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DC Makes Small Businesses Use ACA Exchanges

From the Daily Caller:

New D.C. insurance mandate breaks Obama’s promise, coalition says

By Laura Byrne | Wed October 10, 2012

Washington D.C. small businesses are now required to buy health insurance plans through the government, despite complaints that it violates President Barack Obama’s promise that Americans can “keep our health care insurance if we like it” under the Affordable Care Act.

Last Wednesday, The D.C. Health Benefit Exchange Authority (HBX) unanimously voted to require all businesses in the district with 50 members or less to purchase employee health insurance plans through the exchange, despite backlash from local businesses.

Isn’t it funny how little press this vote got from our media guardians? The Washington Post seems to have been the only mainstream outlet to note this. And they buried it in their ‘DC’ Politics section.

By the way, last Wednesday evening Mr. Obama was saying that he was proud to have the Affordable Care Act called ‘Obama-Care.’ And one can see why.

Before the HBX ruling, a coalition of more than 150 small businesses and associations signed a letter arguing that the new exchange mandate undermined “President Obama’s repeated assurances that, ‘If you like your health plan . . . you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period.’ ”

“If you are among the hundreds of millions of Americans who already have health insurance through your job, or Medicare, or Medicaid, or the VA, nothing in this plan will require you or your employer to change the coverage or the doctor you have,” President Obama said during the debate over health care reform.

As Mr. Obama’s spiritual ancestor, Vladimir Lenin, used to like to say: "promises are made to be broken."

HBX is responsible for carrying out state level insurance exchanges, authorized under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

These exchanges are aimed to make insurance less expensive and more reliable, but the small business coalition letter insists the exchange is “an undefined, untested, more expensive entity”.

“The diversity of small employer health plans currently available in the District cannot be replicated in the standardized plans offered by the Exchange,” according to the letter.

What do they know? This plan was written by Anthony Weiner and Nancy Pelosi. They certainly know more about providing healthcare benefits than any small businessmen.

The mandate will affect 7,300 District employers who provide plans to employees — more than 125,000 people, according to a 2010 report from the D.C. Department of Health Care Finance.

Still, there is a little poetic justice in seeing the liberal denizens being among the first to lose their choice here.

“The concern is about all these additional costs that are being added onto premiums that are already skyrocketing,” small business coalition spokeswoman Hannah Turner told the Washington Post.

“All of these things are just adding onto small-employer costs,” she said.

The Obama health care law requires that all insurance plans bought with the exchange must meet certain coverage conditions.

D.C. will join Vermont as the second state to require smaller groups purchase healthcare through the exchange.

Again, it’s poetic justice for Vermont, too. But the problem is this won’t stop at DC and Vermont. Soon we will all have to get our insurance through the Obama-Care exchanges.

Just as we predicted when we first heard about them.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, October 10th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “DC Makes Small Businesses Use ACA Exchanges”

  1. Right of the People says:

    I feel sorry for the people of Vermont. Most of the folks outside of the Peoples Socialist Republic of Burlington are conservative but the libs control the state due to the way their representatives are selected. DC on the other hand is getting what they deserve.

    This evil must be stopped! If the unspeakable happens and Dear Leader is re-elected we are in a heap of trouble.

  2. GetBackJack says:

    It was violence done to our freedoms by fiat decree that led to a particularly bloody period known as the Revolutionary War. Flappers of the day did not see the signs either, of what they were inviting upon themselves.

    Their pitiable cries when the hammer fell were ignored.

  3. geronl says:

    How close are we to simply deciding this government is illegitimate??

  4. wirenut says:

    When everyone is wearing a Chairman Mao jacket.
    Thats where this fool is heading.

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