In his continuing battle to salvage his eponymous law, Obama has once again changed it, unilaterally, to grant exemptions to millions more Americans and “allow” them to purchase catastrophic coverage instead of a policy with the law’s mandatory (expensive) “benefits”. Wasn’t it just last week that the Democrats were defending their leader’s lies by saying that he was doing it for our own good so we wouldn’t be stuck with “lousy” catastrophic plans? Yes it was.
Millions of Americans who had their health plans cancelled will be exempt from the Obamacare individual mandate, the administration said Thursday – a surprise move that comes just before Monday’s deadline to sign up for coverage starting Jan. 1.
The administration also said people who had their plans cancelled could get a scaled back catastrophic plan, which has more limited benefits than those included in other Obamacare health plans.
The move prompted sharp criticism from Republicans and concern from the insurance industry that another last-minute change would disrupt coverage and lead to tumult in the new marketplaces.
“This latest rule change could cause significant instability in the marketplace and lead to further confusion and disruption for consumers,” said Karen Ignagni, president of America’s Health Insurance Plans, an industry trade group.
Republicans who have fought the individual mandate as one of the most hated aspects of the sweeping health law said the change was one more sign of a failed policy.
“The Administration is recognizing the grim reality that more Americans have lost health insurance than gained it under ObamaCare,” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said Thursday evening. “Holding a fire sale of cheap insurance is not a responsible fix for a broken program. This is a slap in the face to the thousands of Americans who have already purchased expensive insurance through the Obamacare exchanges.”
No word on whether this new dispensation from the emperor will affect his congressional dwarves, all of whom benefit from the $10,000+ subsidy they wrote it into the law for themselves.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D.-Nev.), whose salary is $193,400 a year, said he has purchased a health care plan through the D.C. Obamacare exchange and that he is accepting the federal subsidy that can run up up to $11,378 per year for a member of Congress to purchase a plan on that exchange.
“I’m just like 150 million other people in America,” Reid said. “My employer helps me pay for my health care.” …
Think about that: Reid’s “employer” is the American taxpayer. He’s just passed a law requiring, under penalty of prison, that his employer pay for the benefit he’s enjoying. “Just like 150 million Americans”? I don’t think so, Harry.