'Obamacare' enrollment launch just 8 weeks away

This handout photo provided by the National Association of Broadcasters, shows Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius speaking during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 23, 2013. (AP)

This handout photo provided by the National Association of Broadcasters, shows Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius speaking during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 23, 2013. (AP)

Just eight weeks remain before uninsured Americans can start shopping online for subsidized health insurance under the president's overhaul.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Monday consumers can now go online to healthcare.gov and create personal accounts by establishing a username and password.

Serious shopping will have to wait until sometime in September, when details on insurance plans and premiums offered in local areas become available.

The new online insurance marketplaces will be geared to people who don't have coverage through their jobs.

Open enrollment starts Oct. 1, and insurance benefits take effect Jan. 1.

Sebelius also said she doesn't mind if people call it "Obamacare" — if that helps getting the uninsured signed up.

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Health insurance rates in Georgia are rising by up to 198 percent under Obamacare, the Georgia Insurance Commissioner said in a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Monday.

The union that represents IRS employees is urging its members to write to their congressmen to help get the union out of Obamacare.

Former Democrat Presidential Candidate and Governor of Vermont Howard Dean said:

“The Independent Payment Advisory Board is a “health-care rationing body,” which has the power to set rates for certain procedures for Medicare and determine which procedures and drugs will be covered.

The IPAB will be able to stop certain treatments its members do not favor by simply setting rates to levels where no doctor or hospital will perform them.”

While Dean agrees that costs need to be contained, he says the mechanism that will run the IPAB — known as rate-setting — has a 40-year track record of failure.

Former Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin had the same opinion that it is a rationing body and the IPAB will decide who will die and who will live, strictly by bureaucratic regulation, not in a doctor patient relationship. She therefore dubbed them the IPAB “Death Panel.”

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