And Still More Changes And Delays To Health Care Mandate

In what seems a regular ritual, the Obama administration has again changed some of the rules of its Affordable Care Act (aka Obama Care), some argue in order to kick the pain down the road past the 2014 mid-term elections.  New rules announced last week extend for an additional two years, a policy implemented in…

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Florida Voters Don’t Buy It

Notwithstanding this latest change in the mandates of the Affordable Care Act, and the effort to make it seem less onerous than it may be, voters in Florida’s 13th Congressional District elected David Jolly, a staunch opponent of the Affordable Care Act in a March 11 Special Election to fill the seat of the late Representative…

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“I’m From The Government And I’m Here To Help!”

I believe it was President Ronald Reagan who described this phrase as the scariest 9 words anyone could here, and I think he was right.  We’ve tried to keep you abreast of the long string of changes to the Affordable Care Act implemented by the President unilaterally.  He did it again with the latest change…

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Restaurant Labeling

One would think that the Affordable Care Act would deal with the costs of health care in America, but we know differently and we’re learning with each day exactly how wrong that premise is.  Deep within the 10,000 pages of the ACA is the calorie label clause, which mandates that each restaurant chain with over…

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President Delays Yet Another Provision Of ACA

Just a few days before the December 23 deadline, the Obama administration again unilaterally changed rules by allowing those individuals whose health insurance policies were cancelled to claim a hardship exemption and thereby skirt any penalties under the alleged law.  This latest change was announced last Thursday evening in a bulletin from the Department of…

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Flexible Medical Spending Plan Altered

With most focused on the abysmal record of the ACA enrollment process thus far, we want members to know that the Department of the Treasury and the IRS have issued a notice modifying the longstanding “use it or lose it” for flexible spending arrangements.  The new regulation allows for a carryover to the next year of…

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Obama Care Rollout Problems Continue

The rollout of the so-called Affordable Care Act (ACA) also known as Obama Care continues to have significant difficulties with its initial launch, as do Obama administration officials running the program.  This week, two different Congressional Committees – one in the House and one in the Senate – heard HHS Secretary Katherine Sebelius describe the…

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Obama Care Update: More Problems – And an Apology

As the implementation of the Affordable Care Act continues, it appears to be encountering still more problems with its web page and acceptability with the American public – so much so that the administrator of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Kathleen Tavenner, felt compelled to apologize to Congress for the seemingly endless problems…

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Chaos Is Common Thread As ObamaCare Health Exchanges Open

In this the first week when state health exchanges are open for new enrollments, chaos seems to be one of the few consistencies.   The New York state health exchange opened for business on October 1 and then promptly posted a note on their website explaining that the exchange had been overwhelmed, was having log-in issues…

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