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December 22, 2013
If it’s so much more expensive than what we anticipated, and if the coverage is not as good as what we’ve had, you’ve got a complete meltdown at that time.
Sen. Joe Manchin • Offering up an optimistic take on the future of the Affordable Care Act. Manchin, a Democrat who leans right, wants a one-year delay of the individual mandate.
14:42 // 3 months ago
November 26, 2013
16:46 // 4 months ago
November 14, 2013
The Affordable Care Act, for this year, will not require insurance companies to upgrade their plans for individuals who have been in these existing plans. [Instead,] insurers can offer consumers the option to renew their 2013 health plans in 2014 without change, allowing these individuals to keep their plans.
An unidentified White House official • Confirming that the Obama Administration plans to offer an extension to those who’ve recently been notified that they would lose their existing health insurance as a result of certain provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Estimates have suggested that at least fifty percent of those with existing coverage will be forced to find new plans, but they’ll at least have an additional 52 weeks to find something to their liking. source
16:16 // 5 months ago
November 10, 2013
17:51 // 5 months ago
October 30, 2013
For the vast majority of people who have health insurance that works, you can keep it. For the fewer than five percent of Americans who buy insurance on your own, you will be getting a better deal. So anybody peddling the notion that insurers are canceling peoples’ plans without mentioning that almost all the insurers are encouraging people to join better plans with the same carrier and stronger benefits and stronger protections … you’re being grossly misleading. To say the least.
President Obama • Defending himself from recent criticism over cancellation notices for a small percentage of Americans’ existing health coverage plans, as a result of minimum standards contained in the Affordable Care Act. This is an understood consequence of the law — in mandating private health insurance coverage for the public, there needs to be some baseline level of what constitutes sufficient coverage. Republicans have lambasted Obama as having lied to the public in the lead-up to the ACA’s passage, when he assured that those satisfied with their present insurance plans would be able to keep them. source
20:41 // 5 months ago
October 28, 2013

Four sources deeply involved in the Affordable Care Act tell NBC NEWS that 50 to 75 percent of the 14 million consumers who buy their insurance individually can expect to receive a “cancellation” letter or the equivalent over the next year because their existing policies don’t meet the standards mandated by the new health care law. One expert predicts that number could reach as high as 80 percent. And all say that many of those forced to buy pricier new policies will experience “sticker shock.”

None of this should come as a shock to the Obama administration. The law states that policies in effect as of March 23, 2010 will be “grandfathered,” meaning consumers can keep those policies even though they don’t meet requirements of the new health care law. But the Department of Health and Human Services then wrote regulations that narrowed that provision, by saying that if any part of a policy was significantly changed since that date — the deductible, co-pay, or benefits, for example — the policy would not be grandfathered.

Yikes. Looks like you’re going to need those six extra weeks, if this NBC News report is correct.
21:04 // 5 months ago
October 24, 2013
nbcnews:

No time to test: Feds admit they rushed Obamacare website launch
(Photo: Jason Reed / Reuters)
Clearly stung by the less-than-stellar rollout of the health insurance websites, federal workers finally opened up about the warning signs at a series of briefings on Thursday.
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“We would have loved to have had months,” said Cheryl Campbell, senior vice president at CGI Federal Inc. “CMS decided to conduct tests in that two week time period.”
This program was super-important to get right. Why force it out of the gate?

nbcnews:

No time to test: Feds admit they rushed Obamacare website launch

(Photo: Jason Reed / Reuters)

Clearly stung by the less-than-stellar rollout of the health insurance websites, federal workers finally opened up about the warning signs at a series of briefings on Thursday.

Continue reading

“We would have loved to have had months,” said Cheryl Campbell, senior vice president at CGI Federal Inc. “CMS decided to conduct tests in that two week time period.”

This program was super-important to get right. Why force it out of the gate?

19:21 // 5 months ago
October 1, 2013
I shouldn’t have to offer [the Republicans] anything. They’re not doing me a favor by paying for things that they have already approved for the government to do. That’s part of their basic function of government; that’s not doing me a favor. That’s doing what the American people sent them here to do, carrying out their responsibilities.

President Obama to NPR’s Steve Inskeep  [full transcript here] (via npr)

President Obama spoke to Inskeep yesterday, hours prior to the government shutdown. The above passage isn’t a departure from what he’s said so far — he’s been openly critical of ‘hostage-taking’ behavior by the House GOP. But the above statement represents the core standoff the President finds himself in, one that the GOP may suspect, rightly or wrongly, they can find some leverage on. Given Obama’s past willingness to wheel and deal in situations when his side can claim a high-ground of responsibility and adulthood, even liberal supporters do have feasible, credible reasons to fear an extracted compromise on delaying or weakening the ACA. If you’re taking him at his word, though, and the words are stern enough to stake his authority on, no such negotiation seems pending.

20:22 // 6 months ago
August 28, 2013
How to sell Obamacare to a skeptical public: Get Billy C on the case. (Reuters photo)

How to sell Obamacare to a skeptical public: Get Billy C on the case. (Reuters photo)

10:22 // 7 months ago
May 24, 2013
Jan Brewer, liberal hero? The Republican Governor of Arizona—traditionally no friend to the left—has pledged to veto every bill that lands on her desk until her fellow Republicans agree to implement the Medicaid expansion in Obamacare. Yesterday, she made good on the threat, vetoing five bills in quick succession and repeating demands that Republicans in the state house approve the expansion.  A local wing of the GOP is putting enormous pressure on Republican state legislators to oppose the expansion, which would provide coverage to an estimated 50,000 low-income Arizonans. (Photo credit: AP)  source

Jan Brewer, liberal hero? The Republican Governor of Arizona—traditionally no friend to the left—has pledged to veto every bill that lands on her desk until her fellow Republicans agree to implement the Medicaid expansion in Obamacare. Yesterday, she made good on the threat, vetoing five bills in quick succession and repeating demands that Republicans in the state house approve the expansion.  A local wing of the GOP is putting enormous pressure on Republican state legislators to oppose the expansion, which would provide coverage to an estimated 50,000 low-income Arizonans. (Photo credit: AP)  source

16:14 // 10 months ago