Cover Oregon Flirting with Other IT Contractors, State Health Tech Chief Resigns
Oregon’s Obamacare exchange, which still doesn’t have a functioning website, has run into even more problems.
The work done by Oracle, the contractor selected to build the exchange’s website, has been so unsatisfactory that the exchange has ...
Illinois Urging Thousands to Reapply for Insurance if They Think They Were Wrongly Sent to Medicaid
Illinois officials are contacting thousands of Prairie State residents to urge them to redo their health-insurance applications if they think HealthCare.gov incorrectly sent them to Medicaid.
Over 30,000 Illinois residents who applied for insurance through HealthCare.gov may be eligible ...
MNsure Chief Resigns after Coming Under Fire for Two-Week Vacation to Costa Rica
The executive director of Minnesota’s state-run health-care exchange has resigned after coming under fire for taking a vacation even as the exchange worked to double-check up to 40,000 applications and faced glitches and security flaws.
April Todd-Malmov resigned yesterday in ...
At Least Three Insurers Saw Plans Disappear from HealthCare.gov Last Week
At least three Wisconsin insurers saw their plans disappear from the federal health exchange last week.
On December 11, plans offered by WPS Health Insurance, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, and Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin disappeared from ...
The Best Pajama Boy Zinger Yet
Ezra Klein at the Playboy Mansion: “Hi ladies. Are you covered. What-what are you doing?!?!” pic.twitter.com/dgZleCAnCM
— John Nolte (@NolteNC) December 18, 2013
Cover Oregon Hiring IT Overseer, Witholding Pay from Primary IT Contractor
Cover Oregon, the Beaver State’s Obamacare exchange, is increasing oversight of its primary IT contractor.
Dr. Bruce Goldberg, the exchange’s interim director, said yesterday that he is hiring experts to look at the coding work on the exchange’...
Minnesota's Medicaid Director Was on Vacation in Costa Rica with State Exchange's Exec Last Month
It turns out that the director of Minnesota’s Obamacare exchange wasn’t alone on her Caribbean vacation last month.
When the head of MNsure, the state’s exchange, spent eight days in Costa Rica at the end of November ...
MNsure's Director Took Two-Week Caribbean Vacation as Exchange Double-Checked Up to 40,000 Applications
The director of Minnesota’s state-run health-care exchange took a two-week Caribbean vacation around Thanksgiving, even as the exchange continued to suffer from glitches, security flaws, and other issues.
MNsure director April Todd-Malmlov, whose 2013 salary is listed at $113,000, spent two ...
The White House Wants You to Enroll in Obamacare to 'Give Your Mom Piece of Mind'
The White House sent this tweet out about half an hour ago. Let’s just say that if I were to sign up for Obamacare, far from giving my mother “piece of mind,” she’d probably give me a piece ...
George W. Bush Writes Consoling Letter to University of Alabama Kicker
President George W. Bush wrote to University of Alabama kicker Cade Foster, offering some consoling words after the senior missed two field goals and had another blocked in the Iron Bowl against Auburn University.
“Life has its setbacks. I know!” ...
Girl Playing Mary in Welsh Church's Christmas Play Must Wear Helmet While Riding Donkey
An eight-year-old girl portraying Mary in a church’s Christmas play in a south Wales will be wearing an odd piece of costume: She has to wear a helmet while riding a donkey during the play.
The donkey’s owner ...
Cover Oregon Still Not in Triple-Digits for Obamacare Sign-ups
Cover Oregon, a state health-care exchange that has seen no shortage of setbacks, has succeeded in signing up only 44 people in private insurance plans, the lowest number of sign-ups in the nation.
As the Washington Examiner notes, Oregon wholeheartedly embraced ...
W. Va. Signs 60 up for Medicaid for Each Private-Plan Enrollee
A total of 1,237 West Virginians have enrolled in private plans on the federal healthcare exchange, but the state has signed up more than 60 times that number for Medicaid.
According to Nancy Atkins, Commissioner for the Bureau for Medical Services, 74,981 residents ...
Obama Hits New Low in Quinnipiac Poll
President Obama’s numbers have fallen to a new low in Quinnipiac’s polling, with 38 percent approving of the job he’s doing, against 57 percent disapproving.
