Bankrupting America, a project of Public Notice, today released the Affordable Care Act (ACA) briefing book, which provides a comprehensive introduction to the ACA and breakdown of the new healthcare provisions and their impacts.
On the same day that the White House plans to release a “tsunami” of information about Obamacare, new reports indicate they’ve committed to a $1 trillion taxpayer bailout of the insurance companies. The first wave of the information “tsunami” should probably explain where they’re going to get this flood of new money.
Months before the official Obamacare rollout, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius emphasized the importance of the immovable October 1 deadline. However, seven weeks later, after countless problems and glitches with the website, and another deadline of November 30th, the Washington Post reports that the people in charge of fixing it don’t see that timetable as “especially crucial.”
As millions of Americans face ongoing problems using Healthcare.gov, Congress and their aides are receiving “gold-tier” treatment and “concierge-type services” if they run across any problems. And that’s not all. On the health exchange used by Congress, younger people may get better rates than those on the federal exchanges.Politics over people is becoming a scary trend in Washington.
Despite numerous reports about red flags that were raised with the implementation of Healthcare.gov, the administration still failed to anticipate the scale of the problems facing the rollout. With no shortage of warning signs, how could the people responsible claim to be practically blindsided by the results? Maybe it’s time to stop giving the federal government the benefit of the doubt when it comes to running our healthcare system.
SHOT: White House Shifts Language From “Obamacare” Back To The “Affordable Care Act”
The House of Representatives will vote today on the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA Act), which would institute government-wide standards that will make it easier to track and report spending. The DATA Act is one of the key pillars of Public Notice’s campaign to end “Spend It or Lose It,” a flawed budgeting system that incentivizes exhausting all budgetary funds before the close of the fiscal year.
Yesterday, President Obama held a press conference to offer a “fix” to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), announcing that insurers would be able to keep offering current plans for a year. This so called “fix” wouldn’t do anything but further complicate the healthcare rollout, which is evidenced by the fact that insurance commissioners are already refusing to enforce the last minute policy change.
Instead of passing budgets, Congress has punted by passing Continuing Resolutions that fund the government in very short-term spurts. Here are four ways that Disney movies resemble how Congress budgets.
On the same day that President Obama apologized for the fact that his healthcare law didn’t live up to his “if you like it, you can keep it” promise, Former Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) continued to insist cancellations have nothing to do with Obamacare.