Saturday, September 20, 2014

Late Obamacare Schadenfreude Update

Another nice day here in Slower Maryland. Fall is in the wings, and the mornings are almost chilly, while the days are warm and mild. I had a band gig today at the old place, so I'm late getting going.

Another Obamacare Data Breach Not Yet Disclosed to Congress:
Capitol Hill conservatives are scrambling to find out more about an undisclosed security data breach of private information that took place in late spring.

The breach involved an inadvertent transfer of personal data from computers controlled by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services to servers at Optum/QSSI, the lead contractor building the infrastructure for the infrastructure.

Andrew Slavitt
was the leader of UnitedHealth Optum/QSSI, the legacy of his original firmIngenix, which he sold to UnitedHealth, at the time of the breach, so it is interesting that Slavitt is now the principal deputy administrator at CMS—and the man tasked by President Barack Obama to fix the debacle.
Funny how that works.
Officials at Health and Human Services, the parent agency of CMS, the office inside the department with overall supervision of the federal healthcare exchanges, state-based marketplaces and enrollment, as well as, the Federal Data Services data hub, changed procedures for handling personal information, but did not report the incident to Congress because in their thinking it was not a external attack or break-in.
Don't turn on the light, "cause we don't want to see.

Obamacare Loses 700,000 subscribers, Liberals rejoice, because it's not as bad as expected: Obamacare enrollment at 7.3 million in August, down from 8 million in April
Enrollment in health plans offered through the Affordable Care Act dipped slightly through this year, falling from about 8 million this spring to 7.3 million in mid-August, the Obama administration announced Thursday.

The tally represents the first update the administration has provided since the open enrollment period under the health law closed in April.

It suggests that the vast majority of consumers who signed up for coverage this year stuck with it, contrary to warnings from critics of the law that millions would stop paying their premiums.
10% is good enough for government work, right?

Obamacare architect Ezekiel Emanuel exhorts old people to die, and save his program bundle:
But here is a simple truth that many of us seem to resist: living too long is also a loss. It renders many of us, if not disabled, then faltering and declining, a state that may not be worse than death but is nonetheless deprived. It robs us of our creativity and ability to contribute to work, society, the world . . .We are no longer remembered as vibrant and engaged but as feeble, ineffectual, even pathetic.”
He also said he wanted to die at 75.  Someone should keep track and remind him the night before his 75th birthday.  At 80, I would be happy to do so, and hand him a suitable instrument.

It is a pretty common feeling on the left that people have no value except for their ability to contribute to the left's  goals. People, other than themselves, of course, have no intrinsic value.

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