Morning Action: Obamacare, Obama Makes a Final Pitch for the Law America Wants to Ditch
OBAMA. President Obama is making one last pitch for Obamacare before the Obamacare health care exchanges open on October 1:
President Obama will adopt the role of traveling salesman Thursday, heading to the Maryland suburbs to pitch the benefits and price of ObamaCare health insurance plans that become available at the beginning of next month.
In a speech at Prince George’s Community College, the president will explain what kind of benefits uninsured Americans — who will be able to purchase insurance on the exchanges — can expect to receive. He’ll also detail how much families and individuals can expect to pay for some of the plans and argue that ObamaCare offers unprecedented access to the health care system.
A White House official said Obama hopes to “speak directly, in plain and honest terms,” in a bid to “cut through all the noise coming out of Washington.”
He wants to speak in “plain and honest terms?” In that case, he should tell folks about the higher premiums they’ll be paying for worse quality of care.
HIGHER COSTS. A new analysis by Avalere Health demonstrates that consumers will be paying more out-of-pocket for their health care because of Obamacare:
Consumers may have to dig a little deeper into their wallets to pay for health care in the Obamacare insurance exchanges, according to a new analysis by Avalere Health.
The study of six states suggests that consumers could face steep cost-sharing requirements — like co-payments, co-insurance and deductibles — layered on top of their monthly premiums.
The health law sets exchange enrollees’ maximum annual out-of-pocket costs at $6,350. But many people won’t get near that limit, and deductibles for typical exchange plans can run twice as high as the average employer-sponsored plan.
It’s a reminder that despite news trumpeted Wednesday by the White House, suggesting exchange premiums will be lower than expected, consumers will have additional numbers to crunch. (emphasis added)
DELAYS & GLITCHES. Obamacare is a dysfunctional law. Even the Administration knows this, which was demonstrated by their decision to delay the employer mandate. Now, there is yet more evidence the law won’t work:
The ObamaCare exchange serving Washington, D.C. is delaying important parts of its operations less than a week before it is scheduled to open for enrollment.
Washington’s exchange said Wednesday that it will not be ready on Oct. 1 to calculate the tax subsidies people can receive to help purchase private insurance.
The D.C. exchange also will not immediately be able to determine eligibility for Medicaid.
President Obama and his allies have repeatedly predicted “glitches” and “bumps” when the new marketplaces launch.
DEBT VOTE. Sixty-one percent of Americans disagree with President Obama’s demand for a clean debt vote:
Instead, 61 percent say that it’s “right to require spending cuts when the debt ceiling is raised even if it risks default,” because Congress lacks spending discipline, according to a Bloomberg National Poll conducted Sept. 20-23.
That sentiment is shared by almost three-quarters of Republicans, two-thirds of independents, and a plurality of Democrats. Just 28 percent of respondents backed Obama’s call for a clean bill that has no add-on provisions.