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    Side Effects: College Students May Lose Health Care Option Under Obamacare

    Health care isn’t something most students worry about. Government stats show about 80 percent of college students are covered under a parents’ plan. For them, Obamacare may mean they can keep the insurance they already have for a few years beyond college, but it won’t affect the coverage they carry … More

    Side Effects: What Obamacare and the Death Star have in Common

    So far, 21 states have filed lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of Obamacare.  As they move forward, it’s worth pondering what would happen to the health care overhaul if they succeed. Could one lawsuit be the proton torpedo that blows up the Obamacare Death Star? Typically, courts can deem a legislative … More

    Side Effects: Obamacare Puts States Between a Rock and a Hard Place

    Obamacare creates a host of new federal requirements billed as consumer protections.  But enacting these policies falls not on the feds, but on the states. Some of these provisions were among the more popular components of Obamacare: guaranteed issue for children; letting individuals remain on their parents’ health plan up … More

    Side Effects: Obamacare Spreads the Wealth by Cutting Medicare

    Is Granny “disposable”? Some seniors may get that impression once Obamacare kicks in. As noted in a recent Wall Street Journal article, the new law cuts $200 billion from Medicare Advantage, a public-private “hybrid” of Medicare.  As a result, more than 11 million seniors will likely see their Medicare Advantage … More

    Side Effects: Obamacare Causes Some Insurers to Stop Offering Coverage for Kids

    The effects of Obamacare are getting weirder with each passing month. Now, new requirements created by the law are causing some insurers to consider no longer offering “child-only” policies to avoid having to raise rates. Most children are covered by parents’ employer-provided insurance or by government programs. But some parents … More

    Side Effects: Small Businesses Won’t Find a Friend in Obamacare

    One of the promises of Obamacare was that it would give folks working in small businesses access to affordable care. Unfortunately, like so much else in the law, it doesn’t look like that’s going to work very well. To solve the problems small firms have with finding affordable health coverage, Obamacare … More

    Side Effects: Premium Hikes for Arizona State Employees, Courtesy of Obamacare

    Arizona v. President Obama. This time it’s not about immigration but health care. A recent letter from the Arizona Department of Administration to 135,000 state employees informed them that, depending on their type of coverage, they can expect their monthly health insurance costs to jump by as much as 37 … More

    Side Effects: Obamacare Encouraging Insurers to Cut Corners

    With or without Obamacare, health insurance costs are on the rise.  And that has businesses searching for more affordable options. One increasingly popular option: health plans covering services provided by a relatively small number of participating doctors and hospitals.  These plans are most attractive to small employers, but The New … More

    Side Effects: House Fix Is Just the Beginning to Plugging the Holes in Obamacare

    Though Democrats’ health care bill has already been signed into law, work on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is anything but complete. Last Wednesday, the House passed a bill that would make several technical corrections to the health bill hastily passed last March. The authors of the … More

    Side Effects: Obamacare Could Punish Docs for Better Quality Care

    “Pay-for-performance” medicine has gained popularity in recent years, and Obamacare makes it a reality for Medicare enrollees.  But that’s not necessarily a good thing. Pay-for-performance allows third parties to pay physicians based on treatment outcomes.  In theory, this sounds like a great way to encourage doctors to improve outcomes.  But … More