Another ObamaCare surprise: new regulations could end insurance for over one million people

As the weeks and months have passed since ObamaCare was signed into law, Nancy Pelosi's comment that "we have to pass it so we can find out what's in it" comment makes her out to be more of a prophet every day.  The devil truly is in the details, as they say.

The latest surprise is the fact that about one million low-income Americans could lose their health insurance coverage by September because some of its provisions will make it illegal (or at least impossible) to offer some limited benefits plans to the public.  (via Politico)

Part of the health care overhaul due to kick in this
September could strip more than 1 million people of their insurance coverage, violating a key goal of President Barack Obama’s reforms.

Under the provision, insurance companies will no longer be able to apply broad annual caps on the amount of money they pay out on health policies. Employer groups say the ban could essentially wipe out a niche insurance market that many part-time workers and retail and restaurant employees have come to rely on.

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ObamaCare Update: Yes, it's getting worse

It's beginning to seem like one could write a book (or at least fill a number of pages comparable to the length of the original bill) with reports of how ObamaCare doesn't do what Democrats said it would, how it does do what opponents said it would, and how it's going to result in other consequences that weren't predicted (which, itself, was predicted).  Got it?

Well, here's the latest:

The true cost of ObamaCare (the details they left out)

Remember how a big part of Obama and the Democrats sales job for their health care bill was that it would save money?  Well, guess what...  They were wrong.  Of course pretty much everyone who took a realistic look at their plan said the same thing, but that didn't stop them from marching forward.  Well a few days ago the Director of the Congressional Budget Office took to his blog and posted the following:

The central challenge is straightforward and stark: The rising costs of health care will put tremendous pressure on the federal budget during the next few decades and beyond.

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Canada "re-evaluating" it's government run health care system

While Democrats in Washington have been busy putting greater government controls on health care in America, (and putting taxpayers on the hook for more health care related expenses), our neighbors to the north are taking a hard look at the costs associated with their government funded system.

Why?  Because the population is aging, and reality is beginning to set in concerning the government's financial ability to keep delivering on the commitment of "free health care".  Their government run system currently eats up about 40% of provincial budgets each year...and rising.  In Ontario alone, that figure is projected to be 70% in a little over a decade.

(Via Reuters)

Ontario, Canada's most populous province, kicked off a fierce battle
with drug companies and pharmacies when it said earlier this year it
would halve generic drug prices and eliminate "incentive fees" to
generic drug manufacturers.

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What can states do to oppose ObamaCare?

As everyone knows by now in the aftermath of the "loud" debate over ObamaCare, the feds will be working to implement this massive (expensive) new program over the next several years, but it will take time. 

Of course, many people and politicians are looking for ways to stop and/or overturn the program via legal and political means.  "Legal", in the sense of the budding lawsuits that are being filed to challege various aspects of the program, not the least of which is the fact that it forces individual Americans to buy a commercial product for the first time in American history.  And "political" in the sense of introducing legislation to re-write and/or repeal the bill entirely - which of course will rely on having majorities in Congress that are so inclined, which will have to wait until after the coming November elections.

But this overlooks the individual state governments, which do have some options themselves that could be used to resist ObamaCare, not the least of which because they are called on to play such a large role in the program.

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Another ObamaCare surprise: an avalanche of new paperwork for businesses

In what is becoming almost a daily occurrence, yet another previously unknown (to the public) provision has been found in Obama's new health care law.  In this case, it has to do with new reporting requirements for business...and LOTS more paperwork.

Via Cato:

Most people know about the individual mandate in the new health care bill, but the bill contained another mandate that could be far more costly.

A few wording changes to the tax code's section 6041 regarding 1099 reporting were slipped into the 2000-page health legislation. The changes will force millions of businesses to issue hundreds of millions, perhaps billions, of additional IRS Form 1099s every year. It appears to be a costly, anti-business nightmare.

Under current law, businesses are required to issue 1099s in a limited set of situations, such as when paying outside consultants. The health care bill includes a vast expansion in this information reporting requirement in an attempt to raise revenue for an increasingly rapacious Congress...

So how does it change the 1099 requirements?  Get this:

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Recent polls (and the ObamaCare dead cat bounce)

In the course of the debate over ObamaCare many administration officials and members of the Democrat leadership did their best to twist the arms of fellow Democrats in Congress in order to wrangle a majority and pass the bill.  Part of their argument in their efforts to convince those Democrats was that, once the bill became law, it would become more popular than it was at the time because, they said, Republicans and Fox News were just being temporarily successful in demonizing the bill.  Better days were ahead.

