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Last week, I wrote about an article in the Los Angeles Times, on a then-as-yet unpublished report from the RAND Corporation.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.
I retired in September of 2005. As a result I had been covered by my retiree insurance since then. In September or October of 2012 I was notified that my retiree insurance would be cancelled on December 31, 2012 due to changes brought about by ObamaCare. I was advised I would have to apply for insurance from a list of providers they gave me. As a result I no longer have access to 2 of my doctors that I have had for years and the one prescription I most need is not covered by the new plan. The ones that are covered are more expensive than they were under my retiree plan. As of this date I have had no serious problems to be taken care of by my insurance, but I’m not looking forward to that.
I am very displeased with the loss of my retiree insurance and the doctors I have had for years.
Note from Laura who had a family insurance plan via an employer:
They have terminated insurance for all their employees (they fall under the 50 employee cap), so as of April 1, I will have no insurance because I cannot afford this “affordable” healthcare. I’m just praying congress will find a way to eliminate the penalty.
SHOWING THE FACES OF THOSE SUFFERING BECAUSE OF OBAMACARE
Forums Continue in Charlotte, North Carolina
Health Care Experts Explain Status of ObamaCare and What to Expect in 2014 and Beyond
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Independent Women’s Voice (IWV) announced its next “My Cancellation” forum for individuals and families who have had their insurance policies cancelled, are being priced out of the market, or are in danger of losing their preferred medical professionals.
The next “MyCancellation” forum will take place on Saturday, January 18th at 11:30 a.m. ET at The Morehead Inn in Charlotte, North Carolina. A presentation will feature Katherine Restrepo of the John Locke Foundation and Hadley Heath of Independent Women’s Voice who will explain the status of health care in light of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and what consumers can expect in 2014 and beyond.
The MyCancellation.com project was created in response to an overwhelming outpouring of concern over the Affordable Care Act, IWV launched the project to learn from and advocate on behalf of those who have lost their health insurance due to the law and to bring to life the stories of the millions affected.
What you need to know about the Charlotte, NC MyCancellation Event:
Date: January 18, 2014
Time: Doors open at 11:00 a.m., Presentation begins 11:30 a.m.
Location: The Morehead Inn, 1122 E. Morehead Street, Charlotte, NC 28204
Since its launch, My Cancellation amassed tens of thousands of social media followers and contributors. People from across the country have submitted their stories, photos, and cancellation letters to www.mycancellation.com, its Facebook page and on Twitter.
Other states on the tour include: LA, and GA with more to follow. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions of the panel, have their stories heard, meet neighbors and friends that have also had their health care plans cancelled, and get educated on the costly implications of the federal health care law.
Independent Women’s Voice is a 501(c)(4) nonpartisan, nonprofit organization for mainstream women, men and families dedicated to promoting limited government, free markets, and personal responsibility. IWV is an affiliate organization of the Independent Women’s Forum.