Great news: If you like your cancellation, you can keep your cancellation!

posted at 8:01 am on December 20, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Old and busted: “Those cancellations are exactly what we want, because people can sign up for better plans now!” New hotness: Those catastrophic plans we derided for the last five years will work just fine for all of you who got screwed by the Affordable Care Act. Or, hey, don’t bother getting insurance at all!

The Obama administration on Thursday night significantly relaxed the rules of the federal health-care law for millions of consumers whose individual insurance policies have been canceled, saying they can buy bare-bones plans or entirely avoid a requirement that most Americans have health coverage.

The surprise announcement, days before the Dec. 23 deadline for people to choose plans that will begin Jan. 1, triggered an immediate backlash from the health insurance industry and raised fairness questions about a law intended to promote affordable and comprehensive coverage on a widespread basis.

The only “surprise” about this announcement is that they made it on Thursday night, rather than opt for the Friday-night news dump strategy.  Maybe they figured that the media had more or less gone home for the holiday already.  Maybe HHS is taking the day off today, and needed to release it yesterday. They managed to take most of the days off in the 42-month web portal development cycle, so what’s another day, eh?

Otherwise, this has been the inevitable end game with the Monday deadline for January 1 coverage rapidly approaching.  The front end of Healthcare.gov is still a disaster, and the back end largely non-existent. Millions of people have had their existing insurance cancelled already, and only a few hundred thousand had managed to sign up — and many of those are Medicaid enrollments.  Even if the White House wanted to pretend that all is well, their utter incompetence and dishonesty would have had the effect of making millions of people income-tax cheats.

But can these people actually buy the kind of catastrophic insurance that made sense for most of them before ObamaCare?  ObamaCare, don’t forget, forced insurers to drop those kinds of plans in favor of ridiculously comprehensive plans that most healthy people won’t need anyway. And what happens if the millions of newly-uninsured sign up for such low-cost policies — or don’t bother to sign up at all?  The insurance industry just found out what it’s like under the Obama bus:

It is unclear how many people facing canceled policies will choose no insurance, bare-bones coverage or a plan through the insurance exchanges that meet new federal standards. But the prospect that healthy people with canceled insurance might opt out of the new health plans set off immediate alarm among insurance industry leaders, who already have been worried whether enough people who are inexpensive to cover will sign up.

“This latest rule change could cause significant instability in the marketplace and lead to further confusion and disruption for consumers,” said Karen Ignagni, president of America’s Health Insurance Plans, the industry’s main trade group.

No kidding. And don’t forget that without the mandate, they don’t have to buy insurance at all.  If they actually need coverage during the year, they can buy it then, thanks to the must-cover mandate in ObamaCare.  Now the uninsured won’t even have to pay a fine to make that cost-saving choice.

The White House figures that this will only impact less than 500,000 people:

It wasn’t immediately clear how many people might qualify under such an arrangement. The administration said Thursday that it believed that fewer than 500,000 people whose existing coverage had been terminated hadn’t yet enrolled in another plan.

First, that number is highly suspect.  More than 5 million cancellations went out, and only 365,000 people total had signed up in federal and state exchanges at the beginning of December.  But there’s another reason to be skeptical, too.  No one has really enrolled until they make their first premium payment, assuming that the insurers even have the correct enrollee information in the first place.  This is an open call for all of those who are getting shafted by high premiums to simply decide not to send that payment at all and take advantage of the amnesty. That choice will be most likely made by the healthiest (and youngest) “enrollees” who don’t need comprehensive coverage — leaving the less healthy and older to seriously disrupt the risk pools.

It’s a complete catastrophe. And the insurers aren’t going to have catastrophic coverage for this debacle.

Update: Daniel Halper makes a good point about this “hardship” exemption:

Today, the administration agreed with a group of senators, led by Mark Warner of Virginia, who argued that having your insurance plan canceled counted as “an unexpected natural or human-caused event.” For these people, in other words, Obamacare itself is the hardship. You can read HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ full letter here. HHS’s formal guidance is here.

