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Cost of Obamacare Health Exchanges Doubles

Oops. From Bloomberg News:

Costs for a network of health-insurance exchanges, a core part of the Affordable Care Act, have swelled to $4.4 billion for fiscal 2012 and 2013 combined, and will reach $5.7 billion in 2014, according to the budget President Barack Obama yesterday sent to Congress. That spending would be more than double initial projections, even though less than half the 50 U.S. states are participating.

The unanticipated spending is a consequence of an ambitious timetable dictated by Congress and a complex new way of offering people medical coverage, say analysts, lobbyists and administration officials. Combine that with a majority of Republican governors declining to cooperate with a Democratic president and U.S. regulators are left grasping to get the 2010 health law up and running by a Jan. 1, 2014, deadline.

Looks like the Obama people misunderestimated!

But don’t worry, Obamacare is still going to reduce the cost of medicine by “bending the curve,” or something. And it will let you keep you doctor, and reduce insurance premiums.

AND IT WILL MAKE MONKEYS JUMP OUT OF MY NOSE . . . .

(Pause)

REAL MONKEYS!

See, this is what happens when you wait until after passage to read what’s in the bill. Congress trusted, but it didn’t verify . . .

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30 Responses to Cost of Obamacare Health Exchanges Doubles

  1. Does anyone really believe that this is an unintended consequence? This is clearly and obviously the whole point of Obamacare: make everything so horrible and expensive that the people will demand government-run medicine.

    • I’ll go further: it purposely weakens the people financially to destroy what remains of the middle class. If we are going to spend a bigger portion of our income on insurance, we have less money for the other areas: housing, transportation, clothing, education, food, relaxation and so on. We are headed toward one big underclass and one tiny governing elite at the top.

      • This is what it always leads to, Julie. Time and time again. It’s as if these folks never read a history book.

        Or, perhaps the only one they paid attention to was Howard Zinn’s POS.

        • The Supreme Court CAN make mistakes. They DID big time on health care. What the hell was John Roberts thinking? Our constitution (not that this bunch cares or understands it) cannot force anyone to buy anything across state lines. A first year law student would not have passed this. Good ol’ blue eye “smiley face” John Roberts. Liberal in sheep’s clothing.

          • Or he was under some kind of pressure. Seriously, I would be very happy if the next Republican President not only named Ted Cruz to the Supreme Court but also used him to replace John Roberts as Chief Justice. Cruz has a legal scholar background and knowledge of the Constitution better than the last four named judges.

  2. They aren’t called progressives for nothing.
    Small steps, incursions on the Constitution, slowly, behind closed doors, don’t read the bill just pass it.
    We are seeing the small steps morphing into great leaps.
    They know that their time is limited.
    People are beginning to realize what is happening.
    Their foot is planted on the gas pedal.
    It is now up to us to pull the plug and shut the machine down.

  3. Let’s just say $6billion to set up exchanges.

    What exactly is costing so much money? Are they erecting new buildings, passing out bribe money, hiring a million new workers or what?
    The insurance exchange shouldn’t be more than the paperwork needed to set up the provisions required by Obamacare. They line up certain insurance companies, develop plans to be purchased by consumers, all of which only involve personnel and office supplies.

    For instance, how much does it cost to set up an insurance exchange in Montana (pop. @1million souls) as opposed to California with @50million people? The process is the same and the only difference would be the number of insurance companies.

    There’s just no accounting or understanding where all the money goes and what good it does. For instance, the draconian closing of the WhiteHouse tours didn’t save a single job because no one was going to be furloughed anyway. The BlueAngels shows are scrapped, but the pilots are still on duty, the planes are in the hangars and it seems the only savings is in the fuel required to fly the jets.

  4. Well with Nancy’s big surprise (she couldn’t understand it either) and my
    former Gov. Sebelius running the 3 ring circus what could possibly go
    wrong? Everything considering it all started out with lies.

      • She doesn’t grasp reality of the American trying to survive. She and her husband are wealthy and she has people to pay bills etc.
        Must have hired someone to read the monstrosity to her I mean
        far to menial for her to waste time. Botox appointments come
        first.

  5. The incremental steps to transform the U.S. into a Socialist hellhole began long ago with the implementation of Social Security and then Medicare and the unconstitutional establishment of the Federal Reserve. That people don’t recognize this is a testament to how easy it has been for the government to brainwash and manipulate people into believing the government’s role is to ensure a future “without want”, “without fear” as FDR so brilliantly promised as he worked to begin the transformation that Obama is intent on completing.

