Although it defends the intent behind the Affordable Care Act, the report, entitled “The Irony of ObamaCare: Making inequality worse,” concludes that the law will transfer a billion dollars in wealth to insurance companies, uneven the playing field in the market, force employers to cut back on hours and result in pay decreases, Ralston Reports said.
“The promise of Obamacare was the right one and the hope for extending healthcare coverage to the un-and under-insured a step in the right direction,” the report says. “Yet the unintended consequences will hit the average, hard-working American where it hurts: in the wallet.”
The report says it’s “ironic” that the Obama administration is publicly discussing income inequality though it has yet to make the changes to ObamaCare that Unite Here believes are necessary to avoid exacerbating income disparity.
“Having already made efforts to accommodate businesses, churches and congressional staff, it is ironic that the administration is now highlighting issues of economic inequality without acting to preserve health plans that have been achieving the goals of the ACA for decades,” the report concludes. “Without a smart fix, the ACA will heighten the inequality that the Administration seeks to reduce … We cannot sit idly by as the politicians carve up our health plans while they carve out exceptions for themselves and every special interest feeding at the trough in Washington.”
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Republican National Committee data operatives will build a list of the millions of Americans who have lost insurance policies due to Obamacare in order to help their candidates win over these voters at the ballot box in 2014 and 2016.
“Getting that information [on plan cancellations] and having good data as to who votes, who doesn’t vote, voter registration, party affiliation, consumer characteristics, cross-referenced with that kind of information, I think, is important for us to have,” Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus told the Washington Examiner after his CPAC panel presentation Saturday morning.
It’s early in the process, though, because the cancellations are still taking place.
Priebus said the RNC’s data goals won’t be hindered by the leftward lean of many tech staffers. “We have not had a difficult time finding data scientists and software engineers,” he said. “We’ve brought in some of the top engineers from LinkedIn, Yahoo, and Facebook that are working on these data projects that we have at the party.”
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A McKinsey & Co. report finds that just 27% of the individuals who bought health insurance through early February were previously uninsured, and of those, just half have actually activated their coverage by making their first month’s premium payment. That means that just over 13% of Obamacare paying customers in February were people who were previously uninsured.
“The new health insurance marketplaces appear to be making little headway so far in signing up Americans who lack health insurance, the Affordable Care Act’s central goal,” reported the Washington Post.
The new study, released with just over three weeks to go before Obamacare’s six-month open-enrollment window closes on March 31, delivers a major blow to Democrats and President Barack Obama’s efforts to prop up the dour enrollment figures heading into the midterm elections. The study suggests that the overwhelming majority of those currently signing up for Obamacare are merely those like the five million Americans who already had health insurance until Obamacare canceled their plans.
According to McKinsey, the most common reason for not signing up for insurance cited by both previously insured and previously uninsured survey respondents was the perceived challenges in being able to afford coverage.
A second survey by researchers at the Urban Institute, a Washington D.C.-based think tank, found that Americans with lower incomes and those who are uninsured are less likely to know about the ObamaCare marketplaces than others, the Post reported.
The study, based on data from December, concluded that about 23 percent of uninsured respondents, 27 percent of adults in low-income families, and nearly 23 percent of those ages 18 to 34 had not heard about the marketplaces.
With just weeks left to sign up for insurance on HealthCare.gov, a growing number of people are opting to enroll in a Christian alternative to traditional health insurance.
Nationwide networks of fellow believers help share each other’s major medical bills through what’s known as health care sharing ministries.
“It works just like insurance. I have an insurance card. I show it just like anyone else would. I have a deductible. I have a monthly premium that I pay,” explained Eileen Wade, who joined the health care sharing ministry, Medi-Share, in 2011.
Since the launch of HealthCare.gov on Oct. 1, membership at each of the ministries has exploded, with nearly 30,000 new enrollees — more than the number of people who selected a plan through ObamaCare in 24 states.
In addition to the exemption from ObamaCare, Medi-Share’s CEO, Tony Meggs said a big draw for members is the ministries’ health plans don’t cover many of the more controversial procedures that are covered under the Affordable Care Act, such as abortion.
“Some of the qualifying plans in the Affordable Care Act are going to violate their conscience with some of the services that are mandated that the insurance plans cover. I think they’re going to be looking at health care sharing ministries as an alternative,” Meggs told FoxNews.com.
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