Today’s question: Obamabots, are you getting sick of being played yet?
Ah good times. Remember this one, Kids? Barack Obama, 2009:
We will place a limit on how much you can be charged for out-of-pocket expenses, because in the United States of America, no one should go broke because they get sick. (Applause.)
Whoopsie. I hope you’re sitting down. It turns out that that bold declaration is now inoperative, a fact that we learned From today’s New York Times (by way of the Tampa Bay Times):
In another setback for President Barack Obama’s health care initiative, the administration has delayed until 2015 a significant consumer protection in the law that limits how much people may have to spend on their own health care.
The limit on out-of-pocket costs, including deductibles and copayments, was not supposed to exceed $6,350 for an individual and $12,700 for a family. But under a little-noticed ruling, federal officials have granted a one-year grace period to some insurers, allowing them to set higher limits, or no limit at all, in 2014. (emphasis mine)
Gee, last Friday when the One was slandering his political “enemies” by claiming that their “Holy Grail” is keeping people from getting “health care,” I didn’t hear him mention this change, did you? Isn’t it interesting how they like to impose these very significant changes silently and behind closed doors? Of course, one of our Sham WOW (Walks on Water) chief executive’s first Obamise (as broken promise) was the one about televising the negotiations of his health care scheme on C-SPAN. It all seems pretty hilarious now, or it would if this Orwellian nightmare weren’t threatening to ruin our country.
Repeating, Obamabots, are you getting sick of being played yet?
The grace period has been outlined on the Labor Department’s website since February but was obscured in a maze of legal and bureaucratic language that went largely unnoticed. When asked recently about the language — which appeared as an answer to one of 137 “frequently asked questions about Affordable Care Act implementation” — department officials confirmed the policy.
The discovery is likely to fuel continuing Republican efforts this fall to discredit the president’s health care law.
The law, signed more than three years ago by Obama, clearly established a single overall limit on out-of-pocket costs for each individual or family. But federal officials said that many insurers and employers needed more time to comply because they used separate companies to help administer major medical coverage and drug benefits, with separate limits on out-of-pocket costs.
A senior administration official, speaking to the New York Times on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations, said health plan sponsors and carriers reported that their computer systems were not set up to aggregate all of a person’s out-of-pocket costs and requested more time to comply.
So, let’s recap. With a wave of his mighty hand, the One granted businesses a reprieve from the employer mandate. That was after numerous pre-Presidential waivers that were granted a couple of years ago to large corporate employers like McDonalds. Now, His Highness grants those evil insurers a reprieve from a limit on your out of pocket costs. Are you noticing a pattern? Big businesses get a break. Members of Congress and their staffs get a break. Small businesses and individuals don’t.
This latest news comes on the heels of the news of two significant stories that we told you about on last Sunday’s show; specifically, that (1) the “data hub” that will be part of pretending to “implement” this scheme–and I say “pretending” because we all know that the end game is a complete government takeover of the health care system, as Sen. Harry Reid has admitted–is going to be a “honey pot” for identity thieves and (2) another Obamise, “if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor,” has suddenly, and quietly become “you may be able to keep your doctor.”
This should be strike three for this heinous mess. Republicans need to grow a pair and stand with Sen. Mike Lee and Sen. Ted Cruz to rescue us from the destruction of our health care system, and along with it, America as we know it.