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  • Wall Street Breakfast: Must-Know News  [View article]
    > Yep, I get it, not the fault of obamacare

    You must get it, because from your article:

    "a media spokesperson with Texas Health and Human Services Communication - who handle CHIP - said that the problem does not lie with Obamacare.

    However she did admit to administrative changes that could have led to mistakes moving Hunter from CHIP to an upgraded version of Medicaid.

    She repeated that the problem was not related to Obamacare, but there were some 'glitches' in coverage when the changeover happened."

    Speaking of denial, why are you suddenly so outraged about someone not having insurance? There were tens of millions who were effectively cast out of the insurance market altogether prior to the ACA -- you didn't seem to think that was a tragedy then.

    I wonder what has changed? What could it be?
    Nov 29, 2013. 02:14 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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    Why thank you! I just trimmed my beard, I'm really going for a cleaner look.

    (Al, when you start a new comment thread with your reply, no one has any idea what you're talking about...)
    Nov 29, 2013. 01:08 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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    > mostly civil and insightful

    You must not come here very often! ;-)
    Nov 29, 2013. 01:05 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
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    The Hunter Alford case does sound terrible, but as always with your right wing conspiracy theories, I suspect there is a lot more to the story. This reminds me of the guy in Arizona with cancer who was dropped from his plan, and made a bunch of noise until it turned out that he literally didn't bother to look for a new plan...someone found him a similar cheaper one.

    Regardless, it's good that the media is publicizing such things, as it will hopefully put some priority behind getting these types of situations straightened out. Obamacare or no, there are always victims of bureaucracy, and those cases should be highlighted and resolved as quickly as possible.

    My prediction: they will find coverage, whether through CHIP, the federal exchanges, or Medicaid. Regardless, this is a tragedy and our hearts should go out to that little boy.

    However, here are some fact-based observations on this situation:

    This sounds like a big problem with the state level insurance administration (the Texas HHSC) -- he's been on their rolls for 7 years and *they* lost his records.

    It sounds like he's been on medicaid/CHIP his whole life. He's clearly still eligible, so he can no doubt get (back) on a plan very quickly.

    Even your article indicates that the situation sound pretty unrelated to the ACA -- the only one pointing the finger at Obama is the mother, who is understandably panicked, and even worse for her, lives in Texas.

    Some opinion-based observations (just for fun):

    In places where people want the ACA to work, it's working, often very well. But in places where people want it to fail, it's failing, often very badly. Arguably this points to a poorly designed law, but either way, the partisan regionality of the different effects would seem to speak volumes.

    I suspect a lot of the root cause here is some Obama-hating Texans who screwed up their jobs and are blaming the ACA, and some Obama-hating parents who are buying their excuses hook, line, and sinker.

    "Sorry ma'am we can't find yer records, and ya know whose fault that is? That dern socialist muslim Obama feller who's tryin ta take all our guns! Now yall be sure not ta vote fer him when he runs fer president agin, ya hear?"

    Again, regardless, let's hope this situation gets resolved quickly.
    Nov 29, 2013. 01:03 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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    Well, more like he made a promise he'd have a hard time keeping.

    I'm sure someone who was supposed to be in-the-know *told* him that the end of November was realistic.

    But like most commenters here, he knows nothing about the difficulties of building a large IT system. He has "people" for that -- now, certainly one might fault him because by this point he should know he needs better people -- but it has been widely covered that many better people are being brought in.

    But as we say in the software industry, nine women can't necessarily have a baby in one month -- some things just take time, and throwing more manpower at the problem doesn't necessarily help, at least not proportionally.

    But just for you Wyo, yes, he lied again. ;-)
    Nov 29, 2013. 09:34 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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    Jimmy, you need to add a little smiley face when you're joking, so people don't accidentally think that you seriously think such an approach is actually viable.

    Like this. :-)
    Nov 29, 2013. 08:19 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
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    > deadline for the federal HealthCare.gov Web site to be working
    > properly for 80% of users.

    Not likely -- I'm standing by my prediction of late January for things to be truly functional on a broad scale. Maybe even later.
    Nov 29, 2013. 08:00 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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    More baseless claims, anecdotal cherry picking at best.

    Here's real data -- please do be careful, some people find themselves allergic to data, and others become deathly ill at the sight of actual facts.

    The percentage of Americans who work between 26 and 29 hours per week has barely budged this year, inching up from 0.61 percent of the workforce in 2012 to 0.64 percent in 2013.


    And another reason why you're even more hilariously wrong than usual: the number of employees who work exactly 30 hours, between 31 and 34 hours, and more than 35 hours have all *increased* over the past year.
    Nov 28, 2013. 09:10 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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    And you back that up by...what?

    That's right. Nothing.

    That's all you've ever got: nothing. No facts. No research. No credible argument. No logic. Nothing. Nothing. Nothing.

    Just like a typical Republican. No plan. No alternative. No science. No research. Just a hateful quip and a big handful of nothing.

    Enjoy your nothing. Give thanks for your nothing today, since it's all you have.

    Fun fact: more than 75% of Politifact's coveted "Pants on Fire" ratings have been given to right wing sources and statements.

    But I know, I know, facts have a well known liberal bias...
    Nov 28, 2013. 09:07 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
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    Different effects on different risk groups. My overall costs went down this year -- a rare event even before the ACA!

    > Point being, I believe those three guys could have done better
    > "from scratch" in less time, and for a heck of a lot less money.

    Sure, and you're entitled to believe that, but you've also never run a large IT project, while I have.

    And especially in government/military environments, the stakes and the challenges are much higher than they are in startup land. Whether it's information assurance or section 508 compliance, building a government or military website is orders of magnitude harder and more expensive than just calling up GoDaddy.com (which is in fact who hosts HealthSherpa) and paying $10.

    We need to stay grounded in reality -- yes the Healthcare.gov website rollout was a fiasco, but it's still a big project and it couldn't be done by three college kids in a month.

    It's like saying 1000 air conditioners could be installed by 3 toddlers in an hour. Suddenly it doesn't sound so rational, does it?
    Nov 28, 2013. 08:38 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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    More information about HealthSherpa: 1) it doesn't do much, and 2) it gets its data from the government.

    From the creator:
    "It isn't a fair apples-to-apples comparison. Unlike Healthcare.gov, our site doesn't connect to the IRS, DHS, and various state exchanges and authorities. Furthermore, we're using the government's data, so our site is only possible because of the hard work that the Healthcare.gov team has done."

    Sorry kids, "they didn't build that."

    But they did make it look nicer, and easier to access, and the site hasn't crashed yet, so they certainly deserve credit for that much.

    Also about the creator:
    Kalogeropoulos and his colleagues eventually found health insurance plans *on the HealthCare.gov site* which were " better options than what our insurance companies were forcibly converting us to."
    Nov 27, 2013. 02:26 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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    Voting! Now that, I can support...as long as it's based on facts. The hilariously misinformed really should stay home.

    Elections aren't far off, better get reading....
    Nov 27, 2013. 01:30 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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    Wyo? Yes, I bet he does sneer a lot. It seems like it's the only argument that he has most days.
    Nov 27, 2013. 01:11 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
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    You're the big drinker. Tell me again about how Obama wants the military to shoot me if I don't give up my guns? Come on old buddy, it's really just sad at this point how misguided you are. You're better than this.
    Nov 27, 2013. 01:09 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
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    Because he doesn't say it with a malicious and childish sneer on his face like the teabaggers do. :-)
    Nov 27, 2013. 12:59 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment