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#53253 Dec 13, 2012
ONLY 15 States Opt to Run Obamacare Exchanges!
Published: Thursday, 13 Dec 2012 | 1:47 PM ET
By: David Morgan
Obamacare supporters and protesters gather in front of the U.S. Supreme Court to find out the ruling on the Affordable Health Act June 28, 2012 in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, DC.
Only 15 states have told the federal government they plan to operate health insurance exchanges under President Barack Obama's reform law, leaving Washington with the daunting task of creating online marketplaces for two-thirds of the country.
On the eve of a federal deadline for states to say whether they will run their own exchanges, a top health care policy official told lawmakers that the exchanges will start enrolling eligible families starting on Oct. 1.
"I am confident that states and the federal government will be ready in 10 months, when consumers in all states can begin to apply," Gary Cohen, director of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, told a House panel.
Cohen was among federal officials who testified alongside state health authorities at a hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health.
In written testimony, Cohen said that while 15 states have told the administration they will operate exchanges, 11 others have opted for versions that will require major involvement by the federal government.
Experts say the number of states planning to operate their own exchanges could reach 18, plus the District of Columbia, by the time the deadline arrives Friday.
But the administration would still be left to set up exchanges in at least 30 states, a challenge that is raising questions about how successfully U.S. officials can implement a key provision of the health care reform law.
Health Care Deadline
Friday is the last day states can opt out of the administration's health insurance exchange, and about half of the country is saying "no thanks." Betsy McCaughey, Defend Your Healthcare founder.
"I don't envy them for the job that they have," said Dennis Smith, who heads health services in Wisconsin, a state that has decided not to pursue its own exchange.
"At the end of the day, you're trying to connect a buyer to a seller. And the fundamental things required to do that are not yet in place," he said.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which Obama signed into law more than 2 1/2 years ago, is expected to extend health coverage to more than 30 million uninsured Americans. Those who enroll in Obamacare starting in October would be covered by insurance from Jan. 1, 2014.
About half of those newly insured individuals would purchase private coverage from online exchanges at federally subsidized rates. Ultimately, the number of people finding coverage through exchanges is expected to reach 26 million, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.
The remainder would be covered by expanding the Medicaid program for the poor to cover all adults earning up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level, or about $15,000 for individuals and $30,600 for a family of four.
Thursday's hearing provided a political stage for partisan rhetoric that has come to surround implementation of Obama's health reforms. The reforms have survived repeated Republican repeal efforts, a nail-biting consideration by the Supreme Court and a challenge to Obama's re-election.(Read More: Obamacare's Insurance Rule Upheld.)
Republicans and state officials from Republican-led states complained about compliance costs ...
#53254 Dec 13, 2012
"...and accused the Department of Health and Human Services of delaying the release of vital details and rules needed to move forward on the exchanges and on the planned Medicaid expansion.
"The uncertain regulatory environment and the overall lack of response from HHS are not encouraging the states or the health plans to move forward," said Rep. Michael Burgess, a Texas Republican.
In response, Congressional Democrats and their state allies stressed the law's benefits for senior citizens, protections for young adults and the sick, and the prospective economic benefits from an expected influx of billions of dollars in federal money.
"The (Republican) move now is to delay implementation under the guise of lack of information," said Rep. Frank Pallone, a New Jersey Democrat.
"The world in fact is not coming to an end," he added. "The nation will be better because of the Affordable Care Act."
States that don't run their own exchanges would opt for one of two alternatives: a federally facilitated exchange that requires minimal state participation, or a federal partnership exchange in which states help by performing certain duties.
States have until Feb. 15 to say whether they intend to seek a federal partnership exchange. Four have done so already, Cohen said.
The administration will have to engineer an information technology system capable of processing operations in a way that meet the needs of health care consumers in different states.
Experts say the biggest challenge will likely be providing adequate customer service to handle enrollment, as well as fielding a technology system capable of interfacing seamlessly with the system of each state government.
Cohen told the panel that the administration is building a website with interactive capabilities and a call center and has begun testing a data services hub designed to determine eligibility."
so 35 states just told obama to go to hell.
Since: Jan 11
#53255 Dec 13, 2012
Laugh now. Good for you ol' lady. Glad to see you make an attempt at humor.
Watch what occurs come next mid-term then after the general election to those states.
But of course you'll always have your fringe lunatic sites to quote which keeps the creatures content in their swamp. You included for sure.
Republicans, errrr, I mean teabaggers....The gift that keeps on giving.
Just as predicted and right on schedule.
#53256 Dec 13, 2012
#53257 Dec 13, 2012
#53258 Dec 14, 2012
In 2008 Obama promised a national healthcare plan and "you voted for him". Now that it has passed and is about to become a reality you have changed your manic depressed deseased brain. As we learn more about you daily(billionaire with 11,000 rentals)many understand you are truly a sick MTFCKR(50,000 plus ridiculous comments) that would benefit from Obamacare immediately. Mentally retards such as you just don't understand when someone is trying to get you help.
#53259 Dec 14, 2012
lol...deal with it. It is tough being a billionaire with 11,000+++ rentals. I think I will raise their rents again. Just because of you.
