List: All the president’s Obamacare delays
posted at 11:39 am on February 13, 2014 by Guy Benson
The New York Times compiles a roster of unilateral postponements and alterations to the ‘Affordable’ Care Act, including the following low-lights:
SPRING 2013- Delays for one year the option to provide workers with a choice of health plans on the small business marketplace, limiting them to a single plan.
JUL 2 – Announces a one-year delay in the requirement that larger businesses offer health coverage to their employees or face a penalty.
NOV. 14 – Asks insurers to reinstate plans being canceled because they do not comply with minimum coverage requirements of the law.
DEC. 19 – Announces that people whose policies have been canceled will be allowed to buy catastrophic coverage and will be exempt from tax penalties for not having insurance in 2014.
FEB. 10, 2014 – For employers with between 50 and 99 employees, delays for another year (until 2016) the requirement that they offer health coverage to their employees or face a penalty. Temporarily reduces the percentage of employees that larger companies are required to cover.
Click through for the complete list, which…isn’t quite complete. Off the top of my head, I came up with two additional (and fairly substantial) items the Times didn’t include: (1) The decision to delay the law’s subsidy-eligibility verification enforcement standards through at least 2015, and (2) the move to waive caps on out-of-pocket costs, such as co-pays and deductibles, for one year. I’m sure the Times omitted other examples , too — although in fairness to them, it’s genuinely hard to keep up with the endless parade of changes. Last July, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius compared opponents of Obamacare to segregationists in a repulsive speech to the NAACP:
“The Affordable Care Act is the most powerful law for reducing health disparities since Medicare and Medicaid were created in 1965, the same year the Voting Rights Act was also enacted,” Sebelius said. “That significance hits especially close to home. My father was a congressman from Cincinnati who voted for each of those critical civil rights laws, and who represented a district near where the late Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth lived and preached.The same arguments against change, the same fear and misinformation that opponents used then are the same ones opponents are spreading now. ‘This won’t work,’ ‘Slow down,’ ‘Let’s wait,’ they say…”
Does the president’s series of “slow down” and “let’s wait” delays remind Sebelius of Bull Connor? Of course not. She’s just an incompetent, race-baiting, partisan hack.