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PostPosted: Sat Nov 30, 2013 1:33 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Obamacare Talk at Thanksgiving Party
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 03, 2013 11:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hacker: No Security Was Ever Built Into Obamacare Site

Kennedy: 'Putting your information on there is definitely a risk'

Cybersecurity expert and TrustedSec CEO David Kennedy blasted HealthCare.gov’s security features, saying no security was ever built into the website.

“When you develop a website, you develop it with security in mind. And it doesn’t appear to have happened this time,” Kennedy said, appearing on CNBC’s Squawk Box. “It’s really hard to go back and fix the security around it because security wasn’t built into it.”

Kennedy concluded that it would take “multiple months to over a year to at least address some of the critical-to-high exposures on the website itself.”

http://freebeacon.com/hacker-no-s...s-ever-built-into-obamacare-site/

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 07, 2013 10:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MEDIA TIRES OF WHITE HOUSE'S SELECTIVE RELEASE OF OBAMACARE DATA


Apparently the media is growing tired of the White House selectively releasing ObamaCare data that gets to the heart of nothing but makes the program look like it is much more popular than it likely is. For instance, today the White House informed the media that between Sunday and Friday, Healthcare.gov enjoyed 3.7 million visits.

We have also been told  that the site's error rate was .077 percent, the response time averaged under a second, and a whopping (and improbable) 93% of consumers did come back later after they were asked to due to the site being too busy.

As The Hill points out, though, that data is all hollow happy talk that tells us nothing about what really matters. What the White House refuses to disclose, or claims it doesn't yet have the data to disclose, just happens to be the information that will tell us if ObamaCare is or is not working:

The Obama administration is selectively releasing data and metrics on ObamaCare to bolster its case that the rollout is going better in the month of December.

Tidbits of information from federal health officials — especially figures that show improvements at HealthCare.gov — have become a key tool in the effort to “reboot” the law in the eyes of the public.

But the limited nature of the releases has created conflict with the media and put the spotlight on outstanding areas of concern for the rollout, such as the enrollment site's back end.


The White House's definition for an "enrollee" is to blithely change the definition of the world "enrollee" to someone who has not yet enrolled, but has only selected an insurance plan and placed it into a shopping cart. Studies show that the abandonment rate for shopping carts is 67%.
Up till now, though, the media have breathlessly reported "enrollment" numbers spoon-fed to them by the White House without doing any of their own independent reporting to find out how many have actually enrolled.
Maybe those days are coming to an end.
The Hill points out the other vital metrics the White House has thus far not released:

Since late October, federal health officials have touted traffic to the site, error rates and page load times almost daily in an effort to illustrate positive changes.

Enrollment figures are only discussed monthly, and leaked sign-up numbers are not confirmed. Vital information for judging the growing risk pools, such as applicants' ages, goes undiscussed.

The administration appears to have largely chosen data over anecdotes as the most powerful way to communicate site improvements to the media.

The metrics released are difficult to independently verify, but provide easy headlines and talking points for anxious supporters of the Affordable Care Act, including congressional Democrats.

Another area where the White House has dissembled rather than be forthcoming involves the number of meetings between Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and President Obama during the three years after the passage of ObamaCare. A Government Accountability Institute study finds only a single meeting between the two recorded on any White House calendar or log. Friday, Jay Carney would only say that the two met frequently, but provided no details.

While we are sure to be hit with all kinds of selective data leaks before the end of the year that are only meant to make ObamaCare look successful, The Hill reports that a number that will not be released until the end of the year is a breakdown of those who are truly enrolled -- in other words, those who have actually paid for a premium.

The fact that the White House always has positive data that sounds good but means nothing, but never the data that matters, has raised the suspicions of the American people from the beginning. It is good to know now, that after two-plus months of this Administration Hustle, the media has apparently had enough.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Jour...lective-release-of-obamacare-data

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 12, 2013 10:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

HHS sees the train-wreck coming and now wants insurers to enroll people retroactively

Obamacare — it’s so well designed that they have to keep changing it on the fly to prevent the next disaster.

As the Washington Examiner’s Philip Klein notes, HHS is now trying to offload at least some of the blame for the coming chaos as applicants and insurers try to figure out who is actually enrolled and who isn’t as the new year begins.

The agency is requiring premium payments to be accepted right up to the last minute, and requesting that insurers retroactively enroll people who pay late, even into the middle of January. It’s also “strongly encouraging” them to add doctors to their networks, at least in order to treat the most extreme cases. It’s a tacit admission that the law is setting up a lot of people to lose the care they were depending on.

If they’re doing this, they must expect this thing to be pretty bad. Conveniently, some of these new rules will complicate any effort to determine whether Obamacare has caused a net increase in the uninsured population as of January.

The following comes from an email from CMS that was forwarded straight from the Hill:

In an interim final rule issued today, HHS took the following steps:

· Requiring insurers to accept payment through December 31, 2013 for coverage beginning January 1, 2014

· Urging issuers to give consumers additional time to pay their first month’s premium and still have coverage beginning January 1, 2014

· Formalizing the previously announced decision giving individuals until December 23, 2013 to sign up for Marketplace health insurance coverage that would begin January 1

· Strongly encouraging insurers to treat out-of-network providers as in-network to ensure continuity of care for acute episodes or if the provider was listed in their plan’s provider directory as of the date of an enrollee’s enrollment
· Strongly encouraging insurers to refill prescriptions covered under previous plans during January.

Other ways the administration is working to provide consumers with a smooth transition to coverage include:
· Working with health insurers on options to smooth this transition, such as allowing people who come in after December 23 to get coverage starting January 1 or sooner than February 1;

· Working with insurers and consumers to make sure that they know whether their doctor or prescriptions are covered before they choose a plan, and how to get care they need during the transition (e.g., receiving a drug not covered by your plan if your doctor deems it medically necessary);

· Educating consumers who recently received cancellation notices about the possible option to extend their old policy or enroll in a new plan;

· Continuing outreach to consumers who began the application process through the Marketplace and experienced technical difficulties

To view the Interim Final Rule, visit: http://www.ofr.gov/OFRUpload/OFRData/2013-29918_PI.pdf


http://www.conservativeintel.com/...troactively/#sthash.fy2zrRlQ.dpuf
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 13, 2013 2:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Survey: Nearly half of CFOs plan to cut jobs over Obamacare

A new survey of 400 chief financial officers in the U.S. finds that nearly half of companies plan to cut back on employment in response to Obamacare.

Despite more optimism about the U.S. economy and their own companies, the quarterly survey, conducted by Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and CFO Magazine found that “48% of US CFOs say their firms are considering reducing employment in response to the Affordable Care Act.”

Twenty percent of CFOs said that they may hire fewer workers in response to Obamacare. Ten percent said that layoffs were a possibility while 40 percent of CFOs said they might decrease employees’ hours to below the 30-hour-a-week threshold.


Under Obamacare, companies with more the 50 employees must offer health insurance coverage to employees who work an average of 30 or more hours per week.

Besides altering the makeup of their workforces, companies said they also plan to change the health benefit packages offered to employees.

“Two-thirds of companies will change health benefits in response to ACA,” reads the Fuqua/CFO Magazine report summary.

Forty-four percent of CFOs said they are considering reducing health benefits for employees. Thirty-eight percent said that employees and retirees may be forced to contribute more to their health plans.

“The inadequacies of the ACA website have grabbed a lot of attention, even though many of those issues have been or can be fixed,” said John Graham, Duke Fuqua School of Business finance professor and director of the survey, in a press release.


“Our survey points to a more detrimental and potentially long-lasting problem. An unintended consequence of the Affordable Care Act will be a reduction in full-time employment growth in the United States,” the study says.

Graham said that companies plan to increase full-time employment by 1.4 percent over the next year, a decrease in expectations from the previous quarter.

“CFOs indicate that full-time employment growth would be stronger in the absence of the ACA,” said Graham.

“I doubt the advocates of this legislation would have foretold the negative impact on employment,” said Campbell R. Harvey, a Fuqua finance professor and survey director, also in a press release.

“The impact on the real economy is startling. Nearly one-third of firms may either terminate employees or hire fewer people in the future as a direct result of ACA.”

http://dailycaller.com/2013/12/12...-plan-to-cut-jobs-over-obamacare/

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 13, 2013 3:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"...companies plan to increase full-time employment by 1.4 percent over the next year."
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 13, 2013 3:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"a decrease in expectations from the previous quarter"
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 13, 2013 6:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Obama health care promise named 'Lie of the Year'

Fact-checking organization Politifact has named their “Lie of the Year,” and it’s bad news for the White House and the Affordable Care Act.

President Barack Obama’s often-repeated assertion that “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it,” won the ignominious honor for 2013, the group announced.

In a blog post, Politifact– which is affiliated with the Tampa Bay Times – said Obama’s promise was “impossible to keep” and has resulted in a “real hit to his credibility.”

