Friday, March 21, 2014

Stories Causing Atlas to Shrug, March 21, 2014 Edition | Insurance Ghettos, Botched Subsidies & Lesser Known Ultra-Confusing Subsidies

A Glitch In Obamacare Marketplace No One Noticed: Incorrect poverty-level guidelines are automatically telling what could be tens of thousands of eligible people they do not qualify for subsidized insurance raising the price of their insurance by thousands of dollars.

Half of callers to California's health insurance exchange in February and March couldn't get through and hung up without getting help, state figures show.

Republicans Considering Proposing High-Risk Pools––Health Insurance Ghettos.

Did you know that there are actually two different taxpayer subsidies for individuals in Obamacare?  In addition to the premium tax credit subsidies, cost-sharing subsidies will be available to individuals and families with incomes up to 250% of the federal poverty level. The cost-sharing subsidies reduce deductibles, coinsurance, and copayments for covered services such that those with the lowest incomes would pay only 6% of covered health care costs, scaling up to 27% for those at 250% of FPL.

  And nobody has any real clue as to how this is going to work: