Wednesday, January 15, 2014

LaMalfa: O'care numbers show program isn't viable

The north state's Rep. Doug LaMalfa asserted late yesterday that reports that most of the roughly 2.2 million people who signed up for Obamacare are older proves the program won't be financially viable.

From his office:
Today, Rep. Doug LaMalfa released the following statement regarding the latest health care enrollment report that 2.153 million Americans selected a plan through the Obamacare exchanges, a number significantly below the administration’s target of 3.3 million. According to the report, 79% of those who did fully sign up qualify for financial assistance from the government, indicating that the program will not be financially viable.

“The latest report released by the administration, which fails to disclose the number of individuals included who have actually enrolled in a plan, is especially upsetting when you take into account the 4.7 million Americans who lost coverage. This means that over 2.5 million more Americans are left uninsured today due to Obamacare and its mandates. Even more alarming, the dismal numbers of healthy, young adults included in the report put the law on track to what the Kaiser Family Foundation described as the “worst-case scenario,” rate increases that result in fewer options for Americans to get coverage at an affordable rate. Already Washington Insiders are looking for a bailout of insurance companies with taxpayer money,” stated Representative LaMalfa. “Americans deserve access to affordable, quality health care that addresses their needs, not a law full of failed and broken promises. Today’s numbers make it even clearer that this law must at a minimum be delayed and taxpayer bailouts must be off the table.”
Meanwhile, insurance companies say not even close to 2.2 million have really enrolled in Obamacare since you don't become enrolled until you've paid a premium. The White House isn't saying how many are actually participating in the program, and its allies in the media aren't pushing the issue, notes John Nolte of Breitbart News.

Just for fun, I went to Covered California's website and clicked on the "shop and compare" link. I entered all of the information they asked for (city, income, adults in household, etc.), and clicked for a list of available plans. The only option that came up was to have someone get back to me.

As more and more employers discontinue their health plans in the coming months, a big issue that will arise is the lack of affordable plans for working professionals in rural areas. Of course, it remains to be seen whether the news organizations that cover those rural areas will care or even notice.

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