Archive for November, 2013

Liberal Writer: Obamacare Threatens Liberalism

Filed under Health Care

Here are two quotes of the day, both on Obamacare.
First, the New Republic’s Franklin Foer on how the disastrous launch of Healthcare.gov is damaging the liberal programme [via memeorandum]:
A two-page bill could have extended Medicare and provided universal coverage, but by relying so heavily on the private market, and straining to avoid the taint of [...]

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Administration Official: Healthcare.gov Only 60-70% Finished

CMS Deputy Information Officer Henry Chao told a House of Representatives committee that the dysfunctional Healthcare.gov is 30-40% away from being fully-built. One of the key missing components is the payment system (3:20 mark).
“We still need to build the payments systems to make the payments to insurers in January,” said Chao.
The administration thought it’d be [...]

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All the Stuff Obama Didn’t Know About

At his press conference, President Obama said he didn’t know that so many people would get their health insurance cancelled:
My expectation was that for 98 percent of the American people, either it genuinely wouldn’t change at all or they’d be pleasantly surprised with the options they find in the marketplace and that the grandfather clause [...]

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Treasury Inspector General: Obamacare is a Top IRS Challenge

Obamacare is more than the Department of Health and Human Services’ fumbling. Last week, the Treasury Department’s Inspector General for Tax Administration listed the top management and performance challenges for the IRS. Number two is “Implementing the Affordable Care Act.” As explained in the memo [emphasis mine]:
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) contains an extensive array [...]

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Obamacare’s Amazon Wish List Accounting

Filed under Politics

Alyssia Canobio at Americans for Tax Reform points to a Washington Post story on the Obama administration’s unique approach to counting who they’ll consider to be enrolled in Obamacare:
“Health insurance plans only count subscribers as enrolled in a health plan once they’ve submited a payment. That is when the carrier sends out a member card [...]

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