Advertising is Just One Small Cog in the Gaint Health Care Waste Machine

By: Tuesday December 17, 2013 5:43 am

Insurance companies are going to spend about $300 million more on TV advertising next year mainly because of the new health care exchanges. From Washington Post: In all of 2012, health insurers spent $216 million advertising on local television stations. But that’s nothing compared to what they’re about to spend. According to trade association TVB, [...]

HHS Moves to Expand Exchange Deadlines

By: Friday December 13, 2013 7:22 am

Problems with the website as well as low enrollment means significantly fewer people are going to be covered come January than the Obama administration planned, so they are doing everything they can to maximize the numbers. Previously, they pushed back the deadline from December 15th to the 23rd and now they are asking insurers [...]

Medicaid Expansion Going Well, Exchange Improved but Still Lagging

By: Wednesday December 11, 2013 7:40 am

The latest Obamacare enrollment numbers for November from the Department of Health and Human Services are a mixed bag for the administration. On the plus side the exchanges are working better and this is helping to increase the number of people selecting plans. Over 360,000 people selected a private insurance plan on one of the [...] Not Actually Improved as Much as Administration Claimed

By: Tuesday December 3, 2013 6:54 am

The Obama administration has managed to make some significant improvements to but it is still not working as well as the administration has led people to believe. On Sunday they bragged the site “has the capacity to handle 50,000 concurrent or simultaneous users at one time.” But the very next day that was proven [...]

There Will Be No Insurance Death Spiral

By: Wednesday November 13, 2013 2:09 am

The law doesn’t “unravel” if young people refuse to sign up, it just ends up somewhat more costly and less effective than the administration hoped. Of course the second they decided to go with this absurd design they guaranty it was always going to be needlessly wasteful and inefficient.

Obama Administration Claims Exchange Will Be Ready Just in Time

By: Friday October 25, 2013 10:48 am

The Obama Administration claims the system should be mostly working by the end of November, giving themselves a month to fix things. This time frame they outlined is interesting because that is basically how long they have to fix things before the real trouble starts. As it currently stands the exchange being broken is [...]

All This for a Needless Middleman to Help People Select Another Needless Middleman

By: Friday October 25, 2013 7:15 am

One of the most infuriating things about this current debate over the Obamacare website is that all these millions of dollars, dozens of contractors, and thousand of people hired as navigators is for a completely unnecessary middleman just to help people select another unnecessary middleman. There is no need or legitimate excuse for going with [...]

HHS Granted $3.7 Billion to Help States Set Up Their Own Exchanges

By: Tuesday July 2, 2013 8:35 am

Creating roughly a hundred new health insurance exchanges, one for individuals and one for small businesses in each state, is not cheap. So far the Department of Health and Human Services has rewarded about $3.7 billion in exchange grants to the states according to a new Government Accountability Office report. Most of the money is [...]

An Exchange Without Competition, If Only There Was a Public Option: Part 1,547

By: Thursday May 30, 2013 8:47 am

An online marketplace without any competition would seem like a pretty silly idea but that will apparently be the reality in New Hampshire. The only choice for people using the new exchange in New Hampshire will be Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield of New Hampshire. It was the only company that applied. The fact that there will [...]

Arizona Won’t Build Its Own Health Care Exchange

By: Thursday November 29, 2012 7:09 am

In a move that should surprise no one, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (R) officially wrote the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to inform them Arizona will not set up its own health care exchange. This means the federal government will instead need to set up an exchange in the state. According to Brewer [...]