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Rising Obamacare premiums anger those paying full price

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From CNN Money: Shela Bryan, 63, has been comparing prices for individual health insurance plans since May, and she can’t believe what she sees. “They cost a thousand, $1,200 [a month], and they have a deductible of $6,000,” she said. “I don’t know how they think anyone can afford that.”
Bryan, who lives in Hull, Georgia, a hamlet of about 200 residents near Athens, was on her husband Tony’s insurance plan for decades. When Tony died in 2013, she continued his workplace coverage through COBRA, and she had to pay almost the full price of the insurance — about $800 a month. That was high, but it was “the Cadillac of insurance,” Bryan said, with low copays, prescription drug coverage and a $500 deductible. That option will run out in a few months.
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So she is turning to the individual insurance marketplace in what is shaping up to be the most expensive year for the 400,000 or so consumers in Georgia who buy individual policies but don’t purchase them on the Obamacare exchanges.
About 10 million Americans buy individual insurance coverage either on or off the exchanges and get no federal subsidies to help bring down the cost, according to the Congressional Budget Office. About the same number get the financial assistance for the plans they purchase on the exchanges.
“For those receiving subsidies, the subsidy protects them against the increase. If they’re not eligible, they’ll be paying a lot more. And the more premiums go up, the higher the cliff,” said William Custer, a health policy and insurance expert at Georgia State University.
In Georgia, consumers who don’t get insurance through their employers or don’t qualify for tax credits to help pay for policies they purchase are facing double-digit premium increases. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia, the only insurer offering plans throughout the state, received an increase of more than 21% from the state insurance commissioner. Humana was awarded a 67.5% hike.
Numbers like those are rattling other states too. BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee was granted a 62% rate hike, while state officials approved a 46% increase for Cigna. Florida authorities gave plans there an average 19% bump. And last week, Minnesota officials announced that premiums for the seven insurers on the individual market are rising 50% to 67%.
The insurers are now adjusting for some miscalculations, said Graham Thompson, executive director of the Georgia Association of Health Plans. “The prices are up this year, but our hope is that things will settle down after this year,” he said.
While consumers have faced sticker shock, the insurers have faced what might be called “sicker shock,” which has sent their prices spiraling. They are adjusting premiums after finding that the pool of clients buying plans on the individual market were sicker and more costly than expected when the health law was implemented.
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Almost two-thirds of Americans get their coverage from plans offered through their workplaces. But those who don’t can buy either on or outside the health law’s marketplaces, also called exchanges. Those with marketplace coverage who earn up to 400% of the federal poverty level — $47,520 for an individual — are entitled to a subsidy, and federal officials say most will pay less than $75 a month for insurance.
Policies sold off the marketplaces must still meet health law standards and the same prices as plans offered on the exchange, according to Linda Blumberg, a senior fellow at the Urban Institute. Federal and Georgia officials note that customers can change plans each year to find a better price, but that also can result in higher deductibles and may force a change in doctors to stay in network.
Bryan, a maintenance supervisor who makes just over the $47,520 limit for a subsidy, finds herself in that market now. She could end up paying as much as $14,000 in premiums for a pared-back policy the likes of which she had never imagined, she said, with no coverage for her asthma and high blood pressure medications. The cheapest policies amount to more than a quarter of her yearly income, or double her mortgage, she noted.  That total package would increase her premiums $4,400 over what she is paying for her COBRA plan and raise her deductibles by $5,800. And that was based on 2016 premium prices.
The federal Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday that as many as 2.5 million nationally may be eligible for a subsidy and not know it.

