Obama will allow people to keep old health plans for a year

Portman questions legality of plan
Joe Centers
Nov 14, 2013

 

WASHINGTON (MCT) — President Obama announced today that he will allow Americans being kicked off their health insurance plans because of his signature health-care law to keep their insurance for another year.
“We’re going to solve the problems that are there,” Obama said. “And we’re going to get it right.”
Obama had vowed during the debate over the Affordable Care Act that those who liked their health-care plans would be able to keep them under his law.
But his law also set a minimum level of benefits to comply with the 2010 health-care law, such as requiring health-insurance plans to cover mental health, prescription drugs, dental and vision for children and other coverage.
In recent weeks, insurance companies on the individual market whose plans fell short of those requirements had begun notifying consumers that they’d be ending those plans.
During a White House press conference Obama said he would use an administrative fix to allow people to keep the plans in question for one year.

His announcement came a day before the House was set to vote on a Republican-sponsored bill that would “grandfather” in health-care policies that would’ve been cancelled under Obamacare.

Disgruntled House Democrats have threatened to support that bill, though House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., warned that it was “very dangerous” and “completely disruptive.”

Obama’s health-care law did have a provision that “grandfathered” in plans, but only those that existed on March 23, 2010, and hadn’t been changed since then to substantially cut benefits or increase costs for consumers.

Sen. Rob Portman questioned whether Obama’s fix was legal.

“As creative as the president has been in using administrative action in order to change the law, including delaying the employer mandate for a year, I don’t know if he has the ability to do this without legislation.”

The Ohio Republican said a one-year delay wouldn’t provide the necessary fix.

“My biggest concern is that if we simply kick the can down the road, we’re putting more and more people at risk,” he said, adding that it’s possible employers will change their coverage in such a way that results in other people having their plans cancelled. “The only way to really deal with it is to start over and change this approach and let people keep what they have and focus on the cost of health care.”

House Speaker John Boehner, R-West Chester, also questioned whether Obama could make the fix through administrative action.

“When it comes to this health-care law, the White House doesn’t have much credibility,” he said. “The only way to fully protect the American people is to scrap this law once and for all. There is no way to fix this.”

By Jessica Wehrman and Sophia Lindsey, The Columbus Dispatch, Distributed by MCT

Comments

Truth2u

21st century slave master Obama, ALLOWING free citizens to buy what they want for a year and then he punishes us after that with heavy fines if we don't buy what he tells us too.

BadBoys

Do you have to change your plan? If not shut up.

Contango

Re: "Do you have to change your plan?"

Don't get too comfortable.

The new Obama☭are mandates will EVENTUALLY affect and push the costs up on EVERYONE'S health ins.!

buckeye15

citation needed.

Contango

Re: "citation needed."

So you don't believe that when the employer mandate kicks in that thousands of employer health plans and ten of millions of employees will be affected cost wise plus being thrown onto the exchanges because employers drop coverage?

Last yr. we lost our dental ins. due to the higher costs associated with the ACA mandate which allowed "children" up to 26 yr. old to remain on parent's policies.

Obama☭are has FAR REACHING implications. Scr*wing 15 million individual policy owners is MERELY the TIP OF THE ICEBERG.

YOUR Pres. is a (bleeping) liar. His rambling, incoherent, flip-flopping speech yesterday was ANOTHER "fumble."

buckeye15

Let me summarize. You have absolutely zero proof that "Obamacare" will raise costs of health insurance.

See...that was easy.

Contango

Re: "You have absolutely zero proof that "Obamacare" will raise costs of health insurance."

And where's your "proof" that it won't?

And Pres. Obama delayed the employer mandate for one yr. WHY?

Continue to wear those rose colored glasses and believe that the mandates with the likes of:

No pre-ex, new benefits of FREE annual exams and expanded mental and substance abuse coverage WON'T raise everyone's direct health ins. costs and negatively affect the make-up of their plans.

Econ 101: TANSTAAFL. There ain't no such thing as a free lunch.

Foodforthought

buckeye15........ WAKE UP!!!!

Jonathan Christman

Just google it and you will find numerous articles from reliable sources. Here are just a few

http://www.reuters.com/article/2...


http://www.forbes.com/sites/robe...

http://www.cnbc.com/id/101158964

Windy

The map on the Forbes site says that the premiums in Ohio will GO UP 81% due to Obamacare! That is the highest of ANY state! Golly gee, thanks "Mr. President".

