We're looking at 2.5 million discouraged workers thanks to ObamaCare
And there's a question being asked not just by conservatives but by liberals, we had Jonathan Turley, a very left-leaning professor of law, who supports the president on the program last night who suggested this is becoming a lawless presidency, your thought. ROMNEY: Well, it's a real mess. Look, the implementation of Obamacare is one part of the problem. I think the bridge of promise and the whole structure of the house put together is the biggest problem. But the implementation having been an unmitigated mess and the people who need relief from the imposition of Obamacare are the American families and that is the group that deserves to get some relief from this act. And I think it has been very disappointing and very revealing to see the president go through and make -- make these changes, which is a very tacit, and in fact, explicit recognition that the law isn't working and that this administration has not done the job they promised they would do. KELLY: Many people feel the only real chance of reversing this law now is to elect a republican president. And to have the republicans win control of the senate and do it legislatively in the next presidential election. I know you have been asked, including recently whether you would consider a third try at the presidency. And there are polls including out of New Hampshire that place you as a frontrunner, you said no, that you are not going to do it. Let me ask you this, are there any circumstances under which you would consider running?
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Obamacare enrollment push for the young enters 11th hour
Why not make that decision earlier, when his administration decided to delay the employer mandate for small businesses?I guess he just felt like it. With all the recent delays that the president has made, you would think that he would finally agree to give everyone a delay.He clearly should bite the bullet and delay the individual mandate.A recent poll by Bankrate showed that less than half of the respondents were aware of the March deadline that would require individuals to carry health insurance or face a penalty under Obamacare.Also, 62 percent of the respondents believe thatdeadline will be pushed back.Can they be blamed for this cynical conclusion? The administration is facing a difficult time convincing individuals that they are serious about forcing individuals without health insurance to pay the penalties, which will cause even greater confusion during the tax-filing season.It will take more than an advertising blitz to persuade individuals to enroll.Maybe the administration should try some scare tactics. Itsnew Obamacare slogan for spring 2014 can be enroll or else ... pay the price. Continuing to add to the Obamacare saga, small businesses are facing uncertainty and fear about the impact of the law.According to a recent survey by Merchant Cash and Capital, nearly 40 percent of small business owners are unsure about how Obamacare will affect their businesses.One in four respondents said they would halt any growth initiatives in the near future as a result of the Act. And one in five said they would put new hiring on hold as they deal with increasing operational expenses. [ Check out our editorial cartoons on President Obama. ] With a lagging economy and weak unemployment numbers, greater uncertainty and fear among business owners will impact the future economic outlook and confidence in the United States.MCC CEO Stephen Sheinbaum stated, Continued fear and doubt surrounding the rollout of Obamacare could potentially temper the economys positive momentum. President Obama will continue to have a difficult time figuring out a way to dispel the fears of business owners and the majority of Americans who disapprove of Obamacare.His willingness to make sporadic and last minute changes is indicative of a greater problem, which is causing anxiety among businesses and individuals.And we have yet to feel the long-term negative effects of Obamacare, including more individuals dependent on subsidies, discouraged workers who may decide to leave their jobs because of Obamacare and higher premiums for the middle class. According to the Congressional Budget Office, 2.5 million Americans will leave the workforce as a result of Obamacare, because they can work less and still have affordable health care.In other words more Americans become dependent on the government and take a seat in the wagon, while there are fewer Americans helping to pull the wagon. President Obama will need to check on his feelings to see how he plans to address and fix those problems.He may want to seek advice from Republicans.
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Obamacare Changes Are 'Dangerous' Precedent, Lawyers Say
Since 1946, when a president's approval rating was below 50 percent in such elections, his party has lost on average 36 House seats, according to the Gallup polling firm. When it is above 50 percent, they lose on average 14 seats, Gallup said. The healthcare issue was an important topic at the Democratic gathering at a waterfront resort. Before Obama spoke, the Democrats heard during a closed session from Ari Goldmann, a 32-year-old independent contractor and waiter who lives in Washington. A Democratic aide said Goldmann told the lawmakers he was "beyond thrilled" when he was able to get health coverage under Obamacare after his insurance company told him it was canceling his plan. Democrats hope to circulate more such stories in the months ahead as they scramble to win public approval of Obamacare and boost their election prospects. At a closed-door portion of his meeting with Democrats, another party aide said Obama told the gathering that "underlying policies in the (healthcare) program are working, but of course there are glitches.
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At the ObamaCare Improv
The group says it is planning "a barrage of efforts," which it declined to detail. CONCERN OVER PRICE HIKE Obama's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act barred longstanding insurance market practices that imposed sharply higher prices on people who were sick or older. That puts the onus on the program to spread insurers' risks between policyholders who need lots of medical attention and younger consumers who tend to be healthy and cheaper to insure. The concern is that the fewer young adults sign up, the higher insurance costs may have to rise for 2015. A Massachusetts health insurance marketplace, launched in 2007 under former Republican Governor Mitt Romney and widely seen as the prototype for the Obamacare exchanges, took nine months to breach the 30 percent mark, according to an analysis by Jonathan Gruber, an MIT professor and an architect of Obamacare and Massachusetts' earlier reforms. Gruber and other experts say reaching about 30 percent participation is a more reasonable goal for Obamacare in 2015 than 2014 given its challenges, including bitter partisan opposition, scant funding, and a public that is largely misinformed about the law and the botched HealthCare.gov launch. "It's going to take two or three years minimum to do what Massachusetts did," said Brian Haile, senior vice president for health policy at Jackson Hewitt Tax Service Inc., a tax preparation service that is promoting Obamacare enrollment. Analysts at the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation maintain that even if youth enrollment remains unchanged at 25 percent, it would add only 2.4 percent to 2015 premiums because the law compensates insurers for unexpected losses.
