Free Republic
Browse · Search
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Great news: White House knew all along ObamaCare implementation impossible
Hotair ^ | 07/09/2013 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 07/09/2013 7:53:16 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Surprised by the recent waivers from the Obama administration on the Affordable Care Act? Get ready for more, writes Margot Sanger-Katz at National Journal, because the employer mandate is far from the only piece of ObamaCare that’s not ready for prime time. In fact, it might be easier to select the few components that might be ready for the implementation target date than to number those that won’t:

If you’ve been reading all the Obamacare stories lately, you might get the impression that the administration has just realized it will not be able to implement the massive health reform as designed.

It has known for months.

As far back as March, a top IT official at the Department of Health and Human Services said the department’s current ambition for the law’s new online insurance marketplaces was that they not be “a Third-World experience.” Several provisions had already been abandoned in an effort to simplify the administration’s task and maximize the chances that the new systems would be ready to go live in October, when customers are supposed to start signing up for insurance.

In April, several consultants focusing on the new online marketplaces, known as exchanges, told National Journal that the idealized, seamless user experience initially envisioned under the Affordable Care Act was no longer possible, as the administration axed non-essential provisions that were too complex to implement in time. (Read the story for some examples and commentary.) That focus has intensified lately, as officials announced that they would not be requiring employers to cover their workers next year or states to verify residents’ incomes before signing them up for insurance.

“There’s been a focusing in not on: ‘What is the full ACA vision?’ but: ‘What are the pieces we have to get running by October 1?” said Cindy Gillespie, senior managing director at McKenna Long and Aldridge, who is working with states and health plans.

Remember the impossibly-complicated flow charts produced by ObamaCare opponents to demonstrate the folly of the ACA? At the time, proponents of the bill insisted that those were just scare tactics designed to irrationally frighten voters from the benefits of change. Now, though, it’s the ACA’s supporters producing similar flow charts to demonstrate why they can’t meet their deadline:


“Bear in mind,” Sanger-Katz notes, “this chart is supposed to simplify and explain.” It comes from a consultant group assisting in the process of getting states to create the exchanges that will interface with the IRS, HHS, and other federal agencies. What it does explain is the mess that the ACA created, and how the administration cannot make it work more than three years after its passage.

Another point to bear in mind: this is the Obama administration’s signature accomplishment. For the past five years, they have had no higher priority than to make this work, which at the time of passage they claimed would be nowhere near as complicated as their critics claimed. Now they can’t even make the key employer mandate work after three years — three years in which employers and their employees have been forced to adjust to it by taking on more expensive insurance or cutting hours to their staffs.

Today, another waiver has just been announced:

Some smokers trying to get coverage next year under President Obama’s health care law may get a break from tobacco-use penalties that could have made their premiums unaffordable.

The Obama administration — in yet another health care overhaul delay — has quietly notified insurers that a computer system glitch will limit penalties that the law says the companies may charge smokers. A fix will take at least a year to put in place.

Older smokers are more likely to benefit from the glitch, experts say. But depending on how insurers respond to it, it’s also possible that younger smokers could wind up facing higher penalties than they otherwise would have.

Again, the administration has had three years to figure out how to charge smokers a higher rate. Insurance companies have done this for much longer than that; how difficult could it be?

If the Obama administration is this incompetent at running its highest priority, just how badly are they bungling everything else?

TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Editorial; Government
KEYWORDS: 0carenightmare; abortion; deathpanels; employermandate; exchange; hhs; obamacare; obamacareexchange; obamacaregraph; obamacarewaivers; obamaobamacare; smokers; smokersobamacare; whitehouse; whobamacare; zerocare

1 posted on 07/09/2013 7:53:16 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind
It's not intended to succeed.

It's only purpose is to contribute to overwhelming the system.

2 posted on 07/09/2013 7:54:46 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (This is a sarcasm tag for the retards unable to recognize sarcasm.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: E. Pluribus Unum

... collapse the system and replace it with single payer.

3 posted on 07/09/2013 7:56:06 AM PDT by skeeter
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

Just watch. Next to be delayed will be the “Penalty Phase” for people who don’t buy insurance. The IRS is nowhere near ready to implement that.

4 posted on 07/09/2013 7:58:11 AM PDT by Old Retired Army Guy
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: E. Pluribus Unum

Its other purpose is to further the notion of legislating from the 4th branch - the bureaucracy. 3000 pages of law that we’re now hearing various aspects are unworkable, so the bureaucrats apply non-legislated band-aids.

5 posted on 07/09/2013 7:58:33 AM PDT by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: C210N

John Roberts is a sick puppy. He knew this too. He just wanted to enjoy watching it.

6 posted on 07/09/2013 8:01:11 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: All
You Know The Drill
Click the Pic

Click The Pic Hey! FReepers!
Help Fill The Tank!
How About It? Huh?
It Ain't Askin' Too Much
Ya Know....

7 posted on 07/09/2013 8:03:02 AM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Support Free Republic!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

Check out the Homeland Security bubble and the Soc Security bubble performing somewhat similar tasks. Can’t the IRS do the same thing while they are screwing us in all other areas?

8 posted on 07/09/2013 8:09:35 AM PDT by Thebaddog (I'm a cracker! Sucka.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

Most of us here on this website knew this.

The whole idea was to further weaken America’s economy and destroy the lives of more and more Americans. Unfortunately there is a large segment who just lay back in their Barcoloungers, fill up their navels with chip dip and snack their lives away.

