Analysis: GOP can no longer look to court to repeal Obamacare

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WASHINGTON — It’s clear now that any overhaul of the Affordable Care Act will have to come through the political system, not the court. And repeal-minded Republicans face trouble generating a mandate for change. Republicans were hoping the court would decide against this key part of the law — and in turn give the party momentum… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: June 25th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, SCOTUS, U.S. Supreme Court | Tags: , , , , , , , | 3 Comments »

Premiums to jump more than 10 percent on many Obamacare policies

assetContentSeveral of the health insurance policies to be offered to New Jersey residents during the third year of the Affordable Care Act will come with premium hikes of more than 10 percent, according to the federal government. Under new rules, insurance companies are required to report if they’ve submitted a rate request that increases more than… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: June 7th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey, ObamaCare | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Premiums to jump more than 10 percent on many Obamacare policies

Broken Promises

By Ernesto Cullari

Ernesto_Cullari_GDA1If Republican Congressmen Chris Smith and Tom MacArthur vote for John Boehner (R-Ohio) to be the Speaker of the 114th Congress then they will both be breaking two foundational campaign promises: the first to defeat Obamacare and the second to end Obama’s policy of Executive Amnesty for Illegal Aliens. If they break either campaign promise both are certain face a mutiny at home by voters in two years.

On the issues of Amnesty and Obamacare, Speaker John Boehner has given Obama’s policies the Congressional stamp of approval. In the $1.1 trillion dollar spending bill that Boehner fought for and passed in December 2014, there were provisions that provided short term funding of Obama’s amnesty program.

Prior to the Republican Congress’s financial support, Obama was on shaky legal ground; however by providing funding for Executive Amnesty Boehner breathed new life into Obama’s strategy. The U.S. Supreme Court in Youngstown, a case dealing with the executive seizure of private property in the absence of congressional approval, established that, “Presidential authority is strongest when acting with the expressed or implied consent of Congress.” Through Boehner Congress has shown consent.

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Posted: January 5th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Ernesto Cullari, Opinion | Tags: , , , , , , | 7 Comments »

Obamacare enrollment deadline looms

Heathcare.govThis time, the Obamacare deadlines actually mean something. New and returning enrollees have until late Monday to sign up for health insurance on the federal online exchange and be covered by Jan. 1 – a hard deadline and stark turnaround from last year, when glitches on HealthCare.gov blurred pre-Christmas deadlines. Instead of fretting over a website,… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: December 15th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Health Care, ObamaCare | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Obamacare enrollment deadline looms

Medicare To No Longer Cover Penis Pumps, Saving $444 Million


Men who can't afford the little blue pill often turned to penis pumps which were covered by the federal government.Photo courtesy of Shutterstock

Men who can’t afford the little blue pill often turned to penis pumps which were covered by the federal government.Photo courtesy of Shutterstock

Medicare may soon be prohibited from spending money on vacuum pumps that treat erectile dysfunction in the coming years — an effort that could save up to $444 million but might upset those who can’t afford drugs like Viagra to treat their condition. The plan of cutting coverage of the pumps was proposed to help offset… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: December 4th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Health Care, ObamaCare | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Medicare To No Longer Cover Penis Pumps, Saving $444 Million

CHRIS SMITH: Stopping abortion on demand in Obamacare


repost-us-image-13930416A September 2014 report by an independent government watchdog confirmed that Obamacare is replete with abortion on demand and that it is often nearly impossible for consumers to determine whether the plan they are considering includes elective abortion. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) report detailed that over 1,000 Obamacare plans sold for 2014 include abortion on… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: November 21st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Abortion, Chris Smith | Tags: , , , | 22 Comments »

Obamacare approval hits new low – 37 percent – in survey


Thirty-seven percent of Americans say they approve of the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, while 56 percent disapprove, according to a new Gallup poll. The 37 percent approval rating is 1 percentage point below the previous low from Gallup in January. Approval of the law is largely split along party lines; 74 percent of… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: November 18th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Health Care, ObamaCare | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Obamacare approval hits new low – 37 percent – in survey

Online Help for New Jersey’s Uninsured, Just in Time for Open Enrollment


2152Uninsured New Jerseyans will have a new tool to help them buy health insurance this fall, just in time for the next Affordable Care Act open enrollment period, a website geared to connecting them with people and resources that can make it easier to sign up for coverage. The New Jersey for Health Care coalition, which… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: November 15th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Health Care, Obama, Obama Administration, ObamaCare | Tags: , | Comments Off on Online Help for New Jersey’s Uninsured, Just in Time for Open Enrollment

Obamacare website won’t reveal insurance costs for 2015 until after election

The Monkey Court (MMM Watermark) GIFThose planning to purchase health insurance on the Obamacare exchange will soon find out how much rates have increased – after the Nov. 4 election. Enrollment on the Healthcare.gov website begins Nov. 15, or 11 days after the midterm vote, and critics who worry about rising premium hikes in 2015 say that’s no coincidence. Last year’s… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: October 14th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Barack Obama, Frank Pallone, Health Care, News, ObamaCare | Tags: , , | 2 Comments »

Chris Christie is lone GOP presidential prospect to expand Medicaid

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s decision to expand Medicaid under Obamacare puts him alone among Republican governors vying for the 2016 presidential nomination, and could come back to haunt him among primary voters. Some of his potential rivals who are also governors have sought ways to leverage federal money, and others have spurned the Medicaid expansion…

Posted: August 24th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Chris Christie, ObamaCare | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »