ObamaCare: State “success stories” continue to flail

posted at 9:41 pm on January 14, 2014 by Mary Katharine Ham

“It’s going to be smoother in places like Maryland where governors are working to implement it rather than fight it. (Applause.)” — President Barack Obama, Sept. 26, 2013

MARYLAND: Unable to get people covered, unable to admit failure, and unwilling to apologize

As legislators grilled Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown on Tuesday over the dismal debut Maryland’s health insurance exchange, the O’Malley administration said it will not switch to the federal web site.

Rejecting calls to shut down the state’s bug-ridden web site, Gov. Martin O’Malley’s office issued a statement saying the state would keep it running while working to improve it at least for the next 2 1/2 months. The exchange was created to implement the federal Affordable Care Act in Maryland.

“The governor and lieutenant governor have decided that during the remaining months of open enrollment, the risks associated with a transition to the federal site would outweigh the benefits,” the statement said.

Open enrollment for insurance under the health care law ends March 31.

To his credit, at least the health secretary ponies up an apology. Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, who was supposed to be overseeing the thing, has a political career to think about, you see, so not even an apology from him:

“This is all malpractice,” said Senate Minority Leader David R. Brinkley of Frederick County. “Because the people of Maryland expected something. They didn’t get it.”

Under pressure from Sen. Allan H. Kittleman, a Howard County Republican, Brown declined to apologize for the failed launch. Brown, a Democratic candidate for governor and the administration’s point man on implementation of the program popularly known as Obamacare, said the people he talks to want progress on insuring more Marylanders, not apologies.

“An apology would amount to very little for those Marylanders who are struggling,” he told Kittleman.

When he followed Brown to the witness table, Sharfstein showed no such hesitancy.

“I apologize to the many Marylanders who have struggled with the website and the call center, and I regret the anxiety experienced by individuals and families who are seeking health insurance and who have been frustrated in the efforts to obtain it,” Sharfstein said.

“I really wish the lieutenant governor had said the same thing,” Kittleman said later.

Just as a reminder, Maryland was supposed to be among the most well-prepared states in the nation for Obamacare. They were to be a model of success.

OREGON: Opting for the exit ramp, having frittered away $300 million in federal taxpayer money

Oregon, once heralded as an early Obamacare success story, is considering a switch to the federal exchange next year amid sustained problems with its state-run program.

The state’s exchange, Cover Oregon, still cannot process an entire enrollment online — a problem that is not expected to be repaired until after the 2014 enrollment period ends in March.

That has state officials weighing several options including scrapping its own enrollment system and moving to HealthCare.gov, the federal enrollment portal which is working better now after its own disastrous start. Switching to the federal site could be considered a significant political defeat for the state and Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber, who strongly embraced the president’s health care law and is seeking reelection this year.

“As much as we don’t want to walk away from a big IT project, we have to consider it,” Kitzhaber health policy adviser Sean Kolmer told POLITICO. “It’s all about enrollment.”

COLORADO: Well, they’ve hit some targets, but check out the demographics

For the first time since the Affordable Care Act was launched, Colorado has reached its low-end target on the number of new people who have purchased health plans under the state exchange, according to figures released Monday.

More than 50,000 Coloradans had bought health plans through December, placing the state fifth in the country for the number of people enrolled per capita, according to state-by-state data released Monday by the White House and the state health exchange.

Among the 50,125 people who purchased a marketplace plan in Colorado through Dec. 28, women outnumbered men 53 percent to 47 percent. The number doesn’t include the 86,432 new Coloradans who have enrolled in Medicaid under the state Affordable Care Act expansion.

Most troubling to Republicans and White House officials alike, however, is that only 22 percent of those who purchased individual plans were between the ages of 18 and 34. Those buyers are crucial to keeping the plans affordable because younger people are viewed by insurance companies as cheaper to cover.

Take it away Commissioner of Insurance, Marguerite Salazar:

There’s a challenge every day that comes up with the Affordable Care Act, because we’ve never done it before. We’re kind of creating it. One of the things that we used to say is that we’re flying this airplane while we build it.