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Obamacare payment system will take months to complete, White House says
timely data relating to the payment of premiums by enrollees, Carney said. In depth: Obamacare kicks off The administration reported earlier in the week that nearly 3.3 million people have selected plans on the Obamacare marketplace as of Feb. 1. However, insurance companies are saying that about 20 percent of those people failed to pay their premiums on time and consequently didnt receive coverage in January, the New York Times reports . I think people are enrolling in multiple places, Aetna CEO Mark T. Bertolini reportedly said. They are shopping. And what happens is that they never really get back on HealthCare.gov to disenroll from plans they prior enrolled in. Carney said that the administration cant confirm that percentage until its automated payment system is running.
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Obama seeks to allay Democrats' fears on Obamacare
Mistakes in initial estimates consistently worked to make it easier to pass ObamaCare. As if the nanny state hasnt gotten out of hand with government telling everyone exactly the type of insurance, what medical care we can receive, what doctors we can see, and what foods we can eat, now the government claims it wants to micromange the number of hours we work. The Obama administration has been explaining that discouraging people from working is something good. We are told that those who stop working or work less will be better off. Why? They will have more time to do other things like spending time with their families. One of ObamaCares architects, Jonathan Gruber , gave a hypothetical example of the type of person who might be helped in the Los Angeles Times recently. He wrote about a 62-year-old man who wanted to retire early, but was trapped in his job and forced to continue working so that he could continue getting health insurance. As Gruber notes: this is a good outcome. But people feel they have to work for all sorts of reasons. For example, they may need money to send their kids to college or pay the mortgage on their house. Gruber confuses what is good for an individual worker and what is good for the country. Sure, the worker who can quit his job is better off. But would it be good if welfare payments could let all workers quit working? On a recent edition of Meet the Press, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) justified ObamaCare by giving another example: The single mom, who's raising three kids (and) has to keep a job because of healthcare, can now spend some time raising those kids. That's a family value. But it isnt just single moms with kids who are going to stop working or cutting back hours.
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Under his latest order, employers with 50 to 99 workers will have another year before they are required to provide insurance coverage for workers or pay a penalty. Companies that employ 100 or more workers have until 2015 to ensure that a percentage of fulltime staffers are covered, starting with 70 percent before requiring full coverage three years from now. "This was an example of, administratively, us making sure that we're smoothing out this transition," Obama said of the changes. "Where we've got companies that want to do the right thing and they're trying to work with us, we want to make sure that we're working with them as well," Obama said. "And that's going to be our attitude about the law generally how do we make it work in an optimal sort of way." Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer, appearing Monday on Fox News' "Special Report," said that Obama's actions reeked of politics. "These are not adjustments or transitions," he said. "These are political decisions to minimize the impact leading up to an election. And it's changing the law in a way that you are not allowed to do. "This is stuff you do in a banana republic. It's as if the law is simply a blackboard on which Obama writes any number he wants, any delay he wants on any provision." Story continues below video. Sandefur said it was important to note that the president was not actually changing the law, but rather instructing his subordinates to ignore violations of the law.
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Obama's Obamacare Whims
"Thats a possiblity under the new ObamaCare going on right now." In fact, one conservative group, Americans for Prosperity, is running an ad on exactly this subject, featuring a woman with lupus, an auto-immune disease. She starts by saying, "I voted for Barack Obama for president. I thought ObamaCare was going to be a good thing." But Emilie Lamb says she later got a letter saying her insurance was canceled because of ObamaCare, pushing her premiums from $52 to $373 a month. "I'm having to work a second job, to pay for ObamaCare, she adds. For somebody with lupus, that's not an easy thing. If I can't afford to continue to pay for ObamaCare, I don't get my medicine. I don't get to see my doctors." One of the problems is that drugs for some diseases such as MS do not have generic versions. So without cheaper alternatives and no help from ObamaCare, patients could face huge personal out-of-pocket bills, forcing some to skimp on their medications. Kantor worries that "this may drive more patients" to not buy their medicines, "which we know is dangerous," he says. "We know MS can be a bad disease when youre not treating it. When youre treating it, for most people they handle it pretty well, but we know when you dont treat (it), its the kind of disease where people end up in wheel chairs potentially." In the commercial market, of course, drugs not on a preferred list would also be more expensive, but with a major difference, according to Gottlieb.
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ObamaCare patients with serious pre-existing diseases could face expensive drug costs
14, 2014 6:46 p.m. ET President Obama predicted at the House Democratic retreat on Friday that "10 years from now, five years from now" people will look back on the Affordable Care Act as "a monumental achievement." He's right in the limited sense that, given the delays he has sanctioned so far, it will take years before anyone can tell if it works. Now that we've had more time to parse this week's announcement of a second delay of the employer mandate, the political reason for the carve-out is becoming clearer. Far from the economic relief that the White House claimed, the rule is meant to turn back the lifeboats toward the capsized ObamaCare ocean liner so the women and especially the children can help with the rescue. Enlarge Image AFP/Getty Images The statutory mandate requires businesses with the equivalent of 50 full-time employees based on a 30-hour work week to cover all workers or else pay a fine, starting Jan. 1, 2014. Mr. Obama is pushing the deadline back to 2016 for a new business category the White House waved into existencethose with fewer than 100 workers. Plus, all employers above that threshold will have to cover a mere 70% of their work force that year, not the law's pre-rewrite 100%.
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