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#1 Sep 27, 2013
Well looks like you will be paying 328.00 a month for your free Obama care. if you didn't have the 328.00 before were will you find that money now.
#2 Sep 30, 2013
It's down right crazy.
#3 Oct 10, 2013
Obamacare Facts & Figures
Nearly one-quarter of all seniors rely on Medicare Advantage, the private health care option in Medicare. However, Obamacare makes such deep cuts to that program that half of those covered will no longer be able to keep the coverage they have.
New taxes on drug companies ($27 billion) and medical device makers ($20 billion), as well as new reporting requirements and regulations imposed on physicians, will make access to health care and services more costly and difficult for seniors under
#4 Oct 10, 2013
How will the ACA effect small businesses?
The Bad: Many opponents of Obamacare, most recently the union leaders that once supported it, are concerned that Obamacare’s employer mandate incentivizes smaller companies to shift their workers to part-time status because employers are not required to provide health coverage to part-time workers. Three of the nation’s largest unions sent a letter to House and Senate Democratic leadership last week claiming that Obamacare would “shatter not only our hard-earned health benefits, but destroy the foundation of the 40-hour workweek that is the backbone of the American middle class.”
#5 Oct 10, 2013
Here's the number for Obama care read it as I think Obama picked it out himself.
#6 Oct 12, 2013
here is some info to think about,
Congressional Budget Office says the government this fiscal year will need to borrow an average of almost $11 billion each week. That's why Obama is so sensitive to what investors will tolerate.
Wonder who has to pay the interest on that on top of the 17,000,000,000,000.00 the government has already borrowed. Hummm who else we do.
I liked it when he said just because you raise the debt ceiling don't mean you will spend more.
Every time he's raised it 5 times in 5 years he has spent more.
I would take the word of a crack hoe before I would his.
I also like the way he's created so many part time jobs with Obama care, thousands of big and small companies have cut back hiring or hours.
What has really grew is food stamps wen he took office there were 25,000,000 collecting them now in 5 years there are 50,000,000.
with luck he can put another 15,000,000 on food stamps in his next 3 years.
Lets not forget about the Obama phones they have doubled also as a matter of fact some people have gotten as many as 7 of them.
#7 Oct 14, 2013
A growing consensus of IT experts, outside and inside the government, have figured out a principal reason why the website for Obamacare’s federally-sponsored insurance exchange is crashing. Healthcare.gov forces you to create an account and enter detailed personal information before you can start shopping. This, in turn, creates a massive traffic bottleneck, as the government verifies your information and decides whether or not you’re eligible for subsidies. HHS bureaucrats knew this would make the website run more slowly. But they were more afraid that letting people see the underlying cost of Obamacare’s insurance plans would scare people away.
HHS didn’t want users to see Obamacare’s true costs
“Healthcare.gov was initially going to include an option to browse before registering,” report Christopher Weaver and Louise Radnofsky in the Wall Street Journal.“But that tool was delayed, people familiar with the situation said.” Why was it delayed?“An HHS spokeswoman said the agency wanted to ensure that users were aware of their eligibility for subsidies that could help pay for coverage, before they started seeing the prices of policies.”(Emphasis added.)
How Obamacare's Exchanges Turned Into A 'Third World Experience' Avik RoyAvik Roy Contributor
Americans Experiencing Government Shutdown From Their Desktops Samantha SharfSamantha Sharf Forbes Staff
CMS on Obamacare's Health Insurance Exchanges:'Let's Just Make Sure It's Not a Third-World Experience' Avik RoyAvik Roy Contributor
Enrollment In Obamacare's Federal Exchange, So Far, May Only Be In 'Single Digits' Avik RoyAvik Roy Contributor
As you know if you’ve been following this space, Obamacare’s bevy of mandates, regulations, taxes, and fees drives up the cost of the insurance plans that are offered under the law’s public exchanges. A Manhattan Institute analysis I helped conduct found that, on average, the cheapest plan offered in a given state, under Obamacare, will be 99 percent more expensive for men, and 62 percent more expensive for women, than the cheapest plan offered under the old system. And those disparities are even wider for healthy people.
That raises an obvious question. If 50 million people are uninsured today, mainly because insurance is too expensive, why is it better to make coverage even costlier?
Political objectives trumped operational objectives
The answer is that Obamacare wasn’t designed to help healthy people with average incomes get health insurance. It was designed to force those people to pay more for coverage, in order to subsidize insurance for people with incomes near the poverty line, and those with chronic or costly medical conditions
#8 Oct 14, 2013
Aetna (AET)'s CEO gave a harshly critical review of the federal government's Obamacare marketplace Tuesday, saying "there's so much wrong, you just don't know what's broken until you get a lot more of it fixed."
Asked on CNBC's "Squawk Box" if he knew the roll-out of the federal Healthcare.gov website would be problematic, Aetna chief Mark Bertolini said his giant insurance company's role as an alpha tester for the system gave it a sense of how many problems the health insurance marketplace was facing on the eve of launch.
"We were pretty nervous as we got further along," Bertolini said. "As they started missing deadlines, we were pretty convinced it was going to be a difficult launch."
(Read more: Rx for Obamacare? Feds mull rebuilding website )
Since then, Bertolini said his fears have been realized, and the technological debacle seen at Healthcare.gov is one similar to just the handful he's witnessed in his career.
"It's nothing you ever like to repeat," he said. "Because it's very difficult. I've been there. It's career-ending in a lot of cases."
