Obama bullying Insurance Companies

 

This move is being coupled by many insurers granting “grace periods” in which people can send in their first payments without their enrollment being voided on New Year’s Day — which, again, is required within Obamacare’s regulations. Beyond all that, Philip Klein surveys the brand new raft of — ahem — suggestions HHS is tossing at insurance companies, and he sees a program on the brink of collapse:

 On a conference call, an HHS spokeswoman emphasized: “We are just proposing it as an option and we’re encouraging issuers. There is no requirement.” Translation: HHS has a huge mess on its hands and it hopes that by getting ahead of this news, it can foist the blame for the problems on insurers. Of course, for insurers who have spent years designing plans to comply with the law, this would present huge and unreasonable logistical hurdles. HHS also announced there would be a “special enrollment period” for people who tried to purchase insurance by Dec. 23 but couldn’t because of a “system error.”

Among these non-requirements, HHS urges insurers to count out-of-network doctors and hospitals as in-network, for the purposes of billing and deductibles. This is totally unworkable. The whole point of the pared-down Obamacare networks is to hold down premium costs as much as possible. If insurers are nudged toward opening up the floodgates, expect costs to respond accordingly. And that’s on top of existing sticker shock. When deductible and doc shock start hitting in 2014, the White House will try to pawn these problems off on insurers. Phil is right about that. It won’t work, but blamestorming is what they do. Bottom line: The Obama administration is terrified that too few people are signing up for Obamacare, that too many of those who have enrolled are older and sicker, and that millions of Americans will transition from being insured to uninsured in January directly because of the president’s law. An absolute mess (1)

 

(1) Trainwreck: White House Issues More Frantic Obamacare Deadline Extensions

Guy Benson, Townhall - http://townhall.com/tipsheet/guybenson/2013/12/13/industry-expert-no-healthcaregov-isnt-fixed-n1762127?utm_source=thdailypm&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nl_pm

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