Sunday, December 8, 2013

The Rollout To Destroy The US Healthcare System. We Knew It Was Bad; We Just Didn't Know It Was This Bad -- Talk About Breaking The Best Medical Care System In The World, The President Is Doing It


December 14, 2013: one of the eastern liberal states, Connecticut, will get to see just how "wonderful" ObamaCare is. TheDay is reporting:
Undocumented immigrants are expected to make up a larger share of Connecticut's uninsured population next year, putting "new financial pressures on safety-net hospitals" that provide emergency care to everyone, state and national health experts predict.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides coverage options for legal immigrants, but those in the U.S. illegally cannot apply for Medicaid, even if they are poor, or buy coverage at Access Health CT (the new insurance marketplace), even if they have cash. That means undocumented residents without coverage will continue turning to local emergency departments for care at a time when Connecticut hospitals face the loss of millions of dollars in federal and state subsidies to help defray the cost of uncompensated care.
December 14, 2013: we are not even into the second quarter of ObamaCare, the First Year, and the president has already garnered a new award, an award of distinction: Obama's "You Can Keep Your Insurance" is the 2014 "Lie of the Year." And look at the source: NPR.  The interesting thing is that every other runner-up and nominee was a conservative, it appears. You have to hand it to NPR to at least recognize the "You Can Keep Your Insurance" as the biggest lie, but in fact, by recognizing the others, NPR conveniently forgot many, many other lies made by folks who supported ObamaCare. 
"I still support President Obama, but everything he has done has screwed up my life."-- Obama supporter, 2013. Cognitive dissonance.
December 14, 2013: New York elite -- the ones who would have overwhelmingly voted for Obama -- are losing their insurance coverage.
Many in New York’s professional and cultural elite have long supported President Obama’s health care plan. But now, to their surprise, thousands of writers, opera singers, music teachers, photographers, doctors, lawyers and others are learning that their health insurance plans are being canceled and they may have to pay more to get comparable coverage, if they can find it.
They are part of an unusual informal health insurance system that has developed in New York in which independent practitioners were able to get lower insurance rates through group plans, typically set up by their professional associations or chambers of commerce. That allowed them to avoid the sky-high rates in New York’s individual insurance market, historically among the most expensive in the country....

December 11, 2013: the numbers, by state:
  • North Dakota, at 265, signed up the lowest number.
  • South Dakota, at 372 , signed up the second lowest.
  • Florida, at 17,908, led the nation (Florida, with all its senior citizens, is certainly not known for young, healthy males)
  • Illinois, at 7,043, certainly is not particularly noteworthy.
  • Delaware, at 7,650, was said to be "tiny."
  • Hawaii signed up 574, for $350,000 apiece.
  • California signed up 107,087. has has a nice summary:
Vermont has, by far, the highest rate of signups as a share of its population: 0.8%.
It's followed by Connecticut, Kentucky and California.
Because of its large population, California accounts for about 30% of total Obamacare sign-ups, at 107,087.
New York, another state running its own exchange, has provided more than 45,000 enrollments.
Nationally, only 0.12% of Americans signed up for private health insurance made available by the Affordable Care Act between Oct. 1 and Nov. 30; that figure must rise to 2.2% for the Obama Administration to reach its goal of 7 million signups by March 31.
In general, the states with the fewest signups rely on the federally-run exchange, whose infrastructure has been plagued by technical problems, though website performance has improved over time and enrollments have been accelerating.
But some state-based exchanges are doing even worse than the federal one. Oregon, which runs its own exchange, has enrolled virtually none of its population. In fact, its website is so plagued that it has only enrolled people through a paper application process, according to the Washington Times.
HHS reports just 44 enrollments in private insurance through Oregon's exchange as of Nov. 30, though a local press report puts the figure at 217. Either way, the figure is dismal.
Hawaii and Massachusetts are also poor performers, challenging the stereotype that state-based exchanges outperform the federal exchange.
Reminder: the ten (10) states most critical and the numbers needed to enroll:
  • California: 1.3 million
  • Texas: 629,000
  • Florida: 477,000
  • Washington State: 340,000
  • Oregon: 237,0000
  • New York: 218,000
  • Pennsylvania: 206,000
  • Georgia: 204,000
  • North Carolina: 191,000
  • Ohio: 190,000
December 11, 2013: the first quarter stats are still rolling in.
Original Post

If this was being reported by Fox News I would consider the source, but this is coming from the highly respected Financial Times. It turns out that Obamacare policies will NOT be accepted by the premier hospitals in the nation, like MD Anderson and/or Mayo Clinic.

This is truly beyond the pale: even those folks who can can actually enroll and obtain insurance won't be able to access some of the best hospitals in the world. This trainwreck is going from bad to worse daily.

The FT is reporting:
Americans who are buying insurance plans over online exchanges, under what is known as Obamacare, will have limited access to some of the nation’s leading hospitals, including two world-renowned cancer centres
Amid a drive by insurers to limit costs, the majority of insurance plans being sold on the new healthcare exchanges in New York, Texas, and California, for example, will not offer patients’ access to Memorial Sloan Kettering in Manhattan or MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, two top cancer centres, or Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles, one of the top research and teaching hospitals in the country.
Wasn't it just two days ago when The Los Angeles Times asked what will come out next?

Now we know. 

This is complete insanity.

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