California: The Obamacare success story

Bend over, California, here it comes.

Mere hours ago, California was once again touted as an example of success for Obamacare, an island of completed sign-ups in a national sea of unresponsive websites and frustrated customers.

Covered California [the state insurance exchange] has been a positive headline-generating machine for the Affordable Care Act.

So how’s the roll-out going in the Golden State of Success? Continue reading “California: The Obamacare success story”

California auto-enrolling health plan exchange customers in food stamps?

They’ve got your numbers.

There’s automated efficiency, and then there’s the Brave New World.  Writer Nicole Hopkins’s mother, a resident of Washington state, found that out when she used Washington’s health plan exchange website to find a new insurance plan, and was presented with exactly one “option”: Medicaid.  Ms. Hopkins mère has always paid for private insurance, and fully intended to continue doing so, even when Obamacare caused her preferred policy to be cancelled.  But the new health plan exchange in Washington doesn’t offer her an option to buy insurance.  It has simply determined that she will be a Medicaid beneficiary.

If that seems high-handed, consider the report of a California business owner to Continue reading “California auto-enrolling health plan exchange customers in food stamps?”

The Pants on Fire Report: Covered California required insurers to cancel plans

Spoiling the bushel.

President Obama blamed health-insurance cancellations on “bad-apple” insurers, who presumably offered and then cancelled the lousy, cut-rate insurance plan that you liked, but don’t get to keep, because they (the insurers) are bruised and full of worms.

That’s the extent of the rational explanation the president offered for the supposed “bad-apple” cancellations:  that they were perpetrated by “bad apples.”  Which, by definition, as we all know, do “bad apple” things.

But it turns out that, in California, at least, the bad apples were actually located Continue reading “The Pants on Fire Report: Covered California required insurers to cancel plans”

Government happens: Pimping health insurance in California

Government gonna happen.

How does a community group that’s been funded to help Californians sign up for the new health “insurance” exchange trace back to a state law sponsored in 1990 by a senator who later served time for felony convictions?

In today’s post, we find out.  This tale is a classic drama of governmentism and its inevitable consequences.  None of it can be attributed to a grand plan – or not, at least, to a plan that was executed with intent by actors conscious of all its details.  Rather, it illustrates the maxim (OK, it ought to be a maxim) that “Government happens.”  Start government in motion, and everything else follows as night follows day.

Government happening

The drama begins in the 1930s, when states across the nation were chartering Blue Cross/Blue Shield organizations Continue reading “Government happens: Pimping health insurance in California”