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2 States Have Refused To Accept Obama’s ‘Fix’

From the Washington Post:

The backlash to the Obamacare fix has already started

By Sarah Kliff | November 14, 2013

It took about three hours exactly for states to start pushing back against President Obama’s request that regulators allow insurance plans to offer current products in 2014.

Washington state insurance commissioner Mike Kreidler has announced that he will not allow insurance companies to do so.

What’s this? Insurance companies are actually controlled by the states? Who knew? (Certainly not Mr. Obama.)

"In the interest of keeping the consumer protections we have enacted and ensuring that we keep health insurance costs down for all consumers, we are staying the course," he said in a statement moments ago. "We will not be allowing insurance companies to extend their policies. I believe this is in the best interest of the health insurance market in Washington." …

For the record, Ms. Kliff has subsequently tweeted: "Know of two states saying they won’t comply with Obamacare fix (AR, WA) and three that will (CA, FL, KY)."

It does feel a bit weird to have one of the most liberal regulators be the first out of the gate to oppose Obama. At the same time, it also makes sense: What Kreidler is doing is a full-throated defense of the Affordable Care Act.

The whole reason insurance policies are getting cancelled right now is because the Affordable Care Act wanted these plans – which have less robust benefit packages – to go out of business.

Which is exactly what we have been saying all along.

That’s why Washington is among a handful of largely Democrat-led states that specifically bar insurers from offering "early renewals": Plans that start in December 2013 and dodge health law requirements. This includes some really big states, too, like California and New York.

This is the first we have heard of this loophole.  But it means that the five million plus cancellations we’ve been told about so far are probably just the tip of the iceberg. Since insurance companies had one way to dodge the new Obama-Care regulations for another year.

"I encourage anyone who is shopping for new health plans – whether you’ve been uninsured or have received a cancellation notice from your insurer – to look at all of your options," Kreidler continues. "Don’t just take what your insurance company says."

Because they are evil and they want you to suffer and die.

The full statement from Kreidler is below:

OLYMPIA, Wash. – “We have worked for three years to implement the Affordable Care Act in a way that works best for Washingtonians. One goal of our efforts has been to build a stable, fair and competitive individual health insurance market.

I know that many people who buy their own health insurance have struggled to keep their coverage. That is why we have worked so hard to make these significant changes. We have brought meaningful benefits to this market that the rest of us with employer-sponsored health plans have enjoyed for years; benefits like prescription drug coverage, maternity care, and reasonable limits on out-of-pocket costs. Our state-based Exchange – Wahealthplanfinder.org – is up and running and successfully enrolling thousands of consumers.

I understand that many people are upset by the notices they have recently received from their health plans and they may not need the new benefits today. But I have serious concerns about how President Obama’s proposal would be implemented and more significantly, its potential impact on the overall stability of our health insurance market.

I do not believe his proposal is a good deal for the state of Washington. In the interest of keeping the consumer protections we have enacted and ensuring that we keep health insurance costs down for all consumers, we are staying the course. We will not be allowing insurance companies to extend their policies. I believe this is in the best interest of the health insurance market in Washington.

We estimate that 290,000 people will need to buy new coverage and that at least half of them will qualify for a premium subsidy. I encourage anyone who is shopping for new health plans – whether you’ve been uninsured or have received a cancellation notice from your insurer – to look at all of your options. Don’t just take what your insurance company says. You may find better, more affordable coverage with a different insurer. There are 46 individual health plans for sale in the Exchange and 51 plans available outside the Exchange. If you need help reviewing your options, contact a navigator or an agent or broker.

It will be interesting to hear why Arkansas is refusing Obama’s ‘fix.’

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, November 15th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “2 States Have Refused To Accept Obama’s ‘Fix’”

  1. Astravogel

    It might be helpful to the cancellee’s if a Bill was passed to require
    insurance companies who cancelled policies for ACA reasons to
    cover the policy holders for medical costs associated with their
    treatment, until they can find other insurance. Or, a Federal Court
    Injunction preventing the cancellation, whichever works best. In
    addition, if the USPS gets their way on the stoppage of Saturday
    delivery, they should be required to deliver on the Monday next,
    if that is a Federal Holiday. Otherwise, no mail from Saturday to
    Tuesday. Some of us won’t get our prescriptions when needed.

  2. bousquem25

    Never mind that the “fix” is only good for a year and after the midterm elections before the same crap happens again with the employer mandate also kicking in. The insurance companies also now have to reprogram their systems which by the time they get done will bring the plans back for a few months if that before being scrapped again because they are illegal again.

  3. canary

    Washington state is angry about an all time historical high of ATF raids on the state’s legal marijuana resources having legalized the drug due to Obama’s lying campaign promise he’d put a stop to them.

    I saw on a news special on this, and Obama is doing more raids than Bush or any president. No telling where he stashes his confiscation.




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