Apr
13
2015
5

Pro-#Obamacare shill organization Enroll America now withering on the vine.

(Via @MyCancellation) Well, isn’t this somewhat awkward for Team Democrat.

The main national organization promoting Obamacare enrollment is cutting 100 jobs amid a major retrenchment as key funders turn to other health care priorities.

It’s the beginning of the end for Enroll America, which was set up by liberal advocates of the Affordable Care Act to run a sophisticated, political-style campaign to persuade Americans to get covered. The group, led by veterans of President Barack Obama’s campaigns and administration, was never intended to last forever, but a precipitous drop in funding forced it to scale back to half of its peak size after only two seasons of Obamacare sign-up. That’s a more rapid throttling back than some of the people associated with Enroll had envisioned at the start.

So was Napoleon’s Retreat from Moscow.

Moe Lane

Apr
07
2015
4

Obamacare’s rather foolish birth control mandate gets another day in court.

This will be the next front in the Obamacare war against liberty of conscience: “The next big Obamacare question of whether religious schools can duck the birth control mandate got another federal appeals court hearing on Tuesday.” The more or less short version: some religious institutions have strong objections to providing coverage for certain forms of birth control that are currently mandated by Obamacare.  The Obama administration has created an alternative method to cover such things, in case of sincere religious objection by schools, religious institutions, and or other nonprofits: and the Obama administration obviously feels that this is sufficient.

The problem, of course, is that religious groups usually have religious reasons for rejecting any particular drug or procedure.  They also usually have strong rules against aiding and abetting behaviors that the religious group consider sinful; and so they’re refusing to play along with the Obama administration.  And, thanks to the Hobby Lobby case and the federal RFRA, religious groups’ arguments have a bit more bite to them. (more…)

Apr
06
2015
1

The IRS delays yet another piece of Obamacare. Like they do.

Surprise, surprise, surprise.

ObamaCare customers who received the wrong tax form from the federal government this spring will not face penalties if they miss the April 15 deadline, officials announced Friday.

Anyone who have not yet been sent corrected tax forms and are “unable to file an accurate tax return” now have until Oct. 15 to file — as long as they request an extension.

The government did not say how many people will be given extra time, though officials said in late March that 80,000 people were still waiting on their corrected tax forms. A total of 800,000 people had mailed the wrong forms.

(more…)

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Mar
22
2015
6

Uninsured continue to do basic Obamacare tax math.

Well, this sounds awkward. As you probably already know, people who don’t get Obamacare-approved insurance have to pay a tax. In fact, the tax is supposed to be what gets people to buy Obamacare-approved insurance. And how is it working out? Well

Major tax-preparation firms say many customers are paying the penalty and not getting health insurance. It is still early, since the special enrollment period launched Sunday, but research also suggests that many people who lack health insurance will pay the penalty and not get covered this year.

Only 12% of uninsured people would buy policies if informed of the penalty, according to a survey of 3,000 adults polled through Feb. 24 by McKinsey & Co.’s Center for U.S. Health System Reform.

(more…)

Mar
14
2015
3

American poor does math, realizes that Obamacare tax is still cheaper than Obamacare.

From the I told you so section of the news comes a report that the Obama administration is having trouble convincing people to buy insurance, or pay a fine – despite the fact that they’ve extended the window to buy coverage.  Why? Well

This is the first year fines are being collected from uninsured people the government deems able to afford coverage. Tax preparation company H&R Block says the penalty averages about $170 among its affected customers. It usually is deducted from a person’s tax refund.

Those penalized are mainly the kind of people the law was intended to help: low- and middle-income workers who do not have coverage on the job or are self-employed. Roughly 4 million people are expected to pay fines, according to congressional estimates.

Basically, in June of 2014 CNN reported that the average monthly Bronze Obamacare payment after subsidies was $82, or $984/year. That is significantly more than the 2014 penalty. That’s also significantly more than the $325/year minimum penalty for this year.  Turns out that the administration miscalculated just how much of a deterrent the fine fine was; which is pretty much par for the course for this administration, huh? (more…)

Mar
04
2015
4

My watchdog.org post on Cover Oregon is up.

