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    Side Effects: Congress Regulates Themselves Out of Coverage

    In the mad dash to meet their strictly political deadline for passing Obamacare,  lawmakers wound up victimizing many people.  Including themselves. Members of Congress and Congressional staff currently enjoy a wide variety of excellent health insurance options, courtesy of the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP). One of the more … More

    Side Effects: IRS Could Eat Your Refund

    Obamacare requires all individuals to carry health insurance for themselves and their families.  Those who don’t will have to pay a penalty.  And the IRS is the agency charged with making sure the uninsured pony up. Just how will the IRS do that?  It’s not something lawmakers got around to … More

    Side Effects: The Doctor Is NOT In

    Doctors are becoming increasingly demoralized. And no wonder!  They are losing control over their professional independence and the Washington lobbyists they hire to represent them are collaborators with an increasingly hostile Washington political establishment. While the President repeatedly told Americans that his health agenda would not interfere with their relationship … More

    Side Effects: Get Ready to Wait for Your Health Care

    Patience will be more than a virtue, under Obamacare.  It’ll be a necessity.  A recent article from ABC News outlines why Americans can expect longer and longer waits before they see a doctor. One reason is that there just won’t be enough doctors to get the job done.  ABC reports … More

    Side Effects: Obamacare's "Donut Hole" for Young Adults

    College seniors are eagerly ordering caps and gowns for May graduation ceremonies.  But graduation day often brings loss as well as gain.  Many graduates will lose coverage under their parents’ health plans as soon as they get their diplomas. It wasn’t supposed to be that way.  Obamacare promised to let … More

    Side Effects: Pre-Existing Physician Payment Problems Persist

    No one can criticize the Obamacare legislation for being too short.  But even at 2K+ pages, the new law fails to address some major problems with the health system.  One of these is the flawed formula Congress created years ago to determine how much the Medicare payment physicians receive for … More

    Side Effects: Doctor Participation May Vary

    In recent years, the United States has faced a growing shortage of physicians.  Under Obamacare, it will only get worse. Industry experts predict a 40,000 shortfall in doctors over the next decade There are two factors at play here.  First, the existing supply of primary care physicians will not be … More

    Side Effects: States Will Feel the Effects of Obamacare

    The national health reform rammed through Congress is giving state officials headaches. Writing in The Wall Street Journal, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels outlines several problems states will have to deal with as a result of Obamacare. For example, Daniels now faces the prospect of terminating a popular insurance program for … More

    Side Effects: New Tanning Tax Burns Business Owners

    In the days and weeks following the signing of Obamacare into law, Administration officials have attempted to promote all of the legislation’s immediate impacts. Owners of tanning salons across the country are already seeing one of those immediate impacts—a whopping 10% tax. One salon owner in Western Oregon laments in an … More

    Side Effects: New Entitlement Compounds Debt Problems of Existing Entitlement

    Obamacare was sold as a way to improve benefits and expand coverage.  But it doesn’t seem to be panning out that way. Almost immediately, major companies offering excellent health coverage to both active workers and retirees said the new law would cost them a bundle.  AT&T alone said they’d have … More