Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Boehner statement on delay of online health care exchanges for small businesses

A presser from the Speaker,
WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement in response to the Obama administration's announcement that it will not launch an online health care exchange for small businesses, delaying the feature a full year.
 
"The president bit off more than he can chew with this health care law, and small businesses are now forced to bear the consequences. Business owners across this country are already having health care plans for their employees canceled by this law, and now they're told they won't have access to the system the president promised them to find them different coverage. Instead, they'll have to resort to a system you'd expect to see in the 1950s. It's another broken promise and more proof this administration's assurances have no credibility. This law has been an absolute disaster, leaving us to ask 'what's next?' If the president won't repeal it, he should at least delay the entire law before it wreaks any more havoc on American families and small businesses, as well as our economy."
- See more at: http://www.speaker.gov/press-release/small-business-latest-bear-burden-obamacare-failures#sthash.Pjg2KQX6.dpuf

Obamacare's war on Safety Net Hospitals

Obamacare's Value Based Purchasing penalizes Hospitals serving the poor and indigent much harder than others.  So just as Obamacare is steering Americans into Medicaid programs, it's also putting more financial pressure on institutions serving the poor. 

 

Here's New York World on the toll Obamacare's taking in New York City,

 
The pain will also be felt acutely in the city's public hospitals, all but one of which was penalized. Last year, according to the New York City Independent Budget Office, New York City's Health and Hospitals Corporation's facilities anticipated $777 million in Medicare revenue for 2013. Collectively, their penalties could cost the city millions of dollars in federal funds.
 
Brooklyn's hospitals also fared poorly: 10 out of the 13 institutions there will see reduced Medicare payments.


Beware the Smart and Competent

This might describe the past decade's whole Informatics Revolution
 
We like to think that being "smart and competent" makes you less likely to make mistakes. But when you're out of your element, it may merely enable you to make more -- and larger -- mistakes.

 --Megan McArdle in Obamacare Is No Starship Enterprise

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

RFF/RL The Ukraine: Starving To Death


Via RFF/RL... Socialism as the first stage towards Communism.


Eighty years ago, in 1932-33, Soviet authorities took all the grain from Ukrainian villagers and left them with nothing. More than 3 million people died in the resulting famine. The tragedy, known as Holodomor, became a defining moment in Ukrainian history. Some of the survivors in the village of Targan, south of Kyiv, where 360 of 900 households died of starvation, spoke to RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service for this report, originally broadcast in 2011.

Quincy Herald-Whig: State Senators Cullerton and Sullivan contrast their districts

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton and Sen. John Sullivan, D-Rushville compare districts at Quincy University,
Sullivan and Cullerton described the differences between their Senate districts to the QU students. Sullivan has the largest geographic district in the state Senate with about 600,000 square miles in it. Cullerton's district is one of the smallest, with about eight square miles, including Wrigley Field.

Both men have about 220,000 residents in their districts.

Cullerton said Sullivan's district also is different because people in Western Illinois usually know their local lawmakers. He said Chicago area lawmakers often are not well recognized because constituents often look more to the Chicago mayor and City Council or to members of Congress.

Cullerton praised Western Illinois for its low unemployment rates and the way the Tri-State Development Summit has fostered cooperation and partnership on projects across state lines from Western Illinois, to Northeast Missouri and Southeast Iowa.
Cullerton's right.  Stuck between more colorful Aldermen and Federal Reps, Chicago's State Senators and Reps to get overlooked.  My guess they prefer it that way.

Political newcomer Truax sweeps early key endorsements against perennial candidate

 Seems like time for a fresh face to me too.
 
Via Traux2014 
 
DOWNERS GROVE — West Point graduate and Army veteran Doug Truax has won the first three key GOP endorsements for U.S. Senate after audiences heard from both him and perennial candidate Jim Oberweis.
Today, it was announced that the important DuPage County-based Addison Township Republican Organization endorsed Truax. Both candidates spoke to the organization recently.
Earlier:
  • The Federation of Illinois Young Republicans voted 70.9 percent in favor of Truax over Oberweis at the group's statewide convention Saturday in Bolingbrook. Both candidates spoke that day.
  • The large and pivotal Palatine Township Republican Organization voted 64 percent for Truax over Oberweis last week after hearing both candidates speak.
"What these votes mean is that Republicans are yearning for a new kind of conservative candidate who can build a wide enough coalition of young people, men and women, rural, suburban and urban voters to defeat Dick Durbin," Truax said.
Truax is a 43-year-old successful entrepreneur from Downers Grove. His business is in the health care arena and he's an expert on Obamacare. He recently produced four videos on the topic that can be found at DougTruax.com.