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Bob Laszewski


Bob Laszewski, a health policy strategist in Washington, D.C., said the Obama administration and health care advocates need to listen to the complaints of the those who do not receive assistance.
“These people are invisible,” Laszewski said. The ACA “is working very well for lower income people, but the Obamacare supporters missed the fact that if you’re raising a family of four on $100,000, you’re not rich. This is the … guy who remodeled your house, who drives a pickup truck and he’s wearing a Trump hat.”
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Aetna ditching 70% of its ObamaCare business

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Via NY Post: Insurance giant Aetna won’t be offering coverage under ObamaCare next year in 11 of the 15 states it now serves — an announcement that instantly became an issue in the presidential race.
Aetna’s decision led Donald Trump to charge that President Obama’s health care reform was “imploding.” “Aetna’s decision to leave the Affordable Care Act’s public marketplaces is the latest blow to this broken law that is slowly imploding under its regulatory red tape,” said Trump campaign deputy national policy director Dan Kowalski.
Millions of Americans have lost their health coverage under this disastrous policy, eliminating their ability to choose their doctors. Thousands of businesses have been forced to cut employment or shutter their doors in response to Obama’s signature achievement,” he added.
The company had previously warned that it expected to lose more than $300 million this year on the 900,000 patients it covers under the Affordable Care Act. Aetna said it is pulling out of ObamaCare markets in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Texas.
Aetna does not currently offer the policies in New York. It does offer other medical insurance to individuals and small businesses as well as large employers in the state, officials said. It will continue to offer policies in Delaware, Iowa, Nebraska and Virginia.
ObamaCare is credited with expanding coverage to millions of previously uninsured or under-insured people.
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But insurers have complained they have lost money on the policies. United Health Group and Humana are other insurers exiting ObamaCare plans.
Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini, in a statement, said there were not enough younger, healthier customers signing up to make ObamaCare policies sustainable. “The vast majority of payers have experienced continued financial stress within their individual public exchange business. Providing affordable, high-quality health care options to consumers is not possible without a balanced risk pool,” Bertolini said.
More than a dozen nonprofit insurance co-ops have shut down in the past couple years. The pullouts could spell trouble because competition is supposed to help control price increases.
Some states like Alaska and Oklahoma will be left with only one insurer selling ObamaCare plans to individuals in 2017. More densely populated states like New York say their ObamaCare markets remain strong.
But rates for customers are skyrocketing to maintain stability.
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Citing increased medical costs, New York recently authorized insurers offering individual ObamaCare plans to increase premiums by an average 16.6 percent — the highest rate hike in the program’s four-year existence. New York’s small businesses will get hit with an average 8.3 percent rate hike.
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ObamaCare rates set to skyrocket for most New Yorkers

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Via NY Post: About 350,000 New Yorkers who have individual policies under ObamaCare are going to get whacked with an average 16.6 percent premium increase next year, the state Department of Financial Services announced Friday.
That’s more than double the7 percent hike allowed by state regulators last year. Insurers had sought a 19.3 percent boost.
Some policies will skyrocket even higher. An astonishing 80 percent increase was granted to the Crystal Run Healthcare based in upstate Middletown.  Metro Plus, run by the city’s municipal-hospital system, won a 29 percent hike.
About 1 million New Yorkers in small group plans through ObamaCare were spared a double-digit increase, with an average 8.3 percent jump in their premiums. These insurers had requested a 12.3 percent rise.
Financial Services chief Maria Vullo defended the hikes as comparable to those approved in other states to cover “rising health-care and pharmaceutical costs.” She said more than half of those buying coverage will get a tax credit to offset the increases.
Rates for individuals are still 55 percent lower than before the establishment of ObamaCare, ­according to state officials.
The changes won’t affect more than 600,000 lower-income New Yorkers projected to enroll in the exchange’s “essential plan,” with monthly premiums of $20 or less, according to the agency.
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State lawmaker planned to profit from tax hike, prosecutors say

