Washington Post: An early feature of the new health-care law that allows people who are already sick to get insurance to cover their medical costs isn’t attracting as many customers as expected.
In the meantime, in at least a few states, claims for medical care covered by the “high-risk pools” are proving very costly, and it is an open question whether the $5 billion allotted by Congress to start up the plans will be sufficient. …
In the spring, the Medicare program’s chief actuary predicted that 375,000 people would sign up for the pool plans by the end of the year. Early last month, the Health and Human Services Department reported that just 8,000 people had enrolled. HHS officials declined to provide an update, although they collect such figures monthly, because they have decided to report them on a quarterly basis.
“Like the rest of the country, we thought we’d have pretty much a stampede. That obviously hasn’t materialized,” said Michael Keough, executive director of North Carolina’s plan. With nearly 700 participants, it is among the nation’s largest so far, but it has one-third of the people expected by now.
Answer by Carpy at 7:35 AM on Dec. 29, 2010
Answer by Astraea_79 at 11:33 PM on Dec. 28, 2010
Answer by jewjewbee at 7:32 AM on Dec. 29, 2010
Answer by jewjewbee at 8:10 AM on Dec. 29, 2010
really? No way!!!!!
Answer by lovinangels at 11:59 PM on Dec. 28, 2010
Answer by agentwanda at 12:50 AM on Dec. 29, 2010
Answer by ruthie11617 at 3:30 AM on Dec. 29, 2010
...and not surprisingly, this thread remains liberal free!! LOL
Hate to say it libs....but we TOLD YOU SO!!!
Answer by LoriKeet at 8:04 AM on Dec. 29, 2010
Answer by tnmomofive at 8:19 AM on Dec. 29, 2010
I thought the bill was called the AFFORDABLE Health Care bill? I guess there is a new definition of affordable. Who knew?
It would be interesting to go back to some of the questions when the bill was just being formulated and the debates to see what the supporters thought would happen. Fortunately, my memory isn't that bad and I know most of them actually thought that these policies would be affordable. Sad.
Answer by QuinnMae at 10:02 AM on Dec. 29, 2010