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    rus
    rus
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    http://www.politico.com/story/2013/11/online-shop-enrollment-delayed-by-one-year-100438.html

    Small business Obamacare online enrollment delayed a year

    The Obama administration today announced a one year delay of online enrollment for small businesses looking to purchase health coverage through federal Obamacare exchanges, another high-profile setback for HealthCare.gov.
    It’s the second delay for online small business enrollment, which the administration had said would begin this month.

    #380548

    Twixlen
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    rus said:
    Thus the talking points ColumbusTime outlined above. Have to tell people how to think.

    And yet, my first point still stands.

    Between you & a Schoolboy, I am once again reminded why I don’t come on here much anymore. It just isn’t worth the time or effort.

    #380549
    rus
    rus
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    Twixlen said:
    And yet, my first point still stands.

    Between you & a Schoolboy, I am once again reminded why I don’t come on here much anymore. It just isn’t worth the time or effort.

    Oh, you were serious?

    http://www.politico.com/story/2013/10/tea-party-science-98488.html

    A finding in a study on the relationship between science literacy and political ideology surprised the Yale professor behind it: Tea party members know more science than non-tea partiers.

    ;)

    If you don’t want to come here, or put another way you want to cut out those who disagree with you, don’t let me stop you.

    #380550

    News
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    Why Start-ups May Just Love Obamacare
    BY JEREMY QUITTNER

    For months now, the debate has raged over the impact that the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare, will have on businesses. A number of the law’s provisions are only beginning to take effect, so the jury is out. But one thing seems clear: For start-ups, the law’s impact is almost entirely positive.

    READ MORE: http://www.inc.com/magazine/201312/jeremy-quittner/obamacare-benefits-start-ups.html

    #380551
    rus
    rus
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    #380552

    myliftkk
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    More goodness on chargemaster pricing by institutional providers

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/03/health/as-hospital-costs-soar-single-stitch-tops-500.html?hp&_r=1&

    I’ll quibble with this one quote,

    Prices for any item or service are set by each hospital and move up and down yearly, and show extraordinary variability, health economists say.

    In over a decade I’ve never seen our prices move down once, ever. I don’t even know if our pricing software can handle the concept of a markdown, lol. If prices have ever “been reduced”, it’s been via a creation of a subsidiary who then competes with the outpatient facilities that already charges lower prices in their own outpatient settings. Institutional charges only move one direction, up.

    #380553
    rus
    rus
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    http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2013/12/08/billions-in-fees-to-hit-consumers-businesses.html

    Billions in health-care law fees to hit consumers, businesses

    U.S. employers and consumers will bear the brunt of more than $20 billion in fees to be assessed in 2014 under the Affordable Care Act.

    Health insurers are passing the mandatory fees on to many people, including those who buy coverage directly from insurers or who get health benefits through their jobs. In some cases, Medicare Advantage plans and Ohio’s Medicaid managed-care plans also will have to pay.

    #380554

    joev
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    Ohio launches website to help enroll applicants for newly expanded Medicaid program

    The state opened registration Monday for people who beginning in January can get health insurance through an expanded Medicaid program, launching a new website it hopes most will use to get enrolled.

    The state “flipped the switch,” Rossi said, at 6 a.m. Monday. By 11 a.m. about 450 people had enrolled. By later in the afternoon, about 3:30 p.m., the number had risen to 1,165.

    The health reform law, commonly called Obamacare, commits the federal government to provide money to pay all or most of the annual costs of Medicaid expansion through 2020. State officials say they expect the expansion will add about 275,000 people to the program.

    #380555
    rus
    rus
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    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-12-09/back-end-errors-at-u-s-health-website-jeopardize-sign-up.html

    Back-End Errors at U.S. Health Website Jeopardize Sign-Up

    There’s no way to tell how many people who think they enrolled for health insurance through the U.S. Obamacare exchange actually have, after about 1 in 4 files sent to insurers had garbled and incomplete information.

    The data transmission errors have been reduced to 1 in 10 since Nov. 30, the government said on Dec. 6. Still, the acknowledgment suggests consumers need to be vigilant about their health plan purchases. Letters from insurers confirming coverage can take a week or more, and the Obama administration now says people should call their companies if they aren’t contacted within that time.

    With repairs to the front end of healthcare.gov producing a spurt of 29,000 new enrollments in the first two days of December, U.S. officials are now focusing on what happens after customers select a plan on the website. Enrollment is incomplete until consumers make their first payment, which is due Dec. 31 for insurance that will begin on Jan. 1.

    #380556
    rus
    rus
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    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2013/12/04/obama-harvard-poll-millenials/3868629/

    Perhaps more troubling for Obama, the poll showed 40% of young Americans believe Obamacare will bring worse care, 51% believe it will bring higher costs and 57% said they disapprove of the president’s signature law.

    “Although Millennials have held firm in their approval of the president in past polls, we are now seeing a sea change among this critical demographic,” said Trey Grayson, director of Harvard Institute of Politics.

    Among the 18- to 29-year-olds currently without health insurance, less than a third say they’re likely to enroll in the exchange. Thirteen percent say they will definitely enroll, 16% say they will probably enroll, and 41% say they are split 50-50 on whether they will enroll, according to the poll.

    The latest sobering poll numbers come as Obama took part in a youth summit at the White House on Wednesday, where he encouraged uninsured young people to sign up for health care. Enrolling plenty of young, healthy people is considered critical to making the Affordable Care Act a success.

    #380557
    rus
    rus
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    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/12/19/the-obama-administration-just-delayed-the-individual-mandate-for-people-whose-plans-have-been-canceled/

    The individual mandate no longer applies to people whose plans were canceled

    Posted by Ezra Klein on December 19, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    Today, the Obama administration announced that people whose insurance plans were canceled this year will “temporarily” be exempted from the law’s individual mandate. Here’s how they’re doing it — and what it means for the law.

    #380558

    myliftkk
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    Just for Rus, coming soon to Obamacare, the finest China White your tax dollars can buy…

    #380559
    rus
    rus
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    myliftkk said:
    Just for Rus, coming soon to Obamacare, the finest China White your tax dollars can buy…

    That’s hysterical ;)

    #380560

    News
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    Obamacare Hits 1 Million Mark
    By Courtney Subramanian
    Dec. 29, 20130

    More than 1.1 million people have signed up for health care using the federal insurance exchange, White House officials said on Sunday.

    Almost 1 million enrolled in December alone, meeting a Christmas Eve deadline to begin receiving coverage on Jan. 1, the Associated Press reports. The surge of enrollment was in part due to sweeping fixes to the glitch-riddled site, according to Marilyn Tavenner, the head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

    READ MORE: http://nation.time.com/2013/12/29/obamacare-hits-one-million-mark/

    #380561

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    OP/ED | 12/30/2013 @ 12:28PM
    Health Insurers Are Being Battered By Obamacare, And They Deserve It
    Merrill Matthews, Contributor

    Headline after headline proclaims that President Obama’s, shall we say, “flexibility” with respect to provisions in his own health care law is creating turmoil among health insurers, as they try to provide Obamacare-qualified coverage that has become at best a moving target. Well, health insurers deserve every bit of the confusion, uncertainty and potential financial losses they get.

    READ MORE: http://www.forbes.com/sites/merrillmatthews/2013/12/30/health-insurers-are-being-battered-by-obamacare-and-they-deserve-it/

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