Politico Is Telling It Like It Is On Health Care Reform!

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Listen, we've written a lot here (see "Related Posts" below) about the state-level implementation of the Affordable Care Act/Obamacare, in all its misshapen, ill-considered, shoddily-drafted glory. "Glory" is not the word I was looking for there, but never mind. This week we mark the two-year anniversary of the enactment of this policy-shaped turd, and the excitement (?) is heightened by the fact that the U.S. Supreme Court is preparing to hear the constitutional challenge to the law next … [Read more...]

Arkansas Lawmakers Sign On To Obamacare Challenge!

...And the worthy effort to topple the rickety structure of the Affordable Care Act continues apace. The libertarian Cato Institute and a host of other organizations from the right side of the political spectrum, along with several hundred state lawmakers from points far and wide, have filed a friend of the court brief urging the Supreme Court to strike down this unholy law. Strike it down, they declaim! Included on the list are 58 Arkansas legislators, all Republicans, whose names I'll not … [Read more...]

GOP House Members, Senators Blast Obamacare in Amicus Brief!

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Here's a notable development from late last week that escaped my notice: A sizable contingent of members of Congress (36 senators and 117 representatives, all Republicans, it appears) filed "friend of the court" briefs on Friday, Jan. 6, asking the U.S. Supreme Court to declare Obamacare unconstitutional, reports the Capitol Hill rag Roll Call. The crux of the  matter is that lawmakers question the constitutionality of the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act, and argue that the … [Read more...]

Medical Device Tax Is Yet Another Looming Obamacare Nightmare!

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Hey, guess who's back after a holiday break? (Answer: Me). I hope your New Year's resolutions include reading up on the continuing terribleness of Obamacare. Because if not, we're gonna have a tough year together. We've been chronicling the unspeakable havoc wreaked by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, most recently with our post a few weeks ago on how a new 10 percent excise tax on indoor tanning services had hurt a number of small businesses in Arkansas and nationwide. Today … [Read more...]

Obamacare Early Retiree Program That Sent $2 Million to Arkansas Now Broke!

Your health care dollars at work!

As I'm sure you've by now figured out, one of my favorite activities on this site is underscoring the relentless terribleness of Obamacare. Ha ha, what an utterly foreseeable disaster! If I so desired, I could probably post daily updates chronicling the gradually unfolding horrors of this incompetent law. But "daily updates" sounds like something that would entail just a whole lot of effort, so let's not. Instead we'll keep up our customary leisurely pace of "taking occasional note," which … [Read more...]

Doing Our Part: How States Can Shut Down Obamacare

Last week we saw the not-at-all lamented demise of the Arkansas health insurance exchange. Following, we were treated to a spasm of recrimination from various quarters on the Arkansas left, accusing those who opposed the exchange of having doomed the Natural State to a future of grim slavery under the heavy boot-heel of a federally-run exchange. But is that true? Will the feds, in fact, be running the Arkansas health benefits exchange? Not so fast! The short (6 minute) interview at the top … [Read more...]

Now Let’s Shed A Tear For The Arkansas Health Insurance Exchange! But Not Really (Update!)

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And it came to pass that there would be no state-run Obamacare health insurance exchange in Arkansas, and there was much gnashing of teeth and rending of garments. State Insurance Commissioner Jay Bradford issued a tear-stained news release today (PDF) announcing the death of the (unlamented) state exchange, the demise of which he attributes to "legislative opposition" (read: opposition from minority Republican lawmakers). Oh, but if only Arkansas had had a Democratic governor in the … [Read more...]

No Bad News! The Obamacare Hits, They Keep On Coming

There is no bad news!

Oh, Arkansas state government officials! I suppose we must credit you for your commitment, given how unflagging you have been in your efforts to shove Obamacare down our throats. Latest exhibit: Monday's state-sponsored forum  ("Health Care Reform: A New Hope")  at Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock, hosted by the state Surgeon General Joe Thompson and the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's Sarah Wire was on hand to chronicle the … [Read more...]