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Retreat: Obama Admin May Extend
Plans Canceled by Obamacare
for 3 Years

Mediaite, by Noah Rothman

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Posted By:JoniTx, 2/6/2014 9:52:13 PM

This is either a glaring admission of defeat from the White House or… no, that’s really all it could be. After weeks of defending the cancellation of health plans insurers discontinued in 2013 in order to comply with the Affordable Care Act’s coverage mandates, the White House announced in November of last year that it was urging insurers to reinstate those plans. The catch was, of course, that most insurers would be unable to turn on a dime and reinstate those plans. Furthermore, the administration allowed individual states leeway to determine whether or not they would even allow insurers to reinstate

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: cjohn2979, 2/6/2014 10:03:08 PM     (No. 9722588)

Trial balloon to see if he can get away with pushing it past the 2016 election.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Ribicon, 2/6/2014 10:03:15 PM     (No. 9722590)

Kenyan sleight-of-hand: insurers will refuse to wade in these murky waters, and will then shoulder the blame for the hordes of newly uninsured.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Bpl40, 2/6/2014 10:17:51 PM     (No. 9722604)

The ACA is the law of the land duly (if you stretch the definition to breaking point) passed by Congress. Where is the Constitutional authority to do this? Is this his father´s private Kenyan plantation?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Doc Obiwan, 2/6/2014 10:35:46 PM     (No. 9722619)

Literally, Can Not Do It.

Those plans no longer exist.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Pros7767, 2/6/2014 11:11:03 PM     (No. 9722661)

If the Republicans allow this, they all need to be thrown out for violating their oath.

Better yet, indict them all for treason.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: KTWO, 2/6/2014 11:33:20 PM     (No. 9722682)

Wouldn´t it be up to the insurer? They legally cancelled, a court won´t order reinstatement of the policies.

What would be the time frame? How long can you wait to ask for your old insurance again? Back premiums?

The insurance companies do face a bind. They want and expect a bailout for losses on ObamaCare policies. IOW the companies know HHS has them by the nuts. They will behave if they can.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: strike3, 2/7/2014 12:25:39 AM     (No. 9722710)

This is the desperation scenario, delay beyond his second term and hope the next president is stupid enough to attempt to implement an unsustainable piece of wreckage and get the blame.

Sorry, obie, you own this mess, it is your legacy of failure and you earned it.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 2/7/2014 7:33:13 AM     (No. 9722837)

In a word, "illegal."

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Boneshaker, 2/7/2014 7:33:19 AM     (No. 9722838)

Let the next Commie-In-Chief handle the problem?

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Reply 10 - Posted by: lilo, 2/7/2014 8:13:14 AM     (No. 9722898)

More like the evil insurance companies taketh away, but the Obama giveth.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: mazeman, 2/7/2014 9:20:23 AM     (No. 9722965)

Either follow the law, or get rid of it.

Where the h*ll are the Republicans?!

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Reply 12 - Posted by: EnsignOToole, 2/7/2014 9:26:00 AM     (No. 9722969)

If he really wants cancelled plans reinstated, there is only one way - sign a bill from Congress which repeals Obamacare. It´s a little too late for that, but it would be a start. Maybe insurers will write new plans that resemble the features of the cancelled plans.

What truly boggles the mind about Obamacare is the birth control mandate for all women, despite religious beliefs, and, incomprehensibly, a woman´s age and fertility. Many women have had hysterectomies, so why should they have to pay to have birth control in their insurance? Going back to respecting religious beliefs - since when does America not respect religious beliefs? Does anyone remember Conscientious Objectors?

While I´m not a Catholic, I think the Catholic Church is going to have to lead the way, in getting Obamacare repealed, since it is the doctrine of the church that prohibits artificial birth control. That doctrine may have been somewhat relaxed, but even more infuriating is to expect all women, long past childbearing, to pay for contraceptives as part of their health insurance - it´s illogical!

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Hugh Akston, 2/7/2014 9:29:02 AM     (No. 9722975)

Can the administration just magically morph into BCBS, Aetna, Humana, et al? And then snap their actuarial and business fingers and, poof, overnite we have policies in force, doctor´s take last year´s card, just like it was 12/31/13?