The fact that any of these were considered “early success stories” is a testament to how much nonsense the press will believe when it wants to believe a program will work.


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One of the things that we used to say is that we’re flying this airplane while we build it.

With captive passengers.

kcewa on January 14, 2014 at 9:46 PM

“We’re flying this airplane while we build it.”

They are launching IED’s and WMD’s against American Health Care as they cobble them together.

VorDaj on January 14, 2014 at 9:49 PM

Take it away Commissioner of Insurance, Marguerite Salazar:

There’s a challenge every day that comes up with the Affordable Care Act, because we’ve never done it before. We’re kind of creating it. One of the things that we used to say is that we’re flying this airplane while we build it.

Any relation to former Senator and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar?
Is Colorado a one-family state? Who is the next prince in line?

By the way, a half-built airplane could never get off the ground. Is it missing a wing or an engine?

Steve Z on January 14, 2014 at 9:50 PM

The Holy Grail in Health Care needs to change from eradicating Cancer to eradicating the Obama Death Star.

VorDaj on January 14, 2014 at 9:52 PM

JUST IN:

RE:

Obama health care law
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Obama administration grants 2-month extension for Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan – @AP
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Insurance plan for sickest gets another extension
2 Hrs Ago.
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Health insurance companies can no longer turn away people with medical problems, but the Obama administration isn’t taking any chances with thousands of vulnerable patients in a special federal program.

The administration announced Tuesday it is granting a two-month extension for the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan. The temporary program was supposed to disappear Jan. 1, when guaranteed coverage for people with medical problems became the law of the land.

It’s the second time the program has been extended. Technical problems with HealthCare.gov previously forced a one-month extension through Jan. 31.

The administration now says some people still in the plan may need additional time to find new coverage. The program will continue to run through the remainder of the health care law’s first open enrollment season, which ends March 31.
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http://santamariatimes.com/news/national/govt-and-politics/insurance-plan-for-sickest-gets-another-extension/article_d6c74ee8-632d-551b-aa4c-f2df638f31f1.html

canopfor on January 14, 2014 at 9:45 PM

canopfor on January 14, 2014 at 9:54 PM

By the way, a half-built airplane could never get off the ground. Is it missing a wing or an engine?

Steve Z on January 14, 2014 at 9:50 PM

It has two left wings and a full load of bombs.

VorDaj on January 14, 2014 at 9:55 PM

Let’s see….

My premium (calculated individually) before O’CommieDeathcare’s scheme went from 221.00 per month to 367.00 per month and a co-pay has increased by 60.00 and I haven’t had time to wade through the several pounds of new paperwork to determine how much the deductible has skyrocketed from what used to be a thousand.

Ah, the joys of communism.

viking01 on January 14, 2014 at 9:56 PM

Have the Democrats focus grouped the excuses they’ll be using NEXT YEAR?

GarandFan on January 14, 2014 at 9:57 PM

Only in a liberals eyes is failure a success.

Patriot Vet on January 14, 2014 at 9:58 PM

ObamaCare. Because liberals are stupid enough to eat paint chips.

SparkPlug on January 14, 2014 at 9:58 PM

ObamaCare. Because morticians need more customers.

SparkPlug on January 14, 2014 at 9:59 PM

“It’s going to be smoother in places like Maryland where governors are working to implement it rather than fight it. (Applause.)”

President Barack Obama, Sept. 26, 2013

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Just as a reminder, Maryland was supposed to be among the most well-prepared states in the nation for Obamacare. They were to be a model of success.

Mary Katharine Ham on January 14, 2014 at 9:41 PM

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I doubt anyone here forgot. But we get new readers all the time, so nothing wrong with a reminder (like yours above).
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The fact that any of these were considered “early success stories” is a testament to how much nonsense the press will believe when it wants to believe a program will work.

Mary Katharine Ham on January 14, 2014 at 9:41 PM

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I’m not convinced that most Americans who work in the field of (so called) ‘professional journalism’ DO believe “the nonsense.”

They just feel obligated to “carry the water” for the liberal Democrat cause.

listens2glenn on January 14, 2014 at 10:00 PM

Thanks to ACA no one can afford their health care ration.

