Posts in category "Health care reform"

President Barack Obama hears voices

To everyone who voted, I want you to know that I hear you. To the two-thirds of voters who chose not to participate in the process yesterday, I hear you too. That was President Barack Obama the day after the Republicans shellacked the Democrats in the mid-term elections, handling control of both the Senate and... Read more »

Why not just eliminate Obamacare's employer mandate?

This isn’t being asked by some nutty right-wing group cabal or the Koch Brothers. The idea of eliminating the employer mandate of Obamacare (aka The Affordable Care Act) comes from the respected Urban Institute. In a study, it discovered that if the long delayed (illegally by the Obama administration until 2016) were eliminated, the impact... Read more »

Obamacare to increase the number of uninsured

Despite promises that it would cut deeply into the 40- or 50-million (the number always fluctuated) Americans uncovered by health insurance, one study now predicts that Obamacare (misnamed the Affordable Care Act) would increase the number of uninsured by about 10 percent more than t0day. Said Stephen T. Parente in a Wall St. Journal opinion... Read more »
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Chicago media give Sen. Dick Durbin another pass

Why do Chicago readers have to turn to an out-of-town newspaper to nail Sen. Dick Durbin for another outrageous exaggeration? Here’s what he said Feb. 9 on CBS’s “Face the Nation: “Bob, let’s look at the bottom line. The bottom line is this: 10 million Americans have health insurance today who would not have had... Read more »

The extra $475 a year you'll pay for Obamacare that Obama didn't mention

The National Federation of Independent Businesses projects the health-insurance tax will add an additional $475 per year for the average individually purchased family policy—nearly $5,000 over the course of a decade. Small businesses will take an even bigger hit, with the cost of an employer-provided family policy rising a projected $6,800 in the next decade. Gee, did... Read more »

Why aren't male contraceptives and sterilizations covered under Obamacare mandate?

It surprised me, but while Obamacare mandates free birth control for women, it does nothing for men. Did you know that: If you are a female employee of a company subject to the mandate who wants the full cost of your birth control pills paid for by your insurance: you are covered. If you are a... Read more »
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Some state Obamacare exchanges still really suck

In Oregon,  consumers still cannot enroll at the state exchange website. In Minnesota, outside consultants said it could take two years to fix the state’s website. In Massachusetts website failure threatened to increase the state’s uninsured rate. In Maryland,  the state exchange board recently voted to end its $193-million contract with main contractor Noridian Healthcare Solutions. It’s so... Read more »

A good list of Obamacare failures

Click on the headline to get the itemization. What was America’s greatest come-from-behind war? Go here to find out. To subscribe to The Barbershop, type your email address in the box and click the “create subscription” button. My list is completely spam free, and you can opt out at any time.

Yet one more problem with Obamacare

Sign up for Medicaid under Obamacare (deceptively named the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) and you could end up losing your house, car, life savings and every other asset. Explained the Chicago Tribune: A little-known wrinkle in the federal health insurance expansion could put at risk the house and other assets of those ages... Read more »
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Obamacare increases, not decreases, emergency room visits

Well, that’s the reverse of what was supposed to happen. Obamacare was supposed to cut the health care costs by prompting the un- and under-insured to visit their preventative health care providers instead of always going to the emergency room. Reports the New York Times: Supporters of President Obama’s health care law had predicted that... Read more »
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