President Selfie Changes the Law (Again)

Obamacare is here!

Obamacare is here!


He’s just making this shit up as he goes along:

Obama administration relaxes rules of health-care law four days before deadline

The Obama administration on Thursday night significantly relaxed the rules of the federal health-care law for millions of consumers whose individual insurance policies have been canceled, saying they can buy bare-bones plans or entirely avoid a requirement that most Americans have health coverage.

The surprise announcement, days before the Dec. 23 deadline for people to choose plans that will begin Jan. 1, triggered an immediate backlash from the health insurance industry and raised fairness questions about a law intended to promote affordable and comprehensive coverage on a widespread basis.

[…]

The ability to get an exemption means that the administration is freeing these people from one of the central features of the law: a requirement that most Americans have health insurance as of Jan. 1 or risk a fine. The exemption gives them the choice of having no insurance or of buying skimpy “catastrophic” coverage.

Until now, the law allowed people younger than 30 to buy catastrophic coverage — and exception to the law’s benefit rules in an effort to attract young adults who have been particularly prone to avoiding coverage in the past. The law also has allowed hardship exemptions for people 30 and older who could not afford the regular coverage.

It is unclear how many people facing canceled policies will choose no insurance, bare-bones coverage or a plan through the insurance exchanges that meet new federal standards. But the prospect that healthy people with canceled insurance might opt out of the new health plans set off immediate alarm among insurance industry leaders, who already have been worried whether enough people who are inexpensive to cover will sign up.

“This latest rule change could cause significant instability in the marketplace and lead to further confusion and disruption for consumers,” said Karen Ignagni, president of America’s Health Insurance Plans, the industry’s main trade group.

Another health insurance official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he lacked authorization to discuss the matter publicly, pointed out that the hardship exemption also gives one group the ability to buy coverage whenever they want, rather than during annual open-enrollment periods. As a result, he said, more people might not buy insurance unless they get sick.


When Obama makes a joke it’s a law, but when he makes a law it’s a joke. Unfortunately it’s gonna stop being funny real soon. It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt and the pain is about to begin.

Obamacare hasn’t killed anybody . . . yet. That will change on January 1st. That’s when all the healthcare insurance cancellations we’ve been hearing about will take effect. Millions of people who had insurance will lose it because of Obamacare.

Sure, five or six million people is just a small fraction of the people in this country, but it’s still five or six million people. The lucky ones will just get a good scare because it will turn out they didn’t actually need healthcare insurance before this mess is fixed. They might even save a few bucks on premiums.

Then there is a group of people who will only get screwed a little bit. They will find new coverage but at a higher net cost (after calculating premiums and deductibles) but they will manage.

But some people are gonna get screwed royally. Obamacare will take away the insurance they had and liked and wanted to keep, and as a result they will get financially wiped out because they were unable to find new, affordable coverage before an expensive medical emergency strikes. They will go bankrupt.

Even worse, some people will die. Hopefully not many, but Obamacare is literally going to kill people.

That is no joke.

Meanwhile, President Selfie is taking off for a $4 million vacation in Hawaii until after New Years. The News media will be too distracted by the whole Santa Claus/Pajama Boy/Duck Dynasty squirrel festival currently taking place to report this story.

Don’t worry though – this is small potatoes (unless you are one of the five or six million who are losing your insurance.) We’re just talking about two or three percent of the country. Wait until the employer mandate takes effect – then you’ll be talking about eighty to a hundred million people getting fucked over.

Obama postponed that until after the next election.


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88 Responses to President Selfie Changes the Law (Again)

  1. The Klown says:

    I was in a Twitter discussion yesterday with someone who had questions about the legality of all this. I told her that legally Obama cannot change the law, only congress and in some cases the judiciary can change laws.

    The discussion got more complicated when she asked what could be done to stop Obama or if people could sue the government if they were harmed by an illegal change of the law.

    I was forced to admit I didn’t know the answer because they didn’t offer Dictatorship 101 at my law school. We are off in uncharted territory these days. Obama just does what he wants by issuing royal edicts executive orders.

    The text book remedy is impeachment but that ain’t gonna happen as long as Dingy Harry runs the Senate.

