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ObamaCare – it just keeps getting better and better

Or not:

16 million people are now receiving letters from their carriers saying they are losing their current coverage and must re-enroll in order to avoid a break in coverage and comply with the new health law’s benefit mandates––the vast majority by January 1.

And how many have managed to enroll?  Well it appears that number is in the thousands, and as we mentioned on the podcast last night, most of those are enrolling in Medicaid.

Meanwhile, the failed law continues to impact the lives of fellow citizens negatively.

New Jersey:

Hundreds of thousands of New Jerseyans opened the mail last week to find their health insurance plan would no longer exist in 2014 because it does not cover all the essential benefits required by the Affordable Care Act. … The changes will impact more than 800,000 people in New Jersey who purchase insurance on the individual and small-employer markets, according to Ward Sanders, president of the New Jersey Association of Health Plans.

Florida:

Florida Blue is dropping 300,000 customers whose policies the health insurer says aren’t sufficiently comprehensive under the health care overhaul. The Jacksonville-based insurance company said Thursday that the 300,000 policyholders have plans that don’t include all of the 10 categories of benefits required under the Affordable Care Act.

California:

Kaiser Permanente in California has sent notices to 160,000 people – about half of its individual business in the state. … Blue Shield of California sent roughly 119,000 cancellation notices out in mid-September, about 60 percent of its individual business.

Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC:

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield is being forced to cancel plans that currently cover 76,000 individuals in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., due to changes made by President Obama’s health care law, the company told the Washington Examiner today. That represents more than 40 percent of the 177,000 individuals covered by CareFirst in those states.

Pennsylvania and surrounding regions:

Independence Blue Cross is canceling coverage for 24,000 members in the Philadelphia region because their insurance plans don’t comply with new rules from the Affordable Care Act, Newsworks reported.

[...]

Insurer Highmark in Pittsburgh is dropping about 20 percent of its individual market customers, while Independence Blue Cross, the major insurer in Philadelphia, is dropping about 45 percent.

And these are just the tip of the proverbial iceberg.  16 million dumped after they were promised what?

“If you like your current plan, you will be able to keep it. Let me repeat that:  if you like your plan, you’ll be able to keep it.”

Because, you remember, that was a MAJOR FEATURE of ObamaCare:

“In fact, one of our core principles is that if you like the health care you have, you can keep it.” (Sen. Reid, Congressional Record, S.8642, 8/3/09)

Ah yes, the lying liars that brought us the biggest lie of the 21st century to date.

“All we’ve been hearing the last three years is if you like your policy you can keep it… I’m infuriated because I was lied to.”

How’s it feel to have been “had” this badly?

~McQ

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37 Responses to ObamaCare – it just keeps getting better and better

  • http://hotair.com/archives/2013/10/28/nyt-say-obamacare-kind-of-undermines-obamas-big-government-approach-huh/

    WONDERFUL demonstration.

    What is gob-smacking is that anyone NEEDED the demonstration.  Again.

    • I was amazed by the idiots who voted fior him in 2012. Now, I can kinda understand 2008. But by 2012 he should have received only the hardcore leftist / minority vote, with a few ignorant morons thrown in. Maybe 20% – 30% range.

    • Right out of the pages of Ayn Rand and George Orwell. Who said Progressives don’t have a sense of humor?

  • I dispute this being the biggest lie.

    The biggest lie is sitting behind the desk in the Oval Office and runs our government without knowing anything that is going on.

    I will grant though, this lie is a very close second.

  • Yet, If it hadn’t been for the ongoing epic failure of healthcare.guv—ObamaCare—we may have missed the long road of computer scandals that seems to now serve as the government’s way to feed mega money to their friends and supporters.
    Indeed, the ObamaCare website failure may unwittingly end up blowing the whistle on one of the biggest government slush fund set ups in latter day history because the runaway costs on healthcare.gov uncovers a long trajectory of failed multi-million dollar government websites that point to coincidences way too many.
    CGI, the Canadian company that launched healthcare.gov, is peopled with friends of the Obamas, including Michelle Obama’s Princeton school chum, Toni Townes-Whitley. CGI is not just the company behind the healthcare.gov epic fail. CGI is also the company behind the $2.7-billion failed, Liberal-launched Canadian Gun Registry that was so plagued with corruption and mismanagement it brought on an investigation by Canadian Auditor General Sheila Fraser.

    … and, yet another, scheme to line the pockets of political operatives.

    • They hired her in 2010…a few months after Obamacare passed. She graduated from Princeton same year as Michelle. From the same exact major: sociology. And the same minor: African-American Studies.  And he is in charge of “client relations.”
       

  • We now know that millions of people will lose their existing health-insurance policies thanks to Obamacare. Already hundreds of thousands of people have gotten letters from their insurance companies letting them know they’ll lose their coverage. Millions more are bound to get similar letters, particularly when the small-business mandate kicks in. They should also get another letter, however. And that letter should come from the GOP, either from Reince Priebus or, better, from their local GOP representative, senator, governor or whichever local politician makes the most sense. And that letter should, without stridency, hyperbole or annoying appeals for money, explain to them that this is exactly what Obamacare was designed to do and precisely what Republicans predicted would happen. If I was writing it, I would say something like, “The president vowed to you on numerous occasions (see attached document) that you could keep your insurance and that you would save money under the Affordable Care Act. This was untrue. Whether it was a well-intentioned mistake or a more deliberate deception, what the president and his party told you was flatly untrue, and we said so at the time.”
    —Jonah Goldberg at TheCorner

    Yeeeeup.  We told you, rubes.  And it wasn’t hard to predict.
     

  • You are making no argument here, just vague assertions. Which I, of course, never do. I give rich, creamy analysis every time. I decree it. Stop laughing! Vague assertions, I say!

    So stop with all the very non-vague, exact numbers. They don’t mean anything. Just need to break a few eggs to make this omelet, is all.

    This post demonstrates that you have ODS. And calling you deranged doesn’t either mean that I have no argument and are reduced to insults.

    Even though I claim that’s what you dense righties do to me all the time. It’s different. Really. Stop laughing. I’m a quantum-spiritually enhanced PhD with godlike powers of political science. I get to handwave away your arguments just because I don’t like the way they smell. I can assert that you have no arguments, and you have to accept it. Because of that doctorate from a place with “advanced” its name, which they didn’t either give me just to get rid of me because they were even more tired of me than the people around here. Stop saying that.

    If you claim certainty, you are deluded. So don’t claim you are certain that healthcare.gov is a massive disaster. Just because you see that reported in a 100 newspapers, plus dozens of TV stations, even MSNBC, and you even tried to use it yourself and wasted several hours only to be dumped out like PT Barnum’s “this way to the egress” sign. That doesn’t mean anything.

    It’s just glitches. It has to be, I tell you. It can’t possibly be anything else. No program named after Obama of the christlike visage and the glorious elevated chin could possibly be a massive failure. In the name of quantum spirituality, I declare it to be so.

    Again, shut up with the numbers. You have no argument, I say. No argument. Just add this to all the other things you claim without justification that the Obama administration got wrong. They’re all fake scandals. Benghazi, IRS, NSA, Fast and Furious, Michelle’s buddy at CGI getting the contract for Obamacare – all of them fake.

    They are fake, and I can prove it. With the strawberries. Yes, the strawberries prove with ironclad logic that the scandals are fake.

    And the caterpillars. They prove it too, just by claiming otherwise. They’re trying to nag me into saying that the Obama administration is an unmitigated disaster, but I’m standing firm. No magenta caterpillars with Sarah Palin’s face and ample bosom is going to pressure me into giving up on my holy Obama, who thinks like me and therefore can never be wrong. Peace be upon him.

    • Via WH Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest

      Josh EarnestVerified account ‏@jearnest44
      NBC “scoop” cites “normal turnover in the indiv insurance market”. That’s a) not new b) not caused by #ACA c) the problem #ACA will solve.

      … the BS just flows

      Brad Watson ‏@cbradw 12m
      @jearnest44 this tweet is not accurate. My insurance is being canceled b/c it doesn’t meet ACA requirements. If not for ACA it would renew

      clearly, somebody is lying … especiailly when the letters come saying they are being cancelled because of ACA.

