If this turns out to be true, it ranks as one of the most idiotic decisions made for the sake of political spin. Bloomberg is reporting that HHS secretly included stand alone dental plans in their exchange signup numbers to make them look bigger.
|By: Jon Walker Friday November 14, 2014 12:03 pm|
A lot of people on the exchanges could be hit with some big surprise costs next year if they just let their policies automatically renew. The tax credits on the exchange are based off the price of the second-cheapest silver plan. If some new cheaper plan enters your exchange the size of your tax credits will drop. So even if the official premiums for your policy don’t change much, the amount you are required to pay could increase noticeably.
|By: Jon Walker Friday July 25, 2014 12:04 pm|
It looks like the new state-based exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act are powering the next spin of the Revolving Door. We are not even a full year into implementation and already the head of Colorado’s insurance exchange is moving on to more lucrative pastures on the other side.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday May 21, 2014 9:50 am|
Nevada has become the latest state to acknowledge that their Affordable Care Act health care exchange is completely broken. The state has dumped Xerox and will use the federal exchange system for at least the next year.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday May 6, 2014 7:58 am|
The Affordable Care Act exchange in Massachusetts is messed up beyond repair. The state announced it is going to get rid of it and replace it either with a new exchange based on software from one of the more successful states or by moving to the federal exchange.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday April 17, 2014 1:41 pm|
Now that the official open enrollment closed last month and the extended quasi-open period ended a few days ago President Obama held a rare press conference to tout the final numbers for Obamacare this year. The big number is 8 million people have selected a plan on the new exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday April 9, 2014 1:08 pm|
If progressives want to make the case for government programs they need to prove they are good stewards of the purse. Cheering needlessly complicated and wasteful systems is not the way to do that.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday April 1, 2014 11:36 am|
When talking about health care the media has been conflating what are actually two very different things which just happen to contain the figure “7 million.” There is the 7 million signup benchmark for success set by the Obama administration and the 7 million covered by exchange plans projected by the Congressional Budget Office last year. While they may sound interchangeable they are not.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday March 18, 2014 12:16 pm|
Democrats have a real problem this year.
The 2014 election could go almost as badly as the 2010 election unless they can drive turnout among some of the groups that strongly support Democratic candidates, like Millennials. So it is probably not great that the Democrats’ most extensive outreach campaign directed towards Millennials is about helping large corporations.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday February 26, 2014 2:35 pm|
The number of people who have selected plans on the new state or federally run exchanges has reached four million according to the Obama administration. Health and Human Services claims approximately 4 million people have now signed up for a private health insurance plan through the Federal and State-based marketplaces since October 1, but a full enrollment report for the month won’t be out until mid-March.