Hobby Lobby Reminds Obama He Can't Just Interpret the Law How He Likes
The Supreme Court today rang a victory bell for religious freedom as it ruled 5–4 that “HHS’s contraceptive mandate substantially burdens the exercise of religion” of three closely held companies — Hobby Lobby, Conestoga Wood Specialties, and Mardel.
The companies objected ...
Vermont Is Waking Up from Its Single-Payer Dream to a Taxpayer Nightmare
The citizens of Vermont apparently believe that Obamacare doesn’t go far enough toward government-controlled health care, so the Green Mountain State decided in 2011 to create its own single-payer health-care system.
Vermont’s Act 48 requires the new system to be ...
Millions Trampled in Obamacare’s 'Success'
President Obama is bragging that the administration reached its target of 7 million people enrolled in the Obamacare exchanges, but our insurance-salesman-in-chief has a callous definition of success.
Millions of people have been driven into the Obamacare exchanges and out of ...
How Can Democrats Run on Obamacare?
Democratic strategist Bob Shrum has some questionable advice for his party’s candidates facing the hurricane-force headwinds of Obamacare in the November elections: In his Daily Beast column, he tells candidates to “emphasize the popular provisions” and to “pound away ...
One More Delay Closer to Obamacare's Demise
The Obama administration’s announcement about the employer-mandate delay pushes one wave of bad news past the 2014 elections. It may be just a coincidence that the announcement is being made now, after the president met privately with Democratic members of ...
Is Obama Backing Away from Obamacare?
The president devoted less than 7 percent of his State of the Union address — just 462 words in a speech that was 6,778 words long — to an anecdotal and weak defense of his signature legislative achievement.
Surely Democrats in the Senate who are ...
Ten Obamacare Predictions for 2014
To kick off 2014, Kathleen Sebelius is reportedly papering the country with op-eds about the wonders of the “Affordable” Care Act. But her PR campaign aside, things will continue to deteriorate for Obamacare in 2014. Here are ten ways it’ll happen:
Another Round of Whoppers?
The White House is announcing its plans to launch a three-week initiative to remind us of all the reasons the Affordable Care Act passed in the first place and why we should learn to love this law again.
But there ...
Sticker Shock and the Obamacare Website
The Obama administration appears to be caught in yet another bind over the HealthCare.gov website. One of the site’s functions that actually worked well in testing was shut down days before the October 1 launch. CNN reports on internal ...
President Obama’s announcement this morning doesn’t give everyone who has received a cancellation notice the right to renew their coverage. Here’s the explanation why, from Doug Badger, who was President George W. Bush’s lead health-policy adviser ...
Yes We Can (Keep Our Coverage) Act
Americans are seeing first-hand the damage Obamacare is doing to their personal health-care arrangements, and the article in today’s Wall Street Journal about California cancer patient Edie Littlefield Sundby show that the danger can even be life threatening.
Californians Hit with Big Rate Shocks
Middle-income Americans are learning first-hand how Obamacare affects them. The Los Angeles Times has a scathing article about the premium hikes many Californians who have individually purchased health-insurance policies are facing because the law says they must buy policies that ...
Still No Funding for Kids with Cancer
As we enter Week Two of the government shutdown, President Obama and Senate majority leader Harry Reid still are refusing to budge in insisting the House pass a bill that funds the government with no strings attached, even if it ...
The internecine battles over defunding Obamacare consumed far too much of the August recess, but the House is back with a plan that could put this conflict to rest and get conservatives back on the same side in fighting the ...
The Real Obamacare Test Is Coming
More than three years since his health-care law was enacted, President Obama continues to focus on its immediately effective, small provisions — 26-year-old “children” getting coverage from their parents, “free” preventive care, and rebates from insurance companies.
But the president didn’...
Fact-Checking Obama's Health-Care Speech
The fact-checkers are likely to run out of Pinocchios after President Obama’s speech today at the White House touting Obamacare.
The biggest whopper is his argument that the health law is expanding access to affordable health coverage, when evidence ...
