ObamaCare — What’s Already Gone Wrong

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Since: Jun 13

Hilliard, OH

#1 Sep 30, 2013
Like the Yankees sputtering through the last few games of a season filled with injuries and frustration, ObamaCare is limping its way toward its official launch next Tuesday, dragging with it an ever larger trail of disappointments.

Supporters of the health-care overhaul can still celebrate the opening of 50 state exchanges next week, where individuals unable to otherwise find “affordable” insurance can shop for federally subsidized plans.

Oops, not 50 exchanges: Vermonters will be able to look at plans on their exchange in October, but they won’t actually be able to buy them until November. Exchanges in Minnesota, Oregon and Utah also won’t be fully functional either, and several other states are rushing to fix last-minute “glitches.”

So let’s just say that next Tuesday, lots of states (including Connecticut, New York and New Jersey) will open their exchanges for business. But those exchanges may have some problems, too.

For example, the software that determines how much people actually have to pay for insurance can’t actually calculate the price. Nor can the system verify your income or whether your employer offered you “affordable” coverage, so they’ll have to just take your word about whether you’re eligible for subsidies.

Plus, the security systems for the program’s new data hub haven’t actually been tested, so your personal data could be at risk. Hey, nothing’s perfect.

Still, part of the law will almost start on time. Then again, a lot of its other provisions have had to be dropped or postponed.

Like the CLASS Act. This was the long-term-care insurance program included in ObamaCare as a special tribute to the late Sen. Edward Kennedy. Alas, as far back as 2011, the administration indefinitely delayed its implementation, and Congress repealed it in a bipartisan vote last year.

The Obama team itself postponed the Small Business Health Option Program until at least 2015. That program was designed to help small employers provide their workers with a choice of health plans. But in April the administration had to admit it couldn’t provide those options.

Most significantly, of course, the administration has postponed until 2015 the law’s employer mandate, the requirement that businesses with 50 or more employees provide their workers with health insurance or pay a fine.

But the law’s individual mandate remains in effect, meaning workers may now face a situation where they’ll be legally required to buy their own insurance or pay a penalty because their employers take advantage of the delay and don’t provide coverage.

Even before the employer-mandate delay, the Congressional Budget Office estimated that as many as 11 million workers could be dumped by employers who choose to pay the penalty rather than the cost of insurance. Other estimates suggested it could be as high as 35 million. And with no employer penalty at all, expect even more employers to decide it makes sense to drop coverage.

Well, that’s what those exchanges are there for, right?

Now, about the promise that if you like your current insurance plan, you can keep it: Sorry.
Enzyte Bob

Reynoldsburg, OH

#3 Sep 30, 2013
Extremely Extreme Extremists
By ROBERT STACY MCCAIN on 9.30.13 @ 6:11AM

Liberal “shutdown” rhetoric ignores the irresponsibility of Democrats.

http://spectator.org/archives/2013/09/30/extr...

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Here’s a simple question: Why are we currently funding the federal government through a series of short-term measures known as “continuing resolutions”?
The answer is that the budgeting process has completely broken down in recent years, and the two men most responsible for that breakdown are President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. For three consecutive years — 2010, 2011, and 2012 — the Democrat-controlled Senate did not pass a budget bill because Reid knew that it would be a political liability to do so. Passing a budget that detailed the Democrats’ plans for spending and revenue as official policy would have exposed the “something for nothing” swindle that Reid and his colleagues are perpetrating on the American people. Republican challengers campaigning against Democrat senators could have cited their votes for the budget bill, saying that the incumbent voted for this, that, or the other unpopular component of the measure.
Reid and the Democrats knew this. They knew very well that the federal deficit was spiraling out of control, that there was not enough tax revenue to pay the mushrooming cost of entitlement programs (Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, unemployment, et cetera), and certainly there wasn’t enough revenue to pay for all the boondoggles and giveaways the Democrats voted for in the name of “stimulus.” Adding to this, there was not enough revenue to pay the cost of Obamacare, which Democrats rammed through Congress in March 2010 on a party-line vote. Passing an actual budget would have made clear the unsustainable fiscal nightmare into which Democrat policies have plunged the nation during the Obama Age, and so Harry Reid simply didn’t pass a budget for three years.

