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So Far, Not So Good

I read that four million people have had their health insurance policies cancelled.  Compare that to the 106,000 people who have signed up for new policies through the Affordable Care Act exchanges and website.  I was not the star of the math team, but I remember from my arithmetic studies that 4,000,000 minus 106,000 equals 3,894,000, which means we have 3,894,000 fewer insured Americans.

The people who liked their health plans and wanted to keep them could not unless the plans complied with all requirements, such as maternity benefits.  There are people who are unlikely to need maternity benefits, including women who have had hysterectomies, women who have gone through “the change of life” (menopause), and men, who rarely give birth and are willing to take the chance of waiving such mandatory coverage.

What is wrong with choice?  What is wrong with personal risk assessment?  What is wrong with individual financial decisions?

I don’t rightly know.  You will have to ask President Obama.  He was probably on the math team.


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11 thoughts on “So Far, Not So Good

  1. yubahome on said:

    Reblogged this on Ancestral Yuba.

    • Thank you for re-blogging this post.

      • Amen brother! I’m no math major either but I think Obamanomics is an extention of that ‘new math’ we all heard about years ago. You’ll have to forgive my short reply here, I was heading to the store for a Coke when my wheel barrow of money got a flat tire and now I’m too exhausted to post any more than this.

  2. This is what happens when you are purely a scholar instead of a man of the world, a man of business with vast experience in the way things really work. I can not understand how you can mandate somebody to buy something they do not want. And don’t get me started on Affordable…..

  3. Reblogged this on stitchinggrandma and commented:
    These two posts seem like they need to be read together!

  4. Where did that stat come from? What does it mean? It does not say it ” means we have 3,894,000 fewer insured Americans”. Perhaps your math is correct, but your conclusion is likely to be faulty if it is based on the information provided in this essay.

    • The stats both came from current reports on the internet (and they can’t put anything on the internet that is not true):). If they are correct, they mean exactly what I wrote, which is that we have fewer, not more insured Americans. The stats that 4 million policies were cancelled and 106,000 people signed up on the government websites might not be correct, but my math is correct. It is also a problem if most of the folks signing up are people whose non-complying policies were cancelled because that would mean we are not getting previously uninsured people to buy in, just people changing policies from non-complying to complying with the Affordable Care Act. Until 4 million sign up for the new policies, we have a net loss of Americans with health insurance.

      • There were no time parameters to that 4,000,000 canceled enrollees. It could mean 4,000,000 customers dis-enrolled or canceled policies during the last 70 years. These same persons could also have died thereby canceling their policies. Or they could have upgraded or downgraded with the same or different carries thereby canceling their policies. Or. Or. etc. The number is too isolated. It is not referenced or described. It is an amusing opinionated essay, but the so-called statistic merely implies. You cleverly guided and used (some) readers assumptions 🙂

  5. The 4 million were cancelled because carriers notified those policyholders that their existing policies do not comply with the new Obamacare requirements. It is not over 70 years. It is now. Since October 1, 2013. I am not trying to be tricky. That was the report I read. I do not remember the source, but Fox News now says it is close to 5 million people. Here are links I found that refer to millions of cancellations:

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