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Obamacare: Sicker than we thought
American Thinker, by William Tate

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Posted By:Lost in Santa Fe, 4/25/2014 9:02:34 AM

For far too long, opponents of the Affordable Care Act focused on a malfunctioning website, which is akin to complaining that a guillotine´s blade isn´t sharp enough. The process doesn´t really matter, if folks end up with their heads on platters. Even as Barack Obama does a NASCAR-like victory lap, claiming 8 million enrollees, there are ominous portents for his multi-trillion-dollar "signature" program. Mr. Obama might want to check the lug nuts before he spins another donut. Early reports show that folks signing up for health insurance through ACA exchanges are less healthy than expected, and that the high cost of medications

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Two separate studies showing that exchange enrollees are much less healthy than expected.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: edgar, 4/25/2014 9:14:41 AM     (No. 9824215)

So, if the healthier people needed to make the program work have insurance outside of the exchange, those healthy people need to be brought into the exchanges to make the program successful.
Isn´t that how it has been envisioned to get us to a single payer program?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: 6079 Smith, W, 4/25/2014 9:18:07 AM     (No. 9824220)

I guess we should stop calling it Obamacare or the ACA and call it what it truly is: ´The Great Leap Forward 2.0´.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: grace1798, 4/25/2014 9:21:09 AM     (No. 9824223)

Why is Obamacare not working? So they can take the next step into .......yea, you got it..........SINGLE PAYER......COMMMUNIST TOTALITARIAN GOV CONTROL ...that tells you when you get to die or live. It´s a PLAN!

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Reply 4 - Posted by: oh-heck, 4/25/2014 11:20:43 AM     (No. 9824374)

Too little attention is paid to the PCIP, the coverage for those with preexisting conditions that started in July 2010. The premiums, deductibles, and out of pocket maximums were set to make this very attractive insurance. Yet over a year into the program only 2% of the money set aside for the program had been expended.

Key observations:
1) HHS was a month late getting regulations approved.
2) Despite being generous, people were slow to switch from uninsured or from state high risk pools. HHS only got sign-ups by absorbing the previous state high risk pools.
3) Even with very low initial enrollment never getting above the very lowest projection for enrollment, they blew through the entire 5 billion allotted. Effective spending per person year was at least 4 times higher than projected.
4) New registrations were blocked in 2013 to prevent the need for rationing.
5) Less than 2% of the people consumed 27% of the program´s expenditures.

It seems clear that when the smoke clears that there are going to be employer provided insurance plans, Medicaid and ObamaCare. Still this year, Obama needs to decide whether he is going to force cancellations, delay for another year, or allow employer provided insurance to compete with ObamaCare. My bet is he´ll delay for another year.


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Reply 5 - Posted by: mickturn, 4/25/2014 12:35:39 PM     (No. 9824466)

Has anyone checked the names of those registering for ObflakeCare are those same names on the Dim scam voter rolls...the DEAD!

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Reply 6 - Posted by: marthaville, 4/25/2014 3:52:50 PM     (No. 9824664)

Employees covered under employer provided health insurance are not subject to higher premiums because of preexisting conditions. The sames is true for Medicare and Medicaid. These types of insurance, all paid for by someone other than the person insured, make up 85% of the people in the United States.

The continuous comments about signups under the federal exchange being "less healthy" are exaggerated and certainly overblown. We are talking about some unknown percentage of the 8 million that have signed up for Obamacare through the federal exchange. Those "less healthy" are largely people who have common conditions like high blood pressure. There are surely some that have serious medical conditions, but no one knows how big or small the number is.

Remember, the signups for individual insurance are a a very small number in comparison to the 317 million citizens of the United States.

If every one of the signups had cancer or some very serious illness, the effect on the overall health insurance system would still be negligible.

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