    • Obama admin. knew millions could not keep their health insurance

      Four sources deeply involved in the Affordable Care Act tell NBC NEWS that 50 to 75 percent of the 14 million consumers who buy their insurance individually can expect to receive a “cancellation” letter or the equivalent over the next year because their existing policies don’t meet the standards mandated by the new health care law. One expert predicts that number could reach as high as 80 percent. And all say that many of those forced to buy pricier new policies will experience “sticker shock.”

      Note that NBC carefully says “Obama admin. knew” because after the millions, if not more, dollars spent each year to keep the best possible information flowing to the Chief Executive of the US, Obama more often than not doesn’t know anything.
      I swear the man is actually White (like his staff) .. it’s just that he is so full of sh&$ that he appears darker.

    • We keep forgetting Hurrican Sandy relief and the BP Gulf Oil Spill….epic Obama Fuster Clucks.
      But they seem small in comparison to the others I know.  Still, I think we should always be sure to give credit where it is due.

    • Ott Scerb: Well, it’s been nice having you!
      Us: Thanks, it’s been nice being had.
      /civility off

    • The caustic report about people losing their current medical insurance on NBC has disappeared from their web site.
      I guess the subprime loan on the 4th Estate went into default.

    • You forgot to blame it on the Ottoman empire…

      • Who were BAD Muslims…
        As opposed to the nice, enlightened, iTune Muslims who make up the bright uplands of European tolerance today.
         

      • The Ottomans don’t apply here, but if you want to get into history, it’s obvious that the inbred southerners around here, especially that ex-military basket case McQ, are totally connected to the KKK by history. After all, they are descended from them, and it’s OK to go as far back in history as I need to in order to smear someone who disagrees with me. Or to draw moral equivalence between those gentle, peaceful Muslims, and those Christianists who are so foul they object to the glorious march to utopia being attempted by the holy Obama, peace be upon him.



        And the fact that I live in a community that’s whiter than Ivory soap doesn’t mean anything. It doesn’t mean that I have any prejudice whatsoever against other races. Nope, my town isn’t magical because there are no blacks or brown noble savages here. It’s magical because I get paid to teach eager young minds, and no one ever contradicts what I say. Plus after my soulless marriage I managed to fine a new squeeze and get some pussy every once in a while. Which after years without any definitely has a magical quality to it.



        And she’s not either dropping hints about how I ought to acquire some Viagra, so stop saying that.



        Anyway, your arguments lack substance. For you sterile, inbred, dense righties, let me explain what substance is. Substance doesn’t mean facts and numbers and graphs and such, the way you deluded thick righties seem to believe. Substance means the argument fits with the leftist narrative. Otherwise, it’s wrong by definition, by the holy principles of postmodernism.



        Which I am totally integrating into a quantum spiritual framework that will explain all of life and politics. Which isn’t either a mishmash of failed ideas that I cribbed from Wikipedia and popular science books, and which I can’t even understand at that dumbed down level. I totally understand Dilbert spaces and Weisenheimer uncertainty and quantum funneling and all that stuff. Totally.



        No doubt when you read it, you will insult me. Which, of course, will prove that it’s right.



        So, just to sum up, if you read something I say and like it, then of course it means I’m right. If you read something I say and don’t agree, then I claim your arguments have no substance, and therefore I’m right. If you then get frustrated because I’m handwaving away your arguments, and that makes you resort to insults, then it means you have no support for your opinion, and therefore I’m right.



        It’s simple really. We would all get along just wonderfully, the same way I do with my students and colleagues, if you would all just agree that I’m right. All the time. Whenever I feel subjective certainty, it means I’m right. So you should acknowledge it. Please.

        That isn’t so hard, is it? And I’m not coming here begging you to engage with me and agreew ith me out of some pathological need for attention and self validation. And when I get pleasure from needling you, that doesn’t indicate a psychological problem either. Stop saying that. I get tired of hearing it. I hear it every time I compose a comment here from the giant magenta caterpillars with Sarah Palin’s face and ample bosom looking over my shoulder.

  • Mehtinks there is an application of the “Law of Holes” here somewhere …

    But the law imposed no legal requirement to open the website Oct 1. The law says only that the enrollment period shall be “as determined by the secretary.” The launch date was set not in the law, but in regulations her department had issued. Agencies routinely allow themselves flexibility on self-imposed deadlines.

    Officials could have postponed open enrollment by a month, or they could have phased in access to the website. Oregon, one of the 14 states that built its own website under the federal law, did just that, allowing initial website access only for counselors instead of the general public.

