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Obama will go down in history as one of our best presidents. Unfortunately, since Core-butt refused the Medicaid expansion my SIL, my brother's widow, has no health insurance. The kids are covered and will be until they age out. He's started to apply for something like the Arkansas waiver since he's for re-election hopefully that will pan out and my SIL will finally get covered.

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[link]Talking Points Memo,http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/w ... on-options[/link]





Is Another GOP State About To Come Around On Obamacare?





Wyoming looks like it might be the latest Republican-run state to come around on Obamacare's Medicaid expansion.





The Associated Press reported this week that Gov. Matt Mead (R) and the state's top health official had met with federal officials to discuss a possible deal to expand the low-income insurance program under the law. Mead will present the options early next year the state legislature, which has thus far rejected the expansion, according to the AP.





The news agency did not report any details of what a possible deal between Wyoming and the Obama administration might look like. But the administration has already shown some willingness to meet GOP officials halfway to get them to participate in the Medicaid expansion, a key piece of Obamacare.





Mead acknowledged that the state is sending tax dollars out of state to pay for other states that have expanded Medicaid while receiving nothing in return.





"I juxtapose that against our hospital association saying we're handing out $200 million every year just in Wyoming," he said. "I contrast it with whatever that running total is now, I think it's about $60 million for this year, that Wyoming, if we were in Medicaid, we would have received."
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wrt Obamacare, watching Scott Brown campaign in NH has gotten interesting..He is touting how he supported Romneycare in Massachusetts, and how he was so awesome to support things like eliminating pre-existing conditions and providing catastrophic insurance and general coverage .. but he wants to repeal 'Obamacare' and all it stands for.To all of my very good friends who live in NH: I am so sorry this carpetbagger/pox soiled your doorstep. I hope you are smart enough to see him for what he is: an opportunistic narcissistic jerk. IMHO, of course :towel: ...tom
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wrt Obamacare, watching Scott Brown campaign in NH has gotten interesting..He is touting how he supported Romneycare in Massachusetts, and how he was so awesome to support things like eliminating pre-existing conditions and providing catastrophic insurance and general coverage .. but he wants to repeal 'Obamacare' and all it stands for.To all of my very good friends who live in NH: I am so sorry this carpetbagger/pox soiled your doorstep. I hope you are smart enough to see him for what he is: an opportunistic narcissistic jerk. IMHO, of course :towel: ...tomIn Florida, I suspect if Charlie Crist wins, Medicare expansion will come day one. Crist is running commercials about it...Florida Scott Free!

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Core-butt finally realized that he should do the Medicaid expansion. IDK how far along he is with getting PA the same deal that AR got. It kind of doesn't matter now since he's burnt toast and I suspect that our new governor Tom Wolfe will go with the expansion without Core-butt's ass- covering objections.

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HUFFPO Republican Governor Agrees To Expand Medicaid For Low-Income Residents In PennsylvaniaWASHINGTON -- Pennsylvania agreed to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act on Thursday, joining 26 states and the District of Columbia.Federal regulators accepted a modified proposal from Gov. Tom Corbett (R) that will offer an estimated 500,000 low-income individuals subsidies to purchase private insurance. The plan allows some low-income individuals to be charged premiums for coverage, and permits the number of available benefit plans to be reduced from 14 to two -- a "high-risk" option and "low-risk" options -- according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn B. Tavenner lauded the agreement in a statement, and urged other states to expand Medicaid as well. Corbett is only the 9th Republican governor to sign on.“Like we are doing in Pennsylvania, HHS and CMS are committed to supporting state flexibility and working with states on innovative solutions that work within the confines of the law to expand Medicaid to low-income individuals," Tavenner said. "But, unfortunately, millions of Americans are still without Medicaid coverage because their state has yet to act."
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Well, at least my SIL will be able to get health insurance. And if Core-butt doesn't get re-elected our new governor, Tom Wolf, will just go with the regular Medicaid expansion.

