“as if Democratcare never became law. This is unbelievable.”
That is exactly what 0’s statements and new regs are attempting to do by fiat — REPEAL [ok temporarily in their minds] 0 care so that people have coverage on 1 Jan!
They are making it up as they go along! They are pushing the mountain ahead with a bulldozer, hoping that with enough pushing forward, they can somehow make 0 care eventually stick even though it is obvious that it does not work. That they can keep pushing it forward and issue more crazy statements and more crazy regulations to prop it up before it totally collapses.
They have already encouraged people to go directly insurance companies and bypass the exchanges in order to sign up for insurance before the deadline. What a concept! ; )
That makes the unworkable exchanges theoretically unnecessary.
These new threatening regs say to the insurers, if you do not cooperate with us and implement these new “suggestions” you could be barred from the exchanges at renewal time.
There may not even BE exchanges by then! HA!
Insurers have to comply with state insurance laws and oversight. Federal regulations, with suggestions, do not overrule law, do not overrule State insurance Commissioners.
And OH BTW, the people who were messed with by the govt, having their policies cancelled, being put through weeks and months of aggravation and stress and fear, are going to be grateful, that they theoretically could have had their same coverage all along, as though 0 care never existed??
Give me a break! People KNOW how much they have been put through, and even if these new regs COULD work, people will KNOW that they have been put through all that since 1 Oct FOR NOTHING!
I think it is a perfect trap. It’s being repealed via Executive Action. We can argue that the law is moot and repeal it via legislation, once we have both Houses.
I’d like to see it undone and some innovations passed that would encourage more competition:
1. pricing transparency
2. national purchasing rights
3. let individuals get the same tax discount that businesses get
4. Commerce Clause enforcement. If Wickard proves that everything is in commerce, then why are local, county and state governments allowed to interfere in the medical/healthcare market with restrictive licensing, permitting and regulation? (for this one we need a conservative POTUS, but the top three can be done via Congress)
What do you think of that?