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    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

    Side Effects: Massachusetts Seniors Will Lose Medicare Advantage Plans in 2011

    President Barack Obama’s promise that “if you like it you can keep it” may be this generation’s “read my lips—no new taxes,” claim. New Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Administrator Dr. Donald Berwick recently said “Medicare Advantage remains strong and a robust option for millions of seniors who choose to … More

    Side Effects: Doughnut Hole Deal Not so Sweet

    Currently 3.4 million Americans seniors covered by Medicare find themselves in a giant “doughnut hole,” but despite the tasty terminology, there’s nothing sweet about it. The doughnut hole refers to a gap in prescription drug coverage under Medicare Part D.  As David Hilzenrath explains, “…beneficiaries enter the coverage gap when … More

    Side Effects: Fuzzy Math Won’t Bend the Health Care Cost Curve

    Obamacare will force health care spending to rise faster and higher over the next decade than if Congress had just left the nation’s health system unchanged.  That’s according to a recent report from the Office of the Actuary at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The report projects the … More

    Side Effects: More Americans Will Feel the Pain of Medicaid’s Shortcomings

    Lawmakers shoved through Obamacare on the promise that it would decrease the number of uninsured Americans. The new law does this by expanding Medicaid’s eligibility to cover an additional 16 million Americans by 2019, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).  However, recent analysis from former CBO director Douglas Holtz-Eakin … More

    Side Effects: Obamacare Widens Health Care Disparities

    In a recent op-ed in the Spanish media, President Barack Obama espoused the new health reform law would ensure that minorities like Latinos would have access to health care services through better coverage options. However, the President left out that the bulk of this “coverage” is pushing many Hispanic and … More

    Side Effects: Obamacare’s Small Business Tax Credits Won't Go The Distance

    Will more small businesses be able to offer their workers health coverage under Obamacare?  The legislation creates a tax credit to encourage just that.  But a new report from The Commonwealth Fund says it probably won’t help much. Though small firms eligible for some level of the tax credit employ … More

    Side Effects: More Bad News for Those Who Like Their Current Coverage

    When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said Americans would have to wait until Congress passed Obamacare to find out what was in it, she wasn’t kidding. Since the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Car Act nearly six months ago, Americans have been faced daily reality checks from 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: Future of Private Insurance Rests in Secretary Sebelius’ Hands

    Obamacare requires insurers to meet a federally-specified medical loss ratio.  That is, they must spend a certain percentage of premiums on medical expenses.  The remainder can be used to cover administrative costs and, if there’s anything left, profits.  But if insurers don’t shell out enough in medical losses to meet … More