In what would be an astounding coincidence if it isn’t evidence of IRS targeting those who embarrass ObamaCare, two people suddenly find themselves being audited by the IRS. Bill Elliott, a cancer patient who lost his insurance thanks to ObamaCare and was unable to pay the new rates, appeared on Megyn Kelley’s Fox News show, telling her he was going to just pay the fine and “let nature take its course.”
C. Steven Tucker, an insurance broker out of Chicago, saw Bill Elliot on the show talking about getting bounced from his coverage because of the ACA mandates, stepped in and helped the man retain his coverage.
Well, Bill Elliott is being audited by the IRS, and now so is C. Steven Tucker.
Chairman Issa, it is time to find out how these audits were decided upon, and put people under oath before your committee.
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(Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Friday that he and his top advisors were “brainstorming” with chief executives from top healthcare insurance companies about how to enroll Americans in health insurance before looming deadlines under his Obamacare healthcare law.
“What we’re going to be doing is brainstorming on how do we make sure that everybody understands what their options are,” Obama told reporters in a brief photo opportunity in the Roosevelt Room as the meeting with the insurers began.
“We’re going to be soliciting ideas from them,” he said.”
(Reporting by Roberta Rampton and Mark Felsenthal; editing by Jackie Frank)
On Friday, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, the Texas Democrat once dubbed the “Congressional Boss from Hell,” told the National Review Online that the millions of cancellation notices sent out by insurance companies are lies.
“The cancellation notice was not the truth,” she said. “It should have been: ’We intend to or expect to modify your insurance.’”
Cancellations, she explained, is what happens “when you don’t pay your premium, or something has happened in the bad old days.” But, she added, that’s not what’s happening with the notices that have been sent to millions of Americans.
“A cancellation notice was the inappropriate document to send without notice,” she added. “All they had to do is (say) that, ‘This is a notice to say that we’re going to improve your insurance, not, in essence, eliminate your insurance.’”
According to the NRO, Jackson Lee said she wrote an amendment before Obama’s announcement forcing insurance companies to “tell the truth,” apparently unaware that insurance companies are some of the most heavily regulated in the country.
Instead of sending out cancellation notices as the law required, Jackson Lee said companies should have told consumers things are getting better.
Read complete article via Sheila Jackson Lee: Insurance cancellation notices are lies – National Policy & Issues | Examiner.com.
It does appear that young people were better at screaming “yes we can” than rushing to the exchanges. I could have told President Obama that young men would rather talk ‘Peyton Place” than read health insurance proposals, especially ones that force them to pay higher premiums than they are paying now.
Maybe young people are seeing through the real intent of the law.
ObamaCare is a bad deal for a lot of reasons, including “generational theft”:
“There’s no reason to believe that even the greatest ad campaign in the world will jack up the youth numbers to where they need to be.
Yes, young people foolishly believe themselves to be indestructible.
But the actuarial truth is that most of them won’t ever need the sort of wide-ranging benefits mandated by Obamacare.
And given Obamacare’s ban on excluding people with pre-existing conditions and the relatively small financial penalties for not having insurance, the smart move for many people–whether young or old–is to wait until you actually need health care before shelling out for monthly premiums.
Younger Americans may indeed be reckless enough to do keg stands and have unprotected sex on a regular basis, but they’re not so dumb as the “Got Insurance?” ads–or the architects of Obamacare–seem to think.”
President Obama banked on young people seeing ObamaCare as some kind of “crusade,” a “kumbaya” kind of moment. Instead, young people are being rather rational and refusing to over-pay for a service!
(Reuters) – UnitedHealth Group dropped thousands of doctors from its networks in recent weeks, leaving many elderly patients unsure whether they need to switch plans to continue seeing their doctors, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.
The insurer said in October that underfunding of Medicare Advantage plans for the elderly could not be fully offset by the company’s other healthcare business. The company also reported spending more healthcare premiums on medical claims in the third quarter, due mainly to government cuts to payments for Medicare Advantage services.
