Expensive Obamacare pilot project fails miserably: LSM covers for them

Oh what irony that another liberal feel good-do good program not grounded in reality, falls apart. In this case we are talking about the program to insure uninsurable people that was touted as one of the biggest successes of the ACA. From the WaPO article that does its best to pretend this is only a bad thing in so far that the program is no longer taking more people, instead of the fact that it is basically dying because, like everything else this ACA comprises, that was the intent from the start.

Tens of thousands of Americans who cannot get health insurance because of preexisting medical problems will be blocked from a program designed to help them because funding is running low. Obama administration officials said Friday that the state-based “high-risk pools” set up under the 2010 health-care law will be closed to new applicants as soon as Saturday and no later than March 2, depending on the state. But they stressed that coverage for about 100,000 people who are now enrolled in the high-risk pools will not be affected.

“We’re being very careful stewards of the money that has been appropriated to us and we wanted to balance our desire to maximize the number of people who can gain from this program while making sure people who are in the program have coverage,” said Gary Cohen, director of the Department of Health and Human Services’ Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight. “This was the most prudent step for us to take at this point in time.”

The program, which was launched in summer 2010, was always intended as a temporary bridge for the uninsured. But it was supposed to last until 2014. At that point, the health-care law will bar insurers from rejecting or otherwise discriminating against people who are already sick, enabling such people to buy plans through the private market.

Did you notice that even as the news they have to deliver is that the program is a total failure, that they have couched it in the most positive language possible? I had to laugh, and laugh hard, at that “We’re being very careful stewards of the money that has been appropriated to us and we wanted to balance our desire to maximize the number of people who can gain from this program while making sure people who are in the program have coverage,” quote. What a pile of bullshit! Government is never careful with anything other than covering its own ass and growing itself and its power. We don’t have trillions of new debt dollars added each year, by accident, under these collectivists. It’s the designed plan.

There are a couple of important pieces of information hidden in this fluff piece. The most important of all is that government, the very government that now plans to take health insurance over completely and then, with the power to decide who gets care and who doesn’t, yet again, failed at something. And they failed running something that was a fraction of what they ambitiously pretend they will be better at than the evil profit makers. Evil profit makers! Better eat shit and die than let make profits! Enough pointing out how progressivism is a mental disorder. Let’s deconstruct some more of the bullshit from the WaPo article, and see what important facts the leftard conveniently forgot to bring up and let the people be aware of.

From the start, analysts questioned whether the $5 billion that Congress appropriated for the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan — as the program is called — was sufficient.

Oh, NOZE! They gave the program too little money! That’s why it was so bad. I think the big and glaring obvious fact that everyone should immediately picked up from this lack of funding thing was that we have been sold a massive lie about the costs of the ACA behemoth, let alone the massive and glaring lie that it actually will save us money of any kind. In fact, as many of us pointed out repeatedly, the whole CBO cost projection that the leftards and their surrogates in the LSM pushed so hard on the premise that the ACA would lower costs and government spending, was nothing but a pile of massive bullshit. And saying it was massive bullshit is an understatement.

We already also have had numerous admissions, more often than not couched in language to pretend otherwise or soften the blow, that Obamacare will never save any money for the tax payer. In fact, every single revisited projection has been to drastically increase the cost estimates of whatever was being looked at without the political pressure to sell the ACA as a good deal. And I guarantee you that even those drastic increases do not mirror how bad the ACA program costs will be in reality. I can rehash all the stories about how the politicians excluded themselves, and so many donkey friends and special interests to boot, from this horrendous government power grab masquerading as health insurance reform. Or I could talk about how so much of this thing is anti-constitutional or will end up costing far, far more than projected, and in numbers that will cripple our economy. But since that has already been rehashed, repeatedly, with the same excuse makers pretending that those of us pointing out how we are being lied to and manipulated by the scumbags that want to sugar coat the ACA shit sandwich are the ones not being honest, for now let’s stick to this specific case and the failure of this single program.

Initial fears that as many as 375,000 sick people would swamp the pools and bankrupt them by 2012 did not pan out. This is largely because, even though the pools must charge premiums comparable to those for healthy people, the plans sold through them are often expensive.

So the WaPO tells us that the defenders of Obamacare felt the money allocated for this program was too little, and that a really large number of people would sign up for the it, but the facts bear out that they failed on both counts. I am not surprised. Its government work we are talking about here anyway. So what was the actual number of people that signed up?

