Obamacare Is Falling Apart Before Our Eyes

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“Seven Days In May”

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Dec 22, 2013
 
The wrecking ball swung again toward the crumbling Obamacare edifice yesterday. Ironically, it continues to be the Obama administration that is operating the heavy machinery.
Barack Obama

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced, in the form of a letter to Democratic senators, that Obamacareís individual mandate tax will be waived in 2014 for persons who had their policies canceled in 2013 due to Obamacare.

At this point, after months of on-the-fly pronouncements, delays, and exemptions (often announced, not coincidentally, in the days just before a major national holiday), perhaps nothing should surprise us anymore about Obamacareís disastrous rollout. But yesterdayís announcement is still startling because of what it says about the state of the presidentís signature domestic legislation. The law is falling apart before our eyes.

No doubt the administrationís defenders will argue that this is simply a tactical retreat, executed with surgical precision, and intended to protect the law from more serious legislative threats in 2014. Better to give a little by executive action now than to invite an impossible-to-control revolt by Democrats in the Senate later, the thinking goes. And by orchestrating the tactical retreat in conjunction with political allies (the Sebelius letter followed by one day a letter requesting the change from six Senate Democrats), the administration is hoping its party will get credit with voters for ďsmoothing the transitionĒ to Obamacare.
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“Seven Days In May”

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Dec 22, 2013
 
But by conceding that the individual mandate can and should be delayed for one group, the administration has opened a major can of worms. For starters, this exemption is going to strike many Americans as blatantly unfair and arbitrary. It comes at the 11th hour, after millions of people, including those with canceled plans, have already made their choices based on the rules they thought would be in effect. The administration said for months that the mandate would not be waived for anyone, even those with canceled policies, and it vowed a veto of any delay legislation coming out of Congress. Now the rules have been changed, and some families who have committed to pay thousands of dollars in insurance premiums will feel very personally betrayed by an untrustworthy administration.

This exemption also further undermines the Obamacare exchanges, which are already teetering. The administration claims that there are only 500,000 people with canceled policies who havenít signed up for new coverage yet. But this is an unverified number put out by the administration for damage control. Insurance industry insiders believe that, come January 1, most carriers will be looking at lower net enrollment in their plans compared to the previous year, meaning that cancellations will exceed new Obamacare enrollment in private plans. So the number of people with previous coverage who havenít signed up with new coverage could easily be twice or three times the administrationís estimate.

In addition, whatís to stop those with canceled policies who fought their way through healthcare.gov from now changing their mind and dropping their plans in light of the administrationís announcement? These families would need only to file a form indicating that the premiums they were facing in the exchanges are unaffordable. As matters stand, the administration would have no basis for denying an exemption to such households.

The upshot is that the administration has voluntarily opened another very big escape route out of Obamacare, and the most likely escapees will be young and healthy Americans who donít want to pay high premiums for Obamacareís expensive benefit plans. Even before yesterday it was clear that the risk pools in the exchanges were going to be unbalanced, with too little enrollment by the young and healthy relative to the old and sick. Now, thereís more reason than ever to expect the exchanges to resemble slightly enlarged versions of high-risk pools that have been in existence for years in the states.

And then there are the other Americans who remain subject to the mandate, including the uninsured. As Ezra Klein notes, what could possibly justify waiving the mandate for those who could afford to pay premiums in 2013 (for policies that were forced to be canceled by Obamacare) while retaining it for the uninsured who couldnít afford coverage at all in 2013? As it becomes more evident that there will be tens of millions of uninsured in 2014 despite Obamacare, Democrats will come under intense pressure to exempt them from the individual mandate tax too. NBCís Chuck Todd spoke for many when he wondered aloud whether anyone would pay the uninsured tax in 2014, given what has transpired to date. Who would bet otherwise at this point?
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Dec 22, 2013
 
The Obama administration has decided on its own to delay the individual mandate for one group of Americans. GOP House and Senate members can rightly take partial credit for making this happen because they were the ones who turned up the political heat on Senate Democrats. Thereís a lesson there. The Obama administration has been systematically dismantling its own law over the last year because it has feared the political backlash that would ensue if it didnít conduct a partial retreat. The GOP should therefore keep the pressure on and see what other provisions of Obamacare the administration will throw overboard in a likely futile attempt to protect Democrats in the next election.
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Dec 22, 2013
 

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We were doomed with the change to a public healthcare system run by a bunch of crooks if Romney would have won also.
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Not to mention that the media has not yet addressed the issue of...you lose your job and you're without insurance for 2 months while you find another job (if you're lucky) and then an additional 90 days to clear probation. You're gonna get fined for that via a payment due to the IRS on April 15th? Seriously?

Yes, yes, I know - but the important thing was free birth control./s
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d pantz wrote:
We were doomed with the change to a public healthcare system run by a bunch of crooks if Romney would have won also.
The change was needed; the crooks were not. But yes - perhaps there was no avoiding this. Some say the last real president was Eisenhower, and since then - all dancing puppets. Democrats are just as guilty of corporate fascism as are Republicans.
hey Chocolate Jimmie

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The very same cadres of corrupt and incompetent blacks who run cities like Detroit and Camden into the toilet are beseeching obama to rename it SoeteroCare so that some blame can be assigned to obama's White half.
Neutral Party

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Dec 23, 2013
 
Further proof that anytime a bill is rushed because of "crisis" it is probably a bad idea.

These bills have thousands of pages of legal jargon that were not read by those voting on it. The same people are paid by our tax $ to represent us. Those who had any part in it should be tried for treason.

Let's not forget the stimulus bill and financial reform were done the same way and despite the failed results the libs will attempt to do immigration the same way. When will America learn?
Reality Speaks

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Dec 23, 2013
 
Neutral Party wrote:
Further proof that anytime a bill is rushed because of "crisis" it is probably a bad idea.
These bills have thousands of pages of legal jargon that were not read by those voting on it. The same people are paid by our tax $ to represent us. Those who had any part in it should be tried for treason.
Let's not forget the stimulus bill and financial reform were done the same way and despite the failed results the libs will attempt to do immigration the same way. When will America learn?
rushed bills are not the problem.....but thousand's of pages bills are always a problem for the taxpayer.

EX; a bill rushed through house for disaster relief, or to cut spending. 15 minute debate is all that is required. 15 minute vote, and passage.
Tigger

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Poor right wingers. Nothing better to do but complain.
Neutral Party

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Dec 24, 2013
 
Tigger lives in a cartoon world. In Realville, this Christmas millions that want to work will not have a job and haven't for quite a while. They are being fed by our govt and have become dependent on a politicians more interested in regulating higher energy prices, donor pay backs and deficit spending.

If that is the results, I will proudly complain. 5 years into this social experiment by a community organizer that has failed at every policy implementation he has attempted and received media passes on almost everything.
Knot Johnson

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Dec 24, 2013
 
The failed ACA website is an example of the kind of performance to expect when government gives set-aside contracts for diversity, a national victim cult crony system.

The contractor that designed and implemented the failed ACA website was diversity certified and owned.

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...GUESS IT DID'NT FALL APART, AFTER ALL......lol.....

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