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Mark Totten: AG Bill Schuette helped give half million Michiganders a $4700 tax hike in Halbig case

Photo by Anne C. Savage, special to Eclectablog

A federal court’s decision in the Halbig v. Burwell lawsuit earlier this month threatens the Affordable Care Act subisidies of nearly a half million Michiganders. The ruling contends that the law is written to exclude subsidies from residents in states that rely on the federal health insurance exchange. This, of course, wouldn’t be an issue if Michigan Republicans not stopped our state from setting up its own exchange.

In an op-ed in The Detroit News today, Democratic candidate for Attorney General Mark Totten calls the result a tax hike on a half million Michiganders and lays the blame for it largely on Republican AG and tea party darling Bill Schuette:

This week, a federal court accepted Attorney General Bill Schuette’s argument that hundreds of thousands of Michigan families are ineligible for federal tax credits to purchase health insurance.…
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National Republicans attack Schauer and Peters, still beating the dead Obamacare horse

GOP.com, the website for the Republican National Committee (RNC), is currently featuring a blog entry titled, “Another ObamaCare Promise From Peters And Schauer Falls Flat In Michigan”. In it, they continue to senselessly pound the dead Obamacare horse as they attack Michigan Democrats Mark Schauer, our gubernatorial candidate, and Gary Peters, our candidate for the U.S. Senate.

The RNC clearly didn’t get the memo.

This time, they are highlighting the fact that a handful of health insurance companies that offer policies under the exchange set up under the Affordable Care Act are asking for price increases and offer this titillating subtitle: Hundreds Of Thousands Of Michiganders Face Double-Digit Premium Increases Under ObamaCare.…

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UPDATED: Tim Walberg organizes anti-Obamacare town hall then admits it is helping people

Congressman Tim “the original tea partier” Walberg held a town hall meeting in Saline recently to malign the Affordable Care Act. He lined up a bunch of people, including some business owners, who claim the ACA has harmed them.

During the question and answer session, Milan resident Bill Worzel explained how he now has the ability to start a new business because the Affordable Care Act allows him to have affordable insurance coverage. The ACA is literally allowing him the freedom to begin his new venture. He told Walberg he should be focusing on fixing things in the ACA he doesn’t like rather than spending taxpayer dollars trying to repeal it.…

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Obamacare Derangement Syndrome causes Terri Lynn Land to attack Michigan GOP over Medicaid expansion

Comprehension fail much?

The National Republican Senate Committee (NRSC) and Terri Lynn Land are so eager to continue to beat the anti-Affordable Care Act drum that they appear to have lost all ability to distinguish between it and any other discussion about health care. This was made comically clear over the past two days following an appearance by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in Detroit yesterday. It’s a hilarious example of Obamacare Derangement Syndrome.

Sebelius appeared with Detroit Mayor Duggan to discuss getting more people enrolled under the Affordable Care Act. At one point, she was asked by a reporter about people trying to sign up for Medicaid under the new expanded Medicaid rules.…

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Republican Tim Walberg wants to hear your Obamacare story – but only if you’ve been “harmed”

Cheering for the failure of something that helps Americans is un-American

If you stop by the website of my Congressman, Tim Walberg, these days the first thing you see is a request to “Tell Us Your Story”:

If you look at a little closer, the story he wants you to tell is about your experience with the Affordable Care Act. But Congressman Walberg isn’t looking for your story if it’s a success story. He wants to know if you’ve been harmed by the ACA:

Sure enough, if you click through, you get a form that asks for your story of how you’ve been hurt by the ACA.…

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VIDEO: If you need that new healthcare, sign up ’cause it’s hot, sign up ’cause it’s hot #getcovered

We’ll cover all your ‘vizzles’, your ‘dizzles,’ AND your ‘tizzles’

Some Obamacare parody goodness from Alphacat:

Seriously, though, the deadline to be covered on January 1st, 2014 is TOMORROW, DECEMBER 23rd! Don’t delay!

Learn more at TellAFriendGetCovered.com.…

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Eclectablogger Amy Lynn Smith’s Affordable Care Act story featured on Get Covered America website

Eclectablog writer Amy Lynn Smith’s Affordable Care Act/Healthcare.gov success story, first reported here at Eclectablog, has gotten national attention. It’s now being featured on the Get Covered America website. Get Covered America is a self-described “nonprofit, nonpartisan campaign of Enroll America focused on raising public awareness and engaging consumers about their new, affordable health insurance options”, one of the premier sites informing people about the Affordable Care Act.

Before the Affordable Care Act, Amy Lynn Smith of Michigan had three strikes against her when buying health insurance: living with type 2 diabetes, being a woman, and being self-employed.

Although her current insurance plan covers a lot, annual price hikes have driven the cost up to $1,400 a month plus out-of-pocket expenses.

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Obamacare Friday Update: 430K Private Enrollments; 1.6 Million Medicaid/SCHIP

A couple of weeks ago I posted a detailed analysis of how Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) enrollments are going so far. Starting today, every Friday I’ll be posting updated numbers here at Eclectablog. Full details can be viewed daily at ACASignups.net.


Roughly 27,000 Americans signed up for insurance on the federal exchange on Tuesday, according to internal figures, bringing the site’s three-day enrollment total to 56,000. That figure is more than double the number who enrolled online in the entire month of October, which was almost 27,000.

Needless to say, I’ve been scrambling to bring the ACASignups.net spreadsheet up to speed this morning:

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It seems that the “December Spike” or “Post-Thanksgiving Surge” or whatever you want to call it that Pres.…

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Republican Mike Shirkey working hard to solve an Obamacare problem that literally does not exist

Non-problem: solved!

Michigan Republican Represenative Mike Shirkey introduced House Bill 4044 last January. The bill’s intent is to ensure that companies selling health insurance on the Michigan health care exchange that was made possible by the Affordable Care Act can sell insurance off the exchange as well.

Here’s the bill in full:

Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, an insurer or a health maintenance organization that is authorized under this act to offer and sell disability insurance or health maintenance organization contracts in this state shall not be required to offer and sell its products only through an exchange created in this state for the purposes described in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Public Law 111-148, as amended by the health care and education reconciliation act of 2010, Public Law 111-152.…
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More on GOP bill to require insurers to tell you how Obamacare is raising your rates – the House Republicans respond

Methinks thou dost protest too much

A couple of days ago I reported on a bill Republicans have introduced that requires health insurance providers to tell you what part of your health insurance premium is the result of the Affordable Care Act. As wrote in the piece, this bill requires boilerplate language that the insurance companies must use that says “This portion of the premium is attributable to the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and not the enactment of any laws, rules, or regulations of the Michigan Governor, the Michigan legislature, or Michigan’s Department of Insurance and Financial Services.”.

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