Can we just snap our fingers, ignore law (enforce law?), and make it 1/19/09 again?



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Reply 14 - Posted by: jeffkinnh, 2/7/2014 9:30:14 AM     (No. 9722977)

They are asking companies to take illegal actions with only BO´s word, which has proven to be worthless, for cover. If you are the board of one of the insurance companies would you like to expose your company to this type of legal threat?

First, they could be sued for providing policies that don´t comply with the law. Second, if someone buys one of these policies (for a lower price because it doesn´t have all the BOCare bells and whistles) and then they have a situation develop that falls under the required BOCare coverage, they could sue demanding the coverage required by the law. The insurance company is left paying the bills with only small premiums being paid and NONE of BOCare´s protection for "losses" associated with implementation with the law.

Doing this would be a horrible business risk.

It nicely plays into BO´s real goal of destruction of the insurance companies.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 2/7/2014 9:44:20 AM     (No. 9722989)

Agree w/ #14. I worked for an insurance company briefly once. We often had to forward issues to the legal department to make sure the policy complied with the law,or if it was being interpreted correctly.
The policy can´t have an asterisks saying ´´Obama said this is OK.´´

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Reply 16 - Posted by: hawgguy, 2/7/2014 10:17:43 AM     (No. 9723028)

They´re making it up as they go along.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: RancherJack, 2/7/2014 10:26:31 AM     (No. 9723038)

He is not a KIng .. yet the miserable Republican Hierarchy´s response to Obama´s illegal, breaking the Constitution actions is ..

(crickets)

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Farmwife1, 2/7/2014 10:35:45 AM     (No. 9723052)

Boener uh, seems to be uh, helpless. He, uh, has uh, apparently moved on uh, to uh, ammnesty. Uh.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: chicodon, 2/7/2014 11:03:47 AM     (No. 9723097)

I would guess that the targets here are the wave of cancellations that are coming later this year around election time. This time it will be employer based plans.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Franz, 2/7/2014 11:16:43 AM     (No. 9723128)

Now let get this straight. This was Obama´s own signature law. Yet the current manifestation of it bares little resemblance to what was passed by Congress and he signed into law. Most of the changes he has made are 180 degree reversals of what was signed. The ACA resembles a Swiss cheese, because of all the holes Obama has driven through it.

This was not supposed to be a blank check to allow him to do whatever he wants whenever he wants to do it. To make matters worse, he keeps reversing his directions from day to day.

This resembles a king ruling by "divine right*." That is, the king can make it up as he goes along. It is totally in opposition to the rule of law spelled out in the US Constitution.

* "divine right" is one of the biggest oxymoron´s of all time. It is neither divine nor is it right.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: JediJerry, 2/7/2014 11:16:48 AM     (No. 9723129)

He has a pen and a phone and if Congress will not act He will. Thy will be done, on Earth as it is in Utopia. The Coup continues.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: oh-heck, 2/7/2014 11:49:28 AM     (No. 9723184)

The Republicans are sitting there with their mouths open saying, he can´t do that! I urge them to think about the trial balloon to close Gitmo, the trial balloons to reduce the benefits for active duty veterans, his decision to delay the employer mandate, his decision to use the honor system to determine income for issuing tax credits to people enrolled in Obamacare.

Take him to court, but do not allow him to use control as President to keep changing the contractual terms of the insurance companies. At the same time, repeal the bailout clause so the insurance companies bail.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Butch59, 2/7/2014 12:09:11 PM     (No. 9723212)

I can´t understand why some of those conservative organizations that specialize in doing so don´t come out and file charges against the administration, expecially Obozo, for breaking what is the law. Where is it written that the President cannot be charged with a crime? And show me where is says that a President can change a law with a wave of the hand? I thought that CONGRESS was supposed to pass laws. Or change them if necessary. I´m beginning to believe that we are now living in the Twilight Zone.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: rplat, 2/7/2014 12:31:46 PM     (No. 9723252)

The incompetent fools just don´t know when to quit.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 2/7/2014 3:53:03 PM     (No. 9723575)

L´etat, c´est moi.

The Emperor has spoken.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Th-Gr-Sil-Majority, 2/7/2014 7:33:25 PM     (No. 9723823)

...chaos is the ultimate goal...

...Barry is real good at that...

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