Headlines I Wish I Hadn’t Seen

Feder477-money-down-the-toilet-omb-improper-paymentsal agencies spent more than half a trillion dollars over the last decade on improper payments.

The “back-end” of HealthCare.gov still isn’t finished.

California hospitals charged mothers $3,296 to $37,227 for a routine delivery; for a cesarean section, patients were billed $8,312 to nearly $71,000.

The small business exchange: In Kentucky, just 14 companies signed up as of Jan. 1, while Colorado enrolled 101, and Connecticut 106.

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  1. Lucas says:

    “they made a combined $101.3 billion in improper payments. To put that in perspective, that’s almost $16 billion more than the highly controversial budget sequester wound up cutting from government spending in 2013.”

    With information like this I’m surprised there isn’t more cursing done on the news.

    • Thomas says:

      Or on the streets. If this were any other country who citizens and nation were neglected, there would be riots.

  2. Tom G. says:

    “The “back-end” of HealthCare.gov still isn’t finished.”

    Are we truly surprised by this?

  3. Adam says:

    “The small business exchange: In Kentucky, just 14 companies signed up as of Jan. 1, while Colorado enrolled 101, and Connecticut 106.”

    America no longer has the type of economy that supports small-business or self-employment.

  4. Bob Hertz says:

    Headlines about the amounts which patients are billed are incomplete…..the real issue is what the hospitals actually collected.

    I have seen instances of a hospital collecting the same net amount on a $20,000 billing as on a $4,000 billing.

    Sort of like a hotel with a “eack rate” of $250 a night posted in the room, but an actual charge of $78.

  5. John R. Graham says:

    California hospitals:

    I think this demonstrates how ineffective legislation mandating price transparency is. California has had a law since 2006 that compels hospitals to report average charges to a state website.

    It does not appear to have done any good.

    The only way the get price transparency is to have patients pay more directly out of pocket.

    • Adam says:

      “The only way the get price transparency is to have patients pay more directly out of pocket.”

      Which the American public will never accept.

  6. James M. says:

    “An Obama administration official told Congress Thursday that the “back-end” of HealthCare.gov is still being built and he didn’t forecast a completion date.”

    Well I’m not sure that we should even expect a completion date at this point.

  7. Matthew says:

    “Enrollment in Obamacare health plans for small businesses is off to a slow start.”

    Well it is a matter of whether small businesses can afford it with higher premiums and worse coverage.

    • Jay says:

      “Part of the lag can also be blamed on SHOP plans that are too expensive, with premiums as much as 90 percent higher than what some firms paid last year.”

      And they wonder why enrollment is off to a slow start.