11:07 AM, Dec 17, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
One could be forgiven for feeling qualms about the age of the Affordable Care Act, the dawning of which is now upon us. It would be difficult to be unaware of the troubles surrounding the new order in health care, some of which John Merline of IBD details in a piece that includes this:
The Washington Post reported this week that thousands of enrollment forms didn't make it to their insurers, and there's still a huge backlog of paper applications waiting to be processed. State-run exchanges are having problems, too. Many Californians who signed up through the state exchange say their insurers never got those records. As a result, they can't pay their premiums to make sure their coverage starts in two weeks. Sebelius tried to downplay any such problems at last week's hearing. "People will be enrolled," she said.
Feel better, now?
9:00 AM, Dec 17, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
On a recent trip to Miami, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius admitted that, yes, some people will be paying more for health insurance under Obamacare:
1:01 PM, Dec 16, 2013 • By JIM SWIFT
According to the University of Maryland student newspaper The Diamondback, the university’s student health insurance plan is considering requiring coverage of sex change operations.
8:08 AM, Dec 11, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
The Obama administration began emphasizing the option of applying for insurance through the Obamacare Marketplace with a paper application ever since it became apparent that the online process at Healthcare.gov was riddled with problems.
1:12 PM, Dec 6, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Rep. Matt Cartwright, a member of President Obama's Obamacare "strike team," says it's a "good thing" that people are losing their old health care plans:
3:15 PM, Nov 26, 2013 • By JAMES C. CAPRETTA
The past two months have laid bare the emptiness of the president’s most prominent Obamacare promises. Millions are losing the plans they have and like against their wishes, contrary to the president’s oft-repeated pledge. And those being forced into Obamacare could lose access to the doctors and hospitals they trust, also contrary to assurances from the president. The evidence demonstrating that these commitments cannot be met is so overwhelming that even the administration has abandoned defense of the president’s previous statements.
9:04 AM, Nov 25, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
A Virginia employer is being forced to cancel the health care plan it offers its employees due to Obamacare. As a result, WDBJ reports, one cancer victim will be forced off her employer's plan:
1:09 PM, Nov 22, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
Though the Obama administration has been promoting the benefits of Obamacare for several years now, one perk of coverage through the exchanges that has gone largely unnoticed is a mandated three-month grace period for unpaid premiums. The rule, however, only applies to those receiving subsidies via tax credits advanced to the insurers by the government (§155.430 and §156.270 of the Code of Federal Regulations).
9:14 AM, Nov 15, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The White House has cordially invited executives from the insurance industry to drop by, this afternoon, for a little chat. The topic for discussion will, presumably, be how to “move forward,” on the Affordable Care Act now that the president has announced a temporary fix that amounts to non-enforcement of that part of the law which declares some of the products sold by the industry to be “sub-standard.”
8:04 AM, Nov 15, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Harvard professor David Cutler, a so-called architect of Obamacare, says we "could be" witnessing "the beginning of a death spiral" for the unpopular health care bill. Cutler made the comments last night on Fox News:
"So when you were on last week I asked you, if they don't get enough people in the exchanges, then what happens?" said host Megyn Kelly. "And you said then the premiums go up very, very high. Now, was that ball put in motion today?"
9:23 PM, Nov 14, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
The White House this evening released a veto threat of the bill, "Keep Your Health Plan Act of 2013." The bill is expected to be voted upon tomorrow in the House of Representatives.
10:48 AM, Nov 14, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
WFTV in Florida reports that a woman with cancer has been dropped from her insurance plan due to Obamacare:
"A woman in a life and death battle with cancer was dealt another devastating blow," says the Florida anchor.
"This letter makes more problems for us," says the cancer victim. "That we don't need at this moment."
7:02 AM, Nov 14, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Those whose insurance has been cancelled as “substandard” don’t have much recourse. They can go to the government’s website, which isn’t working so well. Or they could write their person in Congress as some 30,000 of Senator Dianne Feinstein’s constituents have.
5:52 PM, Nov 13, 2013 • By JAMES C. CAPRETTA
The full reality of what Obamacare will mean for average Americans is only now becoming clear as the crisis over cancelled insurance plans in the individual market has steadily unfolded in recent days.