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Sebelius: No Delay Of Obama-Care ‘Penalties’

From the Politico:

Kathleen Sebelius: No more Obamacare delays

By BRETT NORMAN | March 12, 2014

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Wednesday that there would be no delay of Obamacare’s individual mandate, the penalty for violating it or the March 31 closing date of the enrollment period, the strongest statement yet that the administration has no plans for more major changes to the law in the final weeks of the first sign-up period.

Asked by Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas) at a House hearing whether the administration would change its policy for enforcing the individual mandate after all the other delays, extensions and adjustments it has made to different provisions in the law, Sebelius bluntly replied, “No, sir.”

Even though Obama seems to have just quietly arranged for the ‘Mother Of All’ delays and waivers, by extending and expanding the ‘hardship exemption.’ Which could allow millions to avoid paying the Obama-Care penalty.

At the House Ways and Means hearing on the HHS budget, Sebelius defended the agency’s prerogative to provide “special enrollment periods” for some groups of people, such as those who had trouble signing up in an exchange and went outside the new market for coverage. But she maintained that regular enrollment would close at the end of the month.

We suspect that "some groups of people" refers to the people who are claiming a hardship waiver. Which, as we have noted, has been extended for two more years. And which has been expanded to include anyone who believes that buying Obama-Care would be a hardship. Which could total into the millions.

The hearing was ostensibly about the agency’s proposed budget, but Republicans primarily hammered [sic] Sebelius with questions about the Obama administration’s goals for the federal health care law and what is known about the enrollment numbers that have been reported so far.

Sebelius was asked repeatedly whether the administration could say how many people who had enrolled in plans had actually paid their premiums, but she said she couldn’t answer. “I can’t tell you because I don’t know that,” Sebelius told Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.).

And yet they are able to tell us that Obama’s appearance on an online comedy program got a record number of referrals to the Obama-Care website.

On Tuesday, HHS said that 4.2 million people had signed up for private insurance plans under Obamacare through the end of February. That’s way off pace for the administration’s initial goal of 7 million enrollments this year, now viewed as unattainable. Even reaching a revised target of 6 million projected by the Congressional Budget Office after the disastrous rollout of HealthCare.gov is a daunting challenge. A new report Wednesday by Avalere Health said reaching the lower goal was highly unlikely, estimating 5.4 million enrollments by the end of March.

The answer to how many of the sign-ups have paid is important because that’s who will have actually gained insurance under the law. The number is bound to be significantly less than those who have simply chosen plans — four large insurers estimated to POLITICO this week that 15 percent to 20 percent of people who signed up hadn’t paid.

In typical fashion, the Politico buried this important detail at the bottom of their article.

But if 20% of the 4.5 million ‘enrollees’ haven’t actually bought a plan, that means 820,000 fewer policies have been bought through Obama-Care. Which means they are only a little more than half way to their original goal of 7 million. (4,500,000 – 820,000 = 3,680,000.)

And yet we were told that 7 million sign-ups was the bare minimum for Obama-Care to be financially sustainable.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, March 13th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Sebelius: No Delay Of Obama-Care ‘Penalties’”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    Kansas, what hath thou done to US?

  2. Rusty Shackleford says:

    So much for the “law of the land”, eh Johhnie Boner?

    What sayest thou to this, these developments?

    Dost thee fully fathom the weight, the gravity of it? Or irt thine own desires and care of home more of a burden to thee and maketh our plight of lesser concern?

    It is the people, Johnnie….the people who maketh thou one of any great value. For it ist of our own hearts and desires who placeth thou into thy seat of responsibility.

    But thou hast fallen. Thou hast given away the gold and the power to the enemy and thou hast embraced him. Therefore, it is now to the people to removeth thy place.

  3. Tater Salad says:

    The President lied to America, not once but many, many times when it came to lowering healthcare insurance cost premiums by telling us that they would be lowered by $2500.00 per year. As we all know now…………this is false. Every Democrat in his administration and every elected Democrat in Congress also carried the water for him and also lied to us.

    1). Barack Obama lying to America many times: – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66bgpRRSDD4#t=31

    2). Sebelius: Insurance rate increases is “pretty good news”! – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3ceP_oXiOA

    3). Barack Obama: “If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor…..PERIOD! – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfl55GgHr5E&list=RDwfl55GgHr5E

    4). “We said” meaning we Democrats since no Republicans voted for the ACA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkEQi1cKiOg

    5). “You will be able to keep your insurance”! – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DV-o34O2udU

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