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MNsure under pressure to get enrollees through the door 8.12.2014 Star Tribune: Local
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How We "Blew It" On Obamacare 4.12.2014 Truthout - All Articles
President Barack Obama speaks to reporters at the White House in Washington, April 17, 2014. A surge of insurance enrollment related to rising employment and Obama’s health care law has meant a surge of spending on health care, leaving policy experts wondering whether the government and private businesses can control spending as the economy gets stronger. (Stephen Crowley/The New York Times) Democrats blew it on Obamacare. That's according to retiring Iowa Senator Tom Harkin, who told The Hill today that he regrets that his party didn't go far enough back in 2009 and 2010 when it was trying to push the Affordable Care Act through Congress . Pointing out the massive filibuster-proof majorities that Democrats had in the House and the Senate during that time, Harkin said about Obamacare that, "All the prevention stuff is good but it's just really complicated. It doesn't have to be that complicated.... [We should have enacted] single-payer right from the get go or at least put a public option would have ...
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Lawsuit Challenges Radioactive Fracking Waste Facilities in Ohio 1.12.2014 Truthout - All Articles
Two environmental groups filed a lawsuit on November 19 on behalf of residents challenging the temporary approval of 23 fracking waste facilities in Ohio, where critics say lax regulations have helped the state become a popular destination for the contaminated leftovers of the fracking process. The groups allege that the Ohio Department of Natural Resources broke the law when it issued temporary orders allowing the waste facilities to begin operating. Ohio fracking protest. (Photo: ProgressOhio / Flickr ) Cheryl Mshar lives less than a mile from a fracking waste processing facility in Youngstown, Ohio. She worries that the air she breathes is polluted with chemicals and even radioactive contaminants. State regulators did not hold a public meeting before allowing the waste facility to begin operating earlier this year, so Mshar and her neighbors never had a say in the deal, until now. Two environmental groups filed a lawsuit on November 19 on behalf of Mshar and other residents challenging the temporary ...
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Another Unforced Error On Selling Obamacare 22.11.2014 The Moderate Voice

The Obama administration has done an excellent job policy-wise with the Affordable Care Act, but politically has made a few major mistakes along the way. The most recent was discovered today when Bloomberg reported that the administration had made mistakes in reporting the number of people who obtained health coverage through the exchanges in its [...]