Yes, ObamaCare is the hardship. However, there’s another point, too.  The individual mandate is a tax, don’t forget, and not just a regulatory requirement. Is there a “hardship exemption” from paying taxes on an individual basis? Not one of which I’m aware, and certainly not without Congressional action.

Update: Dang it, I thought I was being original with the headline, but Jeryl Bier beat me to it last night:

You gotta get up early to beat Jeryl … or stay up really late.


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…I like how these ‘taxes’ work!

KOOLAID2 on December 20, 2013 at 8:06 AM

Epic fail!

Ted Cruz wins!

cmsinaz on December 20, 2013 at 8:07 AM

But Duck Dynasty!

An utterly lawless regime that ignores the law — fascism at the least.

rbj on December 20, 2013 at 8:07 AM

Ed you need some clips from MJ this am….highlarious

cmsinaz on December 20, 2013 at 8:07 AM

The white house can legally make these changes
-al hunt

Seriously?

cmsinaz on December 20, 2013 at 8:09 AM

Will the “hostage takers” get the apology due to them? All they wanted to do was delay the individual mandate. I guess this law isn’t as “settled” as everyone claimed it was!

Mord on December 20, 2013 at 8:09 AM

These criminals need to be prosecuted and incarcerated as soon as possible. Total lawlessness.

HomeoftheBrave on December 20, 2013 at 8:11 AM

NO. Sorry. Need I remind all of you leftists: “It’s.The.Law” and since “it’s the law” you all need to abide by the law and the POTUS doesn’t have the authority to grant this waiver.

So you’re all screwed, it’s prison time or hefty fines, sorry about that. It’s.The.Law.

Bishop on December 20, 2013 at 8:11 AM

One thing to note, Captain Ed, is that these “catastrophic” plans are not the same as those offered previously. The plans must still cover all the same things all the other Obamacare plans cover, per the ACA. The price is only slightly less than the cost of Bronze plans, and are not eligible for subsidies.

These plans are anything but bare bones like the previous catastrophic plans.

So this is all a bit of political jujitsu.

William Teach on December 20, 2013 at 8:12 AM

Down goes the private health insurance industry.

Robert_Paulson on December 20, 2013 at 8:13 AM

“Otherwise, this has been the inevitable end game…”

Dint need no stinkin insurance companies anyway.

It wasn’t immediately clear how many people might qualify under such an arrangement.

They’re just buying time so they wouldn’t have to work on a Friday, God forbid.

Tsar of Earth on December 20, 2013 at 8:13 AM

Why aren’t the gop getting on TV saying the president can’t change the law as he sees fit…Its the law meme redux…..Cripe

cmsinaz on December 20, 2013 at 8:14 AM

As I said on the QOTD thread, this is a blatant admission of total abject failure (and fear).

dogsoldier on December 20, 2013 at 8:14 AM

This is comedy gold, though.

Under your old catastrophic plan you were going to get sick and die with substandard coverage.

But now Dog Eater says you need to go back to your old plan.

Why does Dog Eater want people to get sick and die?

Bishop on December 20, 2013 at 8:15 AM

Q: What’s the difference between the USA under the Obama administration and a banana republic?

A: The USA doesn’t export bananas!

Nomas on December 20, 2013 at 8:16 AM

I give it a few months before at least a few scared Dems start throwing around the word “repeal”. This is gonna collapse the entire system, even if it’s only a few million(for now) who are impacted by this latest lawless move by the regime.

Basically we’re gonna have a bunch of people with no insurance showing up at doctor’s offices and ERs when they get sick or injured and….hell, I don’t even know the logistics of it. The insurers have to sign them up, that much I know. But which doctors or hospitals will they have access to? How will they pay if the website is still glitchy? Will they even be required to pay right away?

Doughboy on December 20, 2013 at 8:17 AM

and then hotair will run out of material to bash the President on…that’s what you’re really afraid of, right?

nonpartisan on November 19, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Chris of Rights on December 20, 2013 at 8:18 AM

The plans must still cover all the same things all the other Obamacare plans cover, per the ACA.

William Teach on December 20, 2013 at 8:12 AM

Are you saying I can still get my Manograms and pills that come in that cute pink round package? Can I get them in a ‘metro-man blue’ package instead?

