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  • ObamaCare Enrollment Dropped In Nine States This Year

    07/06/2016 4:32:19 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 4 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 6/5/2016 | John Merline
    For a product that is supposed to be so great -- and that was supposed to be in such high demand -- ObamaCare is having trouble getting people to buy it, or keep it.
  • Another Obamacare Misdiagnosis: Lower Enrollment And Higher Costs

    01/27/2016 7:01:41 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 4 replies
    Average Subsidy Cost Increasing Because of how far enrollment was below initial projections, I wrote the following on November 19: “While the aggregate subsidy amount will go down, the average subsidy amount will likely increase because of higher than expected premiums and a higher percentage of the subsidized enrollees having lower income and thus qualifying for larger subsidies than CBO anticipated.” According to CBO, this will likely be the case in 2016.
  • Obamacare enrollment projections down nearly 40 percent

    01/25/2016 2:37:40 PM PST · by PROCON · 29 replies
    washingtontimes ^ | Jan. 25, 2016 | Stephen Dinan
    Obamacare enrollment is lagging far behind what economists had projected, the Congressional Budget Office said in a new report that cuts the total number of customers expected to buy plans on the exchanges from 21 million down to just 13 million this year. Of those, 11 million will be getting government subsidies - down from the 15 million the CBO had projected just a year ago. The updated projections came as part of the CBO's 2016 budget outlook, and confirm the administration's own dim estimates of how many people would take advantage of the health exchanges, which are at the...
  • Obamacare open enrollment deadline is Jan. 31, and penalties are stiffer this year

    01/19/2016 11:23:27 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 13 replies
    la times ^ | 1-19-2016 | Paul Sisson
    With less than two weeks of open enrollment left, Covered California is reminding consumers that they will face increased penalties for not having health insurance this year. Since Obamacare's individual coverage requirement took effect in 2014, the federal government has imposed increasingly expensive fines to people who do not purchase coverage through health exchanges or obtain insurance through an employer or a government program such as Medicare. This year brings the highest penalty yet, Peter Lee, Covered California's executive director, said during a recent news conference. "This is real money going straight to the IRS, where the consumer gets nothing...
  • White House Tries To Put Lipstick On The ObamaCare Enrollment Pig

    12/26/2015 11:14:07 AM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies
    Investors ^ | 12/24/15
    **SNIP** But even if enrollment tops 12 million, that's barely more than had signed up last year - when the administration said 11.7 million had enrolled. Whatever the number is, it's inflated, because the administration counts anyone who went through the process of selecting a plan, not those who have actually paid for it. It would be like Amazon counting anything anyone put in their shopping cart as a sale. Last year, the initial 11.7 million "enrollees" had dropped by 25% once the non-payers got subtracted out. That's why the White House figures that, by the end of next year,...
  • White House Turns to Threats as ObamaCare Enrollments Stall (fines going up)

    10/20/2015 5:22:20 PM PDT · by Libloather · 53 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/19/15 | John Nolte
    Now that ObamaCare is failing in the exact way its critics predicted more than 5 years ago, the White House is preparing to use threats to increase ObamaCare enrollment numbers next year. The threat, of course, is the ObamaCare tax. Next year the annual fine for not buying President Obamas overpriced health insurance will jump to $695 or 2.5% of your income, whichever is greater. The White House intends to use the hefty fines as leverage in the upcoming 2016 enrollment period, which starts in November: Administration officials are looking for a balance. We need to be make sure that...
  • ObamaCare exchanges collapsing, enrollment plummeting

    10/14/2015 7:14:24 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 17 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/14/15 | Dan Calabrese
    Four exchanges insolvent, 11 receive warning letters . . . and nearly 2 million enrollees aren't paying their subsidized premiums Gosh, who saw this coming? The federal government sets up an artificial market for selling health insurance, sets the prices, subsidizes the premiums, goads people to buy whove never before been able to afford it, forbids profits and bans anyone who actually knows what theyre doing from running the darn things. How could that possibly fail? Quite spectacularly as it turns out. While the mainstream media ignores all of the following, lest it stumble in its role as Democrat campaign...
  • Death Spiral: Obamacare enrollment must double this year to meet budget goals