 

Monday, November 25, 2013

Times of Ottawa: Tea Party to host think tank leader and governor candidate Nov. 26

Last weekend it was Rauner and Walsh at a town hall on term limits.  Now it's Rauner and Tillman at a Tea Party forum.

A prominent leader of a state-based think tank and a Republican gubernatorial candidate both will speak at the next meeting of the Bureau-La Salle Tea Party at the Elks Lodge, 800 E. Walnut St., Oglesby, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26.

John Tillman, founder and CEO of the Illinois Policy Institute — one of the nation's most prominent political think tanks— and GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner are scheduled to appear.

Organizer Art Havenhill said, as head of the Illinois Policy Institute, Tillman has transformed what many wrote off as a solidly Democrat state into a place ripe for free market reform.
 
Interesting combinations setting up.  Rauner's priorities seem to be attracting Tea Party folks despite all the talk on those houses and connections to the Mayor of Chicago.

        Havenhill listed Rauner's top priorities if elected:
  • Jobs: Bruce will make improving Illinois' business climate his top priority. He will: Get rid of the Quinn-Madigan tax hikes and replace them with an overhaul of the tax code. Create Right-to-Work zones, allowing localities to decide whether workers must join a union. He wants to enact tort reform and limit lawsuit abuse. Reform the workers' compensation system to make Illinois competitive with neighboring states.
  • Reform state government: Allow state workers to choose whether they want to join a government employees union. Control spending, because bigger government means more corruption. Cap the current pension system and move towards a defined contribution system.
  • Improve education: Rauner believes students deserve the nation's best schools. To achieve that goal, he will reward the best performing teachers and hold poor performing teachers accountable.
  • Term limits: Rauner believes too many state officeholders seem more interested in building a political career than serving voters. Bruce will fight for term limits to eliminate the entrenched power structure in Springfield.
Havenhill asked participants to come prepared with questions for both speakers to hear their ideas as to "how the sad situation of our state can be solved."

Friday, November 22, 2013

Illinois Dept of Insurance reports 185,340 people in Illinois have lost their Health Insurance due to Obamacare.

From the DOI's Press Release on Illinois's Obamacare cancellations and DOI's decision to allow non-compliant plans for one more year,
 

According to notifications received by DOI, approximately 185,340 people in Illinois have been advised by insurers so far in 2013 that their coverage has been cancelled or terminated. DOI's most recent data indicate that more than 476,000 Illinois residents were insured by private individual policies in 2012.

 

So Obamacare's pulled coverage out from under about 38% of Illinoisians who relied on private individual policies.


Illinois Bluce Cross Blue Shield's Mary Ann Schultz wrote,
 
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois continues to work with our impacted members to offer continued coverage. We are reviewing the announcement from the Illinois Department of Insurance and will determine next steps as we keep our members informed of their options both on and off the exchange. Our goal remains to maintain access to quality, affordable health care for our members and we will continue to support solutions that assure there are no disruptions in health insurance for our existing members. We will reach out to consumers who may have new options as a result of the Illinois Department of Insurance's announcement.

We will be updating our website as new information is available.

 
I asked Mary Ann if BCBS Illinois can turn these cancelled plans around in time and she assured me: Yes we can.
 
 

 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Joe Walsh aand Bruce Rauner holding a "Term Limits" Town Hall

This ought to be interesting: Walsh and Rauner collaborating on term limits.
 
It's time for "Term Limits" in Illinois...42 years of Madigan and 34 years of Cullerton is enough! Please join Joe Walsh and Bruce Rauner, Chairman of the Term Limits committee on Saturday November 23rd from 12:00-2:00 Diplomat West Banquet Hall 681 W. North Ave in Elmhurst


 

The Blaze: Obamacare Official Admits Something So Incredible You’ll Wonder Why You’re Just Now Hearing About It

Via The Blaze The Sys isn't even half finished.....



