Health Care Sign Up Numbers

Would that I could be this succinct…..here is a column that took less than a minute to read, has numbers, facts, position.

The column is in regards to the BIG headline in the Denver Post: ‘Uninsured Rate Drops’

Here’s a teaser, but go read the thing our of Peak Politics.

What’s the huge news? The uninsured rate dropped to 15.9%, the lowest it has been under this President. Too bad the AP didn’t look back to, say, 2008 when the rate was a significantly lower 13.9%. As we can see from U.S. Census Bureau, the uninsured rate under W never got higher than 15.8%, and, for the most, part hung around 14%, going as low as 13.7% in 2000.

Might we suggest a new headline: PRESIDENT OBAMA’S BEST DAY STILL WORSE THAN W’S WORST DAY.

The Individual Mandate Still Required, I mean, not yet Required

March 4,

The White House said Tuesday that President Obama would veto a House GOP bill to delay a contentious part of Obamacare for one year.

The House is set to vote this week on the Simple Fairness Act, which let Americans go without health insurance in 2014 without facing the tax penalty prescribed by the Affordable Care Act.

March 5,

ObamaCare’s implementers continue to roam the battlefield and shoot their own wounded, and the latest casualty is the core of the Affordable Care Act—the individual mandate. To wit, last week the Administration quietly excused millions of people from the requirement to purchase health insurance or else pay a tax penalty.

Low information voters are where it’s at people. He has 0 respect for you, for the office, for the rule of law, for the constitution, for your ability to figure anything out.

Resolution Stumble

So last night, I’m out with friends who we’ll describe as left, but very smart. People who “care” and so are left. We don’t talk politics.

Hence I was caught off guard when the conversation moved from
a) one person’s father who is incredibly obese and does nothing to protect his health and how could she talk to him about it again during an upcoming visit when none of her other talks over the years have done any good
b) another person’s baby niece who’s had 3 heart surgeries since birth, spent 6 months in the hospital and who’s total bill at this point due to PA covering big ticket items like this is around $15,000
c) Universal health care

These are personal loving stories. Is this where I jump in with my own thoughts on coverage? (government catastrophic care for all-maybe incentivize the buying of coverage yourself and staying healthy=avg price of a house, open borders in insurance sales, medical lawsuit reform, continued tax incentives for charities willing to help out.

Nah, I didn’t. So a bit guilty at this point for not standing up…..but in the meantime I thought of a good argument that could get under a lefties’ skin. One person had mentioned universal health care because the government being so big could negotiate prices. Yet, one reason Walmart is despised due to these exact practices. They order stuff from manufacturers, get them to build up their infrastructure to keep up, then demand X price. Their cheap prices run other stores out of business and they then have the monopoly. Is that what good people want to see of the government?

The thing about resolutions, is you can resolve to start again. Right now. Perhaps I’d have been tougher without the margarita on board.

UPDATE: Fyi, the technology fumble of Obamacare is recognized by these folks, but they figure it will straighten itself out in time. AND that universal coverage would have been the better route to take.

New Obamacare thought

Ah screw it….do what you want. Just be sure to fill out all the paperwork in triplicate on our “secure” website. And buy one of these items that we say you can.

Yes, last week you couldn’t buy that item for $200/month and you were stuck with an increase of 400%. Too bad, so sad. If you had waited, you could have bought that insurance we’re always badmouthing that actually acts like insurance. Just says that “it’s a hardship” and we’ll cover you. Just like if you want subsidies, just say you only make x amount of money. Oh and if you’re an insurance company, you can basically do what you want to do too. Keep policies, cancel policies, offer cheap policies….don’t worry, you won’t get in trouble. Trust us. Oh – and ps – if someone doesn’t pay you by your due date, go ahead and cover them anyway. If it costs you a million or so, don’t worry – we’ll cover it because well, with all these healthy people signing up there will be lots of money. Trust me.

Take it away Ace of Spades:

Does Obama really think that insurance companies can write these policies, advertise them, get sign-ups and get a first payment in 11 days?

