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The GOP's Obamacare Flippers, The Wall Street Journal

Monday, February 04, 2013
As D-Day looms for ObamaCare, one big question is how many states will sign up for its Medicaid expansion. The recent and spectacular flip-flop of Arizona Governor Jan Brewer is a case study in the political pressure and fiscal gimmicks designed to get states to succumb. It's also a study in the arcane and perverse ObamaCare incentives that are intended to gather ever more health-care spending under federal control.  

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The Health Information Technology Scam, National Center For Policy Analysis

Wednesday, January 23, 2013
 

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Obamacare Highlights Top Hospitals-And Bars More, Investor's Business Daily

Wednesday, January 23, 2013
 

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Medicare Quality Reporting Penalty Expected To Strike Most Physicians, AmedNews.com

Monday, January 21, 2013
Physicians could lose up to a total of $1.3 billion a year from their Medicare pay by not satisfactorily reporting quality measures to the program, researchers determined in an analysis of reporting trends. The loss would be the result of hundreds of thousands of physicians and other health professionals not participating in, or not meeting criteria for, the Medicare physician quality reporting system. Medicare payments will be cut 1.5% in 2015 — and 2% in 2016 and beyond — for every eligible physician who fails to meet PQRS requirements by sending quality data to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
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We Told You So, Real Clear Politics

Sunday, January 20, 2013
As the Affordable Care Act--otherwise known as ObamaCare--begins to be implemented, we are seeing its first big consequence: it is making care less affordable.

The New York Times reports that "Health insurance companies across the country are seeking and winning double-digit increases in premiums for some customers, even though one of the biggest objectives of the Obama administration's health care law was to stem the rapid rise in insurance costs for consumers."  

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The Time Bomb In Obamacare, The Washington Post

Friday, January 18, 2013
 

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Obamacare's Health Insurance Sticker Shock, Wall Street Journal

Monday, January 14, 2013
Health-insurance premiums have been rising—and consumers will experience another series of price shocks later this year when some see their premiums skyrocket thanks to the Affordable Care Act, aka ObamaCare.

The reason: The congressional Democrats who crafted the legislation ignored virtually every actuarial principle governing rational insurance pricing. Premiums will soon reflect that disregard—indeed, premiums are already reflecting it.
 

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New York City Ties Doctors' Incomes To "Quality" Of Care, The New York Times

Friday, January 11, 2013
 

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In Second Look, Few Savings From Digital Health Records, The New York Times

Thursday, January 10, 2013
The conversion to electronic health records has failed so far to produce the hoped-for savings in health care costs and has had mixed results, at best, in improving efficiency and patient care, according to a new analysis by the influential RAND Corporation. Optimistic predictions by RAND in 2005 helped drive explosive growth in the electronic records industry and encouraged the federal government to give billions of dollars in financial incentives to hospitals and doctors that put the systems in place.  

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The Slow Dismantling Of Obamacare, The Heritage Foundation

Tuesday, January 08, 2013
Things aren’t going so well for Obamacare.

Even Democrats in Congress aren’t huge fans any more. It seems after passing the law and finding out what’s in it, the allure has faded—so much so that Congress actually repealed part of Obamacare in the fiscal cliff deal last week.  

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Seven Reasons States Should Just Say NO To Medicaid Expansion, Forbes

Monday, January 07, 2013
Democrats are desperately hoping the states will accept the Medicaid expansion being foisted on them by President Obama’s health care law, but they may be be disappointed.

The primary reason for their concern is blatantly self-serving: ObamaCare’s success, like its RomneyCare prequel in Massachusetts, will be judged solely by how many uninsured people get coverage. The pretense of increasing quality and lowering costs was abandoned months ago; now it’s all about reducing the uninsured.
 

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Why Is Privacy Important To Freedom?, Citizens' Council For Health Freedom

Saturday, January 05, 2013
 

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Docs Have Lived Under SGR Since '97 and Threats Of Cuts For A Decade, The Medicare News Group

Thursday, January 03, 2013
 

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As 2013 Begins, Get Ready Fo An Obamacare Tax Onslaught Forbes.com

Wednesday, January 02, 2013
The third wave of ObamaCare taxes began on January 1, the latest blitz before the tsunami of changes from the health overhaul law hit in 2014. These new and higher taxes are being levied to partially pay for ObamaCare’s massive new subsidies for private health insurance and expansion of Medicaid. 

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Businesses Cutting Hours, Bracing For Costs of Obamacare

Wednesday, January 02, 2013
 

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A Resistance Movement Rises Against Obamacare, Forbes.com

Tuesday, January 01, 2013
 

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States Still Have Power To Reject Obamacare, The Daily Caller

Tuesday, January 01, 2013
States are tasked under Obamacare with setting up and running the exchanges. But here’s the kicker: If they don’t, the law can’t work. Thanks to a quirk in the law’s drafting, only state-established exchanges are “valid.” In states that decline to set up an exchange, while the feds can certainly come in and set one up, it will be illegal forthat exchange to distribute health insurance premium subsidies to individuals or enforce the employer mandate. In which case, the system stops.