Tsar of Earth on December 20, 2013 at 8:19 AM

This entire administration is a hopeless farce. We don’t have a government anymore . . . we have a self serving crap shoot.

rplat on December 20, 2013 at 8:20 AM

Dear Barry,

Screw you guys…I’m going duck hunting!

Sincerely,
Joe

joe btfsplk on December 20, 2013 at 8:20 AM

Delay individual mandate says gop=hostage taking extremists
Delay individual mandate says dear leader = no worries.. gotta do whatcha gotta do

cmsinaz on December 20, 2013 at 8:20 AM

Doughboy on December 20, 2013 at 8:17 AM

I honestly believe we may be approaching the point where “repeal” could survive an Obama veto. The bigger question is whether we’ll reach that point before November, 2014.

Chris of Rights on December 20, 2013 at 8:20 AM

…IT’S THE LAW!

KOOLAID2 on December 20, 2013 at 8:21 AM

Why aren’t the gop…
cmsinaz on December 20, 2013 at 8:14 AM

Call-girls still trying to wake up the old codgers to get paid?

Tsar of Earth on December 20, 2013 at 8:22 AM

The show is over. Exit the theater.
The grownups have entered the chamber, and to the disappointment of a few, we’re not gonna have a govt. shut down.
Exchanges open Oct 1st.
Repubs will start working with Dems now to sort various anomalies that exist…you know, govern and stuff.

verbaluce on September 25, 2013 at 2:41 PM

ROFL

Bishop on December 20, 2013 at 8:22 AM

Catastrophic health insurance plans:

-Limit your medical expenses in case of emergency
-May offer affordable monthly premiums
-Usually have a high annual deductible
-May have higher out-of-pocket costs for covered services
-Don’t always provide coverage for preventive care

A catastrophic plan may be right for you if:

-You have no pre-existing medical conditions
-You’re not on regular prescription drugs
-You rarely see the doctor
-You can’t afford more robust coverage
-You expect to have other coverage within 6-12 months
-You only want coverage in case of emergency

albill on December 20, 2013 at 8:23 AM

…”I’m going to Asia”….”you figure it out!”…JugEars

KOOLAID2 on December 20, 2013 at 8:24 AM

So you’re all screwed, it’s prison time or hefty fines, sorry about that. It’s.The.Law.

Bishop on December 20, 2013 at 8:11 AM

Na. Once Second Messiah passes another EO declaring prison illegal for government officials they will all just move to the Caymans, or Costa Rica.

Think Operation Odessa, but with US officials.

Gatsu on December 20, 2013 at 8:25 AM

The number one solution to this country’s rightward shift, to all the craziness out there, is for those of us in the center and on the left to get control of our government. Firm, rational, progressive, grownup control…

Because the mobile gassing trucks just weren’t efficient enough.

Bishop on December 20, 2013 at 8:25 AM

I honestly believe we may be approaching the point where “repeal” could survive an Obama veto…
Chris of Rights on December 20, 2013 at 8:20 AM

In a rational world, certainly.

In the Obama Kingdom, not so much.

Tsar of Earth on December 20, 2013 at 8:25 AM

I honestly believe we may be approaching the point where “repeal” could survive an Obama veto. The bigger question is whether we’ll reach that point before November, 2014.

Chris of Rights on December 20, 2013 at 8:20 AM

I just don’t see how the Dems will be able defend the massive chaos that’s about to ensue. Setting aside the lawlessness of what Obama is doing, it’s a logistical nightmare. Even if these uninsured people have to be covered, who is going to treat them when they do get sick? Are doctors going to be forced to take them as patients? If so, how long will these folks have to wait to see these doctors? When(if ever) will these doctors who aren’t even technically part of these Obamacare plans going to get paid for their services? I could be here all day asking these questions. And the sad truth is no Democrat could possibly provide an answer.

Doughboy on December 20, 2013 at 8:26 AM

Why doesn’t Obama and the White House just declare this whole health care LAW is now transferred to the Executive Branch under the exclusive and full authority of the President? Seriously, how does this administration find the right to deviate from the written law? Exemptions, waivers, (for the entitled elite), and delays are not written into this law to be changed arbitrarily by this administration and should be constitutionally challenged. You, (Mr. President) have no constitutional right to change laws to satisfy your personal agenda, (or try to fix this train-wreck)—our government does not work this way.