  2. kanaughty says:

    The equal protection clause seems like the way someone would finally be able to challenge obcare. Basically they could say, why are all these other people exempted, including congress if they choose (reid and co.) and unions but i as an individual is breaking the law or has to pay a tax. Shouldn’t we all have to be equally responsible under the equal protection clause. And the minute the judge says yes all these exemptions are indeed illegal since there are people who are not exempt, is when the law would unravel because then unions would fight for repeal and congress wouldn’t want ocare for themselves, so they would want repeal. I don’t know, just a thought. I just don’t understand why their isn’t a case yet that is based on equal protection clause, seems simple and any individual would/should have standing since they are not being equally protected by their own exemption….

    • The Klown says:

      After the last SCOTUS decision on Obamacare I no longer count on the courts to end the madness.

      • votermom says:

        We’re at the “ppl need to march in the streets ” point

        • Lulu says:

          I think that may be on February 1st. And the courts think this is a political issue (which it is as well as a legal one) so they do not want to get involved. Sometimes I think the courts are forcing people to think what the hell they are voting for instead of just floating along. If people like being lied to and mistreated then fuck’em. And so now they are fucked with Obamacare.

    • angienc says:

      There hasn’t been a case yet because no one has been charged with the tax yet for failing to have health insurance. Thus, the *soonest* the kind of case you are talking about can take place is April 15, 2015 (the date income taxes for 2014 will be due).

  3. The Klown says:
    • Lulu says:

      I think they are just trying to come up with last minute ways to blame insurance carriers, state exchanges and of course individuals. It isn’t their fault that people are too stupid, broke or lazy to get insurance. It is not going to go over well.

    • Lulu says:

      In essence the WH has washed their hands of it. OMG. They have just said they are walking away from it all and throwing it to the insurers and state exchanges to deal with. The WH has just pulled the rug out from under anyone who has supported this shitpile. They want nothing to do with it and are exempting anyone who says they cannot afford it and shit insurance is fine with them. They are officially ready to “pivot” to something else to fuck up. They have thrown the Democrats to the dogs.

    • abc says:

      Well, for me, it means I don’t have to buy Obamacare, at least this year. It’s ay, um, win, I guess.

  4. The Klown says:
  5. votermom says:

  6. Lulu says:

    Another exchange director suddenly wants to spend time with their family who live in another state. “Oregon leaders bragged for two years that it would have one of the nation’s most advanced insurance marketplaces, but they were embarrassed when the online enrollment site wasn’t ready to launch on schedule in October. It still doesn’t work nearly three months later.” http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/12/20/official-who-oversaw-development-oregon-health-exchange-resigns/

  7. The Klown says:
  8. The Klown says:
    • Lulu says:

      He is going to announce that “You are on your own.” And no questions will be allowed.

      • votermom says:

        After that, isn’t he jetting off to Hawaii for the annual “let’s punish secret service agents by keeping them spending Christmas with their families” holiday vacation tradition?

        • Lulu says:

          Who but the Obama’s would find the White House inadequate for Christmas? I feel for the agents’ families but not them individually because they signed up for this stuff. Besides they have fun in Hawaii too but it is probably getting old by now. I look forward to their stories of how awful the Obama’s are when they slink out of town in 2017 (they are not staying in DC because they will be pariahs).

        • DeniseVB says:

          lulu ~ I read they’re staying in DC til Sasha graduates high school. Wonder if they’ll continue their “traditional” Hawaii Christmas vacations then? Heh.

          Bet O’Breezy’s going to set up a Foundation a’la Clinton’s money laundering service 😀

        • Lulu says:

          I think the staying in DC while the kid finishes school is another lie that just popped out of his mouth. When does he care about anyone but himself? Besides grandma could stay there with them.

  9. votermom says:

    • DandyTIger says:

      • Lulu says:

        LOL. I laughed when the Sec of HHS called the enrollment into Obamacare a “hardship”. I think they hoped no one would read it because it is Friday before Christmas and everyone is supposed to be drunk.

  10. votermom says:

    Sarah last night on Hannity re DD

  11. DandyTIger says:

  12. helenk3 says:

    http://hotair.com/archives/2013/12/20/cbs-top-obamacare-official-wanted-site-shut-down-over-security-risks-and-was-overruled/

    another lie coming to light about obamacare

    official wanted site shut down over security risks and was overruled

  13. helenk3 says:

    edalertpolitics.com/2013/12/19/michelle-obama-says-young-people-need-obamacare-in-case-they-slip-at-a-club-or-cut-a-finger/

    unbelievable

    • leslie says:

      “unbelievable” . . . like everything else stemming from this WH.

      BTW; I hurt my thumb this week, d’you think MO cares if I have insurance?