KHN: Safety-Net Hospitals Lose More Under Medicare’s Quality-Based Payments, Analysis Finds


 
Affordable Care Act penalizies Hospitals caring for low-income patients harder than those serving more affluent patients.  Graphic vian KHN here
 
A strange reform that expands health insurance by pushing Americans into Medicaid while the Feds ding the providers caring for these folks harder than the rest.  Wait for the inner-city Hospital closures to come.

 

Monday, November 18, 2013

SecEd Arne Duncan tangles with Suburban Moms

H/T Illinois Review

 

Below Via WaPo.  It's a great insight into the mindset of this administration and the contempt they hold for ordinary Americans and our concerns.

 

On Friday, Duncan spoke in Richmond, Va., about the growing opposition to Common Core and their implementation in states around the country before a meeting of the Council of Chief State Schools Officers Organization. Education Department communications chief Massie Ritsch said in an e-mail that he does not believe that there is a full transcript of Duncan's remarks, but he referred to the following write-up from Politico's Libby Nelson, who was at the event:
 
Education Secretary Arne Duncan told an audience of state superintendents this afternoon that the Education Department and other Common Core supporters didn't fully anticipate the effect the standards would have once implemented.
 
"It's fascinating to me that some of the pushback is coming from, sort of, white suburban moms who — all of a sudden — their child isn't as brilliant as they thought they were and their school isn't quite as good as they thought they were, and that's pretty scary," Duncan said. "You've bet your house and where you live and everything on, 'My child's going to be prepared.' That can be a punch in the gut."
 
Overcoming that will require communicating to parents that competition is now global, not local, he said.

How 'bout some facts to back up your arguments Prof Duncan?    

 

Friday, November 15, 2013

Upton Bill passes with bipartisan support

Upton Bill passes with bipartisan support

Illinois Democrats voting Aye on HR 3350: Keep Your Health Plan Act of 2013

Tammy Duckworth, Cheri Bustos, Bill Foster, and Bill Enyart all vote Aye on HR3350: Keep Your Health Plan Act of 2013.
 
If Bill Foster hadn't voted for the Affordable Care Act in the first place maybe we wouldn't be in this position of seeing millions of Americans having their Health Insurance pulled from them by the Feds.



Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Joe Walsh on Kirk: Carol Felsenthal's column

Felsenthal suggest there's something behind Walsh's suggestion it's time for Kirk to retire: What's behind Joe Walsh raising questions about Mark Kirk's recovery?
 
Kirk's exchange with CMS's Travenner was weird and sparked a lot of comment.   Walsh just said the obvious: that maybe it's time for Kirk to retire.
 
I think there's all there is too it.  It's an obvious thing to say, and Walsh just given to saying the obvious in a plain, blunt, sorta way.
 
Kirk ought to go on the show and prove otherwise.  Walsh will give him a fair shake on-air.  No sandbags...


 
 

Modern Healthcare: 27k sign up on Healthcare.gov

Via Modern Healthcare,
Fewer than 27,000 people have signed up for insurance coverage through the federal HealthCare.gov website in the six weeks since its problem-plagued rollout. That works out to an average of roughly 750 enrollees in each of the 36 states that are utilizing the online marketplace built by the federal government.

Nationally, just over 106,000 individuals signed up for coverage through the exchanges. But roughly three quarters of those enrollees came through the state-run exchanges in 14 states and the District of Columbia, which typically have experienced fewer technological problems. California had the highest number of enrollments, with just over 35,000.
 
With millions losing their Health Insurance, we're on course for a heck of a crack up come January.  No way the millions who have lost their insurance will be able to sign up in this mess.


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

RNC on Obamacare: Enrollments Stall, Cancellations Soar


Nothing on Illinois's cancellations yet.

Enrollments Stall, Cancellations Soar

As ObamaCare Enrollment Lags, Health Plan Cancellation Letters Continue To Be Delivered


THE INITIAL OBAMACARE ENROLLMENT NUMBERS ARE LACKLUSTER

According To People Familiar With The Enrollment Figures, Only 50,000 People Enrolled In Health Insurance Plans Through The ObamaCare Website. "Initial reports suggest that fewer than 50,000 people successfully navigated the troubled federal health-care website to enroll in private health insurance plans as of last week, two people familiar with the matter said Monday." (Christopher Weaver and Louise Radnofsky, "HealthCare.gov Enrollment Falls Far Short Of Target," The Wall Street Journal, 11/11/13)