Demorat Joe Armstrong

Demorat Joe Armstrong


From Fox News: As Tennessee lawmakers raised cigarette taxes to 62 cents per pack in 2007, one veteran representative wanted even more, saying it “should have been a dollar.”
Prosecutors say that was part of Rep. Joe Armstrong’s elaborate scheme not to raise revenue or curb smoking rates but to line his own pockets. He’s accused of failing to pay taxes on money he made — more than $300,000 — by buying tax stamps at the old rate and selling them at the higher one.
Armstrong’s attorneys said at his federal trial Tuesday that he isn’t corrupt, but simply a victim of his accountant’s poor advice.
The indictment against Armstrong alleges he devised a scheme beginning in 2006 to profit from the cigarette tax hike planned by then-Gov. Phil Bredesen, a fellow Democrat. Armstrong was by Bredesen’s side when he toured east Tennessee to promote the 42-cent increase as a way to raise education funding and said at the time it should have been as much as $1 per pack.
According to the charges, the longtime legislator from Knoxville borrowed $250,000 to buy tax stamps through a wholesaler at the old 20-cent rate and then sold them at a profit after lawmakers more than tripled the tax in 2007.
His attorney, Gregory Isaacs, argued in court that there was nothing illegal about Armstrong making money off the purchase of the cheaper tax stamps. In fact, Isaacs said, he had every intention of paying taxes on the profits. Isaacs blamed Armstrong’s accountant for failing to turn over money he gave him to the Internal Revenue Service.
“Joe did what a lot of Tennesseans did,” Isaacs told the jury. “They’re going to try to get him convicted for listening to his longtime accountant.”
Prosecutors argue that political considerations drove Armstrong, who was then the chairman of the House Health Committee, to conceal his role and withhold the taxes. “He couldn’t be seen to be getting money from Big Tobacco,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank Dale said. “Show Mr. Armstrong that he’s not above the law,” Dale urged the jury.
Isaacs responded that the government’s case hinges on the testimony of Charles Stivers, the accountant who filed the lawmaker’s tax returns. Isaacs said Armstrong had paid Stivers the money to cover the taxes, but that the accountant had pocketed that amount instead of paying the IRS.
According to Stivers’ plea agreement, the return on the purchase of $250,000 worth of tax stamps was $750,000, and he agreed to a 15 percent cut for funneling the proceeds through his bank. That 15 percent cut would have covered Armstrong’s tax burden, Isaacs said.
The longtime legislator wasn’t alone in taking advantage of the lag between when the tax hike passed and when it took effect. State officials saw a $9 million surge in tax stamp sales during that four-month period.
Earlier Tuesday, prosecutors succeeded in excluding the lone African-American potential juror from the trial over what they called “race-neutral reasons.” District Judge Thomas W. Phillips agreed with prosecutor Charles Atchley’s argument that the 68-year-old retired caregiver had been “disengaged” during jury selection and that she would have had difficulty following a complex tax case. “I have to have good jurors on this case,” Atchley told the judge. Isaacs had argued that his client, who is black, deserved to be tried by a jury of his peers and there was no legitimate reason to exclude the juror.
Armstrong became Knox County’s youngest commissioner in 1982, and was first elected to the state House in 1988. A former president of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators, he is tied with two other lawmakers as the longest-serving members in the lower chamber of the Tennessee General Assembly.
Prosecutors said they expect to wrap up their portion of the trial by Thursday, which is also when Tennessee holds its primary election. Armstrong faces no Democratic opponent, but his political future hinges on the outcome of the trial.
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Rising health premiums rattle consumers paying their own way

