Affordable Care Act

Obamacare in NC dealt a huge blow.

Update: Overruled!

A three judge panel with two Republicans and one Democrat hearing the suit just ruled that those states that did not establish a state exchange, 36 in all including NC, are not eligible for premium subsidies for their health insurance. The vote was 2-1 with both Republicans voting to ban the subsidies, those judges were appointed by Bush I and Bush II.

This means that those people who are covered under the Affordable Care Act and are receiving a discounted premium rate will see those subsidies disappear in the future.

The decision will be appealed to the full DC Court of Appeals. Should it be upheld, it would probably take the election of a Democratic governor in 2016 and the approval of a state health exchange in North Carolina for those presently covered and those covered in the future to get their subsidies back.

CBO updates Obamacare price tag projections and it's a shocker

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) have released updated projections on the cost of Obamacare over the next ten years and the savings start immediately.

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) have updated their estimates of the budgetary effects of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that relate to health insurance coverage. The new estimates, which are included in CBO’s latest baseline projections, reflect CBO’s most recent economic forecast, account for administrative actions taken and regulations issued through March 2014, and incorporate new data and various modeling updates.1

Help a fellow blogger out

Via e-mail from Markos:

That media turnaround started from an unlikely source—a single blogger who meticulously recorded all Obamacare signup information. Then, after gaining the attention of reporters everywhere, that blogger used hard data to utterly dismantle every bogus Republican talking point.

Here at Daily Kos, we were fortunate to have Charles Gaba—who blogs under the name Brainwrap—tracking enrollments in one of the most comprehensive and informational series ever written for Daily Kos. But here’s the thing: Charles volunteered his time to do this.

Charles’s “ACA Signups” series was an incredible and hugely time-intensive undertaking that, as he explained in a recent diary, put a major strain on his life outside of Daily Kos: “I'm absolutely swamped right now. … [K]eeping the site up to date has literally taken over my life. My business is suffering; my clients are losing patience; my family is starting to get concerned.” - Brainwrap, March 24

Here's the link to the ActBlue page where you can show your appreciation for citizen journalism that is powerful enough to change the world.

Medi-Share, the ACA and the religious exemption flimflam

While you weren't noticing, many Americans have been opting out of the Affordable Care Act under the law's religious exemption provisions primarily through a Florida outfit called Medi-Share.

Let's be clear - Medi-Share is not insurance. It's a cost sharing plan where individuals apply for membership and agree to pay for each other's medical expenses through a shared pool of "donations". It doesn't cover routine checkups and many other common expenses and offers no guaranteed coverage if the members are hospitalized.

In October of last year, a Kentucky judge shut down the operation in Kentucky after objections by insurance companies who maintained that the plan was being offered as "insurance" and misleading members. The service is still legal in NC.

The (other) committee to elect Thom Tillis

The stupid and unnecessary witch hunt that Tillisberger call the "Affordable Care Act Committee" is moving along.

Phil named two Republican co-chairs to go with the mostly Republican (and highly extremist) members of the committee, who are supposedly going to investigate the effects of the ACA on North Carolina, but actually are going to exaggerate, cherry pick facts, showboat and smear President Obama and Senator Hagan.

And we thought that using public money on campaign purposes -- in this case, to elect Thom Tillis US senator -- was illegal.

Burr and company using bogus stinktank to bolster ACA alternative

Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma published a press release yesterday, touting that something called the "Center for Health Economy" gave a glowing review to the Republican replacement for the Affordable Care Act. It's been picked up by several Tea Bagger and conservative sites.

If you'll recall, Burr, Hatch and Coburn recently introduced this legislation as part of the party's "all Obamacare, all the time" campaign for the midterm elections.

I've done some Google searching and, for the life of me, I can't find anything at all about the "Center for Health Economy". It's only when you go to the website for the release, you find out the proper name of it is the "Center for Heath and Economy" and, Googling that, you discover it's a stinktank started by a Republican operative a few weeks ago and funded by the Republicans.

Fox News let one slip

Somehow I don't think the editors at meant for this piece to slip through.

"But finally, early on the first Saturday morning following the launch of the exchange site — probably because the rest of the state (unlike my five-year-old) was still asleep -- I was able to log-in and complete my registration and check out all my options for insurance.

There were literally 50 plans that were better than my current insurance -- both with lower premiums, lower out-of-pocket costs and better coverage. And there were ten plans with a higher premium than my current insurance, but with lower deductibles."

Rep. Renee Ellmers on MSNBC Thursday

NC's own Renee Ellmers on MSNBC tonight:

Rep. Renee Ellmers ‏@RepReneeEllmers

WATCH @AllinwithChris on MSNBC at 8 pm. I'll discuss #Obamacare and @RepublicanStudy American Health Care Reform Act.


Thursday night on All In with Chris Hayes: House Republicans are holding America’s economic future hostage, and now they have written a ransom note with their demands. According to a wish list circulating around the capitol, House GOPers want a delay in implementing Obamacare, cuts to public health programs, approval for the Keystone XL pipeline, and a slew of other conservative reforms Democrats are unlikely to embrace, in exchange for a debt ceiling increase.

WS Journal releases new ACA health insurance rates

And the savings for the average family will be substantial:

For example, a Triad family of four with a $50,000 household income would pay an average of $282 a month for mid-level coverage. That would represent a 66 percent premium discount once tax credits are applied, compared with the $826 that family would have paid on average before the health exchange, according to data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Statewide, the discount would be 68 percent for that family of four.

Now that the truth is out, the RWNJ Twits will have to develop some other scare tactic to try to generate outrage over something people will soon welcome with open arms.

GOP calls move to private exchanges #brokenpromises

The Energy and Commerce Committee of the US House of Representatives sends out frequent press releases. Committee Member Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC2) often shares info from the Committee, as she did on the local evening news in Raleigh tonight.

Today the Committee issued a release that implied that the move by Walgreens to change how it provides health benefits to its employees was in response to "Obamacare" implementation. The hashtag #BrokenPromises was included in the release.

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