Morning Action: Married People and Young Men Punished by Obamacare

MARRIAGE PENALTY. Obamacare penalizes people for being married, relative to those who live together unmarried:

In the latest Obamacare wrinkle, an unmarried couple living together stands a greater chance to qualify for subsidies than if that same couple was married.

Garance Franke-Ruta: “Any married couple that earns more than 400 percent of the federal poverty level of $62,040 for a family of two earns too much for subsidies under Obamacare. If you’re over 400 percent of poverty, you’re never eligible for premium.”

“But if that same couple lived together unmarried, they could earn up to $45,960 each—$91,920 total—and still be eligible for subsidies through the exchanges in New York state, where insurance is comparatively expensive and the state exchange was set up in such a way as to not provide lower rates for younger people.”

HARMING YOUNG MEN.  Young men in Ohio will be hit hard by increased premiums in Ohio:

Data released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) prove that health insurance premiums for young men in all 88 Ohio counties will skyrocket because of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare.

Young men face the steepest premium increases from the leap towards socialized medicine crafted by DC Democrats in 2010, because in the name of fairness Obamacare’s minimum coverage requirements include maternity and newborn care, pediatric care, and substance abuse services.

OBAMA.  President Obama’s approval ratings have hit a two-year low, according to a new poll:

President Obama’s approval rating has fallen below 40 percent for the first time in two years, according to Gallup.

In its daily poll documenting a three-day average, Obama’s job approval rating is now at 39 percent. Fifty-three percent disapprove of his job performance.

Obama’s latest numbers were reported after a tough few days for him and his administration.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner testified before Congress last week on the technical issues plaguing ObamaCare website,

It comes as no surprise that the Obamacare debacle is affecting his polling numbers negatively.  Heritage notes:

Each new day brings more disturbing news about the reckless rollout of Obamacare. Americans deserve better than this unworkable law. They also deserve the truth. And right now, they are getting neither from the Obama Administration.

SECURITY PROBLEMS.  It is becoming increasingly clear that the Obamacare website is even less secure than previously thought and that the Obama administration had not perform complete testing on the website before October 1:

 Documents show that the part of that consumers interact with directly received only a temporary six-month security certification because it had not been fully tested before Oct. 1, when the website went live. It’s also the part of the system that stores personal information.

The administration insists the trouble-prone website is secure, but technicians had to scramble to make a software fix earlier this week after learning that a North Carolina man tried to log on and got a South Carolina man’s personal information. A serious security breach would be an unwelcome game-changer for an administration striving to turn the corner on technical problems that have inconvenienced millions of consumers and embarrassed the White House.

Two computer security experts interviewed by The Associated Press said that clearly the better option would have been to complete testing.

ROLLOUT CONFUSION.  Internal Obama administration memos obtained by the House Oversight Committee reveal a great deal of behind the scenes chaos and confusion with the Obamacare rollout:

More than 175 pages of internal Obama administration memos, obtained by the House Oversight Committee, released Tuesday and reviewed by ABC News, present the most detailed account yet of the troubled rollout of the federal health insurance exchange,

While there are no bombshell revelations, the documents make clear that the administration grossly underestimated the scope of the website’s technical problems; struggled to contain widespread confusion among insurers and applicants; and now faces a barrage of new challenges triggered by its emphasis on paper applications.

The memos from Oct. 1 through Oct. 27 are “war room notes” from the government team charged with overseeing the health care law rollout. They don’t provide any hard enrollment figures, which officials have promised to release later this month. But they do suggest the administration likely fell well short of its 500,000 enrollment target in the first month, possibly reaching fewer than one tenth of that goal.

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