Flashback: Obamacare incentivizes hiring of illegal immigrants by imposing penalty on businesses that employ Americans

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JD Heyes
September 13, 2016

As tens of millions of American citizens remain unemployed or underemployed or are seeing their wages stagnate, President Obama — as well as Democratic and Republican leaders — see no problem allowing millions more illegal aliens into the country to take jobs for less money.

In fact, public policy throughout the Obama Administration has encouraged this phenomenon, and none so much as the Affordable Care Act, which imposes massive new costs on American business and the entire private sector — anyone who hires American citizens to work for them.

Indeed, under Obama’s recently announced executive amnesty plan, “businesses will have a $3,000-per-employee incentive to hire illegal immigrants over native-born workers because of a quirk” in Obamacare, The Washington Times reported recently.

The temporary amnesty, which is slated to last three years, essentially legalizes some 5 million who are in the country unlawfully. It makes them eligible for work permits, though it still deems them to be ineligible for some taxpayer-supported benefits like Obamacare, for example (though the administration has said the 5 million could be eligible for Social Security and Medicaid eventually).

“$3,000 per-employee incentive to hire illegal immigrants

The Times continued:

Under the Affordable Care Act, that means businesses who hire them won’t have to pay a penalty for not providing them health coverage — making them $3,000 more attractive than a similar native-born worker, whom the business by law would have to cover.

The loophole was confirmed by congressional aides and drew condemnation from those who said it put illegal immigrants ahead of Americans in the job market.

“If it is true that the president’s actions give employers a $3,000 incentive to hire those who came here illegally, he has added insult to injury,” Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, told the paper. “The president’s actions would have just moved those who came here illegally to the front of the line, ahead of unemployed and underemployed Americans.”

An official with the Department of Homeland Security, the mega-agency that oversees the nation’s immigration services and border security, confirmed that newly legalized migrants will not be permitted to take out health insurance coverage under Obamacare — and that, in turn, opens up the loophole for employers who are likely going to be looking for any way they can to avoid the employer mandate and resultant non-coverage penalty.

Health and Human Services officials referred any Times questions to the White House, which in turn did not return requests for comment. HHS is the lead agency managing and overseeing the massive health law.

In the days following his executive amnesty announcement, made Nov. 20, the president defended his actions. Traveling in Chicago recently, Obama said his policies would boost the economy and promised that they would not harm American workers.

We’ve been here before

“Immigrants are good for the economy. We keep on hearing that they’re bad, but a report by my Council of Economic Advisers put out last week shows how the actions we’re taking will grow our economy for everybody,” he said.

In fact, studies have shown that immigrants — most of whom are from poor countries — are a drain on the U.S. economy; a 2010 study by the Center for Immigration Studies, which advocates for immigration moratoriums, among other related policies, found that even “immigrants who have been in the United States for 20 years are much more likely to live in poverty, lack health insurance, and access the welfare system than are native-born Americans.”

Regarding the Obamacare-immigrant loophole, this is not the first time the issue has come up. An immigration overhaul measure that passed the Senate on a bipartisan vote in 2013 essentially created the very same scenario, giving illegal immigrants long periods where they could legally work in the country but have no access to Obamacare benefits.

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Sources:

http://www.washingtontimes.com

http://cis.org

http://www.thenewamerican.com

Obamacare Collapse: Aetna leaving exchanges in 11 states due to Obamacare

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Julie Wilson
August 19, 2016

Healthcare providers are increasingly unable to survive unforeseen costs associated with Obamacare. In June, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas announced its plan to significantly increase health insurance rates, hitting the pocketbooks of some 600,000 residents.

Now, healthcare insurer Aetna has announced that it will completely pull out of the Affordable Care Act individual public exchanges in 11 states, due to millions of dollars in losses. The provider said that it will still offer coverage in Delaware, Iowa, Nebraska and Virginia, but will cease operations in 11 other states beginning next year, as reported by Breitbart.

A statement released by Aetna Chairman and CEO, Mark T. Bertolini, said that the company suffered “a second-quarter pretax loss of $200 million and total pretax losses of more than $430 million since January 2014 in our individual products.”

Aetna reports huge financial losses under Obamacare

Of the 11 million Americans covered under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, 838,000 were Aetna customers, according to data compiled in June. Aetna is the third large insurer to scale back services under Obamacare.

UnitedHealth Group said it will also exit most exchanges next year, after it too suffered huge losses to the tune of $1 billion in 2015 and 2016. And Humana Inc., which covers about 800,000 people, will leave an estimated 1,200 counties in eight states in 2017.

Aetna stated that it will reconsider entering the market in the future, but for now plans to limit its services.

“We will continue to evaluate our participation in individual public exchanges while gaining additional insight from the counties where we will maintain our presence, and may expand our footprint in the future should there be meaningful exchange-related policy improvements,” said Bertolini.

