OFA Stockton@Twitter Soliciting “Covered California” Chit-Chatting Um…Where’s All the People?
Doesn’t Appear to be Any Interest in ObamaCare
ObamaCare Cancellations as of January
Image: FOX News/Washington Free Beacon@Twitter
(Weekly Standard) Yesterday the Obama Administration released the latest ObamaCare enrollment numbers of 1,146,071 in January (1,788,000 in December) while the White House touts these numbers as evidence of ObamaCare’s success, it fails to take into account, the more than 6 Million insurance policies that were canceled because of the health care law or how many people have actually paid their first month’s premium?
Why is the Obama Administration being so secretive?
More here Still No One Knows How Many Have Actually Paid –Breitbart
St Vincent Medical Center Los Angeles
(California Catholic) Faced with rapidly changes in the health care system resulting from ObamaCare, cuts in reimbursement and an uncertain economy, Daughters of Charity Health System which includes six hospitals spanning from the San Francisco Bay area to Los Angeles announced this week it was putting its hospitals up for sale.
Daughters of Charity Health System in California have a rich history beginning in 1852 founding a hospital and orphanage in San Francisco, serving the sick and those who live in poverty.
‘Daughters of Charity’ have 8,000 associates and physicians that it employs, their futures remain uncertain.
(WSJ) China, Honk Kong ranks (No 1) the United States falls to (No 12) in the ’2014 Index of Economic Freedom’ released today by the Heritage Foundation/The Foundry which points out, the U.S. has declined six places since Obama took office nearly 5 years ago.
On the 12 January, 2012 Open Market.org reported that the steady decline of the United States economic freedom could easily be attributed to the implementation of ObamaCare, together with its burdensome over regulations and costs.
What Others Are Saying…
“Honestly…I’m having such a hard time figuring out this Covered California stuff…I can never get a call back and have yet to be insured. What plans are you guys using? — Katie Torwalt@Facebook
Some Replies: Ellen Ward@Facebook “None of them because they are too expensive, a $5,000 deductible is outrageous.”
Katie Torwalt@Facebook replies: “Right now I am paying Dr visits out of pocket.”
Jesse Roberson@Facebook “Entirely out of pocket! That typically results in eating whatever you might find in your pocket…LOL.”
Ellen Ward@Facebook “Mine was going to be over $200 a month and watch out, not every Dr takes ObamaCare.”
Chelsea Petranek@Facebook “I’m confused about it all too. I’ve been going around in circles with them and with my old insurance (thats no longer existing as of Jan) for the last few months and I am still having a hard time with them.”
David McKay@Facebook “Mine for Kaiser is $1,100 With no ObamaCare site quotes for our family are $1,400…”
Some Comments to: Covered California@Facebook
John Edmondson from Ventura: “After waiting online for over an hour to have an online chat they send me to an email system which they would not let me send. I really hope someone reads this because I am beyond angry right now…”
Matt Conn “I paid my premium, I have not received any paperwork and anytime I try calling Blue Shield, I’m on hold for hours and I have NO idea what my plan is, my benefits or where I can go–why is this such a mess?”
Angelina Lopez from Camarillo: “Major joke! So many clients of ours are so frustrated with not being enrolled in the right plan. Price comes back different or they are automatically enrolled in Medi-Cal which most DO NOT want and not to mention, no one knew how or where to make their payment–not even CoveredCA.”
Terry Givens from Durham: “Dear Covered California: Your new page is useless if the health coverage carriers can’t handle all the calls coming in. Maybe if you are listening, Covered California could REALLY help some people out.”
Kevin Knauss from Granite Bay: “I have clients where the carrier doesn’t even have a record of the application but Covered California says they sent it. Covered California has failed the residents of California. We don’t need a web page of how to make a payment, we need Covered California to straighten out the mess they’ve created.”
Amy Belanger from Berkeley: “My account says that I’m enrolled with Anthem, I applied for Kaiser (or thought I did) What do I do to fix this?”
Adam Hirschfelder from San Francisco: “What is happening here, Covered California is shameful. There is a very serious problem here and your well meaning officials are actually aware of it. Tens of thousands of us followed your directions exactly as your website directed us to, We filled out our applications by the deadline on your site and then, expected to hear from the carrier we selected but thousands of us have NOT heard from our selected carrier…Many of us heard from you that we ‘had coverage’ but again, your well meaning officials know this means nothing if we haven’t heard from our selected carrier. Then when we try to reach our selected carrier, tens of thousands of us can’t get through to discuss the issue with them…”
You’re Not Alone–What Others Are Saying…
According to Affordable Health California they claim ‘Covered California’ is simply swamped by enrollees with 53,510 signing up between 16-18 December, how many of them are Medi-Cal enrollees?
In November, California Political News reported that more than 72,000 ‘Covered California’ applicants qualify for Medi-Cal.
