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    Here's an example from Employee Benefit News. They were blindsided by the politics, but are rolling fine with the computer issues.

    The good news, if there is any, is that in this first week of action on the exchanges (and yes, as employers and decision-makers, we know they’re not your bread and butter), the system did not spontaneously implode. Sure, there were crashes, there were overloads and there were outright systemic failures, but the apparatus of the many state exchanges seemed to get off to a reasonably successful, if somewhat wobbly, start.

    The bigger issue – and the one at the heart of this ongoing and frankly embarrassing swordfight that keeps the federal shutdown limping along – is an ideological battle about the ACA itself. Though many of you who’ve spent the last three years meticulously and delicately preparing your businesses and employee groups for it may have gotten the impression that it was all a done deal. Funny, that.

    I won’t go too deeply into news I heard earlier in the week that the entire shutdown may have been a well-executed and completely manufactured partisan strategy to completely undermine Obamacare, at the 11th hour – but it pains me. As it pains the 800,000 or so federal employees who are directly impacted, and the millions of U.S. workers and contractors affected in spin-off fashion by their inability to get work done with the government.


    And the Wall Street Honey Badgers never take their eye off the ball. A bit of computer bugginess is no match for the anticipated financial windfalls from getting more Americans into the for-profit system, with the government footing some of the bills.

    A key provision of the Affordable Care Act is going into effect today as statewide insurance exchanges open up around the country.

    But that’s just the latest in a series of changes to the U.S. health care system that will open up new opportunities for entrepreneurs.

    With the passing of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act in 2009, doctors got new incentives to move from paper-based to digital systems. As a result, investors poured funding into new electronic medical record providers, like CareCloud and Practice Fusion. Since then, doctors’ use of electronic systems has shot up — in May, the department of Health and Human Services announced that doctors’ and hospitals’ use of health IT has nearly doubled since 2012.

    Smart entrepreneurs are paying equally close attention to the Affordable Care Act (ACA, also known as Obamacare). We’ve already seen new companies form to offer private health insurance exchanges so consumers can shop for affordable care. These exchanges are open for business today, Oct. 1, enabling individuals to sign up online, by phone, or in-person, with health insurance coverage starting next year.

    However, top health investors are thinking about the long-term impacts of the ACA, the biggest expansion in coverage in nearly 50 years. I caught up with investors from Emergence Capital, Venrock, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and Google Ventures at a health IT dinner earlier this week to discuss new opportunities for health-tech entrepreneurs.


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    by Pluto on Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 02:41:09 PM PDT

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      without feeling compelled to back it up with links.

      Thanks for that.

      Actual Democrats: the surest, quickest, route to More Democrats. And actually addressing our various emergencies.

      by Jim P on Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 05:26:54 PM PDT

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