Government: Just raise the premiums and you’ll be fine

The Obama administration says it’s the insurance companies’ own fault for losing money because they set their premiums too low, adding that despite major scale backs from insurers, the system will continue to provide good quality coverage to many.

“Aetna’s decision to alter its Marketplace participation does not change the fundamental fact that the Health Insurance Marketplace will continue to bring quality coverage to millions of Americans next year and every year after that,” said Kevin Counihan, CEO of HealthCare.gov.

Customers who are now forced to obtain insurance or pay a hefty fine that grows more costly over time are being left in a difficult position. Americans are essentially stuck between a rock and hard place, either losing coverage entirely, or having to cough up money for a plan they can’t afford.

“Something has to give,” said Larry Levitt, a healthcare law expert at the Kaiser Family Foundation. “Either insurers will drop out or insurers will raise premiums.”

Is a healthcare collapse on the horizon?

Others question whether a healthcare collapse may be on the horizon. “While analysts expect the market to stabilize once premiums rise and more young, healthy people sign up, some observers have not ruled out the possibility of a collapse of the market, known in insurance parlance as a ‘death spiral,'” reports The Hill.

A March report published by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, said that new enrollees under Obamacare experienced 22 percent higher medical costs than people with coverage through their employer. The report drew immense controversy, highlighting the disaster that Obamacare has become.

Last year, a top doctor issued a dire warning about the possibility of a “catastrophic collapse” of the U.S. healthcare system. The former president of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons said that the result “will leave Americans clamoring for medical attention, medical supplies and hospital care,” according to WND.

“Catastrophic collapse due to a ‘doctor death spiral’ will occur when we drop below a critical number of practicing physicians,” said Dr. Lee Hieb, a practicing orthopedic surgeon and author of Surviving the Medical Meltdown.

“As our population ages, it requires more physician man-hours of medical care. But as our population ages, so too do our physicians. More than half of the surgeons who cover emergency rooms are over 50.

“And although they are some of the most productive physicians, they are being overloaded and overstressed, and are beginning to burn out. Many are retiring early; others are dramatically reducing their patient loads.

“Recent surveys suggest up to 60 percent of physicians are preparing to do one or the other within two years,” said Hieb.

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Sources:

Breitbart.com

TheHill.com

NPR.org

AustinSentinel.com

WND.com

Science.NaturalNews.com

An Update on the Obamacare Disaster

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Michael Krieger
August 8, 2016

An architect of the federal healthcare law said last year that a “lack of transparency” and the “stupidity of the American voter” helped Congress approve ObamaCare.

He suggested that many lawmakers and voters didn’t know what was in the law or how its financing worked, and that this helped it win approval. 

– From the post: Video of the Day – Obamacare Architect Credits “Lack of Transparency” and “Stupidity of the American People” for Passage of Healthcare Law

2017 is shaping up to be a very, very ugly year for Obamacare. A year in which it may become obvious to all that the entire thing is an unredeemable failure.

Many of you surely have been paying attention to headlines regarding insurers fleeing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchanges due to major financial losses (despite huge premium hikes), but you may still not recognize how bad the situation really is.

In that regard, read the following excerpts from a Vox article published yesterday titled, Obamacare’s Markets Will Be Less Competitive Next Year:

Competition on the Obamacare marketplaces will decline next year. There will be significantly more places in the country where customers have no choice of health insurance because just one company signed up to sell coverage.

This is the conclusion that health policy experts have increasingly gravitated toward in recent months and weeks, as major insurance companies have announced hundreds of millions of dollars in financial losses on the Obamacare marketplaces.

President Obama promised when the marketplaces launched that Americans will find “[m]ore choices, more competition, and in many cases, lower prices.” And insurance competition did go up in the first few years of Obamacare. Between 2014 and 2015, the US Department of Health and Human Services estimated that the number of insurance carriers participating in Obamacare increased 25 percent. More health plans wanted in on a new opportunity to sell directly to consumers.

But now some of these gains are backsliding. A recent analysis shows that Obamacare’s marketplaces will have twice as many exits as entrants in 2017. Insurers have tested out Obamacare, and in some cases they’ve lost hundreds of millions of dollars.

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Affordable Care Act Not So Affordable: Texas’ Largest Insurance Provider To Hike Rates 60% In 2017

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Daniel Barker
June 14, 2016

Contrary to all the promises, the increasingly exorbitant cost of health insurance under Obamacare is beginning to be revealed as Blue Cross Blue Shield prepares to implement a 60 percent rate hike for individual policies in its Texas market.

The increases will affect more than half a million Texans who are now enrolled in Blue Cross Blue Shield – if approved, the new rates will go into effect in 2017.