    It seems healthcare.gov didn’t have to go into meltdown on Oct 1, or at least it wasn’t necessary to do it in public.
    So, what else are the distracting us from with this useless exercise ?

  • NBC just now figured out that the Obama administration knew ahead of time that millions would lose their insurance.
    How many people pointed out this fact in 2009?  The town hall meeting protests were portrayed as cranky racist white people trying to beat down a black president.  Now that those predictions are being proven accurate, the media forgets what those people said at the time.
    It’s like waking up each day with a blank slate.  Imbeciles.

  • Good news!  New rules on international wire transfers by the CFPB are now in place!
    http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/united-states/120120/international-money-transfers-wire-cfpb-consumer-financial-protection

    So, here’s what happened to me, as someone use makes these transfers as part of my business:
    1) Bank just increased the cost per transfer by 10 dollars.
    2) Saturday service is gone and wires must be done by 2:00 pm
    3) The bank has to ask me questions now before I can pay my suppliers.
    4) Many other banks are simply dropping the service.
    But I do get a 30 minute “regret” window. Yeah, I often go to the bank unprepared and regret sending money overseas….really.

    Sorry, poor Mexicans wiring money home…you are going to be “helped” until your nice and sore.

  • Hundreds of thousands of New Jerseyans opened the mail last week to find their health insurance plan would no longer exist in 2014 because it does not cover all the essential benefits required by the Affordable Care Act. … The changes will impact more than 800,000 people in New Jersey who purchase insurance on the individual and small-employer markets, according to Ward Sanders, president of the New Jersey Association of Health Plans.
    >>>>> In a related development, 800,000 deep blues in NJ need to sit down and shut the f**k up because they were warned, and voted for this anyway.

    Kaiser Permanente in California has sent notices to 160,000 people – about half of its individual business in the state. … Blue Shield of California sent roughly 119,000 cancellation notices out in mid-September, about 60 percent of its individual business.
    >>>> Suffer b*tches

    CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield is being forced to cancel plans that currently cover 76,000 individuals in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., due to changes made by President Obama’s health care law, the company told the Washington Examiner today. That represents more than 40 percent of the 177,000 individuals covered by CareFirst in those states
    >>>> This makes me happy. Hope they suffer DEEPLY.

    Looks like the correct people are getting shafted good and hard. I can live with this law if that’s the case. I’ve already angered several people in my office with gloating. Don’t care either. I’ve got years to cram this sh*t sandwich down their throats, and I’m not gonna be shy about it either. Teachable moment and all that

  • Next we’ll have to try to convince the left that it’ll be cold this winter and warm next summer.
    Of course, they won’t believe us.

  • On another site, somebody mentioned that when the Employer Mandate kicks in next year that we will be see group plans being terminated.
    ObamaCare .. if you have a pain, Obama probably built that.

  • Because the Dems want to fund it (Obamacare) they have to own it.

  • Is it lying when you know the person saying something is habitual liar and you can count on the opposite of his declarations like these to be the truth more than you can count on a truthful man to accurately predict the future in his best honesty?

    • Yes.  Absolutely.
      But it DOES make prediction much more certain when you have a pathological liar.  They are very reliable, in their own special way.
      Right, Erp?

      • Yes, You Can Keep Your Health Plan from Stephanie Cutter on http://www.whitehouse.gov

        Second, I agree with the WSJ op-ed that the Affordable Care Act’s biggest changes will be for the individual market, but with the opposite conclusion. The fact of the matter is that the individual market does not work well now—it features high prices and not enough choice, and too many Americans are left with poor or no health insurance because of this. The Affordable Care Act establishes minimum standards for health plans; creates transparent and competitive markets from which consumers can buy insurance; and helps those who can’t afford insurance coverage to purchase it.

        .. I suggest that everybody at the WHite House get on the “same page”

  • Something the government did not count on was some insurance companies bypassing the offer to go on the exchange.  This is DRAMATICALLY changing the rollout and may doom the ACA more than any bad software rollout ever could.  http://obamacareaca.com/obamacare/big-insurance-company-problems-for-obamacare/ explains the big oops in the ACA law.  An excellent video from CBS news adds to the explanation.

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