Rovin on December 20, 2013 at 8:27 AM

Is there a “hardship exemption” from paying taxes on an individual basis? Not one of which I’m aware, and certainly not without Congressional action.
And do tell Ed…WHO on “our side” is gonna object??? RINO mania has swept/demonized the few that would speak the truth.
We are reaping the benefits of a gutless RINO world…

winston on December 20, 2013 at 8:27 AM

I just watched a guy from Kalifornia on F&F, lost insurance while his wife was pregnant,so he goes on the exchange and finally fights the system, which he admits is a mess, but now cannot confirm if he has insurance past December 31. All because of the ACA.
But then, he pivots and you can just tell he thinks he’s going to stick it to those pesky wing nuts, he starts preaching how the ACA is a great thing because everyone will get covered.
Brian Kilmeade says, but yeah, your policy was cancelled, you’re not able to confirm insurance and the system is a mess.
He looked like he needed to be rebooted.
I’m considering hopping a flight to Kalifornia and finding this guy.
I need a piñata for a party and he seems to like to be beaten. Repeatedly. For the cause or something.

AllahsNippleHair on December 20, 2013 at 8:31 AM

Obamacare hasn’t killed anybody . . . yet. That’s about to change.

myiq2xu on December 20, 2013 at 8:31 AM

Looks like, eventually, the Obama administration will come out against Obamacare and repeal it.

Vince on December 20, 2013 at 8:33 AM

New hotness: Those catastrophic plans we derided for the last five years seven weeks will work just fine for all of you who got screwed by the Affordable Care Act.

Maybe I missed something–and I can’t pinpoint exactly when the WH’s derision began being expressed–but didn’t this derision arise only since the roll out?

The white house can legally make these changes
-al hunt

Seriously?

cmsinaz on December 20, 2013 at 8:09 AM

I saw that too. I was stunned.

BuckeyeSam on December 20, 2013 at 8:35 AM

What exactly is the Obamacare Law…cause it changes every week…

workingclass artist on December 20, 2013 at 8:35 AM

do the state laws even allow this?

dmacleo on December 20, 2013 at 8:36 AM

Rovin…. just wait….it could still happen….Nov 2014 is a long time from now

cmsinaz on December 20, 2013 at 8:37 AM

Doughboy on December 20, 2013 at 8:17 AM

The administration is already circulating fairly comprehensive talking points about how repeal would be a huge hardship.

http://minx.cc/?post=345851

So, they’re worried.

Jeff Weimer on December 20, 2013 at 8:38 AM

What about the coming lawsuits? If insurance companies comply with the law as described by the White House, will the Holder justice department sue them for not complying with the written text of the law?

And what will consumers do? Will they also file lawsuits for non-compliance with the spoken word, if insurance companies decide to comply with the written law?

I am so confused.

esr1951 on December 20, 2013 at 8:39 AM

*sniff* *sniff*

I smell burning hair.

NotCoach on December 20, 2013 at 8:39 AM

Bishop on December 20, 2013 at 8:22 AM

Verby has to be doing a mega-facepalm today.

myiq2xu on December 20, 2013 at 8:31 AM

Um, there are some folks that lost their cancer treatments thanks to ZeroCare. They may not have died as of this moment, but they are in serious jeopardy.

dogsoldier on December 20, 2013 at 8:39 AM

The Obama administration on Thursday night significantly relaxed the rules of the federal health-care law for millions of consumers whose individual insurance policies have been canceled, saying they can buy bare-bones plans or entirely avoid a requirement that most Americans have health coverage.

Forgive me for stating the obvious, but this is not a blanket exemption. It exempts those who had their policies cancelled.

But Pajama Boy, the insurance ho, and the brosurance guys still need to comply.

Clusterphuck to the umpteenth power.

BuckeyeSam on December 20, 2013 at 8:39 AM

Verby has to be doing a mega-facepalm today.

dogsoldier on December 20, 2013 at 8:39 AM

That dishonest Fluke doesn’t care.