The Journal report said that doctors in at least 10 states were notified of being laid off the plans, some citing “significant changes and pressures in the healthcare environment.” According to the notices, the terminations can be appealed within 30 days.
Tyler Mason, a UnitedHealth spokesperson, was not immediately available for comment when reached by Reuters.
The insurer told the WSJ that its provider networks were always changing and that it expected its Medicare Advantage network to be 85 percent to 90 percent of its current size by the end of 2014.
UnitedHealth is participating in about a dozen new state insurance markets that launched on October 1 to offer subsidized health coverage under President Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul.
The insurer said previously it planned to withdraw from some markets in 2014 because of the government funding cuts.
Another top health insurer, Aetna Inc , also warned in October that it expected slowing growth in 2014 in its Medicare Advantage plans.
I’ve seen this video being used dozens of times to make fun of all kinds of things. But this is one is hysterical. The subtitles are hilarious.
This is a MUST watch.
TV’s “dumb blonde” is not so dumb.
What will the Affordable Care Act mean for retirees?
SUZANNE SOMERS: As a writer of 24 books mostly on health and wellness and by using my celebrity to get to the best and brightest doctors, scientists and medical professionals in the alternative and integrative health-care world, I have come to the following conclusions:
First of all, let’s call affordable health care what it really is: It’s socialized medicine.
I’ve had an opportunity to watch the Canadian version of affordable health care in action with all its limitations with my Canadian husband’s family. A few years ago, I was startled to see the cover of Maclean’s, a national Canadian magazine, showing a picture of a dog on an examining table with the headline, “Your Dog Can Get Better Health Care Than You.” It went on to say that young Canadian medical students have no incentive to become doctors to humans because they can’t make any money. Instead, there is a great surge of Canadian students becoming veterinarians. That’s where the money is. A Canadian animal can have timely MRIs, surgeries and any number of tests it needs to receive quality health care.
My sister-in-law had to wait two months to get a General Practitioner. During this periodshe spent her days in bed vomiting continuously, unable to get any food or drink down because she couldn’t get an appointment with the doctor. When she finally did, the doctor said, “Oh you don’t need me, you need a specialist.” That took another two weeks until she got a pill that corrected the problem.
Really, is this what we want?
All of my husband’s cousins are doctors. Several have moved to the U.S. because after their years of intensive schooling, they want to reap financial rewards. My 75-year-old Canadian girlfriend was denied treatment because she was too old. She died recently, having been given
palliative care. That’s all the system would allow.
Affordable care will allow for pre-existing conditions. That’s the good part for retirees. But, let’s get down and dirty; the word “affordable” is a misnomer. So far, all you are hearing on the news is how everyone’s premiums are doubling and tripling and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to recognize that the whole thing is a big mess. Plus, even after Obamacare is fully implemented, there still will be tens of millions of people not covered. So what’s the point? Medical care will be degraded, the costs will skyrocket, and most frightening of all, your most intimate and personal information is now up for grabs.
So, is affordable care a good thing for retirees? Perhaps over time, it might work if you don’t get too old and you don’t get too sick, and you don’t live too long. But frankly, the economic ramifications with our already swollen debt load don’t add up. Retirees who are on Medicare will suffer the consequences of 700 billions of Medicare dollars instead being used to cover the skyrocketing cost of Obamacare. In essence, less dollars for seniors, means less service. Not fair. The Boomers are going to take the “hit.” In Obamacare, “too old” has limitations of service.
Boomers are smart. They see the train wreck coming… most I speak with think the Affordable Care Act is a greater Ponzi scheme than that pulled off by Bernie Madoff.
While virtually all the ObamaCare focus is trained on the program’s dysfunctional website, another problem could be emerging — in states where individuals are able to sign up, far more are enrolling in Medicaid than private plans.
For now, the statistics are spotty. The Obama administration still hasn’t provided figures on how many people have successfully enrolled through the federally run exchanges. Some, but not all, states have provided their own relatively up-to-date figures.
But for those that have, the lopsided numbers show Medicaid is getting the lion’s share of enrollees.
