The Ultimate Guide to Obamacare (Updated for 2018)

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Part II: Obamacare costs and tax subsidies


Obamacare sales pitch to flood schools, churches, cell phones, computers. Here comes the great Obamacare sales pitch.

Enroll America, a group dedicated to helping the administration sell the nation on Obamacare, is planning to make their pitch of encouraging Americans to sign up in schools, churches, and even personal cellular phones. The nonprofit group with ties to the president's team is poised to become the president's unofficial Obamacare marketing team, announcing this week that it will put its message in every corner of American life. If Obamacare is so wonderful, why is it necessary to enlist celebrities to sell it?

The Obama administration has reportedly contacted the National Basketball Association NBA about a role in promoting healthcare reform around the country. Efforts to sell ObamaCare are ramping up ahead of October, when people can begin signing up for the new insurance exchanges, and January, when the exchange coverage kicks in.

Many have speculated that the enrollment campaigns would benefit from a celebrity endorsement or partnership with a major sports league. Obama admin puts the heat on the NBA to help sell Obamacare. Selling of Obamacare underway. The Obama administration is reaching out to Democrats and Republicans in Congress as it gears up to try to sell Obamacare to the public this summer.

For the Democrats, the meetings are part of a substantial messaging effort that will get under way to encourage people to sign up for health coverage through the new Obamacare exchanges starting on Oct. They've involved high-level officials and lawmakers.

Rely on the facts, not the politics, of the health law. State senators hold public meetings on proposal to nullify Obamacare in S. A group of state senators will host three public meetings this week, including one in North Charleston, on proposed legislation that would nullify Obamacare in South Carolina.

As I and others have pointed out before, any state that creates an ObamaCare insurance exchange is getting suckered into footing the bill for a federal program. The latest state to reject this scam is New Jersey, whose governor just vetoed a state-run exchange proposed by his legislature. What do they know that the administration isn't telling the rest of us? So far, not one part of ObamaCare has worked as planned. If ObamaCare is such a great deal Maybe they know a bad deal when they see it.

Partisan politics can't explain all of the reluctance, especially not with the Democratic governors who are balking at the plan. The unfunded liabilities in Medicaid expansion alone in the outer years have to be daunting, especially for states who already can't cover their current obligations.

Only 15 States Establish Obamacare Exchanges. State officials are very smart not to set up their own exchanges since any costs beyond what the Feds offer to help pay is on their taxpayers' dimes. Won't Set Up Health Exchange. Pennsylvania will not set up its own health care exchange under the federal Affordable Care Act, at least not for now, Gov.

Another State to Consider Obamacare Nullification. Since the Supreme Court rendered its opinion on the constitutionality of a mandatory federal health care system last summer, many Americans consider the matter settled. But others recognize that despite the pronouncement of five robed federal employees, the Constitution still does not delegate Congress the power to create and run a health care system for all plus million Americans.

Don't Make an Exchange. The Affordable Care Act ACA was a milestone in many ways, marking previously uncharted territory in federal arrogance and overreach. As health-insurance policy goes, it promises to prove catastrophic, but its constitutional implications are more worrisome still in that it is among the most insidious attempts yet to reduce the states to mere administrative subdivisions of the federal government.

Led by Oklahoma, many states have pushed back by declining to comply with the law's demand that states create health-insurance exchanges. With the election over and no chance President Obama will sign legislation repealing the law, implementation is proceeding.

But the ObamaCare Resistance Movement has begun. Many states are wisely signaling that they aren't interested in doing the Obama administration's bidding on Obamacare. ObamaCare's subsidized insurance exchanges are supposed to be up and running in little more than a year, putting a key piece of the federal health care law into action.

But it's unclear that will happen, especially with a growing number of states saying they don't want the cost and regulatory headaches. A key committee in the Michigan legislature has voted down a proposal to create one of ObamaCare's health insurance "exchanges. Liberals wanted government to re-engineer the entire health-care system and rammed the Affordable Care Act through on a party-line vote, not stopping to wonder whether it would work.

Now that implementation is proving to be harder than advertised, they're blaming the states for not making their jobs easier. Could Oklahoma unravel Obamacare? With the judicial and political options for voiding Obamacare now apparently off the table, the final hope to defeat the DMV-ization of the best medical system on the planet may be the vast law's inherent contradictions.

Hastily and sloppily put together, there are loopholes in the law that may be big enough to drive all of Oklahoma through. But only if Oklahoma's elected officials continue to exercise their options under the law not to implement certain policies. The States Resist Obamacare. One of the few bright spots in the Supreme Court's ruling on Obamacare was its decision striking down the Obama administration's attempt to blackmail states into going along with a massive and costly expansion of Medicaid.

States are Resisting Obamacare. Georgia Legislature, Governor Deal: LePage Issues Letter to Feds: No Obamacare Exchanges for Maine. LePage, in a letter to U. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, noted that the State of Maine has repeatedly stated that the law has severe legal problems, is bad policy, and overreaches into the lives and pocketbooks of fellow Americans.

Montana Voters Nullify Obamacare Mandates. The prohibition does have some restrictions, but the good thing about this [is] these rules are being set by the state of Montana, not the the Federal Government. Carts, Horses, and Secession. Asking the White House to comment on the secession of one or more states won't move the President, Congress, the courts, or the military. But it is symbolic of the exhaustion many people feel as they watch the crony political class squander their treasure and their liberty.

Rick Perry officially notified the federal government on Thursday that the state will not set up an exchange to help people buy health insurance. Republican governors decide against setting up ObamaCare insurance markets. Several Republican governors, in what could be their last symbolic stand against ObamaCare, announced Friday that they will not set up a state-based marketplace for selling health insurance.

The governors of Wisconsin and Ohio joined Texas Gov. Rick Perry and others in confirming that they will not establish so-called "health insurance exchanges," which are set to launch in January GOP governors brace for fights over Obamacare, drilling. Will multiple states' non-cooperation be too much for ObamaCare? The answer, of course, is an emphatic yes , since by its very nature, ObamaCare is too much for ObamaCare, but individual states' freedom to opt out of designing their own state-specific health insurance exchanges is turning out to be yet another flaw in the oh-so-masterful plan.

