Is Congress Trying to Exempt Itself From Obamacare? – The Daily Beast.
Opponents have long been saying that the bill was basically one long drafting error, and now its supporters seem to be suggesting that they’re right. Have we now arrived at a point where the optimistic case for the bill that was an incredibly sloppy first draft that obviously required the active cooperation of the opposition to make it work? And if so, has this made anyone question the wisdom of passing it in the first place? If you want to get to the other side of a deep ravine, and the only way to do so is to ride a unicycle across a tightrope while juggling burning torches, maybe it’s time to rethink your goal. And if you decide to go ahead, you probably shouldn’t blame anyone else if you go down in flames.
The devils in the details.
Obamacare’s PR Problem: Not Just a Flesh Wound | Via Meadia.
“Confusion, total confusion.” That’s how a Michigan consumer advocate describes her state’s campaign to enroll citizens in the new Obamacare insurance plans. Mass uncertainty about the details of the ACA and a flurry of negative stories in the press have sent the law’s supporters scurrying across the country to educate the public before October 1, when open enrollment in the new insurance plans starts. The NYT reports:
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Repeat after me, “not just a flesh wound.”
President must address Obamacare ‘train wreck’ | The Great Debate.
When even a key architect of Obamacare says the law’s implementation will resemble a “train wreck,” it is clear that its biggest remaining supporters need to finally level with the American people about what’s in store — starting with President Barack Obama.
The president must step into the breach and explain to the public that skyrocketing premiums and a raft of new taxes, penalties and fees are coming their way.
Not holding my breath.
Lawmakers, aides may get Obamacare exemption – POLITICO.com.
Do these politicians have no brains at all?
Congressional leaders in both parties are engaged in high-level, confidential talks about exempting lawmakers and Capitol Hill aides from the insurance exchanges they are mandated to join as part of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, sources in both parties said.
A source close to the talks says: “Everyone has to hold hands on this and jump, or nothing is going to get done.”
Oh you betcha! Continue reading Lawmakers, aides may get Obamacare exemption
My Way News – Governments may push workers to health exchange.
In a move that would capitalize on provisions under President Barack Obama’s health care law but could cost the federal government millions of dollars, Washington state lawmakers have found a creative way to pass a large chunk of their health care expenses along to Washington, D.C. – and analysts say others are likely to follow suit.
The plan threatens to affect the federal budget and the pocketbooks of some part-time workers, as it would push a group of employees out of their current health care plans and into an exchange developed under the Affordable Care Act.
Washington State is basically giving employees making between 20 – 30 hours a week a pay raise to go on the exchange. The end results is tne state saves $120 million over 2 years. Continue reading Governments may push workers to health exchange