New Obama regulations
We've talked about how Obamacare will affect our regular health insurers and routine doctor visits, but how about how Obamacare will affect Medicare?
We've all known for a while that the future of Medicare, the program than provides health insurance to seniors, is in dire straits. What we're just finding out is that Obamacare is making it worse.
The White House's decision earlier this month to postpone part of U.S. President Barack Obama's signature healthcare reform (the employer mandate that will fine businesses that don't offer employees insurance) underscores how flawed the bill is and how unprepared we are for its full roll-out.
Meet the Controversial "Bad Actor" Who Will be in Charge of Your Health Care
Amid a wash of government scandals, America is vulnerable right now. Actions taken by the IRS have left us feeling utterly degraded by the Obama administration.
And another Washington scandal we see brewing won't make Americans feel any more comfortable about the power granted in our nation's capital.
You see, there's an unelected official who is known as a bad actor, and she's about to be granted broad, undefined power over the people of this country.
The source of her power: Obamacare.
I'm talking about the U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, who come 2014 could be in charge of your health care.
How Obamacare Navigators Will Waste Your Time and Tax Money
The insurance exchanges mandated by the 2009 health care law will be so utterly baffling that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services now needs to hire of tens of thousands of "Obamacare navigators" - at a cost to taxpayers of $9 billion or more every year.
Anyone who uses the new exchanges will quickly find out why Obamacare navigators were deemed necessary.
The draft application form for an individual is already up to 15 pages, while the form for a family is at 21 pages. And the instruction book is 61 pages.
"It's a lot of information that consumers are going to have to provide, and that could deter people from signing up," Laura Adams, senior insurance analyst at InsuranceQuotes.com, told MarketWatch. "That could be an issue for some people who don't like paperwork. And who likes paperwork?"
The government estimates the form will take anywhere from 20 to 45 minutes to complete, but that doesn't count all the information and document-gathering an applicant will need to do before even walking in the door of an exchange.
"If you like IRS forms, you're going to love this one," Ken Hoagland, chairman of conservative advocacy group Restore America's Voice, told MarketWatch. "These are the kinds of things that are going to drive people crazy."
The Real Cost of Obamacare
Like it or not, in less than a year - January 2014 - the core of U.S. President Barack Obama's healthcare reform goes into effect - and recent data show the cost of Obamacare will be quite high.
The statistics are startling, seeing as the intent of Obamacare was to reduce overall medical costs in the country - one big reason government spending is running wild - by improving access to treatment for Americans. An additional 30 million Americans are expected to be covered under Obamacare.
But new reports estimate the new healthcare system could cost about $1.3 trillion over the next 10 years.
That means the original outcome - which President Obama said would be to "cut the cost of a typical family's premium by up to $2,500 a year" - is far from reality.
Here's a breakdown of what Obamacare will really cost you - and your job could be included.
The New Obama Regulations Headed for U.S. Business in 2013
Agencies under U.S. President Barack Obama will add thousands of new regulations to U.S. business in 2013, with many of them extremely costly.
According to Small Businesses for Sensible Regulations, an arm of the nonprofit, nonpartisan National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), more than 4,100 new Obama regulations are in the pipeline.
The group estimates that the 13 most expensive regulations will cost the U.S. economy $515 billion.
Held back during the heat of the presidential campaign, a backlog of these Obama regulations is about to hit the economy full force.
"The Obama administration has been quietly postponing several multibillion-dollar regulations until after the November election," wrote Sen. Rob Portman, R-OH, in an August Wall Street Journal guest column. "Those delayed rules, together with more than 130 unfinished mandates under the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial law, could significantly increase the regulatory drag on our economy in 2013."
Portman dubbed the situation "the regulatory cliff," a reference to the widely discussed fiscal cliff.
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