Link here.  Short version: clearly Cover Oregon once offended a gypsy or violated a mummy’s tomb or possibly didn’t kiss up enough to a Greek god.  It’s the only way to explain why that site has become a karmic chew toy.  Especially since now it’s got King v. Burwell hanging over its head by a thread…

Moe Lane

PS: I don’t know how King v. Burwell is going to be decided, and neither does anybody else.

Feb
17
2015
4

Tweet of the Day, SOMEBODY Just Got A Reality-Mugging edition.

What changed, indeed.

I know, I know: the temptation is strong to point and mock. But think of it this way: spite and aggravation are wonderful motivators. Why not encourage those who are upset about being lied to take it out on WORTHY targets? – And don’t tell me that you can’t convince anybody to do that. This strategy will only work on some, sure. But ‘some’ are all we need. Even if it’s one or two in a hundred… that’s enough. The Democrats have no. Margin. At. All.

Selah.

Feb
16
2015
5

House Democrats in 2015 suddenly worried about tax hike that they refused to stop in 2014.

Shot:

Three senior House members [Sander Levin (Michigan), Jim McDermott (Washington), and Lloyd Doggett (Texas)] told The Associated Press that they plan to strongly urge the administration to grant a special sign-up opportunity for uninsured taxpayers who will be facing fines under the law for the first time this year.

Chaser:

In light of the heavy burden being imposed by the health law on people struggling in a weak economy, it’s worth remembering that less than a year ago, the House of Representatives voted on legislation to defer these penaltiesThe vote was 250-160 in favor of a delay, with the vast majority of House Democrats voting to impose these penalties rather than defer them. And the three House leaders who are now concerned that the process is unfair – Representatives Doggett, Levin, and McDermott – all voted against putting the penalties off for one year.

(more…)

Feb
15
2015
6

More Obamacare victims noticing that they’re gonna be on the hook to the IRS.

Bad news for Obamacare advocates:

Between 4.5 million and 7.5 million taxpayers received subsidies for insurance premiums when they signed up for coverage on Obamacare exchanges, federal officials said. These folks had to forecast their 2014 income when they applied. Those who underestimated their earnings either will receive smaller tax refunds or will owe the IRS money.

Some enrollees, however, had a change in circumstances — such as a raise, new job, marriage or baby — during the year that could affect their subsidy level. Obamacare enrollees were supposed to contact their exchange so it could revise their premium. Some people, however, did not know they had to notify the exchange or simply didn’t bother.

(more…)

Feb
14
2015
5

Wait. There’s a TECHNICAL PROBLEM with #Obamacare signups? Inconceivable!

And yet, it happened: “As the clock ticked toward the Sunday night deadline for Obamacare’s 2015 enrollment, federal officials on Saturday grappled with a glitch that prevented people from getting their income verified so they could sign up for insurance.”

In other news: it’s Saturday.

Via

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Feb
09
2015
11

How to get Obamacare supporters upset about Obamacare: personally inconvenience them.

So, let me get this straight.  Ms. Pineman (the subject of this New York Times article) is a loyal Obama voter and Obamacare supporter.  So, she accepted the following:

  • That her plan – which she liked – would go away.  Despite being told – explicitly – that if she liked her plan, she could keep her plan.
  • That her new plan would not pay for her favored doctor.  Despite being told – explicitly – that if she liked her doctor, she could keep her doctor.
  • That her premiums would be going up.  Despite being told – explicitly – that her costs would go down.
  • That her networks would shrink.  Despite being told – explicitly – that the quality of her coverage would not suffer.
  • That her co-pay for an emergency room visit went through the roof. No explicit promise that I can remember on this one, but it’s always fun to watch an Obamacare supporter discover this particular wrinkle.

(more…)

Feb
03
2015
1

Obama administration punts on enforcing #obamacare. Again.

You know, if I didn’t know better I’d think that there’s something fundamentally wrong with Obamacare.  But that’s just crazy talk, right? …Right:

Consumers who received too much in federal tax credits when buying insurance on the health law’s marketplaces last year got a reprieve of sorts from the Internal Revenue Service this week. Although they still have to repay some or all of the excess subsidies, the IRS won’t ding them with a late payment penalty if they don’t repay it by the April 15 tax deadline.

“They’re trying to make this work,” says Timothy Jost, a law professor at Washington and Lee University who’s an expert on the health law.

They’re certainly trying, at least. (more…)

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