As Noah Rothman points out, these numbers are a few points worse than George ...
Calif. Facing Backlog of 25,000 Paper Applications
California, touted as one of the few bright spots of Obamacare’s rollout, is facing a backlog of 25,000 paper applications as the deadline to apply for coverage on January 1 approaches.
The backlog is the result of a problem with the ...
Multiple State Exchanges Vulnerable to Wi-Fi Attack
Multiple state-run health-care exchanges are vulnerable to a type of Wi-Fi attack that can allow hackers to intercept usernames and passwords, KSTP, a Minnesota ABC affiliate, reports.
According to Mark Lanterman, the CEO and chief technology officer of Computer Forensic ...
Obamacare Displaces New Coke as Pinnacle of Bad PR Crisis Management
Just how bad is Obamacare? It’s managed to supplant New Coke and the BP oil spill in the pantheon of public-relations disasters.
Politico reports that communications firms around the country are now using the Obamacare rollout as a textbook ...
Will: Obama Is Discovering How Slow Big Government Is
George Will gently mocked President Obama’s continuing education Sunday morning, needling him for discovering that some federal agencies are “outdated.”
“The education of this president is a protracted and often amusing process . . . as he continues to alight upon the ...
Rand Paul Isn't Afraid of Drones
Senator Rand Paul (R., Ky.) denied Sunday morning that he is a Luddite when it comes to drones.
“I’m not against technology,” Paul said on Fox News Sunday, “so I’m not one of these people who says, ‘Oh, ...
Rand Paul Signs Up for Obamacare
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul said yesterday that he has enrolled his family in Obamacare, but he isn’t happy about it. In fact, he says he has “been in a bad mood ever since.”
The freshman senator said he paid $20,000 ...
South Carolina Dem, Lt. Gov. Candidate, Files Bill to 'Lessen the Burden' of Obamacare
A South Carolina Democrat has filed a law to, in his words, “lessen the burden of some provisions of the Affordable Care Act.”
State representative Bakari Sellers, currently the only Democrat who is running for lieutenant governor, has filed legislation ...
Obamacare in Minnesota: Some Good News, a Whole Lot of Bad
MNsure, Minnesota’s state-run Obamacare exchange, has both good news and bad news.
The good news is that the total number of people who have selected a plan and a payment method is up to 24,600, more than double the 11,000 that ...
South Dakota Board on Geographic Names Unanimously Votes to Allow 'Negro' in Place Names
The South Dakota Board on Geographic Names, prompted by black leaders, has decided to seek the repeal of a state law that requires renaming locations that include the word “Negro.”
Currently, South Dakota law requires that the Board rename places ...
Obama Administration Preparing Flood of New Regulations
The Obama administration is preparing to roll out a wave of new regulations next year, covering everything from fracking to e-cigarettes, in an attempt to get rules in place before the president’s second term ends.
A semiannual summary of ...
Judge: Detroit Can Go Through With Chapter 9 Bankruptcy
Detroit can dump billions of dollars worth of debt in the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, a federal judge ruled today.
Judge Steven Rhodes said that the city met federal conditions to stay in bankruptcy court to untangle ...
Organizing for Action Wants People to Host Newtown 'Remembrance Events' to Push Background Checks
Organizing for Action wants to use the December 14 anniversary of the Newtown massacre to push background checks, and it wants you to help out by hosting “remembrance events.”
In an email pitch, the group declares that “communities are coming together ...
Pa. State Rep Wants to Ban Scented Products in Certain Schools
A Pennsylvania state legislator wants to ban perfumes, colognes, body sprays, and other scented products in schools where students that have fragrance allergies.
Republican state rep Marcia Hahn concedes that such a ban would be difficult to enforce and reeks ...
Trade Association Finds Majority of Mass. Businesses Will See Health Premiums Spike
Even Massachusetts, which has some of America’s highest health-care costs, will see a spike in insurance premiums this upcoming year.
According to preliminary data from the Associated Industries of Massachusetts, a business trade group, under Obamacare more small businesses ...
