Left grossly misleads on Julie Boonstra Obamacare story

Lies, damn lies, and Pinocchios.

Julie Boonstra is the Michigan leukemia patient who recorded a commercial for Americans for Prosperity (AFP) earlier this year, describing the disruption to her treatment when she lost her health insurance because of Obamacare.  [Interesting update: as of this writing, at 2:30 PM PDT on 16 March, the AFP website is unavailable.  Here is the error page that comes up when you try to access it.]

If Boonstra made a mistake, it was thinking that she could assert this, without revealing every detail of her insurance problems, and not come under vicious attack from the media, Harry Reid, and even from a Michigan congressman, Democrat Gary Peters.  She wasn’t intensively detailed and explicit about the problems she has faced.  And the media, along with Democratic politicians, have taken that as an opportunity to call her a liar, Continue reading “Left grossly misleads on Julie Boonstra Obamacare story”

Cruel, dismissive Obamacare: People are just statistics

Designed to hurt, right from the start.

And even though people are just statistics, the Obamacare planners still didn’t get it right.

Here’s a fun quote from a health-care industry consultant in November 2013 (emphasis added):

Some advocates argue that these narrow networks [with fewer doctors and hospitals in them] are a fine way to cut costs. They note that the majority of people expected to buy coverage on the exchanges are uninsured, and that even a narrow network is better than nothing. Continue reading “Cruel, dismissive Obamacare: People are just statistics”

Shocker: Obamacare not selling because it doesn’t meet needs of middle class

On the QT…

One of the “joys” of the Obamacare roll-out has been the re-eruption of insights from three or four years ago.  It’s like nobody was listening, three or four years ago.  But suddenly, now that we’re under the gun and millions of people can’t keep their insurance policies (or their doctors, their hospitals, or their drugs), the light is coming on.

Scott Gottlieb has another such insight at Forbes today:  people aren’t buying insurance through the exchanges because the insurance sucks.  It doesn’t meet their needs. Continue reading “Shocker: Obamacare not selling because it doesn’t meet needs of middle class”

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”

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”