ObamaCare Is Burrowing A Hole In A Pennsylvania Borough’s Budget

Due To ObamaCare, Sellersville Borough Of Pennsylvania Is Facing A $62,000 Increase In Costs. “Sellersville’s current health insurance policies for borough employees and retirees were set up in the 1970s, David Rivet, the borough manager, said. ‘Our rates haven’t changed that much,’ he said. Until now. ‘We’re looking at right around a $62,000 increase,’ Rivet said.” (Bob Keeler, “Sellerville’s Employee Health Insurance Costs More Than Doubling To Meet Federal Affordable Care Act,” Montgomery News, 7/29/14)

  • Borough Manager David Rivet: “It’s Huge. It’s More Than Double What We’ve Been Paying.” (Bob Keeler, “Sellerville’s Employee Health Insurance Costs More Than Doubling To Meet Federal Affordable Care Act,” Montgomery News, 7/29/14)

The Increased Rates Are For Plans That Comply With ObamaCare’s Mandates. “During a special meeting workshop on July 28, Sellersville Borough Council reviewed its options for new insurance coverage under the federal Affordable Care Act, board President Robert Rudick said. The borough has its insurance through Inter-County Health Plans, a division of AmeriHealth, Rivet said.” (Bob Keeler, “Sellerville’s Employee Health Insurance Costs More Than Doubling To Meet Federal Affordable Care Act,” Montgomery News, 7/29/14)

Throughout The State, ObamaCare Has Been Anything But “Great” For Floridians

Patients In Florida Are Struggling To Find Doctors Who Will Accept ObamaCare Plans.“Nearly 1 million Floridians enrolled in a private health plan through the ACA exchange, but some, like Childe, are finding that some physicians refuse to honor their coverage – even when the doctors are included in the plan’s provider network. Some physicians say they’re concerned they won’t be paid for their services by either the insurer or the patient, and that insurers are not adequately informing doctors of their inclusion in exchange plan networks. (Daniel Change, “Some Florida Doctors Are Refusing To Accept Obamacare,” The Miami Herald, 7/28/14)

  • Doctors Are Still Confused As To Whether They Are Included As An ObamaCare Exchange Provider. “Not all physicians are worried about liability, though. Some may simply be confused about their inclusion in an ACA exchange provider network because they don’t realize their contracts say they will participate in all of the insurer’s current and future products, said Jeff Scott, general counsel for the Florida Medical Association, which represents more than 20,000 physicians on legislative and policy issues.” (Daniel Change, “Some Florida Doctors Are Refusing To Accept Obamacare,” The Miami Herald, 7/28/14)

Florida Resident Charlene Lake Has Been Unable To Access The Care Of A Doctor Near Her Home After Enrolling In Coverage Through The ObamaCare Exchange. “Charlene lake thought she got a decent deal through the affordable care act marketplace: a Humana HMO that included a family doctor a few miles from her home. Five months later, Lake wonders if she can even use the insurance she bought.” (Jodie Tillman, “She Has Insurance Under Affordable Care Act, But Can’t Find A Doctor,” Tampa Bay Times, 7/20/14)

  • Lake: “You Can’t Make People Sign Up For A Health Care Plan And Then Not Have A Doctor.” “‘You can’t make people sign up for a health care plan and then not have a doctor,’ said Lake, a St. Petersburg antiques dealer who is in her 50s.” (Jodie Tillman, “She Has Insurance Under Affordable Care Act, But Can’t Find A Doctor,” Tampa Bay Times, 7/20/14)
  • Lake “Tried Four Times One Day” To Get A Hold Of A Health Center In Her Network But “No One Answered The Phone.” “She tried four times one day last week to reach a health center in her network on the campus of Bayfront Health St. Petersburg. No one answered the phone.” (Jodie Tillman, “She Has Insurance Under Affordable Care Act, But Can’t Find A Doctor,” Tampa Bay Times, 7/20/14)

Humana And Florida Blue Consumers Have Experienced “Problems Getting Doctors Listed In Their Directories To Accept Their Plans.” “Humana isn’t the only Florida provider with network issues; in South Florida, Florida Blue consumers told the Miami Herald they had problems getting doctors listed in their directories to accept their plans.” (Jodie Tillman, “She Has Insurance Under Affordable Care Act, But Can’t Find A Doctor,” Tampa Bay Times, 7/20/14)