This argument is absolutely wrong. Allowing your states to be deputized as instruments of federal policy is just as bad as bowing to federal commandeering of state agencies, which is unconstitutional.

Talking Points Memo is shocked, shocked! The Democrats' Unforced Errors. They have made key unforced strategic errors in the past decade which have caused them to lose half of their legislative seats and governor's mansions across the states, significant chunks of their agenda and of course the Grand Prize of them all, Pennsylvania Avenue.

One major unforced strategic error was forcing ObamaCare down the public's unwilling throats at midnight on Christmas Eve before passing their beloved Comprehensive Immigration Reform, or at least doing something about the ailing economy. A "monkey trap" is sprung when a victim is so reluctant to surrender a temporary gain it fixes him in place allowing his enemies to inflict long term destruction.

Its first victim was the Democratic Party which having hailed it as a step on the road to a single payer health care system, were so blinded to its financial and practical faults that they let it drag them to oblivion in the midterm and presidential elections rather than letting it go. But its lethal career may not be over. Ted Cruz R-Texas pulled out a surprise map during his town hall debate with Sen.

What's in a Name? Headline writers love it and President Barack Obama decided to embrace it when his Republican enemies coined the term. But the memorable handle may have done more harm than good for Obama's signature policy, now in the process of being repealed before he even leaves office. It's provided an easy scapegoat for people suffering problems in a health care system that was a mess long before the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act passed Congress in without a single Republican vote.

Democrats are addicted to Obamacare. It has performed poorly, alienated far more people than it has aided, and been a political disaster. Yet Democrats can't shake it. In , it was the issue that delivered the House to Republicans. In , it gave them the Senate. In , it was one of the keys to Donald Trump's capture of the White House. After all this, a rational party would want to scrap Obamacare or modify it significantly. Particularly thanks to Obamacare, which has never been popular, the Democrats lost the House in In , they lost the Senate.

In , Democrats held 60 seats in the Senate. Obamacare premium hikes could push swing state voters to Donald Trump, Republicans. Six years after passage, Obamacare is still cropping up on the campaign trail, as Mr. Obama turns to Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton to build on his signature achievement in lieu of Mr. Trump, who's vowed to tear it down. A look at what happened in Arizona shows the cascading effects of problems with the design and implementation of the ACA, combined with early missteps by insurers.

Some priced plans aggressively, angling for market share and betting special programs built into the law would protect them from losses. Those protections didn't work as expected.

Enrollees' health-care expenses repeatedly overshot the projections of nearly all Arizona's insurers. ObamaCare hikes leave Dems exposed. Democrats are increasingly acknowledging that the Affordable Care Act has an affordability problem.

Former President Bill Clinton said recently that people who are ineligible to get subsidies to buy ObamaCare insurance are "getting killed. Mark Dayton said this month that "the reality is the Affordable Care Act is no longer affordable to increasing numbers of people.

Host Stephanie Ruhle was speaking with Hunt, who is covering Hillary Clinton's campaign, about the recent reports on how health care premiums under Obamacare are expected to skyrocket next year.

With premiums set to go up double digits, this has got to be a problem for the Clinton campaign. First, Ohio has been hit hard by Obamacare's many failures.

This year Ohio's Obamacare co-op collapsed, leaving 22, Ohioans without their health insurance. Aetna also announced that in they were leaving the state's Obamacare exchange.

Those awful developments make's Strickland's statements in support of Obamacare extremely tone deaf: More than , people in North Carolina are set to lose their healthcare plans under Obamacare due to two of the state's three insurers dropping out of the exchange.

Hillary Clinton goes silent on Obamacare. It is the Democratic Party's most important legislative accomplishment in two generations.

It is something Hillary Clinton, although she left the Senate by the time ACA became law in , worked for all her adult life. So why doesn't Clinton at least mention this great achievement as she campaigns for president? A look at transcripts of Clinton stump speeches since she kicked off the general election campaign on Labor Day finds the Democratic candidate almost never talks about Obamacare.

She doesn't promise to expand it. She doesn't promise to protect it. She doesn't extol its benefits. When Hillary Clinton held a seemingly insurmountable lead in most national and state polls, she didn't need to worry about the health insurance sticker shock that much of the electorate is about to experience. Her edge was large enough to ensure victory even if she lost a couple of points due to voter anger over skyrocketing premiums caused by Obamacare.

Those halcyon days are gone. Her national lead has all but evaporated, and she is behind Donald Trump or clinging to tenuous leads in crucial swing states whose voters will learn of huge rate hikes one week before Election Day.

It's time to kill the ObamaCare penalty. President Obama promised his law would provide an array of affordable health plans. In , consumers will get neither choice nor affordability. And insurance premiums are skyrocketing across the country.

Consumers will be clobbered starting Nov. They'll want to know what Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton intend to do about it. How to Escape Obamacare. When open enrollment starts Nov. People who earn too much to qualify for a subsidy will be forced to pay as much as a fifth of their income for health insurance.

And they'll get less choice of doctors and hospitals and less prescription drug coverage. Annual enrollment begins eight days before voters go to the polls. Donald Trump is vowing to repeal Obamacare. In the three-plus years since the ObamaCare exchanges opened, the law is teetering on the edge of the abyss. Now a Kaiser Family Foundation survey released late last week shows that the public is far from satisfied with what Obama claimed was the be-all and end-all of reform.

Understanding the politics of the president's health care law has never been complicated. It was barely passed through Congress despite huge Democratic majorities in , became the driving force behind the GOP's takeover of the House in , and again was the leading issue Republicans campaigned on to retake the Senate in Nearly 15, advertisements aired about Obamacare in the last week of last year's midterms, and 94 percent of the messaging was negative.

One week later, Republicans won nine Senate seats and netted their largest House majority since the s. For Republicans, it has been the political gift that keeps on giving.

As of this month, Obamacare has undergone not fewer than 50 substantial changes since its enactment in March One wonders what is worse: Such wholesale changes on the fly, by the law's own architects, demonstrate the Affordable Care Act's resounding failure better than any critic ever could.

