March 22nd, 2012

Two years of Obamacare and "We're still trying to find out what's in it."

Today, is the second anniversary of the passage of Obamacare. And by our count there are now over one hundred Obamacare regulatory implementation documents that span over 10,000 pages and contain nearly 2.5 million words. You'd think that 2.5 million words would be enough to tell us exactly how Obamacare will work and operate.
Not so, says Governor Gary Herbert of Utah. Read more »

March 15th

New lawsuit filed against contraceptive mandate by private business owner

The American Center for Law and Justice announced that it has filed a lawsuit against the Obama Administration's contraceptive mandate on behalf of Frank R. O'Brien and O’Brien Industrial Holdings, LLC.

For a while now we've been watching to see if a private (but religious) business owner would file a case against the Obama Administration's contraceptive mandate.

Why? Because only a private business owner has standing to sue the Obama Administration. Read more »

March 9th

Obama Administration Expects Veterans to Flee to Exchanges After Department of Defense Raises Tricare Rates

If Obama Administration defense officials get their way, expect to see military veterans leaving their Tricare insurance coverage for Obamacare’s Health Insurance Exchanges. Read more »

February 29th

How long are the Obamacare regulations?: 5x the length of the Obamacare statutes

As long as the Obamacare statutes are, its implementing regulations are now five times its length. With the publication of two new regulations in the Federal Register on February 27, 2012, we calculate Obamacare regulations to contain 2,163,744 words compared to 425,116 words in the Obamacare statutes. That’s a million words longer than the last time we wrote about the length of Obamacare regulations last April. Read more »

February 20th

Obamacare forces insurers to give voters cash 3 months before election

Obamacare will force health insurers to pay up to $1.4 billion in insurance rebates to 9 million voters just three months before this year’s general election. Read more »

February 16th

Affordable Care Act makes high deductible, low cost health plans, LESS affordable

A new study, released February 13, 2012, confirms what we’ve known for a while, the Affordable Care Act’s Medical Loss Ratio (MLR) rule instead of making plans more affordable will make affordable plans more difficult to find. Read more »

February 13th

What just happened?: Obama’s anti-religious liberty shell game.

What just happened? That’s what many are asking after watching President Obama’s Friday announcement that he will be “accommodating” religious organizations that object to purchasing contraceptive and abortifacient coverage for their employees.
Hours later, the Administration released the final rule that contains the narrow waiver for churches.

In a separate document, the administration has issued a 1-year “safe harbor” waiver for non-exempted religious organizations.

Then, in a scheme akin to a shell game, instead of requiring non-church religious organizations to purchase contraceptive coverage, the Obama Administration says that in a future regulation it will require the organization’s insurance company to pay for the coverage. Read more »

February 9th

Where’s the final regulation for the contraception mandate waiver?

Senator Mike Enzi wants to know, Where is the contraception waiver final regulation? In a letter to Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), he says the absence of a final regulation suggests the Obama Administration didn’t follow proper administrative procedure. Read more »

February 7th

Obamacare’s Medical Device Tax: The Power to Destroy Affordable Care

The power to tax is the power to destroy.1

Last Friday afternoon the IRS issued a proposed rule that implements Obamacare’s tax on medical devices.

Yes, starting next year the “Affordable Care Act” will require drug manufacturers to pay a 2.3% excise tax on medical devices.

How does that make healthcare more affordable?

It doesn’t. Read more »

January 24th

The politics of waivers

Once again the Obama Administration is issuing waivers from its controversial Obamacare law in order to make it more politically palatable. With high Catholic populations in key swing states, the Obama Administration announced January 20, 2012, that it will give one-year waivers to Catholic and other religious organizations conscientiously opposed to a new regulation that requires employers to offer free contraceptives to their employees—including controversial abortifacient contraceptives. Read more »