  14. helenk3 says:

    what is the over/under on how late he will show up for the press conference?

  15. swanspirit says:

    In the ” You cannot make this stuff up ” category ….

    This probably isn’t the Obamacare PR push the White House had in mind.

    Earlier Friday, Massachusetts State troopers found 1,250 bags of heroin labeled with “Obamacare” during a traffic stop in Hatfield, Mass., according to a post published on the Facebook page of the Massachusetts State Police.

    http://www.politico.com/story/2013/12/obamacare-heroin-massachusetts-101383.html

  16. helenk3 says:

    http://dailycaller.com/2013/12/19/feds-fail-to-send-records-on-10000-iowa-medicaid-applications/

    feds fail to send records on Iowa medicaid applications.
    that is just one of fifty states, wonder how many in the other 49 states

  17. DandyTIger says:

  18. The Klown says:

    I just got suspended from Twitter again.

    • votermom says:

      This is happening almost as often as healthcare dot gov going down

    • The Klown says:

      I’m back. Here’s the robo-message:

      MReyes, Dec 20 11:33 AM:

      Hello,

      This account was suspended for sending multiple unsolicited @replies or mentions. Twitter monitors the use of these features to make sure they’re not abused. Using either feature to post messages to other users in an unsolicited or egregious manner is considered an abuse of its use, which results in account suspension.

  19. The Klown says:
  20. piper says:

    I’m being plagued (at least 4 calls per day) by Toll Free Calling. So today I googled their phone number – surprise surprise it belongs to Reform Immigration for America. Not only do they have a web site but they’re also on Facebook.

    • Lulu says:

      I was getting a bunch of unidentified caller and number calls and I usually ignore them. But one rang while I was standing right by the phone and it startled me. So I grabbed it and said “FBI, Agent Knox” very fast and nasty. They hung up and haven’t called back. I have an unlisted land line number. It was fun.

  21. piper says:

    CNN poll has the ‘won’ at 41% which means it’s really lower as they probably surveyed more dem. areas.

  22. underwhelmed says:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/charles-krauthammer-story-of-the-year/2013/12/19/1d862c98-68f9-11e3-ae56-22de072140a2_story.html

    The extent of lawless arrogance here is mindboggling. I can’t begin to understand why Congress is just rolling over for this crap.

  23. The Klown says:

    MSNBC is pro-buttsex

    • helenk3 says:

      HHS clarifies

      if you got a cancellation notice and bought new insurance but think the price is too high you can cancel and buy a previously outlawed health plan

      explain this to me
      you are not sure even it you got on the website that you really have insurance, now they want you to go to the website and try and cancel what you are not sure you have?

      I get SOOOOOOOO Confused

  24. The Klown says:

    Worst tweet ever:

  25. The Klown says:
  26. DeniseVB says:

    Ack ! Just got a call from Master Card telling me my account was compromised. What triggered it was a purchase I made yesterday at Walgreen’s while someone was charging stuff in the UK and South America on the same day. My card went inactive immediately so the charges were held to $24.12, which MC will take off. And no, I wasn’t in Target at all this past month, so it’s not that.

    • Lulu says:

      This is getting crazy. I had it happen twice to me this year. I asked the bank recently if I could just have a stack of cards at home that I pull out when the current one is “frauded”. They said no but they might consider a stack in one the bank officers desk for me. It is big business to steal bank cards. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2527243/Theft-Apple-products-New-York-Target-stores-linked-40-million-compromised-credit-card-data.html

    • DandyTIger says:

      I did hear Target wasn’t going to be the only big retailer. Expect more fun. I was in Target during the dates mentioned. Nothing strange on my bill yet.

    • elliesmom says:

      Someone tried to use my card in a railway station in Spain in October. I was leaving on vacation and while I got a new card in time, every time I tried to use it out of the country, even though I told the bank where I was going to be, the number had to be called in and verified. It was so ridiculously difficult to use it, I stopped. Probably saved some money.

      • leslie says:

        My card was stolen during the summer and within 15 minutes, these creeps charged nearly $2000 of liquor and party goods on it. then they went to another store and charged hundreds of $$ of snacks. I didn’t realize it was stolen until an hour or so later. The police treated me as if I were the thief when I reported the theft. The credit card people waived everything because I called it in as soon as I found out. Luckily I only had one card with me that day.

  27. The Klown says:
  28. helenk3 says:

    I really like this group

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