Getting close to “full panic mode,” the White House on Thursday announced another drastic change in Obamacare deadlines that people who’ve lost their health insurance because of Obamacare won’t be penalized by Obamacare.
And might even be able to get at least a version of the penalties they used to have, as long as the government approves them.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who now apparently wields the same power President Obama thinks he does to decide what laws are enforced and when they’re just suggestions, made the announcement in a letter to Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., and other senators, according to The New York Times.
In the letter, Sebelius wrote that the millions who had their policies canceled because they were “substandard,” according to the new lords of politicized medicine in the Obama administration will be allowed to buy catastrophic health-care coverage (probably worse than the policies they lost) and won’t be forced to pay penalties if they go without coverage altogether, according to The Times.
The Times, which can’t bring itself to call Obamacare by anything other than the euphemism “health care law,” acknowledged in a back-hand way the announcement is more evidence that the president’s signature “achievement” is actually the train wreck conservatives had been predicting it would be.
“It was another effort by President Obama to cushion the impact of the health care law law and minimize political damage to himself and Democrats in Congress who adopted the law in 2010 over solid Republican opposition,” The Times explained.
The best way to “cushion the impact” of bad laws is not to pass them in the first place. The second best way is to repeal them, which has the added benefit of minimizing “political damage,” too.
None of that for Obamacare, of course. It just needed more clarification, a spokeswoman for the HHS said.
“This is a common sense clarification of the law,” spokeswoman Joanne Peters said, according to Fox News. “For the limited number of consumers whose plans have been cancelled and are seeking coverage, this is one more option.”
It’s terrific that we have sterling people like Kathleen Sebelius and Joann Peters to clarify laws that used to be passed the old-fashioned way, by the people’s representatives meeting in Congress. But that was so pre-Obama.
U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., told Fox News the constant stream of clarifications, policy shifts and exemptions – often announced on the eve of holidays to avoid news coverage as much as possible – just show how big a failure Obamacare is turning out to be.
And it will only get worse by the official beginning of its coverage Jan. 1.
“Less than two weeks from going live, the White House seems to be in full panic mode,” Blackburn said. “Rather than more White House delays, waivers, and exemptions, the administration should provide all Americans relief from its failed law.”
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