Keyword: obamacareenrollment

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • 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
    It’s 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 governor’s race. Golden Valley-based PreferredOne Health Insurance just notified MNsure and the Minnesota Department of Commerce of their decision through a letter. Sources tell KSTP’s 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
    Obamacare’s 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 who’ve 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...
  • VA Employees Switched from Processing VA Applications to Obamacare Applications

    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."
  • HHS Report: 1,295,571 Obamacare Enrollees May or May Not Be Legal Citizens

    07/02/2014 5:18:59 PM PDT · by blueyon · 14 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7/01/14 | Wynton Hall
    A devastating new Health and Human Services (HHS) Inspector General report released on Tuesday reveals that the Obama administration has yet to determine whether 1,295,571 of the over 8 million Obamacare enrollees are U.S. citizens lawfully in the country. The finding, located on page 11 of the report, states that 44% of the remaining 2,611,780 application "inconsistencies" are related to verifying "Citizenship/national status/lawful presence." Another 960,492 application inconsistencies were related to verifying whether subsidy applicants provided accurate income information.
  • 85 percent of ObamaCare ‘inconsistencies’ can’t be fixed

    07/02/2014 8:03:25 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 5 replies
    The New York Post ^ | 7/2/2014 | Geoff Earle
    WASHINGTON — Federal officials can’t resolve 85 percent of 2.9 million “inconsistencies” on applications for ObamaCare even after nine months of trying, according to new data provided by the administration. Most of the problems involve certifying citizenship and income, key components of the national health plan. But some of the problems are downright nutty. One unidentified state-run marketplace cited situations in which infants and young children were “erroneously identified as incarcerated, according to federal data,” the inspector general for the Health and Human Services Department revealed Tuesday. Just 425,000 problematic applications have been resolved out of 2.9 million that states...
  • Government Still Slogging Through 2.6 Million 'Inconsistencies' On Obamacare Applications

    07/01/2014 12:47:38 PM PDT · by lbryce · 4 replies
    The Verge ^ | July 1, 2014 | Adrian Jeffries
    Time to check in on the Healthcare.gov quagmire, where health department officials are facing 2.6 million "inconsistencies" — places where information submitted on an application failed to match government records — that were supposed to be resolved months ago. Income and citizenship status are causing the most problems, followed by employer-sponsored minimum coverage, Social Security number, non-employer sponsored minimum coverage, incarceration status, and Native American status. All these factors affect an applicant's eligibility for insurance and subsidies. The department expected some applicants would have problems with their applications, either due to errors or deliberate lies, and it budgeted 90 days...
  • Inspector General reports finds problems with O-Care eligibility

    07/01/2014 12:50:24 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 1, 2014 | Ferdous Al-Faruque
    Two new reports from the Health and Human Services Department's Inspector General say the new federal healthcare insurance market is having trouble verifying whether people are eligible for the health insurance they are receiving, or the federal subsidies that help them pay their premiums. One of the two Health and Human Services inspector general reports found 2.9 million inconsistencies in the federal marketplace. It said the federal marketplace was unable to resolve 2.6 million of them because the Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) system for determining eligibility was “not fully operational.” The reports looked at the exchanges between...
  • The Continuing Obamacare Nightmare

    06/10/2014 8:13:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 10, 2014 | David Limbaugh
    While President Obama diverts the nation's attention with his other myriad scandals, the Obamacare Express continues to careen off the rails, leaving a wide path of destruction and rendering its supporters defenseless. The latest outrage, in a yearslong string, is that at least 4 million of the 8 million total Obamacare sign-ups contain flawed applications, according to a report by House Republicans. But this isn't some arbitrarily divined number chosen by Republicans for political purposes. It is based on a chart prepared by federal Obamacare contractor Serco that shows more than 4 million application discrepancies as of May 27. These...
  • Worse Than They Thought: House Confirms HALF Of All Obamacare Applications Flawed

    06/08/2014 6:37:51 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 27 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 04 June 2014 | Sarah Hurtubise
    At least 4 million Obamacare sign-ups have flawed applications out of the 8 million total applications, according to a report released Wednesday by House Republicans. The Energy and Commerce Committee documents double the claims made in an Associated Press report released earlier on Wednesday, which found that according to a May 8 federal slideshow, 2.1 million Obamacare applications had “inconsistencies” in income, immigration and citizenship data. (RELATED: Obamacare Data Flaws Jeopardize Coverage For 1 in 4 Sign-ups) Federal Obamacare contractor Serco compiled a chart for the committee which displays over 4 million application discrepancies by May 27. The inconsistencies include...
  • Good enough for government: 25% of ObamaCare signups have serious problems

    06/06/2014 4:25:21 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 2 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 06/05/2014 | IBD Staff
    Ineptitude: Millions of people could be in for a rude surprise later this year when they discover they aren't eligible for ObamaCare, or are getting too big a subsidy, thanks to another failed ObamaCare promise. In early September, administration officials declared that the ObamaCare "data hub" was ready to roll. This hub was central to making ObamaCare work, since it was supposed to verify citizenship, income and other information needed to determine eligibility and the level of insurance subsidies available. More important, it was all supposed to happen in real time, right when people were filling out their online application...
  • Gallup: ObamaCare unpopularity unchanged since open-enrollment ended

    05/29/2014 9:37:55 AM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 11 replies
    Hot Air ^ | MAY 29, 2014 | ED MORRISSEY
    Translation: If you disliked our plan, you still have to keep our plan. The Obama administration took a victory lap based on dubious-at-best enrollment figures after the deadline passed to sign up for ObamaCare, but Americans aren’t running alongside. Public opinion remains largely fixed, Gallup reports, more than a month later (via Taegan Goddard): Although the Obama administration is boasting higher-than-expected enrollment for the Affordable Care Act, Americans’ attitudes toward the healthcare law have changed only marginally since the open enrollment period ended for 2014. A steady 43% of Americans approve of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, also known as...
  • Pro Report: HHS hits pause on ACA (Obamacare) enrollment reports...

    05/25/2014 4:29:55 PM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies
    Politico ^ | 5/21/14 | TALIA BUFORD
    ADMINISTRATION STOPS MONTHLY ACA ENROLLMENT REPORTS: Kyle Cheney with today’s top read [http://politico.pro/1qVCBjd] — “The Obama administration has quietly decided to halt its monthly updates on Obamacare enrollment, which were a major pipeline of information about the impact of the health law heading into the 2014 campaign season. ‘HHS issued monthly enrollment reports during the first marketplace open enrollment period in order to provide the best understanding of enrollment activities as it was taking place,’ an HHS spokeswoman emailed. ‘Now that this time period has ended, we will look at future opportunities to share information about the marketplace that is...
  • Obamacare: Home of the $11,500 Application

    05/22/2014 7:39:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Pajam ^ | 05/22/2014 | Tom Blumer
    Remember the good old days when the Pentagon was spending [1] only $640 for a toilet seat and $400 for a hammer?Yes, I wrote “only.” (And yes, I understand that the problems at the Defense Department had far more to do with bureaucratic bloat than with genuine fraud or abuse.)It turns out that procurement officers there were, relatively speaking, wise stewards of taxpayer dollars, at least when compared to the Obama administration’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. CMS has given the American people the $11,500 paper Obamacare application — and that may be a lowball estimate.On July 1...
  • $250K fine for lying on health insurance forms

    05/18/2014 2:30:26 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 48 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 5/16/14 | ap
    The Obama administration Friday spelled out civil fines of up to $250,000 for knowingly and willfully providing false information to get taxpayer-subsidized coverage under the new health care law. New regulations say the fines also apply for lying to escape the law's requirement that most Americans carry health insurance.
  • Thousands have not paid premiums for Cover Oregon health policies, placing coverage at risk

    05/16/2014 10:24:30 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | May 15, 2014 | by Nick Budnick
    A large number of people who've signed up for private health insurers through the Cover Oregon health insurance exchange have not paid their first month's premiums, meaning they are at risk of going without coverage through November. "I've already had clients not pay and lose their coverage," says Lisa Lettenmaier, who owns the health insurance brokerage Health Source NW in Tigard. "It's imperative for people to pay their premiums on time." More than 81,000 people went through through Cover Oregon – either through paper or electronic applications—to select a private health plan. Of those, 5,000 have already cancelled policies or...
  • Health insurance executives say tens of millions *more* Americans (VIDEO)