So how's that working out?  Well, according to the latest poll - not to mention one conducted by James Carville - not too good.

The most recent Democracy Corps poll, (done by James Carville and Stan Greenberg) shows NO BOUNCE whatsoever for Obama in the wake of the health care bill becoming law.  Part of their analysis states:

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Obama administration hid health care report until after ObamaCare vote

There's more news from the "We need to pass it so you'll know what's in it" file.  In this case, it's more to do with the consequences of ObamaCare, as determined in a report by Obama's own Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

The report was compiled by the actuaries for Medicare and Medicaid.  The findings project that the costs of health care would go up by almost $400 billion by the end of the decade, 14 million Americans would lose their employer based insurance (thus INCREASING the number of people without insurance, which would move millions more Americans onto Medicaid), and that approximately four million Americans would be hit with the insurance tax penalty that the law would create.

These are all things that the supporters of ObamaCare said would NOT happen.  In fact, they campaigned on the rationale that it would reduce health care costs, costs less money to the government, and provide insurance coverage to more people.

The report was given to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (AND the White House) about a week BEFORE the passage of ObamaCare.  And, of course, Sebelius was all over television and in the media supporting passage of the bill by denying that the type of things would happen that her department's own report said would happen.

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ObamaCare still unpopular - despite Obama's sales pitches

A full month after the vote by the US House to push their own version of health care "reform" through despite the opposition of the American people, and after more speeches and sales pitches by Obama and various members of Congress, ObamaCare is, well, STILL unpopular with a majority of Americans.

It's so unpopular that the latest Rasmussen poll shows that 56% of Americans think it should be repealed.

Support for repeal of the recently-passed national health care plan is
proving to be just as consistent as opposition to the plan before it
was passed.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone
survey finds that 56% of likely voters nationwide favor repeal, while
41% are opposed.
Those figures include 48% who Strongly Favor repeal
and 29% who Strongly Oppose it. ...

Just 35% of voters believe the new health care law will be good for the
country, while 52% believe it will be bad
. These numbers have changed
little since the March 21 House vote to pass the health care bill.

Bottom line?  The majority of public opinion, and the strength of that opinion, is STILL with those who oppose ObamaCare.  Which might have something to do with why Obama and the Democrats are eager to move on to other subjects and get it out of the news.


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Members of Congress to lose insurance due to ObamaCare?

In what is probably one of the funniest and most deliciously ironic side-effects of ObamaCare, the New York Times reports that, buried deep in the 2,700 plus pages of the bill, there is language that would appear to kick members of Congress off of their current government insurance plans and put them into the new "exchanges" that the bill created.

The problem?  Well, the exchanges don't exist...but the bill is now the law of the land.

From the Times:

The law apparently bars members of Congress from the federal employees health program, on the assumption that lawmakers should join many of their constituents in getting coverage through new state-based markets known as insurance exchanges.

But the research service found that this provision was written in an imprecise, confusing way, so it is not clear when it takes effect.

The new exchanges do not have to be in operation until 2014. But because of a possible “drafting error,” the report says, Congress did not specify an effective date for the section excluding lawmakers from the existing program.

Under well-established canons of statutory interpretation, the report said, “a law takes effect on the date of its enactment” unless Congress clearly specifies otherwise. And Congress did not specify any other effective date for this part of the health care law. The law was enacted when President Obama signed it three weeks ago.

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More Hidden (Tax) Gems in ObamaCare

Another day, another find within the massive, 2,700-plus page ObamaCare legislation.  This one concerns a new program, snuck in the Senate reconciliation bill just two days before the vote, concerning home health care.

Via the Washington Times:

The health care bill signed into law by President Obama is full of
hidden time bombs. One costly provision buried in the lengthy
reconciliation bill at the last minute has taxpayers covering long-term
at-home care for the elderly. Through the so-called Community Living
Assistance Services and Support Act (CLASS Act), Americans will find
between $150 and $250 taken out of their paychecks each month to cover
this program nobody knew about.

Democrats claim this isn't a controversial program, but if they
really believed that, they wouldn't have had to sneak the provision
into the reconciliation bill. But it was snuck in the reconciliation
bill only two days before the House vote.

All of which proves Nancy Pelosi was right when she said that they needed to "pass the bill, so that you can find out what's in it".


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