Moving beyond the debacle of October, we are going to begin focusing on solving the problem. Like I have said multiple times, E.D. Bellis is over the politics associated with healthcare because this should be an individual issue since we will all be affected differently. As a nation we need to focus on curbing healthcare costs.The biggest recap from October, the hard deadline of ObamaCare was the fact that the federal government should probably NOT be in the technology business.
Both sides are eager to jump on this issue, but what about the folks who are relying on these marketplaces. Remember they were told that this was supposed to operate like “travelocity” or “expedia.”
The exact opposite is true and the President remains an ardent defendant of the signature law that bears his name?
Is the White House in too deep to defend this approach?
Would this be the case and if one of those companies mentioned earlier had been given $600 million and three years, do you think they could have made it happen?
The two most senior individuals in charge of healthcare reform implementation were up on capitol hill to answer questions from the two committees with oversight of the Affordable Care Act in the House of Representatives. Their responses were similar and the Administration held firm to the response to harsh questioning.
Their common response was a hard November deadline where they will have concrete data about exchange enrollment.
Earlier this week, data surfaced about enrollment data for the first day of open enrollment.
The nationwide total for the federal exchange was six people in the first day. This is out of 270 million. My three questions are as follows:
First, which odds are better, winning the lottery or being able to sign up for a policy through a federal exchange?
Second, how does this play out with the fact that everybody either has to purchase a more expensive health insurance policy or pay a new tax?
Finally, is this the approach you want to take with your healthcare?
Just some food for thought because that is what we are here for. We are your educators and thought provocateurs. Share your thoughts and contact us anytime for how we can work together to understand and solve this problem over time.
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