Dec 02 2013
Watching the Sunday talk shows I realized the country would be better off if they all were cancelled, since they are all about partisan (read Democrat/Liberal) fiction and NOT about objective news and information to the voters.
The topic of the Healthcare.gov site status and its imaginary fixes was most amusing. All the leftist media types were in full CYA mode, trying to apply lipstick to the pig that ObamaCare has become.
While the technology ignorant may be fooled by load times and error rates on a web pages, the truth is ObamaCare will leave 5+ million Americans who HAD good healthcare insurance uninsured come January 1, 2014. And this is not speculation – according to the New York Times:
The problem is that so-called back end systems, which are supposed to deliver consumer information to insurers, still have not been fixed. And with coverage for many people scheduled to begin in just 30 days, insurers are worried the repairs may not be completed in time.
Emphasis mine. Notice the liberal spin in the ‘hide the truth’ verbiage? The problem is most people who lost their coverage ARE NOT “scheduled” to be covered in 30 days. They cannot enroll! SO how can they be “schedule“?
“Until the enrollment process is working from end to end, many consumers will not be able to enroll in coverage,” said Karen M. Ignagni, president of America’s Health Insurance Plans, a trade group.
About 100,000 people signed up for health insurance through the online federal exchange last month, a roughly four-fold increase from October even as a team of U.S. government and contractor programmers was fixing the troubled Affordable Care Act website, said a person familiar with program’s progress.
For those not wanting to do the math, that is around 125,000 ‘signed up’ so far, though 5+ million were sent notices of cancelled polices. But wait, there is more:
The preliminary November numbers reflect individuals who successfully selected a plan.
Hmm, that wording seems a bit weasel-ish. Let’s go back to the New York Times piece for a possible explanation:
Some insurers say they have been deluged with phone calls from people who believe they have signed up for a particular health plan, only to find that the company has no record of the enrollment. Others say information they received about new enrollees was inaccurate or incomplete, so they had to track down additional data — a laborious task that would not be feasible if data is missing for tens of thousands of consumers.
In still other cases, insurers said, they have not been told how much of a customer’s premium will be subsidized by the government, so they do not know how much to charge the policyholder.
So, the website (the “pig’s face”) is now the diversionary focus. But the real test – will people who had valid and working insurance be insured come Jan 1, 2014 – is still to come. The numbers above show nearly all those who had terminated policies will not be enrolled.
That means every, single, horrific story of a sick person fighting a preexisting condition (e.g., cancer, pregnancy) now without insurance will be fair game. Because it will be the sheer ineptitude and negligence of Obama and the Democrats who risked each and every human life. What a political PR disaster – and deservedly so.
There is no excuse that will fly come Jan 1, especially something along the lines “we had to take that child’s cancer treatment away so the young, elderly and immigrant uninsured could become insured”. The Dems tried this all weekend. I dare them to try it again come January 1.
Update: At least one Democrat insider is beginning to wonder how long Obama and the Dems can keep up the charade:
“Again, I think the pressure now will be on the administration to be more forthcoming about what’s happening on the back-end and whether insurance companies are getting the information.”
Well, we know the answer to that already. Just not exactly how bad it will be? Will it be 5 million who lost coverage and could not enroll? Will it be 4.5 million?
With that many horror stories out there will it really matter>