This means that, in order to stop Obamacare, all a state needs to do is … nothing. 

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It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Obamacare, The Wall Street Journal

Monday, December 31, 2012
For sheer political farce, not much can compete with ObamaCare's passage, which included slipping the bill through the Senate before dawn three Christmas eves ago. But the madcap dash to get ready for the entitlement's October 2013 start-up date is a pretty close second.

The size and complexity of the Affordable Care Act meant that its implementation was never going to easy. But behind the scenes, even states that support or might support the Affordable Care Act are frustrated about the Health and Human Services Department's special combination of rigidity and ineptitude. 

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Obamacare: Pain 2.0, The New York Post

Thursday, December 27, 2012
The Post in recent days has shined a glaring spotlight on the hurt New Yorkers will feel from looming tax hikes, absent a fiscal-cliff deal. But just a year later, they’ll get another round of sticker shock when they see the high price of “free” health insurance under ObamaCare.

Here are a couple of examples of what New York families would have to pay for coverage when the program starts in 2014:  

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South Carolina Representative Joins Fight To Nullify Obamacare, The New American

Thursday, December 13, 2012
South Carolina may soon join the ranks of states struggling to reclaim their constitutional sovereignty stolen from them by the federal government. The states, through the exercise of the Tenth Amendment and their natural right to rule as sovereign entities, may stop ObamaCare at the state borders by enacting state statutes nullifying the healthcare law.

Nullification is the “rightful remedy” and is a much more constitutionally sound method of checking federal usurpation and is quicker and less complicated than an attempt to have the law repealed by Congress or overturned by a future federal bench more respectful of the Constitution. 

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Obamacare's Costs To The Working Class, Wall Street Journal

Tuesday, December 04, 2012
count myself as an ObamaCare supporter, but this doesn't blind me to the law's flaws. Bipartisan compromise will be necessary to reform health care in a constructive way. I have been researching ObamaCare and assisting with its implementation, and have come to this realization: Without further reforms, the law will create unnecessary costs for working-class Americans.  

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Michigan Smartly Avoids 'Exchange', The Detroit News

Monday, December 03, 2012
 

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A Hospital War Reflects A Bind For Doctors In The US, The New York Times

Friday, November 30, 2012
 

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Troubles Ahead, Troubles Behind NCPA.org

Thursday, November 29, 2012
 

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D4PC "Morning Rounds" Wednesday November 28, 2012

Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Missouri, Kansas Reject State-Run Health Insurance Exchanges
Elana Gordon, KCUR

"Immediately after the presidential election, and more than a week ahead of the Nov. 16 deadline, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, announced he had made up his mind. The state would not be setting up its own health insurance exchange. Next door in Kansas, Gov. Sam Brownback, a Republican, made a similar announcement."

Ala. Governor Rejects State Exchange, Medicaid Expansion
Sam Baker, The Hill

"Another Republican governor on Tuesday formally refused to set up an insurance exchange under President Obama's healthcare law. Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley said the state will not establish an exchange and also will not participate in the law's Medicaid expansion."

Governor Jindal Confirms No On Health Care Exchange, Suggests Medicaid Premium Support
Jon Ward, The Huffington Post

"While other Republican governors are starting to back away from their opposition to implementing a key part of President Obama's health care law, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said Tuesday that he's not reconsidering. 

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Why Obamacare's Critics Refuse To 'Give Up', TownHall.com

Monday, November 26, 2012
 

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The High Price Of Nickel And Diming Doctors, Businessweek.com

Thursday, November 22, 2012
 

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Why Obamacare Is Still No Sure Thing, The Wall Street Journal

Sunday, November 18, 2012
Champions of ObamaCare want Americans to believe that the president's re-election ended the battle over the law. It did no such thing. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act won't be fully repealed while Barack Obama is in office, but the administration is heavily dependent on the states for its implementation.

Talk of the law's inevitability is intended to pressure these governors into implementing it on the administration's behalf. But states still have two key choices to make that together will put them in the driver's seat: whether to create state health-insurance exchanges, and whether to expand Medicaid. They should say "no" to both.
 

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The Obamacare Battlefront Shifts To The States, Forbes.com

Thursday, November 15, 2012
Throughout the debate over ObamaCare – and back to HillaryCare and beyond – the fundamental question in health reform has always been this: Who will control our choices – government or individuals?

Each side has won battles over the last 15 years in the tug of war between those who want a system that empowers the individual and one that cedes more and more authority to the state.  

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Sample Letter and Reasons To Oppose State Insurance Exchanges

Thursday, November 15, 2012
 

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