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    Readers React: Our Health Insurance IS Going Up!

    On Friday, Heritage asked: “How much is your health insurance going up?” Here are some of the answers that came pouring in through email, Facebook, Twitter, and even Tumblr. Our email responses included this from Kristalyn N.: From Twitter: @Heritage #ObamaHikes pic.twitter.com/R0gpin23P7 — Michelle R. (@rise7up) October 11, 2013 @RealJamesWoods … More

    The Broken Promise Underlying Obamacare's Exchange Debacle

    The public recriminations continue surrounding Obamacare’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week and the myriad problems plaguing health insurance exchanges. But the concerns about flawed websites and consumer privacy are also symptoms of trying to mask the massive premium increases due to Obamacare. The Associated Press (AP) explains that … More

    What Obama’s Campaign Group Won’t Tell You About Obamacare

    Organizing for Action, President Obama’s campaign group, is out this morning with its first advertisement promoting Obamacare. The ad claims to tell the “facts” surrounding the law, but here’s what it doesn’t tell you: Claim: “Free Preventive Care for 34 Million” Fact: Obamacare forces insurers to cover preventive services without … More

    Obamacare: Krugman’s California Dreamin’

    Since California released its health care exchange premium rates late last week, liberals such as Paul Krugman have argued that Obamacare’s predicted “rate shock” will fail to materialize next year. At least three reasons explain why liberals’ argument falls short: 1. Dubious Assumptions About Exchange Enrollment Some independent observers questioned … More

    Now Congress Wants to Exempt Itself from Obamacare

    No argument for Obamacare’s repeal can top the simple fact that Members of Congress do not want it to apply to them. Today’s Politico reports that the House and Senate congressional leadership—both Democrats and Republicans working in cahoots with Obama Administration officials—have been secretly negotiating for months trying to find … More

    Chart of the Week: Obamacare's 17 New Taxes

    Americans who feel overtaxed already are in store for a shocker: Obamacare will add 17 new taxes or penalties for a whopping cost of $502 billion over its first 10 years. This week’s chart illustrates the new taxes and offers a year-by-year rundown of their annual costs. These taxes will … More

    Side Effects: Obamacare Fails to Halt Rising Premiums

    President Obama and his supporters have said that one of the major benefits of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act would be a drop in health insurance premiums. But a new Hewitt Associates study shows that insurance costs will continue to rise for 2011. The study projects an 8.8 … More

    Morning Bell: Obamacare vs. the Rule of Law

    Health Insurers Plan Hikes. That was the headline of a Wall Street Journal story last Tuesday which reported: “Health insurers say they plan to raise premiums for some Americans as a direct result of the health overhaul in coming weeks, complicating Democrats’ efforts to trumpet their signature achievement before the … More

    Side Effects: Obamacare Raises Your Premiums

    Health Insurers Plan Hikes. That’s the headline of today’s Wall Street Journal story which reports: “Health insurers say they plan to raise premiums for some Americans as a direct result of the health overhaul in coming weeks, complicating Democrats’ efforts to trumpet their signature achievement before the midterm elections. Aetna … More

    Side Effects: What’s a Medical Expense?

    Vague statutory language can make laws hard to interpret and enforce. And that’s certainly true of the recently-passed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Exhibit A: Obamacare requires insurers to spend at least 85 percent of group market premiums–and 80 percent of individual market premiums–on medical expenses.  The remainder goes to administrative costs and profits. But … More