  • According To McKinsey & Co., “About 70 Percent Of The Lowest-Priced Plans Sold On” ObamaCare “Are Considered To Have Narrow Networks.” “Nationwide, about 70 percent of the lowest-priced plans sold on the exchanges are considered to have narrow networks, according to a study by industry consultant McKinsey & Co. And they’ve caused problems. In California, for instance, insurance giant Anthem Blue Cross faces multiple consumer lawsuits over its use of narrow networks, with some policyholders saying the company had misled people with inaccurate provider lists.” (Jodie Tillman, “She Has Insurance Under Affordable Care Act, But Can’t Find A Doctor,” Tampa Bay Times, 7/20/14)

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Two Days, Two Different Responses To The Border Crisis From Clinton

On July 24th, During An Interview With NPR, Clinton Claimed She Was Open To Changing A 2008 Law In Response To The Border Crisis, Saying “I Think It Should Be Looked At As Part Of An Overall Package.” QUESTION: “Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida, is out with an op-ed calling for comprehensive immigration reform as you do, but saying that the law his brother signed, which passed when you were in the Senate in 2008, ought to be changed to make it easier to send those other than the “deserving few” back to their home countries in Central America. Should that law be changed?” CLINTON: “I think it should be looked at as part of an overall package. We have two categories of people that are represented by these poor children that have come across our border. We have migrants, children who are leaving for a variety of reasons — economic, they want to reunite with family members. And we have refugees, people who have reason to be threatened, people who have bad probabilities if they return home as to what might happen to them.” (NPR’s “On Point,” 7/24/14)

  • Clinton: “Our Laws Right Now Are Not Particularly Well-Suited For Making The Kind Of Determinations That Are Required, And That We Should, As Americans, Want To See Happen.” CLINTON: “So we do need more resources very quickly deployed, which is what the president and the Democrats have asked for. We need some flexibility within the laws. Our laws right now are not particularly well-suited for making the kind of determinations that are required, and that we should, as Americans, want to see happen.” (NPR’s “On Point,” 7/24/14)

On July 25th, During An Interview With Jorge Ramos, Clinton Switched Her Position, Claiming She Doesn’t “Agree That We Should Change The Law.” RAMOS: “Should we change the 2008 law? For quick deportations—”CLINTON: “No, I don’t agree that we should change the law. No, that’s why I’m advocating an appropriate procedure, well-funded by the Congress, which they are resisting doing, so that we can make individual decisions.” (Fusion’s “America With Jorge Ramos,” 7/25/14)

New Poll: Obama’s Approval Ratings Continue To Struggle

52 Percent Of Voters Disapprove Of The Job Obama Is Doing As President, While Just 42 Percent Approve.  (Fox News Poll, 1,057 RV, MoE 3%, 7/20-22/14)

  • 58 Percent Of Voters Feel That The Obama Administration Has Not Been Competent And Effective In Managing The Federal Government, While Just 40 Percent Feel It Has. (Fox News Poll, 1,057 RV, MoE 3%, 7/20-22/14)

On Countless Issues, Americans Have Lost Faith In Obama’s Leadership

68 Percent Of Voters Say The Obama Administration Is Not The Most Open And Transparent Administration Ever, While Just 28 Percent Say It Is. (Fox News Poll, 1,057 RV, MoE 3%, 7/20-22/14)

54 Percent Of Voters Disapprove Of The Job Obama Is Doing On Health Care, While 41 Percent Approve. (Fox News Poll, 1,057 RV, MoE 3%, 7/20-22/14)

  • 57 Percent Of Voters Say The Obama Administration Has Not Been Competent At Managing Medical Care To Military Veterans, While 40 Percent Say It Has. (Fox News Poll, 1,057 RV, MoE 3%, 7/20-22/14)
  • 52 Percent Of Voters Say The Obama Administration Has Not Been Competent At Implementing ObamaCare, While 44 Perfect Say It Has. (Fox News Poll, 1,057 RV, MoE 3%, 7/20-22/14)

57 Percent Of Voters Disapprove Of The Job Obama Is Doing On The Economy, While 40 Percent Approve. (Fox News Poll, 1,057 RV, MoE 3%, 7/20-22/14)

56 Percent Of Voters Disapprove Of The Job Obama Is Doing On Foreign Policy, While Just 36 Percent Approve. (Fox News Poll, 1,057 RV, MoE 3%, 7/20-22/14)

58 Percent Of Voters Disapprove Of The Job Obama Is Doing On Immigration, While Just 34 Percent Approve. (Fox News Poll, 1,057 RV, MoE 3%, 7/20-22/14)

  • 56 Percent Of Voters Say The Obama Administration Has Not Been Competent At Managing The Current Situation On The Southern Border, While Just 39 Percent Say It Has. (Fox News Poll, 1,057 RV, MoE 3%, 7/20-22/14)