OBAMACARE. In an effort to fix a bad law, lawmakers created a bill aimed at shifting funds from one part of Obamacare, the Prevention and Public Health Fund, to a the high-risk insurance pool. Fortunately, this bill was defeated, thanks largely to conservative pressure. However, the bill may yet return (sub. req’d):
The measure would take about $3.6 billion from the Prevention and Public Health Fund to extend enrollment in the high-risk pools, which are now closed to new enrollees.
The Obama administration announced in February that it would stop enrollment in the high-risk insurance pools, which were meant to serve as a transition to 2014, when people will be able to buy insurance through the state exchanges created by the law.
What truly needs to happen, however, is for this totally unworkable law to be repealed.