    09/14/2015 9:50:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/14/2015 | Rick Moran
    Enrollment in Obamacare insurance plans must double over the next year if budget projections by the Congressional Budget Office are to be met. An article in the Washington Times shows enrollment lagging far behind original estimates of where the program should be by 2016, and this will have unknown effects on the trillion dollar projection for the program's cost by 2020. As of June, the Department of Health and Human Services counted 9.9 million customers who have bought plans through the federal HealthCare.gov portal and a handful of state-run exchanges. That puts the administration ahead of it’s own estimates...
  • ObamaCare Enrollment Tumbles As Huge Price Hikes Loom

    09/11/2015 3:32:36 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 43 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 09/10/2015 | Staff
    ObamaCare enrollment has fallen sharply since March, and that's before consumers confront huge rate hikes for 2016. These are not the signs of a successful program.
  • ObamaCare Enrollees Got $235 Million In Excess Subsidies

    09/04/2015 5:13:36 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 2 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 9/4/2015 | John Merline
    An IRS audit released this week shows that nearly half a million ObamaCare enrollees were able to claim more than $235 million in excess subsidies that they will never have to pay back, thanks to a quirk in the law that leaves the program vulnerable to potentially billions in excess subsidy payments.
  • Audit finds 22 of 23 taxpayer-backed ObamaCare co-ops lost money in 2014

    07/30/2015 8:54:20 AM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 30, 2015
    Under resident Barack Obama's overhaul, taxpayers provided $2.4 billion in loans to get the co-ops going, but only one out of 23 -- the one in Maine -- made money last year ... Another one, the Iowa/Nebraska co-op, was shut down by regulators over financial concerns. The audit by the Health and Human Services inspector general's office also found that 13 of the 23 lagged far behind their 2014 enrollment projections. The probe raised concerns about whether federal loans will be repaid, and ... Just last week, the Louisiana Health Cooperative announced it would cease offering coverage next year
  • More Americans than expected forgo health insurance and pay Obamacare penalties

    07/21/2015 12:13:35 PM PDT · by Nachum · 37 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 7/21/15 | Russ Britt
    As many as 7.5 million U.S. taxpayers reported that they owed a tax penalty for 2014 for not signing up for health insurance, the Internal Revenue Service said. That amounted to roughly $1.5 billion in penalties. That was at least 1.5 million more taxpayers than the Obama administration expected to see paying penalties under terms of the Affordable Care Act, according to reported forecasts, and as much as triple what some officials had forecast. The number, however, will come down, as the IRS says 300,000 should have claimed an exemption to the penalty. Further, penalties for those who failed to...
  • 'Successful' ObamaCare Missed 2015 Enrollment Goal By 22%

    06/04/2015 3:34:39 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 13 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 06/03/2015 | John Merline
    Earlier this year, the Obama administration boasted that well over 11 million people had signed up for an ObamaCare plan by the end of the second open enrollment period.
  • Obamacare Enrollment Split: Subsidies vs. No Subsidies

    03/30/2015 3:48:38 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 30, 2015 | By CHRIS JACOBS
    Two reports released in the past week demonstrate a potential bifurcation in state insurance exchanges: The insurance marketplaces appear to be attracting a disproportionate share of low-income individuals who qualify for generous federal subsidies, while middle- and higher-income filers have generally eschewed the exchanges. The overall picture presented is one of a bifurcated, or even trifurcated, system of health insurance. Individuals who qualify for very rich insurance subsidies or Medicaid have signed up for coverage, while those who qualify for small or no subsidies have not. It raises two obvious questions: Whether and how the exchanges can succeed long-term with...
  • 7.7M ObamaCare customers qualify for subsidies in 2015 ($2 billion per month)

    03/10/2015 5:11:22 PM PDT · by Libloather · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/10/15 | Sarah Ferris
    Nearly nine in 10 people who signed up for healthcare from the federal government this year qualify for subsidies, the Obama administration announced Tuesday. A total of 7.7 million people would receive subsidies this year in the roughly three-dozen states using HealthCare.gov a figure that has held steady since ObamaCare's first year. The Obama administration touted the figure Tuesday to show that the vast majority of people in states using the federal exchange rely on subsidies as the Supreme Court weighs a case that could eliminate them. A total of 34 states using HealthCare.gov could lose subsidies if the...
  • Did 11.7 Mil Sign Up For ObamaCare? Not By A Long Shot

