Obama administration not tracking the number of health care uninsured?

Mary Katherine Ham over at Hot Air notes the Obama administration’s health care team does not seem to be tracking the number of people without health insurance, or the number of previously uninsured who now have coverage. You would think the Department of Health and Human Services (HSS) would consider that to be an important benchmark, but they claim they have not been measuring it.

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More problems for Obamacare

Yet another snafu has cropped up in implementing Obamacare. It seems that the Secretary of Health and Human Services “unexpectedly” has run out of Obamacare money needed to implement the insurance exchanges. Read more

Federal health insurance exchanges … this will not go well

How can anyone feel good about this? We’ve got a bunch of states stating they will not create exchanges simply because it will cost way too much money, which leaves the responsibility to President Obama’s Department of Health & Human Services to create and manage this boondoggle.

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The administration’s solution to the contraception and abortion conundrum

Last week, the Obama administration offered solutions to two self-inflicted wounds. Read more

Obama religious exemption “compromise” not included in HHS finalized regulations

Yeah, you read that correctly. After President Obama announced his grand non-compromise on Friday, Feb. 10, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius published the finalized regulations not including the so-called Obama religious exemption compromise. Did you hear this in the main stream media?

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Rules for creating Obamacare rules

Thursday, the Institute of Medicine issued its report designed to assist the Department of Health and Human Services decide what must be included in Obamacare’s “essential health benefits package”, coming soon to an insurance exchange near you.  The Institute was not charged with creating a list of items that must be included in your insurance policy, like it or not, but rather with telling HHS how to go about deciding what must be included in your policy, like it or not. Read more

Did the government really say that?

We have been following the growing number of waivers granted by the Department of Health and Human Services to corporations, insurance companies and unions from the provisions of Obamacare.  In fact, we posted one article about that yesterday.  So periodically I visit the HHS web page devoted to that issue. On my most recent visit, I learned that we are now up to 733 entities that have been granted waivers, affecting some 2.1 million insureds.

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Update: Medicare/Medicaid report delivered after health care vote

Sorry, I did not catch the full update from Bret Baier just now, but Fox News did contact someone at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services who said the report was not released until April 21, after the health care legislation passed and was signed by the president.

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Ask Questions… well except one

So typical of a promotion designed by people who spend other people’s money. Kathleen Sabelius’ Health and Human Services Department has been spending your money running these promos on Monday Night Football and elsewhere. They encourage folks to ask their doctors questions. The PSA then directs you to the HHS web site to learn the 10 questions you should ask.

Here’s the PSA:


OK now, you be the consumer. Try and find the ask questions section of the web site. After a good bit of searching (absolutely horrible site), I finally found the 10 questions area. Can you guess which question is missing?

Do you know the right questions to ask?

  1. What is the test for?
  2. How many times have you done this?
  3. When will I get the results?
  4. Why do I need this surgery?
  5. Are there any alternatives to surgery?
  6. What are the possible complications?
  7. Which hospital is best for my needs?
  8. How do you spell the name of that drug?
  9. Are there any side effects?
  10. Will this medicine interact with medicines that I’m already taking?

I love the promo but, given the debate over health care and costs, wouldn’t you think one question would be … how much does this cost? Just asking, that’s all.

BTW, you would also think there would be a banner add on the home page directing you to the site, given the money you spent on the promotion.