Looks like it.5:45 PM, Dec 12, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
On Thursday, the Department of Health and Human Services released a set of "additional steps" designed to "help" Americans get health insurance before the start of the new year. Philip Klein discusses those guidelines over at the Washington Examiner, reporting that HHS is "encouraging" health insurers to accept late and partial payments for insurance plans for the month of January.
"It is requiring insurers to accept payments until Dec. 31 for coverage starting on Jan. 1," Klein writes. "It is also 'urging' insurers to give individuals more time beyond that to pay for coverage. In other words, if somebody pays for coverage in the middle of January, HHS is asking insurers to retroactively make that person's coverage effective as of Jan. 1. HHS is also asking insurers to cover individuals who offer a 'down payment,' even if that payment only covers part of the first month's premiums."
Klein notes that it looks like the Obama administration is anticipating more Americans losing their current coverage or unable to get coverage under Obamacare:
On a conference call, an HHS spokeswoman emphasized: “We are just proposing it as an option and we’re encouraging issuers. There is no requirement.”
Translation: HHS has a huge mess on its hands and it hopes that by getting ahead of this news, it can foist the blame for the problems on insurers.
Of course, for insurers who have spent years designing plans to comply with the law, this would present huge and unreasonable logistical hurdles.
The Tampa Bay Times's Politifact, meanwhile, has named Obama's promise that "if you like your health care plan, you can keep it" under Obamacare its "Lie of the Year" for 2013--four years after the president first began making that promise.
Hosted by Michael Graham.5:15 PM, Dec 12, 2013 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with senior writer Stephen F. Hayes on the recent budget fight and how dragging out the debate about the Ryan-Murray budget deal hampers the ability of conservatives to press forward on the failures of Obamacare.
9:07 AM, Dec 12, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius's agency announced grants of $58 million to 1,157 community health centers to allow them to "expand their enrollment assistance efforts as more Americans enroll in affordable health insurance coverage." These grants come on top of $150 million previously g
8:31 AM, Dec 12, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Last night, this 30-second advertisement ran to encourage folks to sign up in the "Health Insurance Marketplace," otherwise known as Obamacare:
"Now, for the first time, you can be covered -- with a quality health plan from the new health insurance marketplace, part of the health care law," says the male announcer.
7:29 PM, Dec 11, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Obama administration is bringing in the "Sexiest Man Alive" to help "boost" Obamacare enrollment numbers.
"The Sexiest Man Alive is being enlisted to spice up Obamacare," Bloomberg reports.
"Pop singer Adam Levine, who won the designation from People magazine last month, is among the celebrities who’ll be promoting enrollment in online health insurance exchanges as part of a social media campaign kicking off tomorrow.
10:37 AM, Dec 11, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
At a Capitol Hill hearing, Kathleen Sebelius admitted today that the Obama administration is 3 million short of its Obamacare goal:
9:01 AM, Dec 11, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
A Missouri school district faces a $150,000 bill for Obamacare, according to a report on KMIZ-MO:
"The Affordable Care Act could cost the Jefferson City public schools more than a $150,000," said the news anchor.
"This came to light at last night's board meeting when district officials told board members they would have to pay health insurance for substitute teachers," says the other anchor.
8:29 AM, Dec 11, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The latest national opinion poll show Barack Obama continuing to receive low marks from the American people, just over a year after his reelection. The poll, commissioned by NBC News and the Wall Street Journal, found that 54 percent of Americans disapprove of the job Obama is doing as president, a record high for his term in office, while 43 percent say they approve.
8:08 AM, Dec 11, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
The Obama administration began emphasizing the option of applying for insurance through the Obamacare Marketplace with a paper application ever since it became apparent that the online process at Healthcare.gov was riddled with problems.
10:02 AM, Dec 10, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Steve Hayes, with A.B. Stoddard and Charles Krauthammer, last night on Fox News:
11:17 AM, Dec 9, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Welcome, Washington, to the real world.
Congress passed the bill and now it is having a little trouble finding out what is in it. As reported on CNN:
8:54 AM, Dec 9, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
Concerns have increased over the security of personal information collected by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as the volume of personal data has multiplied dramatically with the implementation of Obamacare.
7:49 AM, Dec 9, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Financial Times reports:
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.