    03/12/2015 5:37:03 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 12 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 03/11/2015 | Staff
    Health Reform: The Obama administration is touting the "fact" that nearly 12 million people either signed up or re-enrolled for ObamaCare this year. Why on Earth should anyone believe this?
  • Washington state's ObamaCare exchange faces funding shortfall

    03/11/2015 10:38:03 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 21 replies
    FOX News ^ | March 12, 2015 | By Dan Springer
    The Washington Health Benefit Exchange call center in Spokane is so busy that staffing has been quadrupled, with the center receiving up to 10,000 calls a day. The problem is not enough of those callers are actually signing up for insurance. The state has enrolled 160,000 paying customers in ObamaCare exchange health plans but that's more than 50,000 short of goal, which has led to an extension of the enrollment deadline and a request that the Washington State Legislature fork over $125 million to fund the exchange. Republicans are angry because they were told the exchange would be self-sufficient by...
  • Could anything be more awful than Obamacare?

    02/21/2015 5:47:58 AM PST · by SamAdams76 · 30 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | February 21, 2015 | Tom Shattuck
    The frigid winter has gotten even colder for Barack Obama. President selfie-stick just got a snapshot of his troubled Affordable Care Act and its starting to resemble an unaffordable debacle. The latest snafu: Some 800,000 Americans who got their plans on the technologically toxic Healthcare.gov were given incorrect tax forms and will need to amend their filings. Dont worry though, the correct forms are coming ... in March! Bad news if youve already spent your refund. By the way, youre going to need that refund because anemic enrollment means fewer dollars in the pool and that means premiums will go...
  • 11.4 Million ObamaCare Signups Is No Big Deal Just Ask Obama

    02/19/2015 4:11:47 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 5 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 02/18/2015 | Staff
    Phony Numbers: The Obama administration says more than 11 million signed up for ObamaCare this year. Should anyone believe this number? Even if it's true, is it a sign of success? The answer to both is a resounding no.
  • HHS secretary uses MLK Day speech to shill Obamacare at Al Sharpton event

    01/19/2015 11:55:12 AM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 1/19/15 | Jessica Chasma
    Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell promoted Obamacare in the spirit of Dr. King on Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, during a breakfast hosted by Al Sharpton. African-Americans have the lowest life expectancy of any other race in this country, Ms. Burwell said in a speech to the National Action Network, The Hill reported. But thanks to the Affordable Care Act, she said, 7.8 million African-Americans with private insurance now have access to expanded preventative services with no cost sharing. Ms. Burwells speech comes as HHS ramps up its efforts to insure people ahead of next months
  • Tavenner Takes a Powder

    01/19/2015 4:14:21 AM PST · by rootin tootin · 4 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 1/19/2015 | David Catron
    Marilyn Tavenner, the Obama administration official who presided over Obamacares worst debacles and most devious deceptions, has finally made an intelligent decisionshe resigned. Tavenner ran the government bureaucracy responsible for the inept rollout of HealthCare.gov, the promulgation of phony PPACA enrollment figures, and the handout of legally dubious waivers to Democrat-friendly donors. And, when Congress subpoenaed her emailsstop me if youve heard this one beforeshe discovered that they had somehow been deleted. Having thus committed as many blunders as can be reasonably expected of any incompetent apparatchik, she announced last Friday that she will depart next month. The news media...
  • Your ♡bamaCare!!! Fail of the Day

    01/15/2015 11:33:34 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    PJ Media's Vodka Pundit ^ | January 15, 2015 | Stephen Green
    <p>After two constitutionally dubious delays, ObamaCares employer mandate took effect on Jan. 1 for employers with 100 or more full-time employees. The last open-enrollment date for our company, CKE Restaurant Holdings, Inc., was Dec. 4, 2014. As of that date, our company had approximately 20,000 employees, 6,900 of whom worked 30 or more hours a week and were eligible for ObamaCare-compliant health insurance. We elected to offer them coverage rather than pay the employer penalty, which would have sent workers to ObamaCares health-insurance exchanges, where those who qualified could receive federal subsidies to help pay for insurance.</p>
  • "Some Folks Were Lying?" Medicaid Chief Marilyn Tavenner 'Steps Down' After Obamacare "Error"

