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Former Microsoft Exec To Lead HealthCare.gov 214

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Antipater writes "NBCNews reports that Kurt DelBene, former head of Microsoft's Office division, will take over operations of Healthcare.gov on Wednesday. DelBene will replace Jeffrey Zients, who stepped in to lead the team fixing the health insurance website when it crashed and burned on its Oct. 1 launch. Zients is set to take over next month as senior White House economic adviser from Gene Sperling.'"
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Former Microsoft Exec To Lead HealthCare.gov

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  • by Mashiki (184564) <mashiki@NOsPam.gmail.com> on Tuesday December 17, 2013 @05:13PM (#45718741) Homepage

    No. More then likely, lowered premiums for better coverage. Those who complained about their canceled plans actually got better plans - less cost and more coverage.

    Whatever guys, Troll dissolves Troll - like Chemistry, like dissolves like.

    Really now, I have to ask if you're being paid by OFA or Media Matters after two statements like that. Every single person that I know in the US who had healthcare plans they liked, got theirs cancelled, and are paying anywhere between 40% and 280% more now, and they're getting 60% less coverage, with a 2000% increase in their deductible.

    Maybe, maybe...you're just ignorant. Then again, back when you guy's were looking at implementing this, I repeatedly said it was doomed to failure and your healthcare insurance rates were going to head for "ass rape" territory. How did I know? Because I already live under a socialized medicine system in Canada.

  • by Archangel Michael (180766) on Tuesday December 17, 2013 @05:42PM (#45719087) Journal

    No, it is ELITIST bullshit that they are spewing. Making blanket judgements based on what someone like Ezekiel Emanuel told them to say. It doesn't matter if it is true or not, they believe it, because they were told by someone who knows better than anyone else. And it is "better" depending on who you ask, just don't ask the patient, doctor, health insurance company or anyone immediately involved in your health care (lack of) choices. It IS better for the DNC as it provides a nice new entitlement to ensnare unsuspecting weak individuals into a lifelong servitude of voting for the candidates the Party Dictates they vote for.

    Welcome to Soviet Amerika!

  • by mi (197448) on Tuesday December 17, 2013 @06:21PM (#45719507) Homepage

    [N/A] Keep your existing health plan?

    When Obama said: "If you like your plan you can keep it," — he meant to say: "If I like your plan, you can keep it." The millions, whose plans aren't, in Obama's omniscient and benevolent opinion, good enough — because they don't cover, say, obesity counseling, or contraception, or gender-changes — are out of luck...

    There is no corresponding correction to "death panels" because those are imaginary.

    No, they aren't. There always are patients, who could be kept alive at high costs but without much, if any, prospect of recovering. When and whether to "pull the plug" on them is currently up to the patients and/or their families. Once the government becomes the single payer — which is what Obama and you dream about — the decision will be the government's. It is unlikely, that it will be a single shirley sharrod deciding — more like a panel of them. "Death panel" is a perfectly apt term describing the outfit...

    If the IRS is already used today to suppress opposition [usnews.com], why wouldn't the next charismatic demagogue in the White House use these panels to an even graver effect? No, not even against the opposition figures themselves — too obvious...

    "Hey, if you'd like your mother to be approved for surgery, rather than referred to End of Life Counseling, do not talk about this and that in your next public appearance. Do we understand each other?"

  • by mspohr (589790) on Tuesday December 17, 2013 @10:45PM (#45722091)

    There are lots of anecdotal stories floating around and being touted as "evidence" for and against ACA.
    FWIT, my personal experience is that for my family, I can get better insurance (better list of doctors and hospitals, lower deductibles, lower cost) under ACA than I had before under my old policy which was cancelled because it was not ACA compliant. YMMV
    It will take at least a few months to get the actual results sorted out.
    A lot of the people who had very cheap insurance which was cancelled had "hospital gown" policies (which means that their ass wasn't covered). Others could prove that they were "healthy" and could show that they didn't need insurance.
    The big win is for people who couldn't get insurance or who had very expensive policies. They will be able to get affordable insurance under ACA since the scumbag insurance companies can't refuse to insure them. Also, a lot of people who have very low income and couldn't afford insurance can now get subsidies and can buy insurance... a big win for them.

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