ProPublica: Coming in January: ObamaCare Rate Shock, Part Two.
More lies from the Administration. The Administration has claimed that because of all the technology problems with ObamaCare, they didn't know how many people enrolled. That sounds reasonable. However, the Washington Post reported this morning:
According to one person with knowledge of the figures, slightly fewer than 40,000 people had selected a health plan as of last week. The figures are derived from reports that the government sends to each participating insurer early every evening, letting them know which customers have signed up that day. The figure was first reported Monday by the Wall Street Journal.
I previously mentioned Congressman Fred Upton's bill (the "Keep Your Plan Act") as great political theater. Democrats must be getting really worried:
CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash told her network’s anchors on Tuesday that the end of the week is the “de facto deadline” at which point the White House needs to have settled on a series of fixes to address the crisis of Americans losing their health coverage. After Friday, Bash reported, House Democrats are going to be backing GOP proposed fixes to the Affordable Care Act against the wishes of President Barack Obama’s administration.
ObamaCare hits the campus: This won't go over well next September
.Megan McArdle: ObamaCare is running out of bullets.
An excerpt: Colorado woman who championed ObamaCare gets a cancellation notice
It reminds me of a late-Soviet joke: A man stands in line all day for bread, only to have the baker come out and say there is none. He loses it, and begins ranting about the government. Eventually, a man in a trench coat puts a hand on his shoulder.
“Be careful, comrade. You know, in the old days, it would have been …" and he mimes a gun pointed at the head.
The man walks home, dejected. When he walks in the door, his wife takes one look at his face and drops the plate she is holding.
“What’s wrong, Ivan? Were they out of bread?”
“It’s worse than that. They’re out of bullets.”
. "I was really shocked...Oh my gosh President Obama, this is not what we hoped for, it's not what we were told."
The ObamaCare contraception mandate lost again (this time in the 7th Circuit).ObamaCare website manager says he wasn't told that security flaws posed 'limitless' risk.
What are some Colorado nonprofits calling ObamaCare in order to drum up support with the young? Brosurance. No, I did not make this up.
I also love the name of the website: doyougotinsurance.com. Grammar, anyone?
Hmmm: White Republican wins election by convincing voters he's Black.
Oops: Wind power has a problem--It allegedly caused the death of 600,000 bats last year.
Here's a link to a beautiful picture of the Naples, Italy area.
You'll notice a black hole in the street lighting just to the south and east of Naples. Is it a lake? Not hardly. It's Mt. Vesuvius, a volcano that's erupted in the past and will erupt again in the future. (It's last eruption was in 1944
; it's most well known was in 79 A.D.
)The Institute for Justice wins one against the Sacramento sign police.Sigh: "Online gambling is a strategic national threat."
Is this Dilbert strip show the reason why ObamaCare doesn't work?Jay Cost
: "My sources tip me off of a new Obama promise forthcoming about healthcare.org: We'll get it fixed on 11-31. That's a PROMISE."Obama's apology really isn't one.
Well– first of all, I meant what I said. And we worked hard to try to make sure that we implemented it properly. But obviously, we didn’t do enough– a good enough job– and I regret that. We’re talking about 5% of the population– who are in what’s called the individual market. They’re out there buying health insurance on their own.
A lot of these plans are subpar plans. And we put in a clause in the law that said if you had one of those plans, even if it was subpar– when the law was passed, you could keep it. But there’s enough churn in the market that folks since then have bought subpar plans. And now that may be all they can afford. So even though it only affects a small amount of the population, you know, it means a lot to them, obviously, when they get– this letter cancelled.
I make Instapundit for the second time.
The first time was regarding my move to Nevada; now, it's the ending to a piece I wrote on the continuing IRS scandal.
Here's the ending:
For the IRS to function effectively, it needs both a reasonable budget and to be apolitical. It’s vital that the Department of Justice go after individuals who turn the IRS into a political organization from an apolitical one. Yet the current Administration apparently doesn’t see the urgency in this issue. That’s a huge mistake, and one that will definitely come back to haunt them and all Americans. We need a well functioning IRS…and given what the Administration is doing (and not doing), it’s very likely the budget for the IRS will continue to shrink.
Yes, the IRS scandal is still out there...and it's still quite bad for this Administration.
I was not part of the ObamaCare 6.Expect this to come back and haunt many Democrats next year: "Senate Democrats supported rule that led to insurance cancellations."Obama Administration knew full well that many would lose their health plans.DC Appeals Court backs challenge to ObamaCare contraception mandate.
Next stop: US Supreme Court.
This won't cut it--Bill Maher: President Obama had to lie to help dumb Americans
.Washington Post: How political fear was pitted against technical needs.CBS: White house warned three years ago that ObamaCare was in deep trouble.Will insularity, incompetence, and lies doom ObamaCare?
House GOP to let Obama and Democrats stew in the problems that they've made.Mish has a great piece on the website noting there is "no reasonable expectation of privacy" in the coding of the website and how that cannot be HIPAA compliant. The next shoe to drop:
Insularity, incompetence, and deception doomed the launch of the Affordable Care Act, according to postmortems on President Obama's health insurance law. The president now has two choices: A) Accept the verdict and learn from it, or B) stick with insularity, incompetence, and deception.
Early signs point to Obama compounding rather than correcting his team's errors.
Officials expressed concern that the next shoe to drop in the evolving story about the Affordable Care Act would be disappointment from consumers once they are able to get on the troubled HealthCare.gov website – disappointment because of sticker shock and limited choice, according to a new document obtained by CNN.
You may get a choice of keeping your doctor or your hospital, but not both. That's what one cancer patient has found out.
I'm going to note a hilarious editorial
in the New York Times:
Congressional Republicans have stoked consumer fears and confusion with charges that the health care reform law is causing insurers to cancel existing policies and will force many people to pay substantially higher premiums next year for coverage they don’t want. That, they say, violates President Obama’s pledge that if you like the insurance you have, you can keep it.
Mr. Obama clearly misspoke when he said that.
I earlier posted links to President Obama stating 27 times that if you liked your plan you could keep it, period. No, as PowerLine suggested
this was not written by the Onion.
One good impact of Citizens United: Judges dismantling regulations prohibiting fee speech
Shhh: The Tea Party is still out there