Seven states have now straight-up rejected Obama’s faux insurance “fix”

posted at 7:21 pm on November 20, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Almost immediately after President Obama announced his questionably legal, blame-shifting “administrative fix” for the millions of Americans whose plans are being cancelled via ObamaCare’s most august auspices, a few states came out swinging against the last-minute snafu that allowing insurance companies to temporarily extend non-OCare compliant plans, and the list has grown a bit larger over the past few days (not even including that unfortunate incident in DC over the weekend). CNN tallies up:

On Tuesday, New York became the largest state to reject the proposal. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, told reporters during a press conference that he doesn’t think the President’s fix is necessary for New York.

“We haven’t had the kind of issues in New York in our exchange that they’ve had nationwide,” Cuomo said. “Our program has actually been working well, the website has been working well, and we’ve had actually very good success with our program so we don’t see any reason to change it now `because we’re not having those types of issues.”

New York joins Washington, Rhode Island, Vermont, Massachusetts, Minnesota and Indiana in rejecting the President’s proposal.

Before making his decision, Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton of Minnesota received a letter from the executive director of the Minnesota Council of Health Plans, who told him that the President’s fix “comes too late” and “will destabilize the market and result in higher premiums for Minnesotans.”

I would merely merely like to highlight the fact that this clearly isn’t just a bunch of red states mucking up the President’s wildly sudden, exceedingly sharp turn out of pure spite, but rather some of his bluest allies shutting it down. We’re still waiting on 20 state insurance commissioners to make their respective decisions (21 have indicated that they will be charging ahead with the plan, either because they’re accepting President Obama’s recommendation or because they had already reached that option of their own accord — but even then, it’s generally up to the individual insurance companies if they want to follow through or not), but I wonder how many more states are going to play along with a fake, face-saving fix that will only make their jobs harder and more confusing in both the short-, medium-, and long-terms.


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