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Obama Admin Redefines What “Start” Means

In the lead up to the legally required launch date of Healthcare.gov, government officials are defining downward what success is and downplaying expectations. Former HHS employee, Joel Ario, who previously oversaw health exchanges said recently, “Nobody is going to say we’re not starting on October 1 but in some situations, you may see a redefinition of what ‘start’ means.”

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ObamaCare a Dud Among Fed Bureaucrats

The Daily Caller is reporting that according to a recent poll:

2.8% of federal employees think they should be required to get their insurance through an ObamaCare exchange

92.3% want their current, benefits-rich plan

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ObamaCare Exposes Exchange Users to Identity Theft

According to a report form Reuters, the HHS Inspector General reports that the ObamaCare exchange website – healthcare.gov – where individuals will have to enter a lot of personal, private information is at risk for data security breaches.  Reuters writes:

“The federal government is months behind in testing data security for the main pillar of Obamacare: allowing Americans to buy health insurance on state exchanges due to open by October 1. The missed deadlines have pushed the government’s decision on whether information technology security is up to snuff to exactly one day before that crucial date, the Department of Health and Human Services’ inspector general said in a report.”

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“The most likely serious security breach would be identity theft, in which a hacker steals the social security numbers and other information people provide when signing up for insurance. The inspector general’s report, released without fanfare last Friday, found that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services or CMS – the agency within HHS that is running Obamacare – had set a May 13 deadline for its contractor to deliver a plan to test the security of the crucial information technology component.”

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Aetna Drops Out of MD Exchange

According to Reuters, Aetna has decided to drop out of the Maryland exchange after it was pressured to drop its insurance rates by 29%.  Reuters reports:

“Unfortunately, we believe the modifications to the rates filed by Aetna and Coventry would not allow us to collect enough premiums to cover the cost of the plans, including the medical network and service expectations of our customers,” Aetna said in the letter to insurance commissioner Therese Goldsmith.

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ObamaCare – the Kid No Other Kid Wants to Play With

If ObamaCare was Barack Obama’s child, he would cleaerly be the kid no other kids wanted to play with. It seems more and more insurers are refusing to play ball with the health law. For example, the Los Angeles Times opinion page noted last week that California’s largest small business insurer – Wellpoint Anthem Blue Cross – has decided it will not participate in California’s ObamaCare insurance exchange. Anthem writes nearly 1/3rd of all small business policies in California. This announcement follows on the heels of a previous announcement that UnitedHealthAetna and Cigna had already opted not to participate in California’s exchange.  This is not, as commentators have said, good news for consumers.

That wasn’t the extent of the bad news either.  Proving ObamaCare is the least liked kid on the block, nine hospitals have decided to withdraw from ObamaCare’s Accountable Care Organization (ACO) pilot program. President Obama has stated that this law would reduce healthcare costs. None of the nine that are dropping out produced any cost savings in the “pioneer” plan.

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ObamaCare Train Already off the Rails

You know that looming trainwreck that is ObamaCare? Well, federal officials responsible for implementing the law are admiting the train has already gone off the rails. Seems the exchanges won’t be ready, the technological implementation is behind schedule and hasn’t been properly tested.

Alan Duncan, an auditor with the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, said testing the system “will be difficult to complete” by the October 1st deadline and that “The lack of adequate testing could result in significant delays and errors in accepting and processing… applications for [ObamaCare’s] health insurance coverage.”  Yikes.

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ObamaCare Exchanges Fall Way Behind Schedule

According to The Wall Street Journal and other media sources, the ObamaCare exchanges are behind schedule. WSJ writes, “Government officials have missed several deadlines in setting up new health-insurance exchanges for small businesses and consumers—a key part of the federal health overhaul—and there is a risk they won’t be ready to open on time in October….”

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