Tennesseans might know Tuesday if they can keep canceled health insurance

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Tennessee residents who lost their health insurance because of Obamacare could know before Wednesday whether they will get it back — if only for another year.

Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak is reviewing President Obama’s policy change, announced late last week, said TDCI spokeswoman Kate Abernathy.

“We are still in the process of weighing a decision, but I expect that we will have a decision in the coming days, probably as early as Tuesday morning,” Abernathy told Tennessee Watchdog.

MCPEAK: Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak

McPeak is still receiving guidance from officials with the federal Department of Health and Human Services, Abernathy said.

Florida, Ohio, California, Texas and Kentucky have all confirmed they will allow the one-year policy extension. Washington, Delaware, Oregon, Arkansas and Vermont, though, will not allow the extension, and that means all previously continued policies in those states will remain canceled, Abernathy said.

If McPeak allows the one-year extension for Tennessee, private insurers may have to change their platforms and work to implement further structural changes.

Gary Tanner, spokesman for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, the state’s largest insurer, told Tennessee Watchdog on Monday the company is willing and prepared to go along with even further changes.

As was reported last week, Obama announced that state insurance commissioners will have the authority to allow for previously canceled policies to be resold in their respective markets.

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Tennessee residents who lost their health insurance because of Obamacare could know before Wednesday whether they will get it back — if only for another year.

Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak is reviewing President Obama’s policy change, announced late last week, said TDCI spokeswoman Kate Abernathy.

“We are still in the process of weighing a decision, but I expect that we will have a decision in the coming days, probably as early as Tuesday morning,” Abernathy told Tennessee Watchdog.

McPeak is still receiving guidance from officials with the federal Department of Health and Human Services, Abernathy said.

Florida, Ohio, California, Texas and Kentucky have all confirmed they will allow the one-year policy extension. Washington, Delaware, Oregon, Arkansas and Vermont, though, will not allow the extension, and that means all previously continued policies in those states will remain canceled, Abernathy said.

If McPeak allows the one-year extension for Tennessee, private insurers may have to change their platforms and work to implement further structural changes.

Gary Tanner, spokesman for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, the state’s largest insurer, told Tennessee Watchdog on Monday the company is willing and prepared to go along with even further changes.

As was reported last week, Obama announced that state insurance commissioners will have the authority to allow for previously canceled policies to be resold in their respective markets.

Contact Christopher Butler at chris@tennesseewatchdog.org.

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Tennesseans might know Tuesday if they can keep canceled health insurance.

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Obama, changing course, will allow sale of canceled health care plans

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No president has the Constitutional authority to order this fix or delay the employer mandate. Only Congress is authorizied by the Constitution to make law or change laws. The President only enforces those laws or at least he is supposed to uphold them in the oath he took when he was swore into office.

Under Obama’s new policy, insurance companies will be required to inform consumers who want to keep canceled plans about the protections that are not included under those plans. Customers will also be notified that new options are available offering more coverage and in some cases, tax credits to cover higher premiums.

Whatever the impact on consumers, Obama’s announcement did nothing to quell Republican opposition to the overhaul they opposed, sought to have overturned at the Supreme Court and have voted numerous times to repeal.

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said it was time to scrap the law “once and for all.” He said, “You can’t fix this government-run health care plan called Obamacare. It’s just not fixable.”

Even so, the House is expected to vote as scheduled on Friday on GOP-drafted legislation to permit insurance companies to sell existing individual coverage plans to current customers as well as newcomers. That is a step further than Obama went, and the White House is likely to oppose the measure as a result.

Approval in the GOP-controlled House is expected. Yet Obama’s statement, coupled with an as-yet-undisclosed Democratic alternative, could well hold Democratic defections to a minimum.

Looking forward, Democrats said “Obamacare” will still turn out to be a political winner.

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Obama, changing course, will allow sale of canceled health care plans _ but problems are seen | Star Tribune.

BREAKING: Congressional Democrats Give WH 72 Hours to Fix Obamacare Disaster

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BREAKING: Congressional Democrats Give WH 72 Hours to Fix Obamacare Disaster – YouTube.

DNC Chair Claims Dems Will Be Running On ObamaCare In 2014

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Oh Please do, it’s been so successful!

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who chairs the Democratic National Committee, believes Republicans will suffer politically in 2014 for their opposition to Obamacare.

The Florida Democrat was responding to Karl Rove during an interview on MSNBC Tuesday after the former senior adviser to President George W. Bush mocked her for saying that Democrats should embrace the health care reform bill during their re-election campaigns.

“Heck, yeah, I’m going to make sure that we run on that all across the country next year,” Wasserman Schultz said after listing what she believes to be Obamacare’s benefits for Americans.

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DNC Chair Claims Dems Will Be Running On ObamaCare In 2014 – Fox Nation.

NRSC, Dayspring Threaten Blogger With Private Emails, Black-listing

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Referred by Mark Levin on Facebook, Must read: GOP unleashes thugs and threats.

I was debating whether to publish this post. After seeing this below pop up just now, I decided to go with it. There may be a part two, as well. Stay tuned.

