So RedDiaperBaby and Jeemo, what say you now about Obamacare costs? Start groveling with abject apologies

by Skip November 19, 2017

So commenters RedDiaperBaby and Jeemo Glewton didn’t believe my reporting on a couple of acquaintances of mine lamenting on the extremely high cost of their Obamacare plans as this year’s version is soaring in price (“So he works simply to pay his Obamacare bill? A “Have” paying for the “Have-Nots”).  Jeemo outright called me a […]

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That’s all that’s really needed – the single thread to be pulled

by Skip November 15, 2017

It’s about time that the DC Republican Congresstwits got a bit smarter! Reformated, emphasis mine:  Senate GOP Tax Plan to Include Repeal of Health Law Individual Mandate GOP leaders have been cautious about bogging down the tax bill with controversial health-care provisions, but have been suggesting they could include the repeal because it would generate […]

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So he works simply to pay his Obamacare bill? A “Have” paying for the “Have-Nots”.

by Skip November 8, 2017

Stated another way, that’s $34,200 per year. UPDATE: I was at a meeting in Manchester and ran into a old friend of the ‘Grok and without prompting, he brought up that his Obamacare plan, bought on the exchange, is mirroring my aquaintance’s below: it has just from about $1,000/month for his family to over $2,000 / […]

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Senator Shaheen’s Public Service-ish Email

by Ellen Kolb November 3, 2017

Have you signed up for your Obamacare coverage for 2018? Well, have you? I haven’t. The Affordable Care Act isn’t affordable. But open enrollment is upon us, and it’s time to run the numbers for another year (already done, thank you), and Senator Shaheen wants you to know it. From her Halloween email, sent from […]

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Playing Catch up Part 6 – Progressive avoiding their Narrative getting crushed

by Skip October 23, 2017

LifeHacker is a place I go to because, well, tips on how to “hack” your life to save time and money – and cute tricks and sometimes just nerdy type stuff in a pop culture kinda of way. Or, at least that’s what it used to be. As SWJs are taking over as writers at the site, […]

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Bias: Concord Monitor burying the lede on Trump’s action on Obamacare?

by Skip October 16, 2017

The headline over the weekend on a post about Obamacare: Trump’s blow to Obamacare jolts health consumers, politics President Donald Trump’s abrupt move to cut off federal payments to insurers jolted America’s health care and political worlds alike on Friday, threatening to boost premiums for millions, disrupt insurance markets and shove Republicans into a renewed […]

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Shea-Porter Chastises Trump For Stopping Illegal Bailout Money To Big Insurance

by Steve MacDonald October 13, 2017

Not long after we shared the news that Mr. Trump was ending illegal handouts to insurance companies, lame-duck New Hampshire Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter is criticizing him for it. Late last night, President Trump announced that he will torpedo the individual insurance market by ordering the government to stop making the Cost-Sharing Reduction (CSR) payments it […]

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Trump Ends Illegal ObamaCare Bailout Payments to Insurance Companies

by Steve MacDonald October 13, 2017

In this day and age, it’s interesting to see all three branches of government agree on something. Bailing out insurance companies against the will of the court and Congress is coming to an end. The payments had specifically been denied by Congress but President Obama had made them anyway, drawing a rebuke from a court who said […]

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Trump Rolls Back Obama Contraceptive Mandate

by Steve MacDonald October 6, 2017

The Trump Administration has just eliminated the ObamaCare contraceptive mandate. The Trump administration said Friday it will let a vast universe of employers duck Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate by claiming a religious or moral objection, a long-awaited move that will enthuse pro-life conservatives and enrage advocates who say women’s rights to birth control are being threatened.

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Removing Obamacare

by Steve MacDonald September 28, 2017
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Gee, if only someone had warned them…

by Skip September 24, 2017

And yes, that would be we Groksters.  For years we have warned about taking “free money with strings attached.” There’s another meme that describes the below from the Pravda on the Merrimack: “Fed crack.” No, not real drugs but the allure and the addiction is just as real as that white powder: greenbacks. Lots of […]

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And where do you think Obamacare got it?

by Skip September 7, 2017

The biggest reason for Obamacare’s rate hikes? Two of its most popular provisions, guaranteed issue and community rating. These are the technical terms for Obamacare’s ban on insurance companies denying coverage or charging people who are sick more. The McKinsey report found that in Georgia, these mandates added between 44 and 52 percent to premiums. […]

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Notable Quote – Doug Badger

by Skip August 16, 2017

Obamacare is insuring more poor people and uninsuring millions of middle-income people. That suits the Democratic party and many congressional Republicans just fine. They measure social progress in the number of people receiving government assistance. Those struggling to pay their own way evoke little sympathy. Lawmakers of both parties, whose consciences were lacerated by CBO’s […]

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Even in a faux “marketplace”, people can still vote with their dollars

by Skip August 10, 2017

Given that I just came home from the Americans For Prosperity NH’s (AFP) Tax Reform meeting at Pittman’s Freight Room in Laconia, this is appropriate.  I’ve said for years now that a free marketplace is one where people make decisions that benefit their own self-interest; if something does not add value to their lives, they […]

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The Collapse of the Individual Health Insurance Marketplace was The Point

by Steve MacDonald August 2, 2017

Before the Democrat’s one-party assault on the insurance and health care system in the United States, while people complained about costs and coverage, no one was looking to prevent the collapse of the individual health insurance marketplace. No one even talked about it. Now they do. And Democrats are now pretending to care, after eight years of […]

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Allen West: How Differently Would Senators Act Without the 17th Amendment?

by Skip July 31, 2017

We have interviewed Lt. Col Allen West in the past and were MOST impressed by this straight backed, straight talking man. I generally don’t abstract a whole post but I certainly agree with West. Progressives hate our Republic form of governance as they knew/know what our Founders knew – a direct democracy has always failed […]

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Senator Shaheen Suddenly Wants to Fix her Obamacare Disaster

by Kimberly Morin July 30, 2017

On Friday, Senator Jeanne Shaheen posted a homemade video of herself talking to “constituents” in New Hampshire about the failure of the senate to pass a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. After ignoring her constituents for the past eight years, Shaheen suddenly wants them to believe she’s working for them.

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If Republicans fail, will single payer be next?

by Peter Lemiska July 24, 2017

As the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, continues to disintegrate, and Republicans endlessly fumble their plan to repeal and replace it, support is growing in this country for a single payer system. That concept, originated by Democrats and the left, has now begun to spread, possibly helped by the new entitlements Obamacare provided. The Pew Research […]

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About those millions “LOSING” their Obamacare insurance coverage

by Skip July 24, 2017

I’ve been listening to a lot of nonsense about the impact of the different GOP “replacement” plans for Obamacare and the numbers just didn’t make any sense. After all, none of them drastically did much on the core structure of Obamacare.  They deleted most (but not all of the taxes).  They started to tinker with […]

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The Democrat Obamacare lock-step talking points are already out there: Uncertainty

by Skip July 19, 2017

You have to hand it to the Democrats – when somebody says “Speak”, they do.  Just like their followers that send in the exact same email or letter when urged.  I know this because I get the Democrat emails that say to send an email.  And Guess Who has fallen right into line? US Senator […]

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“What Does it Mean to Be a Republican?”

by Skip July 18, 2017

Alternate title: John Thune: Health care debacle makes Republicans look ‘dysfunctional’ Look?  Really, you had the stones to say “look“, Senator?  Are you freakin’ serious?  Is there ANY doubt left? You must be delusional to think that we are SO delusional to even think of accepting that lame spin. But given what Congress has done lately, […]

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Bipartisan Obstruction

by Ed Naile July 18, 2017

RINO US Senator from Maine, Susan Collins, is holding up repeal of ObamaCare so she can have “bipartisan” support. Along with this RINO is another usual suspect, Alaska Senator Murkowski. Camera Hog and failed presidential candidate Lindsey Graham is in the same boat. How about this: Let’s all have a daily countdown until one of […]

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Notable Quote – Peter Kirsanow

by Skip July 18, 2017

The Republican agenda is stuck in neutral in part because of the tendency by Beltway Republicans and some conservatives to play by the rules established by the media and progressives, the flouting of which were a contributing factor in Donald Trump’s electoral victories. The health-care fiasco, though not foreordained, was eminently predictable once Republicans essentially […]

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GOP – deliberately made promises it had no intention of keeping

by Skip July 17, 2017

“I didn’t expect Donald Trump to win. I think most of my colleagues didn’t. So we didn’t expect to be in this situation.” That was US Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) a couple of weeks ago at a town hall committing a gaffe – inadvertently admitting to a truth that none in the GOP elite (and […]

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Senator Rand Paul – the GOP isn’t going to keep its promise on Obamacare repeal

by Skip July 13, 2017

I don’t agree with him all the time but on this, I do.  The GOP made a singular promise, over and over, for seven years.  Now, like the dog that finally caught the car, they don’t seem to know how to govern.  Which is to say, keep that promise, to completely repeal and replace Obamacare, […]

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Notable Quote – Prof. Don Boudreaux

by Skip July 13, 2017

In short, the “man of system” forgets that ordinary people are active, reasoning, creative individuals. They generally do not need government prodding to take actions that improve their lives. When they are so prodded, it is almost always to press them to take actions they would prefer to avoid. Conflict thus arises between ordinary people […]

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Data Point – Wait, WHAT? This isn’t supposed to happen with Obamacare!!!

by Skip July 10, 2017

And the news is from CNN (oh wait, should it be believed??)!  Yikes – they’re even saying the stuff we are: Several factors could be driving the uptick, Gallup said. Premiums rose substantially in 2017 for those who don’t qualify for federal subsidies, and many consumers had fewer choices on the exchanges because insurers bailed […]

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ObamaCare Drives Minuteman Health Out of NH

by Steve MacDonald June 23, 2017

Minuteman Health hasn’t even been available for two years in New Hampshire, and they are already bailing. Why? The ACA makes it too expensive to stay in business. The company, which insures about 27,000 individual members and three dozen small group members in New Hampshire, began offering coverage in the state in 2015 on the […]

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Notable Quote – John Cochrane

by Skip May 17, 2017

Now, the critique of an increasingly rent-seeking society echoes from both the Left and the libertarians.  Rent-seeking is a big problem.  Cronyism is a big problem.  George Stigler finds a lot to agree with in Joe Stiglitz.  As do Milton Friedman, James Buchanan, and so forth. But now comes the most astounding lack of logic […]

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Blogline of the Day: It shouldn’t take the Wall Street Journal to enlighten the DC GOP about this

by Skip May 12, 2017

WSJ EDITORIAL BOARD: The fastest way to lose Congress is by not repealing ObamaCare. The GOP has been promising this for 7 years.  The base put them in place for ONE and only ONE reason.  Complete repeal. Govt out of my decision making with my doctor.  No more mandates.  No more taxes. Heck, no more […]

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