It is becoming increasingly hard to tell whether Obamacare is the law of the land, or just the law of the parts of the land that don’t reside in (or aren’t in the good graces of) the executive branch. One wonders: Is it really too much to expect an administration that championed the passage of a 2,700-page overhaul of American medicine to live by the same law it was so eager to impose on others?
This article references a RAND recommendation that the government offer prizes for innovations that reduce costs and improve quality in healthcare. MyCancellation would love to claim the prize, but this innovation already exists. It’s called the “free market”.
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 administration changed the method of calculating the unemployment rate, so we now have fewer people working that 5 years ago, but a lower unemployment rate. As James Taranto makes clear in this article, they’re going to use the census to manipulate the data about the uninsured.
The press has been willfully blind to the plight of those of us with cancelled policies and new ones that are the “junk” policies Obamacare claimed to replace. Articles like this are an encouraging sign that the press may finally be acknowledging this fact before rates spike and employer-based policies are dumped. Keep spreading the word.
Last week, I wrote about an article in the Los Angeles Times, on a then-as-yet unpublished report from the RAND Corporation. The report indicated that only one-third of Obamacare’s purported 7.1 million exchange sign-ups were from the previously uninsured. But Noam Levey, the author of the Times article, didn’t disclose RAND’s actual findings as to the actual number of previously uninsured exchange enrollees. Well, now we know why. RAND published the full report yesterday; it indicates that Obamacare’s exchanges only enrolled 1.4 million previously uninsured individuals.
The population of the U.S. is 314 million. On the day Obamacare was passed, the estimate of the uninsured was 60 million. So in this context, the supposed 7 million Americans signed up for insurance on the Obamacare Exchanges, even if that is a valid number, and all of those have actually started paying premiums, both of which are highly dubious, does not mean any significant success for Obamacare.
Eighteen House Democrats ignored President Obama’s veto threat and helped Republicans pass a bill Thursday that rewrites the health care law to define full-time work as 40 hours per week — and not 30 — out of concern the current rules are forcing Americans to work fewer hours and earn less.
Waiting in line to purchase necessities is a characteristic not of a prosperous free society but of command economies under repressive regimes. Closer to home, one doubts even the Transportation Security Administration would be so tone-deaf as to advertise long airport lines as an indication it’s doing a great job. - James Taranto, “Wall Street Journal”
He also points out that long lines for new iPhones begin when the product is rolled out due to high consumer anticipation, long lines at the end of the product availability indicate desperation and a lack of alternatives.
The real numbers for Obamacare will come not from this administration, but from the insurers who will have a net number of customers accounting for new sign-ups minus cancellations. While we hope that number is positive, we are skeptical. We are skeptical because we know what you are going through and that there are many more just like you. We’re in your corner and will continue to be.
With the official deadline for Americans to sign up for coverage through President Obama’s health care law set for Monday at midnight, the Los Angeles Times is out with a story highlighting the millions of previously uninsured Americans who have gained coverage as a result of the law. But the numbers cited in the article are still significantly below projections of the Congressional Budget Office, both at the time the law was passed and as recently as February.
Today, the Soviet Central Committee will report a record wheat harvest! Oh sorry, we meant to say, today the Obama Administration will report it has achieved its Obamacare enrollment goals!. Each claim is equally believable.
Demand that the HHS divulge the back up for its numbers and that it report the real data from insurance companies.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration’s health care website stumbled on deadline day for new sign-ups. Visitors to HealthCare.gov on Monday morning saw messages that the site was down for maintenance. At times the visitors w…
Healthcare.gov Goes Down On Last Day To Enroll In Obamacare
Two weeks ago, the administration stated flatly, “In fact, we don’t actually have the statutory authority to extend the open enrollment period in 2014.” What they failed to mention is that they don’t really care about statutes. Yesterday, the HHS ignored the law and rewrote the law yet again.
President Obama’s health care law gets a return engagement at the Supreme Court next week in a case full of hot-button issues: religious freedom, corporate rights, federal regulation, abortion and contraception.
It’s a case about God, money, power, sex and ObamaCare.
My insurance plan in Vermont was canceled late last year. At first, I had a comprehensive base plus major medical plan, but the price for such a plan with a reasonable out-of-pocket became unaffordable. My insurer did not offer any high deductible (i.e., major medical without base coverage) to the individual market. So, after a month of exhaustive work with a customer service representative at my insurer, I was able to obtain the coverage I needed by joining the Vermont Retail Association (VRA) as an associate member. This new plan had the coverage I needed at a price I could afford.
It took eight tries to register and enroll at Vermont Health Connect (the Vermont Obamacare exchange), but I finally succeeded. I now have a plan similar to the one I lost, but the out-of-pocket is double that of the VRA group plan, and by 2016 when the full Obamacare middle class premium loads are in effect, I will be paying almost 30% more for a significantly weaker plan than I had before.
I feel cheated out of all the work it took to replace my original comprehensive plan with a much more affordable major medical only plan, only to lose my new VRA plan which I liked, and be forced to enroll in a PPACA “comporting” plan that provides much less coverage and costs materially more than the plan I just lost.
Obamacare is clearly a disaster, and must be defunded, repealed, or vacated.