Obama Administration to Announce Year-Long Delay for Online Small-Business Enrollment in Obamacare
The administration will today announce a year-long delay in online Obamacare enrollment for small businesses through the federal health-care exchange, according to a Department of Health and Human Services memo obtained by Politico.
This delay, which applies only to the ...
Alec Baldwin Out at MSNBC
Alec Baldwin has been fired by MSNBC.
According to the New York Post, his new Friday-night talk show, Up Late with Alec Baldwin, has been canceled thanks to the famously choleric star hurling anti-gay comments at a photographer in New ...
Oregon Health-Care Exchange Admits Revealing Users' Information in Trio of Botched Mailings
It turns out that Cover Oregon hasn’t accidentally mailed out users’ private information once; it’s done it three times.
According to spokeswoman Amy Fauver, all three erroneous mailings, which occurred in November, revealed users’ private information to unintended ...
Cover Oregon Exposes Users' Information in Erroneous Mailing
Vermont isn’t the only state-run health-care exchange that has exposed a consumer’s private information; Cover Oregon, the Beaver State’s health-insurance exchange, has managed to do the same.
Valarie Henderson, a 55-year-old from Salem, received other consumers’ information ...
Colo. Exchange Enrollment Well Under Worst-Case Projections
Things aren’t just bad for Obamacare enrollment in Colorado; they’re worse than the worst-case projections.
As the Denver Post reports, Connect for Health Colorado projected that, in a worst-case scenario, it would have enrolled 11,108 people in private insurance ...
In Victory for Open-Carry Advocates, Michigan Supreme Court Declines to Hear Library's Appeal
Michigan libraries will no longer be able to regulate firearms on their property after the state’s supreme court declined to hear an appeal on the issue.
Michigan Open Carry, a Second Amendment rights group, challenged the Capital Area District ...
Cover Oregon Website Won't be Ready Until Dec. 16 — Maybe
If there is a state-based health insurance exchange that has fared worse than HealthCare.gov, it’s Cover Oregon.
Yesterday, the exchange’s director, Rocky King, told a pair of state legislative panels that the website will not be ready ...
Immigration Activists Storm Eric Cantor's Condo
A large group of immigration-reform activists stormed House Republican majority leader Eric Cantor’s Arlington, Va., condominium complex yesterday evening.
Around 60 activists crowded into the building’s lobby until police arrived, at which point they moved to the street. The ...
Are More Old Folks Than Youth Enrolling in State-Run Exchanges?
Some unfortunate news has emerged from state-run exchanges lately: It appears that more old people than young people are signing up for Obamacare.
In Connecticut, according to officials, 40 percent of enrollees are between 55 and 64 years old. Enrollments from 18- to 34...
N.C. Will Extend Canceled Policies, But They'll See Up to a 24 Percent Rate Hike
There’s some good news and bad news for North Carolinians who had their health policies canceled because of Obamacare: Last week, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina said it would extend those plans for another year — but ...
Mass. High School Cancels Rest of Football Season after Racial Graffiti Appears on Player's House
A high-school football team in Massachusetts has canceled the remainder of its season after a player had a racial epithet spray painted on his house’s foundation.
“Knights don’t need [the n-word],” read the graffiti on the house of ...
Pro-Gun-Control Game Allows Players to Reenact Sandy Hook
A new pro-gun-control game allows players to reenact last year’s Sandy Hook elementary school massacre.
The game, The Slaying of Sandy Hook, has players to carry out a bleak, stylized version of the shooting, which took the lives of 20 ...
Poll: Majority of Voters Don't Think Obama is Honest and Trustworthy
A majority of American voters do not believe that President Obama is trustworthy, according to a new Washington Post/ABC News poll.
When asked if Obama is “honest and trustworthy,” 50 percent of Americans answered in the negative while 47 percent said ...
George W. Bush on Keystone XL: 'Build the Damn Thing'
President Bush called for building the Keystone XL pipeline last Thursday during a luncheon with energy executives in Pittsburgh.
“I think the goal of the country ought to be, ‘How do we grow the private sector?’ That ought to be ...
Kanye West Is Done with Obama
Kanye West is through with President Obama.
In a radio interview with 107.9 HOT, a Philadelphia-area station, West declared that he was finished thinking about the commander-in-chief and suggested that President Obama had used him politically.
