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Obamacare Leaves Doctors On the Hook for Deadbeats
The Affordable Care Act doles out three months of free health care to individuals who choose to default on their premiums; providers and insurers pick up the tab.
People who receive the federal subsidy to be part of Obamacare will be allowed to incur a three-month “grace period” if they can’t pay their premiums and then simply cancel their policies, stiffing the doctors and hospitals.
… Under Section 156.270 of the Affordable Care Act, the insured needs to pay a premium for just one month before qualifying for the three-month grace period. The insurance company must pay the claims during the first month of the grace period; during the second and third month doctors and hospitals are left to collect unpaid bills.
Rep. Louis Gohmert of Texas: “It will help break the system. … you will break the system and bankrupt people involved.”
Here is a New York Post update of this Saturday BizzyBlog post about David Axelrod’s childish Friday afternoon tweet (“Wonder how many Insurance cos that sold junk policies after ACA was signed told customers at purchase that they’d have to eventually switch?”):
Blame game as insurers dump doctors
The nation’s largest health insurer, UnitedHealthcare, claims the Affordable Care Act is responsible for forcing it to boot doctors from its Medicare Advantage program that serves thousands of elderly patients in the New York metro region.
CEO Jack Larsen, under fire for separating seniors from their MDs, took out full-page ads to explain that cuts in Medicare spending forced the insurer’s hand.
Humana predicted in 2009 that Medicare Advantage plans would be jeopardized by Obamacare, and the administration, of which Axelrod was a part, intimidated the company (and the rest of the industry) into silence.
Humana was right. The admininstration was wrong, and, as has been shown to be the case with Obama’s “you can keep it” guarantee, I believe it knew it was wrong.
There will be more of this in the coming months: “Maryland delaying their small-business exchange until April”
Judiciary Gone Mad: “TX School Says Cheerleaders Part of Government So Their Speech Can Be Controlled.” This situation involved the school suing its own cheerleaders for including Bible verses on banners at their football games.
I love this reaction to a stupid proabort play which its creator admits contains made-up content because she couldn’t find enough damning material in her year of undercover spying on pro-lifers (bolds are mine):
Just when we thought we saw the craziest of the crazy that the abortion movement had to offer this July in Austin, Texas, we got this: MOM BABY GOD, a new play created to fictionalize the work of Students for Life of America and some of our compatriots in the pro-life movement.
… Some have asked if I’m upset by the creation of the play — that couldn’t be further from the truth. It’s an honor to know that seeing 2,000-plus young people at the largest pro-life conference in America is cause for great concern for pro-abortion advocates. They should be worried.
Students for Life has helped start over 600 pro-life student groups in the last seven years, and we are currently working with over 760 active groups across the nation. No pro-abortion organization comes close in size to our grassroots momentum. All of the polling data is on our side. Technology is on our side.
We know this is the pro-life generation. They can try to mock us all they want, but the facts won’t change.