From The Dallas Morning News:

“Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas has about 603,000 individual policyholders and, unlike other insurers in the state, offers coverage in every county. In a recent filing with federal regulators, the company said it is seeking increases averaging from 57.3 percent to 59.4 percent across its individual market plans.

“In a statement, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas said its request is based on strong financial principles, science and data. ‘It’s also important to understand the magnitude of the losses … experienced in the individual retail market over the past two years,’ the statement said. The company says it lost $592 million last year and $416 million in 2014.”

Among the worst affected in Texas will be those who live in rural areas where Blue Cross Blue Shield is the only coverage available.

Texas is not alone

Texas, the third-biggest market under the Affordable Care Act after Florida and California, is not the only state that will see significant rate hike increases in 2017, suggesting that the ACA is not so affordable, after all:

“With data available for about half the states, premium increases appear to be sharper, but there are also huge differences between states and among insurers. Health insurance is priced locally.

“A recent analysis of nine states by the consulting firm Avalere Health found that average premium increases for the most popular kind of plan ranged from 5 percent in Washington state to 44 percent in Vermont.”

The rate increases throughout the country are in response to huge financial losses for insurers that have been caused by low enrollment, higher-than-expected cost of medical care for many patients and “problems with the government’s financial backstop for insurance markets.”

Some policyholders are eligible for government subsidies that typically cover more than 70 percent of premiums, but many people are ineligible of such protection, including “small business owners, self-employed people and early retirees.”

For many, dropping coverage will be the only option

There is a real concern that many people will simply be forced to drop their coverage, even at the risk of paying fines.

From TheDailySheeple.com:

“In a country where the cost of living is going up on virtually all fronts but wages and jobs are not increasing, exactly who is going to be able to afford this insane rate hike? And that’s just to pay for the insurance in case you get sick…”

“Affordable health care for all” was a lie – Obamacare has accomplished precisely the opposite and the evidence of this continues to mount as Texas and other states witness skyrocketing premium costs.

Mike Adams, founder/editor of Natural News and author of the new book “Food Forensics” said:

“As this is happening, your employer will either go out of business trying to cover your skyrocketing health care costs, or — more likely — slash your hours to make you a part-time employee with no health insurance coverage. You’ll then need a second job to make up the lost income from the first job, and you still won’t have health coverage because you’re part time at the second job, too. So you’ll need a third job just to raise enough money to pay for a crappy health care plan with a $20,000 deductible. But you don’t have $20,000, so if something serious happens to you, you’re basically bankrupt, jobless and ultimately homeless.”

Thanks, Obama…

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Health Surveillance Gone Wild: 35 Federal Agencies To Collect & Share Your Personal Health Information

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Daniel Baker
January 25, 2016

One of the goals of the federal government’s Affordable Care Act is to universally implement the use of Electronic Health Records (EHR). What this means is that federal health authorities have begun a push toward converting all Americans’ health data and medical histories into a digital format which can be easily accessed and shared by doctors, insurance providers, scientific researchers and the patients themselves.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently released the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2015-2020, which outlines the goal of advancing the “collection, sharing, and use of electronic health information to improve health care, individual and community health, and research.”

Under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, which was introduced in 2009, a majority of doctors and hospitals have already begun to convert patient data into digital form.

Proponents of the plan argue that it will improve healthcare for Americans by making it easier for doctors and hospitals to access and share vital patient info, and through creating a database to be used in medical research.

Although there would seem to be some merit in creating such a system, many are voicing concerns over privacy — part of the plan includes making these electronic records available to more than 35 federal agencies.

These agencies include the Bureau of Prisons, the Department of Justice, the Department of Defense and even NASA.

Although the creators of the plan state that one of their first concerns will be the protection of patient privacy, critics are skeptical — pledges to “anonymize” and “de-identify” the data are likely to fall short of the mark.

A 2009 report by the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) stated, regarding the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA):

HIPAA’s protections do not extend to “deidentified” health information. …

If a third party then reidentifies these data–for example, by using information in its possession or available in a public database–the reidentified personal health information would not be subject to HIPAA. It could be used for any purpose unless the entity holding the reidentified data was a covered entity.

It is far too easy to re-identify data which has been de-identified, and that’s just one of the potential ways in which patient privacy may be breached. The federal government has done a sloppy job of protecting personal info — the security breaches which occurred during the rollout of the Obamacare website is just one glaring example.

As the CDT report noted:

The computerization of personal health information undeniably poses risks to privacy. Tens of thousands of health records may be accessed or disclosed through a single breach. Recent headlines about the theft of laptop computers containing unencrypted health information and inappropriate access to celebrities’ records validate the concerns reflected in the survey data.

One might understandably wonder exactly why all these agencies require access to health records. Does the Bureau of Prisons, for instance, really need to be able to look at your medical history — especially if you are not a criminal?

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