SHOCKER: “CBS: Healthcare.gov Lies to Customers About Their Insurance Premiums”
This is the kind of thing one has come to expect out of Hobbits ruthlessly using their nefarious powers to hold the President and the American people hostage, threatening them with extremist defaults, anarchical government shutdowns (which were clearly a cause for major concern, and a pressing issue in the lives of nearly every citizen), and the suicide bomb vests of political jihadis willing to let the country burn just so that they could stick it to the more cautious, savvy, “smart” true Madisonians.
But from the most transparent administration ever? Posh, I say! Posh!
CBS News has uncovered a serious pricing problem with HealthCare.gov. It stems from the Obama administration’s efforts to improve its health care website. A new online feature can dramatically underestimate the cost of insurance.
The administration announced it would provide a new “shop and browse” feature Sunday, but it’s not giving consumers the real picture. In some cases, people could end up paying double of what they see on the website, CBS News’ Jan Crawford reported Wednesday on “CBS This Morning.”
As President Obama promises to fix HealthCare.gov, his administration is touting what it calls “improvements” in design, specifically a feature that allows you to “See Plans Now.” White House press secretary Jay Carney has said, “Americans across the country can type in their zip code and shop and browse.”
But CBS News has learned the new “shop and browse” feature often comes with the wrong price tags.
Industry analysts, such as Jonathan Wu, point to how the website lumps people only into two broad categories: “49 or under” and “50 or older.”
Wu said it’s “incredibly misleading for people that are trying to get a sense of what they’re paying.”
Prices for everyone in the 49-or-under group are based on what a 27-year-old would pay. In the 50-or-older group, prices are based on what a 50-year-old would pay.
CBS News ran the numbers for a 48-year-old in Charlotte, N.C., ineligible for subsidies. According to HealthCare.gov, she would pay $231 a month, but the actual plan on Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina’s website costs $360, more than 50 percent higher. The difference: Blue Cross and Blue Shield requests your birthday before providing more accurate estimates.
The numbers for older Americans are even more striking. A 62-year-old in Charlotte looking for the same basic plan would get a price estimate on the government website of $394. The actual price is $634.
Industry executives CBS News spoke with could not believe the government is providing these estimates, which they said were useless and could easily mislead consumers. They also said that the website repeatedly states the actual prices could be lower, but it makes no mention that they could be higher.
I can’t tell you much about this reporter, Jan Crawford. Only this. She’s a sick fucking racist who just wants to see the first ever historic Black President (or, you know, at least his Black half) fail.
Were I ABC’s Brian Ross, I’d be looking into her background as we speak to see if there are any teabaggers sharing her name. Either that, or just ask the IRS to share that info. You know, save him some time and get this vicious harridan’s political agenda out into the light as soon as possible so that people realize that it is she, not ObamaCare, that is a lying liar that lies.
(via PJ Tattler; h/t instapundit and JohnInFirestone)