#53260 Dec 14, 2012
While everyone is focusing on Arizona s new law, look what Oklahoma has been doing!!!!
An update from Oklahoma :
Oklahoma law passed, 37 to 9 an amendment to place the Ten Commandments on the front entrance to the state capitol. The feds in D.C., along with the ACLU, said it would be a mistake. Hey this i
s a conservative state, based on Christian values...! HB 1330
Guess what.......... Oklahoma did it anyway.
Oklahoma recently passed a law in the state to incarcerate all illegal immigrants, and ship them back to where they came from unless they want to get a green card and become an American citizen. They all scattered. HB 1804. This was against the advice of the Federal Government, and the ACLU, they said it would be a mistake.
Guess what.......... Oklahoma did it anyway.
Recently we passed a law to include DNA samples from any and all illegal's to the Oklahoma database, for criminal investigative purposes. Pelosi said it was unconstitutional SB 1102
Guess what......... Oklahoma did it anyway.
Several weeks ago, we passed a law, declaring Oklahoma as a Sovereign state, not under the Federal Government directives. Joining Texas , Montana and Utah as the only states to do so.
More states are likely to follow: Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia, Carolina's, Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, Arkansas, West Virginia, Mississippi and Florida. Save your confederate money, it appears the South is about to rise up once again. HJR 1003
The federal Government has made bold steps to take away our guns. Oklahoma, a week ago, passed a law confirming people in this state have the right to bear arms and transport them in their vehicles. I'm sure that was a setback for the criminals The Liberals didn't like it -- But....
Guess what.......... Oklahoma did it anyway.
Just this month, the state has voted and passed a law that ALL drivers license exams will be printed in English, and only English, and no other language. They have been called racist for doing this, but the fact is that ALL of the road signs are in English only. If you want to drive in Oklahoma , you must read and write English. Really simple.
By the way, the Liberals don't like any of this either
Guess what...who cares... Oklahoma is doing it anyway.
#53261 Dec 14, 2012
...in light of the massacre today I am rescinding all increases in rent.
#53262 Dec 14, 2012
You think the values forced on our country by those like the ACLU and athiest groups may be causing these problems?
Or just another nutcase wishing to level the playing field.
#53263 Dec 14, 2012
...this is the prelude to a lot more. obama wants your guns. Just like 911...then Homeland Security....and they are feeling up your junk at airports. I just had that done to me at LAX to get to Hawaii. The guy that did it was probably pau or one of his gaybers. Had it done twice now. The first one was a woman. That is why I asked for it the second time. Some dude showed up. yikes!!!! This is insane.(now watch the two idiots in here get all excited)
I just saw this: Drudge
"Ryan Lanza, 24, brother of gunman Adam Lanza, 20, tells authorities that his younger brother is autistic, or has Asperger syndrome and a personality disorder. Neighbors described the younger man to ABC as odd and displaying characteristics associated with obsessive-compulsive disorder... MORE..."
#53264 Dec 14, 2012
OBSESSIVE_COMPULSIVE DISORDER dude you have described what ails you. 50,000 repetitive comments posted by the manic depressed GURU surely is proof enough for me. How about you guys? You belong in a mental institute or a remake of "Guru flew over the cuckoo's nest". Someone should be watching you closely dude especially if you get to close to a grade school. Do you hear voices,bells,whistes,or Obama? Hahahahahaha U sickman YES??????
#53265 Dec 14, 2012
here it comes...
Bloomberg: Obama Must Take 'Immediate Action' Against Guns...
Boston Mayor: Time For 'National Policy'...
ALEX JONES:'THE FIX IS IN, THEY'RE COMING FOR OUR GUNS'...
#53266 Dec 14, 2012
#53268 Dec 14, 2012
Heard about the fake tears on the radio.
Doesn't the freak show have some date with singers sometime soon?
Bet they do not miss that.
#53269 Dec 14, 2012
...he is probably going to the View tomorrow. His fake tears are as fake as Clinton's were for his guy that got killed in that airplane. Clinton comes out of the funeral laughing, sneaks a peak at the camera's and start crying....sneaks a peak again, cries some more. They only showed that once then pulled it. Ron Brown? I think was his name...?
They are already blaming the conservatives for this now.
#53270 Dec 14, 2012
lol...here is Clinton...XXYOUTUBE-lf8TOGrq8B oXX
unfortunately they only show half of it...there is more...but this is enough. Phoney, fake, aholes are the libs in times like this. Only a liberal dumbshit would ever believe these scumbags.
#53271 Dec 14, 2012
one more try...
#53272 Dec 14, 2012
What a bunch of phonies.
Just like the roachboy heading to whoopy's show when American patriots were pleading for their lives.
#53273 Dec 14, 2012
...they all act like they are the ultimate moral authority in things like this....then they go have a party to celebrate themselves.
This country is sick to put people like that in office. I read today that obama committed so much voter fraud that they can't even quantify it. He never got in ...now or because of his non-existent vetting.
Like I said before....this is something we have to go through. He is the guy who will be the point man for it. We await the war that will come. Good will prevail in the end, but not until all hell is unleashed first.
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