Thursday, March 6, 2014

Obama Administration Continues To Backpedal On Health Care

If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan... for two more years.

The Obama administration continues to backpedal on the Affordable Care Act, extending the period that consumers can purchase their health care plans that don't meet the standards of Obamacare.

From the New York Times:

"The reprieve was the latest in a series of waivers, deadline extensions and unilateral actions by the administration that have drawn criticism from the law’s opponents and supporters, many saying President Obama was testing the limits of his powers.

"The action reflects the difficulties Mr. Obama has faced in trying to build support for the Affordable Care Act and the uproar over his promise — which he later acknowledged had been overstated — that people who liked their insurance plans could keep them, no matter what.

"Under pressure from Democratic candidates, who are struggling to defend the president’s signature domestic policy, Mr. Obama in November announced a one-year reprieve for insurance plans that did not meet the minimum coverage requirements of the 2010 health care law.

"Wednesday’s action goes much further, essentially stalling for two more years one of the central tenets of the much-debated law, which was supposed to eliminate what White House officials called substandard insurance and junk policies. 

"The extension could help Democrats in tight midterm election races because it may avoid the cancellation of policies that would otherwise have occurred at the height of the political campaign season this fall."

While the administration is trying to smooth things over, saying this move allows for a better transition to the Affordable Care Act, the real truth is once again bubbling to the surface.

Obamacare wasn't ready to be thrust upon the American people. Obamacare may never be ready. The problems the web site, the difficulty with enrollment, and now extension after extension is trying to salvage the Obama administration's clout and any Democratic credibility for the upcoming elections and the next presidential bid.

My hope is that the American people will see through this move by a desperate administration and show their displeasure with this so-called Affordable Care Act in the voting booths. 

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