In Washington state, more than 35,000 people have signed up for coverage since Oct. 1. Of them, just 4,500 went into private plans. Roughly 31,000 signed up for Medicaid — with coverage kicking in sometime between now and Jan. 1.
The director of the state’s Health Care Authority said they were “pleased by the strong response of Medicaid-eligible residents.”
But the imbalance — if it does not even out in the months to come — could create problems for private insurance companies which are relying on a major influx of new and healthy customers to make the system hum.
“There are a lot of elements of this law that have to work, that must work — otherwise the whole thing collapses,” the Cato Institute’s Michael Cannon said. “They need — need — lots of healthy people to sign up for insurance through the exchanges.”
Read complete article via Rush on Medicaid could spell trouble for ObamaCare’s health | Fox News.
President Obama’s aides went to extraordinary lengths to uncover the identity of a senior official who was using Twitter to make snarky comments about White House staffers. Suspicion gradually centered on Jofi Joseph, the point man on nuclear nonproliferation at the National Security Council. So at a meeting in which everyone was in on the scam an inaccurate but innocuous news tidbit was revealed. When Joseph used his anonymous Twitter handle #natlsecwonk to broadcast the tidbit he was caught and promptly fired. He was not fired for revealing any secrets, but for making disparaging comments about thin-skinned administration players ranging from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel.
What apparently intensified the campaign to identify the “snarker” was a comment about Valerie Jarrett, the senior Obama adviser who has her own Secret Service detail and appears to exercise an inordinate amount of power behind the scenes. Joseph tweeted “I’m a fan of Obama, but his continuing reliance and dependence upon a vacuous cipher like Valerie Jarrett concerns me.”
Jarrett, an old Chicago friend of both Barack and Michelle Obama, appears to exercise such extraordinary influence she is sometimes quietly referred to as “Rasputin” on Capitol Hill, a reference to the mystical monk who held sway over Russia’s Czar Nicholas as he increasingly lost touch with reality during World War I.
Darrell Delamaide, a columnist for Dow Jones’s MarketWatch, says that “what has baffled many observers is how Jarrett, a former cog in the Chicago political machine and a real-estate executive, can exert such influence on policy despite her lack of qualifications in national security, foreign policy, economics, legislation or any of the other myriad specialties the president needs in an adviser.”
Delamaide believes the term “vacuous cipher” that was applied to Jarrett stung so much because it could be used as a metaphor for the administration in general. He writes that what “has remained consistent about the Obama administration is that vacuity — the slow response in a crisis, the hesitant and contradictory communication, a lack of conviction and engagement amid constant political calculation.” The stunning revelation that President Obama wasn’t kept properly apprised of problems with Obamacare’s website is just the latest example of how dysfunctional Obama World can be.
Whether Jarrett’s influence is all too real or exaggerated is unknowable. What is known is the extent to which she has long been a peerless enabler of Barack Obama’s inflated opinion of himself. Consider this quote from New Yorker editor David Remnick’s interview with her for his 2010 book The Bridge.
“I think Barack knew that he had God-given talents that were extraordinary. He knows exactly how smart he is. . . . He knows how perceptive he is. He knows what a good reader of people he is. And he knows that he has the ability — the extraordinary, uncanny ability — to take a thousand different perspectives, digest them and make sense out of them, and I think that he has never really been challenged intellectually. . . . So what I sensed in him was not just a restless spirit but somebody with such extraordinary talents that had to be really taxed in order for him to be happy. . . . He’s been bored to death his whole life. He’s just too talented to do what ordinary people do.”
Up against a court flatterer of that caliber it’s no surprise that Jarrett has outlasted almost everyone who was in Obama’s original White House team — from chief of staff Rahm Emanuel to political guru David Axelrod to Press Secretary Robert Gibbs. All are known to have crossed her, and all are gone. As one former Obama aide once told me: “Valerie is ‘She Who Must Not be Challenged.’”
When the revealing histories of the Obama White House are written it will be fascinating to learn just how extensive her role in the key decisions of the Obama years was.