We need to cut the size of the ration down to one aspirin and one bandaid per family.

SparkPlug on January 14, 2014 at 10:03 PM

ACA,…or as Steny Hoyer says,…”Derogatory ObamaCare”,..

……**************** Cat 0 Strophic ClusterFark Snafu’d Fubar *********!!

canopfor on January 14, 2014 at 10:03 PM

The fact that any of these were considered “early success stories” is a testament to how much nonsense the press will believe when it wants to believe a program will work.

They’re still at it. The spin from the White House is that enough young people signed up to finance the old sick folk that Obamacare is no longer facing the death spiral.

Keep in mind HHS has provided no data to actually prove that but I’ve heard three pundits today and Jay Carney (whatever the hell he is) make the claim.

Happy Nomad on January 14, 2014 at 10:04 PM

They just feel obligated to “carry the water” for the liberal Democrat cause.

listens2glenn on January 14, 2014 at 10:00 PM

Obama ain’t heavy, he’s mein Fuhrer.

VorDaj on January 14, 2014 at 10:05 PM

Thanks to ACA no one can afford their health care ration.

We need to cut the size of the ration down to one aspirin and one bandaid per family.

SparkPlug on January 14, 2014 at 10:03 PM

But all the free birth control you want!

Happy Nomad on January 14, 2014 at 10:06 PM

Obama ain’t heavy, he’s mein Fuhrer.

VorDaj on January 14, 2014 at 10:05 PM

Thumbs up. I’ll have to remember that one for the re-education camp talent show.

Happy Nomad on January 14, 2014 at 10:10 PM

HA HA!
- Nelson Muntz

22044 on January 14, 2014 at 10:11 PM

Thanks to ACA no one can afford their health care ration.

We need to cut the size of the ration down to one aspirin and one bandaid per family.

SparkPlug on January 14, 2014 at 10:03 PM

SparkPlug:Hot D*mns,..you have a seeing eye,..er,..Chrystal Ball thingy:0

Buts,..aspirin is actually—–acetylsalicylic acid!!!!
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U.S. FDA asks doctors to limit acetaminophen in combination drugs

Jan 14 – U.S. health regulators recommended on Tuesday that healthcare professionals stop prescribing combination drugs that contain more than 325 milligrams of acetaminophen per tablet, capsule, or other dosage unit, citing the risk of liver damage.

http://www.reuters.com/sectors/healthcare

canopfor on January 14, 2014 at 10:13 PM

You have to believe in order for magic to work.

John the Libertarian on January 14, 2014 at 10:14 PM

When he followed Brown to the witness table, Sharfstein showed no such hesitancy.

“I apologize to the many Marylanders who have struggled with the website and the call center, and I regret the anxiety experienced by individuals and families who are seeking health insurance and who have been frustrated in the efforts to obtain it,” Sharfstein said

…I missed it!…whose “Sharfstein”?

KOOLAID2 on January 14, 2014 at 10:20 PM

Results for #Obamacare

https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Obamacare&src=hash

canopfor on January 14, 2014 at 10:22 PM

…I missed it!…whose “Sharfstein”?

KOOLAID2 on January 14, 2014 at 10:20 PM

…I know he’s their Health Secretary…appointed?…demorat…pubican…HuckelbeeRino?

KOOLAID2 on January 14, 2014 at 10:25 PM

Hmmmmms, …………………………..

Emily Bazar ‏@emilybazar 5h

Cool state-by-state breakdown of exchange + #Medicaid enrollment numbers as of 12/28/13 by @TCHS http://bit.ly/1b0Jbbk #Obamacare
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https://www.transamericacenterforhealthstudies.org/docs/default-source/research/tchs-analysis-of-december-enrollment-figures-1-13-14.pdf?sfvrsn=2

canopfor on January 14, 2014 at 10:26 PM

ObamaCare is Olaf……..the response of the market is Summer.

http://youtu.be/UFatVn1hP3o

But, in our upside down Progressive led world….The snowman survives…..no matter the heat.

PappyD61 on January 14, 2014 at 10:28 PM

You have to believe in order for magic to work.

