Ebola is still a problem in Africa and could flare up here.
ISIS is doing terrible things in the Middle East.
Central bankers are keeping the economy stumbling forward by depressing interest rates to a level that suffocates life insurers.
Meanwhile, the House has been holding many hearings on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) public exchange system enrollment systems and enrollment activity. Now that Republicans control the Senate, maybe they’ll now hold some really entertaining hearings on … how any dork working for a HealthCare.gov subcontractor could see very clearly, in January 2013, that HealthCare.gov was going to be a mess.
Soon, we’ll also have hearings on how the Internal Revenue Services (IRS) sometimes has problems with administering the PPACA premium tax credit, and how the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has problems with the PPACA health insurer risk-management programs.
On the one hand, maybe, even if private-sector organizations were going to create some private equivalent of the PPACA public exchange system, they would have needed the antitrust-law-defying and state-red-tape-slashing powers of Congress to get a “Travelocity for health insurance” up and running. It seems as if many of the rules that have made the public exchange system possible are also good for managers of private exchanges.