It is astonishing that the administration thinks delaying the reporting requirements and fines for the employer mandate will provide relief. Apart from the fact that administration officials do not have the legal authority to change the statue requiring the mandate ...
Another Attack on Innovative Care
An article in the Wall Street Journal explains how physician-owners of hospitals — among the highest-quality, most-efficient hospitals in the country — are “descend[ing] on Congress” to seek relief from strict limits on expansion of their facilities imposed by the Affordable ...
Florida Speaker Offers Positive Alternative to Medicaid Expansion
Florida house speaker Will Weatherford opposes Medicaid expansion, but, like almost every state official, is under intense pressure to offer an alternative proposal.
The “Florida Health Choices Plus” he announced this week would use state funds to expand coverage, tailor ...
While Florida governor Rick Scott has endorsed Medicaid expansion, Virginia governor Bob McDonnell has taken a different stance.
“Please understand that I cannot and will not support consideration of an expansion of Medicaid in Virginia until major reforms are authorized ...
The New HHS Regulation Purge
The Obama administration announced today — with no sense of irony whatsoever — a plan to purge unnecessary health-care regulations.
Has it occurred to them that they might start by turning off the spigot for Obamacare regulations, already numbering 13,000 pages and counting?
Massachusetts: An Apples to Oranges Comparison
AEI’s Tom Miller challenges health economist Austin Frakt who wrote in a recent JAMA Forum article that the penalties in Obamacare are high enough to get people to comply with the individual mandate.
Many others have argued that the ...
A Wise and Workable Strategy for Replacing Obamacare
Health-policy experts Jim Capretta and Jeff Anderson have a detailed game plan for battling Obamacare over the next four years in a new piece for The Weekly Standard, “Delay, Repeal, Replace. The Obamacare fight has just begun.” They explain:
Obamacare . . . ...
An Early Taste of Obamacare’s Medicine
Residents of Washington, D.C., are about to get an early taste of Obamacare and its command-and-control approach to health coverage.
A local board met Wednesday night and decided that all individuals and businesses with fewer than 50 employees who want ...
Boos Subside as Ryan Explains the Truth
The headlines shouted “Ryan Booed!” after Republican vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan dared to enter the lion’s den of the AARP on Friday to talk about Medicare.
But that was near the beginning of his talk. What wasn’t widely ...
The White House's Medicare Hypocrisy
Top Obama administration advisers must justify their hypocrisy over criticisms of the Romney-Ryan Medicare proposal after internal memos have surfaced showing they advised the White House to adopt a similar approach in 2010, according to Manhattan Institute health-policy expert Avik Roy.
Calm Down, Obamacare Foes
Some conservatives are aghast that Mitt Romney told NBC’s Meet the Press that there are some health reforms he would support.
“I’m not getting rid of all of health-care reform,” Mr. Romney said in an interview broadcast Sunday, ...
Trying to Love Obamacare?
After running away from Obamacare since 2010, Democrats last night embraced the law and tried to wrap it in new packaging in hopes it will sell better.
The first night of the Democratic National Convention was filled with references to the “...
President Obama said during his weekly radio address today that he wanted to share “some actual facts” about “a lot of accusations and misinformation flying around” about Medicare.
Let’s look at the “facts” that he highlights in his address:
Not Reforming Medicare Is Not an Option
To those who insist that they’ve “paid for” their Medicare benefits and dare politicians to change the program, consider this: A typical couple retiring last year, with both spouses having worked and paid taxes their whole careers, would have ...
Good Luck Finding a Doctor under Obamacare
“No matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise to the American people: If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period.”
President Barack Obama,
Speech to the American Medical Association
The commentary article in Tuesday’s Washington Post by HHS secretary Kathleen Sebelius reminds us of the Marx brothers: “Who are you going to believe? Me, or your own eyes?”
She is living in a fantasy world in ...
The Top Ten Worst Things in Obamacare
“We have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it.”
