Daily Archives: August 14, 2013

Businesses, Unions, Colleges all say employee hours being cut over Obamacare but WH says “no evidence”

NBC NEWS: Businesses, Unions, Colleges all say employee hours being cut over Obamacare but WH says “no evidence” » The Right Scoop –. Video at link.

But the White House, NBC News reports, says that there is no systematic evidence that this is because of Obamacare and dismisses the report as anecdotal.

You can elect to believe the White House or your own eyes and ears.

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Lawsuit Challenging Obamacare Subsidies Moves Forward

Lawsuit Challenging Obamacare Subsidies Moves Forward | Washington Free Beacon.

The judge in Oklahoma ruled that the state of Oklahoma has the legal standing to sue the federal government over federal subsidies in federally run health insurance exchanges.

The Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, requires that each state has its own exchange where individuals can buy health insurance. If a state refuses to set up its own exchange, the federal government steps in and sets up the exchange for it.

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt argues in the suit that the Affordable Care Act only provides federal subsidies for exchanges set up by the states, as opposed to the federal government. The subsidies allow the federal government to enforce the employer mandate in states that refused to set up their own exchanges.

Potential consequences…

The suit threatens to undermine the individual mandate as well as the employer mandate, Matthews said. If the federal government cannot legally subsidize insurance on the exchanges it runs, then insurance could become unaffordable for many individuals. If they cannot afford the insurance, then they do not have to buy it, reducing the pool of the insured.

If the suit is successful and the federal government is barred from providing subsidies for the exchanges it runs, the viability of the exchanges could be in trouble, some experts predicted.

“That will just be a huge blow to the exchanges being able to operate,” said Sally Pipes, president of the Pacific Research Institute.

If the suit were to succeed, the Federal Government would use every tool in its arsenal to “make” the states take over the exchanges.

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