NotCoach on December 20, 2013 at 8:40 AM

The administration is already circulating fairly comprehensive talking points about how repeal would be a huge hardship.

http://minx.cc/?post=345851

So, they’re worried.

Jeff Weimer on December 20, 2013 at 8:38 AM

Say this much about the status quo. At least we knew what the hell it was. You knew if you had insurance. You knew if you didn’t. And more often than not, you knew what kind of insurance and which doctors and hospitals you could and couldn’t get access to. Can anyone say with any certainty now what they’ve got under Obamacare?

Doughboy on December 20, 2013 at 8:40 AM

I honestly believe we may be approaching the point where “repeal” could survive an Obama veto. The bigger question is whether we’ll reach that point before November, 2014.

Chris of Rights on December 20, 2013 at 8:20 AM

I think “February, 2014″ is a more relevant date…Democrat/ChoomCare simply is not sustainable, and if the courts don’t take it down first (there are numerous good lawsuits against it out there) I think Choomie himself will be signing the repeal, very, very soon.

Anti-Control on December 20, 2013 at 8:41 AM

Verby has to be doing a mega-facepalm today.

dogsoldier on December 20, 2013 at 8:39 AM

That dishonest Fluke doesn’t care.

NotCoach on December 20, 2013 at 8:40 AM

Verbie is knee deep in contraceptive sponges.
Yeah, you’re not going pull him off this carcass.

AllahsNippleHair on December 20, 2013 at 8:42 AM

dmacleo on December 20, 2013 at 8:36 AM

No. Nor does the law allow Obama to delay mandates for anyone. He is doing this illegally and Bonehead is letting him.

But now, who is left that the mandate still applies to? How many admissions of failure does it take?

Why should anyone comply? NO ONE WANTS IT. The socialists know it and they see their grasp on power is gone.

They will thrash, but they are toast.

dogsoldier on December 20, 2013 at 8:43 AM

Great news dear to hold press conference before he flies out…..

He’ll blame the gop for this delay 7 different ways ……strawman out in front

cmsinaz on December 20, 2013 at 8:43 AM

Dear leader I should say

cmsinaz on December 20, 2013 at 8:44 AM

I said in another thread, Boehner should call the House back, repeal this shite retroactively titled “Let’s Start Over,” and enact some incremental commonsense reforms that people can understand.

I saw on MSNBC that this and naming Baucus as ambassador to China is nothing but an attempt to save Baucus’s seat for Dems, to save other Senate Dems in races, and especially to help Landrieu, who will ascend to a head of the Senate’s energy committee in place of Baucus.

BuckeyeSam on December 20, 2013 at 8:45 AM

Drudge is reporting that Obama will hold a presser. That’ll solve the confusion.

esr1951 on December 20, 2013 at 8:45 AM

Yepper buckeye

cmsinaz on December 20, 2013 at 8:46 AM

BTW: The GOP should immediately begins discussions of illegal-immigrant amnesty.

/

I personally want to hear NOTHING of immigration reform until this clusterphuck is repealed and replaced.

BuckeyeSam on December 20, 2013 at 8:47 AM

NotCoach on December 20, 2013 at 8:40 AM

Probably true.

BuckeyeSam on December 20, 2013 at 8:39 AM

it’s an EpicClusterFarcNado™

dogsoldier on December 20, 2013 at 8:47 AM

You want to know how bad it is for Obama and Democrats? The WH is now releasing talking points on how awful it would be to repeal this putrid law.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/national_cost_of_repeal_report.pdf

FactCheck.org just phoned to say 100% true until they flip-flop next year and declare it lie of the year.

NotCoach on December 20, 2013 at 8:48 AM

I said in another thread, Boehner should call the House back, repeal this shite retroactively titled “Let’s Start Over,” and enact some incremental commonsense reforms that people can understand.

BuckeyeSam on December 20, 2013 at 8:45 AM

What Boehner “should” do, and what he will do, do not exist in the same reality, and never will again! lol

Anti-Control on December 20, 2013 at 8:48 AM

I stopped reading at ‘it was unclear’… This so aptly describes how the govt is being edicted right now.