'On the fly'
"It's all been on the fly," Bertolini said of the construction of the marketplace, and the integration of insurers like Aetna whose plans are being offered for sale to up 40 million customers.
"We didn't get code drops until the last month before the system went live," he said.
Healthcare.gov was besieged by visitors to the site went it launched Oct. 1, and has struggled since then to deal with a raft of software problems, including transmitting data to insurers and even allowing people to shop for plans.
(Read more: Obamacare overhaul)
It is not clear how many-or how few-people have even enrolled in insurance plans sold on the website.
Asked how long the marketplace, also known as an exchange, will take to fix, Bertolini said, "That's the big question."
"I think the bigger issue is: Will enough people sign up to make it work?" said Bertolini, whose company, like other insurers, is counting on enough young, healthy people enrolling in the insurance plans to offset the costs that come from providing benefits to older, sicker Americans.
"I think the attention span of the younger generation in using technology is that if it doesn't work the first time, it's going to be pretty hard to get them back the second time," he said. "If the program blows up because people don't sign up, then the program's not going to move ahead either all that well."
Open enrollment in the Obamacare policies closes March 31 . Asked if that was enough time to correct the system's problems, Bertolini said, "I don't know."
'I would have' delayed
Asked if he would have delayed the launch of the exchange given its earlier problems, Bertolini said, "I would have, if I'd been in their seat."
But "the politics got in the way of a good business decision," he said.
(Read more: Obamacare delays )
However, Bertolini also said, "It's the law of the land, number one. Number two, public exchanges are going to be here to stay, so we need to make them work somehow ...The question is: How do we get from here to there?"
He predicted that it could take three years or so before the marketplace's problems are fully sorted out.
-By CNBC's Dan Mangan. Follow him on Twitter @_DanMangan
#9 Oct 15, 2013
Rarely has a government program rollout resulted in the level of disaster as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchanges over their first two weeks. The White House refuses to release enrollment statistics that should be easily gleaned from internal systems serving the exchange sites, if those servers actually remained up and running. On both of its two weekends, technicians spent long hours attempting to fix the myriad problems that stymie consumers, only to have the problems persist — even when site traffic should be low, as CNN's Elizabeth Cohen discovered on Monday.
Small wonder, then, that no one really knows how many have managed to actually buy a health-insurance policy through the federal exchange. The Daily Mail sought out answers from the insurance industry, and got estimates of 51,000 after one week — a pace that would have just two million people covered properly by the March 2014 deadline to comply with the individual mandate, far below the 30 million uninsured that the ACA was intended to assist.
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Market analyst Bob Laszewski, president of Health Policy and Strategy Associates, put the number much lower than that — at just 5,000. Insurers are seeing the same enrollees repeatedly purchasing, rejecting, and repurchasing plans, thanks to the poor performance of the federal exchange system, which serves 36 states. "One carrier exec told me that yesterday they got seven transactions for one person," Laszewski wrote on Friday, "four enrollments and three cancelations." The repeated re-enrollments have insurers so spooked that they are staring to worry that "some of these very few enrollments really don't exist."
Then there are the prices for the plans, which have given Americans their first taste of sticker shock from ObamaCare. The Department of Health and Human Services tried to get in front of the big jumps in premiums by claiming that the HHS-approved prices were "lower than projected," but Forbes' Avik Roy pointed out that the projections used by HHS for comparison were for 2016, not 2014. Prices for comparable coverage doubled, according to an analysis of HHS data by Roy and the Manhattan Institute. And for some the prices quadrupled.
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But just how comparable is the new coverage? On Monday, the Chicago Tribune reported on another facet of newly-restructured plans and premiums stemming from the multiple mandates of the ACA, and found that enrollees will pay a lot more in premiums — and then a lot more out of pocket anyway.
The Tribune's Peter Frost found that a typical user in the system — a 33-year-old single father in this case — would see his premiums "more than double" from its current average of $233 a month. But if the single dad wants his premiums to remain in range, he'll need to sign up for an annual deductible of $12,700. The average deductible before ObamaCare for this consumer would have been $3,500.
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Nor is that an isolated example, although it's on the far end of the spectrum. In order to keep prices low, 21 of the 22 approved plans on the Illinois state exchange have deductibles of more than $4,000 for individuals, and $8,000 for families. Frost notes that the average employer-based coverage puts the individual deductible at $1,100.
Consider what this means to the consumer. First, the government forces Americans to buy comprehensive insurance when many don't need it. At $466 a month, the single father in the example above will spend about $5600 a year on comprehensive insurance, which would far outstrip the medical expenses for most 33-year-old single men who might expect only a wellness check and perhaps a couple of acute visits to a clinic for urgent care a year. At retail costs, even with labs, that's going to run less than a thousand dollars a year at most.
#10 Oct 15, 2013
Only 51,000 people completed Obamacare applications through Healthcare.gov over the program’s first week, according to two sources within HHS.
Citing two career civil servants within the department who have access to the data, the Daily Mail reports that only 6,200 people got applications through the glitch-ridden federal exchange, which serves 34 states, on October 1, its launch day.
If the state exchanges experience a similar response rate until the March 31 cutoff for open enrollment, the program will have only enrolled 2 million nationwide, according to the Daily Mail’s calculations. The Congressional Budget Office had projected that 7 million Americans would join the exchange.
From spokesmen for five different Democratic senators to HHS and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to the White House and Enroll America (the nonprofit organization spearheading the PR effort for Obamacare), no one responded to the Mail’s request for comment.
When asked earlier this week, Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius told Comedy Central host Jon Stewart that she didn’t know how many people had signed up
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