HELPFUL CHART: Here’s How Much You’ll Be Paying For Health Care in the Obamacare State Exchanges

I can summarize this chart in a single sentence: Obamacare is working just as well its website.

…Individuals in most states will end up spending more on the exchanges. It is true that in some states, the experience could be the opposite. This is because those states had already over-regulated insurance markets that led to sharply higher premiums through adverse selection, as is the case of New York. Many states, however, double or nearly triple premiums for young adults. Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Kansas, and Vermont see some of the largest increases in premiums.

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…The Obama Administration is desperate for younger people to enroll to prevent an adverse selection death spiral.

…Our findings confirm that younger populations see larger percentage increases in premiums. A state that exhibits this clearly is Vermont, where the increase for 27-year-olds is 144 percent and the increase for 50-year-olds is still 60 percent, but far less. All states exhibit this relationship.

Charles C. W. Cooke helpfully summarized the litany of (quite obvious) lies the President and his sycophants told Americans in order to jam Obamacare through Congress.

• “If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period. If you like your health-care plan, you will be able to keep your health-care plan. Period. No one will take it away. No matter what.”

• “For people with insurance, the only impact of the health-care law is that their insurance is stronger, better, and more secure than it was before. Full stop. That’s it. They don’t have to worry about anything else.”

• “If you already have health insurance, the only thing that will change for you under this plan is the amount of money you will spend on premiums. That will be less.”

• “I want to be very clear: I will not sign on to any health plan that adds to our deficits over the next decade.”

• “Health care reform will cut the cost of a typical family’s premium by up to $ 2,500 a year.”

Every major promise regarding Obamacare was a lie.

As Scott Johnson astutely observes, “If only we had a free press, Obamacare would be a bloody, unrelenting scandal, like Abu Ghraib, or Watergate. As it is, it is only business as usual for liberals and liberalism..”

Hat tips: Maggie’s Notebook and BadBlue News.

Doug Ross @ Journal

Obama’s fundraising websites flawlessly processed millions in questionable donations; his Obamacare sites, not so much

Of President Obama’s many historic firsts, his 2008 and 2012 campaign fundraising websites achieved an unprecedented level of ignominy.

In the run-up to the elections, his websites are believed to have processed tens of millions in illegal campaign contributions, including:

• “Structured” contributions to evade donation limits

• Foreign contributions

• Stolen credit cards

• Untraceable prepaid cash cards

In addition, the 2008 Obama site explicitly supported the forgery of computer (IP) addresses for said donors.

But none of that was interesting to antique media.

A Tale of Two Websites

While Obama’s fundraising websites processed tens of millions of page-views a month and handled a monstrous number of electronic financial transfer (EFT) transactions, his Obamacare site didn’t fare nearly so well.

Obamacare’s well-publicized technical failures continue to this day, more than a week later, prompting regular Americans to ask the following questions:

1. Why was the Obamacare site outsourced to an overseas company? Why did Obama ship jobs overseas?

2. Why did it outsource the work to a company infamous for suffering major data breaches?

3. And why did it use a company that had virtually no experience in implementing exchanges?

Those answers are left as exercises for the (*cough* campaign contributions *cough*) reader.

The federal government’s red-faced CTO Todd Park says the exchange websites work fine as long as no one is using them. Yes, he really said that.

“These bugs were functions of volume,” Park said. “Take away the volume and it works.”

Over at Reddit, technologists ripped the site’s ridiculously poor design and architecture.

But don’t worry, folks: between these geniuses and the IRS, what do you have to worry about?

Hat tips: BadBlue News and Brad.

Doug Ross @ Journal