Monday, December 9, 2013

More about Affordable Care Act

The federal website created by the Affordable Care Act is working better, but it's not yet perfect. That's the gist of Monday's story in the Charlotte Observer. I wrote it after talking with six Charlotte-area experts -- three insurance agents and three "navigators" who have been trained to help enroll consumers into insurance plans in the online marketplace.

That assessment of the status of enrollment -- by the people who are using the website -- drew criticism from one reader who called it a "puff" piece and referred me to some other recent stories about the roll-out of the new health care law.

I'll pass them along for the benefit of others who may have missed them.

The New York Times' Robert Pear wrote a piece about how premiums may be low on the health exchange, but other insurance costs can be high.

On Sunday, Chris Wallace of Fox News interviewed Ezekiel Emanuel about President Barack Obama's promise that Americans could keep their doctors and their insurance plans.

I'll add a couple of my own suggestions:

A week ago, the Times also published an interesting piece about what went wrong with the website and how slowly administration officials responded to the catastrophe.

The Observer was among the first to report -- on Nov. 7 -- about the phenomenon of consumers receiving letters from insurance companies announcing cancellation of their current health plans and suggesting new plans that would cost much more. This was what started the outcry by those who claimed Obama had broken his promise that you could keep your current plan if you like it.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

You mean Unaffordable Care Act ?

Wiley Coyote said...

So we totally screwed up a system, such as it was, to insure 40 million uninsured, only to have 30 million still uninsured by the time it's finished? Plus higher premiums and deductibles?

As 12:26 said: Unaffordable Care Act.

This legislation is an Obamination.

Anonymous said...

My premiums went up 260%. Obamacare sucks!