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The DC Circuit has agreed to a rehearing en banc of its ruling defunding Obamacare subsidies. From ThinkProgress, http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/0 ... obamacare/

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From the article, one important takeaway:This effort to implement Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) top policy priority from the bench was withdrawn on Thursday by the DC Circuit, and the case will be reheard by the full court — a panel that will most likely include 13 judges. In practical terms, this means that July’s judgment cutting off subsidies to consumers who buy insurance plans in federally-operated health exchanges is no more. It has ceased to be. It is, in fact, an ex-judgment.Another key point: without a controversy between circuits, this makes it much less likely that it will end up at SCOTUS.

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Talking Points Memo GOP's Obamacare Nightmare Is Coming True: It's Working For Republicans, the Obamacare reckoning has arrived sooner than expected. The politics of the health care law have undergone a sea change since its disastrous rollout last fall, when many conservative operatives were salivating at the prospect of a GOP wave in the midterm elections due to an Obamacare "train wreck." But the train never wrecked. The law rebounded, surpassing its signups goal and withstanding a flurry of attacks. The issue seems to have mostly lost its power as a weapon against Democrats, and a growing number of Republican governors — even in conservative states — are warming to a core component of Obamacare, the Medicaid expansion. ... For Democrats, the dream scenario was that Obamacare would eventually join Social Security and Medicare as an unassailable feature of the American safety net. Like those other major programs, Obamacare won't be without its share of problems — cost uncertainties for automatically-renewed plans among them. But after more than 50 House votes to repeal or dismantle the law, few could have predicted that Republicans would start warming up to central pieces of the law within a year of its rollout.
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New York Times Number of Americans Without Health Insurance Falls, Survey ShowsFederal researchers reported on Tuesday that the number of Americans without health insurance had declined substantially in the first quarter of this year, the first federal measure of the number of uninsured Americans since the Affordable Care Act extended coverage to millions of people in January.The number of uninsured Americans fell by about 8 percent to 41 million people in the first quarter of this year, compared with 2013, a drop that represented about 3.8 million people and that roughly matched what experts were expecting based on polling by private groups, like Gallup. The survey also measured physical health but found little evidence of change.The findings were part of the National Health Interview Survey, a nationally representative examination that is considered a gold standard by researchers. It interviewed about 27,000 people in the first quarter, fewer than Gallup, which interviewed 45,000 people in the second quarter alone. But researchers say it is considered particularly trustworthy because federal interviewers conduct the survey in Americans’ homes. It also sets a federal level that others can use as a benchmark.Larry Levitt, a director at the Program for the Study of Health Reform and Private Insurance at the Kaiser Family Foundation, a health research organization, said the first-quarter findings “dramatically understate the effect” of the law, as almost half of the people who signed up for insurance during the open enrollment period did so in March and did not get their insurance cards until later. Private surveys have shown that there were eight million to 10 million fewer uninsured by the second quarter, he said.
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HuffPo Hospitals In States That Won't Expand Medicaid Left With More Unpaid Bills States that refuse to accept Obamacare's Medicaid expansion aren't just leaving behind poor residents, they're also hurting hospitals' bottom lines. Because the Affordable Care Act cut the number of people with no health insurance this year, hospitals across the country will see $5.7 billion less in unpaid bills, according to a report issued by the Department of Health and Human Services Wednesday. But the difference in states that have expanded Medicaid versus those that haven't is stark, the report shows. Hospitals in the 25 states that already have made Medicaid available to more poor residents and the District of Columbia will see $4.2 billion less in unpaid bills and charity care, a decrease of one-quarter. In the other states, the decline will be just $1.5 billion, or 9 percent. In other words, the reduction in the uninsured brought about by Obamacare has predictably led to a decrease in the number of people turning up at hospitals with no health insurance and no means to pay for their medical care. And that decrease is more substantial in states that allowed their poorest residents access to Medicaid coverage. ... The findings are a reflection of the fact that the uninsured rate, especially among low-income people, has fallen much more in states that expanded Medicaid than in states that didn't.
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TPM DC Federal Judge Rules Against Obamacare Subsidies A federal judge in Oklahoma ruled Tuesday that Obamacare subsidies provided on the federal HealthCare.gov exchange are invalid, agreeing with a ruling by a three-judge panel on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals against the subsidies. [hlyellow]"The court holds that the IRS Rule is arbitrary, capricious, an abuse of discretion or otherwise not in accordance with law ... in excess of statutory jurisdiction, authority, or limitations, or short of statutory right ... or otherwise is an invalid implementation of the ACA, and is hereby vacated,"[/hlyellow] U.S. District Court Judge Ronald A. White wrote in his opinion. White, appointed by George W. Bush in 2003,[hlyellow] put his ruling on hold pending an expected appeal at the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals[/hlyellow] by the Obama administration. That means Obamacare subsidies will continue to flow, for now. [...] "The district judge in the Oklahoma case made a decision that is inconsistent with the text of the statute, the clear intent of Congress, common sense, and the Fourth Circuit panel’s unanimous contrary ruling on the same issue," the official said. "[The Justice Department] has indicated that it will be appealing the decision. For people getting premium tax credits today, nothing has changed: tax credits remain available."
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New York Times











