Government Takeover: White House Forces Obamacare Insurers To Cover Unpaid Patients At A Loss

Posted by on Dec 14, 2013 at 8:23 pm

Of all of the last-minute delays, website bungles, and Presidential whims that have marred the roll-out of Obamacare’s subsidized insurance exchanges, what happened on Thursday, December 12 will stand as one of the most lawless acts yet committed by this administration. The White House—having canceled Americans’ old health plans, and having botched the system for enrolling people in new ones—knows that millions of Americans will enter the new year without health coverage. So instead of actually fixing the problem, the administration is retroactively attempting to force insurers to hand out free health care—at a loss—to those whom the White House has rendered uninsured. If Obamacare wasn’t a government takeover of the health insurance industry, then what is it now?

On Wednesday afternoon, health policy reporters found in their inboxes a friendly e-mail from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, announcing “steps to ensure Americans signing up through the Marketplace have coverage and access to the care they need on January 1.” Basically, the “steps” involve muscling insurers to provide free or discounted care to those who have become uninsured because of the problems with

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3 Responses to “Government Takeover: White House Forces Obamacare Insurers To Cover Unpaid Patients At A Loss”

  1. John Scotus on 15/15/13 at 4:06 am

    I wonder how many of the insurers are going to ignore this pressure and follow the law, along with common business sense. It is odd how the Obama administration continues to try to get others to pay for their mistakes.

  2. judgeroybean on 16/16/13 at 11:23 am

    The government should have to pay the insurance companies and hopefully get repaid when system is up and running. The Feds are responsible for problem, not the Insurance companies. If the president can drop into an African country and just give them 3oo mil, and if Kerry can just fork over 17 mil to Viet Nam, certainly the government has the money to pay for their own mistakes.

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