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.
— meta (@metaquest) October 21, 2013
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.
— Carole Troll (@Thejazzchick) October 21, 2013
On This Day:
President Obama jogs past boxes on his way to deliver remarks during a Small Business Administration event at the Metropolitan Archives in Hyattsville, Md., Oct. 21, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama hugs Sen. John Kerry who recently returned from Afghanistan, prior to their meeting in the Oval Office, Oct. 21, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)
MoooOOOooorning again everyone, hadn’t a chance to catch up with, oh, 99% of the news this morning, but just posting this for now and will try and catch up later.