I believe he doesn’t believe that.
None of these fixes are designed to be fixes. They’re designed to appear to be fixes, so when people are uninsured, Obama can say, “I tried. I gave them options.”

Just never the option of what he promised: Of keeping health insurance they liked.

And Neoneocon:

Basically, this means they’ve expanded the definition of “hardship” to include “screwed by the Obamacare regulations.” Come to think of it, that makes sense.

Or rather, “we’re screwed because you people keep complaining, so because of that you can claim hardship”. Squeaky wheel and all.

Suggestion for the GOP.
Start a bill. This one says “the insurance market is open and they can provide whatever type of insurance they want. And you are free to buy or not buy whatever type of insurance you want and your state can require or not require what they want and we, the Federal Government are stepping aside”

High Deductibles

I got this wrong too Mr. Coyote Blog. If the insurance is going to be “better”, then wouldn’t that mean more coverage and lower deductibles?

And wouldn’t you rather pay for your own birth control, as needed, than need to pay the first $4000 for cancer?
But then again – Obama said that preventative birth control would be “free of charge” without copay.

Period. ?

We don’t know what’s going to happen until it’s in force.

By the way, there is a certain schizophrenia here that is entirely political: These new policies have a $10,000 deductible, but they pay 100% for condoms? They may well be creating a combination of catastrophic insurance and pre-paid medical care that has the worst of both approaches.

Politicians lie. But what is it about this administration that lies in ways that are inevitably going to be discovered, in just a few months? Can they really be so focused on getting through each individual news cycle that this kind of behavior makes sense?

All those lines of code and an executive who likes to govern from the Oval Office

500 million lines of code and a president who’s favorite thing to do is “decree” a change.

Good luck with that. This is a big clip, but read the whole thing because he also shares some stories that show he understands how Obama could have “not known” about the whole fiasco October 1.

Going back to the development of IBM’s System/360 operation system, as described in Fred Brooks’ classic book, The Mythical Man-Month, the average programmer on the project wrote six lines of code per day. Of course, every programmer writes a lot more than that on SOME days, but on other days he writes zero lines of code, since he’s doing testing or debugging or rewriting or documenting. So for System/360, it all averaged out to six lines per day per programmer.

So let’s say that the Obamacare programmers were much better than that, and wrote 100 lines of code per day average. Let’s say that there were 1000 programmers. And let’s say that, over the three year period, there were about 660 business days. Then, with those generous assumptions, you get 100*1000*660 = 66,000,000 lines of code. It’s simply impossible to reach 500,000,000.

And yet, the 500 million figure is apparently true. I’ve heard it dozens of times in the last month, and no one is denying it. Healthcare.gov apparently really does have 500 million lines of code. How is that possible?
I get a picture in my mind of 1,000 people sitting a computers typing code, without worrying about whether or not it works. Given the size of the catastrophe, some variation of that must have happened.
More important than that, a code base that size is unsupportable. Health services is a rapidly changing field, and every time there’s some kind of process or rule change, it will take an army of programmers to make all the necessary changes in the code base. And that assumes that all the bugs have been fixed, which is far from true. Healthcare.gov will not be fully functional at any time in the foreseeable future, if ever.

Add to that today’s sympathetic NYTimes story on the debacle where no one in the White House noticed there was a “real” problem until mid October. Apparently they were far too busy not talking with Republicans about postponing the law a year which, in the end, wcould have saved Obama’s keister. [I'm not saying it would have, as I suspect, they would not have used that extra year wisely lest any word leak out that the website was not ready for public consumption earlier.]

I LOVE it when Hearings Accidently get to the Truth

My very own Congressman questioning a Mr. Chao, a CMS Tech officer.

The scuttlebutt and the reason Hot Air has this link is to note that 60-70% of the backend of Obamacare has yet to be built.

My personal favorite part however is at about 4:15 when Congressman Gardner asks Mr. Chao how the systems will be tested, once that backend IS completed.

Answer: “In the same exact manner we tested everything else”

Oh my word!!! ROFL
“In the same exact manner we tested everything else”
Next question – “Do you really think that’s the best idea?”