(Bloomberg) The Obama Administration is really scraping the bottom of the barrel now in their desperate attempt to save ObamaCare–Employing “I Hate This Country” (Sexiest Man Alive–Not) Adam Levine, to boost ACA enrollments.
(Washington Examiner) Only 364,682 Americans have selected a health insurance plan through the ObamaCare exchanges during October & November (258,497 during November) the Dept of Health and Human Services announced today.
Though the pace of ObamaCare sign-ups accelerated last month, its still far short of the 800,000 enrollments the Obama Administration forecast by the end of November.
(Yahoo Finance) ObamaCare high deductibles fuel new worries–many people with modest incomes are encountering a troubling element of the federal health care law, deductibles so steep, they may not be able to afford the portion of medical expenses that insurance doesn’t cover, subverting one of the ACA stated goals, which to ensure more people receive needed health care. Hospitals in the meantime are bracing for a rise in unpaid bills.
For policies offered in the federal exchange as in many states, the annual deductible often tops $5,000 for an individual, $10,000 for a couple.
In El Paso, Texas for example, a husband and wife both age 35 one of the cheapest ObamaCare compliant plans on the federal exchange offered by Blue Cross & Blue Shield has a premium less than $300 but the annual deductible is more than $12,000 For a 45 year old couple seeking health insurance on the federal exchange in Saginaw, Michigan a policy with a premium of $515 has a deductible of $10,000
In Santa Cruz, California, Robert Aaron a self-employed 56 year old Engineer said he was looking for a low cost plan on Covered California, the best one he could find had a premium of $488 a month but the annual deductible was $5,000 and that he said, “sounds really high.”
More here from the NY Times
President Obama earlier this year compared former South African President Nelson Mandela to George Washington, adding that “Madiba’s moral courage, this country’s historic transition to a free nation has been a personal inspiration to me.”
There is much about Mandela’s life that seems to have become lost with all of the praise and accolades that are being bestowed on him ahead of his funeral scheduled to take place this week which Obama, together with former President’s Bush and Clinton will attend.
Speaking at the Intl Women’s Forum in 2003 CNN reported that Mandela bashed America saying, “If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world it is the United States of America.”
Mandela like to many others before and after him have chosen to forget that it was the United States that saved the world from Nazi fascism and following the end of WW II, orchestrated with our allies the Berlin Airlift for more than a year, ferrying more than 2.3 million tons of food and cargo into defeated Germany, saving the nation from mass starvation and all the many other natural disasters around the globe where the United States leads relief efforts. Most recently, following Typhoon Haiyan that struck the Philippines in November, leaving the island nation devastated, thousands killed, hundreds of thousands others displaced and desperate for fresh water, food and supplies.
Unashamedly, President Obama and the media fails to report that in 1996 Mandela signed into law the ‘Choice on Termination Pregnancy Bill’ which Catholic News Agency reports granted state financing of abortion on demand up to the 20th week of pregnancy and abortion for ‘serious medical reasons’ until birth.
Mandela’s legacy has yet to be written, what history remembers of this man’s life is fortunately not up to long winded politicians of our time but will be left up to the ages, that may judge an individual, absent emotional tributes and recharacterizations that one may wish to pursue today.