Gallup poll: In VA, Obamacare does nothing to help uninsured rate

By   /  August 8, 2014  /  Health Care, News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

EXCHANGE RATES: Premium costs for ACA-compliant plans will increase by double-digits next year.

When President Obama’s signature Affordable Care Act was introduced in 2009, supporters touted it as a surefire way to reduce the number of uninsured Americans. But, so far in the Old Dominion, that hasn’t held true — at least, not according to a new Gallup poll. Virginia is one of only three states where the percentage of uninsured people has actually crept upwards, rather than dropped, according to the poll.

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End of some fair-share fees drains millions from union coffers

By   /  August 8, 2014  /  Abuse of power, California, Connecticut, Health Care, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, News, Oregon, State Government, Supreme Court, unions, Washington  /  No Comments

THE FAIR THING TO DO: Unions in several states are notifying home and child care providers they will no longer charge fair-share fees for non-members.

A weeks-old Supreme Court decision freeing home-based care providers from paying union fair-share fees could cost two major unions tens of millions of dollars annually.

Notices going out in several affected states paint a grim picture for the coffers of Service Employees International Union and American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

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Despite Obamacare, NM’s high-risk insurance pool stays afloat

By   /  August 5, 2014  /  Health Care, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News, Obamacare  /  No Comments

State audit finds malpractice fund misstated, or overstated in loss liabilities and underwriting expenses

Since Obamacare is the law of the land, why does the New Mexico high-risk insurance pool still exist?

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Does Gruber selection inspire confidence in VT’s costly single-payer consultants?

By   /  July 31, 2014  /  Health Care, News, Vermont  /  No Comments

Gruber: The Obamacare expert now says he was mistaken in 2012 presentation.

As controversy swirls around Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber’s selection as Vermont’s single-payer guru, Vermonters might wonder if money given to such consultants is well spent.

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New health exchange boss in NM survived controversy in Idaho

By   /  July 23, 2014  /  Health Care, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News, Obamacare  /  No Comments

COMING TO NEW MEXICO FROM IDAHO:  Amy Dowd, the new executive director of the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange, comes highly recommended but she had to weather some controversy.

Amy Dowd, the new executive director of the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange, comes highly recommended but she had to weather some controversy.

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Doctors: Health care monopoly driving them out of business

By   /  July 23, 2014  /  Health Care, News, Obamacare, Vermont  /  No Comments

DOC SHORTAGE: The underpayment of doctors by government health care plans is driving doctors out of business in Vermont.

Single-payer advocates promise high-quality low-cost health care for all. But physicians in Vermont say the state’s move towards a single-payer health care system is driving independent doctors out of business and eliminating patient choice.

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