Under Obamacare, the Hen House Guards Morph Into Foxes

By: 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.

 

Another State With A Broken Exchange Moves to the Federal Exchange: Nevada

By: 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.

Massachusetts Becomes Latest State to Ditch Their Own Exchange System

By: 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.

Obama Touts 8 Million Exchange Sign Ups

By: 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.

The High Cost of Going with a Health Care Exchange Model

By: 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.

Obamacare: 7 Million Signups Isn’t 7 Million Covered

By: 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.

Democrats’ Biggest Outreach Effort to Millennials Is About Serving Them Up to the Unpopular Corporate Insurance Industry

By: 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.

Exchange Signups Reach Four Million

By: 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.

Advertising is Just One Small Cog in the Giant Health Care Waste Machine

By: Tuesday December 17, 2013 8:56 am

Only about 5-10 million people are probably going to sign up for coverage on the new exchanges this year. So the insurers are going to spend about $50 per new costumer on advertising plus the hundreds of million the government is also spending on behalf of their outreach, exchange operation, and navigators. Money that would not be spent if we simply expanded public insurance to the uninsured.

HHS Moves to Expand Exchange Deadlines

By: Friday December 13, 2013 7:35 am

Problems with the Healthcare.gov website as well as low enrollment means significantly fewer people are going to be covered come January than the Obama administration planned, so they are doing everything they can to maximize the numbers.

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