Jon Stewart Grills Health Secretary On Obamacare: Who Won? (+video)

“A delay doesn’t change the market numbers. But Stewart kept at it: Isnt it a legitimate criticism that an individual cannot delay the mandate but a business can? Sebelius framed her answer in terms of what the law does for individuals, not what it requires: Nothing that helps an individual get health insurance has been delayed at all, such as the choice of plans and a possible subsidy, she said. And individuals who dont want to buy insurance can pay a fine, she pointed out. In the first year, its just $95 or 1 percent of income.
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ObamaCare to shift costs of some prisoner health coverage from states to feds

15 to have coverage starting Jan. 1. “We continue to make improvements and address issues as they arise,” said Covered California spokeswoman Anne Gonzales. “The pages were loading more easily and quickly as of late last week.” Other state exchanges and the federally run marketplace in place for 36 states have experienced similar computer problems.
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California health exchange looks to speed up enrollment in week 2

That means the cost is dispersed to all federal taxpayers — even those in states who opted out of the Medicaid program. “If you choose not to expand the Medicaid program, you’re saving your state taxpayers a fair amount of money,” Roy said, “but that means that the federal expenditures on Medicaid are going to other states.” So in essence, money from taxpayers in the states who opted out of Medicaid, like Texas, will see it go towards the care of inmates in the states that did opt in, like California. “That’s one of the moral dilemmas of the Medicaid expansion generally,” Avik said. “Should taxpayers be required to spend a fair amount of money — because this is a very expensive program — on the costs of health care for these inmates?” But prison advocates predict this could have long term cost savings for prison systems because treatment may reduce recidivism rates or even prevent incarceration in the first place. Brockmann cites a 2004 program in Texas that introduced community treatment and addiction programs. The state saw a 10 percent drop in crime and a savings of $2 billion over 5 years.
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