Kissmygrits on December 20, 2013 at 8:49 AM

I love it how this administration just waves its magic wand and changes the rules to suit its incompetence.

Happy Nomad on December 20, 2013 at 8:49 AM

NotCoach on December 20, 2013 at 8:48 AM

They see the writing on the wall and they do not like what the writing says.

dogsoldier on December 20, 2013 at 8:49 AM

+1 dogsoldier

cmsinaz on December 20, 2013 at 8:49 AM

Drudge is reporting that Obama will hold a presser. That’ll solve the confusion.

esr1951 on December 20, 2013 at 8:45 AM

After all, 25 years ago, an auto insurer laughed at Obama when he called to report a collision when he either had a high deductible or was carrying only liability coverage.

Obama is a financial and insurance-industry genius.

BuckeyeSam on December 20, 2013 at 8:50 AM

Drudge is reporting that Obama will hold a presser. That’ll solve the confusion.

esr1951 on December 20, 2013 at 8:45 AM

lol :)

Anti-Control on December 20, 2013 at 8:50 AM

Great news dear to hold press conference before he flies out…..

He’ll blame the gop for this delay 7 different ways ……strawman out in front

cmsinaz on December 20, 2013 at 8:43 AM

Oh good. He’ll take 5 questions, filibuster for 10 minutes as he avoids answering each one, blame everyone but himself, and then jet off to Hawaii.

Doughboy on December 20, 2013 at 8:50 AM

Great news dear to hold press conference before he flies out…..

He’ll blame the gop for this delay 7 different ways ……strawman out in front

cmsinaz on December 20, 2013 at 8:43 AM

Ted Cruz has been proven right, while McCain is still muttering ‘it’s the law’ as he does the walk of shame back to the GOP side this morning.
Dog soldier is right. If the idiots on our side aren’t out there after every ‘ACA change by dear leader’, slamming him to just give it up, it’s a lost cause, then what’s the point.
You wonder where the line is drawn in the sand for the GOP? When do they get a backbone?

AllahsNippleHair on December 20, 2013 at 8:50 AM

If your individual insurance plan has been cancelled and you believe other Marketplace plans aren’t affordable, you can apply for a hardship exemption. This will allow you buy a catastrophic plan.

J_Crater on December 20, 2013 at 8:51 AM

Drudge is reporting that Obama will hold a presser. That’ll solve the confusion.

esr1951 on December 20, 2013 at 8:45 AM

Here’s hoping he’ll once again tell us all how mad he is.

Happy Nomad on December 20, 2013 at 8:51 AM

Drudge is reporting that Obama will hold a presser. That’ll solve the confusion.

esr1951 on December 20, 2013 at 8:45 AM

Obama: Bye Bye suckers I’m off to Hawaii.

kcewa on December 20, 2013 at 8:51 AM

it’s an EpicClusterFarcNado™

dogsoldier on December 20, 2013 at 8:47 AM

Now that you mention it, I think I saw that here in the past few days. And I stand corrected!

BuckeyeSam on December 20, 2013 at 8:51 AM

Doughboy on December 20, 2013 at 8:40 AM

Nope.

But with all this upheaval, going back to status quo ante may be impossible for the short term without a massive monetary infusion to the industry to ensure it doesn’t collapse. Something on the order of the bailouts the airlines received after 9/11.

Jeff Weimer on December 20, 2013 at 8:52 AM

This will allow you buy a catastrophic plan.

J_Crater on December 20, 2013 at 8:51 AM

Or not buy a plan at all.

kcewa on December 20, 2013 at 8:52 AM

What next?

The only doctor seeing patients in the next year will be Theodoric of York Medieval Barber?

BuckeyeSam on December 20, 2013 at 8:53 AM

Drudge is reporting that Obama will hold a presser. That’ll solve the confusion.

esr1951 on December 20, 2013 at 8:45 AM

I feel better already.

Chris of Rights on December 20, 2013 at 8:53 AM

I said in another thread, Boehner should call the House back, repeal this shite retroactively titled “Let’s Start Over,” and enact some incremental commonsense reforms that people can understand.

