Thread: Obamacare Thread
01-13-2014, 09:15 PM
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Maryland Officials Knew Their Exchange Site Was Broken A Year Before Launch
Maryland officials were warned for a year of problems with online health-insurance site
More than a year before Maryland launched its health insurance exchange, senior state officials failed to heed warnings that no one was ultimately accountable for the $170 million project and that the state lacked a plausible plan for how it would be ready by Oct. 1.
Over the following months, as political leaders continued to proclaim that the state’s exchange would be a national model, the system went through three different project managers, the feuding between contractors hired to build the online exchange devolved into lawsuits, and key people quit, including a top information technology official because, as he would later say, the project “was a disaster waiting to happen.”
The repeated warnings culminated days before the launch, with one from contractors testing the Web site that said it was “extremely unstable” and another from an outside consultant that urged state officials not to let residents enroll in health plans because there was “no clear picture” of what would happen when the exchange would turn on.
01-13-2014, 10:11 PM
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Again, from the "Everybody knew" file:
Top Medicare Advantage insurer knew Obamacare would cause devastation for seniors
The nation’s largest Medicare Advantage insurer knew that Obamacare would lead to cuts in benefits and access to insurance for the nation’s seniors as early as April 2013, according to company earnings call transcripts reviewed by The Daily Caller.
UnitedHealth Group is already dropping thousands of doctors from Medicare Advantage plans in the hope that the doctors’ expensive patients will also leave their UnitedHealth plans. UnitedHealth’s CEO told his investors early last year that the Affordable Care Act would force the company to “reduce benefits and pull back access” for consumers.
Obamacare, which raids $300 billion from the privately run Medicare Advantage program, is squarely to blame. The cuts will begin affecting many seniors in 2014 and also mandates new Medicare Advantage rate reductions.
Medicare Advantage, which was created in 1997, is a network of PPOs and HMOs that offers oldsters the option of getting benefits through the network rather than through the original Medicare Parts A and B. Most studies indicate it significantly reduced out-of-pocket costs for seniors while providing better benefits, but the program was targeted for cuts under the Affordable Care Act...
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