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A Band-Aid

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From page A4 | November 18, 2013 | 15 Comments

Nov. 14 President Obama gave people a year to renew individual-market policies that had been canceled.

White House officials said they will send a letter to state insurance commissioners specifying that current plans sold to existing customers will not be considered out of compliance with the health care law in 2014, according to a FoxNews report.

Good luck with that. There have been about 5 million policies canceled already because they don’t meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act. The president’s latest fiat is like putting a Band-Aid on an arterial wound.

“The only reason consumers are getting notices about their current coverage changing is because the ACA requires all policies to cover a broad range of benefits that go beyond what many people choose to purchase today,” America’s Health Insurance Plans’ President Karen Ignagni said following Obama’s comments.

“Changing the rules after health plans have already met the requirements of the law could destabilize the market and result in higher premiums for consumers,” she warned.

As Montana Democrat Sen. Max Baucus said about his own legislation after the Department of Health and Human Services issued a couple of pounds worth of rules, this is a “train wreck.” And now Obama is turning it into absolute chaos.

The only sure cure for this is to scotch the whole thing and start over. Start by not telling people and businesses what insurance they should have. Give a tax break to those purchasing insurance on the open market. Cap malpractice pain and suffering claims. Encourage a high-risk pool for those with pre-existing conditions. Start replacing Medicaid with means-tested subsidies to purchase regular insurance. Keep it simple. The state insurance commissioners have done enough to gum up the works. The federal government should leave a light footprint.

Mountain Democrat

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Discussion | 15 comments

  • R.j. CarterNovember 14, 2013 - 5:42 pm

    Yup, looks like It won't be long until those 22 pens Obama used to sign his "signature legislation" into law will begin showing up on EBAY..

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  • Phil VeerkampNovember 14, 2013 - 6:15 pm

    Today Mr. Obama once again showed the path circumventing and bypassing the messiness of the two legislative branches of government. It is unlikely the Judiciary will weigh in. Humpty Dumpty will be mended by decree. Hail to the chief!

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  • 1036-FrankNovember 14, 2013 - 8:49 pm

    He said clearly, " You can keep your plan, if you like it, and your doctor, and it will be 2500.00 cheaper per year, Period. Problem was he was only making this promise to those named Period.

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  • Phil VeerkampNovember 14, 2013 - 9:05 pm

    LINK - Drum roll

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  • cookie65November 18, 2013 - 6:35 am

    Frank, that is the same thing slick willy did when he lied to America. He said, "I did not have $^%$ with "that" woman, Miss Lewinski". He was actually speaking to Miss Lewinski about the beast.

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  • Vicci NolanNovember 15, 2013 - 8:32 am

    You lost me at "according to FoxNews..."

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  • Phil VeerkampNovember 15, 2013 - 9:48 am

    Vicci, after "according to FoxNews..." you forgot to add the sound effect of an open mind slamming shut.LINK - slam

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  • cookie65November 18, 2013 - 6:18 am

    Wow Vicci, do you put your hands over your ears and hum real loud when hearing stuff you don't want to hear? Evidence of another cookieism: "if the people who do their thinking for them don't tell them, it can't be true". Sadly, in this case obama lying to the American people dozen's of times is by no stretch of the imagination a news "exclusive". The real truth Vicci is the media is complicit in the lie. They have a duty to keep the American people informed and the government honest. You are an excellent example of their failure to do so. How is it possible for the left to get any dumber?

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  • cookie65November 18, 2013 - 6:25 am

    I do have to offer Vicci a very sincere THANK YOU, for making me laugh until my ribs hurt.

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  • PattyNovember 18, 2013 - 9:53 am

    What a suprise. The Mountain Democrat quoting Fox News and Hangtown Haven closing.

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  • PatriceNovember 18, 2013 - 7:09 pm

    Patty, if El Dorado County was blue, they would find a way to solve this homeless problem. BTW all of Broadway looks run down.

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  • cookie65November 19, 2013 - 7:48 am

    Hangtown Haven is the blue section of El Dorado county.

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  • Dee#1November 18, 2013 - 8:08 pm

    Patrice, you mean like San Francisco, New York and Chicago have solved their homeless problems. Or for that matter, Sacramento or Rancho Cordova. Have you been to Loaves and Fishes recently or the levees of the Sacramento/ American Rivers. deep blue government communities. Again, Leftist irrational talking points making me laugh.

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  • PatriceNovember 19, 2013 - 8:40 am

    In comparison this is a very small community with an abundance of rural areas. Surely we could help to "hide" your fear.

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  • cookie65November 19, 2013 - 9:19 am

    Detroit, Philly, Atlanta, Houston, Compton, Baltimore, DC, Milwaukee, etc. etc. etc. Leftists utopia's of compassion. Dependence on poverty for political power will NEVER EVER lead to prosperity. How low does someone's IQ, common sense and problem solving skills need to be in order to believe otherwise? As long as we have people in this country who have coconut husks for skulls the left will continue to prosper off the destruction of people.

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