The constipated debut of Obamacare has reduced the president of the United States to the status of TV pitchman. "Act now" to get this great product, he exhorted listeners on Monday, offering testimonials from one of the rare successful purchasers, promising limitless benefits and low prices, and even an 800 number. His operators are standing by, he urged, and they speak 150 languages! (You could sign up in Min Bei and Kazakh, if you could sign up at all.) If Obama had thrown in a free tote bag for the first 100 callers, it wouldn´t have seemed out of place.
There are problems with the "Affordable Care Act?" Who knew! Well, everybody. And there are problems beyond Internet sign-ups. Insurance companies use actuaries to analyze and determine costs, but with expensive coverage for very sick persons, with young persons forced into the market, with a host of new regulations that will affect health care delivery, all the old analysis and resultant cost basis is probably faulty. Premiums put in place now will have to be changed. We can look ahead for difficulty in other areas even if the sign-up problems are fixed, which probably will not happen for some time, if at all.
The insurance companies seem vey quiet on this. I´d bet that behind the scenes they are screaming bloody murder. It is they who just sent out MILLIONS of cancellation notices on their now illegal policies and need mega-sign-ups before their revenues go in the tank.
Good article, but towards the end she asks "Will the voters be able to trust Democrats when they present another huge entitlement program, promising this time it won´t crash."
When have the Democrats EVER listened to what the people wanted, or cared how much it cost the suckers. The ONLY thing they are interested in is hanging onto their cushy jobs, and the hell with America.
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Charging the obese and smokers a higher premium just doesn´t seem to rise to the level of taking advantage of this crisis. I´d like to see every single bill passed by the House to include a requirement that all Congress Critters, Staff and all Federal employees be covered by Obamacare and no waivers for anyone. That just might get someone´s attention.
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