Saturday, January 25, 2014

Obamacare updates January 25 , 2014 Weekend thread.....The data to date ( using California as one example ) fails to reflect any real dent has been made in providing insurance to the uninsureds .......


Democratic Congressman Admits Obamacare Won't Work (After Announcing Retirement)

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"I don’t think we’re going to get enough young people signing up to make this bill work as it was intended to financially," warned Democrat Virginia Representative Jim Moran. The Democrat, as The Daily Caller reports, seemingly daring to break ranks with his peers, added that he understood Millennial lack of signing up as "frankly, there’s some legitimacy to their concern because the government spends about $7 for the elderly for every $1 it spends on the young." This stunning declaration, of course, fits with the narratives that most mathematically-capable human beings can comprehend but starkly refutes the hopes and dreams of the President's healthcare policy... The reason that Jim Moran could be so honest... after 12 terms of toeing the lying line,he has announced his retirement.

A top House Democrat slammed Obamacare’s inability “to work” — but only after he announced his impending retirement from Congress.

12-term Virginia Rep. Jim Moran, an Appropriations Committee member who said this month that he will not seek re-election in 2014, said that not enough young people are signing up for Obamacare coverage to make the law work.

I’m afraid that the millennials, if you will, are less likely to sign up. I think they feel more independent, I think they feel a little more invulnerable than prior generations. But I don’t think we’re going to get enough young people signing up to make this bill work as it was intended to financially,” Moran said in an interview with WAMU American University Radio.

“And, frankly, there’s some legitimacy to their concern because the government spends about $7 for the elderly for every $1 it spends on the young,” Moran said.

I just don’t know how we’re going to do it frankly. If we had a solution I’d be telling the president right now,” Moran said.

Moran voted for President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, which depends on young healthy “invincibles” to sign up for health insurance exchanges to offset the high number of older, sicker people that drive rates up and make Obamacare plans more expensive.

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Perhaps there is a lesson in this for all of us - do not trust a politician until he has retired (and we suggest - not even then).









http://twitchy.com/2014/01/25/obamacare-plan-problems-grab-an-extra-phone-battery-or-2-before-you-call-to-complain/


Your government at work.
What followed was a ridiculous exchange with the official HealthCare.gov Twitter account.

  1. My fam called @HealthCareGov few wks ago. We were told we'd pay a certain amount monthly. Received package. Says 1000 more than we were told
@DM_Veezy Have you called us at 1-800-318-2596 regarding this issue? We're open 24/7, please call us when you are free. Thanks!

Wait for it …

  1. @DM_Veezy Have you called us at 1-800-318-2596 regarding this issue? We're open 24/7, please call us when you are free. Thanks!
@HealthCareGov of course. Was on hold so long that the battery on my home phone died


It’s possible @DM_Veezy was just trolling, but the response from @HealthCareGov was just as pitiful as ever. #GetCovered … during “off peak hours.” Maybe.


  1. @HealthCareGov of course. Was on hold so long that the battery on my home phone died
@DM_Veezy Were you able to speak to anyone? Did the person on the phone mention anything about an "appeal" to you?

  1. @DM_Veezy Were you able to speak to anyone? Did the person on the phone mention anything about an "appeal" to you?
@HealthCareGov wasn't able to speak to anyone. Is there any easier way to get in contact with someone for information on how to appeal?

  1. @HealthCareGov wasn't able to speak to anyone. Is there any easier way to get in contact with someone for information on how to appeal?
@DM_Veezy Try calling us during off peak hours (early AM or late PM). Here's some info about how to appeal: http://hlthc.re/1ahI1ah  (1/2)

  1. @HealthCareGov wasn't able to speak to anyone. Is there any easier way to get in contact with someone for information on how to appeal?
@DM_Veezy You can also go to https://localhelp.healthcare.gov/  & find someone for in-person assistance.

  1. @DM_Veezy You can also go to https://localhelp.healthcare.gov/  & find someone for in-person assistance.
@HealthCareGov will def try that and check this out. Thanks!

Good luck.