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#Gruber gives Republicans cover for their killer lies about Obamacare 18.11.2014 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
For Democrats, the discovery that Romneycare and Obamacare consultant Jonathan Gruber is, well, a schmuck represents a triple whammy. For starters, the arrogance of anyone calling American voters "stupid" (or even just 47 percent of them) helps perpetuate every conservative stereotype of pointy-headed Northeastern elites. Worse still, Gruber is simply wrong that key aspects of the Affordable Care Act's funding and structure—about  individual mandate penalties, the "Cadillac tax" on high-end health plans and that younger, healthier enrollees would in essence subsidize—were somehow kept secret from the public. But most damaging, Gruber has given Republicans cover for perhaps the greatest campaign of political deception in modern American history, one that continues to misinform people about Obamacare while needlessly leaving millions without health insurance in the very states where GOP control is strongest. All along, Republicans' greatest fear hasn't been that the Affordable Care Act would fail, but that ...
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Auditor: MNsure enrollees not properly screened for eligibility 12.11.2014 Star Tribune: Latest
A new audit report finds the state did not make sure people who used MNsure to enroll in public health insurance programs were eligible for the benefits.
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Obama administration predicts significantly lower health-care enrollment 10.11.2014 Ezra Klein
The Obama administration announced Monday it expects the number of people who will gain health coverage in the next year through the Affordable Care Act’s insurance marketplaces to be significantly fewer than previous government predictions. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Matthews Burwell said that 9 million to 9.9 million Americans — as much as 30 percent ...
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MNsure struggles with incomplete records that could affect coverage 5.11.2014 Star Tribune: Business
Despite signs of progress, 30,000-plus unrecorded changes could cost clients money and coverage.
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Cheers and Jeers: Wednesday 29.10.2014 Daily Kos
From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE… I Give Up Okay, fine. I'm now willing to believe that Ebola is the #1 threat to the American homeland. You can get it through bodily fluids, shoelaces and sunspots. You can get it from touching a doorknob, boiling a potato, talking on the phone, looking at a map of Africa or living on the same continent as Dallas. Ebola flies through the air, tunnels under the earth, swims across the ocean and replicates itself via 3D printers halfway around the world. Everybody in America has Ebola. Ebola hides under the bed. Ebola is our master. It rules the universe. It is God's punishment for Benghazi. It is in our beer. And if Clippy ever popped up on your screen, you have ebola. I'm willing to believe President Obama personally brought Ebola to the United States on Air Force One and it's now living in the White House. Ebola is going to take over our homes, our churches (prepare yourself for same-sex Ebola marriage), our factories and our money supply. Any election won by a Democrat is ...
Cheers and Jeers: Monday 27.10.2014 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE… The Week Ahead Monday You are here. Friday is down there. Here's a spoon. Start digging. It's mayoral election day in Toronto , and among the candidates is Doug Ford who, like his younger brother Rob whom he's running in place of, is a human gaffe machine. Ford says he's raised $500,000 for his campaign---$500 from small donors and $499,500 from the Late Night TV Joke Writers Lobby. If you make it through the day in one piece, enjoy watching Wendy Davis on The Daily Show tonight. All week long! Tuesday With one week before election day, Democratic candidates promise to create jobs, raise the minimum wage, expand Medicaid in states that haven't yet, make college affordable for everyone, and legislate with facts and common sense. Republicans promise to make you sick with fear over ebola, ISIS, illegals and FEMA camps. It's good to have choices. Wednesday A crescent moon will be visible in the night sky. Or as World Net Daily will call it in its giant above-the-fold headline: ...
The 11 top lies of Mitch 'Myth' McConnell 26.10.2014 Daily Kos
With Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell facing a tough re-election battle back home in Kentucky, Washington Post columnist and Fox News regular George Will rushed to the defense of his fellow human-turtle hybrid. Returning the 30-year veteran to Capitol Hill, Will proclaimed, is about nothing less than the "restoration of the Senate's dignity." Will's warning would be hilarious if it weren't so grotesque. Mitch McConnell, after all, is the man most responsible for the GOP's unprecedented obstructionism during President Obama's tenure. Under his leadership, Senate Republicans shattered the record for filibusters and blocked Obama's judicial and executive branch nominees at rates unimaginable before 2009. Nevertheless, the same Mitch McConnell who on November 4, 2010, declared, "The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president," less than a year later complained about Democrats' "storyline" that "there must be some villain out there who's keeping this ...
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Cheers and Jeers: Wednesday 22.10.2014 Daily Kos
From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE… Three Little Lessons: In my mind she's slapping a "Kick Me" sign on his back. - Lesson #1: If you're a governor of a state---say, Republican Governor Tom Corbett of Pennsylvania---and the diversity of your supporters runs the gamut from old white men to old white women, don’t try to burnish your image by photoshopping in a stock image of a black woman on your web site. You'll just get caught and be ridiculed. No one likes a pander bear. Lesson #2 If you promote your public, for-profit business---let's randomly use "The Hitching Post" in Idaho for example---as one that happily performs "wedding ceremonies of other faiths as well as civil weddings" in addition to traditional Christian ones, and gay marriage gets passed in your state, don’t scrub your web site of the "civil" part in order to try and gin up a bullshit lawsuit claiming religious persecution. You'll just get caught, and it's a well-known fact that some judges have been known to laugh themselves to death throwing ...
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Customers Can Keep The Tip — Which Might Please Restaurant Workers 9.10.2014 NPR News
A handful of restaurants are experimenting with no-tipping models, guaranteeing their servers a base level of pay. So far, satisfaction is up and turnover is down.
Walmart Wants To Help You Sign Up For Obamacare 6.10.2014 Think Progres

But health insurance has been a tricky area for the retail giant, at least when it comes to the benefits available to its own workers.

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The Dumb Debate: Big vs Small 14.9.2014 The Moderate Voice
Daryl Cagle,[/caption The Dumb Debate: Big vs Small By Tina Dupuy One of the dumbest points of contention in modern politics is the Big Government vs. Small Government one. It’s a fake debate, only meaningful to the privileged: investors, business executives and their cronies. To everyday Americans it’s a lofty, largely academic concept. Yet [...]
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Despite health care law's requirements, insurers still can discourage sick from enrolling 31.8.2014 Business

Insurers can no longer reject customers with expensive medical conditions thanks to the health care overhaul. But consumer advocates warn that companies are still using wiggle room to discourage the sickest -- and costliest -- patients from enrolling.

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Health insurers can still game the system, keep the sick out of their plans 29.8.2014 Daily Kos
Excellent start, but it's not done yet. Has Obamacare put health insurance in reach of millions of more Americans? No doubt. Has it made life that much easier for those millions? No question. But is healthcare reform finished in this country? Not by a long shot. Insurers can no longer reject customers with expensive medical conditions thanks to the health care overhaul. But consumer advocates warn that companies are still using wiggle room to discourage the sickest—and costliest—patients from enrolling. Some insurers are excluding well-known cancer centers from the list of providers they cover under a plan; requiring patients to make large, initial payments for HIV medications; or delaying participation in public insurance exchanges created by the overhaul. Advocates and industry insiders say these practices may dissuade the neediest from signing up and make it likelier that the customers these insurers do serve will be healthier—and less expensive. The insurers counter that what they are doing is ...
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3 moves health insurers can still make to help steer sick patients away from their plans 28.8.2014 Star Tribune: Nation
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3 ways insurers can discourage sick from enrolling 27.8.2014 AP Business
Insurers can no longer reject customers with expensive medical conditions thanks to the health care overhaul, but there's still wiggle room for them to discourage the sickest and costliest patients from enrolling....
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3 ways insurers can still avoid covering the sick 27.8.2014 Nation
Insurers can no longer reject customers with expensive medical conditions thanks to the health care overhaul, but there's still wiggle room for them to discourage the sickest and costliest patients from enrolling.
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