Fall Out from California Premium Controversy

Rick Ungar (Forbes) attacks Avik Roy (Forbes) over his use of eHealth data. EHealth responds to Ungar.

Roy weighs in with round two.

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  1. Ronnie says:

    Everyone loves a good “in-house” scuffle!

  2. JD says:

    “…for the typical 25-year-old male non-smoker, the average Obamacare “bronze” exchange plan in California will cost between 64 and 117 percent more than the cheapest five plans on eHealth. For 40-year-old male non-smokers, it’s between 73 and 146 percent more.”

    I don’t know what the differences in quality are, but for a 25-year-old it probably doesn’t matter. For most young people the extra expense is not justified.

    • Thoreau says:

      Exactly. It is not okay for the government to force us to increase the price of healthcare and then provide a subordinate product compared to the to the status quo.

      • Roget says:

        Increased premiums for healthy people are just another form of transfer payments, guised in universal coverage.

        I’ll keep my catastrophic coverage and remain a satisfied customer of minute clinics.

        • Jordan says:

          It’s interesting that you say it’s not okay. While I respect (and share) your opinion, this is one of the weaker points of the semi-democratic machine of ours.

  3. Sam says:

    I don’t know about you, but I am against premiums going up in price.

    • Tim says:

      I think any rational person would be against this, especially if it’s caused by the government.

  4. Dewaine says:

    Like Avik Roy says, the whole thing was sold under false pretenses, that fact is becoming apparent to even die-hard Obama supporters. It is amazing that there isn’t widespread outrage. I guess we are all just too used to being lied to by our “representatives”.

    • William Jones says:

      Which is a sad thought. I think once it has been implemented in most of the U.S. it will cause an outrage, because let’s be honest…Californians are so radically desensitized to governmental abuse they aren’t going to revolt unless the government enslaved them, and even then that’s questionable.

  5. Nigel says:

    Krugman is an amusing man, who in their right mind gave him a Nobel Prize? Regardless, this just goes to show always fact-check the press.

  6. William Jones says:

    I think it is good to provide comparisons from Obamacare to normal health insurance, especially when it comes to prices, because one of the major arguments for Obamacare is that people can’t afford it…and now that the prices are available…it all becomes pretty ironic.

    • Dewaine says:

      Great point, William. Regardless of the controversy between these two about what people actually have to pay, at the very least rates won’t have gone down (I’m being very, very generous to Obamacare because they most likely are going up). So, then we are spending billions in infrastructure to keep rates the same?

  7. August says:

    Good job E-Health

    “It should also be noted that eHealthInsurance has enrolled over 3.5 million Americans into quality
    coverage, and more importantly close to 40% were previously uninsured before coming to our website”