ObamaCare's signup process continues to be a fiasco. Even worse, if anyone actually is able to sign up, they quickly find out that ObamaCare, officially known as the "Affordable Care Act" is anything but.
Last week I post the story from the Washington Free Beacon of the Alabama family whose premiums shot up by 300%. The week before that, the story from the San Jose Mercury News describing how millions of California residents are having similar sticker shock.
Yet, one of the few liberals who shows up here at Mike's America and still defends the corrupt and incompetent Obama Administration and the equally corrupt and incompetent ObamaCare insisted that these and multiple other reports were nothing more than "Fox News lies." Though, apparently this commenter failed to notice that none of the stories originated with Fox News or papers owned by Richard Murdoch.
Since then, I've collected a few new clippings from papers around the country. Let's start with the New York Times (not exactly Fox News now is it?):
WASHINGTON — In March, Henry Chao, the chief digital architect for the Obama administration’s new online insurance marketplace, told industry executives that he was deeply worried about the Web site’s debut. “Let’s just make sure it’s not a third-world experience,” he told them.The Times article went on to quote an industry executive who said "These are not glitches. The extent of the problems is pretty enormous. At the end of our calls, people say, ‘It’s awful, just awful.'"
Two weeks after the rollout, few would say his hopes were realized.
For the past 12 days, a system costing more than $400 million and billed as a one-stop click-and-go hub for citizens seeking health insurance has thwarted the efforts of millions to simply log in. The growing national outcry has deeply embarrassed the White House, which has refused to say how many people have enrolled through the federal exchange.
Due to Obama Administration incompetence the government contractor charged with the primary work on the web site did not even begin work on it until last spring. No wonder it doesn't work. Can you imagine a private company wasting millions on a system that was rushed at the last minute and not properly tested? How long would they remain in business?
Kathleen Sibelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services and the ObamaCare Czar repeatedly assured the public things would be different. In late July she said " “We Are On Track To Flip The Switch On October First And Say To People Come On And Sign Up." How long would she keep her job if she were in the private sector?
It's bad enough that people can't sign up after two weeks. It's worse when they actually do. Here's a report from the Chicago Tribune (again, not Fox News):
Obamacare deductibles a dose of sticker shockAnd the Detroit Free Press (not Fox News) reports that insurers who provided low cost family plans in Michigan are sending their policy holders letters informing them their current coverage will be terminated as these plans do not meet ObamaCare's mandatory requirements that many buyers do not even need. At least 146,000 and potentially thousands more are affected.
Insurance companies requiring higher out-of-pocket expenses to comply with new rules
October 13, 2013|By Peter Frost, Chicago Tribune reporter
Adam Weldzius, a nurse practitioner, considers himself better informed than most when it comes to the inner workings of health insurance. But even he wasn't prepared for the pocketbook hit he'll face next year under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.
If the 33-year-old single father wants the same level of coverage next year as what he has now with the same insurer and the same network of doctors and hospitals, his monthly premium of $233 will more than double. If he wants to keep his monthly payments in check, the Carpentersville resident is looking at an annual deductible for himself and his 7-year-old daughter of $12,700, a more than threefold increase from $3,500 today.
Many Illinoisans buying health coverage on their own next year will face a similar dilemma spurred by the health care overhaul: pay higher monthly insurance premiums or run the risk of having to shell out thousands more in deductibles for health care if they get sick.
To promote the Oct. 1 debut of the exchanges, the online marketplaces where consumers can shop and buy insurance, Obama administration and Illinois officials touted the lower-than-expected monthly premiums that would make insurance more affordable for millions of Americans. But a Tribune analysis shows that 21 of the 22 lowest-priced plans offered on the Illinois health insurance exchange for Cook County have annual deductibles of more than $4,000 for an individual and $8,000 for family coverage.
Those deductibles, which represent the out-of-pocket money consumers must spend on health care before most insurance benefits kick in, are higher than what many consumers expected or may be able to stomach, benefit experts said.
These reports are just the tip of a very large iceberg that is about to smash into the American health care system in the months ahead. What a shame Obama and his supporters cannot admit they made a mistake and cannot accept that the demands of those on the other side to change course are reasonable. But at least one thing is for sure, ObamaCare supporters can't blame this mess on the GOP!