Another Obamacare Extension Potentially on the Horizon
Obamacare has been disastrous for jobs, for businesses, and frankly, for the millions of people who have lost the insurance plans they liked because of the law. Conservatives have always known the law would have these negative impacts, and worked to stop it before it was too late. Now, the Obama Administration is considering “an extension of the president’s decision to let people keep their insurance policies even if they are not compliant with” Obamacare.
Avalere Health CEO Dan Mendelson said Thursday that the administration may let policyholders keep that coverage for an additional three years, stressing that no decision has been made. Policymakers are waiting to see what rate hikes health insurers plan for the insurance exchanges that are key to the overhaul’s coverage expansions.
“The administration is entertaining a range of options to ensure that this individual market has stability to it and that would be one thing that they could do,” he said.
Recall, in November of 2013, the first time President Obama offered this “fix,” it was not a real fix at all. Millions of Americans had already begun to lose their plans. The White House first tried propaganda. They called plans Americans were losing “junk” plans. They said Americans could get better, more robust insurance by purchasing an Obamacare plan. Americans didn’t buy that propaganda because it wasn’t true.
The White House’s failing rhetoric was only highlighted by the many glitches on the federal exchange website.
Mr. Obama, then, was forced to resort to suggesting insurance companies allow policyholders to simply keep their non-compliant existing plans for an additional year.
At that time, the Heritage Foundation explained:
There’s one problem—the President’s promise that his new “plan” can allow people to keep their plans is just as flawed and false as his original “like your plan/keep it” pledge. The law itself is clear: Obamacare’s new benefit mandates—the requirement to cover all individuals with pre-existing conditions, the new “essential benefits,” and mandates increasing the percentage of health costs insurance plans must cover—all take effect on January 1, 2014.
As any follower of Schoolhouse Rock will know, there’s only one institution that can change the law: Congress. President Obama’s “plan” attempts to ignore them entirely. The President’s proposal is but the latest in a long line of waivers and unilateral changes made in a futile attempt to repair an inherently unworkable law.
This new potential extension demonstrates Obamacare’s fundamental flaws will continually be a problem. Rather than forcing Americans to remain insecure about their health care, Obamacare should be fully repealed and replaced with a patient-centered, market-based health care system.