A Separate Report Found That Only "About 50,000 Have Signed Up For Medicaid And Private Plans" Through State Exchanges, Representing "Just 3 Percent Of The Total Number Expected To Buy ObamaCare Coverage In Those States." "The report came after consulting firm Avalere Health reported that about 50,000 people have signed up for Medicaid and private plans through 12 state-run exchanges. The number represents just 3 percent of the total number expected to buy ObamaCare coverage in those states. The findings shed light on how many enrollees the administration could announce when it releases its own data this week." (Jonathan Easley and Elise Viebeck, "Overnight Health: Lackluster Sign-Up Reports For Obamacare," The Hill, 11/11/13)

"The Early Tally Falls Far Short Of Internal Goals Set By President Barack Obama's Administration" Of 500,000 Enrollees In October Alone. "The early tally falls far short of internal goals set by President Barack Obama's administration in the months leading up to the opening of the HealthCare.gov site Oct. 1, and the low number has worried health insurers that are counting on higher turnout. … The administration had estimated that nearly 500,000 people would enroll in October, according to internal memos cited last week by Rep. Dave Camp (R., Mich.). An estimated seven million were expected to gain private coverage by the end of March, when the open-enrollment period is set to end." (Christopher Weaver and Louise Radnofsky, "HealthCare.gov Enrollment Falls Far Short Of Target," The Wall Street Journal, 11/11/13)

OBAMACARE'S UNDERWHELMING ENROLLMENT NUMBERS COME AS MILLIONS OF AMERICANS ARE RECEIVING CANCELLATION NOTICES

15 Million Americans Could Lose Their Plan. "But in a nation of more than 300 million, 5 percent is a big number — about 15 million people." ("ObamaCare Finally Gets Real For Americans: At Least 3.5 Million Health Insurance Policies Canceled," The Associated Press, 11/4/13)

  • "At Least 3.5 Million Americans Have Been Issued Cancellations…" "At least 3.5 million Americans have been issued cancellations, but the exact number is unclear. Associated Press checks find that data is unavailable in a half the states." ("ObamaCare Finally Gets Real For Americans: At Least 3.5 Million Health Insurance Policies Canceled," The Associated Press, 11/4/13)

The Health Plan Cancellation Notices Continue To Pile Up

66,000 Tennesseans Were Recently Informed That They Will Have To Choose A New Health Care Plan Because Of New ObamaCare Mandates. "Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, the largest underwriter of individual health plans in the state, plans to send about 66,000 letters to consumers over the next year informing them that they will have to choose another policy. Other insurers are doing the same thing. The changes are necessary because of the Affordable Care Act's minimum requirements. The federal health law dictates that plans must provide a certain level of coverage for 10 essential health benefits, ranging from the birth of a baby to rehabilitative services. It also ended yearly and lifetime monetary limits on coverage — which was a standard element of most health insurance policies." (Tom Wilemon, "BlueCross BlueShield Customers Must Pick New Plan," The Tennessean, 11/11/13)

ObamaCare Is Forcing 5,300 Delaware Residents From Their Health Care Plan. "About 5,300 Delaware residents will lose the health insurance policies they have now under Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Delaware because of changes required by the Affordable Care Act, the company's spokesman said Friday afternoon." (Beth Miller, "Cancellation Notices Hit 5,300 Del. Insured," The News Journal, 11/9/13)

Richmond Times Dispatch Headline: "Health Policy Cancellations Hit Virginia." (Tammie Smith, "Health Policy Cancellations Hit Virginia," Richmond Times Dispatch, 11/9/13)

  • The Cancellations Could Affect "10 Percent To 12 Percent Of The Health Insurance Market In Virginia." "Gray said the individual health insurance market is about 10 percent to 12 percent of the health insurance market in Virginia." (Tammie Smith, "Health Policy Cancellations Hit Virginia," Richmond Times Dispatch, 11/9/13)

Nearly 36,000 North Dakotans Will Lose Their Health Care Plan Due To ObamaCare. "North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Adam Hamm says nearly 36,000 people in the state will have their policies canceled under President Barack Obama's health care law. Individual health insurance policies are being canceled for millions of people nationwide who buy individual insurance policies as federal health care reform requires plans to cover certain benefits. Policies are being discontinued because they don't meet the higher benefit requirements of the Affordable Care Act." ("Nearly 36K Losing Health Care Coverage In ND," The Associated Press, 11/8/13)

