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November 5, 2013 - 12:41 pm

Administration officials told senators today that they plan to respond to Americans who have had their health insurance canceled with an “outreach” program.

At the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee this morning, Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) asked Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner “about the administration’s plan to reach out to those Americans whose individually purchased plans are being canceled by their insurance companies.”

“There was a story in our paper in Seattle, about a 56-year-old woman who received one of those cancellation notices and who, like a lot of other people was told to blame the Affordable Care Act in that letter,” Murray said. “But of course, she wasn’t told that if she accessed the ACA marketplace it could save her and her family thousands of dollars and provide her with upgraded, more comprehensive health care coverage.”

“As I read her story, I that’s an important reminder that it’s gonna be an up-hill battle against some political and industry interest to get those individuals good information that have received those letters,” the senator added.

Tavenner said that’s “actually a conversation we’re having today.”

“Is there a way we can actively engage to reach out to people who have been canceled?” she continued. “Although they’re canceled, they are offered another policy. But I think what’s important for them to understand is, it’s not just that policy, it’s also the ability to go on the exchange. As you mentioned, in Washington state, they can — they don’t even have to apply, they can go take a look at what the rates are.”

Tavenner said they’re working on their “outreach” plan and would get back to the committee with that later this week.

She later told Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) that a public campaign coordinating with the “tech surge” will begin running at the end of November and go into December, January, February, and March.

“So, what if the site is not working?” Hagan asked.

“So the site will be working. The site is working now. What we are doing now is making performance improvements, but the site will be working,” Tavenner said.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Here is the truth. We cannot fight Obamacare if we sign up for it. The truth is - do not sign up for a new policy when you lose your old one. Easy to say of course, but there is no other way.

No politician will put an end to Obamacare. No matter if they are an enemy of it or a friend. No insurance company will put an end to it. No State government will put an end to it.

Only we can and I am afraid there is only one way to do that. We could have said we will vote in etc etc - but we won't. We had that opportunity and we didn't.

There is only one avenue left. Don't sign up whatever the consequence. The issue is this - we will die and we will suffer. Should this be on our terms or the Congress's term?

I have lost my insurance. So I will die. So what? I will die anyway - better on my terms than Obamacare's terms.

American cannot be born again unless it dies. Sorry to say it. Wish it weren't true. But it is.

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The ACA was sold to the American people under the guise of, “If you like your healthcare plan, you can keep it. Period. If you like your doctor, you can keep them. Period.” There were no modifiers or qualifiers to those two statements at the time they were uttered multiple times.

ACA is one of the most divisive and poorly written pieces of legislation ever passed and signed into law. What else can we expect from a president that has put race relations back 25 to 30 years? And yet his supporters continue to make excuses and attempt to spin what was actually said with video recordings that provide 100% proof of what he said.

I am ashamed of the voters that put this incompetent community organizer in office and reelected him to a second term.
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the fraud perpetrated a fraud. go figure. whowouldathunkit?

still, we get the consolation prize of watching the fools who voted a fraud into office, twice, get put on the kenyan's death list w/ the rest of his potential victims. he is good at killing. we have 100's dead from fast & furious and Benghazi. he has never played by the rules. what makes anyone believe that health care isn't going to be rationed to friends and supporters? that's who he is. its what he does. he's good at death, remember? he finally told the truth as a joke. ha ha.
1 year ago
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America is like the Phoenix of legend. It will have to be consumed by the fire before it can rise from the flames.
1 year ago
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Here is the truth. We cannot fight Obamacare if we sign up for it. The truth is - do not sign up for a new policy when you lose your old one. Easy to say of course, but there is no other way.

No politician will put an end to Obamacare. No matter if they are an enemy of it or a friend. No insurance company will put an end to it. No State government will put an end to it.

Only we can and I am afraid there is only one way to do that. We could have said we will vote in etc etc - but we won't. We had that opportunity and we didn't.

There is only one avenue left. Don't sign up whatever the consequence. The issue is this - we will die and we will suffer. Should this be on our terms or the Congress's term?

I have lost my insurance. So I will die. So what? I will die anyway - better on my terms than Obamacare's terms.

American cannot be born again unless it dies. Sorry to say it. Wish it weren't true. But it is.

1 year ago
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The problem is, if you don't sign up for it, there's that fine, er, tax. It's not $95, at least for anyone making $9500 or less- and they'll get Medicaid anyhow; it's 1% of your income (AGI?). For anyone making $25,000, that's $250. In '15 it'll be 1.5%, and in '16 it'll be 2%. Those fines will go to support Obamacare, too. One way out, they can only collect it involuntarily, for now, at least, from tax returns.
So, if you are going to follow this course, make sure you have a small, i.e., less than $500, tax due every year. At least until they change the law, there'll be nothing for them to seize.
1 year ago
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People who lose their original policy, will not be signing up because they can not afford the outrageous premiums & deductibles in the government sponsored plans.

The unworkable website has been getting alot of hits indicating people are showing interest in acquiring any health insurance plan since they were dropped from the old ones.
1 year ago
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The outreach program probably consists of a propaganda packet about how to use the website and all the subsidies you might qualify for, provided by your neighborhood La Raza or Planned Parenthood Navigators.
1 year ago
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Heck, why not add a little ObamaChoom to go with that outreach? You won't have healthcare but you won't care. /sarc off
1 year ago
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O would go for that for sure!
1 year ago
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For those who note -- with my agreement -- that having access to insurance plans you don't want is not better than having no access to insurance plans: what was your response to people who said that gay men have the same right to marry women that straight men have?
1 year ago
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Hey John Roberts! Look what you did when you SOLD US OUT (you filthy, lying, wh*redog). Hope you rot in hell for a thousand eternities!
1 year ago
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Howdy clear the way
Chief Justice Roberts never "SOLD US OUT". He ruled on the case as it came before the court and, in the process, forced the Solicitor General to describe the mandate provision as a tax.
In doing so, Justice Roberts forced the administration to acknowledge one of its many lies. He also helped open the door to an origination case, which I have read is in the works. The origination case could really sink DemBamaCare.
1 year ago
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The constitution grants the federal government the power to levy 3 kinds of taxes. Proportionate direct taxes are constitutionally allowable, these are the same for all citizens (of a given state) . Excise taxes, which are taxes upon goods, are constitutionally permissible. And lastly by amendment so are income taxes. The Obamacare fine/tax is not any of the 3 allowed taxes and so is not constitutional. And that is the problem with judge roberts lawless decision.
1 year ago
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But, because the 16th Amendment is written so broadly, they can tax you for not buying something. They can tax income "from whatever source"...so, if you don't have any income, they can't tax you (in fact, they give you money in that sense...so maybe they could technically tax your welfare at that point.)
1 year ago
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I actually agree. For Legalise sakes, he was technically right. The President and Congress levied taxes against everyone for not having something...which the federal government technically has the power to do from the 16th Amendment. The "mandate" portion carried no legal force beyond a tax.
1 year ago
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Obamacare, where the actuary meets the mortuary.

But, never fear. We have some bovine manure to make you feel better. We call it outreach...it sounds so much nicer than reach around. Obamacare where bovine manure is used as aromatherapy. Also known as Obamatherapy.
1 year ago
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Get that on a bumper sticker immediately.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
The ACA was sold to the American people under the guise of, “If you like your healthcare plan, you can keep it. Period. If you like your doctor, you can keep them. Period.” There were no modifiers or qualifiers to those two statements at the time they were uttered multiple times.

ACA is one of the most divisive and poorly written pieces of legislation ever passed and signed into law. What else can we expect from a president that has put race relations back 25 to 30 years? And yet his supporters continue to make excuses and attempt to spin what was actually said with video recordings that provide 100% proof of what he said.

I am ashamed of the voters that put this incompetent community organizer in office and reelected him to a second term.
1 year ago
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I am also disgusted by McCain's weasly campaign against Obama. If he had taken the gloves off (and allowed Palin to also), the outcome would have been very different
1 year ago
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Oh, please. The law was written by Pelosi and a congerie of leftists. From present evidence Obama had no hand in it and, extremely likely, never read any of it.
He does not see his job as requiring that he do anything more than give uplifting speeches. Hard work, such as involving himself in his "signature achievement," is beyond him.
1 year ago
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“There was a story in our paper in Seattle, about a 56-year-old woman who received one of those cancellation notices and who, like a lot of other people was told to blame the Affordable Care Act in that letter,” Murray said. “But of course, she wasn’t told that if she accessed the ACA marketplace it could save her and her family thousands of dollars and provide her with upgraded, more comprehensive health care coverage.”

Well Patty ("the idiot") Murray, requirements of the (Un) affordable Care Act are the reason she's being dropped.

And will she really get that glowing replacement deal through the state run exchange, or are you just blowing smoke out your a$$, as usual ?
1 year ago
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Since the woman involved is older (in fact my age), she may turn out to be a winner. She may not. But older people are more likely to get a break, which is going to be paid for by younger people and the higher premiums they are being squeezed into.
1 year ago
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They voted for Obama in large numbers. Schadenfreude being felt right here (see Kurt Schlicter's recent piece).
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