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AP Sobs: Nobody Joining High-Risk Pools

From an unfazed Associated Press:

Health overhaul centerpiece endures growing pains

October 3, 2010

WASHINGTON — It’s a centerpiece of President Barack Obama’s health care remake, a lifeline available right now to vulnerable people whose medical problems have made them uninsurable.

But the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan started this summer isn’t living up to expectations. Enrollment lags in many parts of the country. People who could benefit may not be able to afford the premiums. Some state officials who run their own "high-risk pools" have pointed out potential problems

California, which has money for about 20,000 people, has received fewer than 450 applications, according to a state official. The program in Texas had enrolled about 200 by early September, an official in that state said. In Wisconsin, Goldman said they’ve received fewer than 300 applications so far, with room for about 8,000 people in the program.

That’s not how it was supposed to work.

No, there was supposed to be a terrible crisis all across the nation that only a new government program could fix.

Government economists projected as recently as April that 375,000 people would gain coverage this year, and they questioned whether $5 billion allocated to the program would be enough.

Federal officials won’t provide enrollment figures, saying several large states have yet to get going…

What happens with the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan is important because it could foreshadow problems with major changes under the law that are still a few years away…

In interviews, state officials and independent experts raised several potential problems.

Premiums may be out of reach. In many states, people in their 40s and 50s face monthly premiums ranging from $400 to $600 and higher

Obviously, these premiums must be lowered.

A barrier may include requirements that people be uninsured for at least six months and that people provide documentation that they’ve been turned down by an insurer

Obviously, this requirement must be reduced to a couple of weeks or done away with entirely. And what’s all this nonsense about "documentation"?

In states where the federal government runs the program directly, the insurance plan doesn’t provide coverage for prescription drugs until people have met a $2,500 annual deductible

Obviously, this deductible must be lowered to about $250 — except for the poor, for whom it should be zero.

After all, the goal is to get as many people as possible into this government program. How can you keep a $5 billion a year program going if nobody signs up for it? How can you expand it?

Maybe Health and Human Services needs to advertise more, like they do for food stamps and other vital safety net programs.

Luckily, the AP is doing their part. But think of all of the people who are unaware of all of this wonderful government insurance?

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, October 4th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “AP Sobs: Nobody Joining High-Risk Pools”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    “After all, the goal is to get as many people as possible into this government program. How can you keep a $5 billion a year program going if nobody signs up for it? How can you expand it?”

    Don’t think for one moment that the gubbamint is going to give up a $5 Billion White Elephant just because people don’t clamor to it.
    Hell no……this cabal is from Chicago where dead people vote early and often.
    Essence on ‘Dead’ people.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Perhaps it would be best to insure the health of those dead people, then the money wouldn’t go to waste. That is, by using their line of thinking.

    • Petronius says:

      Careful boys. Some of my best friends are zombies.

      Besides, this is how Liberalism works. This is precisely how it is supposed to work.

      Liberals in the government are constantly creating new “problems.”

      Then the Liberals blame the problems they created on Bush. Or on a badly flawed capitalist economic system. Or on evil insurance companies. Etc.

      And every so-called “problem” then becomes a pretext to create a new government program that doesn’t work.

      Then, in order to make the new government program work, the government must take more of your money and freedom, and regulate more aspects of your life, and depress your standard of living.

      But it’s such a relief. We don’t have to think for ourselves anymore. Thank goodness we have the godlike Nerobama and his robber gangs to do our thinking for us.

      To ration our health care. To control our diet. To choose the right mortgage. To spend our money. To manage our bank accounts. And our credit cards. To decide how much property we can own. And what kind of property. And which car to drive. And what kind of petrol to put in it. To interpret our moral principles. To determine which school, if any, to go to. And whether we can get a student loan. Which job, if any, we are allowed to work at. And how much of our paycheck we are allowed to keep. Paychecks paid in Obamadollars that are constantly depreciating.

      Tote dat barge. Lift dat bale. Get a little drunk, and you land in jail.

      Who said plantation days were over?

      And then you die. And the regime takes 55 percent of all the assets that you managed to save for your widow and children. That’s 55 percent of the assets that were left over after the subprime meltdown wiped out half of your savings. And of course that 55 percent in Federal death taxes is 55 percent of what remains after Federal and State income taxes. And then the State government takes another 5 percent for its death taxes. Well, you get the idea. It’s a bottomless downward spiral.