To the shock of no one who understood the consequences of Obamacare.
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Via Seattle Times (AP): Millions of people who pay the full cost of their health insurance will face the sting of rising premiums next year, with no financial help from government subsidies.
Renewal notices bearing the bad news will go out this fall, just as the presidential election is in the homestretch.
“I don’t know if I could swallow another 30 or 40 percent without severely cutting into other things I’m trying to do, like retirement savings or reducing debt,” said Bob Byrnes, of Blaine, Minnesota, a Twin Cities suburb. His monthly premium of $524 is already about 50 percent more than he was paying in 2015, and he has a higher deductible.
President Barack Obama’s health law provides income-based subsidies for consumers who buy individual policies on HealthCare.gov and state insurance markets. About 10 million people get assistance, helping reduce the uninsured rate to a historically low 9 percent.
But there’s no subsidy for those making more than $47,520 for an individual and $97,200 for a family of four — cutoffs that represent four times the federal poverty level. Also, subsidies are not available for consumers at any income level who purchase outside of HealthCare.gov or a state marketplace. Those who remain uninsured risk fines will face the consequences on their taxes in April.
Premiums are expected to climb next year in many areas because major insurers have taken significant financial losses under the health law. Enrollment has been lower than anticipated, new customers were sicker than expected and a government system to stabilize the markets had problems.
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“People receiving subsidies can protect themselves from premium increases, but others who buy their own coverage don’t have that option,” said Larry Levitt, who tracks the health law for the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation. He estimated 5 million to 7 million consumers nationally may be paying full freight.
Byrnes, a manager for a medical courier service, says he supports the law’s goal of expanded coverage, but he hasn’t found his policy particularly affordable.
In the small East Texas city of Lufkin, Kirk Smith buys his policy from the only insurer available, which also happens to be the state’s largest.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas is seeking an average premium increase of nearly 60 percent for 2017, and Smith says his monthly bill of about $350 is already about as much as a car payment. Moreover, he’s had to drive to a neighboring county for medical care because he couldn’t get an appointment close to home.
“I’ve got a problem when you can’t see somebody in the county, and they want an increase?” said Smith, who works for a contractor installing telecommunications equipment. He said the government should subsidize everyone in rural communities with no insurer competition.
Michelle Scarola of Queens, a borough of New York City, said she has received notice that her 2017 premiums will be going up in a range of 8 percent to 25 percent. Scarola, who’s in the midst of a career transition from advertising to interior design, isn’t happy that her insurer dropped the hospital network she’s interested in. “For people like me who are in the middle, there is very limited choice, and now that limited choice is going to get more expensive,” she said.
Insurance broker Liz Gallops in Raleigh, North Carolina, says she tries to let customers vent about large increases. Some see insurance bills that surpass their mortgage payments. The state’s biggest insurer is proposing average increases of nearly 19 percent. “I’ve had people yell on the phone,” she said. “I’ve had people curse.”
Back in 2010, the Obama administration used public anger about premium increases as leverage to win passage of the health law. It now says worries about next year’s premiums are premature because final rates have not been approved.
Officials say people who don’t receive subsidies still have options. For example, some people buying directly from an insurer might find that they qualify for subsidies if they go through HealthCare.gov.
Those who make too much for a subsidy still can shop for lower premiums. Under the health law, insurers have to accept consumers with health problems. People are no longer locked into a plan indefinitely.
Another wrinkle is that people who pay their own premiums may be able to later deduct the cost on their income taxes. But the rules are complex (by design), and it’s not the same as getting an upfront subsidy.
It may seem counterintuitive that premium increases for health law policies also hit people who get no financial assistance. It’s happening because the law created one big insurance pool in each state for consumers buying individual coverage, whether or not they go through markets such as HealthCare.gov.
Many people respond to premium hikes by switching to skimpier coverage, yet that leads to bigger medical bills if they need treatment. Some insurance brokers encourage customers to get plans linked to a health savings account. But rising premiums can cut into how much people stash away.
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Orlando terrorist-killer Omar Mateen worked for a security firm with DHS contract to identify suspected terrorists

This would be funny if it weren’t so outrageous.
The private security firm that had employed Orlando gay club shooter Omar Mateen since 2007, is an outfit called G4S Security Solutions USA, which claims to be the world’s leading security contractor with operations in more than 100 countries and 610,000 employees, including 50,000 Americans.
It turns out D4S has a $234 million contract with the Obama administration’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to, among other things, identify suspected terrorists trying to enter the U.S. — all while Mateen, a Muslim terrorist who killed 50 and wounded another 53 at the Pulse gay club in Orlando, Florida, was right under their nose.
Talk about a case of fox guarding the hen house!
To top it off, the clueless G4S also provides security for 90% of America’s nuclear facilities!
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Paul Sperry, New York Post columnist and author of INFILTRATION: How Muslim Spies and Subversives Have Penetrated Washington, writes for Counter Jihad, June 13, 2016, that “The Orlando nightclub terrorist who pledged allegiance to ISIS worked almost a decade for a major Department of Homeland Security contractor, raising alarms that ISIS sympathizers and agents have infiltrated the federal agency set up after 9/11 to combat terrorists.”
Orlando shooter Omar Mir Seddique Mateen, an Afghan-American who held two firearms licenses and a security officer license, was employed by the security firm G4S Secure Solutions USA Inc. since Sept. 10, 2007.
After 9/11, G4S, based in Jupiter, Florida, merged with the Wackenhut Corp. and became the first contract security company to received designation and certification by DHS.
Through the U.S. General Services Administration, the company supplies federal agencies with guards, detention officers, court security officers, baggage handlers, security clerks, and prisoner bus and van drivers in contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars. The security company’s contract with DHS alone amounts to more than $234 million. In addition to the DHS, G4S has contracts with the Departments of State, Interior, Labor, Justice, and Energy; the IRS; Drug Enforcement Administration; U.S. Army; U.S. Air Force; and NASA.
G4S’s contracted tasks for the federal government include:

  1. Identify “suspected terrorists” trying to enter the U.S.
  2. Provide “support” to DHS and Customs and Border Protection (CPB) with their operations at the U.S.-Mexican border.
  3. Work with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to transport illegal immigrants in fortified buses from city to city and from cities to the US-Mexican border. (Source: G4S’s “Providing Manpower Solutions for Government Services” brochure.) Judicial Watch, however, discovered that G4S has been quietly moving and releasing van loads of illegal aliens away from the border to interior American cities. The illegals were mostly Central Americans but possibly also from the Middle East and Pakistan.
  4. Provide security guards and other security services for 90 percent of U.S. nuclear facilities.
  5. Help the federal government with emergency security responses to “terror threats.”

It’s not clear if Omar Mateen worked on any federal contracts or dealt with federal inmates. It’s also not immediately known if he had federal security clearances, or what kind of security background check G4S administered before hiring Mateen. Company brochure says security officers “are subjected to a stringent background investigation” that includes psychological, background and criminal screening.” However, one of Mateen’s jobs was to help transport and guard state and local prisoner youths in Florida, despite reports he openly praised ISIS in conversations with co-workers, and even though he had been under federal investigation for terrorism ties since at least 2013.
In a 2012 company newsletter, G4S congratulated Mateen for five years of service. Attempts to reach G4S representatives Sunday were unsuccessful.
It’s not the first time a federal contractor has employed a major Islamic terrorist.
In 2008, Charlotte, N.C.-based Convergys Corp. came under fire for employing 22-year-old Sami Khan, a Muslim computer operator who openly maintained a jihadist website featuring grisly images of American soldiers blown up by al-Qaida terrorists overseas which he said “bring great happiness to me.” Convergys at the time had landed a $2.5 billion federal contract to set up emergency communications centers in the event to terrorist attacks and other disasters. Khan turned out to be an al-Qaida operative. He was killed in 2011 in a U.S. drone strike in Yemen.
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Deepak Chopra: Trump is “emotionally retarded, maybe mentally retarded”

If you aren’t angry about our almost $20 TRILLION debt, the Obamacare mandate, the Iran Deal, the Veterans Administration scandal, the IRS targeting TEA Party organizations, and the multitude of ineptness coming out of this administration and congress, maybe YOU are emotionally retarded.
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From PennLive: Deepak Chopra, one of the most recognizable figures in alternative medicine, said Donald Trump is popular because he’s giving our collective psyche permission to express the darkest demons.
“I would never say this unless I believed it was 100 percent true, but he represents the racist, the bigot, the one who’s prejudiced, the one who is full of fear and hatred, the one who represents emotional retardation of a three-year old,” Chopra said during a conservative radio show this week, according to The Daily Beast.
Chopra, who regularly practices yoga and meditation, said the presumptive GOP nominee is full of fear. “He is angry. He has a lot of hatred. He pouts, he’s belligerent, he’s emotionally retarded,” he said, according to The Daily Beast.
Chopra said he wouldn’t describe anyone as “retarded.”
“But he’s bringing out the worst in me, because I, too, am fearful of what would happen to the United States of America and the rest of the world if, God forbid, he became president,” he said, according to The Daily Beast.
However, after briefly regretting his own negative thoughts, Chopra upped the ante. “Maybe I was too kind when I said he was emotionally retarded, maybe he’s mentally retarded too,” he said.
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Insurers warn Obamacare is unsustainable and expect premiums to rise again

  • ObamaCare to reduce workforce by 2 million full-time jobs? Check.
  • Have to pay back your Obamacare subsidy? Check.
  • Restaurants adding a 3% Obamacare surcharge? Check.
  • Universities nationwide limiting employment to comply with Obamacare? Check.
  • Increase in non-group premiums in nearly all states due to Obamacare? Check.

What else could possibility go wrong?
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From the Daily Mail: Health insurers are seriously concerned over the future of Obamacare as many insurers rapidly lose money. Some companies are talking about ditching their participation in the marketplace or dramatically increasing prices – and there is also the threat of a total collapse.
The CEO of insurance provider Aetna says it’s still too early to declare the federal health care program a failure but the company ‘continues to have serious concerns about the sustainability of the public exchanges.’
Analysts had expected the program to become more stable as younger, healthier people purchased insurance, but that is not happening.  A report by insurance company Blue Cross Blue Shield found health insurers gained a sicker, more expensive patient population after the Affordable Care Act expanded coverage in 2014.
Newer customers had higher rates of diabetes, depression and high blood pressure, among other conditions.  They also visited the emergency room much more frequently than people who had private, individual coverage before the law expanded.
Another report, by McKinsey and Company showed insurance companies lost money in 41 states in 2014, in the individual market, which includes Obamacare marketplaces. Blue Cross of North Carolina’s CEO Brad Wilson claimed a loss of $400 million. “There’s not going to be something magical happen that will cause this to turn around,” Wilson said to AOL. 
Researchers caution against drawing broad conclusions about the newly insured based on what amounts to a limited look at a still-evolving health care market. But the numbers show how gaining coverage is only part of a long journey toward the ACA’s other key goals of improving health and slowing cost growth.
‘The coverage is the first step,’ said Linda Blumberg, a health insurance expert at Urban Institute, a nonprofit research organization. ‘Figuring out how to help these folks use medical care in the most effective ways is a real challenge.’
The association compiled its report from dozens of insurers that sell Blue-branded coverage in 46 states and Washington, D.C. It compared claims from newer customers with two populations: people who bought coverage before the law expanded and those who have insurance through an employer. Medical costs for new customers were, on average, 19 percent higher in 2014 and 22 percent higher in 2015 than for customers with employer-based coverage.
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Health insurers expected their initial wave of patients from the ACA expansion to generate higher-than-normal claims because some of the uninsured had not used the health care system for years and were waiting for coverage to help pay for needed care.
Companies also have struggled initially to add younger consumers who don’t consume as much health care, and they have been hurt by expensive patients who sign up outside regular enrollment windows.
Basic economics also may be behind the higher health care use, since the law lowered care costs by expanding coverage. ‘If you lower the price of anything, people are going to use it more,’ said Blumberg, the Urban Institute expert who did not work on the Blue Cross Blue Shield report.
She added that it is too early to draw firm conclusions about trends in use, and the association’s report doesn’t include insurers that don’t sell Blue Cross Blue Shield plans. That includes prominent exchange participants like the nation’s largest insurer, UnitedHealth Group Inc., Aetna Inc. and Molina Healthcare Inc.
Even so, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association Senior Vice President Alissa Fox said their findings underscore a need for better care management. That means making sure newly insured diabetes patients get regular blood sugar checks, or those with other chronic diseases keep taking their medicine. It also involves basic steps like connecting patients with a primary care doctor and teaching them about preventive care like flu shots that can ward off more expensive treatments.
Many newly insure patients are used to simply waiting until they become very sick and then going to an emergency room, said Dr. J. Mario Molina, CEO of Molina Healthcare. His company offers coverage on public exchanges in nine states. Molina said earlier this year that they have been surprised with how hard it has been to draw new patients into a doctor’s office.
‘They had been uninsured for so long that they didn’t understand that this is what … modern insurance is all about,’ he said. ‘It’s about prevention and getting ahead of problems, not waiting until the last minute.’
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Obama lawlessness: IRS says it's OK for illegal aliens to use fraudulent Social Security numbers

There is no longer the rule of law in America, and government is the worst offender.
The Obama administration has become a lawless administration.