    • Yes, and this is important – the republicans have done nothing but implement a “losing more slowly” approach. Raise taxes? Well, they fight to raise them not as much. Spend more? They fight to spend a little less, but more. On every issue, they give inches, and the slow march, since FDR, has continually been toward socialism.

      Just as the progressives have plotted.

  6. Stay with me on this.

    In 1991, Mike Oldfield, of Tubular Bells fame, was under contract to release his 13th and final album with Virgin Records. Oldfield and Virgin boss Richard Branson were, to put it mildly, not getting along: on Oldfield’s 1990 “Amarok,” he actually put an obscenity in the music directed at Mr. Branson, in Morse code. Oldfield had to make one last album, which turned out to be “Heaven’s Open.” The title track is an honest-to-goodness rock anthem that is criminally under-appreciated in the US. But the album opens with the song “Make Make,” where Oldfield vents his spleen at Virgin Records.

    Curiously, its lyrics seem to apply to the current American political class. Read them, and judge for yourself…

    ——-
    Oh, make make
    There’s no way out, no way in
    To the hallowed halls, the inner ring
    You’re just a face in the crowd
    You got no place when you’re down and out

    Mona Lisa, you can stop searching
    Don’t you know we’re not virgin

    We’re on the make make
    We only take take
    We’re on the make make
    We accumulate

    We’re on the make make
    Don’t mind, it’s fake fake
    We’re on the make make
    We’re making heartbreak

    We’re on the make

    We build our tower on shifting sand
    You got no idea what’s changing hands
    No chivalry, who cares what you feel?
    This is not the place for high ideals

    Mona Lisa, you can stop searching
    Don’t you know we’re not virgin?

    We’re on the make make
    We only take take
    We’re on the make make
    We accumulate

    We’re on the make make
    Don’t mind, it’s fake fake
    We’re on the make make
    We’re making heartbreak

    Mona Lisa, you can stop searching
    Don’t you know we’re not virgin?

    We’re on the make
    No sympathy, we’re sacrosanct
    We’re on the make
    No charity, no thanks

    We’re on the make
    We only take take
    We’re on the make make
    We accumulate

    We’re on the make make
    Don’t mind, it’s fake fake
    We’re on the make make
    We’re making heartbreak

    We’re on the make (Make make, take take)
    Oh, make make
    We’re on the make (Make make, fake fake)
    Oh, make make

    We’re on the make
    Oh, make make
    We’re on the make
    Oh, making heartbreak

    We’re on the make
    Oh, make make
    We’re on the make
    Oh, make make
    We’re on the make

    (Credit: Lyrics courtesy of metrolyrics.com)
    ———-

    If the phrase is new to you, “on the make” is defined as “seeking to improve one’s social or financial position, usually at the expense of others or of principle.” Sound like our politicians?

    • Ever child (and adult) needs to reading the founding documents and see the great disparity between our early leaders, and these shysters.

      They are all on the make.

    • Excellent find, Darkangel. Washington, D.C. is the Capitol of corruption, courtesy of crony capitalism and the permanent political class.

      • Not so much a “find” as it is an appropriate place to share it. I’m a huge fan of Oldfield’s music: the man has done a lot more than just the theme song to “The Exorcist,” not that most Americans seem to know. I’ve heard his music turn up as backing tracks for everything from beer commercials to NBC’s Olympic coverage. Speaking of which, he actually was part of the London 2012 Opening Ceremony, though I wish it hadn’t been in the segment extolling Britain’s NHS.

        He also did the original version of “Family Man,” which Hall and Oates took to the top ten a year after his version came out. If you’ve ever heard “Moonlight Shadow”–which has been covered to death, even showing up in Dance Dance Revolution–that’s him, too.

        He also scored “The Killing Fields”–a one-shot affair, sadly, even though his name was whispered early on in production of “The Lord Of The Rings.” If I recall correctly, he publicly came out and said he wanted no part of LOTR: not quite his best career move, but given who he is, understandable.

        As a musician, he’s under-appreciated on the Western side of the Atlantic, in my view. And this lyric just happened to be letter-perfect.

  7. I started to read a story on how the exchanges will work and (eye starting to blur), lower income people will get a tax credit, but not really one bec not dependent on taxes, that will go directly to the insurance company that person will somehow select (glazing), and the IRS will decide how rich or poor you are, somehow (they can go to your Facebook page now and if they see a Ferrari, oh baby, also reading your emails is OK) and (now crying) you may only be forced to pay $1500 a yr isntead of $12,000 if you are poor enough…this is the most enormous boondoggle!!!! No one will understand it. We will all be gibbering idiots.