Skip to comments.ObamaCare cap on out-of-pocket costs delayed, Sen. Paul calls move 'illegal'
Posted on 08/13/2013 11:58:10 AM PDT by Jim Robinson
A report that another provision of ObamaCare -- one that would cap out-of-pocket health care costs -- was being delayed brought a defiant challenge Tuesday from a top Senate Republican, accusing the president of "illegal and unconstitutional" acts in changing laws without congressional approval.
"The president doesn't get to write legislation, and it's illegal and unconstitutional for him to try and change legislation by himself," Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., told Fox News.
The New York Times first reported on Tuesday that the administration is giving some insurers and employers a one-year grace period to adhere to the limit, which otherwise would have capped individual costs at $6,350 a year. The full requirement will go into effect in 2015, rather than 2014. The change means some employers -- namely, those with more than one benefit provider -- could use plans with higher limits or no limit at all on out-of-pocket costs during that period.
The grace period apparently was granted earlier this year, though was buried in reams of regulatory material and was not publicly reported until now. Department of Labor guidelines published in February had addressed the delay.
The confirmation comes weeks after the administration announced it was delaying a key insurance mandate -- the requirement on mid-sized and large businesses to provide coverage to full-time workers. The mandate, and the cap on costs, were both delayed for one year, in a move officials claimed was meant to give businesses more time to prepare.
According to the Times, the decision to delay the cap on costs was made because many employers said they needed to upgrade their computer systems. The issue was they used different systems to administer both medical coverage and drug coverage, and they were not set up to "aggregate" all the money an individual spends...
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Another reason to add to the list why this piece of junk, unconstitutional garbage of a law should be repealed and nuked from orbit!
As if Hussein and the people who give him his orders care about legality....
what difference does it make?
seriously this POTUS and his merry band can do whatever they please
They appear to be above the law and untouchable.
Granting obamacare “waivers” to those friendly to your agenda seems like it would be illegal too, but so far all we hear are crickets.
Power isn’t really power unless it is arbitrary and capricious.
What makes anyone think that if ObamaCare was defunded or legally halted that Tim Geithner wouldn’t simply hold the bond auctions and cut the checks anyway? Hell, virtually everything else they do shows no respect for the law.
So what are YOU gonna do about it?
They are in a panic over this train wreck going into effect before the 2014 mid-term election.
We need to feed the RATS their law on a stick!
All designed to direct people to their little health care indoctrination centers and eliminate Health Care providers.
As long as the Republicans let Obama legislate it will continue to happen.
Why should I be upset? What difference at this point does it make
He writes checks. No checks and balances. Then gets all shrill and starts pointing fingers when he’s called out on it.
Um... are we going to have a 2016 election?
The best way to defeat a bad law to require everyone to experience it.
Ben Nelson, Justice Roberts: May you both regret what you have done to this nation.
Nothing to see here, just a despot picking and choosing which laws he wants to enforce or ignore to his benefit.
This is a criminal act on his part and our Congress just goes cowers in fear.
I agree, and it needs to happen before the 2014 mid-term election!
That would make Hairy Reed’s bunghole pucker to the point you wouldn’t be able to drive a ten penny nail in it!
That used to be true. But nowadays we have the judicial branch legislating from the bench and the executive branch legislating from the desk. Congress has become irrelevant.
I thought the HHS secretary Sebelius could make any change she wanted is this how they are getting around congress?
WHY don't some of these Whiners actually TAKE THE TREASONOUS BASTARD to the USSC, to settle the matter?
I know the Court is stacked in The Messiah's/Progressives' favor, with Roberts being forced to vote with the Dem's, but TRY TO AT LEAST GET A RULING on this shit!
are we going to have a 2016 election?
Now that is a good question as the odds of having another election seem to be dimishing on a weekly basis as we witness one power grab after another by this regime. At the rate things are going, we should be in full dictatorship mode by then, hence no need for a presidential election.
I will add to that I hope the secrets they had and were most likely used as blackmail against them comes out anyway for all to see.
That is what 0bama is doing.. Desensitizing Congress to changes and overturning Federal laws without their Consent.. 0bama is one step away from unilaterally extending the term of U.S. President to lifetime term. Not joking. Before he does it he’ll again rally the ‘Troops for Trayvon’ as his protective shield.
Well as I see it we can save a lot of money by dismissing the Congress, Senate, Supreme court and all their attendant employees due to irrelevance. We have the supreme leader, O the impotent, grand gayzeer dicktating to us without out care or concern to legality. What need do we have to pay for two unnecessary branches of government?
This is to add to the costs of those not on the puclic option and drI’ve people tl the govt plan
It seems like that's what us the hallmark of today's 'power'. :(
In the old days, an impeachment would be in order. These days, I agree with you. They cower in fear over a lost vote.
This is whole health care mess is thanks to John Roberts’ gutless decision. Another of the Bush appointee traitors.
That they are delaying or modifying portions of this demonstrates it is a crap sandwich.
It was passed unlawfully, upheld for convoluted reasons and some of thise weren’t argued.
Further, that they can exempt certain groups, such as themselves and staff, is unlawful.
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It’s all going to get easier when the block captain system goes into effect. They will have important local knowledge about who can or can not afford to pay out of pocket. Getting over that initial residential contents and wealth inspection may be a hurdle but after the first one or two people will know what’s good for them.
Desensitizing Congress to changes and overturning Federal laws without their Consent
Beautifully stated. That is exactly what he is doing. It’s the ole slippery slope. Keep upping the power grab.
We’re the frog in the slowly boiling pot.
Doot, ta, ta, doot, doot!
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Obama ignores Congressional law again and just does what he wants to!
Nobody does anything to stop him (again)!
Based on SCOTUS ruling of standing in the Prop 8 debate, there is no one that can sue about them ignoring these laws. The justices will say who is harmed by not having to pay more taxes for another year?
And that will be the ball game again. Constitution down the drain.
And why is Rand Paul one of the few pointing out the illegality? Where’s Boehner? Where’s McConnell? Where’s the RNC?
Guess it’s just those crazy (L) ‘crying wolf’ again, eh?