Many of those responsible have now admitted the error of their ways, resigned, or inadvertently revealed the dishonest manner of its passage. Political proponents such as former Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana have also suffered swift dismissals from their constituents. Dems run away from Obamacare penalty they imposed. The Democrats who wrote and passed the Affordable Care Act were sure of two things: The law had to include a mandate requiring every American to purchase health insurance, and it had to have an enforcement mechanism to make the mandate work.

Enforcement has always been at the heart of Obamacare. Now, though, enforcement time has come, and some Democrats are shying away from the coercive measures they themselves wrote into law. If ObamaCare is so great, why do Democrats repeatedly try to hide its more unpleasant features? The latest example is their desperate effort to grant still more exemptions to the law's individual mandate.

Obamacare vote to test Democrats' resolve under Republican majority. Sorry, but these Democrats are 5 years late on Obamacare. We also learned that there are lots of Democrats having second thoughts about Obamacare.

Record 58 percent would repeal ObamaCare. Few American voters feel their family is better off under ObamaCare, and a record number would repeal the law if they could. In addition, if comments by one of the health care law's authors about lying to "stupid" Americans are true, over half of voters think President Obama or other administration officials are responsible for that deception.

Republicans must perform radical surgery. GOP Senate candidates campaigning against the health-care law captured at least seven seats, giving their party control of the Senate. These new senators better live up to their pledges and put bills on the president's desk to repeal the worst parts of ObamaCare.

Don't throw us mere crumbs, such as repeal of the medical-device tax. Every new GOP senator who won in last night's election campaigned on repealing Obamacare. Senators Cory Gardner R-Colo. The GOP will take control of the Senate with fresh momentum to dismantle the president's signature healthcare law. All 10 newly elected Republican senators have campaigned on the promise to repeal and replace ObamaCare, and five have already voted against the health law while serving in the House.

McConnell unveils plan to dismantle ObamaCare. McConnell said the GOP will tackle unpopular aspects of the law such as the individual mandate, the medical device tax and the hour workweek requiring employers to provide insurance. Don't care for Obamacare.

Nearly half of voters on Tuesday said Obamacare went too far, according to exit polls. Forty-seven percent of those who cast ballots in the midterms said the health care law, which opened for enrollment a year ago, went too far. Just as critics had predicted, ObamaCare has again proved itself a job-killer. Especially for Democratic senators. Even before the full results were in last night, it was clear ObamaCare had again retired more of those whose votes brought us ObamaCare.

That's no surprise, given how most Democrats did everything they could to avoid even uttering the word "ObamaCare" during their campaigns. What would happen if you ignored multiple requests from your employer to stop wasting time on your pet project and instead concentrate on a higher priority task?

You would be fired, of course. There are six U. Senators up for reelection tomorrow who richly deserve to lose their jobs for that very offense. With the voices of protest reverberating in their ears, these cynical pols voted to foist Obamacare on an unwilling electorate.

Democrats will pay the price for Obama in November. Americans can't help but notice that Obama has consistently placed his ideology and political interests above the national interests and routinely resorted to partisan sniping and scapegoating instead of accepting responsibility and accountability for his decisions and considering a change of course.

More disturbingly, voters must notice that Obama's words are increasingly unreliable and that he expects them to believe his version of reality over the reality itself. His response to a question from a steel plant manager at a town hall meeting last week in Indiana concerning rising healthcare costs was particularly revealing.

This midterm election is all about my policies. A study released a few days ago found that barely more than a third of the Democrats running for Congress this year have expressed support for ObamaCare. The GOP made more noise yesterday about the one-year anniversary of the federal O-Care exchange opening for business than the White House did.

Voter Intensity Strongly Against Obamacare. A new poll from Public Opinion Strategies, commissioned by Independent Women's Voice, finds that people who care about the issue of Obamacare really don't like Obamacare. On the flip side, people who like Obamacare really don't care about it very much. That's a bad combination for pro-Obamacare candidates.

With insurance rates set to spike in Alaska, a new ad faults Senator Mark Begich, one of the most vulnerable Democrats in the country, for supporting Obamacare and missing votes. The law didn't go into effect in time to hurt the president's re-election bid in , but it is making life extremely difficult for the president's party in Democrat Harkin says Hillary Clinton's 'fingerprints are all over' Obamacare.

I'm not sure if Tom Harkin did this on purpose, but he might have single-handedly disarmed Hillary's presidential run by tying her intimately to the passing of Obamacare. Dems struggle to get out from under ObamaCare in Senate races. Lately, Democrats in tough Senate races have been slamming President Obama for breaking his pledge that everyone could keep their health plans and doctors "no matter what.

Look, I didn't realize people would lose their health plans 'til a few months ago. Kay Hagan responded to criticism over her obliterated 'keep your plan' Obamacare pledge by claiming she didn't hear about cancellations until "last fall: She was warned explicitly about this issue at the time and chose to side with Barack Obama and Harry Reid against North Carolinians.

Democrats do not want to be judged on their results, to be held accountable, to be assessed on their governing record. The economy remains weak, the Affordable Care Act highly unpopular, and the mood of America sour. Left-footed Democrats try to dance to the right. It's not new for Democrats to pretend to be moderate when they're back at home and then turn around and act completely differently in Washington.

ObamaCare Remains a Bust with the Public. We'll then see how many of them connect the dots and accept that it's a political catastrophe because it's a substantive catastrophe.

GOP establishment strikes back in primaries. The North Carolina Senate nomination was by far the highest profile race, in part because incumbent Democrat Senator Kay Hagan is extremely vulnerable, with her approval ratings under water, and her vote for Obamacare a cement overshoe.

The president said the middle class would share in the benefits of his reform plan, with lower costs and more secure coverage. Instead, millions of middle-class families have lost the insurance plans they liked and are now paying higher premiums for coverage they consider inferior. A little-known proposed change to the president's health care law could result in a new political nightmare for Democrats who are vulnerable in the midterm elections.