Who Would Have Health Insurance if Medicaid Expansion Weren't Optional



In 2012, the Supreme Court ruled that a cornerstone of the Affordable Care Act — its expansion of Medicaid to low-income people around the country — must be optional for states. But what if it had ruled differently?



More than three million people, many of them across the South, would now have health insurance through Medicaid, according to an Upshot analysis of data from Enroll America and Civis Analytics. The uninsured rate would be two percentage points lower.



Today, the odds of having health insurance are much lower for people living in Tennessee than in neighboring Kentucky, for example, and lower in Texas than in Arkansas. Sharp differences are seen outside the South, too. Maine, which didn’t expand Medicaid, has many more residents without insurance than neighboring New Hampshire. In a hypothetical world with a different Supreme Court ruling, those differences would be smoothed out. ...



In many ways, as the Enroll/Civis data highlights, the law has succeeded in bringing health insurance to the disadvantaged populations who have historically lacked it. Its model shows that the biggest beneficiaries of the law have been the very groups that tend to suffer in today’s economy: blacks and Hispanics; young adults; people living in rural areas; women; and those earning the lowest incomes. (For a detailed look at who was covered by the law this year, read our article on the most salient trends.)



But the uneven Medicaid expansion, largely a result of Republican politicians’ dislike of the program and their concern that their states might get stuck with the costs, has limited the law’s ability to cover poor Americans living in many of the poorest states in the country. Currently, 26 states and the District of Columbia have expanded their programs. In the country’s two poorest states, Mississippi and Louisiana, more than 15 percent of the population between 18 and 65 remains uninsured in 2014, the data show.






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White House says Gruber's wrong, attacks GOP



The White House is denouncing comments from key Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber that a lack of transparency and the stupidity of voters helped in the passage of the health care law and is instead pointing a finger at Republicans.



“The fact of the matter is, the process associated with the writing and passing and implementing of the Affordable Care Act has been extraordinarily transparent,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said during a press briefing in Burma, according to a transcript provided by the White House.







“I disagree vigorously with that assessment,” Earnest responded when asked about Gruber’s claim that Obamacare wouldn’t have passed if the administration was more transparent and voters more intelligent.



He added, “It is Republicans who have been less than forthright and transparent about what their proposed changes to the Affordable Care Act would do in terms of the choices are available to middle class families.” ...



The response from the White House comes as a third video of Gruber criticizing the intelligence of American voters has surfaced.









Adding from The Hill:



ObamaCare architect: I regret 'stupidity' of voter comment





And from New Republic:





The Obamacare Debate Was One of the Most Transparent in Recent Memory
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Poll: Good reviews for Obamacare coverage



A majority of Americans give good reviews for insurance they recently acquired through government exchanges within the past year, a new poll shows.



With the second round of Obamacare enrollment set to begin on Saturday, 71 percent said their coverage through the exchanges was good or excellent, according to a Gallup poll released Friday. Another 19 percent said the coverage was fair, while 9 percent rated it poorly.







The pollster notes that these marks are comparable to all who have health insurance. However, those newly insured through the exchanges are more satisfied with the cost of health care — with 75 percent saying so — versus 61 percent of all insured respondents who said they were satisfied with the cost of health care.



A majority — 68 percent — who received insurance through the exchanges said they plan to renew their policy, while an additional 7 percent said they will look for a new policy, but through the exchanges.






