HHS’s Foolish Decision to Game Signup Numbers

By: Thursday November 20, 2014 10:20 am

If this turns out to be true, it ranks as one of the most idiotic decisions made for the sake of political spin. Bloomberg is reporting that HHS secretly included stand alone dental plans in their exchange signup numbers to make them look bigger. From Bloomberg: The Obama administration included as many as 400,000 dental [...]

Why You Should Really Shop for a New Insurance Plan on the Exchanges

By: Monday November 17, 2014 6:24 am

Over the weekend the second open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act began and it seems this time Healthcare.gov is mostly stable this time, so consider this is a public service announcement. If you get insurance via one of the new exchanges last year you should really consider shopping around for a new policy. Polling [...]

Most Aren’t Going to Use the Insurance Exchanges Correctly

By: Friday November 14, 2014 7:32 am

The vast majority of people who get insurance on the Affordable Care Act exchanges last year aren’t planning to shop around again this year according to Gallup. More than two thirds are planning to renew their current policies. This result shouldn’t be surprising. Comparison shopping for insurance policies is extremely difficult. Switching policies can also [...]

Just 11 Percent of Uninsured Know When the Next Open Enrollment Period Is

By: Tuesday October 21, 2014 11:25 am

We are less than a month away from the start of the next Affordable Care Act open enrollment period and shockingly few uninsured Americans know that. In the latest Kaiser Family Foundation Poll, only 11 percent of the uninsured know the second open enrollment begins in November. From KFF: Presumably, this number will improve noticeably [...]

Under Obamacare, the Hen House Guards Morph Into Foxes

By: Friday July 25, 2014 10:23 am

It looks like the new state-based exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act are powering the next spin of the Revolving Door. We are not even a full year into implementation and already the head of Colorado’s insurance exchange is moving on to more lucrative pastures on the other side. From┬áThe Denver Post: The state [...]

Another State With A Broken Exchange Moves to the Federal Exchange: Nevada

By: Wednesday May 21, 2014 8:55 am

Nevada has become the latest state to acknowledge that their Affordable Care Act health care exchange is completely broken. The state has dumped Xerox and will use the federal exchange system for at least the next year. From the Las Vegas Review Journal: The Silver State Health Insurance Exchange board voted unanimously Tuesday to end [...]

Massachusetts Becomes Latest State to Ditch Their Own Exchange

By: Tuesday May 6, 2014 7:25 am

The Affordable Care Act exchange in Massachusetts is messed up beyond repair. The state announced it is going to get rid of it and replace it either with a new exchange based on software from one of the more successful states or by moving to the federal exchange. From the Boston Globe: Massachusetts plans to [...]

Obama Touts 8 Million Exchange Sign Ups

By: Thursday April 17, 2014 1:34 pm

  Now that the official open enrollment closed last month and the extended quasi-open period ended a few days ago President Obama held a rare press conference to tout ┬áthe final numbers for Obamacare this year. The big number is 8 million people have selected a plan on the new exchanges created by the Affordable [...]

The High Cost of Going with a Health Care Exchange Model

By: Wednesday April 9, 2014 10:34 am

If progressives want to make the case for government programs they need to prove they are good stewards of the purse. Cheering needlessly complicated and wasteful systems is not the way to do that.

Obamacare: 7 Million Signups Isn’t 7 Million Covered

By: Tuesday April 1, 2014 9:13 am

When talking about health care the media has been conflating what are actually two very different things which just happen to contain the figure “7 million.” There is the 7 million signup benchmark for success set by the Obama administration and the 7 million covered by exchange plans projected by the Congressional Budget Office last year. While they may sound interchangeable they are not.

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