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September 12, 2010

Nobody Seems Interested in ObamaCare's High-Risk Insurance Pools

Remember how it was so damn important to do healthcare reform right freakin' now because thousands of hard-to-insure people couldn't get medical care? President Obama told dozens of stories about people who just couldn't get coverage from greedy insurance corporations. In fact, midnight votes and bought votes and non-stop demagoguery were all justified on the idea that ObamaCare would be necessary to save lives.

It seems that the Democrats had a solution in search of a problem:

States across the country are reporting lower than expected participation in the high-risk pools for people with pre-existing conditions, raising concerns that a lack of public engagement could affect the program's success and that of health reform more generally.


Iowa, for example, had received only 32 applications by the middle of this week, even though state officials told the Des Moines Register that they were expecting many more because the pool's premiums are "much cheaper" than those in the state's long-standing pool.


Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger, a Republican who chairs the Health Insurance and Managed Care Committee at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, offered a different take. She said the high cost of premiums and out-of-pocket costs was to blame for the slow movement in Kansas, where only 17 people had enrolled by Friday in a program that started taking applications in mid-August.

The Hill quotes a libtard professor who says that low participation is really because people are put off by the negative things the public are discovering about ObamaCare. No, really, she believes there are people out there who really want this type of coverage -- in fact, who may die without it -- but won't sign up because the press is mean to Obama.

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