Thursday, January 14, 2016

Obamacare Schadenfreude Still Spiraling

Bad news continues to trickle out, like:

Gaming Obamacare - Insurers say those who sign up during special enrollment periods are running up their bills and then jumping ship. Who could have predicted this? Hint, nearly every conservative. I don't blame the people who "game" the system. It's a rational economic choice, and the system was written to be gamed. Reynolds Law: “Subsidizing the markers of status doesn’t produce the character traits that result in that status; it undermines them.” Health insurance is a marker of middle class status. Giving people health insurance who aren't capable of using it in the way it was intended undermines the system. Sadly, that was the original intent of Obamacare.

Forty-Nine of 50 States Will See Premium Hikes in 2016 - More than 1 in 3 states will see premium hikes of 20% or more - But, but. but, it was going to save the average family $2,500 a year!

ACA ‘risk’ strategies are having reverse Robin Hood effect - Take from the poor insurance companies and give to the rich. Guess who helped write the law. The big insurance companies.

The nuns who are challenging Obamacare will attend the State of the Union
Ryan, who is Catholic, announced Monday that Sister Loraine Marie Maguire, the order’s mother provincial, and Sister Constance Veit will sit in the Speaker’s Box during Tuesday’s address. “The Little Sisters of the Poor care for the most vulnerable among us, and they should be free to practice their faith without the threat of government interference or intimidation,” he said in a statement. “The Sisters’ stand in defense of religious liberty – one of our most fundamental rights – is nothing short of courageous, and it’s my privilege to support their cause.”
While I don't agree with the nuns on their stance against birth control, I do agree with their right to practice their religion in their entire life.

Here’s the real deal on the latest big Clinton-Sanders dust-up - Clinton wants to expand and "repair" Obamacare, while Sanders wants to skip the intermediate bullshit and go straight to single payer.

A Republican governor’s move to shutter Kentucky’s Obamacare exchange, explained - or Voxsplained, since it's the WAPO.

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