Tuesday, December 11, 2013
In the News Today
Tuesday, December 11, 2013
In the News Today
Dec. 9, 2013
Permission to republish original opeds and cartoons granted.
Will Obamcare enrollment exceed expectations?
Gallup: 63 percent of those without health insurance — out of a total of 58 million — plan on getting it rather than paying a fine under the health care law's individual mandate.
Unemployment rate is meaningless
If the unemployment rate drop from 7.3 percent down to 7 percent is actually meaningful, the Federal Reserve should immediately end its bond-buying program, called "quantitative easing."
The tyranny of branding
Has anyone noticed that your brand has replaced yourself?
Kudlow: The challenge is growth, not inequality
"[Obama's] idea that the defining challenge of our time is to reduce income inequality is completely wrong. In truth, the defining challenge is to restore more rapid economic growth, create substantially more jobs, and significantly reduce unemployment."
Concord – As a direct result of the Affordable Care Act, up to 590,000 people with pre-existing conditions in New Hampshire and 129 million nationwide have the health and economic security of affordable health coverage. But that security could be eliminated, and hundreds of thousands of Granite Staters could be denied health coverage or charged higher premiums just because of their health status when they shop in the individual market, under the Republican repeal plan.
Prior to the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies in the individual and small group markets could deny coverage, charge higher premiums, and/or limit benefits to individuals based on pre-existing conditions.
Since 2010, up to 69,000 children in New Hampshire, and 17 million across the country, with pre-existing conditions can no longer be denied health coverage or charged higher premiums because of their health. Beginning in January 2014, this protection extends to up to more than 500,000 Granite State adults, too.
Republicans in Congress have voted to repeal the health care reform law more than 40 times. Republicans Kelly Ayotte, Frank Guinta, Gary Lambert and Marilinda Garcia support their dangerous efforts. For people in New Hampshire, complete repeal would mean insurance companies could deny health coverage or charge higher premiums to individuals with pre-existing conditions. Insurance companies will also no longer be able to charge higher premiums based on health status or history.
A “pre-existing condition” could be as common a health condition as heart disease, cancer, asthma, diabetes or high blood pressure. Anything that existed before someone applied for or enrolls in a new health policy could be grounds for denied coverage or prohibitively higher costs..
CONCORD, NH - Karen Testerman, Republican candidate for the United States Senate, brought to light Jeanne Shaheen's admission that she has been involved in our healthcare for 20 years (link).
"Jeanne Shaheen worked hard to limit the number of insurers in New Hampshire from twelve to five through SB711, which she sponsored. She took the next logical step as a United States senator: passing Obamacare and limiting the choice of Granite Staters on the federal exchange to one insurer," Testerman said.
"I am glad that she is taking responsibility for Obamacare," Testerman said. "People will find that useful in deciding whether they want to send her back to Washington in November.
"Maybe she can bring it down to zero insurers if given another term to work on it."
Part I of the Innis Agenda
Manchester, NH - Dan Innis, Republican candidate for Congress in New Hampshire's 1st congressional district, announced today his plan to reform America's broken Health Care system by cleaning up the Obamacare mess and moving towards more affordable and accessible medical care for all Americans.
Today's Health Care Agenda is Part I of the Innis Agenda, a specific set of policy proposals that Innis will roll out over the course of the campaign.
"Millions are losing their current health insurance, hundreds of millions of dollars have been wasted on a website that doesn't work, and billions more will be spent for high priced insurance that people don't want. Ask any New Hampshire taxpayer, small businesses owner or retiree, and they will tell you that the Washington approach to health care regulation isn't working," said Dan Innis.
Innis continued, "That's why I'm bringing forward the Innis Agenda for Health Care. We need to unleash new ideas to make health insurance more affordable, more accessible, and help make every American healthier."
The Innis Agenda for Health Care: