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Welcome to Hotel Obamacare

April 14th, 2014 / Kristina Ribali / 0 comments

Hotel-ObamaCare

So what if you signed up for ObamaCare, but then wanted to get out of your plan? Maybe you found other insurance when you got a new job, or picked up insurance from your spouse, is it easy to pull out of the ObamaCare system?

Apparently not.

Drew Johnson has a piece over at the Washington Times detailing just how difficult it is to extricate yourself from the ObamaCare nightmare. It seems that, despite all the hassle of signing up for a plan through the exchange, Johnson had to endure what he calls “a brutal three-day fiasco,” in order to exit the program.

When I tried to terminate my plan, my insurance company told me that plans purchased through the marketplace could only be canceled through the marketplace. That started a brutal three-day fiasco.

After trying multiple times to sign on to Healthcare.gov to terminate my plan, only to find the site was down or I wasn’t allowed to log in, I gave up on the website and opted for the personal approach, the telephone. I was put on hold for 15 minutes and forced to listen to an insufferable synthesizer-Peruvian pan flute duet that the United Nations would likely consider an act of torture by the United States against its own citizens.

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ObamaCare Restricts Access to the Only Children’s Hospital in Washington

April 10th, 2014 / Kristina Ribali / 2 comments

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If you have kids and live in Washington State, and are enrolled in ObamaCare, your children could be in danger if they need life saving treatment. ObamaCare restricts your child’s access to the only children’s hospital in the entire state!

Washington’s only children’s hospital is an “out of network” provider for half of the state’s health plans, and it has filed a lawsuit against the state insurance commissioner to force changes.

Sandy Melzer, senior vice president and chief strategy officer at Seattle Children’s Hospital, said families of some young patients in treatment have faced tough decisions about keeping coverage or being charged expensive out-of-network prices.

Think about who this hurts the most: children. Bureaucrats are putting politics first and quality, affordable, life-saving health care access for children, the most innocent among us, a distant second.

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The Real ObamaCare Sign Up Numbers are Closer to 2 Million

April 9th, 2014 / Kristina Ribali / 1 comment

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A funny thing may have happened on the way to government-run health care. The promise of providing government health insurance to 30-40 million uninsured has actually only brought about two million Americans into the system. That’s one of the interesting conclusions coming from a newly-published RAND Corporation study of health care insurance enrollees during 2013.

In his breakdown of the RAND study in Forbes, Avik Roy points out a devastating fact for the long-term success of ObamaCare; actual “newly insured customers” are far below what is needed to sustain the program. This study comes in the wake of President Obama touting the “7.1 million sign-ups” of ObamaCare. Roy points out how wrong that number is.

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ObamaCare Kills Affordable Insurance Plans for New Jersey Children

April 7th, 2014 / Kristina Ribali / 0 comments

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Thanks to ObamaCare, 1800 families lost their health insurance in New Jersey. Yep, the law that was meant to provide insurance for everyone, killed an insurance plan in New Jersey that supplied quality insurance for middle-class kids. The program, FamilyCare Advantage, covered children in families that earned too much to qualify for Medicaid but too little to buy a health insurance policy on their own.

This middle-class gap is one of the demographics often left behind by Washington. With ObamaCare it’s no different.

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Only 5 of the Nation’s 19 Cancer Centers are Covered Under ObamaCare

April 3rd, 2014 / Kristina Ribali / 1 comment

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According to the American Cancer Society, more than 1.6 million Americans will be diagnosed with cancer this year. There are many millions more who are already fighting for their lives against cancer today. If any of those patients are covered on an ObamaCare health plan, they may find that getting access to the best care is suddenly very difficult.

U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, a physician and cancer patient himself, revealed that only five of the nation’s nineteen cancer centers are covered under ObamaCare.

“You know, it’s a market, and what they’ve done is they’ve priced it where these cancer centers, a lot of them, aren’t going to participate because they don’t get paid to cover the costs,” he said.

After some initial difficulty, Senator Coburn will have access to his current oncologist, but many Americans under the President’s signature health care law will not.

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Wendt Family Hit With Harsh ObamaCare Reality

April 3rd, 2014 / Kristina Ribali / 2 comments

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On April 1, President Obama declared that the “debate was over” regarding his signature health care law. Unfortunately for millions of American families, the debate can’t be over because of the financial stress and insecurity the law has brought to their doorsteps.

Earlier this week, we highlighted Yossi Gestetner’s story. Gestetner was so frustrated that he took to Facebook to make sure people heard his story.
He’s far from the only one. Shannon Wendt is a Michigan mother of five who is featured in an ad from Americans for Prosperity. In detail, she explains how ObamaCare will cost her family thousands of dollars in new expenses and is threatening their family’s financial future.

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Senator Says “There is No ObamaCare”

April 2nd, 2014 / Kristina Ribali / 0 comments

In what is possibly the most delusional moment by a U.S. Senator in recent memory, Maine’s “Independent” Senator Angus King told Fox News Sunday, “There is no such thing as ObamaCare.” Seriously. Check out the video below.

King argues that hey, it’s not like the insurance plan itself is called ObamaCare. It comes from an insurance company. So you know, that means it’s not ObamaCare.

An insurance company in a federal or state health care exchange that is administered through healthcare.gov, is not your typical private health insurance plan. These are insurance plans with dictated coverage points and scads of mandates forcing companies to offer policies in compliance with, wait for it, ObamaCare.

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New Poll Results: Only One in Four Americans Approve of ObamaCare

April 1st, 2014 / Kristina Ribali / 2 comments

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A new poll by the Associated Press finds that only 26-percent of Americans support ObamaCare. No, that’s not an April Fool’s joke. Yesterday was the final deadline to sign up for the “Affordable Care Act,” as it’s officially known, and Americans appear to be none too happy about the program that Washington is shoving down their throat.

The most unpopular portion of the law is also its most controversial: the individual mandate and the penalties it levies.

That central requirement that virtually all Americans have coverage or face fines remains highly unpopular. Forty-one percent said it should be completely repealed, about double the 19 percent who said it should remain in the law as passed. Obama, insurers, and most policy experts consider the so-called individual mandate essential to creating a big insurance pool that keeps premiums affordable.

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Stunned Sebelius Has No Response When Reminded of ObamaCare’s High Disapproval

March 31st, 2014 / Kristina Ribali / 0 comments

As with most things with the Obama Administration these days, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius appeared to have a serious case of selective hearing this morning. Sebelius was being interviewed on a local Oklahoma TV station and the anchor challenged her on the state’s overwhelming public opposition to the ObamaCare law.

Instead of engaging in a serious dialogue, Sebelius became a deer in the headlights — by design.

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ObamaCare Doesn’t Equal Access to Doctors and Specialists

March 20th, 2014 / Kristina Ribali / 0 comments

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Since the beginning, ObamaCare was sold to the American people as coverage and access to care. According the White House, five million people have signed up for ObamaCare coverage, but does that mean they’ll have access to doctors, specialists or affordable care? No.

Enid, Oklahoma resident Terry Durheim is concerned that her new coverage under ObamaCare doesn’t give her access to doctors that are needed to care for her son, who has a serious heart condition. The closest cardiologist she can see with her new “coverage” is over an hour away in Oklahoma City. Of course, she can see other doctors who are closer to her if she pays for the visit herself, but in her words “that defeats the point of insurance.”

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