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Go ahead…. Lie to me…. then have a smoke!

In my commentary last week on the delay of the 2014 employer penalties, I indicated that I expected additional changes in the rules and regulations to follow.   So here is what has happened since the Employer Mandate delay.

By | 2013-07-09T19:37:57+00:00 July 9th, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Go ahead…. Lie to me…. then have a smoke!

Breaking News: Employer Mandate Postponed

July 2nd, 2013 -Bulletin

The White House announced today that the Employer Mandate to provide health insurance to its employees has been postponed until 2015.   

The delay of the employer mandate and it's revenues is sure to cause other delays.  The delay is significant both economically and politically and puts the issue back on the mid-year elections table for 2014.
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By | 2013-07-03T00:43:09+00:00 July 3rd, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Breaking News: Employer Mandate Postponed

Supreme Court Ruling – best possible outcome for all.

June 28, 2012:

Today, Justice Roberts joined the majority, upholding the key elements of ObamaCare. I view this decision as the best possible outcome for business and individuals in a democracy.

While I have not yet had a chance to read the entire 90-page decision,  I do know that Chief Justice Roberts summarized by saying that Congress, the Senate and ...

By | 2012-06-28T14:42:17+00:00 June 28th, 2012|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Supreme Court Ruling – best possible outcome for all.

This is a compromise? Birth Control Bailout by oBama


It has been a very long time since I have written a blog post on healthcare reform.  I have found the fallout from healthcare reform to be so overwhelmingly non logical that I just got tired of complaining. 

  • Long Term Care, a key component in passing healthcare reform in 2010,  that's ...

By | 2012-02-10T17:27:33+00:00 February 10th, 2012|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on This is a compromise? Birth Control Bailout by oBama

A few of the numbers from the bill

Perhaps by morning there will be articles out there with some quick stats on the things you might want to know. I thought I would put out a few of the stats to start. Can I get insurance without a pre-ex clause??- Not until 2014. High Risk pools ? - Federal government will fund $5 billion for high risk pools. Should kick in 2010. Kids ? - To age 26 in all States. Should kick in 2010. Did my taxes go up? - Payroll tax will increase in 2010 for those earning over $200k. Income tax surcharge of 3.8%. Did my Health Savings Account survive? - Yes. What about employer penalties who don't provide insurance - For qualified employers, the penalty has been increased from $750 to $2000 per employee. What about individual penalties? - If you don't have insurance, you will pay 2% income tax surcharge up to $325 per person. What about Expensive health plans surtax? - Exists, $10,200 for singles, $27,500 for families. Flex Spending Accounts - $2500 annual contribution limit. Deduction of Medical Expenses - Increase from 7.5% of AGI to 10% excluded. Creation of Long Term Care insurance fund for to help seniors in need of help with daily tasks such as bathing and dressing. No gender based pricing for individual insurance. No lifetime limits on benefits. $480 billion in new taxes over the next 10 years. $500 billion in Medicare cuts over the next 10 years.

By | 2010-03-22T03:51:00+00:00 March 22nd, 2010|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on A few of the numbers from the bill

Reform has arrived

I am monumentally disappointed in the passing of this Health Care Reform bill. Most of the people reading this blog will pay substantially more for the same services so that those who did not pay into the system have guaranteed access. This bill will surely be modified thousands of times over the next 5 years, but one thing is certain; costs will increase. Imagine a surcharge on your mortgage to make sure that those who over extended don't lose their home equity. I am 100% open to being wrong. I made a huge mistake in voting for a Presidential candidate who promised openness and bipartisanship in formulating a health care bill. I am hopeful that my losing streak continues. For now, I am as disappointed in Congress as I was excited when Mr. Obama was elected.

By | 2010-03-22T03:28:00+00:00 March 22nd, 2010|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Reform has arrived

Bulletin: 12/23/09 – COBRA Subsidy Extended

Update: On March 2, 2010, Congress passed, and the President signed a 2nd extension of the COBRA subsidy. The subsidy qualification period has been extended to December 31, 2010. President Signs COBRA Subsidy Extension Legislation Extends the premium subsidy eligibility period by two months, so it will end on February 28, 2010, rather than December 31, 2009. Extends the period of the 65 percent COBRA subsidy from nine months to 15 months. Establishes a transition period that applies to individuals who lost subsidies before the effective date of the Act because they received the maximum number of months of subsidies under the original subsidy provisions. Establishes new notification requirements by group health plans or other entities. Clarifies that eligibility and notice requirements for the subsidy are based on eligibility for COBRA due to loss of coverage because of qualifying event (involuntary termination of employment), both of which must occur during the eligibility period. Becomes effective as if included in the original COBRA subsidy provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

By | 2009-12-23T19:14:00+00:00 December 23rd, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Bulletin: 12/23/09 – COBRA Subsidy Extended

Health Reform a Moving Target

What I believe will be in the bill. No Cost Containment Some disincentive for those that try and beat the system, but not enough to change the economic decision of the individual to choose to try and beat the system. $50 billion in new taxes to be passed on to the consumer. No reward for staying insured. No incentive to obtain lower cost care. Elimination of Pre-ex. No change on provider discounts. A health insurance exchange to create new competition, but most likely won’t be competitive. “To heck with fraud”, lets just cut everybody. (sarcasm) – The government can’t seem to manage fraud, or even mount an attempt. They just will build in the basis that everybody cheats them, so cut everybody.

By | 2009-12-17T21:16:00+00:00 December 17th, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Health Reform a Moving Target

Breaking News: House Passes Health Care Reform

At 11:00pm Eastern Time,  the House of Representatives passed sweeping health care reform legislation with HB3962.   The vote was  ,  with    Democrats voting against Health Care reform.  

The bill, over 2000 pages, includes a Public Option.  An amendment passed tonight that banned Abortion coverage being included with any Public Option or private plan where federal subsidies are involved.  Rep. Jan Schakowski argued vehemently for abortion funding , but was unsuccessful in getting that ...

By | 2009-11-08T04:09:00+00:00 November 8th, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Breaking News: House Passes Health Care Reform