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Obama’s Desperate Attempt At A Faux Reprieve as Lack Of Younger Enrollees Threatens Exchanges

Despite President Obama’s lengthy excuse-ridden press conference yesterday to try to announce a “fix” to an Obamacare provision that violates a promise he made repeatedly that “If you have health insurance and you like it, and you have a doctor that you like, then you can keep it. Period,” editorial pages were decidedly unimpressed.


The president’s hometown Chicago Tribune writes, “As Friday dawns, here’s what a health insurance crisis looks like to many millions of Americans: Barely six weeks shy of 2014, they do not know whether they will have medical coverage Jan. 1. Or which hospitals and doctors they might patronize. Or what they may pay to protect themselves and their families against the chance of medical and financial catastrophe. How much, that is, they may pay in order to satisfy the Democratic politicians and federal bureaucrats who are worsening a metastasizing health coverage fiasco. For perhaps 5 million of those Americans thus far — estimates vary — the Washington-ordered cancellation of their policies is especially maddening. In the past these people took responsibility for their coverage and bought policies that balanced their needs, finances and personal choices. Congress and President Barack Obama, by enacting the Affordable Care Act, in effect ordered insurers to dismantle many of those individual plans — and cancel those policies. . . . So, what Obama presented Thursday as a favor looks like one more mess for state governments, insurers and … American citizens. Under the policy Obama articulated, the states and insurers aren’t required to do anything. The American citizens? Under Obamacare, they’re still required to have health insurance. Or pay a government fine.”


The Wall Street Journal is unsparing, explaining, “You know the politics of ObamaCare is bad when even President Obama is forced to concede that the rollout is a bloody mess. If only the new ‘administrative fix’ he announced on Thursday did more to help the consumers who are losing their coverage than it does to help Democrats protect their political future. In a major political reversal, the President announced at a surprise press conference that he is suspending the regulations that he now admits are the reason that millions of health insurance plans have been terminated. Only days ago he was saying these were ‘substandard plans’ sold by ‘bad-apple insurers.’ Some of us have been warning for years about the coming insurance market destruction, but Mr. Obama went ahead anyway even though millions of middle-class folks preferred their coverage to ObamaCare. Now these mass cancellations are proving to be unpopular, and Democrats are panicking, so Mr. Obama is offering a temporary stay of execution. He is instructing his health regulators to suspend eight complicated rules that all insurance plans had to meet and had caused the market implosion. There is less reprieve here than Mr. Obama claims. It’s hard to un-cancel insurance. The rules Mr. Obama is repudiating were written in 2010, and insurers have been adapting to them for years. They will now have to scramble to revive the policies they can while throwing all of their actuarial assumptions out the window. The faux reprieve also lasts for only one year and applies only to anyone who was covered in 2013. The insurers are essentially being asked to agree to accept losses on behalf of a rump group of policy holders in a legacy business that would then turn into a pumpkin in 2015.”


The Los Angeles Times adds, “The move is a desperate attempt to fulfill a promise President Obama never should have made, and the legal authority for it is sketchy. What’s more, it may not be possible at this point for insurers to revive policies they’ve already canceled. Worst of all, Obama merely punted to next year the fight over the law’s insurance reforms, which he has done a remarkably poor job of explaining and selling.”


Today’s headlines tell the tale of panicked Democrats who weren’t very assured by the president’s blame-shifting: “Democratic Lawmakers Running for Cover,” “Obama fails to calm jittery Dems,” “Still skittish: Wary Dems aren’t satisfied by Obamacare ‘fix’,” “Senate Democrats not fully satisfied with Obamacare fix.”


National Journal’s Ron Brownstein explains why Democrats who went all-in for Obamacare have reason to be nervous. “President Obama’s health care law is now compounding a political problem it was meant to solve: the generation-long loss of faith in government activism . . . . For decades, Democratic strategists have viewed universal health care as their best opportunity to reverse the doubt among many voters . . . that government programs can tangibly benefit their families. Now the catastrophic rollout of the health law threatens instead to reinforce those doubts. That outcome could threaten Democratic priorities for years. Even before its disastrous launch, the health care law faced anxiety about its goals. On the plan’s best days, polls found Americans split almost evenly on whether reform would benefit the country overall. But even then, nothing approaching a majority ever said the law would help their own families . . . . With its chaotic launch, the administration has now added derision over the law’s execution to suspicion about its motivation. . . . Donald Kettl, dean of the University of Maryland’s Public Policy School and an expert in public administration . . . . says no major federal initiative has failed so thoroughly upon its unveiling since the ballistic-missile program’s first years in the 1950s produced a succession of explosions and failures to launch. ‘The last time something blew up on the runway like this,’ Kettl says, ‘things were literally blowing up on the runway.’”


