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Your ObamaCare Fail of the Day

December 3rd, 2013 - 1:01 pm

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100,000 people — pretty good, right?

Wrong.

ObamaCare is still kicking people off the insurance that they liked and were told they could keep (period!) far faster than it’s signing them up. And even if Professor Ditherton Wiggleroom hadn’t spent three years telling the lie — unchallenged by the press — that you could keep your plan, even if 5.5 million people hadn’t lost their coverage…

…then HealthCare.gov would still be nearly an order of magnitude behind its enrollment goals.

That’s right: They’ve enrolled about one-eighth the number of people they need at this point.

Of course, those “enrollments” include people who haven’t actually paid for their insurance, because the website still has no payment mechanism. It also includes people who have put a plan in their shopping basket, whether or not they actually intend to buy it. (How many items are saved in your Amazon basket? How many of them have been in there a year or more? Be honest!) Kathleen Sebelius might still be counting people who have merely managed, despite all the attendant aches and pains, to create valid accounts. Since I have never seen a decline in the enrollment figures, and Sebelius once admitted she was counting members of that last group as “enrolled,” then I suspect they are still being counted in the totals.

We must also subtract those who have signed up for expanded Medicare, because by definition they won’t be contributing to the risk pool — assuming for the moment one is extant. Instead, they will be by definition adding to the Giant Sucking Sound of tax dollars leaving your wallet.

I reminded you yesterday that the real fun would begin around the third week of December, if the expected rush of enrollees fails to materialize. But the really very quite real fun might begin on January 1st, when a rush of the newly-insured show up to see the doctor, only to be told they aren’t actually covered. Because there’s no payment system, and thus no insurance.

But for those people, I have pity instead of schadenfreude.

Unless they voted for Wiggleroom last year. They’ll just have to learn the hard way that elections have consequences.

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Our courageous Overseer has decided that no matter how much we suffer, no matter how high the price, no matter how many people die, we must continue distributing less health care to fewer people, for a higher price.

It's the only way to achieve the exalted state of existence (with him in charge) that he first envisioned in a choom haze in Hawaii where his perpetual adolescence began.
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"They'll just have to learn the hard way that elections have consequences."

Or - Stupid Should Hurt!
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You may be an Obama supporter, but are you really willing to support others who will be given your tax money to provide them with health insurance? Your rates go up to support them and your annual deductible amount goes up, too. Obama is trying to delay this for ONE year, but from then on you will pay those extra rates and deductible costs. Since the Democrats can’t be depended on to join the effort, it’s up to us to vote for Republicans to get enough people in office who want to repeal the law. This is at all government levels. Vote your pocketbook. Remember, it’s YOUR money. This situation is hardly different from being assigned to support an illegal alien, which will happen when Amnesty is the law.
See http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/stories/2012/october/11/health-care-immigrants.aspx
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When I was practicing, I knew several colleagues that told their patients that they would fill in the insurance for the patient, as a courtesy, and that they would let the insurance payment go to them, as they want their payment at time of service.

So in the future, doctors may, starting Jan 1 tell patients you have to pay for services, we will bill your insurance for you, and let your insurance reimburse you directly.

See how that goes, but that is really the way to make the system crash quickly
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1,000,000 people losing insurance in California alone, and we are supposed to be happy that some 100,000 put a plan in their basket.

But then B.O. and the admin liked to tell us that they were creating jobs, when fewer and fewer people were in the work force.
51 weeks ago
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Our courageous Overseer has decided that no matter how much we suffer, no matter how high the price, no matter how many people die, we must continue distributing less health care to fewer people, for a higher price.

It's the only way to achieve the exalted state of existence (with him in charge) that he first envisioned in a choom haze in Hawaii where his perpetual adolescence began.
51 weeks ago
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You just can't make up stuff this good.
51 weeks ago
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"They'll just have to learn the hard way that elections have consequences."

Or - Stupid Should Hurt!
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It's Medicaid that's expanded, not Medicare. Docs wouldn't be quite as upset if it WERE Medicare, but they start losing money the minute a Medicaid patient walks into the waiting room. And 100,000 isn't 1/8 of 7,000,000; it's 1/70th of 7,000,000. At this rate it will take very nearly 6 years to get up to 7,000,000. But it will have to get better, or it will have to die. I know which of those two I would prefer, and it isn't the former.
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the 100,000 sign ups don't mean anything until the payment to the insurance is made.

No payment, no coverage.

Go to your doctor, and he won't treat you when you don't show up as having insurance,

Or doctors will tell you that they will take cash for services and let the insurance pay you directly as the contract that a doctor has is with the patient, the insurance is a third party convenience.
51 weeks ago
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I figure instead of dying, the government will find a few billion dollars lying around—because with all our debt, we're flooded with extra cash—and use it to prop up Obamacare as long as they can get away with it. The government is good at beating dead horses.
51 weeks ago
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It doesn't work, it isn't true, it isn't safe and it the premium is too damn high.

Obamacare...where you are wedded to the state...and mirage is pronounced marriage
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But, but, Obama Won!
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When will we hear the first demand to enroll people who have lost their insurance (because of the devilish Republicans' dastardly sabotage of obamahillarlycare) in Medicare, regardless of age? After all, it's a ready-made solution, and there are already at least 8 million people in Medicare who are below the age of 65. There is nothing inherent in Medicare that prevents anybody from being enrolled. Unless, of course, you are one of those loony Tea Party types who thinks a $54 Trillion liability matters.
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proreason: If that happens (and it very well may - as some believe it to be the goal all along) Medicare & all state Medicaid programs will be combined into one giant single-payer plan - no age limits, no pre-existing condition denials, and since Obama likes to spread the wealth, premiums, deductibles, co-pays & co-insurances will be progressive, i.e. the more you make, the more you pay. And yeah, what's a $54 trillion liability between friends?
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