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Secretary Says Insurers Should Waive Premiums
Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 13 Dec 2013 | John Semmens

Posted on 12/14/2013 7:49:33 AM PST by John Semmens

While the Government continues to struggle with what seem to be insurmountable problems with the Affordable Care Act's implementation, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius urged insurers to “cover whoever claims to have insurance.”

“We fully understand that under normal conditions insurance isn't effective until the insured has paid a premium for coverage,” Sebelius said. “However, we aren't dealing with normal conditions. Many who have tried to sign up for insurance haven't been successful. For many of those who have been told they're signed up our system hasn't been able to properly bill them. Some have assumed that the President's Executive Order saying they could keep their old insurance means they're automatically covered. And a distressingly large number of people seem to think that health care is, like the 'Obama phone,' free.”

“Honestly, it's a total mess,” the Secretary continued. “We're asking the insurance industry to just pay whatever charges come across their desks until we get it all sorted out. We consider it part of their patriotic duty.”

Karen Ignagni, president and CEO of Americas Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), is decidedly unenthusiastic about Sebelius' request calling it “an invitation to fiscal insolvency. The whole premise of insurance is that everyone pays a premium to cover contingencies that may occur in the future. It doesn't work if we let people wait until the contingency occurs before they pay.”

Sebelius tried to allay industry concerns by reminding Ms. Ignagni that “the President has promised that any losses insurers may incur as a result of a proactive stance of covering whatever claims are submitted will be reimbursed, no questions asked.”

Ironically, on the same day that Sebelius was endeavoring to entice industry compliance with this promise, politifact.com announced that President Obama won 2013's award for the biggest lie of the year for reassuring people that “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it, period.”

In related news, Sebelius asked her Department's Inspector General to investigate “the colossal failure of the website. We need to find out who authorized the extraordinarily expensive, yet massively malfunctioning programming. Who chose the contractor? Who oversaw the work? Who approved payments without verifying that the work was satisfactory? I am both angry and mystified as to how this could have happened.”

if you missed any of this week's other semi-news/semi-satire posts you can find them at...

http://www.freedomsphoenix.com/Opinion/146931-2013-12-13-semi-news-a-satire-of-recent-news-december-15-2013.htm


TOPICS: Humor
KEYWORDS: insurers; obamacare; satire; sebelius

1 posted on 12/14/2013 7:49:33 AM PST by John Semmens
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To: John Semmens

I totally understand this is satire, but I cannot help from equating this with current practice in any voting precinct where voting authorities are forced to accept provisional ballots claiming the right to vote, even for an effing illegal alien so clearly criminal.


2 posted on 12/14/2013 7:53:16 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: John Semmens
this could very well be tomorrows headline... damn
3 posted on 12/14/2013 7:53:28 AM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: John Semmens
Its a shame when satire matches reality.

Obviously the sign of good satire...But not a good sign for our reality.

4 posted on 12/14/2013 7:54:07 AM PST by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: John Semmens

What could go wrong?

The Zero’s word is good, it must be true.


5 posted on 12/14/2013 7:54:25 AM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: John Semmens

6 posted on 12/14/2013 8:00:17 AM PST by JPG (Yes We Can morphs into Make It Hurt.)
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To: John Semmens

Please, do not give that ignorant s*** any ideas.

Satire for us, but uber intellectual reasoning for your typical marshmallow-major lib.


7 posted on 12/14/2013 8:01:25 AM PST by Da Coyote
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To: John Semmens

The results would be like the recent food stamp fiasco at Wal Mart.


8 posted on 12/14/2013 8:03:20 AM PST by The Great RJ ( eating)
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To: John Semmens

Obamacare - Get used to dying.


9 posted on 12/14/2013 8:04:01 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper (Obamacare - Get used to dying.)
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To: John Semmens
Taxation is slavery and the goberment wants to enslave all the people, except the elite government dictators.
10 posted on 12/14/2013 8:05:17 AM PST by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: John Semmens
Satire becoming reality in 5. 4. 3. 2. 1...

Good one


11 posted on 12/14/2013 8:06:53 AM PST by darkwing104 (Do not take my word for it, these are my opinions...Do your own Homework)
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To: John Semmens

The only reason this is satire (at least for now) is because the Obama administration hadn’t thought of this yet.


12 posted on 12/14/2013 8:07:53 AM PST by GreenHornet
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To: John Semmens

Too close to what may happen...


13 posted on 12/14/2013 8:09:28 AM PST by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: John Semmens
Another great one, John!

And we know this is coming.... Tell me, are you actually a clairvoyant, or have you developed a Time Machine?

Scary, man. Scary.

14 posted on 12/14/2013 8:17:58 AM PST by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is...sounding pretty good about now.)
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To: John Semmens

FR has to be good “satire prep” ;-) It is inevitable that they will “do something” when people start turning up for treatments and care at doctors offices and hospitals only to find they have no insurance. As I posted the other day, I wouldn’t be surprised if the feds just step in with some illegal executive order that says “send the bill to us”.


15 posted on 12/14/2013 8:19:50 AM PST by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: John Semmens

Your report is not satire, John. Have you seen this?

http://www.forbes.com/sites/theapothecary/2013/12/14/government-takeover-white-house-forces-obamacare-insurers-to-cover-unpaid-patients-at-a-loss/?partner=yahootix


16 posted on 12/14/2013 8:24:51 AM PST by shove_it (long ago Orwell and Rand warned us of Obama’s America)
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To: John Semmens
“However, we aren't dealing with normal conditions.

That is 100% correct. We're dealing with a government program. Someone once said, "a camel is a horse designed by committee". That needs to be modified to,"a dead camel is a horse designed by the government."

17 posted on 12/14/2013 8:36:17 AM PST by immadashell (The inmates are running the asylum.)
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To: John Semmens
“However, we aren't dealing with normal conditions.

That is 100% correct. We're dealing with a government program. Someone once said, "a camel is a horse designed by committee". That needs to be modified to,"a dead camel is a horse designed by the government."

18 posted on 12/14/2013 8:36:17 AM PST by immadashell (The inmates are running the asylum.)
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To: John Semmens
“Honestly, it's a total mess,” the Secretary continued....We consider it part of their patriotic duty.”...

The patriotic thing for Sibelius to do is to resign.

19 posted on 12/14/2013 8:41:22 AM PST by immadashell (The inmates are running the asylum.)
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To: John Semmens

***“Honestly, it’s a total mess,” the Secretary continued.***

When people preface a statement with ‘honestly’, you can be sure their normal discourse is dishonest or, in this administration’s case, out and out lying.


20 posted on 12/14/2013 8:42:30 AM PST by MichaelCorleone (Jesus Christ is not a religion. He's the Truth.)
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To: John Semmens
“the President has promised that any losses insurers may incur as a result of a proactive stance of covering whatever claims are submitted will be reimbursed, no questions asked PERIOD!
21 posted on 12/14/2013 8:48:18 AM PST by BigLittle (Let us not expect the spiritual spring until we first pass through the spiritual winter.)
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To: John Semmens

Should wave Obamacare... b-by...


22 posted on 12/14/2013 9:26:22 AM PST by dps.inspect (rage against the Obama machine...)
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To: John Semmens

You may want to have a meeting with either Bank of America or Wells Fargo executives before you do your patriotic duty.


24 posted on 12/14/2013 10:04:19 AM PST by sefarkas (Why vote Democrat Lite?)
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To: John Semmens

Where is the satire?


25 posted on 12/14/2013 1:43:45 PM PST by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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