By Laurie Ehlbeck
Obamacare has been, to put it mildly, burdensome for small businesses in New Jersey. Soon, the Senate will have a chance to do something about it.
Year after year, when the National Federation of Independent Business surveys its members, they say their number one priority is healthcare, but the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, has made things more difficult for them. Its onerous taxes and mandates have increased costs and reduced choices.
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Posted: June 28th, 2017 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Health Care, New Jersey, ObamaCare, Opinion | Tags: Affordable Care Act, health insurance, Healthcare, Laurie Ehlbeck, National Federation of Independent Businesses, New Jersey, NFIB, ObamaCare, Opinion, Sen Bob Menendez, Sen Cory Booker | 2 Comments »
TRENTON — New Jersey residents will only be able to choose between two companies this year in the federal health insurance marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act. Open enrollment for 2017 begins on Tuesday and lasts through January. New Jersey residents can choose between plans from Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey or… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: November 1st, 2016 | Author: admin | Filed under: Health Care, New Jersey, ObamaCare | Tags: AmeriHealth, Health Care, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield, New Jersey, ObamaCare | Comments Off on N.J. residents with Obamacare only have two choices next year
Now that we’re in the third full year of Obamacare, the folks at Kaiser Health News have found something intriguing in the numbers: The percentage of Obamacare applicants who say they smoke is far lower than the percentage of smokers in the general population. This can mean only one of two things, they say: Either a… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: May 5th, 2016 | Author: admin | Filed under: ObamaCare | Tags: ObamaCare, Smokers, Tobacco | 4 Comments »
By Joseph M. DiBella
Recently the Asbury Park Press published a story based on a widely criticized and discredited State Comptroller’s 2012 report examining the state of health benefits for public workers of municipalities, county governments and school districts. The report, which was panned by most benefit and insurance professional at the time as being actuarially and statistically invalid, also failed to accurately reflect the process local governments must use when selecting benefits for its employees. The report made for good headlines, but it didn’t make for good policy.
The takeaway of the report was that local entities in New Jersey — counties, townships, boroughs, school districts — could simply join the state health benefit plan and save the state $100 million dollars. But that wasn’t correct then and it isn’t correct now. The report overlooked the fact that benefits are collectively bargained for and can’t simply be changed on whim or all at once. It also made the false assumption that just by merging all the groups across the state, their claims history, which is how insurance policies are priced, would miraculously get better and generate savings. Finally, the report largely blamed local benefit brokers and consultants for the high cost of health care for public plans even though the cost of brokerage services is about 2% to 3% of the total cost of healthcare. The state plan is a solution for many public employers as are other private plan options. The key is to examine all of the options and align the entity with the best solution for their circumstances.
The report was largely discredited and dismissed at the time of its issuance by industry experts for being naïve and non-factual. But because it includes an eye-popping alleged savings number, the nearly 4 years old report is regularly dusted off and re-circulated by political operatives and media types looking to re-create a controversy that never existed.
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Posted: November 3rd, 2015 | Author: admin | Filed under: Health Care, Monmouth County News, ObamaCare, Opinion | Tags: Affordable Care Act, Health Care, Howell Township, Joe DiBella, Joseph M. DiBella, Monmouth County News, ObamaCare, Opinion | 3 Comments »
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: admin | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, SCOTUS, U.S. Supreme Court | Tags: 2016 Presidential politics, Chief Justice John Roberts, Democrats, ObamaCare, republicans, SCOTUS, SCOTUSCare, U.S. Supreme Court | 3 Comments »
Posted: June 7th, 2015 | Author: admin | Filed under: New Jersey, ObamaCare | Tags: health insurance, Health Insurance Premiums, New Jersey, ObamaCare | Comments Off on Premiums to jump more than 10 percent on many Obamacare policies
By Ernesto Cullari
If 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: admin | Filed under: Chris Smith, Ernesto Cullari, Opinion | Tags: Chris Smith, Ernesto Cullari, Executive Amnesty, House of Representatives, John Boehner, ObamaCare, Tom MacArthur | 7 Comments »
Posted: December 15th, 2014 | Author: admin | Filed under: Health Care, ObamaCare | Tags: Healthcare.gov, Heathcare.gov, ObamaCare | Comments Off on Obamacare enrollment deadline looms
Posted: December 4th, 2014 | Author: admin | Filed under: Health Care, ObamaCare | Tags: ABLE Act, Erectile Dysfunction, Medicare, ObamaCare, Penis pumps, viagra | Comments Off on 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
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: November 21st, 2014 | Author: admin | Filed under: Abortion, Chris Smith | Tags: Abortion, Congressman Chris Smith, ObamaCare, Taxpayer funded abortion | 22 Comments »
A 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 »