The Right to Health Care-Funded Contraception

26SCOTUS-ss-slide-2SLI-largeHorizontal375A couple of articles in the NYT that cover all of the angles regarding the arguments the Supreme Court is hearing regarding the ACA’s requirement that employer-funded insurance programs cover contraception costs for their employees.

Read a general Q&A piece here.

Read the report on today’s arguments here.


Obama Fixed Almost Nothing

1a618297-b5cb-423b-9fd7-36270b6c0b44-460x276According to this article in The Guardian about Pres. Obama apologizing for the way the new ACA was badly launched, and how some people’s current insurance plans were cancelled on them after being told they would not in a national pledge, is being followed up by a quick fix which is going to try to stop those cancellations. But check out this paragraph in the report here:

It remains unclear whether insurers or state regulators – who will receive a letter informing them of the so-called “enforcement discretion” – will actually act in ways that stop the cancellations. Officials conceded they had received no such guarantees from either states or insurers, many of whom were hoping to use the new law as a way to move customers onto higher-cost policies.

We need real answers on the ACA implementation’s problems or Obama is in real trouble.



Obamacare In Kentucky

LOUISVILLE-popup-v2A must-read article in the NYT about how “Navigators” or “Assisters” in Kentucky (volunteers and insurance salesmen working to sign-up people for the Affordable Care Act)  operating with a State-ran ACA program (Kynect) with good success all told through their human stories.

Kentucky is explored in this article because of the relative success the State has had which should be a model for the federal program once all of the “obstacles” in signing up for benefits are cleared.

FULL DISCLOSURE: STL is based in Louisville, Ky.

Read Here.



ACA Debacle and Reaction Proves Washington Isn’t Working

Kathleen SebeliusAfter watching HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testify before congress today I realized that the whole Affordable Care Act is hurting both Republicans and Democrats, and this is why.

First and foremost, the GOP is so against an “Obamacare” success that they will do anything to attack and derail the plan even though it is already law. They grilled Sebelius today over and over again with mostly anecdotal evidence in an attempt to frighten American’s with myths of “Big Government.” And these scare tactics turn-off the political independents even though it appeals to the blood-thirsty GOP faithful.

Secondly, the Democrats and Obama need to admit what a “debacle” this whole enrollment process and plan cancellation has been. They need to tell what they knew, when they knew, and who knew it. And, especially, Obama, Carney, and Sebelius need to ask for political forgiveness for stating that anyone who wanted to keep their current insurance coverage plan could.

And lastly, watching this hearing today showed me how dysfunctional the Capitol is at the moment. The two sides are far to involved with sniping and playing a win/lose game. The hearing was inconsequential at times because the same issues were covered over and over again by congress members, from both sides of the aisle, in an effort to score points on the record. Hardly anything was accomplished. Also, after watching the news coverage afterwards, on CNN. the supposedly-great-and-impartial Wolf Blitzer was just replaying soundbite after soundbite of emotional exchanges instead of reporting the real meat of the subject.

Just make sure you watch the PBS News Hour tonight for some decent media coverage of the hearing