Administration decides to delay on ObamaCare’s promise of small-business insurance options

posted at 8:01 pm on April 1, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

The Obama administration has been insisting [through gritted teeth] that the health care overhaul’s implementation is indeed complex but going just swimmingly, thank you very much, but the fact remains that the federal government is now at least partially responsible for creating and running 33 states’ health insurance exchanges. The exchanges are supposed to be ready for perusal by October and going strong by the time key provisions of the law start kicking in come January — a monumental task in and of itself, and combined with the many complexities of the law’s rollout, it looks like the bureaucracy’s veneer of calm control could be starting to crack under the strain.

The NYT reports that the administration is encountering some, ahem, difficulties meeting their deadlines, and has decided to delay on a program that’s supposed to help provide affordable insurance for small businesses and their employees — one of the entire law’s major selling points.

The law calls for a new insurance marketplace specifically for small businesses, starting next year. But in most states, employers will not be able to get what Congress intended: the option to provide workers with a choice of health plans. They will instead be limited to a single plan.

This choice option, already available to many big businesses, was supposed to become available to small employers in January. But administration officials said they would delay it to 2015 in the 33 states where the federal government will be running insurance markets known as exchanges. And they will delay the requirement for other states as well. …

The administration cited “operational challenges” as a reason for the delay. As a result, it said, most small employers buying insurance through an exchange will offer just a single health plan to their workers next year. …

D. Michael Roach, who owns a women’s clothing store in Portland, Ore., said the delay was “a real mistake.”

“It will limit the attractiveness of exchanges to small business,” Mr. Roach said. “We would like to see different insurance carriers available to each of our 12 employees, who range in age from 21 to 62. You would have more competition, more downward pressure on rates, and employees would be more likely to get exactly what they wanted.”

Hmm. This was one of the reassuring promises the president and the Democrats made when they were touting the law’s benefits, and you’d think they’d want to get mitigating provisions like this one up and running as soon as possible, i.e., before the 2014 midterms, to give the Republicans as little fodder as possible for their continuing criticisms — and who knows how much else will go wrong between now and then. I’d wager that the more complicated and confusing this beast gets, the worse it will be for them.


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Surprise!

rob verdi on April 1, 2013 at 8:04 PM

And they have managed to drive up the cost of healthcare. Thank you, Obama!

Blake on April 1, 2013 at 8:06 PM

TownHall and their damn autoplaying video ads… CUT. That. $#!T. Out.

Kaptain Amerika on April 1, 2013 at 8:07 PM

Put bayam on it. He seems to have a lot of free time.

Chuck Schick on April 1, 2013 at 8:08 PM

The question is, do we have ANYONE willing to make them pay.
Mumbles and Bumbles (McConnell and Boehner) need not apply.

AmeriCuda on April 1, 2013 at 8:09 PM

They will instead be limited to a single plan.

Sort of like what they envisioned for ObamaCare in the first place. It was DESIGNED TO FAIL.

That way they could move right into a single payer system. Only that nasty 2010 election gave them a surprise.

GarandFan on April 1, 2013 at 8:12 PM

“Operational challenges”.

Libspeak for: “A law packed so full of leftist bullshiite, fairytale garbage, and unicorn poop-encrusted wishlists that we don’t have an effin prayer of delivering a go**am thing in the time or manner we promised.”

Bishop on April 1, 2013 at 8:13 PM

the administration is encountering some, ahem, difficulties meeting their deadlines, and has decided to delay on a program that’s supposed to help provide affordable insurance for small businesses and their employees — one of the entire law’s major selling points.

If you like your provider you can keep your provider.

This program will not add one dime to the national debt.

It’s the right thing to do.

The rat-eared devil is a filthy liar.

Happy Nomad on April 1, 2013 at 8:17 PM

It doesn’t matter how much it fails. And it will fail — utterly and luridly. The congressional GOP will NEVER exploit the failures to the point of challenge.

rrpjr on April 1, 2013 at 8:20 PM

The “system” is designed to fail. 2014 is going to be brutal for the marxist commie dems. Conservative Libertarians are going to defeat these bastiges.

Key West Reader on April 1, 2013 at 8:26 PM

…what does “delay” mean?

KOOLAID2 on April 1, 2013 at 8:32 PM

Obamacare could cause the Sun to explode and consume us is a fiery hell but they will continue to force this monstrosity down everyones throat. Democrats will never admit they screwed up and it is just ludicrous to think that “The One” could ever conceive something that would not work, not matter how large or small, just like the mighty Kim’s of North Korea.

Russ86 on April 1, 2013 at 8:40 PM

Clusterphuck.

BuckeyeSam on April 1, 2013 at 8:40 PM

Pointless. All the new requirements (no pre-existing, birth control, etc.) makes the difference between any insurance companies in the exchange expensive anyway.

WitchDoctor on April 1, 2013 at 8:48 PM

If they allowed insurance carriers to sell across State lines, the problem would be solved. But they’ll never do that. Makes too much sense and all that. And, racist.

Key West Reader on April 1, 2013 at 8:50 PM

Is Obamacare the first example of fill in the blank legislation or just the worst?

Cindy Munford on April 1, 2013 at 8:56 PM

Is Obamacare the first example of fill in the blank legislation or just the worst?

Cindy Munford on April 1, 2013 at 8:56 PM

The worst, because it was so massive in cost and scope. Usually the bits left out are severely circumscribed by the scope of the enacting legislation; there’s only so much mischief that can go on in determining how small a marble a kid can choke on. But this completely rewrote the rules for 1/6 of our economy. There was literally no way it was ever going to work. I cannot believe the fantasies the drafters told themselves, but then, these are the people who honestly believed Obama would single-handedly heal the planet just by winning election.

alwaysfiredup on April 1, 2013 at 9:08 PM

Our political class betters who are not covered by Obamacare will soon decide the only way to solve all these insurmountable problems will be to draft a single payer plan…it’s coming.

d1carter on April 1, 2013 at 9:12 PM

Pure schadenfreude!!!

Schadenfreude on April 1, 2013 at 9:35 PM

Our political class betters who are not covered by Obamacare will soon decide the only way to solve all these insurmountable problems will be to draft a single payer plan…it’s coming.

d1carter on April 1, 2013 at 9:12 PM

Of course. If anybody remembers, Obama’s initial advance men for Obamacare traveling around with their PowerPoint presentation were smugly bragging that it was a Trojan Horse for single player.

rrpjr on April 1, 2013 at 10:11 PM

That woman looks like an EVIL Dictator!!

williamg on April 1, 2013 at 10:18 PM

Obama and the Dems predicted this would work.

They’re failing miserably.

That leaves them with a two-prong attack for the upcoming mid-term elections.

1) Find a scapegoat
2) Rewrite the past.

Expect the MSM to be major allies to the Minister of Truth.

PackerBronco on April 1, 2013 at 10:23 PM

I’d wager that the more complicated and confusing this beast gets, the worse it will be for them.

Yes, but they’ll hide it from the public with a skirmish line set up by the liberal media until it’s far too late to turn back and then the taxpayers will really get soaked, just like he wasted the original $800 Billion stimulus on union prop-ups and state budget shortfalls.

HopeHeFails on April 1, 2013 at 10:28 PM

Complicated complications. Is anyone surprised? Government is inept. Go Pacific legal foundation!

stuartm80127 on April 2, 2013 at 12:27 AM

Whether by design or not, the Democrats’ policies:
1) Drive small businesses out of business
2) Control the big businesses (ex: GM)

ITguy on April 2, 2013 at 8:51 AM

This would be funny if it were not so catestrophically sad.

I do think it was designed to fail, but I think when it does the blame will end up placed on the GOP.

The Donks will be rewarded for the failed system they designed.

krome on April 2, 2013 at 9:43 AM