Betsy McCaughey: Health Care Act’s Exemptions From Insurance Mandate Will Leave Millions Uninsured

Posted by Kendall Harmon

On Jan. 30, the Obama administration unveiled a long list of exemptions from the ObamaCare insurance mandate. Flaws and contradictions in the law will cause millions of people to be uninsured. The administration also estimated that the cheapest family plan will cost $20,000 by 2016. This new information indicates that the Affordable Care Act is failing in both goals: making insurance affordable and covering the uninsured.

Children are the biggest victims. The hastily drafted law, passed before it was read, overlooked them.

The law says that beginning in 2014, employers with 50 or more full-time employees must offer coverage or pay a penalty. The law's sloppy drafting left it unclear whether that meant worker's coverage or family coverage.

Read it all from IBD.

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Posted February 7, 2013 at 7:15 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. APB wrote:

For years the Democrats have held border enforcement hostage to “comprehensive immigrations reform.”  This may be one of the few times when the Republicans should take the same tack by refusing any changes until the PPACA is substantially rewritten.  At the time it was passed, if you listened carefully, even those who supported the basic concept were concerned by the actual implementation.

February 7, 9:26 am | [comment link]
2. In Texas wrote:

The problem was Nancy Pelosi having to “deem the legislation to have passed” after Scott Brown (R) came to the senate.  If they did the usual reconciliation and cleaning up of the bill, it would not have passed. We therefore received a new law that is full of problems, made worse by only a handful of the people that voted for it actually having read the 1,000+ pages before voting.

This law will become even more unpopular once the majority of the previsions go into force.  It’s in the Republicans best interest to let the ACA be implemented as written, since it will be much easier to gut or totally repeal at a later date.  Middle class families that are dealing with huge medical bills from having a family member with a severe chronic illness, like mine, are getting hit very hard.  One of the funding mechanisms was to cap the flex spending accounts at $2,500 and to raise the floor for being able to deduct medical expenses to 10% (from 7.5%).  This all changed January 1, 2013.

I remember President Obama talking several times how it was a shame that middle class families had to go bankrupt because of high medical bills – so they go and raise the taxes on the very families that needed those provisions.  I wonder if this was a ploy to make things worse, so Obama (or whoever in 4 years) could come back and say we need a complete government takeover and go to a single payer system.  I also wonder how the Federal government is going to run the state exchanges for the states that aren’t going to implement them?  Bad for everyone all around (except for all the new IRS agents and new HHS employees smile  )

February 7, 2:13 pm | [comment link]
3. St. Jimbob of the Apokalypse wrote:

“Bad for everyone all around (except for all the new IRS agents and new HHS employees) ” Which is one of the reasons NAPE/AFSCME (public employees’ union) was pushing so hard for this legislation to pass.

February 7, 6:01 pm | [comment link]
4. dwstroudmd+ wrote:

It took them this long to read it to find out what was in it?!

And it doesn’t do what it was allegedly written to do?!

Democratic Doonboggle!

February 7, 7:02 pm | [comment link]
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