      Why, it almost makes you happy to die, so that you can escape from this paradise of hope and change. So that you don’t have to be around to see your widow and children impoverished.

      That’s why America is becoming the walking-dead zombie country.

      November 2d can’t get here soon enough.

  2. proreason says:

    Another reason why health care has to be free. Like housing, transporstation, and food.

  3. Rusty Shackleford says:

    I’m waiting to see the penalties levied on those who “can afford to get insurance who don’t enroll” or even better, those off the record who have no insurance and have not “registered” to the state or federal board of health so they can track them. What then? Jailtime? When MILLIONS do not enroll and I suspect the vast majority of them will be people in their 20’s and 30s’ who simply (and rightfully) refuse to get health coverage, the fines and or/jailtime put upon them will be sublime.

    Hopefully, a conservative congress can undo all this horses&%$t and make it stop.

    • JohnMG says:

      “We had to destroy the United States in order to save it.
      (Barack Obama)

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      “We have to pass the bill in order to find out what’s in it”

      Nancy (the witch) Pelosi, ~Jan/Feb, 2010

      “Unemployment will not pass 8% once we past this stimulus pacakge”

      Barry Olbermama.

      It’s truly beyond the beyonds, isn’t it? I mean, take twin children, separate them at birth and give one an education in morals, self-reliance, reliability and accountability and the other, raise him up like “The One” and see what happens.

      It truly is a stark reality we live in. However, I cannot for the life of me stop my head from hurting when I occasionally, and against my better judgment, read some socialists post in the comments section of a news article. I know there is no help for them for they were lost long ago. “Obama is really trying, why do you have to cut him down all the time?”. That’s the one that probably riles me more than any other and last week, when Rush was dealing with the drunk American Indian on the phone who was saying this very thing, I realized that there are a lot of people like that but that they ARE in the minority. Sadly, they have a very loud voice which gives the illusion of having great numbers. But, as was often proven the case in history, facts bear out truths and truths find the right people. The wrong people do not recognize the truth or consider that term relative.

      Therefore, given that the majority in the nation seem to bend to conservatism to varying degrees, it may be very likely we can right this raft, set it on a better course towards land instead further out to sea and eventually be the source of our own rescue.

      There are givens.

      1)The left will still hate the US
      2)Other nations will continue to hate the US as well, perhaps even more when we start to recover and become prosperous again while they muck about waist deep in their own socialism
      3)The enemies of the US will have tantrums and attack…and this time it will be schools, daycare centers, etc. The left will then blame the right for causing it.

      But through all this, I have to insist, no DEMAND that the conservatives turn a deaf ear and blind eye to all the whining and bitching by the socialists. They are found out. They are exposed and there are volumes of examples of failed policies where government sponsored ANYTHING is happening. “The Great Society” for starters and even before that, “The New Deal” which really turned out to be the “Raw Deal”. As the population increased in this nation, one would naturally expect that the numbers of poor, criminal, unwed mothers, drug use would also increase, of course…but as a ratio of total people, it should have remained constant.

      However all those things have tripled and quadrupled as a percentage of total population.

      One can lay the blame for it on a lot of things, all of them socialist programs. Then there’s the “Bored of Education” (intentional misspelling), the EPA, (Thanks Tricky Dick) and so on. And, all the government-run boards and agencies are hemorrhaging money. Why is that? And why is the “fix” for that always new and more taxes? When I have a car that no longer runs well, and is old and not worth anything and is very unreliable to begin with, I junk it and cut my losses. No more money spent on it.

      If I have cable TV and I decide that, for whatever reason, it’s too expensive and it’s not necessary for me to have it, I call the cable company and have service terminated. Money saved. Or, more accurately, money not spent or money no-longer spent.

      Why doesn’t the same logic apply in the macro? Why is it that some idjit who cannot manage their own home finances (The Obamas) are telling me to sacrifice and that I must economize? Up yours! I do economize. I make a modest sum and I live within its limits. YOU DO THE SAME.

      Well, I won’t go on any more. Everyone here is now pretty familiar with my anxieties. But if the government can’t reason that it’s not taxes or the lack thereof that’s the problem…it’s SPENDING and not only that but SPENDING WISELY…then there lies the problem. Voting themselves pay raises, traveling on the public dime, etc etc etc. Opulence, mixed with petulance. Bad broth indeed.

  4. U NO HOO says:

    Spend more money on the unused program, the only solution.

  5. Mae says:

    Ladies and gentlemen, the stress of waiting for November 2nd is nearly unbearable!

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