ObamaCare's Missing 3.2 Million
...But according to Rand's estimate, only 3.9 million have insurance through the ObamaCare exchanges--3.2 million fewer than the 7.1 million "signups" President Obama last week claimed, drawing credulous cheers from the likes of Hiltzik. True, some of the gap is explained by the survey's timing: "Our data were collected through March 28," Rand explains, but most participants "responded earlier in the month, and some may have made new insurance choices since participating in our survey."
ObamaCare open enrollment ended March 31, so no doubt there is something to that. The Rand authors accept the administration's claims of a March "surge" in enrollment. But 3.2 million in a matter of a few weeks would be quite a surge. The disparity between Rand's figure and the administration's gives reason to suspect that the latter is inflated. And Rand estimates only 1.4 million of the previously uninsured got coverage through the marketplace....
Dozens of Widows Dropped from Health Care Due to Obamacare in Alabama
..."More than two dozen widows who were married to retired Madison county employees, lost their health insurance coverage earlier this year. And now one commissioner says it's time to give it back to them. The change was sparked by the new federal health care law, but whether or not coverage can actually be restored really isn't clear," said the anchor....
Healthcare cuts canceled after Dem complaints
The Obama administration announced Monday that planned cuts to Medicare Advantage would not go through as anticipated amid election-year opposition from congressional Democrats.
The cuts would have reduced benefits that seniors receive from health plans in the program, which is intended as an alternative to Medicare.
Under cuts planned by the administration, insurers offering the plans were to see their federal payments reduced by 1.9 percent, which likely would have necessitated cuts for customers.
Instead, the administration said the federal payments to insurers will increase next year by .40 percent.
The healthcare law included $200 billion in cuts to Medicare Advantage over 10 years, in part to pay for ObamaCare....