John the Libertarian on January 14, 2014 at 10:14 PM

Yeah, every time you deny that Obamacare is working- God kills a kitten. /

Happy Nomad on January 14, 2014 at 10:30 PM

Don’t be schtupid be a schmartie,

come and join the DeathCare Party….

viking01 on January 14, 2014 at 10:30 PM

“We’re flying this airplane while we build it.”

Easy to follow instructions:

Oxygen and the air pressure are always being monitored. In the event of a decompression, an oxygen mask will automatically appear in front of you. To start the flow of oxygen, pull the mask towards you. Place it firmly over your nose and mouth, secure the elastic band behind your head, and breathe normally. Although the bag does not inflate, oxygen is flowing to the mask. If you are travelling with a child or someone who requires assistance, secure your mask on first, and then assist the other person. Keep your mask on until a uniformed crew member advises you to remove it.

In the event of an emergency, please assume the bracing position.

A life vest is located in a pouch under your seat or between the armrests. When instructed to do so, open the plastic pouch and remove the vest. Slip it over your head. Pass the straps around your waist and adjust at the front. To inflate the vest, pull firmly on the red cord, only when leaving the aircraft. If you need to refill the vest, blow into the mouthpieces. Use the whistle and light to attract attention. Also, your seat bottom cushion can be used as a flotation device. Pull the cushion from the seat, slip your arms into the straps, and hug the cushion to your chest.

We remind you that this is a non-smoking flight. Tampering with, disabling, or destroying the smoke detectors located in the lavatories is prohibited by law.

You will find this and all the other safety information in the card located in the seat pocket in front of you. We strongly suggest you read it before take-off. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask one of our crew members. We wish you all an enjoyable flight.”

Shy Guy on January 14, 2014 at 11:32 PM

We told everyone this was a hideously awful idea, but the Dems refused to listen. Yeah, keep voting for those losers, America.

Christien on January 15, 2014 at 1:00 AM

Ed –
You mean the websites aren’t working perfectly on day one two three four five six seven eight nine ten eleven twelve thirteen fourteen fifteen sixteen seventeen eighteen nineteen twenty twenty-one twenty-two twenty-three twenty-four twenty-five twenty-six twenty-seven twenty-eight twenty-nine thirty thirty-one thirty-two thirty-three thirty-four thirty-five thirty-six thirty-seven thirty-eight thirty-nine forty forty-one forty-two forty-three forty-four forty-five forty-six forty-seven forty-eight forty-nine fifty fifty-one fifty-two fifty-three fifty-four fifty-five fifty-six fifty-seven fifty-eight fifty-nine sixty sixty-one sixty-two sixty-three sixty-four sixty-five sixty-six sixty-seven sixty-eight sixty-nine seventy seventy-one seventy-two seventy-three seventy-four seventy-five seventy-six seventy-seven seventy-eight seventy-nine eighty eighty-one eighty-two eighty-three eighty-four eighty-five eighty-six eighty-seven eighty-eight eighty-nine ninety ninety-one ninety-two ninety-three ninety-four ninety-five ninety-six ninety-seven ninety-eight ninety-nine one hundred one hundred one one hundred two one hundred three one hundred four one hundred five one hundred six
verbaluce on October 1, 2013 at 10:18 AM

(H/T NotCoach)

There Goes the Neighborhood on January 15, 2014 at 2:11 AM

BTW, I’m not buying insurance on the exchange. I’m still getting it through work.

And premiums are now $100 more per paycheck. Not per month. Per paycheck.

And I consider myself fortunate it’s not worse.

There Goes the Neighborhood on January 15, 2014 at 2:15 AM

Most troubling to Republicans and White House officials alike, however, is that only 22 percent of those who purchased individual plans were between the ages of 18 and 34. Those buyers are crucial to keeping the plans affordable because younger people are viewed by insurance companies as cheaper to cover.

Well, you let them stay on their parents’ insurance until age 26, and let them buy a catastrophic-only plan until age 30, and you’re surprised that a small number in that demographic are signing up?

The Schaef on January 15, 2014 at 9:45 AM