Posts Tagged ‘Obamacare’
by Jason Jackson
Chief Justice John Roberts is taking a lot of heat from conservatives over his rulings on Obamacare, but amidst these lost legal battles the Chief may actually be laying the ground work for winning a broader war. Consider first the decision issued Thursday in King v. Burwell. Roberts, writing for the Court, concluded that federal subsidies were available to all eligible recipients, despite language within the Act itself that suggested eligibility only flowed to recipients on state exchanges.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2015
The old deadline of February 15, 2015 to enroll was too restrictive. So now, basically, if you pinky swear that you just didn’t know about the IRS penalties for not having a Qualified Health Plan you can sign up as late as April 30th and avoid the penalties. Gosh. What a sincerely caring, generous and forgiving government program we have here. My heart swells with pride…
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Covered California is offering a special enrollment opportunity for consumers who did not know or understand there was a tax penalty for being uninsured in 2014 or who learned they may face a penalty for 2015.
SeeChange Health Insurance Withdraws from Market effective January 1, 2015
SeeChange Health will be withdrawing from the California and Colorado group health insurance markets effective January 1, 2015.We are working to transfer our policyholders to another, established carrier and will announce details of this arrangement as soon as possible.
We are committed to making this transition as seamless as possible for you, your clients and their employees. SeeChange Health is working with the Departments of Insurance to protect your clients. We are confident SeeChange Health has the capital and reserves necessary to pay all eligible claims for which we are responsible. By September 15th, SeeChange Health Insurance will provide you specific information concerning your client’s options and help facilitate their transition to new coverage. Your clients will receive customized information packages and forms by the end of September. (We’re expediting this communication for groups renewing on October 1st).
This just in from my inbox: The closed “open enrollment” period is cracked open for some:
Covered California Enrollment Opportunity for COBRA & Cal-COBRA Participants
Covered California, the California state health insurance exchange marketplace established as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), has launched a limited, special enrollment period for people who have COBRA or Cal-COBRA health insurance and who would like to switch to an exchange health insurance plan.
This email came to me, as I am a Covered California Certified Insurance Agent, from Covered California re the end (sort of) of Open enrollment which is (sort of) today, April 01 @12:01AM aka April Fools Day:
Bottom line is that if you missed the open enrollment to apply for your potentially subsidized Health Insurance through Covered CA, you can get a mulligan by contacting a Certified Insurance Agent and simply asserting that you were “unable to create an online account or start your online application because of technical difficulties prior to March 31, 2014” or because you “experienced difficulties”. . . unspecified… We’ll take your word for it… Because we like you…
Never in the history of people talking about Things They Know Nothing About have we had so many people saying so much about something of which they know so little.
Of course we are talking Obama Care.
The most astonishing thing to me and others in the Health Insurance business is that the people behind this plan clearly know little about insurance, and even less about selling it. If they did, the first thing they would do is stop saying Obama Care is about insurance, because it isn’t.
To see the impact of the health care law’s implosion on political campaigns, look no further than my own 52nd Congressional district here in San Diego. Scott Peters, the incumbent,is expected to face a tough re-election campaign against the well-known Carl DeMaio. (I supported DeMaio for Mayor last year.) While DeMaio has a Republican primary to get past, his high name recognition and backing of the GOP central committee makes him the likely nominee. DeMaio has been hammering Peters on the health care issue, even though the election is a year away. Peters has said he would support a House Republican bill to allow individuals to keep their health care. That Peters would be support a GOP bill on this issue is evidence of how toxic the issue has become. Leading Democrats are attacking Fred Upton (R-MI) over his legislation, doubling down on the President’s argument that the public doesn’t understand how bad their policies really are and that this is just another GOP plot to undermine the law. Scott Peters has been supporting the law until recently.
Take the Encinitas Transit Survey!!!
No doubt some fool consultant, or some clever consultant is promoting this survey and charging the city $$. The problems are that:
A) It’s “Opt in” and therefore bereft of any semblance of scientific or statistical validity, and
B) It doesn’t prevent anyone from taking it multiple times from the same computer (So I’m told) 😉
Really, I encourage you to take it numerous times using fun facts!
This landed in my email inbox today:
Covered California to release list of health plans, rates
Sacramento Business Journal by Kathy Robertson –
Monday, May 20, 2013:
Covered California, the new state health benefit exchange, will release a tentative list of health plans and rates for the program at a board meeting in Sacramento Thursday.
The meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the auditorium at the Office of the Secretary of State, 1500 11th Street in Sacramento. The open session is expected to begin about 12:30.
This op-ed, co-authored with Senator Bob Dutton, originally appeared in the Flashreport
As of today, the Governor has yet to act on any of these bills. When he is done, we will grade Governor Brown on his performance. The Governor’s “letter grade” will be computed using the following scale… If he vetoes 90% or more, the Governor got an “A”, 80% – 89% a “B”, 70 – 79% a “A”, 60 – 69% a “D” and below that, an “F”…
For convenience, we have broken down the bad bills into seven different categories… Next to the bill number and author, in bright red, will appear the action taken by the Governor on each bill (none as of today).
I attended the Anti-Tax Rally today in downtown San Diego held in front of the County Administration Building. Brian Bilbray was clearly the most famous speaker invited. He is in a competitive district, as I have previously discussed. The rally started with doctors in white lab coats speaking about the harm done to health care under the law. Doctor Gary Gonsalves led off the doctors’ segment. (It seems that Obama’s stunt at the White House has made it de rigueur to put the docs in lab coats.)
I went to the Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally last Friday in downtown San Diego. I was struck by how impassioned both the speakers and participants were. The President’s policies are uniting people of faith against him. The speakers all spoke of the importance of freedom and conscience to the proper functioning of government. They spoke of the continued assault on religious liberty. They spoke of the laughable accounting shell game of the administration: “Religious associations don’t have to pay for birth control, only their insurers will be required to provide that.” My personal estimate was that about 700 people turned up. We got honks of support throughout the rally.
Thanks to Philip Rivers, his wife, Tiffany, and local attorney Charles LiMandri who spearheaded a $5.2 million capital campaign to purchase the radio station KCEO 1000 AM, San Diego now has a 24 hour Catholic talk radio station. In turn, thanks to KCEO, I learned last week about San Diego’s Rally for Religious Freedom, tomorrow, Friday, March 23, noon at the San Diego County Administration Building.
No this isn’t an article about whether Obamacare should cover medical pot. If you thought so, I recommend reading up on my blog’s agenda and purpose (links are not to sdrostra.com posts). Today’s U-T reports that a group known as Citizens for Patient Rights plans to introduce a ballot measure that would regulate medical marijuana in the city. The plan would include zoning, and a tax structure to pay for regulation. It all sounds very un-libertarian, so why shouldn’t the tea party movement be opposing this effort?
The GOP rebuke of Obamacare is titled ‘‘Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act’’ and it is exactly two-pages. The repeal legislation is the first order of business for the incoming 112th Congress.
Looking to make good on a campaign promise House GOP members will call a vote on Obamacare one week after they take office, January 12.
While the vote will be symbolic, Republicans want to let voters know things will be different. The two-page repeal bill was posted online late-last night and will get a vote exactly one week later keeping another campaign promise of posting legislation online first for taxpayers to read before their lawmakers mark their ballot.