Dec
7

Congressional Republicans to grill Obamacare consultant at hearing
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Gruber, a healthcare economist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology calls the american people stupid.(Reuters) – Republicans in the U.S. Congress plan to renew their attacks on President Barack Obama and his signature healthcare plan on Tuesday when they grill a consultant who said “the stupidity of the American voter” helped ensure the law’s passage.

Representative Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, said panel members will ask consultant Jonathan Gruber about possible deceptions and a lack of transparency in the 2010 Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare.

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Sep
30

House votes to keep government open, delay ObamaCare by 1 year

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Obamacare Not Good For The CountryHouse Republicans voted early Sunday morning in favor of a temporary spending bill that includes a one-year delay for ObamaCare, a move that increases the chance of a government shutdown with Senate Democrats and the White House vowing to reject the measure ahead of a Monday night deadline.

The Republican-led House passed the proposal 231-192 in one of two amendments attached to a Senate spending bill passed Friday night.

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May
30

Maine doctor cuts prices in half by refusing health insurance

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1ObamaCareA Portland, Maine, physician announced on April 1 that he would cut the middle man and deal directly with his patients, no longer accepting insurance in any form.

“I’ve been able to cut my prices in half because my overhead will be so much less,” Dr. Michael Ciampi told the Bangor Daily News. Before, Ciampi charged an existing patient $160 for an office visit addressing one or more complicated health problems. Now, he charges $75.

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May
28

By 22-Point Margin, Voters Favor Obamacare’s Repeal

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017_Dr_Jeff_Anderson_on_ObamaCareIt would be a major understatement to say that Obamacare has had a bad spring.  Around the time of Lincoln’s birthday, registered voters told Fox News that, by a margin of 6 percentage points (48 to 42 percent), it would “be better to go back to the health care system that was in place in 2009” than it would be “to leave the new health care law in place.”   Three months later, as we head into Memorial Day, nostalgia for the good ol’ days of 2009 now beats Obamacare by a whopping 22 points (56 to 34 percent).

That’s saying something, because, back in 2009 — largely as a result of Republicans’ refusal to do much of anything on health care in the nearly decade-and-a-half between their defeat of Hillarycare and their defeat at the hands of Obama — Americans clearly weren’t very happy with the health-care status quo.  Every one of the half-dozen polls published by RealClearPolitics in the first half of 2009 — before Obamacare clearly took shape — showed Americans favoring efforts to reform our health-care system.  Now, Obamacare is even more unpopular than the unpopular pre-Obamacare status quo — and that has been true for nearly four years.

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Apr
26

South Carolina House Passes Obamacare ‘resistance’ bill

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obamacareCOLUMBIA, SC — House Republicans pushed through a bill Thursday that would ban state employees from carrying out provisions of the Affordable Care Act and empower the state’s attorney general to take action against violators.

The bill passed 65-34 along party lines. Critics say it is a hollow attempt to skirt a federal law that has been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. The House is expected to give the bill a final, perfunctory approval next week.

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Apr
25

Lawmakers, Aides May Get Obamacare Exemption

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120731_boehner_reid_ap_605Congressional leaders in both parties are engaged in high-level, confidential talks about exempting lawmakers and Capitol Hill aides from the insurance exchanges they are mandated to join as part of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, sources in both parties said.

The talks — which involve Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), the Obama administration and other top lawmakers — are extraordinarily sensitive, with both sides acutely aware of the potential for political fallout from giving carve-outs from the hugely controversial law to 535 lawmakers and thousands of their aides. Discussions have stretched out for months, sources said.

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