Meanwhile, stories of Obamacare’s problems and failures continue. The AP writes today, “Among the concerns surrounding the rollout of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul was that too few young, healthy people would sign up — a problem that could undermine the financial viability of the federal law. The insurance industry has increasing cause for concern as early enrollment reports suggest a trend that could cause insurance premiums and deductibles to rise sharply next year. Along with the paltry enrollment numbers released this week, officials in a handful of states said those who had managed to sign up were generally older people with medical problems.” And The Washington Post reports, “A senior official at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid warned colleagues on July 16 he was worried the online enrollment system could ‘crash’ upon its Oct. 1 launch, according to new documents released Friday by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.”


In an op-ed for the Cincinnati Enquirer today, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell writes, “For nearly five years, Kentuckians heard President Obama repeat one very familiar phrase: ‘If you like your current health care plan, you can keep it.’ Kentuckians took the president at his word as he echoed this promise over and over again. Now that Obamacare is coming into effect, we’re learning that millions of people won’t be able to keep the plan they have – despite the president’s promise. Unfortunately, it’s not hard to find examples of Kentuckians who are being told, through no fault of their own, that the health insurance plan they have relied on and want to keep is being canceled, and many are finding that Obamacare’s alternatives are more costly. . . . Let’s face it – Obamacare’s failures aren’t restricted to just a website. The law is proving to be a calamity for millions of Americans who, through no fault of their own, are being forced to drop health insurance plans they like and purchase different ones with higher costs. It’s still not too late to act to stop the worst parts of this law.”


McConnell op-ed: If you like your plan, you can’t keep it


SRCC: 30 Minutes Of Excuses And Blame-Shifting From President Obama Won’t Fix The Disaster That Bears His Name


Chicago Tribune: Stop digging. Start over.


The Wall Street Journal: ObamaCare’s Nonfix


Los Angeles Times: Kicking Obamacare’s problems down the road


National Journal: Obamacare’s Problems Could Haunt Democrats for Years


AP: Lack of younger enrollees threatens exchanges


The Washington Post: Senior CMS official warned in mid-July could ‘crash,’ documents show


The Wall Street Journal: Democratic Lawmakers Running for Cover

About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog. Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

2 Responses to “Obama’s Desperate Attempt At A Faux Reprieve as Lack Of Younger Enrollees Threatens Exchanges”

  1. Jack Lee says:

    Sometimes it can take awhile but thank God the Truth always seems to make it’s way to the surface.

    The ObamaCare fraud is just a microcosm of the fraud that Obama himself represents.

  2. Gene Lefty says:

    Anti-Obama TV Channel Ignorance

    The anti- Obama TV channel, did an excellent job of showing why one should not take what they spin as anything more than Far Right spin, evil, and ignorance.

    Apparently, somewhere, at least one school bus driver has been fired for something to do with praying with the students.

    The anti-Obama channel, in their attempt to spin this to get the most shock valve, showed us just how childish and ignorant they can be. Is this a classic example of spinning events to cater to ones base rather than just report the facts?

    Now, for a minute, just assume that this is actually what happened, that a Christian, or whatever, school bus driver was fired for praying with students. Just assume. Ok?

    So, the school board gives it’s blessing by letting it continue.

    Then, the following week a Muslin, and a Jewish school bus driver decide if a Christian (or whatever) bus driver can have prayer with students then why can’t we.

    So, the Muslim bus driver, starts doing Muslim prayer, and the Jewish bus driver, starts having Jewish prayer sessions with the students.

    Next thing you know, the Muslim bus driver starts handing out the Quran, the Jewish driver starts teaching religion without Jesus Christ, and the Christian bus driver is handing out Bibles.

    Then what happens? The media spins it yet another way, parents lawyer up, the ACLU gets involved. Major lawsuits, monetary settlements, and the drivers probably get fired anyhow.

    Is this just another attempt by the Republicans, the Far Right and The Tea Party, all being led by Hate Radio, to throw our Constitution in the garbage can? Communism anyone?

    Our Constitution is very clear about the separation of Church and State. Good call by whoever stopped this before it got out of hand.

    I got a better idea. Why don’t the parents have prayer sessions with their own children? Why? We now feed other peoples children with our tax dollars at school. What do parents want us to do next, teach Religion?

    Continue to vote for our Constitution, Continue to vote Democrat.



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Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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