— Former Speaker Nancy Pelosi, March 2010
Now, all the rest of us are going to find out a lot more about what’s in the 2,700-page ...
Obamacare: Wrong for Women
The White House is making a special push to win women’s votes in November, among other things by proclaiming that Republicans are waging a “war on women.” But President Obama’s signature health-care overhaul is an assault on women’...
Don’t Contaminate the Drug-Approval Process
Members of Congress, working outside the harsh glare of politics, are very close to bipartisan agreement on a bill that would help fund the Food and Drug Administration’s work on drug approval and take much-needed steps toward modernizing the ...
Pictures from Obamacare Hearings, Day Two
“Tea Party Patriots” try to speak as pro-Obamacare forces chant loudly that they love the law.
A woman in wheel chair opposes Obamacare because she fears her care will be rationed.
Tea Party Patriots chant “We Love Liberty.” Marchers chant “...
Tea Party Leaders Are Holding an Impromptu News Conference @SCOTUS
Tea Party Patriots try to hold a news conference over loud chants and drums of pro-ObamaCare marchers:
The Supreme Court will hear six hours of arguments over three days about four questions involving the 26-state challenge to Obamacare. Here is a quick guide to what you need to know to follow the case, which former attorney general ...
Another Failed ‘Accommodation’
It is clear that the Obama administration is not backing down from its anti-conscience mandate but hopes to bury the controversy with bureaucratic delay. In its “Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking,” the government now officially promises to take action at ...
Bureaucratic Delay Costs Lives
One of the countless concerns with growing government control over the health sector is additional bureaucratic delay in getting new treatments to patients. We’re seeing more and more evidence of these hurdles.
And we have another example involving a ...
Religious Liberty: The Latest Target of Obamacare
The Obama administration announced today it will wait for a year (coincidentally until after the elections) before requiring religious organizations to comply with an Obamacare mandate that they provide coverage for contraception — including controversial drugs that can abort an early ...
Ryan-Wyden: The Best Medicare Proposal Yet
Oregon Democratic senator Ron Wyden is getting hammered by the White House for his courageous move to join House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan in co-sponsoring the best Medicare-modernization proposal yet.
The Ryan-Wyden plan would move Medicare to a more ...
The House Energy and Commerce Committee has approved a bill to repeal the controversial long-term entitlement program — the CLASS Act — in Obamacare, following the administration’s admission that the Ponzi scheme program is unworkable. This vote paves the way for ...
Cain Shows He's Savvy on Health-Care Policy
Herman Cain spoke with passion and conviction today before a Capitol Hill audience about the essential importance of repealing Obamacare and replacing it with “market-driven, patient-centered reform.”
He spoke at a forum organized by the Congressional Health Care Caucus, chaired ...
How refreshing that Republicans were talking about health care! The issue was virtually ignored in the 2008 GOP primaries, and we suffered the consequences when Democrats took over and rammed Obamacare into law.
The candidates had quite a brawl over Romneycare ...
Obamacare is collapsing. The latest example is last week’s brouhaha over the maybe-it’s-closing, maybe-it’s-not office that is tasked with implementing the CLASS Act.
It has been clear from the beginning that the CLASS program was a sham. ...
Fourth Circuit Doesn’t Rule on Obamacare’s Constitutionality
The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals said today that Virginia has no standing to challenge Obamacare’s individual mandate. In a second ruling issued at the same time, the Richmond court also said that Liberty University can’t challenge the ...
House Republicans will be blamed if a deal isn’t reached on the debt ceiling, and they will be held responsible for the fallout. The White House is looking for every opportunity to blame someone else for the miserable economy — ...
Sebelius in the Hot Seat over IPAB
Tempers are flaring in Washington’s sweltering July heat over the looming government default. The debate is also heating up over one of the scariest parts of Obamacare: the powerful, unelected, 15-member Medicare payment board.
Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testified ...
Obamacare Decision May Invite Supremes to Limit Federal Power
The Sixth Circuit was the first of several appeals courts to rule on the validity of Obamacare’s individual mandate, and conservatives are disappointed about Wednesday’s 2-1 decision upholding the law. They shouldn’t be.
