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That little contribution can mean the difference between dignity and despair.

Hopkins: ObamaCare Forced Mom Into Medicaid – WSJ.com.

Of course, Medicaid is not a new option for my mother; she knew that she was poor enough to qualify for cost-free health care. It was a deliberate choice on her part to pay that monthly $276 out of her own pocket. Clearly she had judged that she received a personal benefit from not being on Medicaid.

“I just don’t expect anything positive out of getting free health care,” she said. “I don’t see why other people should have to pay for my care, whether it be through taxes or otherwise.” In paying for health insurance herself—she won’t accept help from her family, either—she was safeguarding her dignity and independence and her sense of being a fully functioning member of society.

Before ObamaCare, Medicaid was one option. Not the option. Before this, she had never been, in effect, ordered to take a handout. Now she has been forced to join the government-reliant poor, though she would prefer to contribute her two mites. The authorities behind “affordable care” had erased her right to calculate what she was willing to spend to preserve her dignity—to determine what she thinks is affordable.

That little contribution can mean the difference between dignity and despair.

One size doesn’t fit all apparently.


Obamacare subsidy? First stop Medicaid

If you are applying for an Obamacare plan and believe you are eligible for a subsidy, the first step is to apply for Medicaid. If you are denied by Medicaid, they you may be eligible for a subsidy. If you are eligible for Medicaid, you will ber placed on Medicaid and are not eligible for a subsidy.

Colorado residents, to proceed with your Connect for Colorado application, you will need a Medicaid denial number. This is the first step after registration and you can not pass “go” without the denial number. To “apply” for Medicaid, you need to visit the Colorado Peak website.


States fear losing aid for ‘uninsurables’

States fear losing aid for ‘uninsurables’ – Timesonline.com: National.

This has to do with the health insurance high risk pools that were set up under Obamacare. This program helps bridge the gap for patients who suffered from pre-existing conditions until next year, when under the new law insurance companies will be required to accept people regardless of their medical problems.Many states ran them based on funding from the government, where other states simply allowed residents to sign up for the government sponsored plans.

It appears cost overruns for the state run risk pools will become the responsibility for the states.

Delivered last Friday, the new contract stipulated that states will be reimbursed “up to a ceiling.”

“The `ceiling’ part is the issue for us,” Keough said in an interview. “They are shifting the risk from the federal government, for a program that has experienced huge cost overruns on a per-member basis, to states. And that’s a tall order.”

State officials say one likely consequence of the money crunch will be a cost shift to people in the program, resulting in sudden increases in premiums and copayments. Many might just drop out, said Keough.

Amateur hour.

We should ask these state government if they really want to partner with the government on Medicaid expansion?


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 off the rails

EDITORIAL: Obamacare off the rails – Washington Times.

Obamacare’s shortcomings run far deeper than anything that can be fixed by a slick marketing campaign and fraudulent television commercials. Mrs. Sebelius‘ department expects to spend $4.4 billion by the end of the year on grants to help states set up insurance exchanges. That’s double last year’s estimate; we can expect the final tally to climb yet higher. The state of California alone has spent more than $900 million to establish an Obamacare health care exchange. By contrast, privately funded Esurance set up a nationwide exchange similar to what the government has ordered with an initial outlay of $5.5 million in venture-fund investment in 1999 and a second round of $34 million a few months later.

Government just isn’t very good at health care. Obamacare devotees treated the law like a health care version of “the Field of Dreams,” believing that if they built it, people would come. They haven’t. In addition to spending billions to build it, states are forced to spend tax dollars to cajole prospective customers to sign up. California is paying 20,000 part-time “enrollers” a bounty for every person they push into the system.

Colorado is a state that has “bought in” to the Obamacare “Field of Dreams”. They have even gotten a head start by implementing gender neutral pricing and mandatory maternity coverage. The initial effect of these mandates has been higher insurance premiums leading, most likely, to more uninsured. Undoubtedly, the state has told themselves that when Obamacare kicks in and subsidies become available everyone will sign up. One thing is for sure, the sick will sign up (adverse selection) and those that qualify will enroll into Medicaid, or be enrolled when they show up at the hospital. The rest of us that are affected, primarily individual policyholder or potential individual policy holders, we’ll have to wait and see.


An item totaling 0.01 percent of the budget proves that Obamacare won’t work.

Obama’s Damaging Admission | National Review Online.

The president’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act cuts Medicaid’s DSH payments, beginning with a $360 million cut in 2014. The theory went like this: When the PPACA begins reducing the number of uninsured, hospitals won’t need those subsidies. In his budget, however, President Obama proposes to increase Medicaid DSH payments by $360 million in 2014, effectively rescinding next year’s cut. This deceptively small item has far-reaching significance. With this proposal, President Obama has admitted that:

As they say… read the whole thing!


Obamacare has Southern California health officials scrambling

Obamacare has Southern California health officials scrambling – The Daily Breeze.

The state’s publicly funded health insurance program for low-income and disabled residents will soon launch a huge statewide expansion. But making a promise of health care is one thing, and delivering is another.

In some places, it’s already difficult for many poor California residents with state Medi-Cal insurance to find a doctor who is able – or willing – to care for them.

Health providers throughout the Southland who currently see these patients say they are overwhelmed and underfunded, a situation that could worsen when those newly covered by Medi-Cal arrive for care on Jan. 1, 2014, when the program is expanded.

Of course State officials feel differently… Continue reading Obamacare has Southern California health officials scrambling