An Oregon Obamacare exchange failure shifted nearly 4,000 applicants for a state program that provides pregnancy services to illegal immigrants into the state’s expanded Medicaid program, the Oregonian reports . The Oregon Health Plan serves as the state’s version of Medicaid for low-income residents. Two-thirds of the Obamacare exchange’s enrollments have been for the expanded Medicaid program, adding over 70,000 Oregonians to the plan. But state officials have been manually sending the information incorrectly and incompletely for months, and thousands of applicants to the Citizen/Alien Waived Emergent Medical program, which provides services to low-income individuals without a legal immigration status, were given full coverage under Medicaid instead. “It never works perfectly the first time out,” Oregon Health Authority manager Kathleen Paul said Friday. “We were just getting people into the services.” Cover Oregon has been battling it out with Maryland’s Obamacare exchange … [Read more...] about Oregon shifts 4,000 illegal immigrants into Obamacare
New York Republican and possible 2016 presidential candidate Rep. Peter King wants you to know he was attacking Sen. Ted Cruz before it was cool. “The strategy of the Tea Party, of the Cruz Republicans, Ted Cruz Republicans, worked so badly,” King said on Political Capitol with Al Hunt. King has been an outspoken opponent of the plan to defund or delay Obamacare using the government funding bill, which was actively and publicly pushed by Cruz in his 21-plus hour sort-of filibuster. In an interview with Bloomberg Television , King took a broadside at Cruz and other Republicans who supported his plan. “We can’t allow 30 or 40 people to hijack the Republican Party,” King told Bloomberg. “We’ve got to call them on it. We can’t allow a small minority of a party to hijack it and, again, cause catastrophic problems, not just for our party — that’s our problem — but for the country. It’s 800,000 people out of work because of 30 or 40 people.” King has said he is considering a … [Read more...] about Rep. Peter King goes after Cruz
After appearing to strike a mighty blow against the revised American Health Care Act earlier this week, Upton flip-flopped and led “moderates” back into the party fold. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images As we head toward what looks like a successful House vote to pass the revised American Health Care Act, it is instructive to remember how this looked just two days ago, and what, precisely, changed the bill’s trajectory from Palookaville to a majority. Tuesday morning, Michigan representative Fred Upton’s surprise announcement of opposition to the bill was widely interpreted as a coup de grâce. As Joan McCarter put it : Upton has been a reliable vote for and member of House Republican leadership. He was one of the votes that got the original Trumpcare out of committee. If Upton is bailing, he leaves a very big opening for any Republican who’s been having second thoughts to follow in his wake. Even as pundits began writing their obituaries for Zombie Trumpcare, Upton had … [Read more...] about How Fred Upton Resurrected Zombie Trumpcare
Voters might see an end to the Democratic Party’s two-year reign of power as the weight of the terrible U.S. economy slows down their momentum heading into the midterms. Still, the same October surprises that would save Americans from another two years of Democrat rule could also ruin the nation financially. The U.S. is facing a full-percentage-point interest rate hike, a national crime wave , and the ticking Obamacare time bomb, which may explode on seniors right before the nation decides the political fate of America. Economists warned that U.S. inflation would become a burden to an already weak middle America unless the U.S. Federal Reserve took steps in 2021 to raise the interest rates. But the Fed ignored the predictions and decided instead to wait until inflation was at historic highs before raising the rate by a .25-percentage point, which did little to solve the problem, and inflation got worse. After the recent Consumer Price Index (CPI) report showed that … [Read more...] about Three ‘October Surprises’ Loom Over The Midterms. Will They Sink The Dems – And America, Too?
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The Obama administration’s admission that it may extend the exemption for health insurance plans canceled due to Obamacare regulations could signal an end to the war on “junk plans.” Conservative estimates from the Associated Press put the total of canceled plans at 4.7 million; in contrast, Obamacare exchanges across the country can only claim that 3 million Americans have selected private plans via online exchanges (actual enrollment could reportedly be even lower ). In response to growing outcry over the cancellations, the Obama administration issued an “administrative fix” in November to extend the plans — a move that was rejected by at least 22 states and several private insurance companies as well. Obama’s original fix was slammed by some states and industry leaders as a last-minute attempt to mitigate the political repercussions of canceling plans, not a practical fix to help those without coverage. Obama’s order came just over a month before Obamacare went live; … [Read more...] about Is the Obama administration waving the white flag on canceled plans?