Sorry Democrats, Obamacare is still electoral kryptonite. Softening opposition to Obamacare is not a path to electoral victory for the GOP in Fear stalks Democratic senators up for re-election. Fear, like fire, is an effective teacher, and grades on a sharp curve. They're even, like The New York Times, making up encouraging poll numbers as they whistle past the congressional graveyard.

The fear of graveyard haints and boogermen is real. With just days until the Nov. Obamacare Advocates Try Lewinsky Tactic. It is a strategy they first devised in an attempt to prevent President Clinton from being impeached.

Indeed, one of their most important front groups, MoveOn. The tactic failed, of course. Yet, in their panic concerning the upcoming midterms, congressional Democrats have resorted to it once again in a desperate effort to extricate themselves from the fatal Obamacare debate.

For vulnerable Democrats, Obamacare has become a 'four-letter word'. In spite of high profile Dems like former President Bill Clinton urging their party to talk up Obamacare during the election cycle, The Hill reports this weekend that for many running for election or re-election, the so-called "Affordable Care Act" they once enthusiastically supported is now little more than a "four-letter word".

Independents more likely to back anti-ObamaCare candidates. Most voters say ObamaCare will play an important role in their vote in this year's elections, and over half are more inclined to back the candidate who opposes the health care law. That's according to a Fox News poll released Monday. The new poll asks voters what they would do if the only difference between two congressional candidates is that one promises to fight for the health care law and the other promises to fight against it.

Democratic candidates across the country still see the health care law as a drag on their campaigns in the midterm elections. After four years of trying, there is still no evidence that the president's signature piece of legislation has become popular.

If the law was really working, and voters were excited about it, Democratic candidates would be talking about it all the time, rather than trying to change the subject. Debbie Wasserman Schultz D-Fla. Asked about vulnerable Democrats who have criticized President Obama's flawed healthcare law, Wasserman Schultz said they are running their own race.

Obamacare will bury us. Steve Lynch is a Democratic Rep. Voters 'Frustrated and Embarrassed' by Obamacare. Dems would win back House if not for health-care Web site woes. House majority this year if not for the troubled rollout of the federal health-care Web site last fall. The web site was the least of it, Howard.

The American people don't like to have their insurance cancelled or their rates increased without a very good reason. Voters are also tired of high unemployment, and sick of hearing about a long string of Obama's scandals.

The Democrats' only hope is to get as many people dependent on government handouts as they can, and then run as the party that will perpetuate those handouts. As November disaster looms, Dems forming circular firing squad.

Having rammed through a disastrous transformation of health care, a lot of congressional Democrats and many more down the ticket suspect that voters will vent their anger at the party that foisted the travesty on us.

The Website Is only a Symptom. All reasons which would, for any reasonable person, suggest that Republicans are currently winning the larger healthcare debate, not losing. Louisiana Senate race a battle of pork, policies and political legacies. Bill Cassidy will be about Obamacare. There's no doubt Obamacare will play a big role in the campaign.

Pollster Celinda Lake's advice to fellow Democrats to take a midway position in the congressional campaigns is flawed because it can't be sold as honest. Reacting to results from her bipartisan Battleground Poll that show Obamacare to be a political loser, Lake said: Say it was flawed from the beginning and we're going to fix it.

Dems' Obamacare 'fixes' are just Washington wink-winks. These "mend it, don't end it" proposals are meant to allow Democrats to triangulate between blind support for the increasingly unpopular health care law and Republicans vowing to repeal and replace it if voters give them control of the Senate as well as the House in November. Warner, Landrieu and Begich will probably talk about these proposals more frequently than the others because the three face formidable Republican challengers this fall.

Chicago's Rahm Emanuel Runs from Obamacare. Instead he fell into rote praise of Obama and his healthcare scheme. Democrats push for new changes to ObamaCare amid midterm fears. Several Democratic senators moved Thursday to "improve" parts of ObamaCare, proposing numerous changes to the law amid concerns that it could cost Democrats House seats and possibly the Senate in November.

The proposals came from a half-dozen senators, some of whom are facing reelection in the fall and most of whom represent moderate-to-conservative states. The legislation squeaked out of Congress two days before Christmas , without a single Republican vote. Smartly, Democrats heavily back-loaded the new law, making sure its most painful effects wouldn't be felt until after the next presidential election in But many Americans were furious about the government's takeover of the best health care system in the world.

The Tea Party was suddenly born, and its angry members promptly replaced 63 House Democrats with Republicans in the mid-term elections, the largest seat pick-up since Did zombies eat If there were Pelosi chides reporter for referring to ObamaCare: In response to a reporter asking a question about Obamacare being a political winner or loser, Pelosi said, "By the way, it's called the Affordable Care Act.

It's called the Affordable Care Act. The past chairman of the Democratic National Campaign Committee predicted "Democrats are going to be increasingly on the offense on the Affordable Care Act even as we talk about other critical issues" heading toward the midterm elections. Chris Van Hollen D-Md. The Democrats' Obama trap. Thanks to Obamacare, Democrats just lost a special election in a Florida House district that President Obama won in So what do you think vulnerable Democrats in states and districts Obama lost in are thinking today?

The problem is Democrats can't run from Obama or Obamacare. Yes, the president is electoral kryptonite in Why this week was 'screaming siren' for Democrats. Several factors have played into the Democratic skittishness, including President Obama's persistently low approval ratings and the emergence of two viable Republican Senate candidates in states Democrats had hoped to hold fairly easily this fall.

But it was the volume on the doomsday chatter that went up noticeably with the victory of Republican Richard Jolly over Democrat Alex Sink in the special election for Florida's 13th Congressional District this Tuesday. The election to replace the late Rep. Bill Young was cast as a referendum over Obamacare, and the Democrat lost even when polls indicated she was favored to win. Obama Factor Adds to Fears of Democrats. Democrats are becoming increasingly alarmed about their midterm election fortunes amid President Obama's sinking approval ratings, a loss in a special House election in Florida last week, and millions of dollars spent by Republican-aligned groups attacking the new health law.