I saw on MSNBC that this and naming Baucus as ambassador to China is nothing but an attempt to save Baucus’s seat for Dems, to save other Senate Dems in races, and especially to help Landrieu, who will ascend to a head of the Senate’s energy committee in place of Baucus.

BuckeyeSam on December 20, 2013 at 8:45 AM

Yeah, unlike Chris Christie, the democrat governor is going to install another democrat into the seat instead bleating on and on about fairness.

AllahsNippleHair on December 20, 2013 at 8:53 AM

Na. Once Second Messiah passes another EO declaring prison illegal for government officials they will all just move to the Caymans, or Costa Rica.

Think Operation Odessa, but with US officials.

Gatsu on December 20, 2013 at 8:25 AM

Speaking of selective law enforcement: Obysmal “pardoned” a number of crack cocaine dealers because the law “disproportionately punished black offenders.” One of the pardoned is a relative of Deval Patrick. (This is called crony “justice.”)

onlineanalyst on December 20, 2013 at 8:54 AM

I love it how this administration just waves its magic wand and changes the rules to suit its incompetence.

Happy Nomad on December 20, 2013 at 8:49 AM

It makes me sick that no one hold the criminal punk accountable. What he is doing is illegal.

Didn’t he himself say: It’s the law? Now, I guess it’s the law unless he says otherwise?

If he was a republican the press would excoriate him they would bury him in an avalanche of attacks.

Now they will be forced to admit he’s a failure.

dogsoldier on December 20, 2013 at 8:55 AM

Yepper doughboy

ANH….I don’t see them growing a spine anytime soon

No one is crying foul on these multiple changes now and I don’t see them crying foul in the future…. but dear leader is definitely setting precedence….. any president can change the law as they see fit

Lsm and dems can’t cry outrage after what this idiot has been doing

cmsinaz on December 20, 2013 at 8:55 AM

Why aren’t the gop getting on TV saying the president can’t change the law as he sees fit…Its the law meme redux…..Cripe

cmsinaz on December 20, 2013 at 8:14 AM

Most of them are happy it’s working this way. Collapse the insurance industry and then they can “pretend” object all the way to single payer, which has to happen because there is no more insurance industry to save, so there is no other choice.

moo on December 20, 2013 at 8:56 AM

Under this new aberration of a healthcare law you cannot be turned down for pre-existing conditions so why not just pay for the minor issues you may have when you’re relatively young and don’t buy this expensive beast until you develop a serious condition. In the meantime you’ll save a lot of money even if you pay the fine.

rplat on December 20, 2013 at 8:57 AM

Moo *sigh *

cmsinaz on December 20, 2013 at 8:58 AM

And so, Congress passes a “budget” that essentially funds ObysmalCare, and then the WH unilaterally changes the “law” again?

onlineanalyst on December 20, 2013 at 8:59 AM

It’s going to be interesting to see what they require as proof to qualify for this exemption.

kcewa on December 20, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Sooooo, the lady in charge of implementing obamalamadingdongcare in Minnesota was fired because she left for vacation during its implementation (I use the word loosely).

Can we do the same to the person who is leaving for a Hawaiian vacation shortly?

Equality for all….isn’t that the mantra of this administration?

Meh.

herm2416 on December 20, 2013 at 9:01 AM

ahhhh, that gal with THOSE EYES again!

ToddPA on December 20, 2013 at 9:04 AM

BTW: What does this move do for employment?

Even if this doesn’t directly affect employer-provided plans, won’t this affect insurers as they deal with employer-provided plans? If employers don’t know what their costs will be, will this accelerate employers dumping their plans? Why should employers feel the heat and why should they have to waste time communicating changes to employees?

BuckeyeSam on December 20, 2013 at 9:05 AM

Here’s hoping he’ll once again tell us all how mad he is.

Happy Nomad on December 20, 2013 at 8:51 AM

Maybe he will finally ‘lose it’ on national TV.

esr1951 on December 20, 2013 at 9:05 AM

Drudge is reporting that Obama will hold a presser. That’ll solve the confusion.

esr1951 on December 20, 2013 at 8:45 AM

“Ok I’ll take a question from Bob.”