  1. @HealthCareGov of course. Was on hold so long that the battery on my home phone died
@DM_Veezy be on hold with @HealthCareGov like .... pic.twitter.com/8pFxZhKPGT
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http://hotair.com/archives/2014/01/24/california-another-state-obamacare-success-story-that-wasnt/

California: Another state ObamaCare success story that wasn’t

POSTED AT 8:11 PM ON JANUARY 24, 2014 BY MARY KATHARINE HAM


On the West Coast, we have more of those reluctantly released enrollment numbers for Obamacare. The Weekly Standard‘s John McCormack weighed the numbers and found them wanting despite WonkBlog’s assertion that this constitutes success. The short story is 900,000 lost insurance because of Obamacare’s new regulations and 500,000 have signed up via the exchange. About 300,000 of those who’ve signed up would have been those who were previously insured and now eligible for subsidies, which makes the best-case scenario number for newly insured in the giant state of California…about 200,000.
But even if all or most of the 500,000 people who signed up for Obamacare by December 31 end up paying their bills, is that really a success? Leaving aside important questions about the quality and cost of Obamacare plans, the enrollment numbers are not impressive. The California exchange is doing very little to achieve the goal of insuring the uninsured.
Recall that California did not allow insurers the opportunity to re-offer plans canceled by Obamacare. Anne Gonzales of Covered California confirmed to THE WEEKLY STANDARD in a phone call that all 900,000 non-grandfathered plans in California “had to be discontinued by January 1.” So how many of the 500,000 people who signed up for Obamacare before January 1 previously had insurance? “I don’t think we have those [numbers],” Gonzales said.
But it’s easy to infer that the majority of people who signed up for Obamacare already had insurance. “Of those 900,000 [who lost plans], 310,000 of those would have been subsidy eligible if they came to the exchange,” Gonzales said. Another 20,000 subsidy-eligible Californians lost plans because their insurance carriers were dropping out of the market.
Health care industry expert Bob Laszewski points out that that means at least 330,000 of the 500,000 people who signed up for Obamacare already had health insurance. “If you want to know how many uninsured bought it, subtract by at least” 330,000, Laszewski told THE WEEKLY STANDARD. “The only place they can get the subsidy is in the exchange. So if they’re going to replace their policy, unless they’re really stupid, they’re going to replace it in the exchange.”
To paraphrase a famous and honorable character, “You keep using that word, success. I do not think it means what you think it means.”
After spending $1 billion on developing and advertising the exchange in a blue state where views about the law are more favorable than the nation as a whole, is that really a success? Does that justify a multi-trillion dollar program and the cancellation of the insurance policies of millions of Americans across the country? The good folks at Covered California and WonkBlog seem to think so. A strong majority of American voters continue to disagree.
Update: Uh oh.

http://m.nationalreview.com/feed/369165/californias-uninsured-latinos-arent-buying-obamacare-greg-pollowitz


California’s Uninsured Latinos Aren’t Buying Obamacare
Via Los Angels Times:

California keeps signing up people for Obamacare policies at a rapid clip, but the state’s struggle to reach uninsured Latinos is drawing more criticism.
The Covered California exchange said Tuesday that more than 625,000 people have enrolled statewide in health plans through Jan. 15 as part of the Affordable Care Act. Even though enrollment opened in October, more than 500,000 of those enrollees signed up in just the last six weeks.
That surge in volume has often overwhelmed the state exchange and many of its participating health plans. Covered California said 40% of enrollees surveyed said the sign-up process was “difficult,” and the average wait time at the state’s call centers hit 49 minutes this month.
Supporters of the healthcare law say those broader service issues are hampering enrollment among Latinos, who are expected to be among the biggest beneficiaries of President Obama’s signature law.
An estimated 1.2 million, or 46%, of the 2.6 million Californians eligible for federal premium subsidies are Latino. But Covered California said only 20% of enrollees through the end of December described themselves as Latino on their application.
“Latino enrollment is still falling short given how big a share of the uninsured they are in California,” said Larry Levitt, senior vice president at the nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation. “Without reaching Latinos in large numbers, it’s hard to reach the enrollment goals overall. It also means people are going without benefits they are eligible for.”. . .
These numbers aren't shocking as the majority of the people buying Obamacare were already insured. Uninsured Lattinos -- and every other type of unisured -- aren't buying. Greg Pollowitz