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Obamacare: The Week That Was

By David King Published: November 15, 2013

There is something really strange going on at the White House this week. Obama has begun telling the truth (occasionally) about Obamacare. I'm not used to that. Things must be getting pretty desperate over there for him to resort to such drastic measures.

From The Hill:

President Obama on Thursday looked for someone to blame for the political crisis surrounding ObamaCare and found himself.

At an hour-long press conference, Obama apologized to his party and the country for the fumbled rollout of the law, and acknowledged his administration’s missteps risked Democratic seats in the House and Senate.

The president said it was “legitimate” for the American people “to expect me to have to win back some credibility on this.”

“And that’s on me,” Obama said. “I mean, we fumbled the rollout on this health care law.”

No kidding. Even though Obama took some responsibility, he is still Obama, so he had to add his usual Sergeant Schultz caveat - "I was not informed directly that the website was not working correctly." It's sad that nobody tells Obama anything about the government he runs. As Oprah and the rest of liberaldom keep saying, it must be because Obama is black. Lord knows, liberals have blamed everything else on his skin color, why not this ? I haven't seen a group of people so obsessed with skin color since the old KKK days, and now that I think about it, the KKKers were also Democrats.

I guess Obama's new commitment to the truth came because it was revealed this week that about 106,000 signed up for the Obamacare healthcare exchanges in October, while 5 million received insurance cancellation notices. Given that Obamcare's healthcare exchange signup goal is 7 million by next year, that leaves them nearly 12 million short. They have a long way to go just to get back to zero.

Personally, I made another patriotic attempt to signup for the Obamacare exchanges on monday, and I got the same result as every other time. I can't complete an application because the government STILL can't verify my identity, even though I've given them everything short of a DNA sample. On the bright side, I did get a little farther in the application process this time than I did on previous attempts. An optimist might say is still failing, but it's failing "better" than it did before.

Our helpful President may have solved my problem for me, and for millions of others as well.

Finally admitting that he doesn't know when will be ready for primetime, and acknowledging his oft-repeated lie about keeping your health plan, Obama, apparently unilaterally, decided that people with canceled insurance plans can keep them for another year.

It's kinda funny. Republicans have been hitting the President over the head with his lie for years with no results, but when Bill Clinton told Obama to keep his promise, things changed the very next day. It figures. The Democrats listen to the white guy. Same old, same old. Does anyone have Clinton's e-mail address, I mean, besides Obama's NSA ? I have other things I want changed.

Obama's 11th hour about face is not without critics. The insurance companies are not happy about the President changing the game plan on them when they've adjusted to the Obamacare rules:

Insurance companies already have devised plans for next year, received the necessary approval from states and begun to sell policies. They aren’t required to continue to offer their existing policies and state insurance commissioners aren’t required to approve those 2013 plans.

“Changing the rules after health plans have already met the requirements of the law could destabilize the market and result in higher premiums for consumers,” Karen Ignagni, the president and CEO of America’s Health Insurance Plans, which represents the industry.

Washington state’s insurance commissioner, Mike Kreidler, announced Thursday he won’t allow insurers to extend their policies, saying Washington’s state-based exchange was “up and running and successfully enrolling thousands of consumers.”

“We are staying the course,” said Kreidler, a Democrat who’s one of the longest-serving state insurance commissioners in the country.

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones said he’d taken steps to allow more than 1 million residents with terminating insurance plans to keep them.

Companies based their rates for 2014 on certain assumptions, including that consumers who bought plans after 2010 or had their prior plans substantially change wouldn’t be able to keep them. If more customers are allowed to keep their plans, companies probably will have to raise premiums and offer fewer choices.

“The point of the law was to provide health care insurance that was affordable and comprehensive and that protected people from catastrophic, out-of-pocket costs, so going back and allowing people to keep plans that are substandard seems not to fit the goal of the law,” said Sara Collins, the vice president for health care coverage and access at the Commonwealth Fund, a private foundation that promotes access to health care and has supported the Affordable Care Act.

And there you have it. Situation normal, all fouled up. Can't wait to see what happens next week.

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