Morning Action: With Obamacare, It’s Always More Bad News
66 THOUSAND. That’s the number of Tennesseans that will be notified that their health plans are ending:
Sixty-six thousand Tenneseeans are about to be informed by their insurer, Blue Cross Blue Shield, that they’ll need to switch plans because of Obamacare’sminimum-coverage mandates. The remainder of the company’s 106,000 policies in the state were grandfathered in.
One Pennsylvanian’s insurance was canceled due to Obamacare, and he still hasn’t been able to sign up for new coverage:
An ABC news analysis suggests fewer than 50,000 people have been able to enroll at healthcare.gov, while more than 7 million cancellation notices have been sent out, ABC’s Jonathan Karl reported Tuesday.
One Pennsylvanian, Dan Howard, got his notice last month, and after spending more than 40 hours to enroll for Obamacare, he has still not been successful.
OBAMA. President Obama is backed into a political corner. Obamacare is failing before his eyes, but he is refusing to give Americans relief from the failed law:
At the same time, officials signaled the president’s strong opposition to calls from across the political spectrum — including one Tuesday from a key ally, former President Bill Clinton — to support bipartisan legislation that would allow people to keep their current insurance plans even after provisions of the Affordable Care Act go into effect next year.
White House officials refused to discuss in detail what options Mr. Obama was considering. But they made clear that the president was skeptical of any solution that would allow insurance companies to continue selling what officials consider to be cheap and substandard policies.
“Broadly speaking, we do not see that as fixing the problem,” Jay Carney, the White House press secretary, said Tuesday.
GLITCHES. HealthCare.gov glitches extend to the failed Medicaid program as well:
Thirty-six states are relying on the malfunctioning enrollment system, HealthCare.gov, to handle new Medicaid applications. If the system worked as designed, the applications would be approved by the feds and then transmitted to states, which would finalize them and begin coverage for the newly enrolled on Jan. 1.
But HealthCare.gov hasn’t begun transferring those applications yet. The Obama administration has delayed the process twice and hasn’t made public a new start date. If it’s not up and running by December, several state Medicaid officials meeting in Washington warned Tuesday, those would-be enrollees might miss the start of new coverage.
And they might not even know it until they show up at a clinic or a doctor’s office or a hospital and try to get care. After all, they had signed up — and wouldn’t necessarily know they were caught in another Obamacare glitch.
NAVIGATORS. An undercover investigation by Project Veritas shows that Obamacare navigators were encouraging lying and fraud:
Lie and defraud taxpayers – that’s what Obamacare “navigators” are telling some Americans trying to sign up for health insurance.
James O’Keefe, whose Project Veritas helped expose ACORN with an undercover investigation, has a new video focusing on Obamacare “navigators” in Texas, who received grants to provide in-person assistance to Americans signing up for Obamacare.
For example, a navigator told an undercover Project Veritas Investigator that he did not have to quit smoking to lower his health insurance premiums—she said that all he had to do was lie.