    05/13/2014 11:09:25 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 3 replies
    D.C. Clothes Line ^ | May 13 2014 | Dr. Eowyn
    FULL TITLE: Health insurance executives say tens of millions *more* Americans will lose their health plans On June 15, 2009, when Obama was selling his Obamacare to Americans, he promised: “If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan, period.” As Obamacare began to be implemented, millions of Americans discovered, too late, that Obama had lied, when they were notified by their insurance companies that their health plans had been cancelled. (Go the end of this post for more.) Obama and the Left then blamed the evil greedy insurance companies for the cancellations, conveniently leaving...
  • McKinsey: 74 percent of Obamacare Enrollees Were Previously Insured

    05/13/2014 1:05:49 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 4 replies
    town hall ^ | 5/12/14 | Guy Benson
    Why do conservatives continue to harp on Obamacare's enrollment figures? Because the administration has placed such a heavy emphasis on them as a key metric of quantifying the law's "success," and some in the media have dutifully taken that cue, laboring to construct a "winning streak" narrative for Obamacare. In a post about the law's stubborn unpopularity among the American people, a Washington Post analyst puzzled over how public polling has failed to reflect the supposedly positive developments of last month. Perhaps the reason is that people are suspicious of the White House's numbers -- which, even if they were...
  • Revealed: 74% of Obamacare 'Enrollees' Already Had Insurance

    05/11/2014 3:04:06 PM PDT · by Hoodat · 48 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11 May 2014, 12:47 PM PDT | Wynton Hall
    A devastating new McKinsey & Co. report finds that Obamacare's purported purpose – providing coverage for the previously uninsured – has failed. The report concludes that 74% of Obamacare enrollees at the end of the first open enrollment period already had insurance; just 26% reported being previously uninsured. Of those who were previously uninsured, the figure drops to only 22% when considered alongside whether the individual has activated his plan by paying his first month's premium. According to the Associated Press, at least 4.7 million Americans had their health insurance plans canceled due to Obamacare. Many of those individuals simply...
  • Hawaii health care exchange spent $10,800 per enrollee

    05/11/2014 7:25:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/10/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    Obamacare is proving to be a lesson in government waste, inefficiency, and incompetence. Does anyone in the world think that a private company could survive if it spent money the way several states have done on their health care exchanges? Massachusetts, Maryland, and Oregon have already abandoned their expensive efforts, and more states are expected to follow. Hawaii may be one of them: The chief executive of Hawaii's largest health insurance company is calling on Hawaii to shut down its beleaguered health insurance exchange, which was set up as part of President Barack Obama's signature health care law. Michael Gold,...
  • Report: Federal Exchange A Comparative Bargain

    05/08/2014 8:27:26 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies
    Kaiser Health News ^ | May 8, 2014 | By Julie Rovner
    Sometimes there really are economies of scale. And the nation’s health insurance exchanges may be a case in point. As rocky as its rollout was, it cost the federal exchange, healthcare.gov, an average of $647 of federal tax dollars to sign up each enrollee, according to a new report. It cost an average of $1,503 – well over twice as much – to sign up each person in the 15 exchanges run by individual states and Washington, D.C. Hawaii, with a combination of a poorly-functioning website, a small population overall, and a small population of uninsured, brought up the rear...
  • Confirmed: Many of Obamacare's 'Eight Million Enrollments' are Duplicates

    05/08/2014 6:02:50 AM PDT · by blueyon · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 5/07/14 | Guy Benson
    We've been throwing cold water on the administration's so-called exchange "enrollment" figures for months, and for good reason: They're incomplete to the point of deception. The Washington Post reported back in November that official tabulations were including anyone who's "selected a plan," which is the equivalent of placing an item in a virtual shopping cart online, regardless
  • Insurers say 80 percent of ObamaCare enrollees have paid premiums

    05/08/2014 5:00:32 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 36 replies
    thehill.com ^ | may 7, 2014 |  Ferdous Al-Faruque and Elise Viebeck 
    Major health insurers say at least 80 percent of the people enrolled in their ObamaCare plans have paid their first premium. Aetna, which offers ObamaCare plans in 17 states, told a House committee roughly 500,000 of their 600,000 enrollees had paid a premium by the third week of April. Paul Wingle, an executive with Aetna, said the company's payment rate has been in the "low- to mid-80 percent range" and suggested it would rise. "These are dynamic figures and do not reflect final enrollment numbers, as some enrollees have not yet reached their payment due dates," Wingle said. Frank Coyne,...
  • Less Than Half of the States Met their Obamacare Enrollment Targets

