First Plaintiff Beats Obama HHS-Abortion Mandate in Court | LifeNews.com

July 27, 2012

A federal court issued an order Friday that halts enforcement of the Obama administration’s abortion pill mandate against a Colorado family-owned business while an Alliance Defending Freedom lawsuit challenging the mandate continues in court.

The mandate has generated massive opposition from pro-life groups because it forces employers, regardless of their religious or moral convictions, to provide insurance coverage for abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization, and contraception under threat of heavy penalties.

via First Plaintiff Beats Obama HHS-Abortion Mandate in Court | LifeNews.com.


Political Calculations

July 27, 2012

Over 90% of the burden of ObamaCare will be paid by individuals with incomes below $200,000.

Over one third of the burden will fall upon people with incomes between $9,500 and $37,300, whose ObamaCare tax will be a flat $695 beginning in 2016.

via Political Calculations.


White House tailors minority health care pitch – Reid J. Epstein – POLITICO.com

July 26, 2012

President Barack Obama tends to skim lightly over the details of his health care law in speeches.But his administration has a far more specific pitch to black and Hispanic audiences.

via White House tailors minority health care pitch – Reid J. Epstein – POLITICO.com.


CBO: Obamacare to Cover Millions Fewer Than Before Supreme Court Decision

July 25, 2012

Earlier today, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released an updated cost estimate for Obamacare that showed that the law will cost less over 10 years than last predicted—because fewer people will be covered.

Now, although Obamacare spends more than $1 trillion, CBO predicts it will leave 30 million Americans uninsured, falling far short of what was promised.

via CBO: Obamacare to Cover Millions Fewer Than Before Supreme Court Decision.


Could ObamaCare Make The Uninsured Problem Worse? – Investors.com

July 25, 2012

As a result, ObamaCare will likely cover far fewer uninsured than advertized. There’s even a chance that, if all goes wrong, it could actually make the uninsured problem worse.

via Could ObamaCare Make The Uninsured Problem Worse? – Investors.com.


House GOP Leaders Indicate They Will Fund Implementation of Obamacare | CNSNews.com

July 24, 2012

When asked whether the House Republicans would permit or not permit funding for Obamacare in whatever legislation is enacted to fund the government after Sept. 30–when the current funding legislation runs out–House Speaker John Boehner responded that “our goal would be to make sure the government is funded,” thus indicating that House Republicans do plan to fund implementation of Obamacare past Sept. 30.

via House GOP Leaders Indicate They Will Fund Implementation of Obamacare | CNSNews.com.


Nearly one in 10 employers to drop health coverage – Washington Times

July 24, 2012

About one in 10 employers plan to drop health coverage when key provisions of the new health care law kick in less than two years from now, according to a survey to be released Tuesday by the consulting company Deloitte.

Nine percent of companies said they expect to stop offering coverage to their workers in the next one to three years, the Wall Street Journal reported. Around 81 percent said they would continue providing benefits and 10 percent said they weren’t sure.

via Nearly one in 10 employers to drop health coverage – Washington Times.


CBO | Letter to the Honorable John Boehner providing an estimate for H.R. 6079, the Repeal of Obamacare Act

July 24, 2012

What Is the Impact of Repealing the ACA on the Federal Budget?

Assuming that H.R. 6079 is enacted near the beginning of fiscal year 2013, CBO and JCT estimate that, on balance, the direct spending and revenue effects of enacting that legislation would cause a net increase in federal budget deficits of $109 billion over the 2013–2022 period. Specifically, we estimate that H.R. 6079 would reduce direct spending by $890 billion and reduce revenues by $1 trillion between 2013 and 2022, thus adding $109 billion to federal budget deficits over that period.

via CBO | Letter to the Honorable John Boehner providing an estimate for H.R. 6079, the Repeal of Obamacare Act.


CBO | Estimates for the Insurance Coverage Provisions of the Affordable Care Act Updated for the Recent Supreme Court Decision

July 24, 2012

CBO and JCT now estimate that the insurance coverage provisions of the ACA will have a net cost of $1,168 billion over the 2012–2022 period—compared with $1,252 billion projected in March 2012 for that 11-year period—for a net reduction of $84 billion. (Those figures do not include the budgetary impact of other provisions of the ACA, which in the aggregate reduce budget deficits.)

The projected net savings to the federal government resulting from the Supreme Court’s decision arise because the reductions in spending from lower Medicaid enrollment are expected to more than offset the increase in costs from greater participation in the newly established exchanges.

via CBO | Estimates for the Insurance Coverage Provisions of the Affordable Care Act Updated for the Recent Supreme Court Decision.


The cost of the Medicaid opt-outs (in one chart)

July 24, 2012

The American Action Forum Tuesday morning released a report that looks at how states opting out of the Medicaid expansion could impact the federal budget. It predicts, if states decline to participate, the federal government would be on the hook for higher spending — even as the health-care law extended coverage to fewer people.

The federal government would see significant savings by not having to pay for the Medicaid expansion in states that choose not to participate. But it would end up spending even more covering private insurance subsidies for some of those no longer eligible for the entitlement program.

via The cost of the Medicaid opt-outs (in one chart).


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