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Obama announces he will allow subpar or junk policies to be sold by bad apple insurance companies
American Thinker ^ | November 14, 2013 | Thomas Lifson

Posted on 11/14/2013 10:11:39 AM PST by Hotlanta Mike

President Obama's press conference on Obamacare "fixes" today started more than half an hour after its announced time, a good indicator of last minute panic over wording. That's because appearances, not substance, are the essence of this "plan."

For one thing, state insurance commissioners must approve any new plans. In California, health insurers have been required to sign contracts promising to end old policies, and the federal government lacks the authority to change lawful contracts. The idea that 50 state insurance commissions could and would quickly approve new plans yet to be created by insurance companies is ludicrous.

As Richard Baehr put it:

(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: affordablecareact; obamacare

1 posted on 11/14/2013 10:11:39 AM PST by Hotlanta Mike
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To: Hotlanta Mike

Great title to the article.


2 posted on 11/14/2013 10:17:43 AM PST by kidd
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To: Hotlanta Mike
Obama announces he will allow subpar or junk policies to be sold by bad apple insurance companies

Priceless.

3 posted on 11/14/2013 10:19:31 AM PST by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: Hotlanta Mike

This couldn’t be more perfect. Obama wants insurance companies to kick the plan can down the road for one year so that they can re-send cancellation letters back out just before the elections next year. Perfect!


4 posted on 11/14/2013 10:20:02 AM PST by diverteach (If I find liberals in heaven after my death.....I WILL BE PISSED!!!)
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To: Hotlanta Mike

LOLO, great title!


5 posted on 11/14/2013 10:20:18 AM PST by sickoflibs (Obama : 'If you like your Doctor you can keep him, PERIOD! Don't believe the GOPs warnings')
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To: Hotlanta Mike

Obama and libs are pro-choice ................. except when it comes to you choosing your insurance or doctor.


6 posted on 11/14/2013 10:21:09 AM PST by boycott
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To: Hotlanta Mike

So what happens if the insurance companies refuse to allow the old policies to be sold again?


7 posted on 11/14/2013 10:21:14 AM PST by rawhide
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To: Hotlanta Mike

Fantastic cartoon. BUMP!!

Questions from a supposedly dead guy? Outstanding!


8 posted on 11/14/2013 10:21:55 AM PST by upchuck (I can't stand people that don't know the difference between 'your' and 'you're.' Their so stupid...)
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To: Hotlanta Mike

Ain’t that nice of him?


9 posted on 11/14/2013 10:22:02 AM PST by PATRIOT1876
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To: Hotlanta Mike

bump to the title


10 posted on 11/14/2013 10:22:17 AM PST by EmilyGeiger
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To: FReepers
Presidents Do Not Have The Constitutional Power To Change A Law
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11 posted on 11/14/2013 10:22:27 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: Hotlanta Mike

“If you like your subpar, inadequate, unfair, junk policies you can keep them. Period.” BTT


12 posted on 11/14/2013 10:24:07 AM PST by Billthedrill
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Just like the article points out - can't be done.





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13 posted on 11/14/2013 10:24:51 AM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: rawhide
I believe I heard him say that the reason they were doing this was so that the insurance companies would be blamed rather than O-care. I was surprised he accidentally spilled the truth. Obviously they do not expect old policies to be resurrected, they just expect everyone to now believe it's the insurance companies’ fault that the policies have been cancelled, not the government's.
14 posted on 11/14/2013 10:27:29 AM PST by JustSurrounded (And for Christmas this year we get amnesty for the locust people.)
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To: DJ MacWoW



15 posted on 11/14/2013 10:29:18 AM PST by MeshugeMikey ( Visit http://icantenroll.com/ In Glitch We Trust....;o})
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To: Hotlanta Mike

Great title...Almost as good as “Republicans Say Obamacare is a Disaster For The Country and the Worst Piece of Legislation in 50 Years and It’s Unacceptable That People Can’t Sign Up for It Fast Enough”.


16 posted on 11/14/2013 10:30:22 AM PST by Wolfie
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To: Hotlanta Mike
Which provision of the Constitution delegates the power to the Executive to "allow" his bosses--"the People"--to do anything?

It begins, "We, the People" of the United States of America," in order to . . . . do. . . ", in effect, structure, separate, check and balance, and limit the powers we grant to every elected representative.

17 posted on 11/14/2013 10:30:42 AM PST by loveliberty2
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To: rawhide

“So what happens if the insurance companies refuse to allow the old policies to be sold again?”

How could they possibly turn a profit selling the old plans at the old rate for one year after having already canceled these same plans? It’s just a plan for O to shift blame.


18 posted on 11/14/2013 10:32:52 AM PST by JimSEA
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To: Hotlanta Mike
It's just the lastest from our circus barker in chief!
19 posted on 11/14/2013 10:51:36 AM PST by SMARTY ("The test of every religious, political, or educational system is the man that it forms." H. Amiel)
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To: rawhide

Sometimes these things do not appear to have been fully thought through.

Mandates and requirements carry their own price. Including an extraordinary number of these ornaments may only be paid for at one place - the consumer level. No matter how much anyone may hate and despise the commercial aspect of insurance pools, the fact remains that they must - MUST - never operate at a deficit, else they are soon cannibalized and no longer exist.

It matters not if the person covered by the policy is making the direct payment into the insurance pool, or if another is paying on behalf of the person covered. This is absolutely the wrong place to practice stringent thrift.


