The Health and Human Services Department has told contractors working on the problem-plagued ObamaCare website not to release documents to congressional investigators, a mandate slammed as “criminal obstruction” by House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa.
The Dec. 6 letter from CMS official Daniel Kane says that although the department understands Congress’ need for documents to continue its probe into the issues with Healthcare.gov, the agency is concerned about security risks from releasing testing information to third parties.
After severe criticism, President Barack Obama announced in November 2013 that he would allow insurance companies to renew so-called “subpar” plans for existing customers. But nearly a month later, not everyone is seeing the benefit of this policy change.
A bill in the South Carolina Senate would nullify Obamacare in that state – and could become a model for other states frustrated by the healthcare law.
If the bill becomes law, South Carolina will be the first state to exempt citizens and businesses from all participation in the Affordable Care Act.
President Barack Obama may have cliamed his healthcare plan would cost consumers less money — but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has said that ”Under Obamacare, my insurance costs me about $4,500 more than it did before… Yes, because it is age-related and it wasn’t like that before.”
The author lists and analyzes, in order from least to most alarming, three of the things the Obama administration probaby knows about the health law and is choosing not to share:
1. How many people are on the website?
2. How many people are signing up?
3. How broken is the back end?
When it comes to Obamacare and the frantic White House effort to right the listing website meant to bring private health insurance to the uninsured, there’s a lot more we know we don’t know than hard information we can point to.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is allowing some staffers to keep their health insurance instead of making them buy it through an ObamaCare exchange, although he was one of the strongest Capitol Hill supporters of the 2010 law.
The Nevada Democrat is exercising his discretion under the president’s signature law to designate which staffers can keep their federal insurance plan and which must now purchase a policy through the District of Columbia’s health-care exchange.
At a White House Youth Summit on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, President Obama, sounding like a motivational speaker, used the opportunity to rally a key demographic for the success of the 2010 Affordable Care Act now that the system’s problem-plagued website appeared to working smoothly for most users. Sounding like a motivational speaker, President Barack Obama asked young supporters on Wednesday to encourage their peers to sign up for health coverage under his embattled reforms known both affectionately and derisively as Obamacare.
Obama compared the seemingly endless political fight over the health care reforms to struggles that surrounded social progress milestones of the past century.
Insurance companies say “back-end” aspects of the HealthCare.gov system continue to malfunction. In particular, insurers cite problems with applications from people who signed up through the website, including erroneous or missing information.
The Obama administration was hoping to have 7 million people enrolled in health insurance through HealthCare.gov in the “Obamacare” system, but at the current rate that won’t be possible, according to some experts who have crunched the numbers.
“We’re looking at 1 million people signed up in the amount of time they’re expecting,” reporter Rebecca Jarvis said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.”
And if that pool is dominated by older people, Jarvis noted, premiums in 2015 could skyrocket.
The disastrous Obamacare rollout has cast a dark shadow over Democrats across America, and particularly in New Hampshire, which many consider “ground zero” in a political war that’s approaching.
The congressional delegations’ three Democrats face angry constituents and find themselves torn between remaining loyal to the White House and dealing with the politican fallout fro the healthcare reform bill.
Affected politicians include New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, Rep. Ann McLane Kuster and Rep. Carol Shea-Porter.
The metaphors are many: predators smelling blood, invaders storming the castle, a snowball growing in size and momentum as it rolls downhill.
All describe efforts by opponents of President Barack Obama’s signature health care reforms – known as Obamacare – to kill the 2010 law after the botched launch of the HealthCare.gov website provided a new opening for attack.
Critics led by conservative Republicans target the Affordable Care Act itself, not just the website woes, in hopes of creating a public groundswell of opposition that will bolster GOP prospects in next year’s congressional elections.