Evidently it isn’t only groups establishment Republicans are now threatening and blacklisting. I received similar threats below last week. See below.

The GOP group that’s blacklisted by the GOP

Mitch McConnell has a bad habit of blaming the grassroots for the party’s losses and ignoring our role in the party’s victories.

Immediately after learning of a recent NRSC effort to attack the GOP’s grassroots base and any potential primary challenges to its incumbents, I shot off an email to them suggesting a conference call, as I suspected the tactics would backfire. I still believe that and, in fact, they already have. The opposition to McConnell in Kentucky has grown significantly precisely because of the heavy-handed tactics of what appears to be a bunch of frat boys running wild and carelessly running their mouths on behalf of the NRSC.

They seem to have a bad habit of doing that from the New York Times, to Twitter and now to bloggers in email. Big mistake.

It was only afterward that I read and came to fully understand the length to which the NRSC seems willing to go to stifle political dissent within its own party.

GLOVES OFF: GOP ESTABLISHMENT GOES AFTER TEA PARTY

Upon understanding what they were up to in detail, I then wrote a much deserved scathing critique – leaving out Dayspring and an associate with whom I was to speak on Monday.

In 9 plus years of blogging, never have I seen a story this telling of a Republican Party that doesn’t understand its base, or New Media. Worse, it’s indicative of a corrupt inside the Beltway party that has abandoned, or decided to ignore nearly everything I believe in as an American and a conservative. This is a disaster for several reasons I’ll try to briefly and clearly explain my thinking below.

NRSC, Dayspring Threaten Blogger With Private Emails, Black-listing – Riehl World News.

Rural Colorado residents vote to secede as metro areas shift more liberal

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Colorado’s state capitol in Boulder.

Photo by PBS NewsHour’s Mary Jo Brooks

DENVER — The nation’s newest state, if rural Colorado residents had their way, would be about the size of Vermont but with the population of a small town spread across miles of farmland. There wouldn’t be civil unions for gay couples, new renewable energy standards, or limits on ammunition magazines.

After all, those were some of the reasons five counties on the state’s Eastern Plains voted on Election Day to approve the creation of a 51st state in the first place.

Secession supporters know the votes were symbolic, designed to grab the attention of a Democratic-controlled Legislature. They say the vote results emphasize a growing frustration in conservative prairie towns with the more populous and liberal urban Front Range, which has helped solidify the Democrats’ power.

“We can’t outvote the metropolitan areas anymore, and the rural areas don’t have a voice anymore,” said Perk Odell, 80, a lifelong resident of Akron in Washington County, which voted to secede.

The five counties share borders, covering about 9,500 square miles and have a combined population of about 29,200. Four of the counties — Philips, Yuma, Kit Carson and Cheyenne — border Kansas. They are solidly Republican areas that have long identified more with Kansas and Nebraska because of their agricultural background than with Denver.

Towns like Akron, population 1,700, were founded in the 1880s along railroads and thrived as agriculture producers, booming in the 1900s during grain shortages. They began a decline in 1920s that continued through the Dust Bowl and their populations have decreased or remained stagnant since then.

What remains are tight-knit communities where grain silos are sometimes the tallest structures around.

Other parts of the state, meanwhile, have grown. More than 80 percent of Colorado’s 5 million residents live on the Front Range. The counties that voted to secede currently only have two state representatives and one state senator.

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Rural Colorado residents vote to secede as metro areas shift more liberal | PBS NewsHour.

Obama to Release Misleading Numbers on Obamacare

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This week, the Obama administration will be releasing the first numbers on the Obamacare enrollment and it will be every bit as honest as Obama himself.  To get an actual idea on how many enrollees have actually signed up, you need to know, who has actually paid for it.  But according to the Washington Post, that’s not the number they are going to give us.  They will be more, shall we say liberal, in their counting.  They intend to count everyone who has paid and everyone who has signed up but not paid.

But you must remember, that the site was originally set up, where you needed to complete the entire process in order to get the cost of your insurance.  So, anyone who got a price and decided not to purchase a policy will count as an enrollee.  This will inflate the numbers by the number of people who have decided to pay the penalty or otherwise not sign up for Obamacare.

An administrative official, speaking on condition of anonymity said, “In the data that will be released this week, ‘enrollment’ will measure people who have filled out an application and selected a qualified health plan in the marketplace.”

The report will do little except to inflame tempers as each side will point to the differing numbers to make the program look wildly deficient or mildly successful.  The number of people who have signed up and paid will be dwarfed by the number of people, who went through the entire procedure, just to reject it.

The Wall Street Journal has said that insurance companies have received 50,000 completed applications and even if you add state tallies, we will be far below the 500,000 the administration had predicted.  They will blame the roll out and not the exorbitant cost increases under the Obamacare bill.  The administration is defending this way of measuring, pointing out that they are finished with the government once the application is finished.  It’s up to the insurance companies to collect their fees.

So we will get what we have always gotten from our government under Obama, and that is false and misleading numbers.

Obama to Release Misleading Numbers on Obamacare… – The Free Patriot.

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