I'm posting so much about Obamacare because it is simply the worst implementation of one of the worst laws ever passed by Congress that will effect every American in some way.
The Affordable Care Act forces companies with more than 50 workers to buy them all health insurance or pay hefty fines. The IRS says volunteer firefighters are 'employees,' even though the Department of Labor says they're 'volunteers'. Out of more than 1 million fire departments in the U.S., 87 per cent are staffed entirely or mostly by life-saving volunteers. Members of Congress are weighing in, but the Obama administration hasn't taken any action yet to carve out a fire-fighting exception
In the Washington Post, Obamacare's biggest losers -
Gisler wanted to purchase a plan for his 45-year-old son, who has a rare degenerative condition affecting his coordination and speech. His current coverage through Utah’s high-risk insurance pool plan ends Dec. 31. By that time, the Obama administration expects enrollees to transition into health plans sold through the new health-care law.
But so far, Gisler hasn’t succeeded in purchasing coverage -- but not for a lack of effort.
“We’ve had three separate applications that failed to make it through,” Gisler says. “I have a notebook with all the calls I’ve made, maybe 50 or 100. It just goes on and on.”
He gave up and bought an individual plan through an insurance broker.
These are Obamacare's biggest losers: People whose current plans have been canceled but who are having trouble getting through HealthCare.Gov to purchase coverage by Dec. 23 -- the deadline for buying insurance that begins Jan. 1.The concern is particularly acute for patients with expensive medical conditions, who rely on their coverage for doctor visits and drug refills that would otherwise break the bank.
Juking the Obamacare stats in the WSJ
A charitable reading suggests that ObamaCare's net enrollment stands at about negative four million. That's the estimated four million to five and a half million people who had their individual health plans liquidated as ObamaCare-noncompliant—offset by the 364,682 who have signed up for a plan on a state or federal exchange and the 803,077 who have been found eligible to receive Medicaid.
The larger problem is that none of these represent true enrollments. HHS is reporting how many people "selected" a plan on the exchange, not how many people have actually enrolled in a plan with an insurance company by paying the first month's premium, which is how the private insurance industry defines enrollment. HHS has made up its own standard.
Insurers know that the hardest part of doing business in the individual market is getting customers to write a check….
HHS also hasn't built the tools that would allow people to pay through the exchange. Customers must contact their putative insurer, who may not be aware of their existence because the federal exchanges continue to produce corrupted data on the "back end" that are crucial for insurers.
After stonewalling for weeks about the error rate, HHS now says it is down to 10%, which we suppose is good enough for government work. But some insurers are still processing applications by hand, not least because one of five customers are submitting them on paper, not electronically.
In the Fiscal Times, The Many Disrupted Lives Under Obamacare
Rep. Issa accuses HHS of criminally obstructing probe into ObamaCare website HHS told web site contractors not to release documents to Congressional investigators.
Helen Alvare in USA Today, Obamacare attacks religion, but hurts women
The White House insists that its heavy-handed approach is needed to protect women because it thinks contraceptives are "essential to women's health." That is, to say the least, a highly dubious claim. Women get sick and die, for the most part, of things like heart attacks, strokes and cancer. Their long list of ailments rarely calls for free contraceptives to solve a health problem. In fact, as Judge Janice Rogers Brown recently noted, there are credible medical sources (like the World Health Organization) who now classify some hormonal contraceptives as carcinogens.
The bureaucracy tasked with Obamacare implementation may be violating a law that requires government agencies to keep private information safe.Posted by Jill Fallon at December 12, 2013 2:58 PM | Permalink