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John Boehner and Mitch McConnell don’t have a secret nuclear weapons program, nor are conservatives “anarchists,” and this week’s elaborate government shutdown drama is an exercise in political kabuki theater, made possible only because Democrats know that the media won’t inform the electorate what this is really all about. Instead, the media echo and amplify Democrats who blame the crisis on “extremists” in the GOP, distracting from Democrat Party failures that are the actual cause of the crisis. The federal government is $17 trillion in debt, and every day must borrow nearly $2 billion more just to keep going. Barack Obama has offered no detailed plan to fix that problem, and neither have Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, or anyone else in the Democrat party. So in order to continue their fiscal irresponsibility, Democrats demand that Congress pass a short-term spending measure — without any GOP additions that would hinder implementation of Obamacare — and expect their allies in the press corps to assist them in misrepresenting this situation as entirely the fault of Republicans.
hey now

Columbus, OH

#4 Sep 30, 2013
This obama care fiasco is actually a 'teeech-a-bo' moment. Now all of America can experience what it is like when a diversity hire is brought on and everything turns to excrement.
Enzyte Bob

Reynoldsburg, OH

#5 Sep 30, 2013
hey now wrote:
This obama care fiasco is actually a 'teeech-a-bo' moment. Now all of America can experience what it is like when a diversity hire is brought on and everything turns to excrement.
That crack was good enough that I saved it in a file for future use!

Since: Dec 11

Middletown, OH

#6 Sep 30, 2013
I would have to agree Hey. I believe it's the one thing the media can not hide. It's effects are crystal clear to all americans.....and I like this part.....especially the dumbass young Obama voter. Who thought he/she be getting some mo free sheet. Can't afford that "free" insurance. Pay the fine biotch.
caveman

Columbus, OH

#7 Sep 30, 2013
Is he still president? I thought he had been impeached by now for all his corruption. Wake me up when this 8 yr nightmare is over.
hey now

Columbus, OH

#8 Oct 1, 2013
Enzyte Bob wrote:
<quoted text>
That crack was good enough that I saved it in a file for future use!
Thanks Bob. I'll keep slugging away. Though I was going to compare it not to a diversity hire but instead to blacks moving into the neighborhood.

“Ludibrium est onus genio”

Since: Dec 11

Planet Earth

#9 Oct 1, 2013
I hope Republicans drag this out not only for the budget talks, but for the debt ceiling talks too. I hope they have the balls to do it.
Enzyte Bob

Reynoldsburg, OH

#10 Oct 1, 2013
hey now wrote:
<quoted text>Thanks Bob. I'll keep slugging away. Though I was going to compare it not to a diversity hire but instead to blacks moving into the neighborhood.
Either way, now that the White House has become a slum project.
dunadd

Greensboro, NC

#11 Oct 2, 2013
If the Republicans stand up for budget talks they will have restored a little bit of faith of mine in them and if they go for the debt ceiling also it would restore some more belief in them.
Personally I don't think they'll do it but I hope I am proven wrong.
dunadd

Greensboro, NC

#12 Oct 2, 2013
Being the white house has become a slum project type of Grand Mufti of DC residence, do you think the capital of the US could be moved maybe to Chillicothe?
Whatcha think?

Since: Dec 11

Middletown, OH

#13 Oct 2, 2013
Anyone listen to NPR by mistake? It's very intertaining, hearing the gushin, glowing interviews with pepo trying to get coverage from the state exchanges State workers giddy with new found purpose ever sure and positive about the marxist mandate they now have. Liberals really do live in their own little worlds apart from actual real experience and effects. Soldiers marching on.
Funny thing is I'm just as ready for the implementation as they are. Teach a bo moment as Hey would say. We see juz how great this is damn soon. They have to own this one.

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