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White House 'Quietly' Exempts 4.5 Million People In 5 "Territories" From Obamacare
Zero Hedge ^ | 20 July 2014 | Tyler Durden

Posted on 07/20/2014 7:18:51 PM PDT by Lorianne

As WSJ reports, last week's geopolitical chaos and distraction was ideal for a news dump, and the White House didn't disappoint: On no legal basis, all 4.5 million residents of the five U.S. territories were quietly released from ObamaCare. It seems the costs of healthcare soared in these five territories due to uneconomic mandates - which woul dhave been a disaster PR-wise for the administration and so, under cover of catastrophe, WSJ reports all of a sudden last week HHS discovered new powers after "a careful review of this situation and the relevant statutory language," that enabled them to 'selectively exempt' American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, Northern Mariana Islands, and Virgin Islands from Obamacare. And all while vacationing...

As WSJ reports,

The original House and Senate bills that became the Affordable Care Act included funding for insurance exchanges in these territories, as President Obama promised when as a Senator he in Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and other 2008 Democratic primaries. But the $14.5 billion in subsidies for the territories were dumped in 2010 as ballast when Democrats needed to claim the law reduced the deficit.

As a consolation, Democrats opened several public-health programs to the territories and bestowed most of ObamaCare's insurance regulations, which liberals euphemize as "consumer protections," such as requiring insurers to accept all comers and charge the same premiums regardless of patient health.

However, costs soared as no insurer would touch them...

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


TOPICS: Business/Economy
KEYWORDS: 0carenightmare; americansamoa; guam; marianaislands; obamacare; obamacareexemption; obamacarewaivers; puertorico; usterritories; virginislands
Airliner down is great time for a News Dump!
1 posted on 07/20/2014 7:18:51 PM PDT by Lorianne
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To: Lorianne

Picking winners and losers.


2 posted on 07/20/2014 7:20:41 PM PDT by ConservativeInPA (We need to fundamentally transform RATs lives for their lies.)
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To: Lorianne

Two days ago in the WaPo:

The administration just took Obamacare away from the territories
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/3182263/posts


3 posted on 07/20/2014 7:21:17 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
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To: Lorianne

Ask Pelosi about it. She probably doesn’t want to give her fish cannery employees insurance.

Sure are a bunch of scumbags in charge these days..


4 posted on 07/20/2014 7:30:24 PM PDT by dinodino
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To: Lorianne
Actually, I thought they were mostly exempt anyway, but there were articles about doctors leaving the island and nobody offering obamacare coverage anyway.

This might be good news for Puerto Rico. If they can offer healthcare cheaper, they can become a medical tourist destination.

5 posted on 07/20/2014 7:32:42 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: Lorianne

I thought this was under the House and Senate to make changes?


6 posted on 07/20/2014 7:38:42 PM PDT by B4Ranch (Name your illness, do a Google & YouTube search with "hydrogen peroxide". Do it and be surprised.)
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To: Lorianne

Never let a crisis go to waste, yessirree.


7 posted on 07/20/2014 7:43:48 PM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Lorianne
Just cut to the chase, Barry, and exempt everybody except white Christians, and make everything mandatory including abortion.

You know you want to.

8 posted on 07/20/2014 7:43:56 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The man who damns money obtained it dishonorably; the man who respects it earned it." --Ayn Rand)
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To: B4Ranch
I thought this was under the House and Senate to make changes?

In a Republic, only the legislators can change legislation. In a dictatorship, the dictator can unilaterally change legislation. The legislators in the latter case are only members of a fancy debating club.

9 posted on 07/20/2014 7:51:40 PM PDT by Leaning Right (Why am I holding this lantern? I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: Lorianne

I guess future GOP President could simply exempt red states from paying any federal taxes


10 posted on 07/20/2014 7:53:38 PM PDT by 4rcane
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To: Lorianne

But...I thought that those were states...

</sarc>


11 posted on 07/20/2014 8:29:37 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: Lorianne

Just “quietly exempt” the rest of us too.


12 posted on 07/20/2014 8:37:35 PM PDT by CPT Clay (Follow me on Twitter @Clay N TX)
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To: Lorianne
Airliner down is great time for a News Dump!

SQUIRREL!

13 posted on 07/20/2014 8:42:02 PM PDT by kiryandil (making the jests that some FReepers aren't allowed to...)
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To: dinodino

Nancy Pelosi and tuna fish. Eeeew.


14 posted on 07/20/2014 8:43:31 PM PDT by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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To: Leaning Right
In a Republic, only the legislators can change legislation. In a dictatorship, the dictator can unilaterally change legislation. The legislators in the latter case are only members of a fancy debating club.

Maybe Obama should make California Chrome a US Senator...

15 posted on 07/20/2014 8:44:44 PM PDT by kiryandil (making the jests that some FReepers aren't allowed to...)
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To: Lorianne

Still making it up as they go along.


16 posted on 07/20/2014 9:05:09 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: ConservativeInPA

I think Nancy Pelosi owns a company overseas.


17 posted on 07/20/2014 9:10:55 PM PDT by minnesota_bound
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To: kiryandil
Maybe Obama should make California Chrome a US Senator

Very clever comment that! For those who aren't following, I'll provide a hint. Google "Incitatus".

18 posted on 07/20/2014 9:15:40 PM PDT by Leaning Right (Why am I holding this lantern? I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: ConservativeInPA

Oh well, those folks probably don’t need health insurance anyway.


19 posted on 07/20/2014 9:55:42 PM PDT by wildbill
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To: Lorianne

Bookmark


20 posted on 07/20/2014 10:01:24 PM PDT by morphing libertarian (Advanced technological development.)
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To: Lorianne

This whole monstrosity is being aborted by “a thousand cuts!” Almost makes one want to join ol Ted Turner and Jane Fonda doin the “tomahawk chop!” (snort!)


21 posted on 07/20/2014 11:57:30 PM PDT by SierraWasp (Obama is mad! He's getting madder with each crisis and now he's a real MADMAN with no temper left!!!)
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To: Lorianne

Did the king use his pen or his phone to do this?


22 posted on 07/21/2014 12:04:33 AM PDT by Dapper 26
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To: Lorianne

OK now, if the USSC says this law is legal because it is a tax, can’t these exemptions be challenged on their constitutionality of not uniformly applying taxes? They made this bed they should have to lie in it.


23 posted on 07/21/2014 12:24:53 AM PDT by monkeyshine
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To: 4rcane

Exactly! Next election both candidates will promise to exempt from taxes every state that gives the candidate their electoral votes... In a way they could already do it - just pardon everyone!


24 posted on 07/21/2014 12:27:20 AM PDT by monkeyshine
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To: Lorianne

another consequence of the ‘pass it so you can find out what’s in it’ bill


25 posted on 07/21/2014 2:30:49 AM PDT by blueplum
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To: Lorianne

Paypack to the Pelosis in Samoa for their treason
and perjury and false document for Obama-the-nonAmerican.


26 posted on 07/21/2014 3:33:14 AM PDT by Diogenesis (The EXEMPT Congress is complicit in the absence of impeachment)
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To: cll; AuH2ORepublican; livius; adorno; TeĆ³filo; wtc911; Willie Green; CGVet58; Clemenza; ...

Puerto Rico ping


27 posted on 07/21/2014 6:19:52 AM PDT by rrstar96 (Strength and Honor!)
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To: B4Ranch

——I thought this was under the House and Senate to make changes?——

House and Senate...???

We still have those institutions ???

Could have fooled me...


28 posted on 07/21/2014 6:23:54 AM PDT by Popman ("Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God" - Thomas Jefferson)
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