Administration Puts Off an Obamacare Penalty

Move is the latest by Obama to soften some immediate effects of the Affordable Care Act

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The Obama administration scaled back another part of the new health care reform law late Thursday, allowing people whose health insurance policies were canceled to buy catastrophic insurance and saying they won’t face a penalty if they don’t buy insurance next year.

Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius announced the rule change in a letter to senators, the New York Times reports. The policy shift is the latest attempt by the Obama administration to assuage concerns about the law, which has been hobbled by a rocky implementation that included canceled policies and a glitch-ridden insurance exchange website.

The Department of Health and Human Services issued a statement Thursday advising consumers that if their policies were not renewed, they were eligible for a “hardship exemption” and would be allowed to enroll in a plan for catastrophic coverage, the Times reports.

Insurance trade groups have said that the latest rule change will cause further confusion and disruption in the marketplace.

[NYT]

22 comments
roknsteve
roknsteve

I like how everything is written in stone in Repub Lala-Land and nothing ever changes.  Nothing gets fixed.  Nothing improves.

Hey, I just described the repubs in the Congress.  

FeudiPandola
FeudiPandola

Our President is delusional.  He needs to man up and recognize this monstrosity simply does not work.  Instead, his massive ego prevents him from using some common sense.

DianeP
DianeP

During yesterday's White House luncheon honoring 11-month-old transgender Hillary Carter, President Obama assured the little tot the Affordable Care Act would cover all the expenses of gender alteration. If nobody is buying health insurance, where is all the money going to come from? http://bit.ly/1hZF2M6

mary.waterton
mary.waterton

The whole point of healthcare reform was to make things better, but instead Obamacare is making things worse.

TimothyJMadden
TimothyJMadden

@roknsteve , I totally agree, people, especially the President of the United States, that think Laws have to be follow are so ridiculous. Just because Congress passes a 'law' doesn't mean anyone has to actually abide by it. It's just a piece of paper, not actually written in stone. Law abiding citizens and presidents are so lame

AlphaJuliette
AlphaJuliette

@FeudiPandola

The President didn't pass this law all by himself.  He had the support of the entire Democratic party behind him.  Thus far with all the problems associated with this ill conceived and ill implemented law I have yet to see any one of them stand up and accept their responsibility.  All blame is focused on the President.

ding
ding

@SallySnyder   We have been at my workplace.  Excellus dumped our plan because it did not meet the ACA guidelines.  We did not care  - we are paying for it - we loved it - as of 1-1-14 its gone! So is my Doctor - I lost him and I was paying for my own Healthcare!!!!   The mirrored plan is not the same - to get the equivalent we would have to notch up one level and some employees could not afford it.

I thought that the rich were going to pay for the 40 million without insurance, not the working class. They did not think this through.  They did not crunch the numbers.  This is not going to work - it is not working now and it doesn't really kick in until 2015.  

Well what did we expect from a Community Organizer that left Chicago in shambles.  I am not surprised.

The Mexican vote that put him in office is changing their minds in great masses. 76% down to 52% the biggest decline in history.  Isn't it self defeating to leave a country that is a mess...then immigrate to the good old US of A....then cast your vote and watch it destroy America?    Oooops...didn't see this coming did ya?

Anyone with any business or math background knew is would not work. 

Forbes, the numbers guys state in today's  headline...'Obama Care is Imploding.'

This is a tragedy.

AlphaJuliette
AlphaJuliette

@FeudiPandola


Thank you Feudi for that link.  I read it and discovered that, yes, for healthcare providers and insurers the ACA can be expected to provide savings.  But, what is savings for the institutions that insure and provide health care does not also result in savings for business or the average consumer.  For this category of participants the costs are going to be very high.

There is nothing affordable with the Affordable Healthcare Act.  Just my humble opinion.

FeudiPandola
FeudiPandola

The leader takes the credit for success and the hit for failure.  This scheme is an enormous failure.  And the Republicans DO have an alternative and have had one for years, but the Dems refuse - absoluetly refuse - to even consider compromise.

barneydidit
barneydidit

And meanwhile the GOP has yet to tell us what their alternative to the ACA is. They can criticize, they just can't fix apparently.

reallife
reallife

@mantisdragon91 @mary.waterton Oh honey! How times have changed! Now you're relying on what the one percenters say? And you're all buddy-buddy with the Pope? What a change! It's a Christmas miracle!


LOL

FeudiPandola
FeudiPandola

And what else would you expect health care executives to say?  They stand to make FORTUNES from the taxpayers who must foot the bill for this massive increase in recipients.  Just wait until the tax increase hits every taxpayer in the nation.

FeudiPandola
FeudiPandola

I challenge you to name ONE PERSON in the entire United States of America who has died becauise they had pre-existing conditions.  ONE PERSON!

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@FeudiPandola 

Dying because you are denied for pre existing conditions is not an alternative most Americans would select.

AlphaJuliette
AlphaJuliette

@barneydidit


Oddly there are major portions of this law that they authored and insisted was included.  The personal mandate is one I believe.

roknsteve
roknsteve

@reallife Gee, third grade name calling.  Your mother must be so proud.

reallife
reallife

@barneydidit you're a one trick pony, idiot #1


yawnnnn


LOL



mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@FeudiPandola 

And yet the Health Insurance companies are the ones who have issue. So who do you think actually provides more value to the average American. The Insurers or the actual Health Care providers.