10:18 AM, Mar 7, 2014 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
The Washington Post's report on two surveys suggesting that Obamacare's heavily taxpayer-subsidized exchanges "appear to be making little headway in signing up Americans who lack insurance," contains this additional nugget about the Obama administration's level of foresight and competence:
"Inside the Department of Health and Human Services, staff analysts who have been producing monthly enrollment updates are confronted with a major hindrance to examining the question of people’s prior insurance status: the wording of the HealthCare.gov applications themselves.
"The paper versions of applications, used by a small fraction of people who are signing up, contain a multiple-choice question asking whether people in a household currently have insurance. 'No' is one of the boxes people can check.
“But the online application, which most people use to enroll, asks whether people want to apply for coverage but does not give them a place to indicate whether they have insurance now or have had it in the past. As a result, HHS analysts have no way to assess how many of the online enrollees were uninsured in the past.
"'We are...looking at a range of data sources to determine how many marketplace enrollees previously had coverage,' said Julie Bataille, director of the Office of Communications at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the HHS agency overseeing the new insurance marketplaces. 'Previous insurance coverage is an important metric, and we hope to have additional information in the future,' she said."
And we're supposed to believe that the folks at HHS can handle being in charge of what will soon be one-fifth of our economy?
9:05 AM, Mar 7, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
Late last year the Wall Street Journal reported that Hewlett-Packard was replacing Verizon's Terremark subsidiary as the host of the federal government's Obamacare website, Healthcare.gov, when Terremark's contract expired in March 2014.
'Medical insurance nightmare.'8:17 AM, Mar 7, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
A Utah man signed himself and his adult children up for a dental plan through Obamacare, but was unknowingly enrolled in a worthless child's plan:
The lawless tweaking of Obamacare’s provisions continues. Mar 17, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 26 • By JAY COST
Another week, another Obamacare delay, improvised by the administration. The latest is particularly laughable. It seems the administration miscalculated when it first decided to delay Obamacare’s mandated minimum coverage requirements for health insurance. According to the Hill: “A one-year moratorium pushed the deadline beyond the midterm election, but insurers must send out cancellation notices 90 days in advance.
9:08 AM, Mar 6, 2014 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
The House of Representatives passed legislation Wednesday afternoon to make the fine/“tax” for violating Obamacare’s individual mandate $0 for this year, and it did so by the wide margin of 90 votes (250 to 160). That’s 83 more than the 7-vote margin (219 to 212) by which Obamacare passed the House four Marches ago. Moreover, 27 Democrats voted for today’s legislation—27 more than the number of Republicans who voted for Obamacare when it passed. In all, 223 Republicans
9:20 AM, Mar 5, 2014 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
Mike Lee, perhaps the United States Senate’s leading voice for a conservative reform agenda, has now endorsed Ben Sasse in Nebraska’s Senate race. Lee declared, “Nebraskans need Ben Sasse to represent their values, reformers in the Senate need his conservative vote, our country needs his voice.” Lee added that Sasse is “a strong constitutional conservative who understands the proper role of government” and who “also recognizes that we must run and win on the power of our positive ideas.”
8:04 AM, Mar 5, 2014 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on Wednesday to reduce the fine/“tax” for violating Obamacare’s individual mandate this year to $0. It will be interesting to see how Democrats in both the House and Senate react. President Obama has plainly violated the law—and the constitutional separation of powers—by unilaterally delaying the individual mandate for some people (those who liked their health plan but got a cancellation notice) and by unilaterally delaying the employer mandate.
Coming to Maryland.9:01 AM, Mar 4, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
The state agency in charge of Maryland's beleaguered Obamacare Marketplace, the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange (MHBE), is looking to establish a standing advisory committee to provide the board of the MHBE advice and input on a "broad range of policy issues." The MHBE sent out a letter to "stakeholders" this week who might have an interest in serving on the committee.
8:03 AM, Mar 4, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
A nightmare for an Alabama woman, who was trying to find help for her disability through Obamacare:
2:23 PM, Mar 3, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Good news for members of congress and their staffs. There is a benefit to them that is not, astonishingly, available to ordinary citizens. As Pete Kasperowicz at the Hill reports, unlike millions of Americans, they:
… have a way to opt out of ObamaCare — retirement.
8:12 AM, Mar 3, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
The March 31, 2014 deadline for Obamacare open enrollment has been widely publicized since Healthcare.gov launched in October 2013, but
2:32 PM, Mar 1, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Vice President Joe Biden tried to convince a young Canadian woman to sign up for Obamacare:
"Vice President Biden moving in close to sell the Affordable Care Act to a young woman outside Butterfield's Pancake House in Scottsdale," says the local reporter.
10:55 AM, Feb 28, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Hard to imagine anyone running for anything as a proud and unequivocal supporter of the Affordable Care Act. Anyone, that is, this side of Joe Biden. Democratic candidates for the House and Senate are already running ads asserting, essentially, I was for it before I said we had to fix it. And now, it seems that Hillary Clinton is making the same kind of noises in anticipation of 2016 and the fund raising and positioning that needs to be done between now and then.
'More than six weeks later after spending 50 to 60 hours on the phone his policy is still not canceled.'7:01 AM, Feb 28, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
A Florida TV station reports that a man has spent 50-60 hours trying to cancel his Obamacare plan, and he still can't get off it:
What Congress can do in response to an administration run amok Mar 10, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 25 • By JEFF BERGNER
Many Republicans—and a handful of independent commentators like George Washington University professor Jonathan Turley—have been highly critical of President Obama’s executive branch overreach. The president has arbitrarily delayed, deferred, or ignored provisions of numerous laws, none more so than his signature Obamacare legislation. There is indeed much to criticize; no other president in recent times has usurped congressional lawmaking powers to the extent Barack Obama has.