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Here's a sampling of just a few of the latest ObamaCare news reports that the Democrats wish would just go away:

*"Oregon signs up just 44 people for Obamacare despite spending $300 million

Oregon, once touted as a model for President Obama's health care law, signed up just 44 people for insurance through November, despite spending more than $300 million on its state-based exchange.

The state’s exchange had the fewest sign-ups in the nation, according to a new report today by the Department of Health and Human Services.

The weak number of sign-ups undercuts two major defenses of Obamacare from its supporters.

One defense was that state-based exchanges were performing a lot better than the federal healthcare.gov website servicing 36 states. But Oregon's website problems have forced the state to rely on paper applications to sign up participants.

Another defense of the Obama administration has attributed the troubled rollout of Obamacare to the obstruction of Republican governors who wanted to see the law fail as well as a lack of funding.

But Oregon is a Democratic state that embraced Obamacare early and enthusiastically. Its outreach effort, which included a folk-style music video featuring a singer playing an acoustic guitar against a colorful and scenic backdrop, had been praised among the law's supporters.

And the more than $300 million in federal grant money the state received to build and promote its exchange topped all but two other states - the much more populous New York and California."

See: http://washingtonexaminer.com/oregon-signs-up-just-44-people-for-obamacare-despite-spending-300m/article/2540529

*"Missouri School District Hit With $150,000 Bill for Obamacare

(This report is accompanied by a video)

"A Missouri school district faces a $150,000 bill for Obamacare, according to a report on KMIZ-MO. "The Affordable Care Act could cost the Jefferson City public schools more than a $150,000," said the news anchor.

"This came to light at last night's board meeting when district officials told board members they would have to pay health insurance for substitute teachers," says the other anchor.

"They knew it was coming, they just didn't exactly know how they were going to handle it. As small business around the nation have seen it coming, and they've been wondering how they will accommodate the Affordable Care Act. Just like them, the district is also asking that question. The district could limit subtitutes to 28 hours per week, or face paying six thousand dollars per person for health benefits for at least 25 individuals who are on the rolls and qualify. If they don't comply with the new federal law, the district would be fined millions of dollars by the federal government. While district officials didn't go as far as saying the federal government is hurting more than helping, I was told the $150,000 dollar cost is about the same cost as three teachers in the district, to put it into perspective," the reporter explains."

For the article with video, see: http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/missouri-school-district-hit-150000-bill-obamacare_770739.html

*Can You Even Keep or Afford Your Medicine Under Obamacare?

First some consumers found they couldn’t keep their existing health insurance plans. Then others learned they couldn’t keep their doctors. Now it’s possible that under Obamacare, some people won’t be able to keep their medications, or at least not afford them, under the complex formulary structure of the plans on the health exchanges and because of the rising costs.

“If you like your medicines, you may not be able to keep them under Obamacare,” health policy analyst Scott Gottlieb wrote in a Forbes column. “Health plans are cheapening their drug formularies – just like they cheapened their networks of doctors. That’s how their paying for the benefits that President Obama promised, everything from free contraception to a leveling of premiums between older (and typically costlier) beneficiaries, and younger consumers.”

For the entire article, see: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/12/09/can-you-even-keep-or-afford-your-medicine-under-obamacare/

*Obamacare Rules Threaten to Torch Volunteer Fire Departments

Count volunteer fire deparments among the Obamacare-victimized.

Rules governing the health-care reform law championed by President Obama could inadvertently suck in volunteer firefighting companies, meaning the departments or the towns that support them might be forced to offer health insurance coverage or pay a penalty if they don't.

According to Firehouse.com, the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) has asked the Internal Revenue Service, which has partial oversight of the law, to clarify if current IRS treatment of volunteer firefighters as employees means they fall under Obamacare rules.

Though the IAFC has been working on the issue with the IRS and White House for months, the question is largely flying under the radar.

"I thought the kinks were worked out of Obamacare at the first of the month," Central Florida volunteer firefighter Carl Fabrizi told Sunshine State News Friday. "Man, oh, man, this could potentially destroy some real good companies in Florida."

Republican Congressman Lou Barletta of Pennsylvania is pushing to get clarification from the IRS. "In Pennsylvania, 97 percent of fire departments are fully or mostly volunteer firefighters," Barletta told Firehouse.com. "It's the fourth highest amount in the country.""

and

"Firehouse.com claims the IAFC's interpretation of the situation goes like this:

Obamacare requires employers with 50 or more full-time employees (full-time employees are those who work more than 30 hours a week) to offer health insurance. Companies with fewer than 50 don't have to offer insurance. Employers who don't offer health insurance have to pay fines.

Sounds simple, but the requirement is complicated by differing interpretations about the status of volunteer firefighters within the federal government. Apparently the Department of Labor classifies most volunteers as non-employees, but the IRS considers all volunteer firefighters and emergency medical personnel to be employees of their departments.

On its website, the IAFC says, "If the IRS classifies volunteer firefighters and emergency medical personnel as employees in their final rule, fire departments may be unintentionally forced to comply with requirements that could force them to curtail their emergency response activities or close entirely."

Barletta fears the IRS will count volunteer hose companies as one department in towns with more than one hose company, or as part of a town's workforce. Definitions like that could push the total numbers beyond the 50-employee threshold and require offering coverage that towns or hose companies can't afford, he said."