    01/16/2015 7:51:19 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 01/15/2015 | Tyler Durden
    Marilyn Tavenner, head of the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, plans to step down at the end of February, she told her staff in an e-mail.As Bloomberg reports, Tavenner didnt say why she was leaving.In November, she acknowledged that her agency had made a mistake in its calculation of the number of people enrolled under Obamacare.As a reminder... from November The Obama administration said it erroneously calculated the number of people with health coverage under the Affordable Care Act, incorrectly adding 380,000 dental subscribers to raise the total above 7 million.The accurate number with full health-care plans...
  • Top ObamaCare official stepping down

    01/16/2015 8:11:49 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 16, 2015 | Sarah Ferris
    The leader of the agency charged with the ObamaCare rollout is stepping down after five years on the job. Marilyn Tavenner, administrator of the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS), announced her departure Friday, which will take effect next month. "It is with sadness and mixed emotions that I write to tell you that February will be my last month serving as the administrator for CMS," Tavenner wrote in an email to staff. Tavenner is leaving after five turbulent years overseeing the agency. Her tenure included the disastrous rollout of the governments HealthCare.gov website as well as, most recently,...
  • MNsure gets another $34 million in federal money

    01/07/2015 5:00:03 PM PST · by mdittmar · 11 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | January 7, 2015 | CHRISTOPHER SNOWBECK
    MNsure says it will use the money to upgrade its website and address other ongoing issues. MNsure will receive an additional $34 million in federal funds to continue work on the states health insurance enrollment system.With the new money, total federal grant funding in support of Minnesotas health insurance exchange is now about $189.3 million, according to an announcement Wednesday by MNsure.The money will fund improvements to the MNsure website, said Scott Leitz, the MNsure chief executive, during a board meeting Wednesday in St. Paul. It also will let MNsure address ongoing issues, Leitz said, such as invoices for people...
  • 87% of new Obamacare users given federal aid

    12/30/2014 12:19:43 PM PST · by Ray76 · 29 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Dec 30, 2014 | Paul Bedard
    Some 87 percent of people who just signed up for Obamacare are getting financial assistance to lower their premiums, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. That is a jump from 80 percent during the last open enrollment period. ... includes more than 3.4 million people who selected a plan in the 37 states that are using the HealthCare.gov platform for 2015 Full Title: Tax dollars at work: 87% of new Obamacare users given federal aid
  • He beat that Obamacare deadline. Did you?

    12/22/2014 3:05:49 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 61 replies
    CNBC ^ | December 22, 2014 | by Dan Mangan
    New York City resident Nicolas Karlson was happy to be one of at least 2.5 million people who beat a major Obamacare enrollment deadline last week, but he's going to be paying a lot more for health insurance next year because of it. To cover himself, his wife, Monica, and their three children, 45-year-old Karlson will go from paying $1,805 every three months for their long-standing Aetna plan, to a new one from New York State's Obamacare exchange that will cost them $1,221.60 per month, or more than 100 percent more than his old plan cost. That steep bump in...
  • Obamacare on Track to Beat Enrollment Targets

    12/23/2014 3:17:46 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    National Journal ^ | December 23, 2014 | BY SAM BAKER
    Obamacare is easily on track to beat the administration's enrollment targets, with more than 6 million people already signed up for coverage. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell said Tuesday that 6.4 million people have either selected new plans or automatically renewed their coverage. The 6.4 million people who selected plans through the federally run exchanges include about 1.9 million new customers. The rest are current customers who either automatically renewed their coverage or shopped for a new plan. People who automatically renew their policies are at risk for some of the biggest out-of-pocket premium increases anywhere in...
  • Oops! Administration Erred on Health Law Sign-Ups

    11/20/2014 1:26:28 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    ABC News ^ | November 20, 2014 | By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR
    The Obama administration acknowledged Thursday it has been over-reporting the number of people signed up under the health care law, a discrepancy that congressional Republicans seeking to repeal the program say they uncovered. Administration spokesman Aaron Albright said that the overcount involved about 400,000 people. Those consumers have separate dental coverage in addition to a medical plan, and were double-counted by mistake, said Albright. They had purchased both the medical and dental plans through HealthCare.gov and state insurance markets created under the law. That means the correct number of people enrolled for medical coverage as of Oct. 15 is about...
  • Report: ObamaCare numbers boosted by dental [only] plans (to push ACA over 7 million)