Both Obamacare and Obama himself are political poison. Obama Becoming 'Poisonous' to Midterm Candidates. Driving Democratic fears are Obama's low approval ratings and the unpopularity of Obamacare. Progs start to realize the disaster ahead, but still are in denial. The progressive dream, of a benevolent state led by the best and the brightest caring for a grateful population unable to fend for itself, is dying a painful death.

Nancy Pelosi said her Democratic colleagues should not shy from the Affordable Care Act in their midterm campaigns, arguing that Republicans "are wasting their time using that as their electoral issue. Some observers believe the win forecasts difficulties ahead for Democrats, as their opponents are sure to use the unpopular health care law and the president's poor approval rating as campaign issues.

That's a bold prediction; let's wait and see if it was accurate. Florida loss exposes Democrats' disarray on Obamacare. Democrats can't even agree whether Obamacare was the reason for their crushing loss in a Florida special election Tuesday. Now picture how their messaging plan for the health care law is shaping up for Republican lobbyist David Jolly's victory over Democrat Alex Sink has many Democrats privately worried and publicly split about how to talk about Obamacare.

Sink's Loss Not Tied to Obamacare. Here we see the White House spokesman boasting that Obamacare wasn't mentioned in the Republican's victory speech, therefore it must not have been a factor.

Always mention Obamacare in your victory speeches. And there will be many victory speeches. In a crucial referendum on how harmful the highly unpopular Obamacare legislation will be to democrats in the midterms, GOP candidate David Jolly defeated a much better-funded and more well-known pro-Obamacare Democrat, Alex Sink, in Florida's special election to replace the late Rep.

ObamaCare not to blame for election loss, says White House. ObamaCare is not to blame for the loss that Democrats suffered in Tuesday's special election in Florida, according to the White House.

Press secretary Jay Carney said the healthcare law was "not the decisive factor" in the narrow defeat of Democrat Alex Sink to Republican David Jolly in the race for a seat left vacant by the late Rep.

Another Illegal Obamacare Edict? President Obama is planning to break the law, once again, in an effort to protect vulnerable Democrats in the Senate. Obama's edict would theoretically forestall, until after those crucial midterms, a tsunami of voter outrage that would inevitably drown the reelection prospects of many Democrats.

It's not clear, however, that another delay of this Obamacare provision will save the Democrats. Dems can't run on Obamacare and can't hide from it either. Some Democrats hope to minimize the importance of Obamacare as a political issue by focusing on other topics in this November's midterm elections. Some hope to win by promising to fix the flawed national health care plan they passed in And others hope to turn the issue on Republicans by appealing to voters who have been helped by the law.

The problem is, none of that will work. The importance of Obamacare as an issue in November cannot be controlled by either political party. It will be determined by just one thing, and that is the performance of Obamacare as a law in the months preceding the election. A lawless and politically transparent Obama administration just became more so on both counts. Why should they need protection? If Obama's health care law is so [ ObamaCare delays show that the law isn't worth the pain.

As vulnerable Democrats press for another unilateral delay of a key provision of ObamaCare, surely many in the party have come to wonder if the law is really worth all of this trouble. If it's not worth enacting, is it really worth losing the Senate over? But that's exactly what's happening as President Obama tries to placate panicking Senate Democrats by carving up his own law. The likely result is less ObamaCare and less Democratic Senators.

It's not just Democratic Senators up for reelection who are worried about being dragged down by the ACA. Even Democratic Governors are concerned about how the law is playing out in their states. And no wonder, with stories like this: Democratic whip urges vulnerable Democrats not to 'hide' from Obamacare. You're not going to duck. We believe in it. It is good for the country. It is good for Arizona. Obamacare is the best thing John Dingell ever did. The Rube Goldberg Democrats.

As American voters watch ObamaCare continue its Godzilla-like rampage across the national health-care landscape, it's worth considering the collateral damage this political monster may be doing to the Democratic brand itself. What if ObamaCare's problems become a metaphor for the modern Democratic Party? Holt, D-NJ, says he won't seek re-election. Rush Holt announced Tuesday that he will not seek re-election in November and will retire from Congress when his term ends next year, meaning New Jersey will have at least three new members of the House come January.

Democrats in Denial Over Obamacare. In a memo leaked to the press, Democrats argue they can neutralize their health care vulnerabilities by promoting their desire to fix the law and blaming Republicans for intransigence in seeking a full repeal. Keeping Obama at arm's length. The giddy electoral success of has been tempered by the harsh political reality of Dems' new plan: Democrats know their biggest problem in this year's midterm election is Obamacare.

So top party operatives have settled on a strategy to try blunting the GOP's advantage: Democrats Running Ads Criticizing Obamacare. In Florida's 26th district, Democrats are running away from the president completely, and Obamacare in part.

Specter of welfare state jolts Democrats. The White House and congressional Democrats are trying to limit the fallout from the politically damaging conclusion in a Congressional Budget Office report that the Obamacare entitlement creates a major incentive for some people not to work.

While some critics focused on a finding by the CBO that Obamacare will result in 2. A Super PAC funded by big money Democrat donors seems to have made up its mind that is hopeless, and is concentrating its resources on electing Hillary in Tough luck for all those Democrats who bet their political careers on backing Obamacare. The president's State of the Union address not only glossed over the disastrous start to the [Obamacare] law's implementation but also, in another now familiar Democratic meme, treated the debate about the issue as finished.

But unfortunately for his party, the latest batch of ObamaCare problems may serve not only to revive the discussion about the wisdom of the law but also severely damage the electoral prospects of Democrats whose names are, unlike that of the president, on the ballot this November.

Dem Casualty List Grows. Each week, it seems another Democrat lawmaker announces their retirement from Congress. Henry Waxman D-CA joined the growing list. It is only January, but 11 Democrat lawmakers have said they are quitting at the end of this current term.

Is Obama Backing Away from Obamacare? Surely Democrats in the Senate who are facing the voters for the first time this November after voting for Obamacare were expecting much more. Instead, they got an anecdote, pointing to Amanda Shelley of Arizona who needed a safety net and was grateful for Obamacare. But the president didn't mount a strong, energetic defense of the law or make any explanation for its obvious and embarrassing failures.

