LAT on Covered CA: No mention of mass cancellations, sticker shock

LAT on Covered CA: No mention of mass cancellations, sticker shock

media blackout efxSo Chad Terhune of the L.A. Times does a story on Covered California that notes the state’s version of Obamacare:

1) Isn’t doing that well signing up young people, who are essential to the economics of the Affordable Care Act, despite a heavy marketing campaign aimed at them.

2) Is having trouble signing up Latinos, who are a primary target of the ACA.

The story mentions that Kaiser Permanente has signed up 8,250 state residents. It doesn’t mention that Kaiser has cancelled the policies of 160,000 such residents. Nor does it mention that while 80,000 people have signed up with Covered California, more than 1 million Californians have had their policies cancelled.

The story has one anecdote about premiums, and it is a positive one:

“San Jose couple Rosario and Justine Consiglio, both 57, say they were surprised at how much they saved when they enrolled in a Gold-level plan from Blue Shield of California last week. Their monthly premiums will drop from $1,100 now to $850 next year, helped by a premium subsidy. And they will pay far less out of pocket for prescription drugs and other medical expenses.

“This is a much better healthcare plan than we had previously, and we’re paying a lot less,” Rosario Consiglio said. “I wasn’t sure how all this would affect us.”

What about the evidence that Californians in general will pay far more under Obamacare? It’s never mentioned.

And how does Chad Terhune describe this overall picture in the lead? He depicts Covered California as being off to a great start, a “bright spot” for the Obama administration nationally.

Sigh. This isn’t journalism. This is ideological cheerleading.

 

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  1. LetitCollapse
    LetitCollapse 25 November, 2013, 11:45

    Don’t expect the truth from the US media on most any issue of public concern that impacts your life. You’ll just end up disappointed. It’s not just the LAT’s. It’s systemtic. Both sides. The guard dog that’s supposed to be watching the chicken coop is in cahoots with the fox.

    Of course, the critical number is how many healthy young (18-34) people who pay for their own health insurance with little or no subsidies are signing up to join the risk pool. Any insurance actuary worth his salt would tell you this number is critical for the financial solvency of ObamaCare – without huge government bail-outs.

    And it would be nice to know of those who have signed up what is the ratio between the enrolles who get free or heavily subsidized HI versus those who must pay full price or who get small subsidies?

    If you were getting a product or service for free or at little personal expense would you be one of the first in line?

    If you were being forced to pay full price for a product which you really didn’t need so that others could get it for free – would you be one of the first in line?

    This is mostly common sense stuff. But it would be nice for the media to provide us with the actual numbers and at least pretend once in a while that they’re in the transparency business.

    I think eventually to make this system work – the government will have to eventually charge those who refuse to sign up and buy a product that they don’t need with a misdemeanor. Unconstitutional. Oh, stop it. The Constitution is so passe’.

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  2. Queeg
    Queeg 25 November, 2013, 12:49

    It’s time for the Doomer Droners to take action and put their proclamations, epistles, show and tells, confessions, tomes and zzzzzzz’s in practice.

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  3. LetitCollapse
    LetitCollapse 25 November, 2013, 14:35

    I am always intrigued by how many self-described liberals protect the corrupted government programs and how many self-described conservatives protect the corrupted corporate system.

    I think this is really the root of our problems in America. Tribalism. Protecting the home team. Selective blindness.

    It’s certainly an ingenious way for the elite to keep their boots on the back of the necks of the working peasants and indentured servants.

    It’s an age-old game played by the elite that seems to succeed regardless of the times.

    Little people love to fight amongst themselves while the real enemy who tightens their shackles gets a good laugh.

    Uncanny.

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  4. Bobby Hill
    Bobby Hill 25 November, 2013, 19:58

    Well Kruggy sez Obammiecare is going just fine in Cawlifornia…

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/25/opinion/krugman-california-here-we-come.html?src=me&ref=general

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  5. Dyspeptic
    Dyspeptic 26 November, 2013, 00:07

    “This isn’t journalism. This is ideological cheerleading.”

    It’s standard operating procedure for the court stenographers at the L.A. Times. How could anyone with a functioning cerebral cortex take this rag seriously?

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  6. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 26 November, 2013, 08:35

    Collapse is there anyone you like?

    Being against everybody and everything is not healthy.

    Huh?

    Maybe a quick pleasurable move to Redneck Utopia could help!

    Just thinkin….a public service…..whatever soothes…

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  7. Queeg
    Queeg 26 November, 2013, 08:45

    Read Magoo. That’s all you need to know about California public administration!

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  8. LetitCollapse
    LetitCollapse 26 November, 2013, 10:35

    Like I said, the little people love to choose sides and fight amongst themselves. My side….right or wrong. The puppet masters just love them. Without them the puppet masters would perish. I think Lenin coined the term “useful idiots”.

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  9. LetitCollapse
    LetitCollapse 26 November, 2013, 10:53

    The funny part of ObamaCare that most people don’t even know about is that if the private insurance companies don’t earn a specified profit under the ObamaCare law – that the taxpayers bail them out to ensure that profit is realized. The ‘useful idiots’ get caught holding the bag once again to keep the corporations from going bankrupt. You see, it was the insurance companies and the medical industry who wrote the ‘Afforable Healthcare Law’. Heck, Pelosi (the speaker of the House) didn’t even know what was in ObamaCare before she voted to approve it! The rest of congress didn’t either. Only the corporate cronies who wrote the law and paid their congressional puppets to pass the law knew what was inside before it was approved! And they MADE SURE that you (the taxpayers) would be on the hook to guarantee their profit!!!

    Go look at the political contributions from the medical industry to Congress leading up to the approval of ObamaCare. Donations virtually quadrupled!!!
    That’s the reason Pelosi didn’t know what was in ObamaCare before she voted to approve it!!! Her loyalty to the corporations trumped her loyalty to you!

    But keep that infighting up – you liberal and conservative ideologues. The puppet masters love your support!

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  10. LetitCollapse
    LetitCollapse 26 November, 2013, 16:20

    I read that insurance advocacy groups (Wall Street and gov thugs) are asking moms to send e-cards to their young healthy sons and daughters reminding them to sign up for ObamaCare! lol. Yes, that’s how desperate they are!

    If I were young and healthy I’d raise my finger high in the air. I sure wouldn’t tolerate intergenerational theft on my dime.

    Oh, and did you know that there are estimates of 80M corporate employees who will get their insurance policies cancelled and be transferred into ObamaCare because their polices exclude prostate disease treatment coverage for women and pregnancy care for men??? lol. Obama knew about this over 3 years ago while he told you that “If you like your health care plan you can keep it – period – no matter what!” lol.

    Just like he told you that “All US forces will be withdrawn from Afghanistan under my watch – not another single drop of blood will be shed by our fighting men and women in Afghanistan by the time I leave the White House” – and today Obama is negotiating an agreement with Karzai to keep our US troops in Afghanistan to the year 2024 and beyond! lol.

    Now watch all the ObamaBots defend his perpetual lies. Countdown 3…2…1…

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  11. Ted Steele, CEO
    Ted Steele, CEO 29 November, 2013, 10:27

    The above post is yet another long waste of space I will never read. Learn to edit and be more brief Collapse. Remember Lincoln’s comment? “I would have written you a shorter letter, but I didn’t have the time.

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