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OVERNIGHT HEALTH: Cost of exchanges doubles (HHS begging congress for more money)
the hill ^ | 4/10/2013 | By Sam Baker and Elise Viebeck

Posted on 04/11/2013 1:56:06 PM PDT by tobyhill

Setting up insurance exchanges — the centerpiece of President Obama's healthcare reform law — is costing the Health and Human Services Department a whole lot more than it originally expected. According to budget documents released Wednesday, the department expects to spend $4.4 billion on exchange grants to the states by the end of this year — double its estimates a year ago.

The HHS is also asking Congress for another $1.5 billion to set up a federal exchange in 26 states. The department has cobbled together money from other programs to get started, but officials said they need another $800 million for operational costs and $550 million for outreach and education.

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TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 0carenightmare; boondoggle; broke; debt; exchange; hhs; obamacare; obamacarecosts; spending; stateexchanges; states; unexpected
The states that refused to set up the exchanges were smart because here shortly the gray hair Communist Old Bag is going to ask states that are participating for more money.
1 posted on 04/11/2013 1:56:06 PM PDT by tobyhill
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To: tobyhill
(HHS begging congress for more money)

STARVE THE BEAST !!

2 posted on 04/11/2013 1:58:11 PM PDT by llevrok (2013: The USA is in a Cold Civil War.)
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To: tobyhill

Some cynic might think that they deliberately gave a low estimate knowing that the public has its head up its a$$ and doesn’t care.


3 posted on 04/11/2013 1:58:23 PM PDT by I want the USA back (Pi$$ed off yet?)
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To: tobyhill

They’ll probably cost $1.5 Billion PER state.


4 posted on 04/11/2013 1:59:04 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: I want the USA back

It’s going to come back and bite them.


5 posted on 04/11/2013 1:59:08 PM PDT by tobyhill
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To: tobyhill

In other words, they need more bribe money....


6 posted on 04/11/2013 1:59:54 PM PDT by illiac (If we don't change directions soon, we'll get where we're going)
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To: tobyhill

They will probably need quadruple that..........


7 posted on 04/11/2013 2:03:35 PM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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To: tobyhill
It’s going to come back and bite them....Big time!...This is a f'ing disaster!
8 posted on 04/11/2013 2:03:38 PM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: llevrok

STARVE THE BEAST !!
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Indeed—don’t give them a penny more. And take away from them whatever they’ve already been allocated from whatever quarter becomes a realistic target. Consider even the smallest budget item supporting anything they do a target of opportunity.


9 posted on 04/11/2013 2:04:21 PM PDT by House Atreides
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To: tobyhill
According to budget documents released Wednesday, the department expects to spend $4.4 billion on exchange grants to the states by the end of this year — double its estimates a year ago.

Tough. Get a job, kid.

10 posted on 04/11/2013 2:05:59 PM PDT by Standing Wolf
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To: tobyhill

And all of this is before they change the rules and increase eligibility tenfold .... then the states are really going to learn a lesson in being the object of bureaucratic sex.


11 posted on 04/11/2013 2:08:46 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (Who you gonna believe .... your lying eyes or the Bureau of Lies & Statistics?)
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To: tobyhill

In the 1960’s when it started Medicare was only going to cost something under a billion dollars I believe.

Regardless by 1970 I read stories in the newspaper time and time again about hospital room costs skyrocking.

The cause of goverment involvement in healthcare leads to an effect of exploding costs.


12 posted on 04/11/2013 2:09:08 PM PDT by Nextrush (A BALANCED BUDGET NOW AND PRESIDENT SARAH PALIN ARE MY DREAMS)
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To: tobyhill

Translated: We need more money for the Unions setting up the exchanges.


13 posted on 04/11/2013 2:14:42 PM PDT by lurk
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To: tobyhill
Now here would be an opportunity for that tower of power Boehner to stand in the breach and not allow any more funding ... just kidding. sarc/
14 posted on 04/11/2013 2:14:47 PM PDT by Truth29
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To: tobyhill

Those States were smart because they were looking long term, giving up a short term infusion of money because after a few years the States have to cover.


15 posted on 04/11/2013 2:14:52 PM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: tobyhill

The program to cut medical costs is running twice the estimated cost? That’s unexpected.


16 posted on 04/11/2013 2:21:17 PM PDT by Pollster1 (A war can only be just if it is fought with a reasonable chance of success.)
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To: tobyhill

I’m sure obama will have no trouble stealing more from Medicare and SSI funds.


17 posted on 04/11/2013 3:14:14 PM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: Standing Wolf

I’ve seen the RFPs for these projects and talked with numerous teams. Nobody has any idea exactly how to build one of these.


18 posted on 04/11/2013 3:19:50 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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19 posted on 04/11/2013 4:10:32 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (My faith and politics cannot be separated)
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To: tobyhill

I’ve had it. I’m very close to leaving medicine. I will miss the patients, and all that being a physician means to me, but I need stability and don’t want to spend the rest of my life justifying to bean counters every test I order and every decision I make on behalf of my patients. Ironically, for all the crap I hear about physician salaries, my total compensation in the opportunities I am looking at will double, while my hours will get better.

Am I happy. No. It was never about the money, and I’ve been more than willing to sleep less and work more for the reward of doing something positive with my life as a doc. Frankly, I’m very sad. I’ve never been a pragmatist, but I’ve come to the point at which this is becoming a necessity.


20 posted on 04/11/2013 4:15:54 PM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: tobyhill

Don’t worry, Boehner will be there with the check book asking how much HHS needs, after all, ObamaCare is now the “Law of the Land”.


21 posted on 04/11/2013 5:04:02 PM PDT by broken_arrow1 (I regret that I have but one life to give for my country - Nathan Hale "Patriot")
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