Obamacare Comes to Nevada

     If you live in Nevada and consider enough contraceptives to sleep with the entire population of Liechtenstein (twice) the paragon of healthcare, then congratulations!

     However, if you are not happy at having to pay higher premiums for higher deductibles and even worse service, then on behalf of Nevada, your humble author would like to apologize for the re-election of Searchlight’s Dim Bulb, Harry Reid.

Death, Rx

     Nevadans, just like in other states, are suffering:

“For instance, a single, 25-year-old Nevadan would need to pay a monthly premium of at least $184 to be ACA-compliant.  In the pre-ACA world, a comparable plan would have been available for around $83.  A new analysis from the American Action Forum, led by former Congressional Budget Office director Douglas Holtz-Eakin, shows that all 50 states and the District of Columbia experienced rate increases due to the ACA, with 44 states seeing the lowest-priced coverage more than double in cost.  Nationwide, pre-ACA premiums averaged $62 per month, but post-ACA premiums average $187.08 per month.

“Up-front tax credits intended to subsidize the high costs of these premiums don’t offer the relief that many young people had been led to expect.  A single, 30-year-old male earning about $31,600 would still need to shell out $2,186 in annual premiums even after those subsidies.  If his income rises to just $37,350, his annual premium would also rise to $2,839.”

     Of course, that is the best case scenario!  The Nevada healthcare exchanges aren’t functioning properly, and most likely never will.  John Sexton, over at Breitbart, goes into great detail over how these exchanges are a total disaster, and how the people running the system knew it:

“Apparently, the exchange’s director had given up on having a functional electronic enrollment system at launch. Because of the unresolved EDI 834 problems the current enrollment process for Nevada’s exchange is to print out completed applications and physically deliver them to the insurance carriers. Walsh explained “While enrollment transmission functionalities are being finalized, a paper-based process is getting all enrollment materials to the carriers in a secure and timely manner. We expect to have these functionalities in place in the coming weeks and to test well in advance of 12/15 to meet the needs of Nevadans buying insurance through the exchange.” December 15th is the final date on which someone can enroll online and be covered for January 1, 2014. But again, at least for the moment, the Nevada exchange is unable to exchange any enrollment records with insurance carriers except by paper.”

     A report from the last month before the official launch can be seen below:


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