“I’m not gonna mention ...
Oprah: Obama Faces Opposition Because of Racism
Oprah Winfrey today shared some thoughts on race and President Obama with the BBC while in the U.K. to promote The Butler.
When asked by the BBC’s Will Gompertz if she thought Obama had to deal with racism, ...
N.Y. Assemblyman Wants to Ban Tackle Football For Kids 13 and Younger
A New York State assemblyman wants to widen the scope of his proposed ban on young children playing tackle football.
Michael Benedetto, a Democrat from the Bronx, sponsored a bill this past February to ban tackle football for kids ten ...
Howard Dean: 'I Wonder If He Has the Legal Authority to Do This'
Howard Dean, former Vermont governor and chairman of the Democratic National Convention, is skeptical that President Obama could legally allow insurers to continue for another year plans that would otherwise be canceled under Obamacare.
“I wonder if he has the ...
CMS to Invite 275,000 Consumers to Try Signing Up Again on Federal Exchange
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will be sending 275,000 e-mails this week to consumers who had difficulties creating an account or logging into the federal health-care exchange.
The e-mails are meant to entice consumers to return after being burned by ...
Massachusetts' State Exchange Suffered Some Strange Glitches Last Week
Everyone is well aware of the glitches that have affected Healthcare.gov, but a recent string of bugs from Massachusetts’ own exchange might be stranger.
As the Boston Herald reported last Friday, a string of issues led to bizarre situations ...
Christie Dissed Romney Consultants After Enlisting Them in His Reelection Campaign
New Jersey governor Chris Christie was dismissive of the Romney campaign’s political consultants Sunday morning, telling This Week host George Stephanopoulos that “nobody should really give a darn about” political advice from them.
However, it seems the governor actually ...
Washington State's Exchange Gave Erroneous Tax-Credit Figures to 8,000
Thousands of Washington State Obamacare enrollees will be informed that the state’s health-care exchange underestimated how much they’d have to pay for insurance.
Approximately 8,000 Washingtonians are about to learn that for its first three weeks of operation, Washington ...
Michigan AFL-CIO President Plagiarizes Anti-ALEC Op-Ed from Left-Wing Group's Materials
Michigan AFL-CIO president Karla Swift heavily plagiarized her recent op-ed against the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), lifting entire paragraphs from a “toolkit” created and distributed by the Center for Media and Democracy, a liberal nonprofit group that runs a ...
Covered California Botched Over 100,000 Eligibility Notices
Covered California, the Golden State’s Obamacare exchange, botched over 100,000 eligibility notices thanks to a computer error.
From November 22 to December 7, the exchange mailed 113,847 households to inform people that they were eligible for insurance or premium subsidies. However, the letters ...
Obamacare Cuts to Cost Two Virginia Medical Centers $500 million in Federal Funds
Two Virginia medical centers are set to lose hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funds to care for the uninsured under cuts from Obamacare.
University of Virginia Medical Center and Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center will lose roughly $500 million ...
MNsure to Ask 1,000 to Reapply for Obamacare Subsidies
Minnesota’s health-care exchange is asking about 1,000 applicants to reapply so they can receive insurance premium subsidies.
MNsure had issues computing those subsidies earlier; the problem only applies to those who applied for insurance but didn’t enroll and don’...
Server for Md. Health-Care Exchange Taken Down after Gov. O'Malley Declares Site 'Functional for Most Citizens'
Oregon isn’t the only state still having problems with its health-care exchange website; Maryland’s site went down Monday despite a previous declaration from Governor Martin O’Malley (D) that it was finally “functional for most citizens.”
On Saturday, ...
Mass. Health-Care Exchange Scraps Enrollment System, Is Looking for Alternatives
Massachusetts has given up on its old method of enrolling people in Obamacare, at least when it comes to getting purchasers’ information to insurers.
Bay State Health Connector is no longer using the 834 forms to help residents enroll in insurance ...
Hawaii's Health Exchange Has Enrolled Less Than One-Tenth of Individuals Necessary
Hawaii Health Connector has enrolled less than one-tenth of the individual policies it needs in the current fiscal year in order to be sustainable, officials said yesterday at a legislative briefing.
