Monday, October 8, 2012

Monday Morning LinkFest

Have you ever driven by a car wreck just as it's happening? Time seems to slow down, everyone and everything appears to be moving in slow motion. Well, that seems to be happening with the ObamaTax. FoIB Elena Marie notes this little gem:

"Five insurers, including two of the nation’s largest, already decided to stop selling health insurance in Indiana, mainly because of the [ObamaTax] edict ... And the American Enterprise Group, citing the medical loss ratio and other regulatory burdens, will stop offering individual insurance in more than 20 states, causing 35,000 people to lose their coverage and create a less competitive insurance market."

But remember, "if you like your health plan..."

Meanwhile, in our nation's capital, the local politicos think they've stumbled on the health insurance panacea:

"A board has required D.C. small businesses and individual buyers to purchase health insurance through the newly minted health exchange."

There's some question as to that Board's authority to enforce the new regs, but it's interesting to note that its chairman, Dr. Mohammad Akhter (doctor of what is left unspecified) opines that "[i]f you have a business license here in the District of Columbia, then you participate through the exchange."

Looks like some folks have a problem grasping that whole "pro-choice" concept.

On the other hand, it looks like actual health care providers are none too pleased with the ObamaTax:

"A new survey shows Mitt Romney with a commanding lead over President Barack Obama among doctors, with Obamacare helping to sway their votes."

Well over half of the doctors surveyed say they favor repeal of the train wreck.

Our last item this morning also comes to us courtesy of Elena Marie.

Seems that the Much Vaunted National Health System© is continuing its crackdown on folks who want to, you know, stay alive:

"Forty-three hospital patients starved to death last year and 111 died of thirst while being treated on wards ... There were 558 cases last year where doctors recorded that a patient had died in a state of severe dehydration in hospitals."

Remember, this is the model for the ObamaTax that we'll soon be living dying under.

UPDATE: Looks like the ObamaTax may have another potentially damaging challenge:

"Tucked inside the Supreme Court's lengthy list of orders ... was an indication that the fight over President Obama's health care law soon could be back before the high court ... Liberty University, a Christian college in Virginia, has been fighting the employer mandate since the law was enacted ...  the Supreme Court ruled that the Anti-Injunction Act did not serve as a barrier to lawsuits challenging the health care law."

Earlier, the 4th Circuit had turned down the case as "premature" since no one had yet been penalized for not paying the Employer Mandate fine tax. The Supremes, though, have just re-opened the door for Liberty to re-file.

We've written before about the ill-conceived Employer Mandate; this seems to indicate that it'll be back on the radar soon.

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