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    Side Effects: Number of Waivers Grows As a Result of Obamacare Authors’ Sloppy Handiwork

    Jamie Dupree recently reported for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the number of waivers granted by the Obama Administration for a certain provision in the new health care law has now reached 222. That’s double the amount of just three weeks ago. The waivers apply to a provision of Obamacare prohibiting … More

    Side Effects: AARP Employees Face Premium Hikes As Result of New Law

    Health care reform was supposed to “bend the cost curve” in health care and reduce the amount that American families pay in health care premiums.  This was the message the nation received from proponents of the new law, which included organizations such as AARP. But now the group, whose membership … More

    Side Effects: Obamacare Accelerates Hospital Job Losses

    Repeatedly, reports have shown that Obamacare will increase job loss.  But what happens when those who are laid off are the workers meant to enable the health care law’s expanded access of care: namely, hospital employees? According to one hospital, layoffs of workers have already begun as a result of … More

    Side Effects: Obamacare Encourages States to Drop Medicaid

    Because of Obamacare, states are considering dropping out of Medicaid, the federal-state health program for the poor, rather than deal with the additional fiscal strain resulting from the health law. One of the main drivers behind health care reform was to reduce the nation’s number of uninsured.  Under the new … More

    Side Effects: Bad News for New Mexico Residents Who Like Their Current Health Plan

    Once again, the promise that Americans can keep the health coverage they like under Obamacare has been broken. National Health Insurance, Aetna, John Alden, and Principle have reported that they “need to make adjustments in their business to accommodate the nation’s new federal health care law.” The National Health Insurance … More

    Side Effects: Now Even Democrats Are Voicing Concern About Obamacare’s Consequences

    Imagine that one day, your boss takes you out to coffee.  You offer to pick up the tip as a contribution. The two of you head down the street and are faced with quite the conundrum: two coffee shops to choose from! Both offer a delicious cup of joe for … More

    Side Effects: Obamacare Strengthens Compliance-Based Medicine

    Obamacare alters the practice medicine by putting a stronger emphasis on adherence to government-determined measures of quality. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) already offers hospitals financial incentives to report on their compliance with certain measures of care. These are posted on Hospital Compare, a site where, according … More

    Side Effects: Obamacare Hurts Low-Income Workers

    With a struggling economy and stagnant unemployment rate, the last thing the United States needs is any public policy that will hurt job growth. Unfortunately, Obamacare’s new federally mandated, essential benefits package will diminish new job opportunities, especially for low-income workers. This is expected to occur because the new law … More

    Side Effects: How Government Micromanagement Could Discourage Access to Some Preventive Services

    A recent letter from the Congressional Research Service (CRS) reveals how Obamacare will erode patients’ access to certain preventive services. The new health care law requires insurers to cover all preventive measures rated “A” or “B” by the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) with zero cost-sharing. Otherwise, “a … More

    Side Effects: Obamacare Compels More Employers to Dump Coverage

    Obamacare has struck again. Last week, 3M announced plans to drop health benefits for retirees, citing the new law’s impact as a contributor in its decision. In 2013, 3M retirees who qualify for Medicare will lose their current employer-sponsored health benefits, and instead receive a health reimbursement account (HRA) with … More