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Transparency Bills for Obamacare

Today, the House passed H.R 3811, the “Health Exchange Security and Transparency Act.”  The bill would require the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to notify Americans within two days of learning that personally identifiable information has been compromised or breached on the Healthcare.gov website.  It passed by a vote of 291 to 122, a veto-proof

2014 -- Now We Get to Find Out What is in Obamacare!

Happy New Year!  CAGW is pleased to announce that it will reconstitute its Healthcare and Science Division.  Why you ask?  The October 1, 2013 roll-out of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), better known as Obamacare, and the following chaos demonstrated the need for CAGW to increase its focus on health policy.

I’ll be heading up the division as its director and would appreciate hearing from you on what is happening in your state with regards to Obamacare.  Just email me at gotwaste@cagw.org with my name in the subject line - Elizabeth.

Obamacare Has Taken a Lickin...And It Still Isn't Tickin

Well, now that January 1 has come and gone many of us get to experience the joys of government-controlled health insurance, better known as Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act.  (Yes they ARE the same thing.  There have been polls, which indicate people believe they are two different laws.)

You Think Obamacare's Problems Are Over? Just Wait.

Last week a lot of information was revealed about Obamacare and it's not good.

The Young Aren't Buying It

More and more stories are appearing about growing opposition to Obamacare, also known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA), from America’s youth and that’s not good news for the Obama administration.  Simply put, when it comes to signing up for Obamacare the “young invincibles,” the cohort of the U.S.

Obamacare: Still Not Ready for Primetime

The New York Times provided numbers yesterday on Medicaid enrollment compared to Obamacare enrollment during the month of October.  Those of us who follow health policy are not really surprised by the numbers; we expected more people were signing up for Medicaid for some time.  Here’s part of the article:

Healthcare.gov is Up and Running...Sort of

The administration declared success in its efforts to meet its self-imposed deadline of November 30 to improve the Healthcare.gov website.  With little fanfare, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the agency charged with overseeing Obamacare, stated “we believe we have met the goal of having a system that will work smoothly for the vast majority of users.”  To back up their claim, they released an 8-page

Businesses and Obamacare: Not a Good Mix

Public Opinion Strategies (POS) is a well-respected market research company specializing in corporate and public policy research.  The company recently undertook a survey of 208 decision makers in franchise-owned businesses and 206 decision makers in non-franchise businesses that have between 40-500 employees and asked them about the impact of the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, on their companies.   Why is this group of businesses important in the United States?  They repres

Think Obamacare is Fixed? Think Again

On Tuesday, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations had a hearing on the Obamacare website roll out and the numerous computer "glitches" that have and are continuing to surface since its opening on October 1.  It was an eye opening hearing and shows the website still is not really ready for prime time.

They Knew. They All Knew.

We are seeing a lot of panic on Capitol Hill these days as Obamacare continues to unravel.  Certainly, the functionality of the Healthcare.gov  website was initially the primary focus of concern.  But when millions of Americans began to lose healthcare policies they liked in spite of the president’s numerous promises that “you can keep your healthcare plan if you like it – period,” the fear in Washington, D.C.

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