…but only because it’s politically expedient for the Democrats, of course.
First, allow me to provide a quick “refresher” sheet of the various and sundry changes which the president has already unilaterally enacted regarding Obamacare (*click* the image for full-size view):
And now, for the latest “adjustment” of His Lordship’s Glorious-yet-Ever-Changing Healthcare Plan for the Great Unwashed:
(via The Hill) – The Obama administration is set to announce another major delay in implementing the Affordable Care Act, easing election pressure on Democrats. As early as this week, according to two sources, the White House will announce a new directive allowing insurers to continue offering health plans that do not meet ObamaCare’s minimum coverage requirements.
Prolonging the “keep your plan” fix will avoid another wave of health policy cancellations otherwise expected this fall. The cancellations would have created a firestorm for Democratic candidates in the last, crucial weeks before Election Day.
Cynical? You bet. Accurate? Extremely.
Every single one of these Obamacare “adjustments” are purely and nakedly political, including (and perhaps especially) this latest one. However, I’m not entirely convinced that it will garner the response the White House desires.
“…This maneuver will mitigate the next wave for some Americans, but many won’t be granted a reprieve from Democrats’ broken promise.
A bipartisan group of state insurance commissioners and Attorneys General rejected this “keep your plan” band-aid when it was first proposed by Obama, calling it unworkable and/or illegal. Health insurance companies prepared for years to offer plans that complied with Obamacare’s new rules — and those rules haven’t been altered or repealed. The administration has essentially said that they simply won’t enforce them for a little bit longer. Just long enough, in fact, for some Americans to dodge cancellation notices scheduled for this coming fall.
The pain will still come; it’s just been pushed back a bit for some consumers…”
This move is all about politics and power, …just like Obamacare itself.
To summarize all of this, here’s two brief clips for you. First up is National Review’s Jonah Goldberg discussing why he doesn’t think this move is gonna make all that much difference come election time:
And to illustrate Jonah’s point, here’s yet another person being adversely affected by the Affordable Care Act:
Despite all of the president’s “decrees” and machinations (not to mention Harry Reid’s slanderous protestations to the contrary), I’m willing to bet that we’ll be seeing countless more of these between now and when the polls open in November.