According To Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon, 92,739 People Will Be Kicked Off Of Their Insurance Due To ObamaCare. "His policy is among the 92,793 individual insurance plans that Louisiana Commissioner of Insurance Jim Donelon reported would be discontinued because the coverage does not meet the coverage standards set by the federal Affordable Care Act." (Michelle Millhollon and Jordan Blum, "Business Owners Complain About Health Plan Changes," The Advocate, 11/7/13)

  • The Number Losing Their Insurance Represent More Than Half Of Louisiana's Individual Insurance Market. "The figure could account for close to half of the 165,000 people in Louisiana who hold individual health insurance plans that they pay for without the help of an employer or the government." (Rebecca Catalanello, "80,000 Louisianians' Health Insurance Policies Will Be Canceled Under Affordable Care Act," The Times-Picayune, 11/4/13)

"Nearly 250,000 Coloradans Are Learning From Their Insurers This Fall That Their Existing Health Coverage Is Being Canceled, Many As A Result Of The Affordable Care Act." "Nearly 250,000 Coloradans are learning from their insurers this fall that their existing health coverage is being canceled, many as a result of the Affordable Care Act, the state insurance division said Wednesday. The Colorado Division of Insurance responded to reporters' queries to tally up the canceled policy notices, which are being issued to customers with 2013 health insurance in place. The division said some of the cancellations are because of the controversial Affordable Care Act provision that all 2014 policies meet minimum standards; other cancellations are simply insurance companies making business decisions, division officials added." (Michael Booth, "Nearly 250,000 Colorado Health Policies Canceled, Many From Obamacare," The Denver Post, 11/6/13)

22,000 New Hampshirites Have Been Notified That They Will Lose Their Current Health Plan Due To ObamaCare. "Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield NH informed about 22,000 of its 30,000 individual health insurance holders their current policies will be discontinued at the end of the year because they will not comply with Affordable Care Act requirements beginning Jan. 1. Speaking to the Joint Health Care Reform Oversight Committee Tuesday, Paula Rogers, director of government relations for Anthem NH, said the letters were sent to all individual policy holders who were not grandfathered by having policies before the ACA passed in March 2010." (Gary Rayno, "Anthem: 22,000 were told their health insurance would be cancelled in NH," Union Leader, 11/6/13)

73,000 Marylanders Will Lose Their Health Care Plan Due To ObamaCare. "About 73,000 policy holders around the state will lose their insurance in coming months because nine insurance companies are dropping some health plans that were not grandfathered under the Affordable Care Act, the Maryland Insurance Administration confirmed Monday. The act requires plans to carry minimum benefits. Only those policies created before March 23, 2010, when the health law passed can be grandfathered, according to the law." (Meredith Cohn, "73,000 Losing Coverage As Insurers Drop Plans," The Baltimore Sun, 11/4/13)

  • "The Breakdown In Policy Holders Includes: Carefirst Of Maryland Inc., 25,888; Carefirst Bluechoice, 17,235; Group Hospitalization And Medical Services Inc., 12,435; Aetna Life Insurance Co., 7,007; Coventry Health And Life Insurance Co., 5,615; Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Of The Mid-Atlantic States Inc., 5,019; Mega Life And Health Insurance Co., 28; Celtic Insurance Co., 7; United American Insurance Co., 1." (Meredith Cohn, "73,000 Losing Coverage As Insurers Drop Plans," The Baltimore Sun, 11/4/13)

5,360 Alaskans Will Lose Their Existing Plans. "Coon said discontinuation notices have gone to about 5,360 other members, who have been told they will be matched to new plans that are closest to what they had before in an effort to keep anyone from losing coverage." (Becky Bohrer, "Premera Sends Alaskans Health Policy Cancellation Notices, Will Offer New Plans," Anchorage Daily News, 11/1/13)

  • Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield, Alaska's Largest Health Insurer, Is Cancelling More Than Half Of Its Individual Policies Due To ObamaCare. "The largest health insurer in Alaska has sent cancellation notices to more than half its individual members in the state because their existing policies do not meet requirements of the new federal health care law. Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield spokeswoman Melanie Coon said Friday that of its more than 9,000 individual members in Alaska, fewer than 3,800 were on "grandfathered" plans. Those are plans that were in existence before March 23, 2010, and have changed very little." (Becky Bohrer, "Premera Sends Alaskans Health Policy Cancellation Notices, Will Offer New Plans," Anchorage Daily News, 11/1/13)

