State officials ready Obamacare

January 3, 2013

California’s newly-formed “health exchange” has been approved by the Obama administration and becomes the 19th such program nationally to gain endorsement from the federal government. (Sacramento Bee)

“Covered California” will provide subsidized coverage for hundreds of thousands of state residents who do not now have health insurance.

Starting in 2014, all Americans will be required to have health coverage or pay a penalty.

This state has received $237 million in federal grants to build this “marketplace,” money that will cover a new IT system to enroll subscribers, staff and marketing efforts.


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  1. The Gimlet Eye says:

    Continuing:

    Ms. Sebelius’s remarks come weeks before insurers are expected to begin releasing rates for plans that start on Jan. 1, 2014, when key provisions of the health law kick in. Premiums have been a sensitive subject for the Obama administration, which is counting on elements in the health law designed to increase competition among insurers to keep rates in check. The administration has pointed to subsidies that will be available for many lower-income Americans to help them with the cost of coverage.

    The secretary’s remarks are among the first direct statements from federal officials that people who have skimpy health plans right now could face higher premiums for plans that are more generous. She noted that the law requires plans to provide better benefits and treat all customers equally regardless of their medical claims.

    “These folks will be moving into a really fully insured product for the first time, and so there may be a higher cost associated with getting into that market,” she said. “But we feel pretty strongly that with subsidies available to a lot of that population that they are really going to see much better benefit for the money that they’re spending.”

    Ms. Sebelius added that those customers currently pay more for their health care if their plans have high out-of-pocket costs, high deductibles or exclude particular types of coverage, such as mental health treatment. She also said that some men and younger customers could see their rates increase while women and older customers could see their rates drop because the law restricts insurers’ ability to set rates based on age and gender.

    Don’t worry, folks, ObamaCare is blowing premiums through the roof, but there will be subsidies available for lower-income Americans! That means the rest of us will get screwed twice – once when we pay our higher insurance premiums, then again when we pay for all those lovely subsidies.

    On the political front, Obama’s cherished young voters are getting rooked, but luckily they tend to be low-information types who don’t hold him accountable for anything – they keep saying jobs and economic growth are their top concern, but they voted to re-elect him, didn’t they? And Sebelius is doing her best to mitigate political fallout from sticker-shocked young people by keeping that “War on Women” narrative going. Those brutish misogynist ObamaCare opponents just want to repeal the President’s magical program because they want insurance companies to be able to discriminate against women!

    http://www.humanevents.com/2013/03/27/hhs-secretary-finally-admits-obamacare-is-raising-insurance-costs/

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  2. The Gimlet Eye says:

    Sebelius: Yep, ObamaCare is raising insurance costs

    By: John Hayward
    3/27/2013 07:46 AM

    A watershed moment in the ongoing disaster of ObamaCare, as Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius finally admits that health insurance premiums are rising because of the President’s health insurance takeover, per the Wall Street Journal.

    http://www.humanevents.com/2013/03/27/hhs-secretary-finally-admits-obamacare-is-raising-insurance-costs/

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  3. The Gimlet Eye says:

    Social Security Confiscated If You Refuse Government Health Care

    http://www.libertariannews.org/fv-community-news/post/social-security-confiscated-if-you-refuse-government-health-care/

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  4. The Gimlet Eye says:

    In the UK…….

    National Health Service is threatening a whistleblower and covering up thousands of hospital deaths related to cutting corners to meet government budget targets. [This is the norm under socialized medicine.]

    DailyMail 2013 Feb 14

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2278921/Leveson-gag-whistleblowers.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

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  5. The Gimlet Eye says:

    Funds run low for health insurance in state ‘high-risk pools’
    By N.C. Aizenman, Published: February 15 | Updated: Saturday, February 16

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/2013/02/15/cb9d56ac-779c-11e2-8f84-3e4b513b1a13_print.html

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  6. danika says:

    From today’s New York Times front page:

    Health Insurers Raise Some Rates by Double Digits

    “Health insurance companies across the country are seeking and winning double-digit increases in premiums for some customers, even though one of the biggest objectives of the Obama administration’s health care law was to stem the rapid rise in insurance costs for consumers. ”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/06/business/despite-new-health-law-some-see-sharp-rise-in-premiums.html?hp&_r=0

    The California Dept. of Insurance does not regulate health care premiums. Insurers do not have to seek approval for increases.

    Keep in mind when you read this 2 things: Anthem Blue Cross, Blue Shield, and Aetna were the first among those Corporations seeking waiver to the AHCA to receive the waiver and, secondly, they have all contributed to the re-election of President Obama and/or his $53 MILLION inauguration.

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  7. The Gimlet Eye says:

    Will Obama care cover weight loss problems?

    Scientists report that fructose, primarily made from corn, bypasses the brain’s sensor that tells us that we are full, and that causes overeating. [Corn fructose is in almost all processed foods, soft drinks, and sweets. Read the labels. Does this suggest a New Year's resolution?]
    YouTube 2013 Jan 2

    Scientists Say Fructose Changes Brain To Cause Overeating

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