Friday, November 15, 2013
OBAMA'S LEGACY CRUMBLING?
In a display of backpedaling that would have earned him a spot in the Tour de France, President Barack Obama yesterday asked health insurance companies to allow individuals whose current plans have been canceled due to the Affordable Care Act to renew them for a year.
Obama’s concession after months of refusing to bend comes as a small but growing number of congressional Democrats joined the Republican chorus that legislation is needed to preserve the policies being eliminated.
"Insurers can extend current plans that otherwise would be canceled into 2014 and Americans whose plans have been canceled can choose to re-enroll in the same kind of plan," Obama said. "This fix won't solve every problem for every person, but it's going to help a lot of people. Doing more would require work with Congress."
And we can’t have the President working with Congress, can we?
Obama's health care reform law has been under siege since its faulty rollout on Oct. 1. HealthCare.gov, the online portal for health insurance shopping in more than 30 states, hasn't reliably worked during the first month and early enrollment figures came in well below expectations.
In the meantime, millions of consumers have been notified that their insurance policies don't meet the health care law's standards and will be discontinued next year, in violation of Obama's vow that his law would allow people to keep their current coverage.
"That's on me," Obama said. "We fumbled the rollout on this health care law."
Under the policy Obama announced Thursday, health insurance companies will be permitted to extend current policies, even though they don't comply with Affordable Care Act standards for benefits and financial protections, for their customers into next year. Insurers won't be allowed to enroll new customers into these extended policies, Obama said.
This proposed solution could be problematic for health insurance companies that have already eliminated the current plans from their books of business and would have to recreate them.
With less than a month and a half to do it.
With two major holiday weeks occurring during that month and a half.
And I seem to recall some people liking to take time off during November and December.
Health insurance companies ultimately will be responsible for deciding whether to carry out Obama's new policy, which puts the onus on them. "The Affordable Care Act is not going to be the reason why insurers have to cancel your plan," Obama said.
Let’s pause here and reflect.
Our favorite Kenyan national sees his legacy implemented and become a cluster-f#@k one day one.
He waits 45 days to wave the white flag and admit he screwed this up.
And he lays the burden of fixing his mistakes on the insurance companies he was trying to put out of business in the first place.
And it’s up to the insurance companies, who have been cast as the villain in this debate from DAY ONE, to save the day.
But if they decide not to try to accomplish this or simply cannot in 45 days (several of them holidays) , Obama says you can’t blame his pet project?
Excuse my French, but bull-fucking-shit!
But wait-there’s more!
Enabling a portion of the health insurance market to stay outside of the health insurance exchanges could cause higher premiums for those using the new marketplaces.
If healthier people with lower medical expenses avoid the exchanges and purchase policies with less generous benefits, the exchanges would attract a relatively older and sicker population, the health insurance industry has warned.
So what those zany guys like Rand Paul were saying in an effort to “sabotage” health care reform is COMING TO PASS JUST LIKE THEY WARNED.
He cannot recruit good people.
His minions can’t force birth certificates, they can’t draft legislation, they can’t build websites, they can’t even write very good speeches.
But America’s Messiah vowed to press ahead with implementing his law, and reiterated that the health insurance market needs reforming to guarantee stable health insurance coverage. "I make no apologies for us taking this on," he said. "Because somebody sooner or later had to do it."
Yeah, but somebody else might not have had his head up his arse!