Will the government be calling up small businesses and intimidating them over their insurance, Save Jerseyans?
If what I have been hearing is true, that very well could be the case.
You may not know this yet but, on October 1, all employers were required to send their employees a government provided letter outlining how that employee could go to healthcare.gov and get insurance and providing the necessary information about the employer (EIN, name, address) for an employee to sign up. As you may know, you have a better chance of winning the lottery than getting that site to work. So employees who received that letter have been redirected to a phone number to try to enroll.
And this phone number is where things get shady, folks, because since there is a live person at the other end, callers can ask questions.
Several small businesses in the area have told me shocking things about conversations their employees reported to have had on this phone line.
Francis is a good man with plenty to teach us. Economics isn’t one of those things. His latest literary offering wasn’t wrong: “the excluded are still waiting,” especially in his poverty-stricken native Argentina, but his home country is a model of socialism, not “trickle-down” capitalism. How can he not know that?
My humble suggestion: the His Holiness should seriously consider with whom he’s siding on the economic front. He can start by signing up for the email list of U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-Twitter).
“[...] the Supreme Court could decide that for-profit employers can limit access to birth control by constraining insurance options available to their employees,” Booker said in a Saturday morning email blast referring, of course, to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to consider an Obamacare contraception mandate challenge. “Allowing employers to inject themselves into these intensely personal decisions would be a huge step backward.”
HACKED OFF: Hackers or careless bureaucrats could cause private information to be spilled across the Internet. But the federal government, unlike most states, don’t have to tell users when they have been compromised.
Americans who buy health insurance through the federal Obamacare exchange website could have their personal information stolen by hackers and never even know it.
Most of the state-run health exchange websites will be covered by state laws that require notification when government databases are breached by hackers. But there is no law requiring notification when databases run by the federal government are breached, and even though the Department of Health and Human Services was asked to include a notification provision in the rules being drawn up for the new federal exchange, it declined to do so.
Other protections for individuals’ privacy, like the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA, do not apply to the government-run exchange, only to health providers and insurance companies operating within the exchange.
No, Save Jerseyans, you can’t put a price on life. Ignorance? It comes pretty cheap in America 2013.
The following video isn’t from Saturday Night Live, Comedy Central or The Onion. It’s for realsies. Specifically, the YouTube short emedded below was the winning entry in a HHS-sponsored contest designed to reinforce sagging public confidence in the (Un)affordable Care Act; the featured young lady offers her pro-Obamacare rendition of the popular song “Price Tag.”
Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services this week, Save Jerseyans, as part of a last-ditch effort to rescue the plans of roughly 90,000 New Jersey residents whose Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield B&E plans will be destroyed by ObamaCare come January 1st.
“Time is of the absolute essence. Thousands of New Jersey residents are scrambling this holiday season to ensure continued health coverage for families,” said Lance. “The federal government should ensure that these New Jersey residents who like their health care plans are able to keep them and meet the President’s promise.”
Governor Chris Christie, for his part, refused to require insurance company compliance with President Obama’s executive order permitting the extension of certain B&E plans for one year despite the fact that they no longer comply with Obamacare’s mandates. The President’s gesture was empty; it’s nearly impossible for most companies to reconfigure their insurance products now that rates have been calculated and set for 2014.
Text of Rep. Lance’s letter to Administrator Marilyn Tavenner is below the fold; click here for a pdf copy.
Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick (R-Union, Somerset and Morris) is demanding that the federal government move to protect the health insurance policies of 90,000 New Jersey Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield members.
On Monday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. at Borough Hall, Rep. Frank Pallone Jr.will speak about the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Pallone played a key role in writing the health reform bill and helped to guide it through the House and eventually into law. He will speak to us about the need for the ACA and the major benefits and cost savings available. Additional presenters include Enroll America and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.