    11/20/2014 10:39:10 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 20, 2014 | Sarah Ferris
    The Obama administrations much-touted enrollment figure of 7.3 million includes nearly a half-million people who have only purchased dental plans, the House Oversight Committee has found. Without the 400,000 people enrolled in dental-only plans, the total enrollment for ObamaCare drops to 6.97 million, according an investigation by the committee, which was first reported by Bloomberg News. Instead of offering the public an accurate accounting, the administration engaged in an effort to obscure and downplay the number of dropouts, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chairman of the committee, wrote in a statement to Bloomberg. Enrollment figures have strayed from the initial 8...
  • Obamacare website opens second enrollment period with few hiccups

    11/16/2014 8:44:58 AM PST · by lowbridge · 17 replies
    nydailynews.com ^ | november 16, 2014 | CORINNE LESTCH
    Obamacare has apparently been cured. After the registration process was addled with technical glitches in 2013, the second enrollment period under President Obamas health-care law launched on Saturday with few hiccups. Officials phased in the operation by allowing people to scout out potential 2015 plans the week before the launch, and have targeted uninsured people in nail salons, pizzerias and laundermats.
  • More Uninsured Will Resist Obamacare This Year (Will pay the increased fines, instead)

    11/13/2014 11:14:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | November 13, 2014 | Sarah Hurtubise
    Next year, 35 percent of uninsured people would rather pay the upped fine for not having health insurance than buy Obamacare coverage up 6 points from this time last year, when the penalty was hundreds of dollars lower. According to a Gallup poll released Thursday, 55 percent of the uninsured said theyre planning on getting coverage in 2015, but 35 percent are fine with just paying the individual mandates tax on going uninsured. In November 2013, just 29 percent of the uninsured said they were willing to pay the $95 fine in 2014 for remaining uninsured. But in 2015,...
  • Enrollment lags for small businesses under ObamaCare

    11/13/2014 6:10:33 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 6 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 13, 2014 | Sarah Ferris
    Enrollment for small businesses under ObamaCare is falling short of the governments expectations, according to a federal audit to be announced Thursday. About 76,000 people have enrolled in the state-run exchanges, a dismal total that nearly guarantees that the Obama administration will miss its target for small businesses, according to a report by the nonpartisan General Accountability Office (GAO) provided early to The Hill. The report confirms fears of many Democrats, who have acknowledged that last years botched launch would keep people from signing up. The bad news also provides new fuel for Republicans intent on dismantling ObamaCare in the...
  • Obamacare begins to unravel

    11/12/2014 8:54:51 AM PST · by TangledUpInBlue · 63 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 11/12/14 | Rick Newman
    There was strong opposition to Medicare before it went in to effect in 1965, but after that, the health program for seniors quickly became an accepted and even popular part of the U.S. medical system. Supporters of the Affordable Care Act, President Obamas bold health reform law, often highlight the similarity to Medicare in terms of initial opposition. But Obamacare, as the ACA is known, is hardly catching on like Medicare did (at least not yet). In fact, the law suddenly seems more threatened than at any time since it was passed in 2010, and its now possible the whole...
  • Obamacare may not have enough enrollees to stay solvent

    11/11/2014 7:53:25 AM PST · by Din Maker · 56 replies
    Washington Times ^ | November 11, 2014 | Tom Howell, JR.
    The administration on Monday said fewer than 10 million Americans will enroll in Obamacares health exchanges this go-around, well short of the 13 million target congressional scorekeepers deemed critical to its economics, suggesting another rocky rollout in the laws second year of full operation. Policy advisers at the Health & Human Services Department estimated that 9 million to 9.9 million people would enroll through the exchanges or only a slight increase over the 8 million that the administration says were active at the end of the first enrollment period this April. The Congressional Budget Office, which is the governments...
  • Government slashes 2015 Obamacare sign-up forecast by 30%

