Skip to comments.Obama administration relaxes rules of health-care law four days before deadline
Posted on 12/19/2013 6:44:10 PM PST by SoFloFreeper
The Obama administration Thursday night significantly relaxed the rules of the health-care law for millions of consumers whose individual insurance policies have been canceled, saying they could buy bare-bones health plans or entirely avoid the requirement that most Americans have health insurance.
The surprise announcement, four days before the Dec. 23 deadline for people to choose coverage that begins on Jan. 1, triggered an immediate backlash from the health insurance industry and raised new fairness questions about a law intended to promote affordable and comprehensive coverage.
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This was done, by the way, AFTER the budget passed--the budget funding the lawless actions of the Clown.
The founders of this Republic NEVER INTENDED for the executive branch or its agencies to CREATE law.
The founders intended for the executive branch to ENFORCE existing law.
The Clown makes up law as time passes to suit the Clown’s fancy.
Democrats could see the tar and feather buckets on the way to Capitol Hill.
This isn’t a law it’s a clusterphuck.
The rules change daily.
Repeal is the only real answer.
Wait! Is that the sound of Republicans objecting to this travesty and threatening to impeach Kind Obeyme? Nah.....
Even while reporting the cluster, the Monica Media is promoting the law.
Easily coulda been part of the deal.
Surprised President Ineffectual is doing anything at all - isn’t he supposed to be in Hawaii, resting up from all his confused and pointless inactivity?
Oh noes...Ted Cruz was right!
If this is true, where now are individuals going to find bare bones health insurance now?
This is obviously a ploy to avoid a 2014 slaughter.
If you like your Democrat, you can keep your Democrat.
What my country has become just makes me sick.
The Kwanzaa pilgrimage begins tomorrow night, after Malaria and Sharia are out of school.
Could Putin get away with this?
What my country has become is making me angry.
Collapse. Ted filibustered and the whole country woke up and paid attention.
We are indebted for his clarion call.
Obama through the Health Care industry stooges under the bus? Imagine my complete lack of surprise.
If their grades are anything at all like Obama’s presidential performance, they’d better familiarize themselves with the working end of a spatula so they can secure gainful employment at Burger King.
You know, I don’t know why every rule change not put in the law isn’t IMMEDIATELY APPEALED to one of the four SCOTUS judges who could then, I suppose, put a temporary halt to the implementation while the question is being considered.
I know there are procedures, but can’t a state AG appeal directly to the SCOTUS if the rule change (i.e. LAW change) affects his/her state detrimentally?
I don’t know, I have no answer.
This is the damndest law I have ever heard of.
The President not only signed it, he has changed it time and time again.
He and Sebelius seem to be making it up as they go along.
I suppose SCOTUS could do something, but they already have 4 votes and a black mailed Chief Justice, so I don’ expect much.
It’ll be Harvard or Yale for undergrad, then on to law school.
Marriage to a hedge fund one percenter, and a life of progressive political activism.
It’s as predictable as trillion dollar deficits.
And Congress just sits back and lets him get away with it.
Where the hell is Congress?
Obama’s headed for Hawaii...
Afraid you’re right - America is top-heavy with lawyers who should be at Burger King.
Obama’s world view: So let it be written, so let it be done. We have our own pharaoh.
The only way out of this mess for Nero is to throw the whole thing in the crapper. He doesn’t have the spine to admit he and the rats screwed the pooch. So they decide to continually break the laws intentionally so they will be challenged in the courts.
When the dust clears and the courts throw the whole thing out Nero will tell the Low information voters it was the Conservative courts that took away the promise of Free health Care Insurance and they will believe it and vote Rat in 14. It’s their only play if the RINOS don’t jump in and help him “reform” the disaster
The BO administration has decided that people who had their health plans canceled could qualify for a "hardship exemption" from the individual mandate under Obamacare. But, gee, only a measley half-million people who had their plans canceled have not yet found other coverage. Everybody else is hunky-dory. So which is it? Do they know? Are they lying about both situations? What about all those people who were uninsured to begin with, supposedly the beneficiaries of this exercise? Are they covered? Or no?
we no longer have a law, or a set of regulations. The law and regs are whatever the Obamoids say they are on any given day. So if you go by the rules on one day, next day, you're a sucker because the rules have been relaxed -- changed. The insurance companies are reaping what they've sown by supporting this total fiasco. We had the best medical care in the world and they are well on their way to destroying it.
