Daily Archives: April 30, 2013

Making too much money can lead to high health care costs

A preview from Massachusetts of things to come: Making too much money can lead to high health care costs – Berkshire Eagle Online.

Well not to be a smart ass or anything, but “don’t do that”! Uugh.
As the lady says:

Considering that she also could lose her affordable coverage by getting a pay raise, she added, “This really is a system designed to keep people impoverished.”



John Stossel: Insurance Makes Healthcare Far More Expensive – YouTube

John Stossel: Insurance Makes Healthcare Far More Expensive – YouTube.

Computer Programmer:

Why on earth, for health care, do we as a society think somebody else should pay for it? We don’t think that about groceries, we don’t think that about cars, we don’t think that anything anything except health care.

With the growth of the food stamp program, I’m not sure people don’t expect society to buy them groceries. Keep in mind this video is from 2009.


Obamacare: Subsidizing smokers in California

Why Calif. Doesn’t Want Smokers To Pay More For Health Insurance : Shots – Health News : NPR.

Smoking has its risks, but in California higher prices for health insurance probably won’t be among them.

The article doesn’t hint  that at the margin non-smoking rates will go up to subsidize the increased cost of covering smokers. Aren’t non-smokers hurt “at the margin” too?


10 Myths About the Obamacare Medicaid Expansion

10 Myths About the Obamacare Medicaid Expansion.

8. Myth: States can trust the federal government to keep its funding promises.

Reality: “Although Obamacare stipulates the federal government will pay at least 90 percent of the benefit costs of the Medicaid expansion,” Heritage explains, “state lawmakers have no guarantee future Congresses will keep that promise.” In fact, the Obama Administration has already proposed changing the deal in its fiscal year 2013 budget proposal.


Obamacare Progress – Joe Klein

Obamacare Progress | TIME.com.

In an error ridden article, Joe Klein is happy to report progress in the implementation of Obamacare.

Good news is that the Obamacare application has been reduced from 21 pages to just 3 for a single person. Apparently Joe gets this part right, although we won’t know for a fact until tomorrow morning.

Tomorrow morning the Administration will announce a spiffy, new 3-page application for individuals (which we’ll attach here when it becomes public).* There will be an 7-page application for families (11 including the appendix), but even that one will be far better designed than the initial effort. “We did a lot of work testing words, to come up with simpler language,” an Administration official told me, “and we did time tests. Our average was 7 minutes to fill out the paper version and even less if you do it online.”

But Joe can’t leave good enough alone and me makes the snarky comment:

This compares favorably with applications for private insurance plans, which average about 17 pages (and can go as high as 35).

C’mon Joe, say it ain’t so. Continue reading Obamacare Progress – Joe Klein