    11/10/2014 10:03:26 AM PST · by John W · 64 replies
    cnbc.com ^ | November 10, 2014 | Dan Mangan
    So the number "13" apparently is bad luck for Obamacare, too. Federal officials on Monday sought to lower expectations for upcoming enrollment in Obamacare, announcing that they now believe that only between 9 million and 9.9 million people will be enrolled in Affordable Care Act health insurance plans by the end of 2015. That is well below the 13 million people that the Congressional Budget Office has projected for Obamacare enrollment by the end of 2015. Open enrollment for 2015 plans resumes Saturday. The new projection, more than 30 percent reduced from the CBO estimate, comes from the Health and...
  • 2015s estimate Obamacare enrollment figures revised down way, way down

    11/10/2014 2:19:10 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/10/2014 | Noah Rothman
    After repeatedly shifting the deadline for the end of Obamacare’s open enrollment period in past spring, the White House crowed when it determined it had finally reached its goal of enrolling 8 million Americans in Affordable Care Act-associated insurance plans. Few in the press made mention of the administration’s downward revision of that figure in October from 8.1 to 7.1 million Obamacare enrollees. Don’t expect many in the administration or the media to make much of another revision of the estimated number of projected Obamacare insurance customers for this year’s open enrollment period. Anticipating slightly less than 6 million...
  • Obamacare: Nothing Short of a Disaster

    10/09/2014 1:12:45 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 27 replies
    The National Interest ^ | Robert E. Moffitt
    On November 15, open enrollment in the Obamacare exchanges begins again. Before the second act of our national healthcare drama commences, lets review what weve learned in Act I. For starters, everyone now knows that federal officials are challenged when it comes to setting up a website. But theyve demonstrated the ability to dole out a huge amount of taxpayers money for millions of people signing up for Medicaid, a welfare program. And theyve proved they can send hundreds of millions of federal taxpayers dollars to their bureaucratic counterparts in states, like Maryland and Oregon, that cant manage their own...
  • Underinsured ACA enrollees strain community health centers

    09/26/2014 11:47:02 AM PDT · by Twotone · 10 replies
    Modern Health Care ^ | Sept. 25, 2014 | Virgil Dickson
    Obamacare enrollees are straining the finances of community health centers around the country, some health center leaders say. The issue is that many lower-income patients with insurance coverage through the federal and state exchanges bought bronze-tier plans with lower premiums but high deductibles, coinsurance and copayments and no federal cost-sharing subsidies. When these patients face high out-of-pocket costs for care that falls below the deductible, they can't afford it. So the centers are subsidizing that care by offering them means-tested sliding-scale fees. When the centers, which are not allowed to turn away patients for inability to pay, try to get...
  • ObamaCare's Numbers Game

    09/19/2014 3:28:52 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 7 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 09/18/2014 | IBD Staff
    Health Reform: It seems the administration had been exaggerating the number of people enrolled in ObamaCare to the tune of about 700,000. We're shocked! Shocked! At a hearing Thursday, Marilyn Tavenner, head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, finally confessed that 7.3 million were enrolled in ObamaCare plans as of mid-August. In other words, the administration had been inflating the "enrollment" number nearly 10% by counting anyone who had completed the application process, not those who paid their premiums. Now, they say it's no big deal, because everyone expected some attrition. But even this new, lower number is...
  • Insurance Company with Lowest Rates, Most Customers Pulls Out of MNsure

    09/16/2014 9:35:35 AM PDT · by Parmenio · 11 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | September 16, 2014 | Jennie Olson
    Its a major blow to the MNsure health insurance exchange the insurance company with the lowest rates and the most customers signed up through MNsure will not be back in 2015. The decision is expected to have a major impact on health insurance customers and the governors race. Golden Valley-based PreferredOne Health Insurance just notified MNsure and the Minnesota Department of Commerce of their decision through a letter. Sources tell KSTPs Tom Hauser that MNsure CEO Scott Leitz was notified by phone Tuesday morning. PreferredOne Spokesman Steve Peterson tells Hauser this is purely a business decision. He says the...
  • HHS pledges more funds to enroll minorities in O-Care

    09/11/2014 7:51:39 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 4 replies
    The Hill ^ | Sep 11, 2014 | Crystal Hill
    Federal health officials announced $3.2 million in new funding to help racial and ethnic minorities enroll in health coverage under ObamaCare. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Office of Minority Health awarded grants to 13 organizations that will help educate and encourage minority communities to sign up for health plans through the marketplaces.
  • Obamacare Costs 250K Virginians Their Healthcare (video)