Funniest post I've seen today!
So far, there are more than 20,000 pages of regulations.
Now, on top of all that, we have four improvised "amendments" to the act:
1. Delay of employer mandate.
2. Allowing insurance companies to re-issue cancelled policies.
3. Extending due dates and pre-dating coverage.
4. What amounts to an elimination of the Individual Mandate, plus a reversal on the mandatory coverage requirement.
Just what is the law now, today? And what will it be tomorrow? And the day after tomorrow?
This whole affair is a clear demonstration of what happens when incompetence is granted unchecked power.
It was purposefully excluded from the deal. Obama did not want to be portrayed as negotiating ObamaCare. He wants ObamaCare rules established on his terms.
One of these days someone with some cojones is going to do what needs to be done, begin impeachment proceedings.
So the full-on flail is finally here.
This is even worse than I EVER would have imagined.
Enrollment must just still be AWFUL, and dropping off rather than ramping up as they had hoped.
As Quinn would say, “Liberalism has now generated the exact opposite of its stated intent.” Come January 1, there will be more uninsured as a result of this law than before the law, even including Medicaid.
Anyone wanna bet on March 31st, or even December 31st of 2014?
Analogous to the wonderful “monkey with a grenade” image of Bath House as military strategist, the new image is one of Bath House as phlebotomist, frantically puncturing the patient in search of a drop of blood.
Just yesterday evening, at our local good-ol-boys round table salon and tête-à-tête in our local country propane and hay store, we were reviewing possible future scenarios regarding the devolution of obamacare and obama. I posited the following:
1. That if the Republicans would just twiddle their thumbs pretty much about everything for next 3-4 months, obamacare would become so unraveled that the Democrats would be forced to beg the Republicans to save them, and that regardless of any legislative changes that might thereby result in a bipartisan fashion, obama would veto it all, preferring to see the complete destruction of the medical system and the needless deaths of hundreds of thousands of people, as well as the total destruction of the Democrat Party for at least two generations, rather than admit he was wrong about something.
2. That it was highly likely that obama would soon totally panic over the chaos wrought by obamacare and descend into utter lawlessness by attempting to govern completely by diktat, and that therefore there was also a reasonable probability that obama’s attempted dictatorship would eventually become so severe that Congress would be forced to initiate impeachment.
It would appear that this second prediction is already starting to come true.
International diplomacy deals work this way all the time.
How can 0h0m0 do this? When will we hear from the republicans that he’s BREAKING THE LAW and do something, anything??? And the jerk pulls this crap the day before his undeserved vacation. (Remainder of poster comments were self deleted.)
He has total, absolute dictatorial power, and he knows it. He can ignore any law he wants to, rewrite any law he wants to, and create any law he wants to, all with the blessing of Harry Reid and the other donks in congress. The donks have ceded all their constitutional powers to Bozo. Why? Because he’s black. Even Clinton at the height of his popularity couldn’t have gotten away with this crap without even the donks slapping him down.
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Put me down for one "hardship exemption" there, Pajama King. I'll even staple a copy of the cancellation letter to my tax return. Which as of tonight won't contain that 1% you were hoping to steal.
Obama is hilarious!
It is still there. He is just waiting for the sheep to settle down again. nothing has changed. To be legal[enforceable] each new policy will have to meet the requirements set forth in the AHC Act.
1.) Senate would have to convict, and it won't.
2.) Joe Biden as president.
Other than that, I'm all for it.
It has gotten to the point where the House should be finding it difficult to avoid the subject.
But I just don't see this collection of cowards up to the task.
And, so long as Harry Reid is Majority Leader, the Senate would never convict. The Democrats proved their partisan deceit with Clinton -- when they acquitted a demonstrably guilty man.
The Constitution is being shredded and nobody's going to do a damn thing!!!
Another health insurance official, who requested anonymity because he lacked authorization to speak publicly on this matter, pointed out that the hardship exemption also gives one group the abillity to to buy coverage whenever they want, rather than during annual open-enrollment periods. As a result, the official said, more people might wait to buy insurance until they get sick.
The insurance official suggested that some people who already have chosen new health plans after receiving a cancellation notice might back out of their new coverage to take advantage of the admnistrations sudden offer.
We’ll just ignore this impossible-to-comply-with law, too.
The dicktator strikes again!