information will be forwarded to various other agencies.

There’s also a good chance your employer will try to bait you into enrolling in a wellness program in which employees will need to reveal their height, weight, body fat percentage and other personal data.  A fine will be imposed on those who refuse to do so.  The employer will not have access to the employees’ personal health information—it will be sent to a third party administrator.  According to Health Affairs:

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