    05/05/2014 9:27:31 AM PDT · by Siegfried X · 3 replies
    Reason.com ^ | 5/2/2014 | Peter Suderman
    In the press release accompanying the administration's Obamacare enrollment report yesterday, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius declared that the 8 million people who had signed up for private health plans in the law's exchanges had "exceeded expectations." That depends on which expectations you're referring to. Looked at nationally, it's true enough, at least if you count sign-ups rather than paid enrollments... But it's also worth remembering that Obamacare enrollment varies quite a bit by state. And some states beat their enrollment projections handily, while others lagged far behind initial estimates. An analysis released today by the health consultancy...
  • Report: Just 2.4 Million HealthCare.gov Customers Paid Their First Premium

    05/04/2014 10:50:52 AM PDT · by massmike · 30 replies
    http://dailycaller.com/ ^ | 05/3/2014 | n/a
    Just 67 percent of Obamacare enrollees in federally-run marketplaces had paid their premiums by April 15, bringing the federally-run Obamacare enrollment tally to only 2.45 million, according to documents provided to the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The Obama administration has been heavily promoting that 8 million Americans selected plans on Obamacare marketplaces, but has refused to release any data on how many purchased their plans. The 67 percent payment rate as of April 15 is markedly lower than the 80-85 percent that experts have predicted will end up paying their premiums. April 30 is the final day for most...
  • MAP: Here's Where People Signed Up For Obamacare

    05/03/2014 10:43:21 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 28 replies
    Business Insider ^ | May 3 2014 | Brett LoGiurato, Andy Kiersz
    The White House on Thursday released final data from the first enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act, which also included a look at each state's relative success or failure in the law's first enrollment period. Nationally, just more than 8 million people enrolled in health insurance plans through federal and state exchanges established by the law. But the story was different in all 50 states and the District of Columbia — some wildly exceeded expectations, and others brutally disappointed. This chart shows which states did well in signing up people through their exchanges, and which did poorly:
  • HHS effectively delays individual mandate by another month

    05/03/2014 10:36:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/03/2014 | Gabriel Malor
    Another day, another Obamacare delay. HHS issued new, er, guidance late yesterday afternoon about how the health care law’s individual mandate will be enforced on those who did not purchase insurance on time. In short, for those who managed to buy insurance by May 1, it won’t be enforced at all. This is the third postponement of the individual mandate.The Washington Examiner’s Philip Klein explains: Starting in 2014, individuals who did not purchase government approved insurance were supposed to be subject to a penalty of $95 or 1 percent of taxable income. Under the original sequence of events, individuals would...
  • Only 28% of ObamaCare enrollees are 18-34

    05/02/2014 1:31:38 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/02/2014 | Bruce McQuain
    The demographic that was key to holding down health care costs apparently came in well below the level necessary to ensure that: Just more than a quarter of the eight million people who signed up for health plans under the Affordable Care Act are in the prized demographic of 18 to 34 years old, falling short of the figure considered ideal to keep down policy prices.The data, released Thursday by the Obama administration, painted a more complete picture of enrollment in the plans. They show that about 28% of people picking plans on the state and federal insurance exchanges...
  • Obamacare enrollment in L.A. tops New York, most other states

    05/02/2014 9:12:45 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 2, 2014 | by Chad Terhune
    More than 400,000 people in Los Angeles County signed up for Obamacare coverage in the health law's first open enrollment, surpassing turnout in most states. Federal data released Thursday show that if the Los Angeles area was a state, it would have the fourth-highest enrollment in the country. In California, 89% of exchange customers qualified for federal premium subsidies.
  • HHS releases new Obamacare figures, but can’t say how many paid

    05/01/2014 2:49:56 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 1, 2014 | by Tom Howell Jr
    The Obama administration released a fresh round of Obamacare data for all 50 states Thursday, yet offered no payment data to combat Republican claims that only two-thirds of customers in the federal marketplace have paid their first premium. The Health and Human Services Department reported that more than 8 million people selected a private health plan on the overhaul’s insurance exchanges from Oct. 1 to March 31, a tally that includes people who got extra time to finish up their selections in early April.
  • Why Is ObamaCare a Rube Goldberg Contraption?

