It pointless to discuss the problems with the Obamacare rollout or whether or not President Obama lied about Americans keeping their insurance policies when nearly 4 million have already received cancelation letters. Turn on any cable news program – conservative or liberal – or any major newspaper, and the headlines are the same: Obamacare is in a free fall and the Obama administration appears unable to stop it.
There are some truths, however, of which many are apparently unaware or refused to acknowledge as they have been expressed over the past three-and-a-half years.
Here are some truths, with brief explanations or observations. Read this entry »
Posted: 7:21 pm, 11.13.2013
The White House announced Wednesday that the federal health insurance exchange, healthcare.gov, and the state exchanges combined enrolled slightly more than 106,000 individuals during its first month.
The Obama administration said during the ramp-up of the Obamacare website that it was confident it would reach its goal of enrolling 7 million individuals before open enrollment ends on March 31.
The Washington Post reported that in response to the administration’s announcement about the dismal enrollment numbers for October, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said: “The marketplace is working; people are enrolling. The promise of affordable health-care coverage is increasingly becoming a reality to more and more Americans.”
Doing the math, it looks as if the goal of 7 million will be missed by a hair. Maybe by about 6.5 million hairs based on the current sign-up rate.
Taking my elementary math skills a step further, if we were to use HHS stats for per-month enrollment, the site should reach full enrollment in April 2019.
Only five and one half years too late.
That’s my take.
Posted: 11:10 am, 11.07.2013
We all know people who are irritatingly good at something. People for whom certain skills just come naturally, with little or no effort. At school, they were the guys who always made the team but never showed up for practice. As an adult it’s the guy who plays one round of golf every six months and can still play off scratch. If you’re not picturing someone in particular right now, you’re probably one of those people.
You probably also know about the dark side of that kind of natural talent. It’s never enough. Sooner or later, you need to make the effort. That’s why many lesser sports people often beat out their more talented rivals; they know the value of hard work. No matter how good you are, you can’t avoid it. Think about that kid at school; are they a pro sports player now? I didn’t think so.
Insurance agency owners
We have encountered many insurance agency owners who fall into a similar category. Many of them were very effective producers before they took over. Many became owners through an internal perpetuation. One thing they all have in common is that they need to change their ways before they come to sell the agency. Read this entry »
Food stamps dry up, Warren Buffett gets $40k a year from Social Security, and all is good with Obamacare. Puh-leeze!
Posted: 2:10 pm, 11.01.2013
While Congress and President Obama play a shell game with one-sixth of the national economy – i.e. Obamacare – they ignore the OTHER federal programs that are promising to push the federal budget even closer to the edge of the bottomless pit of never-ending borrowing and skyrocketing deficits.
What a mess.
Warren Buffett, one of the five or so most wealthy individuals on the planet with assets in excess of $50 billion, can earn $40,000 a year from Social Security to finance his retirement.
Meanwhile, because Congress and the president can’t agree on a budget, about 45 million individuals will have their food stamp allotments slashed. Read this entry »
Posted: 2:14 pm, 10.30.2013
Kathleen Sebelius, Health and Human Services secretary, testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee today to explain problems with Obamacare, and, to a great degree, the “debacle” (her word, not mine) that is the launch of the government online health insurance website, Healthcare.gov.
Instead, she threw a lot of blame around, saying vendors such as Verizon were responsible for the website problems, such as the website consistently crashing and Americans being unable to enroll. (Although that last assertion could be seen as an exaggeration, as one person so far is enrolled in Delaware, some states report fewer than a dozen enrollees and, are you ready?…Oregon so far has been unable to enroll even one individual.) Read this entry »
Posted: 11:40 am, 10.24.2013
An acquaintance told me, that to him – a consumer who knows only what he gathers from news media about the launch of Obamacare insurance exchanges – it appears the Obama administration is telling passengers that crew members will be able to fix gaping holes in its hull while the Titanic is sinking.
A political cartoon by Gary Varvel in the Indianapolis Star portrays the launch of the single-largest Internet initiative in history in a humorous manner.
Unfortunately, the problem is far from funny.
HHS has decided to delay enforcement of the enrollment deadline for buying insurance as required by the Affordable Care Act in typical Washington fashion: Kicking the can down the road. Read this entry »
Why do Obamacare health exchanges crash? To keep Americans from knowing the steep increases in premiums.
Posted: 10:48 am, 10.18.2013
Avik Roy, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research who is regularly sought by news networks such as MSNBC, CNBC and Fox News, seems to have an answer as to why state and federal exchanges have crashed.
His take? The government doesn’t want the average American to know the actual cost of health care once the individual mandate is in force.
His contributed article in Forbes is compelling and a must-read.
Posted: 12:46 pm, 10.17.2013
It only took 11 days for Delaware to sign up for health insurance through the new state online exchange. And it’s not for lack of trying!
Glitches, delays, enrollment problems, software crashes, program problems, security and privacy issues…If the stories below are an indication of how well the Affordable Care Act’s exchange system is working, we can look forward to much nail biting and angst in the coming weeks and months.
From public radio station WHYY
From the Wilmington (Del.) News-Journal
Posted: 12:25 pm, 10.11.2013
Because they are being furloughed through no fault of their own, the federal workers who have been home for the past 10 days due to the partial government shutdown will get back pay.
But the paid “navigators” who are supposed to help individuals enroll in Obamacare online health insurance exchanges aren’t getting paid for time off. In fact, they are getting paid for going to work and, essence, doing nothing. Read this entry »
Posted: 9:47 am, 10.10.2013
While talks with the NFL to promote Obamacare fizzled, owners and managers of two of football’s most bitter rivals can agree on one thing: They love the Affordable Care Act.
[Story on Ravens promoting ACA]
If they don’t love the sweeping and controversial health insurance law – the single-largest change to American government and control of private industry in U.S. history – they love the money that comes with promoting ACA.
[Pittsburgh Post-Gazette story on Steelers promoting ACA]
The Steelers join the Baltimore Ravens as the only two teams working with the federal government to promote the law, whose success so far can only be qualified as dismal, as online health insurance exchanges remain in many cases offline or unable to enroll individuals in their second week since launch. Not to mention the president unilaterally (and unlawfully, according to ACA) delaying for one year the employer mandate.
While the Steelers and Ravens fiercely battle each other on the gridiron, it appears they are like giggling schoolgirls at a One Direction concert when it comes to helping the government in its bumbling attempt to control one-sixth of the U.S. economy.
UPDATE: Read TribLive story about dismal failure of Sebelius’s visit to Heinz Field…only 100 people showed up to the 60,000 seat stadium, and they weren’t happy.
That’s my take.