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UK’s NHS in Shambles

Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) is best described in one word by the UK’s Daily Mail: “SHAMBLES.” According to the release, “Three damning reports … laid bare the crisis in NHS hospitals, maternity units and GP surgeries. One investigation revealed that a quarter of new mothers were abandoned by their midwives during labour, with some left to give birth on the floor or in corridors. The second found that mistakes deemed so serious they should never happen are being made in hospitals five times a week. And the third survey said thousands of patients have all but given up trying to secure appointments with their family doctor.” For those who believe ObamaCare will be “different,” don’t hold your breath.

You Can’t Have Your Plan

HHS quietly dropped another ObamaCare bomb Saturday morning, admitting that 15,000 signups on Healthcare.gov never got to insurers in the first few weeks of the rollout. That number doesn’t include those for whom incorrect information was sent to insurers — the Washington Post estimates that 10% of applications had errors. In fact, the problems are so bad that insurers estimate they may have a net loss of subscribers for the year 2013. There have to date been nearly 5 million insurance cancellation letters sent, and “enrollment” is at best a fraction of that.

O’Care Popularity on Life Support

Based on a new AP/GfK poll, 69% anticipate an increase in their monthly premiums, while 59% see their deductibles proliferating. And Obama’s feeling the heat from Millennials as well. Fox News reports, “The latest from the USAToday/Pew poll shows Millennials still souring on President Obama and his signature law. Fifty-four percent of young people disapproved of his signature entitlement program. Obama’s job approval with adults under 30 clocked in at 46 percent, down from 67 percent a year ago.” Also from the AP, nearly half of all insurance policy holders say their policies will change in the next year, mostly for the worse, and 77% blame ObamaCare for the change. So there is hope…

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