    04/26/2014 4:54:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 26, 2014 | John C. Goldman
    Have you ever wondered why ObamaCare is burdened with so much complexity? Here's the answer: Barack Obama. Obama? Yes, the president himself. He campaigned on the promise that he would put partisanship aside and unite the country behind sensible answers to pressing problems. Then he didn't. How could that possibly have worked in health care? Easy. Obama could have adopted the approach taken by his 2008 opponent, John McCain. In fact we now know that Zeke Emanuel and others on the White House staff were urging him to do just that. Also, before he became the president's chief economic adviser,...
  • Calif. tax preparers paid bounty for every Obamacare sign-up

    04/21/2014 7:13:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | April 21, 2014 | Patrick Howley
    Tax-preparing companies are getting paid by an Obamacare exchange to enroll people in Obamacare plans, The Daily Caller has learned. At least 79 tax service providers, including offices of major companies like Liberty Tax Service and Jackson Hewitt Tax Service, are listed as certified Obamacare enrollment entities in the state of California, according to state exchange records. California’s Obamacare exchange, Covered California, pays enrollment entities for signing people up for Obamacare. “Certified Enrollment Entities are paid a flat-fee of $58 per successful application and $25 per successful annual renewal,” according to California Health Benefit Advisers. ”The Enrollment Entities compensate the...
  • After getting $300 million in federal grants, Oregon switches to federal exchange.

    04/25/2014 1:56:32 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 14 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 5-25-14 | Ed Walton
    Earlier today, Oregon became the first state-run health exchange to adopt the federal HealthCare.gov exchange portal. After receiving more than $300 million dollars in federal grants, the state struggled to sign up private insurance enrollees through their own online portal, Cover Oregon. Due to these difficulties and the projected costs of fixing the exchange, a technological advisory committee recommended to Oregon’s exchange board on Thursday that the state transition to using the federal exchange, rather than attempt to fix its existing exchange. Today, state officials approved the advisory board’s recommendation. Examining the cost projections between the two options, state officials...
  • Feds to Take Over Oregon's Failed $300 Million Health Insurance Exchange [zero enrollees]

    04/24/2014 4:43:55 PM PDT · by grundle · 19 replies
    Reason ^ | April 24, 2014 | Peter Suderman|
    The state of Oregon received $303 million in federal grants—more than all but two other states—to build and operate a health insurance exchange, dubbed Cover Oregon, under Obamacare. One of those grants was a $48 million "early innovator" grant for states whose exchanges were intended to serve as models for the nation. The state was among the most enthusiastic about implementing the law, with Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber touting both the law and his state's work building the exchange. The state's work on its exchange recieved praise throughout the media, and it was reportedly loved by the Obama administration: In...
  • In Seattle, Insurers And Hospitals Complain About New Rules

    04/24/2014 10:28:05 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    Kaiser Health News ^ | April 23, 2014 | By Carol Ostrom, Seattle Times
    Health insurers and hospitals, usually on opposite sides, lined up together Tuesday to give Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler an earful about his proposed new rule for insurance-provider networks. Kreidler proposed the rule after complaints that consumers have been taken by surprise about narrower networks in insurance plans offered in the Affordable Care Act. Those networks exclude some of the region’s prominent hospitals and medical centers, meaning some consumers don’t have access to providers they expected to use. For example, only one insurer offering plans through the Washington Healthplanfinder online exchange includes Seattle Cancer Care Alliance in Seattle; only three include...
  • The Unfolding Fiscal Disaster Behind ACA Enrollment Figures (A Must read)

    04/21/2014 9:52:52 AM PDT · by kabar · 43 replies
    Mercatus Center - George Mason Uninversity ^ | Apr 17, 2014 | Charles Blahous
    Earlier this month there was tremendous press attention to new data indicating that enrollment in the Affordable Care Act (ACA)’s health insurance exchanges had surpassed 7 million. The White House took a victory lap while much of the press, desperate to write something positive after months of reporting on website glitches and insurance plan cancellations, characterized the milestone as good political news for ACA supporters. Our national discussion, however, is missing the truly significant story here; what is unfolding before our eyes is a colossal fiscal disaster, poised to haunt legislators and taxpayers for decades to come. It is quite...
  • Whoops! Half of Georgia’s Insurance Enrollees Haven’t Paid Yet

