President Barack Obama talks with Carol Burnett, the 2013 recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, and her husband Brian Miller, in the Oval Office, Oct. 21, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Obama administration officials said on Monday that they expect to meet their targets for enrolling the uninsured in Obamacare despite the well publicized glitches in HealthCare.gov — the federal government’s online portal for buying health care coverage in the law’s new marketplaces.
Speaking to reporters after President Obama publicly addressed the law’s rocky roll out from the White House, senior administration officials expressed confidence that the public’s enthusiasm for obtaining coverage and the alternative pathways for signing-up for insurance will ensure that the law is successful. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) predicts that seven million people will sign up for insurance in the health care exchanges between October and March, including 2.7 million young and healthy people.
Sy Mukherjee: South Dakota Doctors Urge Their Governor To Expand Medicaid Under Obamacare
South Dakota doctors are urging Gov. Dennis Daugaard (R) to expand Medicaid under Obamacare, warning that a failure to do so will hurt hospitals financially and raise health care costs for people with private insurance. Current Medicaid eligibility thresholds in most states — including South Dakota — are so demanding that they disqualify even the poorest working adults from receiving coverage through the program.
In South Dakota, 15 percent of the adult population lives at or below 100 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL), which works out to be about $11,500 per year for an individual. But justeight percent of adults are covered by Medicaid. Under Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion, any adult making up to 138 percent FPL would be able enroll in the public health insurance program. That would end up cutting South Dakota’s uninsurance rate by more than half. Without the expansion, on the other hand, South Dakota’s poorest will have to continue relying on the emergency room for their medical services.
On This Day: First Lady Michelle Obama hula hoops with children during the Healthy Kids Fair on the South Lawn of the White House, Oct. 21, 2009 (Photo by Samantha Appleton)
Today (all times Eastern):
11:25: The President delivers remarks on the Affordable Care Act, Rose Garden
12:30: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney
HHS.gov: Doing Better: Making Improvements to HealthCare.gov
Over the past two and a half weeks, millions of Americans visited HealthCare.gov to look at their new health care options under the Affordable Care Act. In that time, nearly half a million applications for coverage have been submitted from across the nation. This tremendous interest – with over 19 million unique visits to date to HealthCare.gov– confirms that the American people are looking for quality, affordable health coverage, and want to find it online.
Unfortunately, the experience on HealthCare.gov has been frustrating for many Americans. Some have had trouble creating accounts and logging in to the site, while others have received confusing error messages, or had to wait for slow page loads or forms that failed to respond in a timely fashion. The initial consumer experience of HealthCare.gov has not lived up to the expectations of the American people. We are committed to doing better.
Aside from the difficulties since launching the site, there are parts of the overall system that have proved up to the task. The “Data Hub,” component, which provides HealthCare.gov with information that aids in determining eligibility for qualified health plans, is working. Individuals have been able to verify their eligibility for credits, enabling them to shop for and enroll in low or even no-cost health plans.
Big corporations hate ObamaCare and won’t use it for their employees …. oh wait:
Forbes: Surge Of Employer Health Exchanges Is No ‘Passing Fad’
More than 50 employers, including Petco (PETC) and Kinder Morgan (KMI) have turned to a new concept of giving their workers or retirees money to buy healthbenefits via private online marketplaces known as exchanges.
Mercer, a large employee benefits consultancy, said this week that an additional 33 employers will use an exchange for active employees. In all, Mercer exchanges will have more than 200,000 employees, retirees and their families from 52 employers choosing benefits in 2014.
The move by employers is a “significant market trend,” said Mercer’s National Exchange Leader, Eric Grossman.
“One’s an outlier, a few may be a passing fad, but over 50 is the beginning of an industry trend,” Grossman said.
TPM: One Big Problem With Heritage’s New Obamacare Study
The conservative Heritage Foundation released last week a new report on insurance premiums under Obamacare, and the conclusion was that favorite of conservative talking points: people are going to pay more for insurance under Obamacare.
Only the foundation left out one key variable in the equation, one that undermines their conclusion that “individuals in most states will end up spending more on the exchanges.”
They didn’t account for the financial help that the Affordable Care Act gives uninsured people to purchase insurance, one of the law’s central provisions.
On This Day: President Obama reads briefing material while meeting with advisors inside his cabin at Camp David, Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)
MoooOOOooorning Early Birds!
Sorry I missed ya all over the weekend, eeeeeeeeeeendless thanks to the legend that is UT for sailing the ship when I completely abandoned her. And huuuuuuge thanks to LP for that highly excellent Obamacare post.
Okay, Danny’s asleep after spending an hour fighting with a sock – so time to work on Rise and Shine.