In these Red States that refused Obamacare/Medicaid expansion, the unpaid emergency room trips will still be passed on to taxpayers. The Republicans in Congress just want to feel good about knowing they made someone’s life miserable. The GOP can not turn down increasing someone else’s suffering. It’s their Jesus move.

The ranks of the uninsured plummeted in early 2014, as millions gained health insurance coverage through Obamacare, new government data released Tuesday found.

There were 41 million Americans lacking coverage in early 2014, down from 44.8 million last year, according to the National Health Interview Survey, the first official government look at the uninsured after Obamacare policies kicked in on January 1. The uninsured rate fell to 13.1%, from 14.4%.

The survey, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, interviewed more than 27,600 people from January through March and asked them their coverage status. It also detailed whether they have private policies or participate in government programs.

While the report does not attribute the decline to Obamacare, it does show the health reform is meeting its prime directive — reducing the number of uninsured. Some 3.7 million respondents, or 1.4%, said they were covered by policies bought on the federal or state-based health insurance exchanges.

"This is probably one of the largest decreases we’ve seen," said Robin Cohen, a statistician at the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics.

Another ObamaCare Cancellation Wave Approaches

Disruption: Last week, Virginia lawmakers learned that 250,000 residents will see their health plans canceled this year, due to ObamaCare. The president’s second “keep your plan” promise was as worthless as the first.

It turned out that this promise applied only to those who’d bought their health plans before March 2010. As a result, millions received cancellation notices from their insurance companies and learned that the government-approved ObamaCare plans cost much more.

The resulting political firestorm prompted President Obama to rush out a Band-Aid fix last November, letting individuals keep their plans for another year, even if the policies didn’t meet ObamaCare’s standards, provided their state insurance regulators would allow it.

Then this March Obama extended the exemption two more years.

"We’re going to do everything we can to help the Americans who have received these cancellation notices," Obama said at one point.

You’d think people would know better than to take Obama at his word by now.

In Virginia, 250,000 are learning that they won’t in fact be able to keep the plans they like after this year. That’s because the state decided to allow only a one-year extension.

"What we’re hearing over and over again from constituents is shock — shock that their premiums are increasing, shock that they’ll be paying much more out of pocket, and shock that the promise they could keep their plan turned out to be false," said Kathy Byron, a Republican in Virginia’s House of Delegates.

Virginians aren’t the only ones who will have to abandon the health plans they like. Kaiser Health News reported earlier this month that consumers in many states “may soon find a surprise in their mailbox: a notice that their health plan is being canceled.”

It turns out that insurers aren’t required to extend their plans past this year, much less the next two. And some states, like Virginia, limited the exemption to just one year.

There’s also the prospect of millions of workers at small firms finding out that their employers’ plans have been canceled, and that ObamaCare-approved plans are far costlier.

Either way, it will all be a fresh reminder of the extraordinarily high costs of the “Affordable Care Act.”

EXCUSE ME?????? IM NUMBER ONE AND YOU A DAMN C LIST CELEBRITY!!! I WORK WITH THE ELIZABETH KORKOV!!! I FLY FROM PARIS TO LA TO MEXICO IN TWO MINUTES WHILE YOUR BUTT IT STUCK WORKING THE 4 HOUR SHIFT IN MY STORE SO CHIC!!! HOW ARE YOU TOO GOOD FOR ME??? I SHOWER IN DIAMONDS AND MY DRESS WAS FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS WHILE YOU LOOK LIKE YOU BOUGHT YOUR OUTFIT FROM MACKLEMORES THRIFT STORE!!!!

The latest numbers come from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which polled more than 27,000 people during the first three months of the year. Forty-one million U.S. residents, or 13.1 percent, were uninsured during the quarter when benefits started to kick in for people who signed up for coverage into private insurance or Medicaid via the Obamacare exchanges or elsewhere.

That’s the lowest number and percentage of uninsured people since the CDC started using this version of its survey in 1997. It’s also down 3.8 million people and 1.3 percentage points from the end of 2013.