For the entire article, see: http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/story/obamacare-rules-threaten-torch-volunteer-fire-departments

So - from disastrous enrollment results in a "model" ObamaCare state to school districts being clobbered by "unexpected" health care costs to news about people not being able to afford their medicines to volunteer fire departments across the country potentially being forced by Obamacare "to curtail their emergency response activities or close entirely" - the message is consistent and clear:

Poorly conceived legislation rammed down the throats of the American people only results in one thing - big trouble.


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JimmyMack commented on Wednesday, Dec 11, 2013 at 17:11 PM

Don't count all them chickens before they hatch, Sebe. It ain't over til the fat lady sings.

http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-...

JimmyMack commented on Wednesday, Dec 11, 2013 at 17:30 PM

As far as wanting it to go away as it pertains to these pages...well...it seems that you have kept it alive with a daily carpet bombing of blogs regarding anti-ACA. So I 'magin it will probably keep on going like the energizer bunny.

I will only become worried if the attacks continue AFTER the issue has become moot.

HMJC commented on Thursday, Dec 12, 2013 at 12:21 PM

The issue will become mute because of apathy, not that there program is performing any better. The public has become used to policies that are toxic to continue regardless of the effect. The FACTS seem to not be enough to convince supporters of this bill. The ACA has done exactly what it was trying to mitigate; Poo Poo is Poo Poo no matter how much one tries to spin the smell.

sebekm commented on Thursday, Dec 12, 2013 at 13:39 PM

Part I:

Only the Democrats consider this information "attacks." It is circulating the truth where the administration and their Kool-Aid drinkers want it to be BURIED. The issue will not be "moot" until ObamaCare is FIXED - either through a massive overhaul or repeal. I think the former will likely happen - if not between 2014 and 2016, then at some point when the GOP regains control of the government. That's IF the Obama administration doesn't admit the problem in the short term and forge bipartisan compromise for solutions that don't screw the vast majority of the people.

For me, until the issue is fixed to MY satisfaction, it will NEVER be "moot."

Yesterday the Wall Street Journal Online had an article which chronicles what the Dems are doing now to obfuscate and change the subject. (I won't call it LYING - but you be the judge.) Here are the highlights:

"*A charitable reading suggests that ObamaCare's net enrollment stands at about negative four million. That's the estimated four million to five and a half million people who had their individual health plans liquidated as ObamaCare-noncompliant—offset by the 364,682 who have signed up for a plan on a state or federal exchange and the 803,077 who have been found eligible to receive Medicaid.

*HHS is boasting of enrollment for November that was four times as high as October, yet 62% of the total was in the state exchanges, some of which are marginally less prone to crashing than the federal version. Then again, 41 states posted sign-ups only in the three or four figures, including eight states that run their own exchanges. Oregon managed to scrape up 44 people. Among the 137,204 federal sign-ups, no state is reaching the critical mass necessary for stable insurance prices.

*The larger problem is that none of these represent true enrollments. HHS is reporting how many people "selected" a plan on the exchange, not how many people have actually enrolled in a plan with an insurance company by paying the first month's premium, which is how the private insurance industry defines enrollment. HHS has made up its own standard.

*HHS is trying to conjure the appearance of progress and specificity even as it conceals everything that is relevant to ObamaCare's performance. The bureaucracy will tell you it fielded 3,495,276 inquiries at the federal call centers and that 28,412,684 people visited Healthcare.gov. But it will not tell you the demographics and health status of new beneficiaries, or what type of plans they're selecting, or HHS's enrollment goals over time.

sebekm commented on Thursday, Dec 12, 2013 at 13:40 PM

Part II:

*The reason for all this obstruction and statistical juking is so the White House can get the press corps and Democrats to believe that the worst is over and that ObamaCare is now rolling toward success. On that score they've succeeded. But it's impossible for an outsider to know what the truth really is because HHS and the White House continue to manipulate and bury the real statistics."

See: http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/S...

The best indicator of whether Obamacare is "rolling toward success" is where the President's poll numbers go. It's almost as simple as that. Mr. Obama - unlike everything else that has gone under his watch - HAS TO ADMIT that he owns this program. The polls will reflect whether the people are buying what he is shoveling - based upon their own personal experiences.

JimmyMack commented on Thursday, Dec 12, 2013 at 17:55 PM

Well, yall go ahead then and keep loading his dumptruck up with political ka-ka. He's a lame duck. So relax a little. He will be leaving soon.

Then you will have Hillary to kick around. That is, of course, IF you can stand up after digesting her election success.

Have a nice day now, ya heah!

sebekm commented on Friday, Dec 13, 2013 at 19:50 PM

"He will be leaving soon."

Not soon enough. Three plus more years of him continuing to futz with (at least) "one sixth of the American economy" is what we have to look forward to. This last year alone has felt like three. It's only been three months since I've been helping a close family member with her ObamaCare travails - but that seems like a year.

By the same token, we may well have HRC to kick around beginning in 2016, but three years is a long time - and she was "inevitable" in 2008 and look what happened.

No, I prefer to look forward to 2014 before 2016, when at the very least the GOP will retain its hold on the House and make gains (if not take over) the Senate.

Then won't Harry Reid be sad.....


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