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ObamaCare Clusterfuck: Ron Pollack's experiment with your health care

Times:

ith only a few months remaining before Americans will start buying coverage through the new state insurance exchanges under President Obama’s health care law, it is becoming clear that the millions of people purchasing policies in the exchanges will find that their choices vary sharply, depending on where they live.

States like California, Colorado and Maryland have attracted an array of insurers. But options for people in other states may be limited to an already dominant local Blue Cross plan and a few newcomers with little or no track record in providing individual coverage, including the two dozen new carriers across the country created under the Affordable Care Act.

Maine residents, for example, will not see an influx of new insurers. The state has an older population and strict rules that already have discouraged many insurers from selling policies, so choices will probably be limited to the state’s dominant carrier, Anthem Blue Cross, and Maine Community Health Options.

“What we’re seeing is a reflection of the market that already exists,” said Timothy S. Jost, a law professor at Washington and Lee University in Virginia who closely follows the health care law. ...

As people become aware of the differences among the exchanges, “some of the laggard states are going to end up changing,” said Ron Pollack, the executive director for Families USA, a consumer advocacy group that supports the law.

Let me translate "end up changing" for you, Ron you asshole:

Ron Pollack to citizens of laggard states: "I, Ron Pollack, well-paid K Street fuck, have no worries about my health care coverage. Therefore, it is perfectly OK for me and my golfing buddies to run health care policy experiments on test subjects in "laggard states" who that are worried."

Why not adopt a policy that works, Ron? Like single payer Medicare for All?

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Submitted by Rainbow Girl on

Not just contemptuous of us citizens of "laggards," but also a failure at sentence composition 101.

This:

As people become aware of the differences among the exchanges, “some of the laggard states are going to end up changing,”

Is a complete non-sequitur. The translation is that "People becoming aware" is going to cause "laggard states" to "end up changing."

Who is "people" in the "people becoming aware." If he means citizens of laggard states, I have a feeling they are plenty "aware" right now. And that's not causing their "states" to do any "changing."

"Laggard states" is not who would be doing any changing -- the insurance companies are the actors directly responsible for creating monopoly markets in "laggard states." People "becoming aware" that they are getting ripped off into bankruptcy because they live in a duopoly insurance state is going to cause insurance companies to "change" how, exactly?

Love the vagueness, the lack of agency, and the complete incoherence of this statement. Sure signs that this was the lazy throwaway statement slotted in to keep the Worshippers of the Obama Messiah clapping and not getting too ... "aware."

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Submitted by Alexa on

RG says:

Love the vagueness, the lack of agency, and the complete incoherence of this statement. Sure signs that this was the lazy throwaway statement slotted in to keep the Worshippers of the Obama Messiah clapping and not getting too ... "aware."

Hear, hear!

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Submitted by Splashoil on

Looks like Arizona is ahead of the curve. From AHCCCS http://www.azahcccs.gov/community/Downloads/Publications/DE-810_english.pdf
I offer this whiff of honesty:

Before enrolling in ALTCS, if an applicant or family member is concerned about AHCCCS’ claim that will be filed against the estate, the applicant and/or family member should evaluate the financial benefits of enrolling the applicant in ALTCS. Because ALTCS payments made on the member’s behalf can exceed the actual costs of services provided, and accrue even if no medical service is provided, it is very important that ALTCS applicants (and family members) make an informed decision about enrolling in ALTCS. This is especially true for those ALTCS applicants who elect to remain in their own home and do not enter a nursing home. The applicant and family member should review whether it is better financially and medically for the applicant to pay for his/her needed medical services out-of-pocket (what won’t be paid by Medicare and/or other insurance) rather than enrolling in ALTCS and incurring a claim against their estate. Individuals who do not require many medical services may not wish to enroll in ALTCS because their estate will be responsible for payment to AHCCCS of all ALTCS payments that are listed in question 5 above.
An ALTCS applicant may voluntarily withdraw his/her ALTCS application. An ALTCS enrolled member may elect to stop ALTCS enrollment at any time, to stop accruing additional AHCCCS capitation and other costs that will be included in AHCCCS’ claim against the estate.

Insurance and clawback are both privatized for optimum extraction from the 55+ and poor bucket!

Submitted by jawbone on

...the applicant and/or family member should evaluate the financial benefits of enrolling the applicant in ALTCS. Because ALTCS payments made on the member’s behalf can exceed the actual costs of services provided, and accrue even if no medical service is provided,....

Does this mean that even if the Medicaid enrolle uses NO SERVICES, he or she is still accruing costs? Is that because the state is enrolling the possible recipient in a private insurance plan?

Or?

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Submitted by Rainbow Girl on

I think they mean that even if you don't use the policy you're still on the hook for monthly premiums (accruing costs). Again, nice to see some candor, but tragic that the most vulnerable Americans are expected to make elaborate "cost-benefit" analysis in deciding whether to get covered and then, if covered, whether to actually use the coverage. It is a cruel and deliberate system. (And ObamaCare is keeping it intact and fortifying it. "Hope and Change.")

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Submitted by Rainbow Girl on

Remarkable for the candor, though I would suggest that the key language be required to be bolded and capp'd!