According To The Associated Press, 330,000 Floridians Are Having Their Policies Cancelled Because Of ObamaCare. "State - Number of people with discontinued policies … Florida 330,000." ("State By State: 3.5 Million Insurance Policies Canceled," The Associated Press, 11/2/13)

  • Florida Blue Is Cancelling 300,000 Policies Or "About 80 Percent Of Its Individual Policies." "Florida Blue, for example, is terminating about 300,000 policies, about 80 percent of its individual policies in the state." (Anna Gorman and Julie Appleby, "Thousands Of Consumers Get Insurance Cancellation Notices Due To Health Law Changes," Kaiser Health News, 10/23/13)

Nearly 280,000 Kentuckians Will Lose Their Health Care Plan Due To ObamaCare. "About 280,000 Kentuckians will have to give up their current insurance policies in the months ahead and enroll in alternatives that comply with the federal Affordable Care Act. Kentucky Department of Insurance spokeswoman Ronda Sloan said individual policies for about 130,000 people will be discontinued, as will small group policies for about 150,000 more." ("About 280,000 Kentuckians Losing Current Coverage," The Associated Press, 11/2/13)

ObamaCare Mandates Will Cause 800,000 New Jerseyans To Lose Their Health Care Plan. "Hundreds of thousands of New Jerseyans opened the mail last week to find their health insurance plan would no longer exist in 2014 because it does not cover all the essential benefits required by the Affordable Care Act. … The changes will impact more than 800,000 people in New Jersey who purchase insurance on the individual and small-employer markets, according to Ward Sanders, president of the New Jersey Association of Health Plans." (Dan Goldberg, "ObamaCare Causes Insurance Companies To Scrap Some Plans, Create New Ones," The Star-Ledger, 10/6/13)

According To The Associated Press, Millions More In Other States Have Already Received Health Plan Cancellation Letters. "Millions of Americans who buy their own health insurance are being informed that their policies will no longer be offered starting in the new year because they do not meet the higher standards of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act." ("State By State: 3.5 Million Insurance Policies Canceled," The Associated Press, 11/2/13)

