Headlines I Wish I Hadn’t Seen

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  1. Hank says:

    (Even doctors in dark about new health plans)

    “I’m not going to be able to take a full day of exchange patients and keep my doors open, stated Michelle Berger, an Austin-based ophthalmologist.”

    Doctors can’t afford to take the exchange patients, taxpayers can’t afford the subsidies, premiums are astronomical and website developers can’t get the exchange to work…

    • Keith says:

      The plan was rushed to the marketplace without any due diligence being exercised. Sebelius needs to step down…

      • Hank says:

        Or rather, Henry Chao.

        “Henry Chao, who at one time was Trenkle’s deputy and chief technology officer, is often cited as the lead technology manager behind the website.” (Miller)

    • Billy says:

      The whole thing was built around a level of expenses that the market just can’t bear.

  2. Rutledge says:

    “[Sebelius] said delaying any additional parts of the Affordable Care Act is “not an option” and added, “We are still at the beginning of a six-month open enrollment that ends at the end of March, and there’s plenty of time to sign up for the new plans” (Reuters, 11/6).

    Yet there are still plenty of issues with the plan.

  3. Layne says:

    The primary goal of this plan was to allow for previously uninsured citizens to gain access to affordable insurance. Yet that goal is coming at an extreme cost to the insured, and the uninsured are hardly looking into buying on the exchange.

  4. Jackson says:

    “Delaware spends $4 million to enroll 4 people.”

    Good news! That means it will only cost slightly above $918 billion to insure the whole state!

  5. Tom G. says:

    “Aetna CEO to Sebelius: shut site down until it’s fixed.”

    Not surprising that his advice is good considering that he actually runs an insurance company.

  6. Mark says:

    “Good news: CMS’ chief information officer is leaving.”

    Too little, too late.

  7. Adam says:

    “Fewer that one in five uninsured have visited an exchange website.”

    I can see two primary reasons for this:

    1. The uninsured are more likely to be poor and are thus more likely to be without internet access.

    2. They know it will be too expensive/arduous for them to even consider.

  8. Kilian says:

    “The Obama administration estimates that more than a third of the nearly $2 billion it has lent to nonprofit health insurance co-ops will not be repaid.”

    No problem. $2 billion is nothing these days.

  9. Buster says:

    …CMS’ chief information officer is leaving.

    I don’t envy his job search. I would suggest he fabricate his resume. Maybe he could delete his work history at CMS and fill in the employment gap by claiming he was in prison for child molestation. That would probably improve his chances for getting another tech job.