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Nicholas Ballasy

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August 25, 2013 - 12:15 am
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According to Forbes, “everyone can purchase policies through the health insurance exchange” but coverage is only “subsidized for certain individuals where insurance is deemed too costly.”

Applicants earning less than 400% of the poverty level would qualify for a federal subsidy.

“If insurance costs more than 9.5% of earnings for employer based coverage, it is considered too costly, and those under 400% poverty level can buy insurance on the exchange using a subsidy. Those making 400% and over can still buy insurance on the exchange, but will not receive a subsidy,” Forbes reports.

Navigators are one of the tools being used by HHS in their Obamacare sign-up efforts. Navigators will go door-to-door in local communities and inform Americans about their coverage options in the exchange marketplace under Obamacare.

HHS has issued $67 million in federal grant awards to 105 navigator applicants. The entities that received the grants are located in the 34 states that have a federally facilitated or a state partnership health insurance marketplace.

“Navigators will be among the many resources available to help consumers understand their coverage options in the Marketplace,” said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

“A network of volunteers on the ground in every state – health care providers, business leaders, faith leaders, community groups, advocates, and local elected officials – can help spread the word and encourage their neighbors to get enrolled.”

“These Navigator grantees and their staff will serve as an in-person resource for Americans who want additional assistance in shopping for and enrolling in plans in the Health Insurance Marketplace beginning this fall,” said an HHS press release.

When the enrollment process is underway, navigators will take applicants’ Social Security numbers, examine their tax records and access their personal health information.

Secretary Sebelius said navigators “are going to be required to adhere to strict data security and privacy standards, including how to safeguard consumers’ personal information.”

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Nicholas Ballasy is a video journalist based in Washington, D.C. His interviews with prominent politicians and celebrities have been featured by media outlets including Fox News, NBC News, ABC News, Access Hollywood, Inside Edition, the Washington Post. Follow his work at www.nickballasy.com.

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"...subsidized for certain individuals where insurance is deemed too costly..." This includes members of Congress and their staff. Hold your Representatives' feet to the fire and demand an explanation of this cronyism and greed.
32 weeks ago
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Obama and his merry band of thieves stole 500 million dollars from Medicare so they could pay for this? Obama is nothing but a grifter.
33 weeks ago
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This is nothing. Before the last election, I heard infinite radio spots pushing Obamacare.

These were essentially Obama campaign commercials, paid for with taxpayer money. Did anyone complain?
33 weeks ago
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I'm not sure I even get what the author is upset about. The feds can spend any money our elected representatives allocate to them for the purposes of upholding laws passed by those same representatives.

You got a problem with Obamacare, it's 100% due to your representatives in Congress. Pass a crappy law, you get crappy spending.
33 weeks ago
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No, it is 100% due to Democrats in Congress.
33 weeks ago
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Conservatives should revive the Harry and Louise videos that were so effective in killing off Hillarycare in the '90s. For those too young to remember these gems, they were short commercials in which a married couple discuss the real ramifications of socialized medicine and how it would affect ordinary people like Harry, his wife Louise and everyone else in the country. It was the first time media was used in this way and the Dems were blind-sided. The Harry and Louise campaign was brilliant and it worked - Hillarycare was DOA.
33 weeks ago
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Harry and Louise Part Two:

A boy and girl in their 20s, clothed in the current fashion statement which announces that they are "artsy" people, discuss how to make a winning video promoting Obamacare. They need to win the money because they want to immigrate to Amsterdam "cause that's where the pot is". Among their ideas is a video showing people "dying in the gutter" from starvation because Republicans are soooo mean. Another idea that shows the benefits of passing Obamacare depicts lethargic, emaciated people dragging themselves through the door of a healthcare exchange and emerging beautiful, energetic and radiantly happy.
33 weeks ago
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Re "HHS has issued $67 million in federal grant awards to 105 navigator applicants. " That's $638,000 each. Two bets - its not full time work and lots of the friends of Trayvon Martin types are on the receiving end.
33 weeks ago
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The full throttle indoctrination of ObamaCare could not come to fruition if not for the following shock troops, duly 'educated' and primed for radical leftist, revolutionary programming - http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/07/01/americas-community-organizing-grads-poised-to-become-foot-soldiers-for-obama-inc-as-the-radical-in-chief-forgives-student-debt-say-what-commentary-by-adina-kutnicki/

IF anyone wants to know what the precursors to totalitarian society/rule are, look no farther than to Obama Inc's 'community organizing' grads, and their 'forgiveness' of student debt! Talk about socking it to the taxpayer's....

Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/
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