-Mr. Dog Eater, under what authority do you unilaterally grant waivers and and dispensations from DeathCare?

“Ok thank you everyone for being here today, I’m off to Hawaii, have a happy Ramadan.”

Bishop on December 20, 2013 at 9:06 AM

I guess this law, which no one read before they passed it, is whatever obama says it is. They should have called it tabula rosa healthcare. It gives the president immense powers to legislate from the oval office, and to interfere in our personal lives according to his political needs.

Meanwhile all these concessions are going to destroy what little economic foundation obamacare ever had. If people don’t have to sign up, and can sign up at any time for preexisting conditions, there is no incentive to start paying in. And that goes double for the young folk this law depends on.

paul1149 on December 20, 2013 at 9:07 AM

NBC’s Kasie Hunt reports on Twitter that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid “has been hospitalized.”

“.@SenatorReid has been hospitalized after not feeling well. He won’t be working in the Senate today &remains in the hospital for observation,” Hunt tweets.

kcewa on December 20, 2013 at 9:09 AM

kcewa on December 20, 2013 at 9:09 AM

Maybe the confusion was too much for the senator.

esr1951 on December 20, 2013 at 9:11 AM

This latest rule change could cause significant instability in the marketplace and lead to further confusion and disruption for consumers,” said Karen Ignagni, president of America’s Health Insurance Plans

There’s an understatement if ever there was one.

In essence, it’s practically a requirement now that consumers have to keep track on a daily basis as to what exactly the law is on any given day.

This is insane.

lynncgb on December 20, 2013 at 9:11 AM

NBC’s Kasie Hunt reports on Twitter that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid “has been hospitalized.”

“.@SenatorReid has been hospitalized after not feeling well. He won’t be working in the Senate today &remains in the hospital for observation,” Hunt tweets.

I don’t wish harm on anyone, but yet I don’t feel an ounce of sympathy for that piece of crap.

Doughboy on December 20, 2013 at 9:12 AM

Maybe he will finally ‘lose it’ on national TV.

esr1951 on December 20, 2013 at 9:05 AM

Loses it again. Don’t forget the meltdowns when the reporter dared ask him a question at that presser to announce the arbitrary and illegal Executive Order to allow the DREAMERS to continue to mooch off society. Then there was the presser after not being able to grab guns as he had hoped with the “Ban the Second Amendment” legislation fronted by his party in Congress.

But there is always hope that he truly will snap one of these days.

Happy Nomad on December 20, 2013 at 9:13 AM

seems to me that we’ve been here before. Don’t these unilateral HHS decisions still need acquiesence from the insurance companies and approval from each of the state insurance commissioners?

Obama should not hold a presser. Something tells me this is not going to go well for him.

He’d be better off slithering out of town.

matthew8787 on December 20, 2013 at 9:15 AM

“This latest rule change could cause significant instability in the marketplace and lead to further confusion and disruption for consumers,” said Karen Ignagni, president of America’s Health Insurance Plans

There’s an understatement if ever there was one.

In essence, it’s practically a requirement now that consumers have to keep track on a daily basis as to what exactly the law is on any given day.

This is insane.

lynncgb on December 20, 2013 at 9:11 AM

I think the phrase, “winging it,” has never been more appropriate!

Unrelated: I hope Choomie does his press conference with Pajama Boy at his side – that would be something to see! :)

Anti-Control on December 20, 2013 at 9:16 AM

so, considering that this law is being changed by decree, does this latest change give someone with insurance standing to sue and have this over turned? or will that point be once the first fine goes out?

as for dingy being sick, the paranoid in me wonders if this isn’t a way to set up a replacement for him JUST before the next election to save a democrat seat. idk.

but just because you’re paranoid, doesn’t mean they aren’t after you.

todler on December 20, 2013 at 9:17 AM

Unrelated: I hope Choomie does his press conference with Pajama Boy at his side – that would be something to see! :)

Anti-Control on December 20, 2013 at 9:16 AM

Thanks. I now have this image of them standing together, Obama’s arm wrapped around him, both of them in matching onesie pajamas.

Chris of Rights on December 20, 2013 at 9:17 AM

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