A spate of retirements. Obamacare has begun a three stage descent into disaster. The first phase was the catastrophic rollout of the website. This has cascaded into a situation where perhaps millions of Americans find themselves in the second phase of "limbo", unsure they are covered, unable to pay, incapable of verifying their enrollment. To rescue them from "limbo" the administration will strongarm insurance companies into taking anyone who claims to have been covered.

Obamacare is no longer a theoretical proposition. It is now being implemented, if with some notable exceptions for the portions of the law the Obama administration finds particularly inconvenient.

Millions of Americans are experiencing its consequences directly, and millions more are forming their opinions of it based on what they are hearing of its effects. Those opinions are generally not positive. The fact that many of the law's congressional supporters are now running scared for fear of voter backlash is a good indication of how poorly the rollout is going.

Veteran Virginia Democratic Rep. Unlike some fellow Democrats, Moran has little reason to fear reelection or the challenge of defending his support for the Affordable Care Act.

Up next in the retirement conga line is Rep. Owens won a wild special election in , voted for Obamacare the next year, and has been clinging to his job ever since, even as his district has shifted. Obamacare Drags Dems Down. In , very few Senate Democrats are safe from the undertow of Obamacare. Um, Don't Call it "Obamacare". Names have connotations, so perhaps that's why Nancy Pelosi D-Calif. Two veteran Democratic members of Congress have decided to retire at the end of the term, making it tougher for Democratic plans to recapture a House majority this fall.

Rocky King, director of troubled Cover Oregon resigns. The man who led Oregon's problem-plagued health insurance exchange has submitted his resignation. Showing How Government Fails. The tens of millions dreadfully affected by ObamaCare all have friends and family as well. Obama keeps fleeing the consequences of his own signature legislation. Announcements are sometimes made at night, when everyone eagerly awaits the latest news on how American health insurance will work.

This is not just government by diktat, but government by embarrassed diktat. Democrats will pay political price for Obamacare in Obama and his allies put off the arrival of Obamacare until after the president faced re-election in His administration also delayed releasing key rules regarding the law until after the election for fear of angering voters.

But now they can't put it off any longer. Here comes the real Obamacare test. The Obamacare rollout was embarrassing enough, but in terms of real-world impact, the implications are still somewhat abstract for much of the public. Now the uninsured and those with significantly altered medical coverage will have the chance to see whether the goods match Obama's sales pitch.

Democrats, not surprisingly, are on edge. ObamaCare botch fuels Dem feud in Maryland. The botched ObamaCare rollout that has given Republicans a hammer going into the election cycle is now splitting Democrats in deep-blue Maryland, as the problems become political fodder for next year's gubernatorial race.

Senate Democrat worries about ObamaCare 'meltdown'. Hours before the Monday deadline for Americans to sign up for ObamaCare in order to have coverage by Jan. The Suddenly Competent Incompetents. My own senator, Mark Pryor, has suddenly rediscovered the importance of the [B]ible in this campaign year and another senator to my south, little Mary Half-Moon Landrieu, who's support for ObamaCare came at a hefty price, has discovered that maybe she shouldn't have sold out, too cheaply or otherwise.

President Barack Obama's healthcare law could have a "meltdown" and make it difficult for his Democratic Party to keep control of the U. Senate next year if ongoing problems with the program are not resolved, a Democratic senator said on Sunday. Why Obama and Obamacare may be the death of American liberalism. Incredibly, thousands more Obamacare regulations are yet to be written, many of the horrendous problems with the program's healthcare. Maryland must consider scrapping its state Obamacare exchange.

What is so astounding about this is that the Baltimore Sun is usually a reliable water-carrier for Democrats in Maryland: If the paper is seriously discussing shutting down the Maryland state exchange anyway , then things are bad for the O'Malley administration. We need solution-oriented conservatism. Health care was supposed to be the issue that made Americans return to the big-government fold. Instead, Obamacare has had exactly the opposite effect, confirming people's suspicions about the ability of government activism to improve their lives.

Four state Obamacare chiefs bolt post-launch. You can add Obamacare exchange boss to this year's list of "most dangerous jobs. Rebecca Pearce, director of Maryland's ailing health insurance exchange, resigns. National Lampoon's ObamaCare Vacation. The end of the great American Dream. Not a single Republican was included in the structuring of this legislation.

The law passed both houses of Congress without a single Republican vote. It was a straight Democrat partisan result. The Democrats who passed it knew little, if anything, about the contents of the legislation. Now, with multiple things wrong with the law and new issues surfacing almost weekly, congressional Democrats and Mr.

The White House is claiming that the Healthcare. Whatever the truth of these assertions, those who expect better days ahead for the Affordable Care Act are in for a rude awakening.

Polling reveals even worse news for Obama. The real problem is that the Pottery Barn Rule "You break it, you own it" is being applied to America's health insurance system [ The Democrats' Bad Credit. But the "credit" extended in this case leaves the debt not primarily on President Obama or the press. It's on the Democrats who are associated with the law and still have to stand for election. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says the same thing. Perhaps they really believe that. But the numbers in polls conducted since Oct.

Will Obamacare sink Democrats in ? In , Republicans rode a wave of frustration over the economy and health-care overhaul, recapturing control of the House of Representatives. Equality in the generic ballot generally translates into a big year for Republicans.

So when Republicans pulled even or took a slight lead in generic preference polling a week ago, wiping out the big lead the Democrats held after the government shutdown, it sent a tremor through official Washington.

For Democrats, the bad news is just beginning. If they want to keep their jobs, Democrats should ditch Obama now. The most important poll is one most people missed. A Quinnipiac survey that came out the day before Thanksgiving made no news, but it could signal that a Democratic apocalypse is taking shape. ObamaCare and his lies about it are driving the numbers downhill. He filibustered when he was given the Iran question in the middle, for example.

He talked at length. He just desperately didn't want to talk about health care. Steny Hoyer, acknowledged that the website for the exchanges needed to be fixed, but he also apologized after he referred to the law as "Obamacare. Obama says Republicans will stop using 'Obamacare' as soon as it starts working. The Obama administration's incompetent half-billion-dollar rollout of its incompetent multi-trillion-dollar signature achievement is but a tragic metaphor for this man's entire presidency.