A careful reading of ...
Obamacare's Latest Broken Promise: It's Raising Taxes on the Middle Class
When the president said in his first inaugural address that middle-income Americans “will not see your taxes increased a single dime,” most still believed in his supreme powers to solve the nation’s toughest problems, including health reform, that had ...
House Creates Escape Hatch from Obamacare
The House of Representatives successfully included a valuable escape hatch from Obamacare in the recent “doc fix” legislation, but members are getting blow-back from critics who say the provision fixes and even expands Obamacare.
That is nonsense. The provision eliminated ...
Two More Hurdles for Obamacare
We can add two major legal hurdles to the many obstacles facing President Obama’s signature health-overhaul law, based upon oral arguments heard today in two courtrooms in Washington, D.C.
Carrie Severino has posted an excellent overview at Bench ...
House Tees Up Health Votes
The House of Representatives plans to vote on several health reform bills this week, and two deserve particular attention.
First, religious liberty is once again in the forefront with a bill that would allow Christian Scientists an exemption from Obamacare’...
The Human Tragedy of Obamacare’s Job Losses
The CBO report released this week says finds that the president’s health law creates massive incentives for Americans, particularly those at the lower end of the income scale, to opt out of the work force or to adjust their ...
Obamacare Website Gets the Year Wrong
Ohio resident Sharon Rasberg was dutifully trying to sign up for Obamacare health coverage on the HealthCare.gov website and found it is misleading enrollees by a full year about the deadline to sign up for insurance. Is it a ...
The WH Is About to Hold a Fire Sale on Obamacare
Six Democratic senators have sent a letter to Kathleen Sebelius asking her to expand the definition of who is able to purchase catastrophic health insurance plans due to “hardship” so that this category will include people who have lost their 2013 ...
We Should All Worry about the ACA
All eyes have been focused on the functionality of the HealthCare.gov website — or the lack thereof — since its launch October 1. But another rolling disaster is underway that is much more significant: Despite the president’s assurances to the contrary, ...
Twenty-Seven Obamacare Changes
President Obama’s announcement Thursday of another illegal change to his health-care law continues a long pattern of trying to fix his fatally flawed signature legislation by administrative fiat.
By our count at the Galen Institute, more than 27 significant changes ...
Red Flags for Democrats on Obamacare
Jonathan Tobin is on target with his observation over at Commentary about the impact of Obamacare on the surprisingly close race for governor in Virginia.
The intense focus over the last two weeks on ObamaCare’s massive failures brought the ...
The Administration’s Audacious Blame Game
The White House now is accusing health-insurance companies of complying with the president’s health law! But the administration’s strategy of shifting blame in explaining why millions of Americans are losing their health-insurance plans flies in the face of ...
Top Ten Obamacare Disasters to Come
President Obama’s Monday Rose Garden speech replayed the same talking points he has been using for more than three years about Obamacare, while also offering old-tech suggestions, such as telephone hotlines and paper applications, to work around the law’...
Consumers Know It's Not Just Volume
The New York Times reports today on the administration’s spin about the rollout disaster of Obamacare, attributing the website crashes to much-higher-than-anticipated volume.
But reading the comments at the end of the article gives a clearer picture of what’...
Beware the Power of Obamacare Exchanges
The focus on health exchanges so far has been on the challenges administrators are having in creating the massive bureaucracy and infrastructure to deliver hundreds of billions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies. But once that is done, watch out.
Getting the IRS out of Obamacare
The House is expected to overwhelmingly approve a bill this week, likely support from some Democrats, to defund the Internal Revenue Service’s implementation of Obamacare and limit its 46 powers to collect taxes, distribute subsidies, collect information, and enforce compliance ...
Did Employers Just Become Aggressive Obamacare Implementers?
The Obama administration has just created “one of the broadest and deepest advertising networks” they could have imagined to spur enrollment in the new health-care exchanges, according to American Action Forum president Douglas Holtz-Eakin.