But it was also because the pools are open only to people who have gone without insurance for at least six months. The result is that, while only about 135,000 people have gotten coverage at some point, they are proving far more costly to insure than predicted.

I call bullshit. The government’s own website, puts it at a number below 100K. But I am not surprised to find that a DNC propaganda organ lies in favor of the leftard establishment and agenda. That number their site shows didn’t even break 1/3 of the number they estimated would sign up. I would not be surprised to find out that the numbers reported on that site are actually exaggerated on the high side and not true, either. We are dealing with people that have no compunction about lying constantly to favor their collectivist agenda. And the lack of enthusiastic support for this program has been another in the long series of unreported real black eyes for the collectivists. I suspect that they spent most of this $5 billion trying to sign up more people so they wouldn’t look like the idiots they are, and as usual, failed miserably.

The point that the WaPo conveniently failed to grasp and elucidate on, is that with less than 1/3 of the numbers they projected signing up, the program ended up eating all the money that was allocated, and then 2 years ahead of schedule. This is a red flag for anyone looking at the effectiveness and cost of the ACA. Those of us that are not math and logic challenged can extrapolate form how things played out in the real world – and this extrapolation is not done in a vacuum, but based on many such other instances of reports they got the numbers too low – that the real cost numbers needed were upwards of 4 times the money allocated to cover the numbers they put up. They got a little lucky that the program bombed and so few signed up. They would have blows that $5 billion in the first year if they had gotten the real numbers they expected. Anyone can clearly see that the rest of Obamacare cost projections will very likely suffer the same economic scale problem because they are all underestimating costs. I have repeatedly said that I believe that when the unicorn worshippers get their way it is going to cost us at least 3 or more times what they pretended it would, and that then, unable to afford the cost, they would ration care and control access. But that’s all a built in feature of Obamacare. I will explain why after this.

About 129 millionpeople nationwide have a medical condition or prior illness that would make it hard for them to buy their own insurance plan. Large numbers of them can and still do obtain full coverage through employer-sponsored plans, which generally do not treat sick people differently.

An additional 215,000 people are insured through separate high-risk pools that 35 states fund through their own budgets — although the policies often do not pay for treatment of the person’s preexisting illness, only covering new illnesses the person may develop. Between 9 million and 25 million people with preexisting conditions are uninsured, depending on the estimate.

Let those numbers sink in, then extrapolate what the cost would really be for the rest of this monster. Anyone still buying the numbers that they bandied about to get enough people to go along with their “We have to vote for it for you to find out what will be in it” scheme deserves the shit sandwich they are about to be force fed. The cost of Obamacare will be crippling. Even with massive rationing in place. It’s why they did this so quietly. But as I already pointed out, Obamacare destroying the economy and crippling healthcare and access to healthcare is all part of the plan. I saw my health insurance costs go up this year even though I had changes that reduced the number of participants I pay for. Have you heard anything about how this is happening from the LSM? Not me.

Look, the end goal for the collectivists has always been for government to take complete and total control of healthcare. They want access to that massive amount of money, for one. They can then control people, and more importantly, control which people get care. Have no doubt that they will use access to healthcare as a hammer to keep people in line. They are collectivists after all, and the state knows what’s best. Stalin or Mao would be proud. This shit is Machiavellian in nature. Don’t for a second let them fool you into thinking otherwise.

The fact is that healthcare is not a right, and that with limited resources some will always suffer. And those that pretend otherwise are doing so, so they can profit from the gullible. This is another great example of how the road to hell was paved with good intentions, except in this case the truth it is closer to the analogy of the devil selling you the illusion of bliss for your soul. We have all been had. Even when worried democrats pretend the problem is in the implementation, remember that this thing is intended to destroy our healthcare system and working as intended. At least I take consolation that those that gave us 4 more years of this asshole will pay the most for their stupidity. There is justice in the universe.

  1. How is $5B supposed to pay for 100,000 people with pre-existing conditions? When the cost of that care can easily hit six figures from a single surgery or chemotherapy treatment, triple that amount of cash wouldn’t cover the cost of care.

    Well, if you used slave labor and forced companies to cough up supplies at a loss, you could do it, but somehow I doubt that there would be many nurses, surgeons, etc in a few years once they learned that they would be paid as well as retail store clerks. I really doubt that there would be many breakthrough treatments either – there wouldn’t be many people willing to live in poverty to develop something the government was just going to take from them.

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