The state-run exchange has enrolled 683 people as of December 9. ...
Defenders of the Affordable Care Act have often pointed to the state health-care exchanges for examples of the law’s success, especially in New York and California, which account for more than 40 percent of all sign-ups.
There’s one state ...
Survey: Nearly Half of American CFOs Say Their Companies Considering Reducing Hiring
A new survey from Duke University and CFO Magazine shows that a substantial number of chief financial officers expect to scale back hiring and employee hours because of Obamacare.
Nearly half of American CFOs say their firms are considering reducing ...
Poll: Obama's Approval Down to 28 Percent in Tennessee
Support for President Obama has collapsed in Tennessee, according to a new poll from Vanderbilt University.
Only 28 percent of the state’s registered voters support the president, down twelve points from his standing in May. The president isn’t looking ...
Landrieu Releases 'Keeping the Promise' Reelection Ad
Democratic senator Mary Landrieu’s first reelection campaign ad portrays her as holding President Obama accountable for failing to keep his “if you like your health insurance, you can keep it” promise.
The 30-second advertisement, which was unveiled today, features ...
Delaware Achieves Only 1.2 Percent of Obamacare Enrollment Goal
Delaware has tripled its private-plan Obamacare enrollments, but that means it’s still at only 1.2 percent of the state’s enrollment goal.
Delaware currently has 431 residents enrolled in the state’s health-care exchange, up from the the 136 enrollments it had ...
Festivus Pole to be Erected at Fla. Capitol
After a nativity scene was erected last week outside the Florida capitol building, a Florida man intends to erect a six-foot tall Festivus pole made of empty Pabst Blue Ribbon cans to complement the religious display.
The pole is actually ...
Hawaii Signs Up 574 for Obamacare, at $348,000 Apiece
Only 574 Hawaiians have signed up for Obamacare – at a cost to the federal government of roughly $348,000 apiece.
And the Hawaii Reporter quotes sources familiar with the exchange’s website saying that enrollment figure is an overstatement, because the site doesn’...
Lindsey Graham Says His Insurance Costs Rising $400 Per Month under Obamacare
Senator Lindsey Graham is not happy with the cost of his insurance under Obamacare.
As a 58-year old male living in Oconee County, SC my insurance costs are going up about $400 a month, more than 200%, under Obamacare.
— Lindsey Graham (@GrahamBlog) ...
Third State Health-Care Exchange Executive Director Leaves Position
Rebecca Pearce, who oversaw the rollout of Maryland’s troubled health-care exchange as its executive director, has resigned.
Pearce is the third person in such a position to leave her job, following Rocky King’s recent extended medical leave from ...
HealthCare.gov Telling People Making $80,000 a Year They're Eligible for Medicaid
Not only is the federal health-care exchange having trouble sending Medicaid enrollments to the state agencies that run the program, it turns out that it’s erroneously telling people they’re eligible for Medicaid.
Consumers applying for insurance through the ...
Paul Calls for Strengthening the Fourth Amendment
Rand Paul called for strengthening the Fourth Amendment this morning in the wake of revelations that the National Security Agency daily collects 4 billion cell phone records outside of the country.
“I would like to apply the Fourth Amendment to third ...
Covered California Wants You to Stuff Stockings With Obamacare
Covered California, the state’s Obamacare exchange, wants you to “Give the Gift of Health” this holiday season.
The exchange has put up a new webpage that provides users with several ways to give the gift. Options include:
Sending loved ...
Washington Has Enrolled Almost Nine Times as Many People in Medicaid as in Private Plans
Obamacare’s defenders often point to states like Washington to prove that the law is succeeding. However, the Evergreen State is signing up vastly more people for Medicaid than for private insurance.
Through the first two months of enrollment, Healthplanfinder, ...
OFA Wants You to Fight to Raise Minimum Wage, Won't Pay You to Do It
Organizing for Action, the successor to President Obama’s campaign operation, is big on fighting for raising the federal minimum wage, but not so much on paying its own workers.
Organizing for Action is looking to sign people up for ...
Sign Up for Obamacare at Fresno State's Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Californians who want to sign up for Obamacare can do so today from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fresno State University.
Sign ups will be held in the university’s Free Speech Area, located north of the library, and, ...
HealthCare.gov Not Sending Medicaid Enrollment Data Either
Despite the administration’s insistence that HealthCare.gov is fixed, states are now warning that they may not process Medicaid enrollments from the site — which could mean that hundreds of thousands of people could be without health insurance even though ...
With HealthCare.gov 'Fixed,' Ohio Woman Sees Severe Sticker Shock
The administration has been pushing the narrative that the HealthCare.gov website is now fixed and that people are able to get affordable care. However, that’s certainly not the case for one Ohio woman.
Liz Binns told Newsnet 5 that ...
Obamacare Enrollment Appears Low in Alaska
Two months after the federal exchange opened for business in Alaska, enrollments remain pretty sparse.
The Alaska Dispatch reports that one of the state’s two insurers available on the federal exchange, Moda Health, has enrolled a grand total of 197 ...
Obamacare Not Reaching Latinos in Calif.
Fewer than 1,000 Latinos signed up for Obamacare in California in the law’s first month, about 3 percent of the state’s 31,000 enrollees.
That’s an alarming number for a state where Latinos make up approximately 60 percent of the uninsured population, ...
Alaskan Misled about Her O'care Premiums Now Can't Cancel Plan
Could the only thing more difficult than signing up for Obamacare be canceling it?
Lara Imler, an Anchorage-based hairstylist, managed to enroll in Obamacare, but problems with her application — her new insurer didn’t have it and nobody she reached ...
UPS CFO: Obamacare Made Company Drop Health Coverage for 15,000 Spouses
UPS’s chief financial officer, Kurt Kuehn, says that his company has dropped spousal health coverage for 15,000 workers because of the cost of Obamacare.
“The Obamacare mandates did increase and do increase costs for UPS,” Kuehn told Squawk Box host ...
Al Gore: Now Apparently a Vegan
The 1996 Democratic ticket is now completely vegan.
A Forbes article from Saturday about Hampton Creek Foods, a startup that aims to replace eggs with a plant-based formula, casually referred to former vice president Al Gore as “newly turned vegan.” He ...
Calif. Insurance Company Admits Accidentally Posting Private Info of 24,500 Doctors Online Last Month
Typically, it’s consumers who are worried about privacy breaches under Obamacare. In California, however, doctors in Anthem Blue Cross’s network would be right to be concerned.
Anthem said yesterday that it accidentally posted Social Security or tax identification ...
Washington Exchange Answering Less Than One Third of Customer Calls
Washington’s Obamacare exchange isn’t listening to customers. More precisely, it’s literally answering the calls of less than a third of the Washingtonians who’ve called about problems with the exchange.
Healthplanfinder, the state’s exchange, has served ...
Vermont Health-Care Exchange Compromised User's Information
The personal information of a user on Vermont Health Connect, the Green Mountain state’s health-care exchange, was compromised last month.
According to a report made to federal officials by state officials, a consumer received an envelope in the mail ...
Most Signing Up through Exchanges in Calif. Are Over 45
California has seen a surge in private-insurance-plan signups lately, but the majority of sign-ups are older people.
Covered California, the state’s health-insurance exchange, said yesterday that almost 80,000 people have signed up for private plans as of November 19. However, around 56 ...
W. Va. Rejects Extending Canceled Health-Insurance Policies
Eliana, California wasn’t the only state to turn down President Obama’s extension of canceled health-insurance policies on Thursday; West Virginia declined as well.
Mike Riley, the state’s insurance commissioner, said yesterday that the year-long extension of such ...
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama Spurns Insurance Extensions
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama announced yesterday that, despite President Obama’s “fix,” it won’t reinstate policies that did not meet Obamacare’s minimum-coverage requirement.
The insurer justified its decision in a statement, saying that reinstating the policies “...
Senate majority leader Harry Reid called for changing the Senate’s rules on the filibuster Thursday morning, proposing the so-called nuclear option.
“The need for change is so, so very obvious,” Reid said. “It’s clearly visible. It’s manifest ...