Because of the administration’s decision ...
How to Save $213 billion — and Your Own Life
Are we taking too many drugs?
The Twitterverse is abuzz over a new study released by the Mayo Clinic which found that 70 percent of Americans are taking at least one prescription drug.
A second independent study, conducted by the IMS ...
On PCIP, A Misfire from the Circular Firing Squad
An early Obamacare program already is running out of money, and the president has decided to close it to new enrollment, leaving out tens of thousands of people who were expecting help.
The House of Representatives is expected to vote ...
Republican Leaders Offer Solution to Depleted Preexisting Condition Fund
House speaker John Boehner, majority leader Eric Cantor, and other top House Republican leaders wrote to President Obama on Tuesday to ask him to support their efforts to shore up the fund created in Obamacare to help those with preexisting ...
Obamacare Sticker Shock: It Gets Worse
“Already, the Affordable Care Act is helping to slow the growth of health-care costs,” President Obama boasted during his State of the Union address. Apart from the fact that the statement is untrue, the line will be a real howler ...
The HHS Mandate Isn’t Fixed
The Obama administration today proposed a new rule that will further inflame the debate over the Obamacare mandate requiring employers to provide access to abortion-inducing drugs, contraceptives, and sterilization procedures at no cost to their employees.
While the administration has ...
Eye-popping Costs for Employer-Provided Health Insurance
Employees at larger companies are getting some eye-opening news in the W-2 statements they are receiving this month listing their 2012 income.
The health overhaul law required employers to add a line reporting the total cost of employer-sponsored health-insurance coverage. “To ...
What the Election Means for Obamacare
Obamacare will continue to barrel toward implementation in 2014, but its failings will become clearer and clearer every day.
The law is in diametric opposition to the workings of our economy and the spirit of freedom on which this country was ...
The Commonwealth Fund Makes It Up, Again
The liberal Commonwealth Fund is at it again, releasing today a new study, “Health Care in the 2012 Presidential Election: How the Obama and Romney Plans Stack Up.” But the “study” is, in a word, nonsense.
The crucial sentence in the ...
Seniors in Eight States Face Biggest Medicare Cuts
Obamacare’s $716 billion in Medicare cuts will have a very real impact on limiting seniors’ access to care throughout the country, but a new study by two health-policy researchers shows that seniors in Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and five other big ...
What Really Happened with Romneycare
Illinois senator Dick Durbin, the second-ranking Democrat in the Senate, said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe today that Mitt Romney is the “the baby daddy of Obamacare.”
In a piece I wrote for The American Spectator this spring, “...
On Health Care, Clinton Skirts the Facts
Former president Bill Clinton did a deep dive into policy last night during his keynote address to the Democratic National Convention, but he plays fast and loose with crucial facts on health care.
A few highlights:
First, both Governor Romney ...
Tampa, Fla.— Listening to Paul Ryan’s acceptance speech in the convention hall last night evoked a similar transformative moment I witnessed in 1980 when Ronald Reagan reset the agenda for the Republican party.
Then-candidate Reagan took his pledge to cut ...
Spending $716 Billion, Twice
The issue of $716 billion in spending cuts to Medicare has taken center stage, with accusations flying about who is raiding Medicare and pushing Granny off the cliff.
So here are the facts:
In 1997, the Republican Congress passed, and President Bill ...
Violating the DNA of Our Culture
Obamacare violates American values down to our country’s very DNA.
A majority of Americans continue to oppose the health law because we understand that it is at odds withthe fundamental principles and democratic processes of our country. We were ...
Poll: Obamacare Still a Huge Issue for the Voters This Fall
The latest New York Times/CBS News poll dives into public opinion on Obamacare following the Supreme Court decision and finds opposition to the law virtually unchanged from when it was enacted in 2010, with about half disapproving and one-third supporting ...
Eternal Vigilance for Religious Liberty
Church bells were ringing across America at noon on this Independence Day, marking the conclusion of the Fortnight for Freedom to raise awareness of the blessings of and threats to religious freedom. But our work has barely begun.
