Sometimes I wake up on Friday Morning to tired or hungover to blog, and on days like that we have the “Friday Five.” In a nutshell, five articles I would opine on if I felt like it, but are still mad important for people to read. Today, all ObamaCare, all the time…
Obama Targets Medicare Advantage
Already, an estimated 10.2 million seniors—one out of five in America—have enrolled in Medicare Advantage. Mr. Obama is proposing to cut the program by nearly 20% and thus reduce the amount of money each will have to buy insurance. This will likely force most of them to lose the insurance they have now. Yet Mr. Obama promised in late July in New Hampshire that, “if you like your health-care plan, you can keep your health-care plan.”
Obama’s Health Rationer-in-Chief
The health bills being pushed through Congress put important decisions in the hands of presidential appointees like Dr. Emanuel. They will decide what insurance plans cover, how much leeway your doctor will have, and what seniors get under Medicare. Dr. Emanuel, brother of White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, has already been appointed to two key positions: health-policy adviser at the Office of Management and Budget and a member of the Federal Council on Comparative Effectiveness Research. He clearly will play a role guiding the White House’s health initiative.
Democratic Health Care Bill Divulges IRS Tax Data
Section 431(a) of the bill says that the IRS must divulge taxpayer identity information, including the filing status, the modified adjusted gross income, the number of dependents, and “other information as is prescribed by” regulation. That information will be provided to the new Health Choices Commissioner and state health programs and used to determine who qualifies for “affordability credits.” Section 245(b)(2)(A) says the IRS must divulge tax return details — there’s no specified limit on what’s available or unavailable — to the Health Choices Commissioner. The purpose, again, is to verify “affordability credits.”
We’ll Read the Bill: Four reasons there’s no level playing field for the public option
You may have heard some opponents of ObamaCare discuss how a government-run public option health insurance plan will drive private insurers out of business. On the other hand, the same folks tend to argue that government generally offers services inferior to and less efficient than those offered by the public sector. The two claims, taken at face value, appear to be contradictory. But a look at what goes into the health care bill offers some needed context. In fact, there are more than a dozen specific factors that might allow the government-run plan to price itself artificially below market.
Key Democrat suggests party moderates ‘brain dead’
WASHINGTON — A key House liberal suggested Thursday that party moderates who’ve pushed for changes in health care legislation are “brain dead” and out for insurance company campaign donations. Moderate Blue Dog Democrats “just want to cause trouble,” said Rep. Pete Stark, D-Calif., who heads the health subcommittee on the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee. “They’re for the most part, I hate to say brain dead, but they’re just looking to raise money from insurance companies and promote a right-wing agenda that is not really very useful in this whole process,” Stark told reporters on a conference call.