Another Prediction Realized
It was a cold Winter day in 2010 when I walked the icy streets of Washington D.C. from my hotel to our Nation’s Capitol. I was there to learn about and discuss the ‘Affordable Care Act’ legislation with our Congressmen and Senators. My most prominent memory was a session wherein 100 of our Nation’s top health insurance brokers were asking questions regarding the procedures and operations of the Federally subsidized exchanges that were about to be implemented. The answer that we heard to 99% of our questions was “That’s a really good question, I don’t know.” It was then that I predicted that this new legislation would do so much damage to our health system that it would force the Private sector out. As a result, we would be left with single payer [government run] health care. Now, if you’re of the mindset that the Government should provide free healthcare to everyone, simply ‘Show Me the Money’ ie: how the government will pay for it. Maybe another reason our taxes will be going up in the future. The following is another action leading to the realization of my prediction. Keep in mind that the PPO market is predominant across our Nation as opposed to a high HMO enrollment in California.
Blue Cross / Blue Shield To No Longer Sell PPO Plans On Iowa Marketplace.
The Des Moines (IA) Register (9/27) reports Wellmark Blue Cross & Blue Shield leaders “said Tuesday that they no longer will sell standard, broad-network health policies, known as PPO plans, on the individual market in Iowa.” Wellmark has “said it lost $99 million in Iowa’s individual health-insurance market in the past two years,” because “newly eligible consumers under the Affordable Care Act have used even more health care than expected.”
Government is Considering Telemarketing, Really?
Feds Ponder Using IRS Files To Identify Those Who Have Not Signed Up For ACA.
The Washington Times (9/28, Howell) reports under the headline “Obama Administration Wants To Use IRS To Hawk Obamacare” that “Administration officials want to use IRS files to identify and contact the millions of Americans who have refused to sign up” for insurance under the Affordable Care Act “and are instead paying the ‘individual mandate’ tax for going without coverage.” While Republicans say this would be a misuse of the IRA, Administration officials “say it makes sense to harness the IRS because the tax agency knows who hasn’t signed up and would be good candidates for outreach.”