“By enrollment, Medi-Cal is already the nations largest Medicaid program, In 2012 it covered 7.6 Million people or more than a fifth of the state’s population. As the second largest portion of the state budget and as one of the budget’s fastest growing expenses, Medi-Cal has historically been a target for cost containment–additionally, Medi-Cal’s relatively low (and still declining) reimbursement rates have discouraged more and more physicians from providing services to Medi-Cal patients, reducing access to care for many enrollees,” the exact opposite of what ObamaCare claimed that it wanted to change.
How many more ObamaCare/Medi-Cal enrollees will realize even more limited choices in the coming year with 70% of California physicians reportedly boycotting Covered California?
(The Seattle Times) As Washington State residents enroll in the expanded Medicaid program, many will be surprised buried in the fine print thanks to ObamaCare, after one is dead they won’t be forgotten, as their estate can still be billed for ordinary health care expenses.
Dr Jane Orient, Executive Director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons writing in The Washington Times earlier this year, calls the ‘recovery provision’ a cash cow for state to milk the poor and the middle class.
“People will think this (the Medicaid expansion) is wonderful, this is free insurance,” Dr Orient, said in an interview. “They don’t realize that it is really a loan and is secured by any property they have.”
Even states that are now limiting estate recovery, Dr Orient warns, can change the rules again (at anytime) if budget problems become more intense.
(Santa Cruz Sentinel) ObamaCare/Covered California reported today that only a mere 2,626 people have signed up in Region 9 which consists of Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito Counties during October and November, that is only about 1% of Santa Cruz population of 266,776
Likewise, the Ventura County Star reported today that only about 5,200 people in Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties enrolled in ObamaCare during October and November.
Southern California Public Radio reported on Monday, that ‘Covered California’ admitted that some of the October enrollment numbers were incorrect but claims it was just an innocent error of transposing numbers in two categories.
On the 30 November, I wrote here that more than 1.1 Million health insurance policies have been canceled in California due to ObamaCare. How many of these residents will be without health insurance come New Years Day because of President Obama’s signature legislative achievement?
In related news, Brietbart reported last week that low Latino enrollment numbers in California are dreadful, despite the millions spent on advertising targeting Spanish speaking California residents. Overall, less than 4,500 people Latino’s have enrolled in ObamaCare using the Covered California exchange.
What could possibly go wrong with 35 year old parents of three, earning $90,000 annually and receiving a $210 ObamaCare/Covered California subsidy?
Just about everything.
Many middle class Americans will be harmed by the design of ObamaCare’s cost-sharing subsidies for lower income enrollees reports The Heritage Foundation, though relatively little attention has been given to this feature, understanding it is crucial to accurately projecting the results of its implementation.
Heritage Foundation Senior Fellow Ed Haislmaier has studied this feature of the bill and found that its effects will be unattractive for many people.
ObamaCare’s cost sharing subsidies pay insurers to offer coverage to lower income exchange enrollees with no deductibles and only nominal patient co-pays. As a result, Medicaid/MediCal managed care insurers are participating the the exchange and many insurers are offering exchange plans with ‘narrow networks’ that limit coverage to providers willing to accept low reimbursement.
Haislmaier points out: “ObamaCare’s complicated income based design of premium and cost-sharing subsidies will result in the exchange market offering something like Medicaid managed care for the middle-class.
Ripe for Fraud: In a new audit from the Treasury Dept Inspector General for Tax Administration dated 27 September, the Tigta report found that the IRS responsible for administrating ObamaCare subsidies, has not put in place a fraud strategy for its ObamaCare system development, initial deployment or long term operations.
Marguerite Bowling, writing in The Foundry on the 03 December explained “The IRS doesn’t have the necessary systems in place to effectively root out ObamaCare subsidy applicants who report an income lower than their true income so they can qualify for a higher subsidy. They’ll have unfairly high subsidies on the back of the American people who follow the rules.”
Making matters even worse is when ObamaCare Navigators, tasked with helping Americans to sign-up for health care insurance, have been providing people misinformation and in some cases, actively encouraging some people to commit fraud in order to raise their subsidy, according to a new report obtained by Breitbart News scheduled to be released today by the House Oversight and Govt Reform Committee.
Skyrocketing Deductibles and the
Affordable Unaffordable Care Act: On the 09 December, I wrote here ObamaCare high deductibles are fueling new worries–many people with modest incomes are encountering a troubling element of the health care law, deductibles so steep, they may be unable to afford the portion of medical expenses that insurers won’t cover, subverting one of ObamaCare’s stated goals to ensure more people receive needed health care.
Stanford Economics Professor Michael J Boskin writing in The Wall Street Journal Sunday further explains, “The ‘sticker shock’ that many buyers of new ACA compliant health plans have experienced–with premiums 30% higher or more than their previous coverage has only begun. The costs borne by individuals will even be more obvious next year as more people start having to pay higher deductibles and co-pays.”
“The next shock will come next year, when scores of millions outside the individual market–people who are covered by employers, in union plans or on Medicare and Medicaid, experience the downsides of ObamaCare. There will be longer waits for hospital visits, doctors appointments and specialists’ treatment as more people crowd fewer providers.”
Already with 70% of California physicians reportedly boycotting and refusing to participate in ObamaCare/Covered California how much longer will it be before problems grow exponentially and become totally unmanageable?