  • 90,000 Alabamans Are Having Their Policies Cancelled Because Of ObamaCare. "State - Number of people with discontinued policies … Alabama 90,000." ("State By State: 3.5 Million Insurance Policies Canceled," The Associated Press, 11/2/13)
  • 900,000 Californians Are Having Their Policies Cancelled Because Of ObamaCare. "State - Number of people with discontinued policies … California 900,000." ("State By State: 3.5 Million Insurance Policies Canceled," The Associated Press, 11/2/13)
  • 21,300 Washington D.C. Residents Are Having Their Policies Cancelled Because Of ObamaCare. "State - Number of people with discontinued policies … Washington D.C. 21,300." ("State By State: 3.5 Million Insurance Policies Canceled," The Associated Press, 11/2/13)
  • 400,000 Georgians Are Having Their Policies Cancelled Because Of ObamaCare. "State - Number of people with discontinued policies … Georgia 400,000." ("State By State: 3.5 Million Insurance Policies Canceled," The Associated Press, 11/2/13)
  • 105,000 Idahoans Are Having Their Policies Cancelled Because Of ObamaCare. "State - Number of people with discontinued policies … Idaho 105,000." ("State By State: 3.5 Million Insurance Policies Canceled," The Associated Press, 11/2/13)
  • 108,000 Hoosiers Are Having Their Policies Cancelled Because Of ObamaCare. "State - Number of people with discontinued policies … Indiana 108,000." ("State By State: 3.5 Million Insurance Policies Canceled," The Associated Press, 11/2/13)
  • 1,000 Iowans Are Having Their Policies Cancelled Because Of ObamaCare. "State - Number of people with discontinued policies … Iowa 1,000." ("State By State: 3.5 Million Insurance Policies Canceled," The Associated Press, 11/2/13)
  • 225,000 Michiganders Are Having Their Policies Cancelled Because Of ObamaCare. "State - Number of people with discontinued policies … Michigan 225,000." ("State By State: 3.5 Million Insurance Policies Canceled," The Associated Press, 11/2/13)
  • 140,000 Minnesotans Are Having Their Policies Cancelled Because Of ObamaCare. "State - Number of people with discontinued policies … Minnesota 140,000." ("State By State: 3.5 Million Insurance Policies Canceled," The Associated Press, 11/2/13)
  • 600 Mississippians Are Having Their Policies Cancelled Because Of ObamaCare. "State - Number of people with discontinued policies … Mississippi 600." ("State By State: 3.5 Million Insurance Policies Canceled," The Associated Press, 11/2/13)
  • 26,000 New Mexicans Are Having Their Policies Cancelled Because Of ObamaCare. "State - Number of people with discontinued policies … New Mexico 26,000." ("State By State: 3.5 Million Insurance Policies Canceled," The Associated Press, 11/2/13)
  • 100,000 New Yorkers Are Having Their Policies Cancelled Because Of ObamaCare. "State - Number of people with discontinued policies … New York 600." ("State By State: 3.5 Million Insurance Policies Canceled," The Associated Press, 11/2/13)
  • 160,000 North Carolinians Are Having Their Policies Cancelled Because Of ObamaCare. "State - Number of people with discontinued policies … North Carolina 160,000." ("State By State: 3.5 Million Insurance Policies Canceled," The Associated Press, 11/2/13)
  • 150,000 Oregonians Are Having Their Policies Cancelled Because Of ObamaCare. "State - Number of people with discontinued policies … Mississippi 150,000." ("State By State: 3.5 Million Insurance Policies Canceled," The Associated Press, 11/2/13)
  • 215,000 To 250,000 Pennsylvanians Are Having Their Policies Cancelled Because Of ObamaCare. "State - Number of people with discontinued policies … Pennsylvania 215,000 to 250,000." ("State By State: 3.5 Million Insurance Policies Canceled," The Associated Press, 11/2/13)
  • 290,000 Washingtonians Are Having Their Policies Cancelled Because Of ObamaCare. "State - Number of people with discontinued policies … Washington 290,000." ("State By State: 3.5 Million Insurance Policies Canceled," The Associated Press, 11/2/13)
  • 3,200 Wyomingites Are Having Their Policies Cancelled Because Of ObamaCare. "State - Number of people with discontinued policies … Wyoming 3,200." ("State By State: 3.5 Million Insurance Policies Canceled," The Associated Press, 11/2/13)

Peter Suderman: Time to Start Considering Obamacare's Worst Case Scenarios

I have a feeling Suderman's worst case is the likely case,
 
This could still be turned around, perhaps even soon. But it's time to start considering the worst-case scenarios: that the exchanges continue to malfunction, that plan cancellations go into effect, that insurers see the political winds shifting and stop playing nice with the administration, and that significant numbers of people are left stranded without coverage as a result. Rather than reforming the individual market, which was flawed but did work for some people, Obamacare will have destroyed it and left only dysfunction and chaos in its wake.
 
 
 
 


 
 

Friday, November 08, 2013

Kirk Seeks Obamacare Website Refund for Taxpayers

A Press release form Sen Kirk,
 

Kirk Seeks Obamacare Website Refund for Taxpayers

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) today called on the agency which oversees healthcare.gov, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), to release the contract for the failed Obamacare website and is demanding a refund for taxpayers.
"Americans deserve a clear explanation and a refund of their money," Sen. Kirk said. "It's time the Administration came clean on a deal that spends $400 million of taxpayer money, especially when that deal results in a disaster like this website."
In addition to Kirk, Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) and Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) also signed the letter. A copy of the letter can be found here.
During a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on Tuesday regarding the failed Obamacare health insurance exchanges, Sen. Kirk demanded that the American people know the details of the $400 million contract awarded to CGI Federal, Quality Software Services Incorporated (QSSI) and others. CMS Administrator Tavenner agreed to release any and all information including the documents but is yet to do so. A video of Senator Kirk questioning Administrator Tavenner can be found here.

What's Paul Vallas bring to Quinn?

Capitol Fax's reporting Governor Quinn's chosen Paul Vallus as his running mate.
Downstate's lost to Quinn.  The African American vote's as solid for Quinn as it can get.  Vallas's independence will play well with Progressives and Surburbanites disgruntled with Quinn's mismanagement.  There's a benefit for not  having been around Illinois for a while.  He's an outsider now and that's what Quinn needs.
 