Im all for birth control, but buy it for yourself.

Why should anybody but you have to pay for your birth control? People arent paying for your ibprofin when you get a head ache, people arent paying for your cough syrup (placebo) when you catch a cold, people arent paying for my condoms, but they should be paying for your birth control pill? Especially since taking the pill is a choice (hate to break it to you, but it is) there are a lot of ways you can get it cheaply too. My girlfriend gets it at her college clinic and it doesnt cost very much, so if it’s worth it to you, shell out the money and buy it. safe sex is not a right, it’s a responsibility; if youre not on the pill, and he doesnt have a condom, dont fuck. It’s that easy

A cut finger cost this guy how much?!

New Jersey man Baer Hanusz-Rajkowski recently found out the hard way that the cost of American medicine is totally out of control. Two days after slicing his finger open on the claw end of a hammer, Hanusz-Rajkowski sought medical attention at Bayonne Medical Center’s emergency room when the cut didn’t seem to be healing.

After a brisk visit in which Hanusz-Rajkowski did not see a doctor and did not receive stitches, he got a bill in the mail for $9,000. Essentially, Bayonne charged him months’ worth of pay for some gauze and a tetanus shot.

Here’s the breakdown:

- $8,200 for visiting the E.R.

- $180 for a tetanus shot

- $242 for “sterile supplies” (presumably, the bandage)

- $8 for antibacterial ointment

- Hundreds more for a few moments of the nurse practitioner’s time.

This is all after insurance.

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Affordable Care Act’s Growing List of Tax Implications

The problem with introducing health care reform through changes in tax law is that it sets the ball rolling on the impact of the changes.

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As the Affordable Care Act’s roll-out and implementation moves towards the second year, the tax implications of whatever was done in the first year are only now being felt.

Because the government handed a huge new group of customers to the heath care industry, they’re expected to pay some $8 billion worth of taxes which are due on Sept 30.

This is the first time this tax is being collected, and there’s an unintended consequence – the federal government is taxing itself and forcing state governments to pony up their share to cover the cost of the new tax imposed on the health care industry.

That’s because some private insurers have passed on the cost of the higher taxes to policy holders, and reimbursements for Medicare health plans have been hiked because of the increase in cost to plan enrollees.

States have to pick up part of the increased tab. For example, California’s cost has increased by $88 million, with the federal government paying $48 million and the State chipping in $40 million. In Florida, the cost is $100 million, with a 60-40 split.

Another issue that’s just popped up on the radar is that people who enrolled into a health plan through a federal or state marketplace may possibly face delays in filing their tax returns and getting refunds.

That’s because the HHS and state agencies have to send out Form 1095-A to help those who got their insurance from the marketplace and were eligible for tax credits made available under the ACA. That’s about seven million people.

The HHS has to send out these forms to people from 36 states who signed up through the federal marketplace. The remaining states which established their own marketplace will have to send out the form on their own to those who enrolled using the state’s marketplace and are eligible for tax credits.

Some people will also get too much in subsidies if their financial condition and income improves in the interim. This means the IRS will then be required to grab some of their refund to adjust for the extra health care tax credit granted.

Oh, and this isn’t just about ordinary people. A new “CEO tax” that’s one of the tax code changes introduced in the ACA has already collected tens of millions of dollars.

That’s because the deduction cap for compensation provided to a health care company’s top executives was brought down from $1 million to $500,000, and the new cap includes all forms of compensation including performance bonuses.

According to the Institute for Policy Studies, this new change in the tax law has by itself managed to raise $72 million in additional taxes last year from the 10 largest insurers.  

One Republican mayor just marched 273 miles to Washington in support of Obamacare

Adam O’Neal, the Republican mayor of Belhaven, N.C., just walked 273 miles in support of Obamacare.

O’Neal is conservative and while he hasn’t fully embraced the Affordable Care Act — “I understand some of the suspicions political leaders in my party have,” he told the Washington Post — his state’s decision to reject the expansion of Medicaid and one tragic death in his community paved the way for a political stand.

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