Back in September, our family received an Obamacare-induced health-insurance death notice. We joined millions of other Americans whose individual-market health plans died after Democrats lied about our ability to keep the plans and doctors we liked. President Obama tried to “fix” the mess he had created. But as usual, the federal government’s solutions have made things even worse.
Confusion and chaos reign not just in our household, but across the country.
As I reported last fall, our letter from Anthem BlueCross BlueShield of Colorado informed us that we could no longer keep our high-deductible PPO plan with a wide doctor network because of “changes from health care reform (also called the Affordable Care Act or ACA).” The Obamacare engineers determined that the affordable plan we liked was “substandard,” forcing us to enter the Obamacare health-insurance exchange, purchase a severely limited HMO plan, or seek some other alternative in the shrinking private marketplace.
We reluctantly took steps to sign up with the exchange, spending hours on Colorado’s busted website, hours on the phone with shady reps, and weeks waiting for some proof that we were in fact “enrolled.”
Then, a few months later, we received another letter from Anthem informing us that we could keep our current plan until November 2014. We signed a form stating that we wanted to do so and took steps to cancel our pending Obamacare enrollment. Next, we got another letter stating that our current Anthem plan would be canceled on May 1, 2014.
Then, last week, Obama announced by administrative fiat that we could keep our plan for another two years.
Simple question: Will our plan be canceled on May 1, or will we have it for another two years? Or what?
We called the number on our Anthem health-insurance card last week. Nobody picked up the phone after we had waited on hold for nearly an hour.
Second try: Twenty minutes on hold. Then, we were transferred to another number. Another 20-minute wait. Finally, a human being came on the line. After we explained our situation and posed our simple question, the rep put us on hold again. The eventual answer: He didn’t know.
After taking special note of our lengthy correspondence file, the rep then proceeded to give us the same number we had initially contacted in the first place. In response to our question about the contradictory information from his company and from the government, he informed us that Anthem has received “millions of calls” that it couldn’t process and apologized. He repeated the old phone number for us to call so we could fatten our lengthy correspondence file even more. And then: Click.
The Left will blame the insurance companies, as always. But at the center of the current mess are Obama’s desperate and now almost weekly Democratic-face-saving decrees to “fix” a fundamentally broken government racket. Half of the nation’s state insurance commissioners rejected the original “fix” for noncompliant plans last fall. Several still haven’t made decisions on that first “fix,” let alone the new ones for 2015 or 2016. Nobody can count on any state that went along with the original “fix” to sign on to the subsequent ones. And only a few have weighed in on the very latest one.
While the White House and Hollywood propagandists push aggressively for Americans to “Get Covered” and get enrolled in government-sponsored care before the March 31 open-enrollment deadline, millions of us are in bureaucratic limbo trying to get answers about the changes, the changes to the changes, and the changes to the changes to the changes to the private plans we liked and didn’t want to leave in the first place.
A former Obamacare policy adviser sheepishly concluded in the Washington Post this week: “I broadly view the administrative delays as a pragmatic realization that it is actually harder to do some of these things in reality than we thought when we put it down on paper.”
No kidding, genius. Thanks for nothing, Obamacare!
CINCINNATI (CBS Cleveland/AP) — A former Ohio poll worker sentenced to five years in prison for voting illegally on behalf of other people has been released from prison after less than a year behind bars.
Melowese Richardson of Madisonville was released Tuesday after her attorney says she gave him permission to reveal that she has bipolar disorder.
Her attorney, David Singleton, shared Richardson’s medical records with Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters.
After reviewing the case, Deters asked Judge Robert Ruehlman to allow Richardson to be released.
“In the interest of justice, it is time for her to go home,” Deters said, according to WCPO-TV.
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Ruehlman agreed and placed Richardson on five years of probation.
Singleton said justice was served with Richardson’s early release.
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“Justice was done in this case today,”Singleton told WXIX-TV. “We are grateful to Prosecuting Attorney Joe Deters for stepping up to ask the judge to release Melowese in light of the new information. We are thankful to Judge Ruehlman for revisiting his sentence and placing Ms. Richardson on probation.”
The 59-year-old Richardson previously told a TV station that she had voted multiple times for President Barack Obama on behalf of herself and family members. She had said she had no intent to commit voter fraud.
A national union that represents 300,000 low-wage hospitality workers charges in a new report that Obamacare will slam wages, cut hours, limit access to health insurance and worsen the very “income equality” President Obama says he is campaigning to fix.
Unite Here warned that due to Obamacare’s much higher costs for health insurance than what union workers currently pay, the result will be a pay cut of up to $5 an hour. “If employers follow the incentives in the law, they will push families onto the exchanges to buy coverage. This will force low-wage service industry employees to spend $2.00, $3.00 or even $5.00 an hour of their pay to buy similar coverage,” said the union in a new report.
