Here’s the next busted algorithms that will appear and make everyone even more miserable than we are now.  Again this goes back to having the likes of total data mechanic novices like Nancy Deparle, Kathleen Sebelius and Zeke Emanuel at the helm of writing the ACA to name a few.  On the other side perhaps protecting her old stomping ground, we had and still have Lois Quam hanging around DC.  She was the one that Hillary bought in and since her time more have followed.  A former CMS employee told me who worked on a part of the ACA told me any time they got stuck on things, just call United Healthcare to help with their math and models.  Again not being there myself I can only comment on what was relayed to me and it’s credible as there’s a lot more where that came from.  Just on my own with data mechanics knowledge, I said back in 2009 that insurers would just railroad all over Sebelius and they did and it’s still happening now with Burwell except she hired yet another United Healthcare executive, Andy Slavitt who was CEO of Ingenix, the subsidiary of United that the AMA sued so great guy to have as the #2 position at CMS?  I might feel a bit better if I knew Andy Slavitt was doing “community time” for all the havoc Ingenix caused and is still causing under his direction. 

How Hard Did United Have to Lobby To Get Someone In The Deputy Administrator Job at CMS? Sebelius Syndrome Lives On With Burwell, In Good Company With Mary Jo White and Richard Cordray To Name A Couple Others…

Fact of the matter is we are stuck with these people now I guess and again you can see how complex the ACA became and that follows right along with health insurer business models as myself and many others on the web have said it’s the way they do things as complexities mean profit.  Over the years United has loved the PR about being able to tell the government what to do and if not in a press release, we had those Lewin reports on a regular basis that pretty much just turned out to be a load of fiction. 

United HealthCare Issues Another Study, This One Telling Government To Aggressively Manage Medical Care For Seniors-An Area Where A Large Chunk of Their Revenue Comes From Today, Managing Care

We understand data problems as consumers and we try to work with it but darn the government is so “algo whipped” at this point they don’t know what they are doing from one day to the next.  Now we don’t even have folks at HHS that can write policy anymore either and it comes from the lobbying group, the CAP, Center for American Progression where old Zeke Emanuel hangs out.  He’s the guy that thinks at 75 we don’t have any value anymore that was in the news of late and he too is just a walking talking United Healthcare commercial, look it up on the web. 

The $95 charge is not the bad thing, but if one goes into the 1% category, money can add up as it is whatever is greater, $95 or 1% of household income.   About 20 million are estimated to quality for an exemption and just like the insurance you won’t be able bank on that being one way or the other too until you spend time once again hassling this one.  IRS has 16 exemptions but there are more that were or are allowed. 

The democrats need to wake up here as they are like Linus and his blanket for security except their blankets are covered with stats and numbers they cling on to for dear life as they are living real virtual today and don’t understand the balance that is needed and all the broken analytics and software models that exist out there either.  Obama and Biden are also in this virtual world and I felt the day they did their selfie as there they go, real world lost them that day and they haven’t been back since.  At the correspondents dinner, wow what a thrill for the middle class to see Joe Biden driving a big expensive sports car that we can’t afford to even look at hardly and the humor, normally it’s good humor, came in the form of a kind mockery of the middle class this year.  I turned it off.

“People Don’t Work That Way” A World of Broken Software Models That Don’t Align To the Human Side,Too Much Push At Times With Only A Proof of Concept That Fails in the Real World..

So we can be prepared for the next mess of algorithmic formulas that will again be a hassle for a lot of us and watch the “virtual government” golf, drive expensive cars, etc. and whatever else they do.  They just don’t get it.  BD 

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Millions of Americans may qualify for waivers from the most unpopular part of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. But getting that exemption could be an ordeal.

Community groups are concerned about a convoluted process for waivers from the law's tax penalty on people who remain uninsured. Not everyone is complaining, however: Tax preparation companies are flagging it as a business opportunity.

The law's requirement that Americans carry health insurance remains contentious. Waivers were designed to ease the impact.

The penalty is sometimes dismissed as puny, just $95. But that's an over-simplification. The penalty is actually the greater of two numbers, $95 per person in 2014, or 1 percent of household income above the threshold for filing taxes.

Take a hypothetical single woman who makes $25,000 a year as a call-center operator and was uninsured all of 2014. She would owe a penalty of $148.50. (1 percent of $14,850 - her income above the 2014 tax filing threshold, which is $10,150.)


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