President Obama and other officials like to point to projections by the Congressional Budget Office to show that ObamaCare “is working,” as the president put it.
He said 8 million have enrolled in the federal exchanges, but the CBO said in a recent report only 6 million are newly insured and some say even fewer than that did not have prior insurance.
“Twenty to 33 percent are actually newly insured and out of 8 million, that would be no more than 2 to 3 million people,” said David Hogberg of National Center for Public Policy Research in Washington.
That is why the CBO showed that at the end of this year, there will still be 42 million uninsured and 31 million without insurance ten years from now.
Not only that, but starting in 2018, the CBO report projected the total getting coverage from the exchange will hit 25 million, although at the same time 12 million will lose coverage.
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Christian radio broadcaster James Dobson has won a temporary injunction preventing the federal government from requiring his ministry to include the morning-after pill and other emergency contraception in its health insurance.
A federal judge in Denver issued the injunction Thursday.
Dobson sued in December, saying the Affordable Care Act mandate to provide the contraception violates the religious beliefs of his Colorado Springs-based ministry, called Family Talk.
The U.S. Supreme Court is considering similar challenges from Hobby Lobby and other employers.
Dobson is founder and president of Family Talk, which has a nationally syndicated radio show, newsletter and website. The lawsuit says the ministry has 28 full-time employees.
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James Dobson has been the scourge of anti-god, anti-family Liberals for over 3 decades. They have over that time used every dirty trick in the book to silence him and his ministry Focus on the Family. He retired from FOTF a few years ago and now has a more low-key radio program, but is still able to put a cocklebur under Liberals’ saddle.
A leading Obamacare critic sees trouble ahead for people who signed up for health insurance on the new government exchanges.
First, even the insurance companies that issue the plans are worried about “public pushback” from rising insurance premiums, Betsey McCaughey, the former lieutenant governor of New York and author of the book “Beating Obamacare,” told Fox News’s Neil Cavuto on Monday.
“That’s only part of the bad news,” she said. “You’re also going to see a million people or more default. In other words, they have paid their first premium, but when they discover what it really means to have a $3,000 or $5,000 deductible on their plan, they go to their doctor again and again and have to pay full freight, even though they’re paying a premium, they’re going to stop paying their premium.
“Another big problem ahead is the 25 million to 30 million people who currently get on-the-job coverage are going to lose it in the coming months, when their employers realize that they’re not going to be able to renew those old plans and they’re stuck between the very costly Obamacare plans or sending their workers and their families on to the exchanges.
“And finally you are going to hear a lot of desperation from cancer patients when they discover these Obamacare exchange — Obamacare exchange plans won`t let them go to any specialty cancer hospitals, even though the data show that, for example, women with ovarian cancer live longer when they`re treated at a high-volume cancer hospital.”
According to McCaughey, the CEOs of Aetna and CareFirst-Blue Cross/Blue Shield have warned about double- and even triple-digit premium increases in the next few months.
Read the full story at CNSNews.com.
With the ObamaCare enrollment deadline in the rearview for most, the IRS is preparing for the next step — tracking and penalizing those who choose not, or cannot afford, to buy approved health insurance.
How aggressive the agency will be in pursuing those fines, though, is an open question. The IRS already is under fire over last year’s political targeting scandal and talk of harsh fines on the millions who still do not have insurance is a touchy subject in an election year.
The agency says it is still drafting final tax forms and hiring staff to carry out the task, and is offering some details about how it will collect the penalties.
For most, the penalty will not apply until early next year. Those who failed to purchase insurance by the March 31, 2014, deadline — and are not exempt, or did not get an extension — must inform the government on their tax forms in early 2015.
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Talking about Obamacare’s effects is one thing; seeing hard data is another.
Heritage’s newly updated Obamacare in Pictures has 15 charts that show the law’s effects on Americans—from canceled insurance policies to new taxes, Medicare cuts, reduced choice for plans, and more.
Read the full article at The Foundry.
To see all the graphics go to http://www.heritage.org/research/projects/obamacare/obamacare-in-pictures