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Obamacare misses the target

John E. Sununu
The Boston Globe
Mon, 2014-03-31
"The law clearly states that today is the final day to sign up for Obamacare. Only it isn’t. The extension announced last week covers anyone who merely claims they intend to apply. Allowing such a frivolous and unverifiable gesture to circumvent the law neatly captures the paternalistic arrogance of the White House and its signature legislation — only the intent matters. Pay no attention to the cavalcade of undesirable consequences; if we mean well, we can do whatever we want."

Modest Obamacare reforms insured more people than massive system overhaul

Byron York, Washington Examiner
Mon, 2014-03-31
"Assume all the numbers are correct, or at least close to correct. By far the largest part of Obamacare's health coverage expansion has come from a) expanding Medicaid, and b) allowing young people to stay on their parents' coverage. The part where Democrats essentially blew up the health care markets, imposed the individual mandate, and caused premiums to rise and deductibles to skyrocket? That hasn't been such a success. If the Times number are correct, all of that -- placing new burdens of higher costs and narrower choices on millions of Americans, in addition to setting the stage for coming changes in employer-based coverage -- has resulted in two million of the previously uninsured gaining coverage."

Is ObamaCare a Law?

Review & Outlook
Wall Street Journal
Sun, 2014-03-30
"Liberals keep dismissing challenges to ObamaCare, political and legal, so it's no surprise they mostly ignored last week's oral argument at the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals that could send another case to the Supreme Court. Coming in the week the White House wheeled out its 38th rewrite of the law, Halbig v. Sebelius is even more important for the contours of executive power and the rule of law."

Five Things to know about the Health Law's March 31 Deadline

Christopher Weaver
Wall Street Journal
Sat, 2014-03-29
"Six months after the disastrous launch of the Affordable Care Act’s online insurance marketplaces, Monday is slated to be the final day to sign up for coverage under President Obama’s signature domestic program—sort of. Here’s what you need to know about the health law’s impending deadline, and the last-minute changes that will push the date back for many consumers."

Extension of Health Law Signup Period Worries Insurers

Louise Radnofsky & Anna Wilde Mathews, Wall Street Journal
Wed, 2014-03-26
"The Obama administration's decision to let some consumers enroll in health plans beyond Monday's deadline sparked concern among insurers and prompted fresh attacks from opponents of the health law. A surge of consumers is expected to hit HealthCare.gov before Monday's deadline to sign up for insurance and avoid a penalty under the Affordable Care Act. In the past, heavy traffic has stalled the federal site."

The Individual Mandate Goes Poof

Abby McCloskey and Tom Miller
Wall Street Journal
Wed, 2014-03-26
"One by one, the myths of the Affordable Care Act have been revealed. When the curtain on open enrollment falls on March 31, the last remaining big myth of ObamaCare will be fully exposed: The individual mandate has failed."

Obama administration will allow more time to enroll in health care on federal marketplace

Amy Goldstein, Washington Post
Tue, 2014-03-25
"The Obama administration has decided to give extra time to Americans who say that they are unable to enroll in health plans through the federal insurance marketplace by the March 31 deadline."

Obamacare's Disappearing Insurance Mandate

Joe Antos
Real Clear Markets
Wed, 2014-03-19
"House Republicans have called the White House's bluff on Obamacare's mandate that requires everyone to buy health insurance. And Democrats are mad. On Friday, House Republicans approved a bipartisan deal to end the threat of a 24 percent pay cut for physicians treating Medicare patients. After a decade of delaying ever-increasing reductions called for by the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula, it is clear that Congress will find some way to avoid hitting doctors this hard in an election year."

GOP Lawmakers Raise Concerns About ObamaCare Data Hub

Elise Viebeck, The Hill
Fri, 2013-06-28

"Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee are raising doubts about the ObamaCare data hub designed to power real-time eligibility determinations for the new insurance exchanges. On Friday, 16 GOP lawmakers asked Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for a briefing on how the hub will protect sensitive information and when it will be complete."

GOP: Felons Could Be 'Navigators' Under ObamaCare

Elise Viebeck, The Hill
Thu, 2013-06-20

"A program designed to help people enroll in ObamaCare could accept convicted felons as 'navigators' and give them access to confidential health information, GOP lawmakers charged Thursday. Republican senators redoubled their attacks on the 'navigator' program in a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, arguing the effort is dangerous to consumers and a waste of taxpayer money."

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