Senator Mark Begich Calls for 'Copper' Plans
Senator Mark Begich of Alaska, one of four red-state Democrat senators who voted for Obamacare up for election next year, yesterday proposed a new category of insurance plans for the Obamacare exchanges: “copper” ones.
As reported by the Hill, S. 1729 ...
Ill. Averages One Obamacare Navigator, Ten Phone Calls per Insurance Plan Chosen
The president’s home state has some lackluster figures when it comes to signing people up for Obamacare.
As John F. Wasik notes in The Fiscal Times, only 1,370 Illinoisans actually picked a plan through the first month of open enrollment ...
Hawaii Has Spent Over $750,000 Per Obamacare Sign-up
A month and a half after the official health-care exchange launch on October 1, Hawaii has succeeded in signing up only 257 people.
Implementing Obamacare in Hawaii has cost $200 million, $53 million alone on the state’s exchange website, Hawaii Health Connector. As ...
Minn., Mass. Turn Down Extension of Canceled Policies
Minnesota governor Mark Dayton announced yesterday that his state would not allow insurance companies to extend plans that would otherwise have to be canceled, following criticism of Obama’s so-called “fix” by Minnesotan insurance companies. The Minnesota Council of Health ...
Obama Cuts 'Under God' Out of Gettysburg Address
President Obama cut God out of his recitation of the Gettysburg Address.
In a recorded recitation uploaded to YouTube on November 9, President Obama read the address in its entirety. However, when it came to the line “that this nation, under ...
George W. Bush on Keystone XL: ‘Build the Damn Thing’
President Bush called for building the Keystone XL pipeline last Thursday during a luncheon with energy executives in Pittsburgh.
“I think the goal of the country ought to be, ‘How do we grow the private sector?’ That ought to be ...
Ex-Secret Service Member, GOP Candidate Loses Insurance Under Obamacare
Dan Bongino, a twelve-year veteran of the Secret Service and now a Republican candidate for Maryland’s sixth congressional district, says he’s had his insurance canceled by Obamacare.
Bongino kept his federal health insurance plan temporarily after he left ...
Calif. Shuts Down Ten Phony Insurance-Exchange Websites
California has shut down ten websites that were allegedly designed to fool consumers into thinking they were purchasing insurance on the state’s health-care exchange.
“These websites fraudulently imitated Covered California in order to lure consumers away from plans that ...
Dan Rather: CBS Attempting to 'Airbrush Me Out of Their History'
CBS has not invited former longtime anchor Dan Rather to participate in its coverage of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy — despite the fact that a much younger Rather covered the event for the network and ...
Insurance Trade Association Blasts Obama Fix
America’s Health Insurance Plans, the national trade association that represents the insurance industry, blasted President Obama’s administrative fix for the Affordable Care Act today, warning the change “could destabilize the market and result in higher premiums for consumers.” ...
Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado Slams Obamacare Ad as 'Slut Shaming'
An ad promoting Obamacare was the cause of some friendly fire from Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado (PPVC) yesterday.
Unfortunate that anti-obamacare folks are #slutshaming #women who use #birthcontrol #GotInsurance #ThanksObamacare http://t.co/g5gkA1NZAk
— PPVotesColorado (@PPVotesColorado) November 12, 2013
Minnesota Exchange Explains Why Those Eligible for a Subsidy Might Not Receive One
In Minnesota, it turns out that eligibility for an Obamacare tax credit to ease premium costs doesn’t guarantee that an applicant will receive one.
Minnesota Public Radio reports that some Minnesotans feel bait-and-switched about tax credits. The exchange is ...
66,000 Tennesseans to Be Notified Their Health Plans Are Ending
Sixty-six thousand Tenneseeans are about to be informed by their insurer, Blue Cross Blue Shield, that they’ll need to switch plans because of Obamacare’s minimum-coverage mandates. The remainder of the company’s 106,000 policies in the state were grandfathered ...
77,000 Lose State Health Coverage, Are Mailed Paper Applications
Roughly 77,000 people in Wisconsin will lose their publicly provided health insurance, a form of state-run Medicaid, at the beginning of next year, but haven’t been able to buy health insurance on the federal exchange. The state’s current solution: ...