    04/21/2014 9:11:25 AM PDT · by Hoodat · 36 replies
    National Review Online ^ | April 21, 2014 6:26 AM | Jim Geraghty
    From the first Morning Jolt of the week: Whoops: Half of Georgia’s Insurance Enrollees Haven’t Paid Yet. This seems rather important: Georgia insurers received more than 220,000 applications for health coverage in the Affordable Care Act’s exchange as of the official federal deadline of March 31, state officials said Wednesday. Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens, though, said premiums have been received for only 107,581 of those policies, which cover 149,465 people. “Many Georgians completed the application process by the deadline, but have yet to pay for the coverage,” Hudgens said in a statement Wednesday. Half? Half? Sure, the nonpayment rates will...
  • Obamacare Number Games: How Many Enrollees, Really? : More to the raw numbers than meets the eye.

    04/19/2014 10:55:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 04/19/2014 | Rich Baehr
    It has been a triumphant month for liberal journalists who have lived and died with the fortunes of the Affordable Care Act since its passage in March 2010. Ezra Klein and Jon Cohen have declared victory, describing an amazing recovery for the program and for President Obama since the dark days of near-total failure among people trying to sign up on the federal exchanges in October and November.To listen to Obamacare supporters, Kathleen Sebelius leaves her post as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services with her head held high, as her legacy now includes shepherding across...
  • 'He Makes Stuff Up': Krauthammer Reacts After President Says ObamaCare Is 'Working'

    04/18/2014 6:34:31 AM PDT · by lbryce · 14 replies
    Fox Insider ^ | April 18, 2014 | Charles Krauthammer
    The Special Report All-Star Panel weighed in after President Obama touted the success of ObamaCare in remarks at the White House, lashing out at Republican critics. “We now know that the number of Americans who’ve signed up for private insurance in the marketplaces has grown to eight million people. ... They said nobody would sign up. They were wrong about that. They said it would be unaffordable for the country. They were wrong about that," Obama said.
  • Krauthammer Slams President for ObamaCare Remarks: Makes Stuff Up with 'Brazenness'

    04/18/2014 7:25:40 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 17 Apr 2014 | Breitbart TV
    On Thursday's "Special Report" on the Fox News Channel, Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer criticized President Barack Obama for his comments earlier depicting ObamaCare as an overall success. Partial transcript as follows: KRAUTHAMMER: Well, everybody is getting a worse deal. If the providers are, that means the doctors aren't getting their usual payments, which means they have to see much more patients which means they spend less time which means the care is inferior. That means hospitals are reimbursed at a lower rate, which means some of them will go out of business. Or they're going to have to consolidate...
  • The shocking secret behind ObamaCare enrollment numbers...(No shock to anyone here!)

    04/18/2014 7:47:45 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 22 replies
    FOX News ^ | 04/16/2014 | Michael Cannon
    Barack Obama wants you to know he enrolled 7.5 million Americans through ObamaCare’s health insurance Exchanges. What he doesn’t want you to know is how. Federal courts may soon rule that President Obama induced the majority of those enrollees to enroll by offering them taxpayer dollars he has no legal authority to spend. If the courts put a stop to that unauthorized spending, a majority of Exchange enrollees would suddenly face the full cost of ObamaCare coverage, and enrollments would plummet.
  • Report: Census overhaul will obscure ObamaCare first-year effects

    04/15/2014 8:43:17 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 15, 2014 | Elsie Viebeck
    Changes to this year's census will make it difficult to assess how many people gained health insurance as a result of ObamaCare's first year of open enrollment, according to a report. The reported overhaul of census questions on health insurance arrives as politicians, journalists and researchers await official data on how many people gained and lost coverage in the last year. The changes are reportedly intended to improve the survey's accuracy. They will likely mark a "break in trend" for census health insurance data, making it hard to compared the 2014 report to past reports. The revisions and their potential...
  • Obamacare Only Enrolled 1.4 Million Previously Uninsured Individuals

    04/13/2014 5:29:55 PM PDT · by markomalley · 25 replies
    Obamacare has reportedly enrolled 7.1 million individuals since its exchanges opened in October. However, according to a recently released RAND report, just 1.4 million of those individuals were previously uninsured.Avik Roy of Forbes reports: 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...