“Only in Washington could asking the bottom of the middle class to finance health care for the poorest families be seen as reducing inequality,” said the report from Unite Here. “Without smart fixes, the ACA threatens the middle class with higher premiums, loss of hours, and a shift to part-time work and less comprehensive coverage,” said the report, titled, “The Irony of Obamacare: Making Inequality Worse.”
Based on government and private reports, polling and statements from administration officials, the report, to be sent to pro-union members in Congress, charges that low-wage workers are taking the hit under Obamacare, while wealthy insurance companies fatten up on government subsidies.
Union head Donald “D.” Taylor, in a note also being sent to Congress, demands changes and admits to being reluctant to bash a president his union supported.
“Believe me; I enter this entire debate about the consequences of the ACA with a deep reluctance,” he wrote. “Unite Here was the first union to endorse then-Senator Obama. We support the addition of health care to millions of Americans. Yet facts are facts, and Obamacare will cost our members the equivalent of a significant pay cut to keep their hard-won benefits.”
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The Obama White House really hopes you remain as ignorant as possible about recent American history. That is especially true when they announce monthly job numbers, like those that came out yesterday. The Labor Department has announced that 175,000 jobs were created in February. The U6 unemployment rate - the real unemployment rate that includes the underemployed and those who have given up looking - was 12.6 percent.
Now the White House wants you to think that 175,000 is a good job creation number. It's not. But if you don't ave historical context in which to view the number, you might not recognize that. So let’s put the 175,000 jobs in perspective.
During Ronald Reagan’s first term, the average per-month newly created jobs was 233,000. That wasn't a phenomenal month that prompted them to throw a celebration. It was the average. And keep in mind that the population of the United States 30 years ago was 81 million less than it is today. That means we were a 25 percent smaller country, so you would expect the job creation numbers of that era to trend smaller as a result.
But that's not the case. If you check the monthly job creation numbers under Obama and average them, you come up with an average of only 61,000 (and I didn’t even include January 2009, which was horrendous).
Let's review again the average monthly job creation numbers:
By the way, the biggest job creation month of the Reagan presidency was November 1983, when we created 1.114 milion jobs. How did that happen? It happened because they had just passed huge tax cuts. They had a plan for how to grow the economy, and they implemented the plan, and it worked. Remember, when Reagain took office he faced a recession too. He didn't use that as an excuse.
The Obama Administration doesn’t have any policies that will boost hiring, boost economic growth. But they can make assumptions! Yesterday thaty said the economy is going to grow at over 3 percent in the coming year. It hasn’t done that in the five years Obama has been president, but they are basing all their long-term revenue projections on the assumption that it will.
Last year it grew 1.9 percent. Why would it suddenly grow at 3 percent when Obama refuses to change any of his policies? They won't. They can't.
If Obama was serious about growth and job creation, he would adopt the policies of Ronald Reagan. Then maybe he would get the results of Ronald Reagan, which were outstanding.
Too much political stuff---off topic! I'm concerned about how the China economic slowdown will impact Macau & Singapore. Are others concerned, or not?
File this under ‘another story that would be blaring in the headlines if it had happened under a Republican.’ Even as Lois Lerner continues to obstruct the investigation into the IRS targeting of Tea Party groups, a former writer at a leftist tax-exempt group has revealed how the group changed the focus of their activities after being “berated” by the White House, which violates the IRS code for such organizations.
Zaid Jilani describes in a Tumblr post entitled “How Working in Washington Taught Me We’re All A Little Like RT America” where the White House “berated” Think Progress, the official blog of the tax-exempt “charity” Center for American Progress:
I worked with our art and design team at CAP to put together a chart showing that Obama’s supposed “withdrawal” plan from Afghanistan would leave more troops in the country than when he began his presidency.
The post was one of the most successful things I had ever written to that point. It was featured by MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell and the Congressional Progressive Caucus used it in their briefings to criticize Obama’s plan. I felt great… But then phone calls from the White House started pouring in, berating my bosses for being critical of Obama on this policy.
For 501(c)(3) organizations to remain tax-exempt (this is the exact same status Tea Party groups were seeking when harassed by the IRS), they must not advocate, “to influence legislation as a substantial part of its activities and it may not participate in any campaign activity for or against political candidates.” [Update: We have been informed that ThinkProgress operates under the 501(c)(4) sister organization Center for American Progress Action Fund, which allows for some political advocacy.] Here’s what Zaid said happened at the Think Progress offices after the White House phone calls:
Soon afterwards all of us ThinkProgress national security bloggers were called into a meeting with CAP senior staff and basically berated for opposing the Afgha