Tuesday, September 24, 2013

More ObamaCare Woes (But O Ain't Worried)

* "Obamacare Will Increase Health Spending By $7,450 For A Typical Family of Four" (Chris Conover, Forbes)

* "One man's ObamaCare nightmare" (Jim Angle, Fox News)

* "Lower Health Insurance Premiums to Come at Cost of Fewer Choices" (Robert Pear, New York Times)

WASHINGTON: Federal officials often say that health insurance will cost consumers less than expected under President Obama’s health care law. But they rarely mention one big reason: many insurers are significantly limiting the choices of doctors and hospitals available to consumers.

From California to Illinois to New Hampshire, and in many states in between, insurers are driving down premiums by restricting the number of providers who will treat patients in their new health plans...

* "The Hypocrisy Of Congress's Gold-Plated Health Care" (William Bennett & Christopher Beach, Wall Street Journal)

* "Alabama Residents Won’t Get Any Details About ‘Obamacare’ Plans Before Insurance Options Go Online Oct. 1" (CBS Washington, D.C.)

* "Obamacare: One blow after another" (Jennifer Haberkorn & Carrie Budoff Brown, Politico)

The Obamacare that consumers will finally be able to sign up for next week is a long way from the health plan President Barack Obama first pitched to the nation.

Millions of low-income Americans won’t receive coverage. Many workers at small businesses won’t get a choice of insurance plans right away. Large employers won’t need to provide insurance for another year. Far more states than expected won’t run their own insurance marketplaces. And a growing number of workers won’t get to keep their employer-provided coverage.

Every branch of the federal government played a role in weakening the law over the past three years, the casualty of a divisive legislative fight…The result has been a stark gap between the promise of Obamacare and the reality -- one that has fueled a deep vein of skepticism about the law as it enters its most critical phase...