    09/10/2014 6:24:40 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 9/10/14 | staff
    Obamacares nuances have made several healthcare plans in Virginia obsolete, hence depriving nearly a quarter million Virginias of their heath coverage according to NBC Richmond. That adds to the already over 800,000 Virginians whove been forced away from their current plans and had to enroll under more expensive plans that are Obamacare-approved.
  • Not National News: Mass. Obamacare Exchange Requires Everyone to Re-enroll, Again May Not Work

    08/18/2014 3:55:08 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 8/18/14 | Tom Blumer
    Recent news about Obamacare hasn't exactly been good, but the press has been pretty effective in keeping it quiet. To name just a few items, Enrollment is shrinking, because perhaps as many as 20 percent of enrollees aren't keeping up with their premiums. Rising costs have moved insurers to beg for bailouts, which appear to be forthcoming. Then there's this: Just last week in Massachusetts, where the state-run health insurance got its start under Republican Governor Mitt Romney eight years ago, the state's exchange announced that everyone currently enrolled in 2014 or who should have enrolled and didn't is going...
  • Aetna: Actual ObamaCare enrollment turning out way lower than the White House said

    08/13/2014 5:09:43 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Cain TV.com ^ | August 12, 2014 | Dan Calabrese
    And they should know because they're the ones not collecting the premiums.Much of the left has been trying its best to push the notion that "ObamaCare is working," largely based on the announced enrollment total of anywhere from 8 million to 10 million that has come out of the White House. Since this was more than the 7 million they originally said they needed to make the system viable, viola . . . success!One problem: They counted everyone who enrolled, without regard to whether enrollees ever paid a premium. If you don't pay the premium, you're not insured and you're...
  • Obamacare Enrollment Is Sinking Rapidly

    08/11/2014 5:43:05 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 21 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11 Aug 2014 | Sarah Hurtubise
    The number of Obamacare enrollments for top health insurer Aetna is plummeting, according to a report from Investor’s Business Daily. Aetna’s enrollment reached 720,000 by May 20, after the final end to the the extended open enrollment period. But by the end of June Aetna had less than 600,000 paying customers, IBD reports, and the company expects paying customers to fall to “just over 500,000″ by the end of 2015. That would be a drop of just under 30 percent from the May sign-up numbers — the last time the Obama administration released its official Obamacare enrollment tally. Aetna’s reported...
  • More bad news on Obamacare enrollments: Large drop offs in payments

    08/13/2014 7:51:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/13/2014
    President Obama's celebration of 8 million Obamacare enrollees was premature, according to this article in Investors Business Daily. Major insurers are reporting large drop offs in Obamacare paying customers, that could mean the number of Americans insured by Obamacare dropping below 6 million by year's end. ObamaCare exchange statistics should clear up any doubt as to why the Obama Administration has been tight-lipped about enrollment since celebrating 8 million sign-ups in mid-April. Reality, evidence suggests, could require quite a come-down from those lofty claims. The nation's third-largest health insurer had 720,000 people sign up for exchange coverage as of May...
  • Nevada family reportedly faces $1.2M in medical bills over ObamaCare typo, confusion

    08/08/2014 9:38:18 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8-8-14
    <p>A Nevada family reportedly is grappling with more than $1 million in medical bills, after the insurance they bought on the ObamaCare exchange refused to pay claims over a typo and other issues.</p> <p>The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that Kynell and Amber Smith are dealing with a six-month nightmare. It all started when Amber Smith in February delivered her daughter five weeks early.</p>
  • ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Unreliable, Gov't Audit Finds

    07/09/2014 3:59:10 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 9 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 07/8/2014 | John Merline
    Buried in a largely overlooked government audit of the Obama-Care exchanges is a finding that casts still more doubt on the reliability of the 8 million enrollment number commonly cited by the administration and the press. In a section titled "Other Issues," an inspector general report released last week found that the HealthCare.gov marketplace couldn't show it had been reconciling its monthly enrollment numbers with insurance companies. That's despite the fact that the law specifically calls for this reconciliation, and the fact that, as the IG report notes, "the federal marketplace obtained the services of a contractor to reconcile enrollment...
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    07/03/2014 9:33:11 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 51 replies
    truthrevolt.org ^ | July 3 2014 | Jeff Dunetz
    "...we actually put incoming applications aside so we could focus on the ACA related applications that came in over last summer."