Federal Reserve data reveals Obamacare as a disaster for business.

from Zero Hedge:

Remember all those allegations that Obamacare would be an unmitigated disaster for businesses, especially smaller companies? Well, now we have proof.

As the Philly Fed, which mysteriously soared at the headline level even as the vast majority of its components tumbled, reported moments ago, “in special questions this month, firms were asked qualitative questions about the effects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and how, if at all, they are making changes to their employment and compensation, including benefits.”

What the survey found was very disturbing: not only did businesses report that as a result of Obamacare the number of workers they employ is lower than higher (18.2% vs 3.0%), that there has been an increase in part time jobs (18.2% higher vs 1.5% lower), leading to a big increase in outsourcing and most importantly, Obamacare costs are being largely passed on to customers (28.8% reporting higher vs 0.0% lower), the punchline was that while there is basically no change in the number of employees covered (17.6% higher vs 14.7% lower and 67.6% unchanged), there has been a big jump in Premiums, Deductibles, Out-of-pocket maximums, and Copays, which has been “matched” by a far greater reduction in the range of medical coverage and the size of the network.

In short a disaster.

I finally get my first permanent leg tomorrow after 8 months of fighting with medicaid(who rejected me twice - I never got it) and health insurance companies(who charge me $300 a month for basic coverage). Is it really that crazy to believe that no - I may not have tens of thousands of dollars, but that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t get to walk ever again? Of course that’s an absurdly radical idea that people in power have hard time grasping in 2k14. So finally, 8 months and +$5,600 later, I have a usable prosthetic. To no help from our shitty President and his bullshit healthcare policy. Going to bed early so I won’t pass out at my fitting tomorrow <3

BREAKING: White House Rolls Out New Birth Control Accommodation For Non-Profits

The Obama administration announced on Friday a new accommodation for religious non-profits that object to covering the full range of contraceptives in their employee health care plans.

The new accommodation will allow religious non-profits, such as Catholic schools and hospitals, to opt out of covering birth control by notifying the Department of Health and Human Services of their objections. HHS and the Department of Labor will then arrange for a third-party insurer to pay for and administer the coverage for the non-profits’ employees so that women still receive the contraceptive coverage guaranteed to them by the Affordable Care Act.

“Women across the country deserve access to recommended preventive services that are important to their health, no matter where they work,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell. “Today’s announcement reinforces our commitment to providing women with access to coverage for contraception, while respecting religious considerations raised by non-profit organizations and closely held for-profit companies.”

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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!!!!

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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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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"States that embraced Obamacare have seen much faster gains in insurance rates than those that have opposed the law, this map from Huffington Post (using Gallup data) shows."

All you need to know about Obamacare in one map.

Red States Kansas, Iowa, and Virginia did not participate. Making bad decisions had consequences.

Via Vox

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