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Old 03-06-2014, 05:04 PM  
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Another Obamacare delay

Administration offers 2-year ObamaCare extension for canceled health plans
Published March 05, 2014FoxNews.com

The Obama administration announced Wednesday that it will let people keep health insurance plans that would otherwise be out of compliance with ObamaCare for another two years, in a delay Republicans portrayed as an election-year ploy.

The administration had already given people a one-year reprieve after millions had their health plans canceled last year, despite President Obama's promises that people could keep their plans if they wanted. The so-called "fix" was meant to ease the transition as well as the political headache for Democrats -- but the "fix," and the latest extension, will have limited impact, since it is up to individual insurance companies and state commissioners whether to re-offer canceled policies.

Republicans blasted the latest announcement as another sign the health law is faltering and Democrats want political cover. A spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner said the move "reeks of politics."

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell called it a "desperate move to protect vulnerable Democrats in national elections later this year."

"By announcing a new delay in requiring that policies meet minimum coverage standards, the administration avoids a new round of health policy cancellations set to hit shortly before the November elections," he said in a statement.

But the Department of Health and Human Services argued that the administration is simply trying to provide "flexibility" while the entire law is being implemented.

"These policies implement the health care law in a common-sense way by continuing to smooth the transition for consumers and stakeholders and fixing problems wherever the law provides flexibility," HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a statmeent. "This comprehensive guidance will help ensure that consumers, employers and insurers have the information they need to plan for next year and make it easier for families to make decisions to access quality, affordable coverage."

The extension would be valid for policies issued up to Oct. 1, 2016.

The cancellation of at least 4.7 million individual policies was one of the most politically damaging issues in the transition to a new insurance system under President Obama's health care law. A wave of cancellations hit last fall, around the time that the new HealthCare.gov website was overwhelmed with technical problems that kept many consumers for signing up for coverage.

It's not clear how many people would actually be affected by the latest change. About half the states have allowed insurance companies to extend canceled policies for a year under the original White House transition plan. The policies usually provided less financial protection and narrower benefits than the coverage required under the law. Nonetheless, the skimpier insurance was acceptable to many consumers because it generally cost less.

"It's not likely to affect a large number of people but it certainly avoids difficult anecdotes about people having their policies canceled," said Larry Levitt of the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation, an expert on insurance markets. "I think it's a small and dwindling number of people who are affected."

It's also not known if policyholders will find any financial relief if they are allowed to stay with their extended policies. Insurers in several states where extensions were allowed for 2014 have said they planned to hike the cost of those plans.

The insurance cancellations undercut the president's well-known promise that if people liked their plan they would be able to keep it under his health care law.

The law did include a complicated scheme called "grandfathering" to try to deliver on Obama's pledge. It was intended to shield policies in force at the time of the law's 2010 enactment from many new requirements, provided the policies themselves changed little. But insurers considered it impractical. And many of the canceled individual policies would not have been eligible for relief anyway, since they were purchased after the law's passage.

At first the White House went into damage-control mode, arguing that many of the canceled plans were "junk" insurance and consumers would be better off with the broader coverage available through the health care law's new insurance markets.

But soon Obama was forced to reverse course, urging insurers and state regulators to allow policyholders to keep their existing plans for an additional year.

Meanwhile, the Republican-led House also voted Wednesday for a one-year delay of the penalty that people would have to pay if they fail to sign up for health insurance.

It was the 50th time that Republicans have forced a vote to repeal, gut or change the law championed by Obama. Wednesday's vote was 250-160, and it came despite a veto threat.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Old 03-06-2014, 05:10 PM   #2
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What a cluster****. I was reading today that even though the law was touted as having the main goal of getting the uninsured insured, only something like 10% of that group has actually signed up.
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Old 03-06-2014, 05:34 PM   #3
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What a cluster****.
That's what I'd put on every billboard available in every vulnerable democratic congressional member up for re-election.
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Old 03-06-2014, 06:02 PM   #4
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At this point, why doesn't Obama just rewrite the entire law as he sees fit, rather and monthly revisions?
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Old 03-06-2014, 06:10 PM   #5
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At this point, why doesn't Obama just rewrite the entire law as he sees fit, rather and monthly revisions?
Because then he wouldn't be able to blame its failures on other people.
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Old 03-06-2014, 08:05 PM   #6
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At this point, why doesn't Obama just rewrite the entire law as he sees fit, rather and monthly revisions?
He isnt smart enough
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Old 03-06-2014, 08:43 PM   #7
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I'm so pissed this thing I don't want is being delayed!

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Old 03-06-2014, 08:53 PM   #8
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At this point, why doesn't Obama just rewrite the entire law as he sees fit, rather and monthly revisions?

I like seeing it updated at his leisure its like a surprise you never know what to expect.
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Old 03-06-2014, 08:56 PM   #9
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I'm so pissed this thing I don't want is being delayed!

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Jesus dude.

How the **** can you spin this as anything other than a colossal ****ing disaster?

Rather than discuss, though, you choose to call names.

GTFO of here with that shit.
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Old 03-06-2014, 08:59 PM   #10
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I'm so pissed this thing I don't want is being delayed!

/RWNJ

You got it wrong. I'm not pissed because it's being delayed. I'm validated because it's being delayed. I'm pissed because this unworkable legislation has been foisted on us.

It's being delayed because the whole thing is economically nonviable. Obama knows this, and so he delays the thing so the Democrats don't have to pay an even steeper political price this November and into 2016. But here's the thing - it's unworkable now, and it will be unworkable when these delays expire. The only real question now is how much taxpayer money is used to bail out the insurance industry along the way. THAT'S what I'm upset about...
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...It's being delayed because the whole thing is economically nonviable...
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Jesus dude.

How the **** can you spin this as anything other than a colossal ****ing disaster?

Rather than discuss, though, you choose to call names.

GTFO of here with that shit.
Sad to see him tailspin like this. Remember not so long ago the president and his people were livid that the repubs said it was premature to implement ObamaCare and they wanted cruz's head on a platter for saying delay? 180 and rock and roll and every little delay Barak has done has not fixed a thing and the cost is out of sight.

Cosmo is done. He needs some time off for sure .
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Old 03-06-2014, 11:08 PM   #13
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I'm so pissed this thing I don't want is being delayed!

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Guess trying to defend Obama's consistent failures has finally caught up to you.
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Old 03-07-2014, 12:44 AM   #14
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Jesus dude.

How the **** can you spin this as anything other than a colossal ****ing disaster?

Rather than discuss, though, you choose to call names.

GTFO of here with that shit.
My post doesn't have any spin. It just comments on right-wing mentality.
Your post illustrates the mentality of someone who can't figure out stuff.
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Old 03-07-2014, 12:54 AM   #15
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Sad to see him tailspin like this. Remember not so long ago the president and his people were livid that the repubs said it was premature to implement ObamaCare and they wanted cruz's head on a platter for saying delay? 180 and rock and roll and every little delay Barak has done has not fixed a thing and the cost is out of sight.

Cosmo is done. He needs some time off for sure .
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