10 things obamacare won't tell you

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  1. g8orbill

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    http://www.marketwatch.com/story/10-things-health-exchanges-wont-tell-you-2013-09-27/print?guid=A3C21C28-27BC-11E3-944C-00212803FAD6

    From the article:
    1. “You might want to avoid signing up right away.”

    In the offices of certain government officials and health insurance companies, a ticking countdown to a specific date was posted on the walls for months: Oct. 1. That was the day of the official ribbon-cutting for the exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act (commonly called Obamacare), when Americans began lining up for 2014 individual health insurance. But because the law’s future was uncertain until the Supreme Court upheld it in mid-2012, the exchanges had to scramble to get ready for opening day. Thirty-six states declined to set up their own exchanges for 2014 (each state has just one), so federal health officials had to do it instead — cramming years of work into a tight time frame. “Some people we’ve talked to will count it as a victory if the lights come on Oct. 1,” said Eric Johnson, a Columbia business professor and co-director of the university’s Center for the Decision Sciences, before the launch. (The small-business section of the exchanges in those 36 states won’t be able to accept online applications until November, the administration said, and some of the states running their own exchanges may also be running behind, having not yet announced when they will open to small employers.)

    Indeed, grand-opening snafus ranged from jammed telephone lines and websites to technological glitches. “As much of a big deal as is made about [the launch] date, it is still a soft opening,” says Bill Melville, a market analyst for HealthLeaders-InterStudy, a research firm covering the exchanges. Lawmakers and even President Obama have acknowledged that the beginning has been more of a bumpy dress rehearsal, during which they’ve identified problems and deployed legions of software engineers to fix them.


    Still, health officials assure there’s still plenty of time until Dec. 15, the deadline to enroll for coverage starting Jan. 1, when the law requires most Americans to be insured. The exchanges will actually be open for a full six months before closing March 31, so stragglers can still avoid paying the penalty that the ACA imposes on those who don’t buy insurance, even if they enroll after St. Patrick’s Day or wait till the very last minute, the Health and Human Services Department recently confirmed. “Unless you are desperate for health insurance, our advice is wait till November or December,” says Bryce Williams, a managing director of exchange solutions for professional services firm Towers Watson. “It’s kind of like not buying the first model of a car when it comes out: Wait until the kinks get worked out.”
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    This is the part that makes it completely socialist in practice. Another Obama lie. He raised taxes on everyone that has insurance.


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    Socialism is nothing but a fancy word for communism. It's like Starbuck's referring to small, medium, and large as tall, grande, and venti.

    And for the record I hate Starbuck's.
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    Then we have been commies for a long time.
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    Or slowly inching in that direction.
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    #4 - “Don’t bother asking our staff for recommendations.”

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    Just because it happens doesn't mean were Constitutionally weak and vulnerable.
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    The Transitional Reinsurance Program/TAX is/should be un-Constitutional.

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