Obama and his cabal of Euro-socialists last week announces a one-year delay of the “employer mandate” that is essential to ObamaCare implement. This is the latest evidence that — even as Democrats admit – implementation is turning into a massive “train wreck.”
The Heritage Foundation and The Hill have summarized missteps and failures in implementation of the legislation that generated Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s infamous comment: “We have to pass the [healthcare] bill so that you can find out what’s in it.”
1. The CLASS Act is abandoned then repealed. The CLASS Act was a long-term care insurance program. However, in 2011 HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius suspend work on the program, stating it was not be financially viable, according to The Hill. A Congressional Democrat called it “a Ponzi scheme of the first order, the kind of thing that Bernie Madoff would have been proud of….” Then Congress repealed it.
2. Exchanges miss deadlines. ObamaCare provides an unlimited budget to help states set up their own insurance exchanges — and no budget for the federally run backup. So HHS has shelled out billions of dollars to help 17 states build their exchanges, and has had to cobble together funds for the remaining 33 marketplaces. Still it needs another $1.5 billion more — money Congress is highly unlikely to provide.
3. The employer mandate delayed at least a year. The White House announced last week that it would delay enforcement of ObamaCare’s employer mandate for at least a year, which fueled questions about whether ObamaCare overall is on track.
4. The small-business exchanges delayed. Even before delaying the employer mandate, the Administration in April said that workers will not be able to choose plans from different health insurers in the small business exchanges next year. HHS delayed by one this part of the new insurance exchanges for small business. Even liberal blogger Joe Klein called the delay “a really bad sign” that indicated “ObamaCare incompetence.”
5. Child-only plans actually cut coverage. An ObamaCare drafting glitch has led to less access to care for children with pre-existing conditions. That’s because insurers in 17 states were no longer selling child-only health insurance plans because they fear that families would apply only for coverage when a child had been diagnosed with a costly illness.
6. The Basic Health Plan delayed. HHS has delayed a Basic Health program that would let states bargain directly with insurance companies to create scaled-down plans for people who aren’t eligible for Medicaid.
7. High-risk pools are under-performing, underfunded, scaled back. This program for people with pre-existing conditions faced higher costs and lower enrollment than expected. Projected to cover 700,000 people, only 110,000 enrolled. While operating at less than 20% of its anticipated capacity, the Administration has halted new enrollment “and other radical measures” to prevent the $5 billion program from running out of money.
8. Early retiree reinsurance is broke. The $5 billion program was intended to last until 2014, but ran out of money in 2011, two years ahead of schedule.
9. Waivers given to Obama’s special interests. HHS discovered that some of the ObamaCare mandates raise costs so much that employers would drop coverage rather than face skyrocketing premiums. So, HHS approved more than 1,200 waivers from a provision that gradually eliminated annual caps on benefits. More than half of the waivers went to union insurance plans. The scandalous waivers turned into messaging nightmares for Democrats, so Obama simply stopped issuing monthly waiver reports. No full disclosure; problem solved.
10. Co-ops defunded. Congress blocked additional funding to this ObamaCare program in January after a new health insurance co-op was called “fatally flawed” by the Vermont’s Insurance Commissioner… and Vermont is an extremely liberal state.
11. “Employee free choice” repealed. This provision would have allowed certain workers to use employer contributions to buy exchange health plans, but it was repealed in April, 2011, because businesses considered it too complex to manage and unworkable.
12. 1099 filing requirement repealed. The widely criticized “1099” reporting requirement was the first ObamaCare provision to be repealed. It required businesses to report expenses over $600 to the IRS. Characterized as needless red tape, Congress worked for eight months to repeal it, then Obama signed it.