See “AG Loretta Lynch wants to let nation break law without consequences“.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) under the Obama administration targeted conservatives and Christians for special scrutiny and even plotted to imprison conservatives. Even when it was discovered, IRS officials like Lois Lerner were not held accountable, which means the IRS can violate the rights of conservatives and Christians with impunity.

See “Groups & individuals targeted by Obama’s IRS witchhunt”.

The latest case in point: Earlier today, the Gollum-like IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told a Congressional hearing that the IRS doesn’t have a problem with illegal immigrants using fraudulent Social Security numbers to file their taxes, because they’re doing that for “a legitimate reason”.
By “legitimate reason,” Koskinen means tax revenue.
In other words, for the Obama administration, two crimes — (1) being in the U.S. illegally, and (2) using a fraudulent Social Security number — make right because the end (tax revenue) justifies everything.
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Rudy Takala reports for Washington Examiner, April 12, 2016:

The IRS is struggling to ensure that illegal immigrants are able to illegally use Social Security numbers for legitimate purposes, the agency’s head told senators on Tuesday, without allowing the numbers to be used for “bad” reasons.
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen made the statement in response to a question from Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind., during a session of the Senate Finance Committee about why the IRS appears to be collaborating with taxpayers who file tax returns using fraudulent information. Coats said that his staff had discovered the practice after looking into agency procedures.
“What we learned is that … the IRS continues to process tax returns with false W-2 information and issue refunds as if they were routine tax returns, and say that’s not really our job,” Coats said. “We also learned the IRS ignores notifications from the Social Security Administration that a name does not match a Social Security number, and you use your own system to determine whether a number is valid.”
Asked to explain those practices, Koskinen replied, “What happens in these situations is someone is using a Social Security number to get a job, but they’re filing their tax return with their [taxpayer identification number].” What that means, he said, is that “they are undocumented aliens … . They’re paying taxes. It’s in everybody’s interest to have them pay the taxes they owe.”
As long as the information is being used only to fraudulently obtain jobs, Koskinen said, rather than to claim false tax returns, the agency has an interest in helping them. “The question is whether the Social Security number they’re using to get the job has been stolen. It’s not the normal identity theft situation,” he said. […]
He added that the agency wanted to differentiate that “bad” misuse of personal data from other uses. “There are questions about whether there’s a way we could simply advise people… . A lot of the time those Social Security numbers are borrowed from friends and acquaintances and they know they’ve been used, other times they don’t.”
He also said that the agency is working to determine “the most effective way to do with this without necessarily having people decide not to file their taxes… . Obviously the priority is to have the IRS collecting those taxes.

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Ben & Jerry: We’ve Been Trying to Get Taxed at a Higher Rate for Years

As I mentioned to the New York millionaires who want a higher tax rate, you don’t have to wait until April 15th to give the government more of your money. Put your money where your mouths are Ben & Jerry and cut a big fat check right now.
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From HuffPo: Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, known to most as the names behind the ice cream brand Ben & Jerry’s, said they’d love to get taxed at a higher rate.
“We’ve been trying to get taxed at a higher rate for years,” Cohen told HuffPost’s Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani in New York on Thursday.
Cohen and Greenfield were giving out ice cream called “Bernie’s Yearning” at an event put on by Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders’ campaign. (Cohen and Greenfield attended as private citizens.)
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“Just because you happen to have a bunch of money doesn’t mean you should give up on the idea of justice and equality,” Cohen continued.
The two have been vocal about their support for Sanders and his tax plan. They haven’t shied away from other political issues either, penning an op-ed against “tax cut nutters in Congress” in April 2015 and publicly putting their support behind the Occupy Wall Street movement in 2011.
Watch a video of them speaking here.
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