Anti-Romney SuperPAC Ad Actually Highlights Policy Ambiguity in Affordable Care Act

By: Friday August 10, 2012 11:00 am

Seeking a rebound, the Romney campaign has charged that a new ad from an Obama-supporting PAC, Priorities USA, contains misleading information and falsehoods. The ad features Joe Soptic, a steelworker at a company taken over by Bain Capital, who lost his job in the aftermath. Later, his wife succumbed to cancer, as the family did [...]

Businesses Taking Heat Over What to Do With Health Insurance Rebates

By: Friday August 10, 2012 10:14 am

A couple weeks ago, when everybody was hailing the power of the medical loss ratio to send rebate checks to health insurance subscribers, I pointed out that a large percentage of the rebates would just revert back to employers, who could then do with them whatever they pleased, within certain limits. This would potentially not [...]

Children Under 26 on Parents’ Health Plans May Not Qualify for Maternity Coverage

By: Tuesday August 7, 2012 10:19 am

The Obama Administration and supporters of the Affordable Care Act never fail to tout one of the innovations in the law that has already come into practice. That’s the allowance of children to stay on their parents’ insurance up to age 26, which has allowed by one estimate over 2 million sons and daughters to [...]

Many Insurance Company Rebates Just Revert Back to Employers

By: Monday July 30, 2012 11:48 am

One of the claimed successes by Obamacare supporters has been the distribution of rebates from insurance companies that did not reach the required percentages of spending on medical treatment under what is known as the “medical loss ratio.” Under the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies that fail to spend 80% of their premium dollars on [...]

The New Contraceptive Rules, and the Fragmentation of US Health Care

By: Monday March 19, 2012 7:35 am

Late on Friday, the Administration laid out a series of new details on the contraceptive mandate that has caused such controversy over the past several weeks. And it turns out that the White House determined that they could not enforce the mandate on self-insured plans (plans where individuals pay directly to the organization, which then [...]

Reid Will Allow Vote on Blunt Amendment, Extending Birth Control Access Debate

By: Wednesday February 15, 2012 6:54 am

Happy to allow a debate on birth control in 2012, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will give Republicans a vote on an amendment to the surface transportation bill authored by Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO), known as the “Freedom of Conscience” amendment. The amendment, sponsored by Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), would let employers opt out of [...]

New Health Care Regulations Close Exchanges to Many Offered Unaffordable Employer Coverage

By: Monday August 15, 2011 1:48 pm

One of the major problems with the Affordable Care Act will come with the determination of what set of plans recipients can become eligible for. Under the law, Americans who make up to 133% of the federal poverty line can sign up for Medicaid. From 133%-400%, they are eligible to collect subsidies on a sliding [...]

McKinsey Down in Flames as They Distance from Findings of Controversial Health Care Study

By: Monday June 20, 2011 2:12 pm

A few weeks ago, the consulting firm McKinsey released a controversial study claiming that employers would drop coverage in large quantities when the full Affordable Care Act is implemented. The Obama Administration immediately downplayed the study and then sought to get further information about it released. In the meantime, a separate study from Avalare Health [...]

Entitled Tea Party Jagoff Wants Government-Run Health Care Immediately Upon Entry to Congress

By: Tuesday November 16, 2010 6:10 am

Andy Harris, a right-wing tea party favorite from Maryland, won his election against Frank Kratovil, and will represent MD-01 in the House come January. Like his fellow freshman legislators, he will not receive coverage under the Federal Employee Benefits Health Program until the first of the next month. This is fairly standard for virtually every [...]

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