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Obama dismisses renewed criticism of health care law



BRISBANE, Australia — President Obama dismissed renewed criticism of his signature health care law Sunday and disputed an assertion from a former architect of the policy who claimed the administration had deceived lawmakers.



Jonathan Gruber, an economist, suggested last year that the administration’s signature health-care legislation passed in part because of the “stupidity of the American voter” and a “lack of transparency” over its funding mechanisms.



“I just heard about this,” Obama said at a new conference, after wrapping up two days of meetings with world leaders here at the G-20 Summit. “The fact that some adviser who never worked on our staff expressed his opinion that I completely disagree with — it is no reflection on the actual process that was run.”



It marked the first time Obama has weighed in on the video, which became public after he left Washington for a week-long trip to Asia. Gruber is an MIT economics professor and health care policy expert who was a paid consultant for the Obama administration on the Affordable Care Act.






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snopes has rubbished the video by the way. Or at least the context of it. In conext it makes about as much sense as "you didnt build that"



http://www.snopes.com/politics/medical/gruber.asp


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VOX Ezra Klein









Grubergate is really Obamacaregate ...



"Here's the dirty little secret," wrote Neil Irwin at the New York Times. "Mr. Gruber was exposing something sordid yet completely commonplace about how Congress makes policy of all types: Legislators frequently game policy to fit the sometimes arbitrary conventions by which the Congressional Budget Office evaluates laws and the public debates them."



Everyone — literally, everyone — who makes or covers policy in Washington is familiar with Gruber's complaint: Congress constantly tries to appease both the Congressional Budget Office and voters by designing policy in unnecessarily complex ways, and selling it in ways that obscure the tradeoffs. Both parties do this every single day, all of the time. And if they lose the fight — if people focus on the way tax cuts explode the deficit rather than put money in their pockets, or if they focus on who health reform taxes rather than who it helps — they lose the policy.



I talked to Gruber a lot during this period, and I know exactly what he's trying to say here: he was really, really frustrated by Washington's games. He was really annoyed at politicians framing things and writing legislative language to support their press releases rather than the final law. As involved as he's been in the policymaking process, Gruber is, first and foremost, an MIT economist. And he's got little patience for Washington's tendency to take clean, straightforward policies and complicate them in the name of politics. ...



That's a shame. Gruber tried to make it a better bill than it is. He tried to make what was in it clearer and more known than it was. And then — and this is where all the tapes come from — he traveled the country trying to explain it to people. And Gruber, as is perfectly clear now, was not an experienced political operator who knew how to talk carefully in front of a camera. The lesson other academics will take from his humiliation is that they best stay out of big policy debates, and they had really better make sure they never say anything interesting on tape.






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I finally got my health insurance card in yesterdays mail. That only took a year.
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I finally got my health insurance card in yesterdays mail. That only took a year.





Quick, get all the health care you need before the Republicans get control of the senate and/or the SCOTUS eviscerates Obamacare.



I am very concerned that the SCOTUS will take away my daughter's Obamacare subsidy.



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Gov. Rick Perry (R) appointed a special panel of medical professionals to make recommendations on improving health care in Texas.

They want Perry to embrace parts of "Obamacare."

Oops. http://on.msnbc.com/1oZwXME
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Gov. Rick Perry (R) appointed a special panel of medical professionals to make recommendations on improving health care in Texas.

They want Perry to embrace parts of "Obamacare."

Oops. http://on.msnbc.com/1oZwXME



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Canadian mom faces nearly $1-million medical bill after unexpected birth in U.S.

A Saskatchewan mother says she is facing more than $900,000 in medical bills after giving birth unexpectedly in the United States and being told the costs won’t be covered by insurance.



Jennifer Huculak was nearly six months pregnant when her water broke while on vacation in Hawaii in October 2013. After a lengthy hospital stay, Huculak’s daughter, Reece, was born prematurely and required a two-month stay in the neonatal intensive care unit.



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Blue Cross denied her claim, citing a pre-existing condition.



[...]



She said her doctor sent a letter to Blue Cross confirming that Huculak’s pregnancy was stable when she went on vacation, but the claim was still denied.





Perhaps our Canadian members can tell us how this situation would be treated if it were a U.S. citizen, insured similarly, in Canada.



And yeah, this situation sucks.



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