“So this fall, as cancellation letters were going out to approximately 4 million Americans, the public realized Obama’s breezy assurances were wrong,” editor Angie Drobnic Holan wrote. “Boiling down the complicated health care law to a soundbite proved treacherous, even for its promoter-in-chief.  Obama and his team made matters worse, suggesting they had been misunderstood all along.”

She added that readers in an online poll “overwhelmingly” agreed with the decision.

http://nbcpolitics.nbcnews.com/_n...romise-named-lie-of-the-year?lite

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 13, 2013 7:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote



NEW OBAMACARE SPOKESMAN!
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 14, 2013 12:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pressing the Panic Button?


As usual, it’s hard to tell just what’s going on inside the administration regarding Obamacare, but I don’t think we can really take the steps announced by HHS yesterday as anything but a bright, red, flashing warning light about the internal expectations regarding January.

Some of what they announced is frankly bizarre and slightly crazy. Beside extending the high-risk pool program (which isn’t nuts, just a strong indication that they’re not ready for January at this very late stage), they are asking insurers to pay claims for consumers who haven’t paid their premiums, to treat out-of-network doctors and hospitals as though they were in-network, and to pay for prescription drugs not actually covered by the plans they offer.

The administration is trying to present this as a set of perfectly ordinary kind of transition measures that insurers normally make available to new customers, and some of the more reliable members of their amen chorus on Obamacare have echoed that. But that’s not what this looks like to me, and a few conversations today suggest it’s not what it looks like to the insurers.

To “strongly encourage” insurers to take these kinds of steps (to use the Orwellian phrase of the HHS announcement), and to do it just a couple of weeks before the new system is supposed to start, suggests that the administration’s health experts mapped out how January is shaping up and had a collective heart attack. They seem especially worried about people forced out of old coverage and into new encountering horrible surprises and about the extremely low payment rate so far among people who have chosen new insurance plans on the exchanges. About two weeks before the deadline (after which, if they have not paid their first premium, people’s coverage will be voided) it looks like only about a fifth of the people who have signed up for exchange coverage have paid their first premium. If far more don’t do so soon, the (already very low) enrollment numbers the administration is looking at will fall far, far lower. And the Christmas season (with many distractions, and an overstressed postal system) isn’t a great time to squeeze all those invoices and checks into.

What the insurers are being asked to do here as a response, while not necessarily impossible as a practical matter, is very unusual, and it highlights a couple of things about the administration’s reactions to Obamacare problems. First, it’s another instance of pushing problems just a little bit further into the future. The administration has done this again and again: A lot of the steps they’ve taken as the rollout has floundered have evinced the hope that things will turn around very soon. This is the administrative version of the Democrats’ political strategy since Obamacare was first passed, which has also been built on the hope that public opinion was about to turn around any minute, and they just need a little bit of time. With this latest step, they’re pushing what appear to be huge problems off by a couple of weeks (in some cases days), and it’s not clear why they think things will be very different at that point.

The move also puts HHS in the position of playing the role central manager of the American health-care system—telling private insurers to do various things that have nothing in particular to do with the law, as though they work for the government. It is an eerie prefiguration of where the administration would like to get with this system, but it’s also surely something they didn’t want to be doing so publicly at this stage.

It’s all in the context of what is an incredibly precarious situation for the system created by Obamacare. The rollout numbers released a few days ago and the reports of December numbers so far all point to an under-populated exchange system at enormous danger of falling into a disastrous imbalance of risk. It especially now looks like different states are going to end up in different situations—with some perhaps muddling through and others almost certainly unable to sustain their exchange systems into 2015 as things look now—and there seems to be no provision or plan for dealing with such an outcome. States would have no way to fix their own problems, and a national response to vastly different sorts and degrees of problems in different states is not easy to envision in a system like this one. Obamacare’s rollout has so far gone significantly worse in every state than any official projections made before October envisioned, but far worse in some places than others.

The steps announced yesterday aren’t directed at that forthcoming problem, but, as usual, at far more immediate concerns. My guess, and it is just that, is that the administration has taken these steps because their internal projections at this point suggest some kind of disastrous replay of the politics of October and November in January, and this time they are intent on getting people to blame the insurers instead of the administration. I think that’s very unlikely to work, but it’s not hard to see why they would be desperate to try.

But who knows? The administration is being secretive as ever about the information that is driving its decisions, and we are left to read vague tea leaves.

http://www.nationalreview.com/cor...pressing-panic-button-yuval-levin



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