November 4, 2013

Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (110413)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

This open thread will stay at or near the top today. Rules are here. Possible comment fodder may follow. Other topics are also fair game.


At Heritage (HT Andrew Malcolm at Investor’s Business Daily): “ Users Warn of Security Risk, Breach of Privacy,” which “disclosed eligibility letters addressed to individuals from another state.”


A reminder from mid-October: “A growing consensus of IT experts, outside and inside the government, have figured out a principal reason why the website for Obamacare’s federally-sponsored insurance exchange is crashing. forces you to create an account and enter detailed personal information before you can start shopping.” Why? Because “It Doesn’t Want You To Know How Costly Its Plans Are.”


At Business Insider, on White House meetings discussing first-day problems:

The documents from the “War Room” meetings from Oct. 2 and 3 bullet point some of the early issues with the site:

  • “High capacity on the site, direct enrollment not working”
  • “Experian” credit reporting agency was “creating confusion with credit check information”
  • “Issuers are not receiving 834s when they should be,” a reference to early problems with that health insurers receiving correct enrollment data from consumers signing up.

So you’re credit IS being checked during the process of enrollment. Maybe Florida Obamacare navigator Anne Packham accidentally let the cat out of the bag three weeks ago (“health insurance providers can make an educated decision about who to insure based on if someone is defaulting”).

Note at the link that HHS’s denial related to “credit scores” and not “credit check information” (i.e., the raw data, which may be run through a separate HHS algorithm).

Related: A press release from Experian in late September indicates that the scope of credit checking will extend to providers of medical services.


 At the Wall Street Journal, via cancer patient Edie Littlefield Sunby:

You Also Can’t Keep Your Doctor
I had great cancer doctors and health insurance.My plan was cancelled. Now I worry how long I’ll live.

… My affordable, lifesaving medical insurance policy has been canceled effective Dec. 31.

My choice is to get coverage through the government health exchange and lose access to my cancer doctors, or pay much more for insurance outside the exchange (the quotes average 40% to 50% more) for the privilege of starting over with an unfamiliar insurance company and impaired benefits.

Before the Affordable Care Act, health-insurance policies could not be sold across state lines; now policies sold on the Affordable Care Act exchanges may not be offered across county lines.

For a cancer patient, medical coverage is a matter of life and death. Take away people’s ability to control their medical-coverage choices and they may die. I guess that’s a highly effective way to control medical costs. Perhaps that’s the point.

Another milestone for the self-described “party of compassion.”


CBS News (video at link; HT Hot Air):

Obamacare: Memo reveals health care adviser warned W.H. was losing control 3 years ago

CBS News is learning the Obama administration knew of the risks associated with the Obamacare rollout well before last month.

Three years ago, a trusted Obama health care adviser warned the White House it was losing control of Obamacare. A memo obtained by CBS News said strong leadership was missing and the law’s successful implementation was in jeopardy. The warnings were specific and dire — and ignored.

David Cutler, who worked on the Obama 2008 campaign and was a valued outside health care consultant wrote this blunt memo to top White House economic adviser Larry Summers in May 2010: “I do not believe the relevant members of the administration understand the president’s vision or have the capability to carry it out.”

Cutler wrote no one was in charge who had any experience in complex business start-ups. He also worried basic regulations, technology and policy coordination would fail.

Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey: “Remember when you’re watching this that it pertains to the same people who now argue that they know better than you about what kind of insurance coverage you need.”


Can’t Make This Up: “Feinstein: Hey, you could have kept your plan … until we enacted ObamaCare.”


1 Comment

  1. [...] Update, Nov. 4: Packham may have a point (third item at link). Comments [...]

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