Cardinal Timothy ...
Don't Be Reckless with New Drug Law
Congress is on the verge of completing work on legislation to renew the Prescription Drug User Fee Act, which establishes the rules under which private companies pay fees to support the Food and Drug Administration’s process for reviewing their ...
Three ‘What-if’ Scenarios for Obamacare
The health sector is in a state of semi-paralysis over the fate of Obamacare.
While the Supreme Court’s decision is likely a month away, the American people already have made up their minds: Opinion polls show support for the ...
Holder Repeats Veiled Threat to Court
In a letter released on Thursday, Attorney General Eric Holder acknowledged that the judicial branch indisputably has the power to determine the constitutionality of laws passed by Congress. But he used the letter to reiterate President Obama’s warning to ...
I'm Tweeting from Outside SCOTUS
On the Ground at the Court
The Tea Party is here.
And is getting engaged in a shouting match with a religious pro-Obamacare group.
As the Tea Partiers chant “Breitbart…”
The religious pro-Obamacare faction sang “We Shall Overcome.”
Their press conference appears to be garnering most ...
Young People Hit Hardest by Obamacare
Residents of Indiana who buy individual health-insurance policies can expect to pay 75 to 95 percent more when the Affordable Care Act takes effect in 2014 than they would have had the health-care-overhaul law never passed, largely because of changes to the health ...
Sebelius: What Deficit? What Waivers?
The Obama administration’s top spokesperson on health care was unable to defend the string of promises that already have been broken about the health-care law when questioned before a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on Wednesday.
Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius ...
Defend Freedom --- Repeal CLASS
Democratic senator Tom Harkin of Iowa may have inadvertently revealed why President Obama has pledged to veto efforts by Congress to repeal a part of Obamacare that already has failed — the long-term-care entitlement program known as the CLASS Act.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius hopes you will believe her and not your own eyes, as she pens an op-ed in the Washington Post deceptively entitled, “The Affordable Care Act, helping Americans curb health-care costs.”
Congress made a serious drafting error in the health-overhaul law when it said that subsidies could be delivered through state exchanges but not through any federal fallback exchanges. (Michael Cannon of the Cato Institute wrote about this in the ...
Supremes Will Hear Obamacare Challenge
The Supreme Court’s decision to hear arguments in the 26-state challenge to Obamacare sets the stage for the most important constitutional test of freedom and individual liberty in at least a generation.
The court will hear arguments next spring ...
Senator Vitter’s Bad, Old Idea
Sen. David Vitter (R., La.) has resurrected a bad idea, and is demanding a vote on an amendment he has been pushing for years to legalize the importation of prescription drugs from Canada. The Senate could take up the amendment ...
Obamacare Extends Its Tentacles
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has released its long-awaited report outlining criteria for the Obama administration to determine what medical services most health insurance policies will be required to cover starting in 2014.
Since the federal government is mandating that people ...
Officials from states both red and blue are frustrated and confused about Obamacare, and even those who want to implement the law are privately expressing anger at the Obama administration for providing them so little information on how to proceed.
The Eleventh Circuit decision this month was the most significant court ruling to date in the constitutional challenges to Obamacare, and it virtually assures a U.S. Supreme Court hearing, most likely in the coming term. The Eleventh Circuit court ...
The conclusion is inescapable that Obamacare is killing job creation and smothering the recovery, and now the Heritage Foundation’s James Sherk has produced a study that clearly shows the correlation.
He compared job growth before and after the health ...
Obamacare a Factor in Bleak Jobs Report
Creation of new jobs has hit a wall as employers created just 18,000 jobs last month, sending the unemployment rate to 9.2 percent. The numbers would have been even worse had so many Americans not simply given up looking for work.
Losing Your Coverage under Obamacare
The White House is in apoplexy over a survey released two weeks ago by McKinsey & Company and has done everything it can to discredit the detailed survey of 1,300 employers, which showed a significant percentage of companies will drop health insurance ...