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LA Times: Insurers limiting doctors, hospitals in health insurance market

September 17th, 2013 No comments

The doctor can’t see you now.

Consumers may hear that a lot more often after getting health insurance under President Obama’s Affordable Care Act.

We already knew we couldn’t keep our insurance if we liked it. Heck, there are a lot of folks who won’t be able to keep their jobs—or have already lost them or had their hours cut.

Now we see we won’t get to keep our doctor, either…unless we can pony up for the pricier plans.

But, but, but Reidamalosi promised us we could, & that it would be affordable…

Surprised? You shouldn’t be. Conservatives predicted this before ObamaCare was rammed through Congress.

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The wonders of ObamaCare

February 6th, 2013 No comments

The new IRS regs for determining whether an individual or family is required to purchase health insurance or pay their ObamaCare tax is 73 pages long. That’s not a typo. You know you’ve enacted execrable legislation when there’s zero chance the average citizen can even figure out if he’s obeying the law. You also know it’s a terrible law when the CBO tells us it will do the opposite of what its proponents lied told us it would.

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More ObamaCare Waivers

January 29th, 2011 No comments

Why, if ObamaCare is so great, are the very unions that backed it so strongly and cheered its passage applying for and receiving waivers to get out of it?

On Wednesday, the agency [Department of Health and Human Services] quietly updated its online list, which now reveals a whopping total of 729 Obamacare escapees – in addition to four states Massachusetts, New Jersey, Ohio, and Tennessee – who collectively cover 2.1 million enrollees.

Five major unions—the most glaring of which is the SEIU—who contributed heavily to the campaign to pass the monstrosity have obtained waivers for local affiliates. Why?

Without the HHS-approved exemptions, these health providers would have been forced to drop low-cost coverage for seasonal, part-time, and low-wage workers due to skyrocketing premiums. The only way they are keeping their health care is by successfully begging the feds to spare them from Obamacare.

Lovely. You know a law must be great when the same people who pushed it are doing their best not to have to live under it.

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ObamaCare Leaves Underinsured…Underinsured

November 10th, 2010 No comments

There were a number of grandiose promises made during the push to pass ObamaCare, among them that millions of uninsured Americans would gain access to health insurance and that those who were underinsured would receive comprehensive insurance. Not so fast.

The health law passed in March says insurers must have a medical-loss ratio of between 80% and 85%, meaning they must spend at least that proportion of their revenue on actual care.

A couple months ago, McDonald’s and a few other large employers were granted waivers to the medical-loss ratio rules under threat of tens of thousands of employees losing their medical coverage entirely. Now the Department of Health and Human Services has announced

the agency plans to release “a special methodology that takes into account the special circumstances of mini-med plans in determining how administrative costs are calculated” for medical-loss ratio purposes.

So HHS is now changing the rules so that mini-meds can continue to operate as is. Did we really need to pass a trillion dollar healthcare bill just to leave the underinsured underinsured? Brilliant legislative work, that.

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