Quinn's made an excellant choice.  He'll be formidable.  Don't underestimate him. 

Thursday, November 07, 2013

The Blaze: Health and Human Services quietly giving unions Obamacare fix

For a Settled Law, ACA's awfully malleable to suit the favored.
 
The Obama administration has found a way to give unions relief from an Obamacare tax nearly three weeks after Republicans rejected a Democratic push to include the labor carve-out in the latest budget deal.
 
The Department of Health and Human Services quietly released a final rule last week that includes an intention to exempt some union insurance plans from a substantial new tax known as the reinsurance fee.

Continue reading here....

 

Illinois HR0680: a bill urging the release of the number of Illinoisans who have lost their Health Insurance

A Bill introduced in the Illinois House....    doesn't seem too much to ask!











13

RESOLVED, BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE
14 NINETY-EIGHTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that
15 we urge Congress, in light of ongoing technological issues and
16 the cancellation of coverage for many Americans, to delay the
17 Affordable Care Act's "individual mandate" requirement for
18 further examination; and be it further
19 RESOLVED, That the Illinois Department of Insurance is
20 urged to release any available information regarding the number
21 of people in Illinois whose current health insurance plan was
22 cancelled due to new Affordable Care Act requirements and the
















HR0680 - 4 - LRB098 14727 GRL 49614 r

1 number of people in Illinois who have obtained health insurance
2 coverage through the Illinois marketplace; and be it further
3 RESOLVED, That suitable copies of this resolution be
4 delivered to Governor Pat Quinn, Director of the Illinois
5 Department of Insurance Andrew Boron, Director of the Illinois
6 Department of Healthcare and Family Services Julie Hamos, and
7
 
the members of the Illinois congressional delegation.

Rep. Senger & Rep. Bost: Illinoisans whose Health Insurance were Cancelled

H/T Illinois Review... live right now but the link should point to the recording later.



McHenry County Blog: Joe Walsh Calls for Mark Kirk to Step Down

Cal Skinner covers Walsh's call here.
 
Walsh's probably right. 

Hoododanode: NH hosptial sues for Obamacare access. Will others follow?

Great post from Hoocodanode on a NH Hospital excluded from Obamacare reimbursement and suing the Feds on it.
 
Expect more of this.  People don't realize ACA restricts supply as it attempts to expand Insurance coverage.  Lots of good that coverage does you if the supply of care is restricted and capped.

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Affordable Care Act: Extend or not to Extend?

From KHN's Humana Exec Predicts Obamacare Open Enrollment Extension,

America's Health Insurance Plans, the insurance industry lobbying group, opposes any move to extend enrollment.

Robert Zirkelbach, spokesman for the group, told CQ Healthbeat: "Going beyond this proposal by delaying the individual mandate and/or extending the open enrollment period past March 31 could have a destabilizing effect on insurance markets, resulting in higher premiums and coverage disruptions for individuals and families."

The American Academy of Actuaries sent a Nov. 5 letter to Capitol Hill with a similar message, urging lawmakers to "consider the potential adverse consequences of such an action."

An Extension tanks the actuaries's projections and opens up the potential of more and sicker enrollees.  My bet's Humana's Exec's wrong here on any extension.

Illinois Review: Speaker Mike Madigan credited with 13 gay marriage votes

Illinois Review linking an Illinois Observer article on the Reps Madigan had to cajole to vote for Same Sex Marriage.  
 
Illinois Observer wrote,
 
The source was unsure about the Speaker's contact with State Rep. Fred Crespo (D-Hoffman Estates), who was also on the fence until Tuesday's vote, but a leading Democratic lawmaker said Madigan also secured Crespo's "yes" vote.
 

Wonder what price Illinois paid (or will pay should some of these reps lose their next elections: watch the jobs they take afterwords) for this new "right".  Nobody does nothing for nothing in Illinois.  Espeically if they're in Springfield.

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Praire State Report: AFP’s Restore Illinois Summit: Quotes and Governor Candidate Pitches

 Warner Todd Huston covered AFP's Restore Illinois Summit with some nice quotes from the key speakers.  Wish I had been there... didn't even know about it!
 
PS Note Rauner came sans tie and wore a plaid shirt instead.  Must make him a man-of-the-people for sure.