It's not hyperbole when it's true. That it has failed so fantastically in every respect, has taken center stage. I would take that complaint up with the local congressman, Rep.

On the bright side, we could be witnessing the painful emergence of a future conservative, his tentative stirring accompanied by a rude awakening of how the world actually works.

Can't wait to see him at the polls next year. A broken website is doing more damage than the Republicans. Could bad coding succeed where Ted Cruz failed? Yesterday, President Obama came out and gave a speech admitting that the website that is crucial to Obamacare has failed disastrously. That's true of Facebook too, but the point is, the whole thing won't work without the website. Administration bungled Obamacare long before GOP had power to obstruct.

Democrats Run for ObamaCare Cover. With the GOP's antics now over, the only story now is the unrivaled disaster that is the president's health-care law. Hundreds of thousands of health-insurance policies canceled.

Companies dumping coverage and cutting employees' hours. Colorado has been taken over by Democrats over the past few election cycles. But left-leaning PPP's latest poll suggests that the Democrats are losing their grip on the state. They can be expected to focus on those and run away from Obamacare and gun control.

Fixes not enough on O-Care. Senate Democrats facing tough reelections say President Obama has not done enough to fix the botched rollout of his healthcare law and are vowing to repair it themselves.

The Senate Democratic leadership is not on board with lawmaker plans to begin rewriting ObamaCare and have urged for more time to assess the changes made by Obama and his team, lawmakers say. And they'll probably do it, too. Obamacare is Obama's failure by choice, not fate. He's becoming historic, but for all the wrong reasons. Obamacare hasn't damaged president's credibility. The White House insisted Wednesday that President Obama's credibility had not been damaged by the botched rollout of Obamacare, despite a series of recent polls showing his diminished standing with the American public.

Starting on January first, there will be stories of people showing up for emergency care, only to discover they have been "enrolled" according to the administration, but their insurance company was never paid so they are uninsured. Those memories are full of wonderful moments of learning to swim, catching your first blue gill I have gotten dozens of emails from readers sharing their stories and asking for advice.

Here is one I received this past week: My husband has admitted She is currently a student at Colby College in Maine where she studies English and art. She graduated from Glenbrook South High School in At Glenbrook South, she illustrated for the student newspaper, The Presented by the Northbrook Civic Foundation, the festival began on Aug. The five-day fest raises money for need-based college scholarships for Northbrook students along with community Priest completes th triathlon in Glenview: Schultz was commemorating his th triathlon.

Before the race started, the Schiller Park priest said he was surprised when the announcer shared with the crowd that he Prepare for the unexpected when shopping for new cars I came across your great article, "Consumer learns new car warranty started prior to purchase," while doing research on our potential new vehicle purchase. We are in the process of buying a Hyundai and now the dealer has informed us the vehicle promised was already sold.

They have since found Glenbrook North gym project will be mostly finished when school starts A construction project involving four back gyms at Glenbrook North High School will be mostly completed by the time school starts Aug. The back gyms have been reconfigured to remove the wall between the two middle gyms to create a larger gym, said Glenbrook North Athletic Director Reducing plastic straws is fine, going after the fishing industry is better Are you joining the growing movement to ban plastic straws?

Any child can see that. As a matter of fact, it was a 9-year-old child who helped raise awareness of this new, trendy environmental The district previously worked with HPN WorldWide for employee wellness, and the administration is recommending hiring Interactive Health to provide When dementia is the real reason behind a couple's issues During the past 20 years that Dr.

Andrew Budson has been a practicing neurologist, he has often seen and treated patients who are recently separated or going through a divorce due to personality and behavior changes. The administration discussed the figures during a presentation Monday to the Tony Valsamis, physics teacher Tony Valsamis, 28, is about to start his fourth year as a physics teacher at Glenbrook North High School.

In July, he participated in the European Council for Nuclear Research three-week international high school teacher program to learn more about particle physics. This year, the program included District considers hiring a research firm for survey on calendar changes Glenbrook High Schools District is considering hiring a research firm to help administrators conduct surveys of the district community about potential calendar changes.

A traditional calendar schedules first semester District hires former Northbrook police commander as first safety and security manager The Glenbrook High Schools District Board of Education approved Monday the hiring of a district safety and security manager as part of efforts to improve school safety.

Joel Reyes was hired for the newly-created position and will work with school and district leadership teams in efforts to Scott Drury in the 58th District. Masover is leaving the race for personal reasons. Lesser, a former Lake Bluff village trustee, will take her place, according Police investigating death of year-old Northbrook woman Northbrook police are still investigating the death of a year-old woman who died in her home July 27, officials said.

Northbrook police and fire officials responded to a call of an unresponsive person in the block of Greenview Road at Friday, said Northbrook Police Department A cautionary tale about parking boots in Chicago I recently had my car booted in a Chicago Walgreens parking lot by an employee of Innovative Parking Solutions.

I was shopping at Walgreens but because I stopped across the street for ice cream for five minutes before shopping, I was booted. Israeli, Palestinian teens come together on North Shore: But the 44 kids in purple T-shirts, each I first encountered Val and her record store in I went in to check out the store, which was really just a closed off passageway between two buildings on Northbrook formalizes bike and pedestrian plan Northbrook officials will now have a guide to follow when considering future bike and pedestrian paths throughout the village.

In a vote, the Northbrook Board of Trustees approved July 24 a master bicycle and pedestrian plan as part of the consent agenda.

Trustee Muriel Collison was absent She has been the owner of the pet grooming business for five years, but she has worked there for 19 years. Batt has been married to her husband, Brian, for 20 years, and they have a daughter. She grew up and lives in Northbrook. Glenview gives initial approval to Costco gas station expansion, new Starbucks In separate votes, the Glenview Board of Trustees gave initial approval Monday to proposals that would add fueling stations at the Costco Wholesale gas station and a Starbucks with a drive-thru in the Glenbrook Marketplace.

