Just a helpful Christmas news dump as Jeeves was packing King Obama’s golf wear for his luxurious 17-day, $4 million Hawaiian vacation. He’s not rewriting the law, he’s just relaxing it. What a guy.
The Obama administration Thursday night significantly relaxed the rules of the health-care law for millions of consumers whose individual insurance policies have been canceled, saying they could buy bare-bones health plans or entirely avoid the requirement that most Americans have health insurance.
The surprise announcement, four days before the Dec. 23 deadline for people to choose coverage that begins on Jan. 1, triggered an immediate backlash from the health insurance industry and raised new fairness questions about a law intended to promote affordable and comprehensive coverage.
“This type of last-minute change will cause tremendous instability in the marketplace and lead to further confusion and disruption for consumers,” said Robert Zirkelbach, spokeman for American’s Health Insurance Plans, the industry’s main trade group.
But wait. This isn’t lawlessness. It’s common sense, rubes.
“This is a common sense clarification of the law,” said Joanne Peters, a spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Human Services. “For the limited number of consumers whose plans have been canceled and are seeking coverage, this is one more option.”
Limited number. Uh huh.
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) issued the following statement today regarding reports about the Obama administration’s announcement that it will offer hardship exemptions for Americans whose health care plans have been cancelled under ObamaCare:
“The Administration is recognizing the grim reality that more Americans have lost health insurance than gained it under ObamaCare. Holding a fire sale of cheap insurance is not a responsible fix for a broken program. This is a slap in the face to the thousands of Americans who have already purchased expensive insurance through the ObamaCare exchanges. ObamaCare as originally conceived is a flawed policy and must be repealed.”
Where do the suckers go who paid for expensive plans now go? Remember all that talk about how lousy the plans were that people had canceled? Yeah, about that.
The Obama administration is planning to allow individuals whose health insurance was cancelled under ObamaCare to buy catastrophic plans once intended mainly for young people.
Under the plan, individuals who are unable to renew their current health insurance will be able to purchase bare-bones coverage, according to a source connected with the health industry.
Current rules say that to qualify for a catastrophic plan, individuals must be either under 30 or qualify for a “hardship” exemption.
The Obama administration’s new guidance will argue that individuals whose 2013 plans were canceled and who determine that other options are not affordable should be able to purchase bare-bones coverage.
Such nice words. Allow. Guidance. Relax. Gives you such a warm feeling.