20 posted on 11/14/2013 10:54:07 AM PST by alloysteel (Men may not always be capable of evil, but they are always capable of incompetence.)
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To: Hotlanta Mike

Don’t forget “Obama implies Americans too stupid to know their health plans suck.”


21 posted on 11/14/2013 11:05:03 AM PST by Brooklyn Attitude (Things are only going to get worse.)
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To: Hotlanta Mike

Bump to grab graphic later


22 posted on 11/14/2013 11:08:04 AM PST by 5Madman2 (There is no such thing as an experienced suicide bomber)
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To: All

After today’s statement from the king, ONLY the poor will be signing up on the exchanges. That’s pretty much how it was anyway. But now the traffic to the site will stop completely.

Also, what about the individual mandate? It’s still in effect. I don’t think the people are going to pay attention to any this law.


23 posted on 11/14/2013 11:16:11 AM PST by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: Hotlanta Mike
This is like a president outlawing breathing or walking to the market.

Mr Obama - take your laws and your granting of privileges to me and pound them straight up your skinny little a$$.

I hereby refuse. GFY.

24 posted on 11/14/2013 11:31:07 AM PST by atc23 (The Confederacy was the single greatest conservative resistance to federal authority ever.)
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To: Hotlanta Mike

How is this not Obama pretending he’s Congress? Does the actual law allow Obama to change stuff at will whenever he deems fit?


25 posted on 11/14/2013 11:37:59 AM PST by butterdezillion (Free online faxing at http://faxzero.com/ Fax all your elected officials. Make DC listen.)
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To: Hotlanta Mike

Keep firing A@#holes!!!
26 posted on 11/14/2013 11:50:54 AM PST by LoneStarGI (Vegetarian: Old Indian word for "BAD HUNTER.")
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To: rawhide
So what happens if the insurance companies refuse to allow the old policies to be sold again?

Then he (and the democrats) can blame the insurance companies (you know, those evil bastards) for the problem. The whole plan is to shift blame away from Obama. It is so obvious, and it is explained in the article.

27 posted on 11/14/2013 12:59:15 PM PST by Semper911 (When you want to rob Peter to pay Paul, you'll always have the support of Paul.)
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To: rawhide
So what happens if the insurance companies refuse to allow the old policies to be sold again?

Let the people have their old policies, but then jack up the obamacare rates.

28 posted on 11/14/2013 3:09:01 PM PST by Right Wing Assault (What happened to my tagline??)
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To: Right Wing Assault

Well, it looks like the state insurance commissioners may be blocking this option, as evident by Washington state’s commissioner ruling today to not allow the old policies to come back.

So even if the insurance companies want to do it, if the state commissioner will not allow it, it will not happen.


29 posted on 11/14/2013 3:17:05 PM PST by rawhide
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To: Hotlanta Mike

30 posted on 11/14/2013 3:17:52 PM PST by McGruff (Obama lied. Period!)
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To: rawhide
Well, it looks like the state insurance commissioners may be blocking this option

I love this! I'm eating so much popcorn watching this mess unfold.

31 posted on 11/14/2013 6:55:02 PM PST by Right Wing Assault (What happened to my tagline??)
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To: Right Wing Assault

From the distance, it’s a great theater act.

There are thirty-five companies in America that sell health insurance...so figure each one has a different view or thought on how this could or could not work.

Then you have fifty insurance commissioners across the nation, and each of them have a view of how it would or wouldn’t work.

Then you have a hundred senators and 435 Congressmen, who each have a view.

Toss in five thousand lobbyists....tied to various functions and groups.

Figure at least thirty WH insiders who each have a view.

Then you figure at least five hundred journalists or wannabe journalists, each with a different view.

I would say that we have a mighty fine US version of Les Miserables. Lots of songs, merry banter, woeful words, sorrow, charm, wit, deceit, lost morals, fleeting moments, gimmick solutions, cleverness at a marginal level, and bit of political intrigue.

Yeah, Les Miserables....just bigger, bolder, and more audience members than you can imagine.


32 posted on 11/14/2013 11:08:57 PM PST by pepsionice
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To: pepsionice

Well done! Bravo!


33 posted on 11/15/2013 2:15:52 AM PST by Right Wing Assault (What happened to my tagline??)
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To: kidd

I like this line,”The people in the White House are not real brainy, if this is the best they can do.”

No, they are not very “brainy” and I think most people who are really brainy are engaged in trying to do something that makes sense rather than see how quickly they can destroy America. There may be a few high IQ types in this administration but if so they are the criminally deranged sort.


34 posted on 11/15/2013 5:18:43 AM PST by RipSawyer (The TREE currently falling on you actually IS worse than a Bush.)
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To: alloysteel

“Sometimes these things do not appear to have been fully thought through.”


“it surprised us to learn that buying insurance is hard.” ...or something very similar.


35 posted on 11/15/2013 10:14:46 AM PST by lepton ("It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into"--Jonathan Swift)
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To: Hotlanta Mike

Good God, just when I start thinking that this disaster that IS the Obama presidency can’t possibly become an even bigger ‘unfunny joke’.....I’m proven wrong.

This is surreal. And yeah, what ELSE has Obie lied about? My bet and guess would be....

everything.


36 posted on 11/15/2013 1:52:52 PM PST by XenaLee (The only good commie is a dead commie)
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