9 posted on 07/09/2013 8:12:49 AM PDT by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Old Retired Army Guy
Guy... I disagree. Government is not inefficient, it is corrupt. They will take from us at the speed of lightning....It is only service in return that will be delayed.
10 posted on 07/09/2013 8:12:55 AM PDT by SENTINEL (Kneel down to God. Stand up to tyrants. STICK TO YOUR GUNS !)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

This is not a chart of Obamacare. It is a chart showing how Hillarycare would have worked...or not.

Any resemblence is purely coincidental, no doubt...

11 posted on 07/09/2013 8:13:09 AM PDT by bigbob
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: bigbob

Indeed only the names have been changed.

12 posted on 07/09/2013 8:19:18 AM PDT by Vaduz
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: E. Pluribus Unum

First, break the commercial insurance plans by placing such high demands on their services (through mandates for “specified services” and coverage of pre-existing conditions), they cannot operate on a fiscally sound basis, without going to very high premiums. Next, set up a version of a “clearinghouse” for reinsurance pools in each state, to be funded by a mandate placed upon the state, essentially extending Medicaid to those classes not now covered. Thirdly, make the penalties for not participating in an insurance plan quite low at first, then mandating higher and higher fines each year for continued failure to enroll in some plan, and offer the employer the right to opt out of providing coverage, paying a fine in lieu of the cost of coverage. Then, approaching the concept of “single-payer” coverage, after all the other plans have been priced out of the market, only one solution remains, heavily subsidized at first, of course.

Of course, at this point economics rears its head. As the realities set in, the medical services will be rationed, at times in a very severe manner, like a “death panel”, or by making the appointment for actual consultation or treatment on a “first-come, first-served” basis, regardless of severity of the symptoms.

Unless, or course, you are “politically connected”. If it is the approved and correct connection, you go to the head of the line.

Also, those with “reactionary” opinions somehow get shifted ever backward on the priorities.

But that is “socially justified” and “fair”.

13 posted on 07/09/2013 8:39:56 AM PDT by alloysteel (Unattended children will be given a Red Bull and a free Kazoo. Reminds me of Congress...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Old Retired Army Guy

Ya think 300 million applications will slow them down?
mail.jpg, 27kB

14 posted on 07/09/2013 8:45:54 AM PDT by Foolsgold (Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind; All

6 Minutes - Jonah Goldberg on Fox News

At 2:46 – there is no Obamacare – outsource decisions, regardless of Congressional Law, they will impose whatever they want – arbitrary system, they get to decide which laws are enforced.

These acts may doom immigration reform because of the erosion of trust in government.
Panel Lashes Out At Pres Obama’s Health Care Law - “Obamacare”

15 posted on 07/09/2013 9:00:27 AM PDT by Whenifhow
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind


16 posted on 07/09/2013 9:44:15 AM PDT by lowbridge
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

Every piece of this national abortion the thugs decide not to implement just gets them closer to their real goal: a single payer system.

“Let’s take the existing healthcare system and screw it up so bad that the masses will be thrilled when we introduce the “new,” simple single payer system.

That’s the blue print. To bad they have to waste billions of taxpayer dollars to get there.

My hope is that, after nobamacare crashes, there will be a national revolt over any other “replacement” healthcare system proposed, including single payer.

17 posted on 07/09/2013 11:02:15 AM PDT by upchuck (To the faceless, jack-booted government bureaucrat who just scanned this post: SCREW YOU!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind
Some smokers trying to get coverage next year under President Obama’s health care law may get a break from tobacco-use penalties

Here is the result of "tobacco-use penalties" as applied in the UK version of Obamacare....

Mr Eeles claims his first two operations at the Queen Elizabeth II hospital in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, were cancelled due to a lack of beds and operating time respectively.

His third operation in February was postponed after he was found to have high blood pressure, while the fourth, scheduled for May, was abandoned because of concerns about his smoking

Read more:

18 posted on 07/09/2013 2:01:10 PM PDT by spokeshave
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: spokeshave
....and this...

Mr Eeles, from Welham Green, Hertfordshire, applied for employment and support allowance but a doctor ruled he is ineligible for both because he can turn on a tap.

19 posted on 07/09/2013 2:03:52 PM PDT by spokeshave
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: All
Rube Goldberg is alive and well in Ohahacare.

20 posted on 07/09/2013 3:51:33 PM PDT by Liz
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: Liz
Note the bottom right in this chart: "SERFF". Indeed,the libs are the feudal nobles and we are the serfs.
21 posted on 07/09/2013 11:04:10 PM PDT by rfp1234 (Arguing with a marxist is like playing Chess with a Pigeon.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: rfp1234
Yeah...amazingly one critic says this chart is supposed to simplify and explain......comes from a consultant group paid to assist in the process of getting states to create exchanges (the ones that interface with the IRS, HHS, and an assortment of kno-nothing snoopy federal agencies).

Shows the mess Ohaha created, and why the WH apparatchiks cannot make it work more than three years after its passage.


Every thinking American knows Obaba can't be trusted w/ govt power----he lied before about Ocare and he's lying again and again WRT amnesty (w/ that stupid smirk pasted on his face----the mark of a true conman).

Obamacare is a massive boondoggle orchestrated by the WH organ grinder and hia dancing monkey (Pelosi).

The free h'care promise financed by fines and enrollmens is nothing but a sap-happy progressive pipe dream.

The waivers are starting b/c O's imbecilic plan is proving to be unworkable (employer waivers and eligibility waivers are just the beginning).The fraud and abuse waiving eligibility creates is mind-boggling.

Same w/ the amnesty bill----US taxpayers will be extorted til kingdom come if this ever passes.

22 posted on 07/10/2013 3:57:58 AM PDT by Liz
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794 is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson