Obamacare.suk still sucks. And that’s the good news:
Insurance companies and health officials analyzing insurance applications submitted through HealthCare.gov are reportedly still grappling with significant online enrollment errors despite the Obama administration’s push in November to improve the glitch-ridden website.
Thousands of applicants from the federally-run ObamaCare website have received inaccurate assignments to Medicaid or to the private marketplace, or have received incorrect denials, The Wall Street Journal reported late Friday, citing unidentified officials.
In one case, an Illinois health official said that legal immigrants who aren’t yet eligible for Medicaid were nevertheless told they would be enrolled in the program. The state requires five years of residence to join assistance programs for low-income people.
Some consumers seeking coverage may be required to delete accounts and start over now that some glitches have been repaired, people familiar with the matter told the newspaper.
If at first you don’t succeed…
But how’s this for a kick in the huevos?
Meanwhile, HHS Kathleen Sebelius visited Miami Friday to tout a Spanish-language version of the federal health insurance website, which got a “soft launch” over the weekend to tease out any lurking glitches.
Online Spanish-language signups were initially delayed because of problems with the main website, HealthCare.gov. Sebelius said CuidadoDeSalud.gov is up and running, and that bilingual call centers can answer questions for anyone having trouble with the website.
So, about two and a half months after the gringos got their website (piece of mierda it may be), the Latinos get theirs. Is that some kind of mocking of the mañana mentality, or are they privileged to have been spared the tremendo lío that is CuidadoDeSalud.blow.
What’s the bad news, BTL?
[S]omewhere between one-third and one-half of primary-care physicians already are restricting the number of new Medicare patients they will see. Many are dropping out of the program entirely. After losing hundreds of millions of dollars treating Medicare patients, the Mayo Clinic’s general-care facility in Glendale, Ariz., stopped taking new Medicare patients in 2009. In Texas, doctors are in open revolt against Medicare, with hundreds dumping the program completely over the past few years.
[D]raft the doctors, conscripting them into accepting Medicare and Medicaid patients, and those patients with new Obamacare policies that inevitably will end up looking a lot like Medicaid. Kathleen Murphy, a Democratic candidate for the Virginia state house, proposed exactly that during a recent candidates’ forum. Hers is the voice of the future. And it is not without precedent: In Canada, it was long illegal for doctors to accept payment for services that patients would otherwise receive for “free” (there’s no such thing as free health care) under the country’s national health-care system, though in reality that law was only half-heartedly enforced.
As radical as conscription seems, it is logically consistent with the Democrats’ approach to health-care “reform” going back to the Johnson administration, an approach that treats patients and doctors alike as villeins to be apportioned by the lords in Washington. The main obstacle to reducing Medicare and Medicaid spending is the fact that physicians have a choice about whether to participate in the programs. In the long run, the fact that physicians have a choice about whom they see and where they practice is the most significant challenge to the full implementation of Obamacare. The logical thing — politically and economically — is to eliminate that choice. You don’t have to formally nationalize the health-care industry; you just nationalize 40 percent of each physician’s practice and call it his “fair share.”
Can you seriously “force” doctors into practicing without their consent?
Are you new around here?
Doctors, like all licensed professionals, are utterly at the mercy of the state.
Senator Warren’s totalitarian analysis — that the government has a claim on your property in the present and future because it exerted a claim on the property of others in the past — is entirely applicable here: Ambulances move on public roads, the government supports medical research, etc. You didn’t build that. So here’s your federally mandated portion of money-losing Medicare and Medicaid patients. They won’t call it conscription; they’ll call it shared sacrifice.
Krauthammer criticized the way the administration has been ordering about—or strongly encouraging— insurance companies to do things, as if they were “wholly owned subsidiaries.”
“What you have here is what a lot of us have predicted years ago; the insurers, under the best scenario under Obamacare, have as much independence as the utilities,” he said.
Again and again we ask ourselves: is this guy an incompetent boob or a cunning Marxist? It is tempting to have a laugh by saying “both”. But I don’t think even he could be this imbecilic. Duplicitous and cold-blooded, yes; dumb-assed, no. Rahm Emanuel told us crises were too good to waste. What we didn’t see was that crises could be man-made. And that is what they have done. By ruining the health insurance marketplace, by sowing anxiety, even panic, they have made themselves the only agency of rescue. The entire health care system—from insurance to the practice of medicine—has been nationalized while we slept. And most of us still haven’t woken up to it.