Inside the Race to Rescue a Health Care Site, and Obama – NYTimes.com

November 30, 2013

The day was a brutal reminder for top White House advisers that fixing the botched health care rollout would be critical to restoring their boss’s agenda and legacy. To do that, they would have to take charge of a project that, they would come to discover, had never been fully tested and was flailing in part because of the Medicare agency’s decision not to hire a “systems integrator” that could coordinate its complex parts. The White House would also have to hold together a fragile alliance of Democratic lawmakers and insurance executives.

“If we don’t do that,” one senior White House adviser recalled, “it’s a very serious threat to the success of the legislation and a very serious threat to him. We get that.”

via Inside the Race to Rescue a Health Care Site, and Obama – NYTimes.com.


Eliana Johnson: In the Trenches With the ObamaCare Army – WSJ.com

November 30, 2013

After starting Oct. 1, when the exchanges went live, his organization was aiming to sign up 5,800 people by the end of March 2014. It has a long way to go.

\”We have yet to see an application from start to finish,\” he says.

The current HHS navigator grants last for one year, ending next fall. Surveying the battlefield, Mr. Myint says: \”I think there will be plenty of navigation left to do after this year.\”

via Eliana Johnson: In the Trenches With the ObamaCare Army – WSJ.com.


Obamacare’s Website Won’t Be Working By November 30 — But What If It Isnt Working By November 2014? – Forbes

November 30, 2013

When President Obama appointed Jeffrey Zients to take over the troubled Healthcare.gov Obamacare website, Zients made a promise: “By the end of November, Healthcare.gov will work smoothly for the vast majority of users,” he said. We’re now at the end of November, and it’s pretty clear that the Obama administration will miss its self-imposed deadline. It’ll be tomorrow’s talking point for the GOP. But the question that matters most this year is not whether Obamacare is working by this November. It’s whether Obamacare is working by next November. If it’s not, Republicans may regain control of the Senate. So, let’s take a clear-eyed look at how Obamacare is likely to play out over the next twelve months.

via Obamacares Website Wont Be Working By November 30 — But What If It Isnt Working By November 2014? – Forbes.


The Private Option: Medicaid Expansion by Another Name | Americans for Prosperity

November 29, 2013

In the spring of 2013, Arkansas made waves introducing a “free-market” alternative to Medicaid expansion. By creating the so-called “private option,” Arkansas was injecting choice and competition into the broken, costly Medicaid system. Unfortunately, the “private option” is simply Medicaid expansion by another name.

Below is Americans for Prosperity’s new policy paper outlining Arkansas’ Medicaid expansion model and why it is still the wrong policy for the state and taxpayers.

via The Private Option: Medicaid Expansion by Another Name | Americans for Prosperity.


Guaranteed Income for All: Fantasy or Possibility?

November 29, 2013

Switzerland is considering a radical reimagining of its welfare state. Instead of mish-mash of individual programs meant to help people manage different parts of their lives, they\’re thinking of simply guaranteeing every resident a basic income that they can spend how they like. Join Ezra Klein and top experts as they discuss whether this is a good idea or a nutty European fantasy.

via Guaranteed Income for All: Fantasy or Possibility?.


Krauthammer’s Take: Obamacare’s Demise Will Come at the Hands of Dems | National Review Online

November 29, 2013

“The Senate Democrats who are up for reelection next year are in a panic. They have been quiet—they’re not going to remain quiet when the website is not working in December, when tens of millions of cancelations are going to go out next year among people who have employer provided insurance,” he said, predicting a revolt among Democrats that would do a decade of damage to Obama-style liberalism.

via Krauthammer’s Take: Obamacare’s Demise Will Come at the Hands of Dems | National Review Online.


When Will The Government Start Forcing Doctors To See Obamacare Patients? – Forbes

November 29, 2013

Why are doctors increasingly rejecting Medicare and Medicaid patients?  Low government reimbursement rates.  And that is where Obamacare comes in.  News stories are already emerging that doctors will be paid significantly less for treating Obamacare patients than they would make from non-Obamacare private insurance, and perhaps even Medicare.

The New York Post recently reported on a very troubling survey from the New York State Medical Society, which found that 44 percent of New York doctors are not participating in Obamacare.  Worse yet, three-fourths of those who are participating are being forced to because of existing insurance contracts.  Only one-forth of those participating volunteered to do so.

via When Will The Government Start Forcing Doctors To See Obamacare Patients? – Forbes.