With the highly anticipated roll out of Obamacare, the president’s signature legislation, plagued by snafus, and heretofore content policy holders being tossed by their insurance companies, and high ranking Democrats like former President Bill Clinton, urging him to uphold his promise to let them keep their plan if they wanted to, President Obama finally admitted that there were some problems with the AFA.
On Thursday (November 14) the president announced that he was enacting measures that would shore up the troubled program and get things back on track. Trouble is, the so-called solution the president proposed will in no way solve the problem. It amounts to no more than putting a Band-Aid on a festering wound.
At a White House briefing, a spokesman for the president said the president would allow insurance companies to delay cancellation of policies that don’t meet the minimum standards required by Obamacare. However, the move came only after millions of cancellation notices had already been sent out. The spokesman failed to mention what would become of the former policy holders since there’s no guarantee that insurance companies will take them back. And why should they, they’ll only have to go through the process all over again a year from now when the president’s directive expires.
However, the spokesman emphasized that the president’s proposal does not give insurance companies the right to sell more of the substandard policies–policies that millions of people were perfectly happy with, and millions of others wish they could have had–during the interim. The spokesman scoffed at a proposal by some Republicans to sell those plans to new customers in 2014 when Obama Care is fully implemented saying such a move would “undermine the Affordable care Act.”
Amazingly, the spokesman concluded his remarks by stating that the president would appear later that day to personally tell them his solution to a problem his legislation created by giving them “more information” (They don’t want more information, they want their policies back) “additional choices” (They don’t want additional choices, they want their policies back) “including keeping their old plans” (They already had their old plans, why couldn’t they’ve kept them in the first place?).
He added that the administration is willing to work with anyone who is sincerely interested in solving Obamacare’s problems, but they have no interest in re-litigating the legislation itself. Well, maybe therein lay the problem: It wasn’t legislated properly in the first place. Had the administration really been interested in crafting legislation with the best interest of the American people at heart, they would’ve insisted on the public option and we wouldn’t have ended up with a bundle of bureaucratic red tape disguised as a health care law.
Now, unfortunately, ego and pride appears to have taken over and the president and his administration are determined to stick with Obamacare come hell or high water. Well, I hate to sound like a pessimist, but the highly-touted Obamacare roll out is beginning to look more and more like it’s going to be an even bigger flop than the Edsel.
White House briefing