The Costco Wholesale gas station, Patriot Boulevard, currently has Heintz as acting principal of the Jesuit high school, replacing Kathryn Baal, who had been principal since Nothing can be further from the truth.

Local coffee shops, restaurants consider eco-friendly alternatives to plastic straws The way you drink your iced coffee and fountain drinks will likely change as major corporations begin to move away from plastic straws. The shift comes after concerns were raised by environmental activists and across social media about the affect plastic drinking straws have on the environment Parents must keep in mind safety features when selecting cars for their teenaged drivers I remember a few years back you ran a column on the best cars for new drivers.

Since things change so quickly in the market, could you help us out by revisiting the subject? Our year-old son has been saving to buy his first car probably used.

His budget is modest and his dreams are big. It has to to do with a cause Remembering Paul Sassone, a newsman who was everyone's friend The last time I visited with former Pioneer Press editor and columnist Paul Sassone, he introduced me to a hospital orderly as his friend. After more than 20 years as coworker, underling, student, mentee and hired hand, we were just friends now. That was the best title of all. Northbrook Days returns with same mission: Northbrook Days, which will be held at Village Green from Aug.

Steve Peterson, visual communications specialist Steve Peterson, 32, is a visual communications specialist at Fast Signs in Northbrook, where he has worked for almost a year. He graduated from The Illinois Institute of Art in Schaumburg with a degree in visual effects and motion graphics. He married his wife, Meghan, in May. He grew up in Park Pioneer Press columnist Paul Sassone remembered for humor, dedication Paul Sassone, a longtime Pioneer Press reporter, editor and columnist, died Monday morning after battling an illness.

Former colleagues remembered Sassone as a dedicated community reporter, with a sense of humor that could light up a newsroom.

Home prices down slightly in Deerfield, Highland Park and Northbrook region Demanding buyers are one of the factors slightly lowering the value of single family homes around Deerfield, Highland Park and Northbrook, according to local real estate professionals.

The average price of a single family residence including houses, condominiums and townhouses declined just over The North Suburban YMCA hopes to purchase the bus in the fall for the transport of residents with developmental and physical disabilities, senior citizens and youth Northbrook to revisit Cook County paid sick leave policy after opting out last year The Northbrook Board of Trustees agreed July 10 to revisit a Cook County ordinance that would guarantee paid sick leave for most employees.

In May , the board voted to opt out of a Cook County ordinance that would require most employers to provide paid sick leave to employees working at How about two new ambulances? Perhaps you need four new police cars? Or maybe your town could use new street lights? How about 1, bullet-proof vests for cops?

Proposed sports facility hints at the future of Northbrook Court What does the mall of the future look like? A recent vote by Northbrook trustees may offer a clue.

Large-scale plans for the future of Northbrook Court have not yet been presented to village officials, but a recent initial approval by the Board of Trustees for a sports camp facility inside the Do you love yourself enough to reinvent yourself?

Eleven years ago, when Annette Akers up and moved to New York City after living her entire life in Illinois 19 years in Chicago , she was optimistic it was going to be great for her career. Survey reveals convenience trumps online security concerns I was recently contacted by New York City-based Blue Fountain Media, a digital marketing agency that last month conducted a random online survey of 1, men and women across the U.

His grandfather became owner of the restaurant in , and now his mother owns it. Fensterle graduated from Stevenson High School in He lives in Wheeling Patty Turner Center turns back the clock to the s Anita Redman plans to pull out a dress from her high school days to relive some of the fun that made that time special.

Court proceedings continue for former hall monitor charged with carrying gun on school property A former Glenbrook North High School hallway monitor accused of improperly carrying a loaded gun in a school parking lot after hours appeared in court Wednesday for a procedural court hearing. His case was continued to August. Steven Schulhof was charged with failure to obtain a concealed carry The Illinois and Wisconsin departments The national group was created in the s to establish networking opportunities for superintendents across the country to work together and continue to develop as leaders The day started with people queued at the Village Green for a pancake breakfast, an event hosted by the Rotary Club of Northbrook.

Can net neutrality be saved in Illinois? As you may have heard, national regulations governing net neutrality were officially repealed by the Federal Communications Commission FCC last month. Net neutrality rules, enacted in under the It was a repeat performance for the flower named Alice, this time in a new location. In , Alice the Amorphophallus titanum, or titan arum, was the Highwood traffic disruptions expected during Senior Players Championship at Exmoor Country Club A quiet and secluded neighborhood in Highwood will be bustling with commotion next week when Exmoor Country Club in Highland Park hosts a major PGA Tour tournament that is expected to draw thousands of visitors arriving by shuttle bus.

Exmoor Country Club is hosting the Constellation Senior North Shore students look to send their experiment to space Leia Spaniak has had one thing on her mind for the last year. The Northbrook resident came up short last year when her experiment was not chosen as the winning design during a four-day STEM space camp at Deerfield High School. The winners saw their experiment launched into space for observation District board gives retiring superintendent 1-year contract extension The Glenbrook High Schools District Board of Education approved Monday a one-year contract extension for retiring Superintendent Michael Riggle.

The district announced June 4 that Riggle will retire during the school year. Riggle started working for the district in as Glenbrook Trying to balance a job, run a business, raise the kids, run errands, manage a household, adhere to social obligations, work out and still find time to have some fun can feel overwhelming and stressful.

One huge source of anxiety might If I quit my job, will my employer-sponsored health insurance cover my recent medical expenses? I need some help please. I was hospitalized recently and was discharged the next day.

I used my Aetna insurance provided through my employer. Northbrook considers Joy of the Game move, townhome development The Northbrook Board of Trustees discussed Tuesday proposals to build a sports facility and 13 townhomes in different parts of the village. Joy of the Game, a sports membership club consisting of four basketball and volleyball courts, has proposed moving its facility from Deerfield to Northbrook, Skibbe Farms, of Eau Claire, Mich.

Moore has worked for the farm for 20 years. A statement released Monday by the North Shore Academy marks 25 years: Glenbrook District to add bullet-resistant glazing at school entrances The Glenbrook High Schools District Board of Education approved Monday a bid to add security enhancements to the main entrance of all district buildings.