This is the latest tactic to bypass Congress with dictatorial edicts.
From the Washington Times.
Obama said Thursday that what’s good for illegal immigrants is also good for people who are losing their health insurance because of Obamacare, saying he’ll use prosecutorial discretion to let companies continue to offer health plans that violate his law.
……Under the new loophole, Obama will leave it up to state health insurance commissioners to decide which sub-standard plans can still be offered by insurance companies, and he has pledged that his administration won’t penalize them for still offering those plans even though they violate the Affordable Care Act. The extension will last only one year.
Republicans were skeptical the administration had the authority to grant exceptions to the law, and they argue the only solution is to change the law through legislation. House Republicans have a bill set for floor action Friday that would do that.
“I am highly skeptical that they can do this administratively. I just don’t see within the law their ability to do that,” House Speaker John A. Boehner said.
But briefing reporters ahead of time, an administration official said they believe they do have authority to suspend enforcement for a year.
“HHS will be using its enforcement discretion to allow for this transition,” the official said. “Enforcement discretion can be used generally in transitions, as well as a bridge towards legislation. This is something that has been used, for example, with the deferred action for childhood arrivals policy, pending immigration reform.”
Telling insurance companies to re-establish policies they were forced to cancel:
Bowing to pressure, Barack Obama on Thursday announced changes to his health care law to give insurance companies the option to keep offering consumers plans that would otherwise be canceled.
……It’s unclear what the impact of Thursday’s changes will be for the millions of people who have already had their plans canceled. While officials said insurance companies will now be able to offer those people the option to renew their old plans, companies are not required to take that step.
The main industry trade group, America’s Health Insurance Plans, said Obama’s offer comes too late and could lead to higher premiums, since companies already have set 2014 rates based on the assumption that many people with individual coverage will shift over to the new markets created under Obama’s law.
Karen Ignagni, president of the industry group, didn’t speculate on whether companies would extend coverage for those threatened with cancellation, but warned in a statement that “changing the rules after health plans have already met the requirements of the law could destabilize the market and result in higher premiums for consumers.”
Insurance companies will be required to inform consumers who want to keep canceled plans about the protections that are not included under those plans. Customers will also be notified that new options are available offering more coverage and in some cases, tax credits to cover higher premiums.
……Republicans were unimpressed with the changes.
House Speaker John Boehner, speaking in advance of the president’s announcement, insisted it was time to “scrap this law once and for all.”
“You can’t fix this government-run health care plan called Obamacare ,” he said. “It’s just not fixable.”
No shit. The “rollout” isn’t the problem. The entire ObamaCare law is a toxic socialist clusterfuck.
He and his Dem thugs seize the healthcare options of millions of Americans, they lose their plans because of the regulations in the ObamaCare law, so now he’s come up with a brilliant solution: Cover for his lie about being able to keep their original healthcare plan, by telling them to reapply for the healthcare plans they lost because of ObamaCare. Until 2014, that is.
Remember, he’s The Smartest Guy in the Room.
- ‘Fairy Tale’ Continues as Obama Proposes Extralegal Obamacare Fix (weeklystandard.com)
- Insurers are furious about the White House’s new Obamacare plan (washingtonpost.com)
- The Constitutionality of the ObamaCare “Fix” (volokh.com)
- Rejoice, peasants! Obama will reportedly allow his victims to renew canceled plans – temporarily (twitchy.com)
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