Dustinm89

Just saying but, you may want read the whole thing really good before you post it in that manner. Makes you look dumb and uneducated. The article says the bill would raise costs if no other steps were taken. You think they are just going to throw it out there without anything changing a bit. Good luck with that. Dang Republicans!!!

MiddleRight

And in typical hard left liberal fashion, when presented with facts that disagree with your fantasy land, you shut up and go away.

buckeye15

I am not that easy to make go away. Some of us have to go off to work for a living.

Contango

Re: "that was easy."

"For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong."

- H.L. Mencken

Reads like Obam☭are AND your comment.

MyDisguise

My employer provided "proof" of how and when ACA will effect them -

Beginning 2014 as a result of ACA my employer will pay a "Transitional Reinsurance fee" of $63 per employee covered under the plans they provide which equates to $2.2 million and there is more ahead - In 2018, the ACA places a costly 40% excise tax on “Cadillac” plans, those that cost more to provide than certain legislated thresholds. My employee plan, left as is, will trigger this excise tax which will cost my employer an additional $8.2 million per year.

Where will this $10 million in fees/taxes come from? Employee's pocket? Employee terminations?

ActaNonVerba

BadBoys and Buckeye you should probably never speak on this subject again....

Obama has openly admitted that hes "sorry that people are having to change their plans"

I work at a local business here in Norwalk and my insurance cost through the employer have gone up twice (since all this started) and I have had to change my plan to a less beneficial plan that cost me more monthly...

It is complete and blatant ignorance to think otherwise

JACKEL

Who in the Hxll does this axxhole think he is? I will allow,go to Hxll you jerk !

Truth2u

http://youtu.be/D74ZO082G8Q

30 second long video where Hillary tells all.

Contango

What a cluster (bleep)!

For a supposed Constitutional scholar, the Incompetent-in-Chief somehow thinks that he's a king in a monarchy.

ACA were LAWS written and passed by a partisan Congress. Rules and regulations MUST be written.

In a Constitutional govt., ya just can't wave your hand and make it so.

rbenn

At what point in time did the United States of America become Barack Obama's bitch? How is it that this petty little man became the small minded dictator of the USA? Where is it written that Congress can pass a law and when that law is proven to be a steamy worthless pile of crap, this arrogant stick figure of a man can pick and choose what parts of the law he will or will not allow whenever the political winds shift against him? By what authority does he commit these unConstitutional acts? Why is this permitted?
He cannot simply decide one day that employers don't have to comply with a law that has been enacted, and then decide that insurance policies the law bans will be good for another year. He is not our king, he's not even a leader, he let the inmates run the asylum and write this damn law. He's had nothing to do with the passage of this law, or anything else that has occurred in his administration. I can't give him credit for (if) anything good that has happened, but he can't be blamed for the bad either, because he obviously is not involved in anything! He's present! He appoints, designates and delegates everything and then goes out to play golf and fundraise! So when did he become the Pope, waving his hand to rewrite laws and pacify the masses?
Republicans should be demanding that by his actions he has admitted that the law is flawed and should be repealed immediately! And demand that IF another attempt is to be made at passing such a law in the future, all parties will be included in its conception. NO amendments to the law, REPEAL IT!

Contango

Pres. Obama, 11/14/13:

“Well, the problem with the grandfather clause that we put in place is it’s almost like we said to folks you’ve got to buy a new car even if you can’t afford be it right now,”

So, to use his analogy, he originally said that if you LIKE your "paid for" 10 yr. old car, you can keep it?

BUT, you were FORCED to trade it in and now you have to go back to the auto dealer and 'try' to buy it back?

Only a brain-numbed true believer could still support this jamoke.

http://www.mediaite.com/tv/obama...

Cliff Cannon

Contango : I have just one complaint with your statement here. You put the word " President " next to obama. I understand of course, he has the job. Still, in an effort to show disrespect, I never put the word " President " next to his name and some how, that makes me feel just a little bit better about having such a bad joke in the White House

Jonathan Christman

I think you are off base on this Cliff. He is the President regardless of your disagreement with his policies and politics, he was duly elected and the office deserves all the respect that we as Americans can give. That being said, that does not mean that we should not question or criticize the office when it is called for.

rbenn

His entire re-election was based on obamacare, which was fraud on the American people. He has disgraced the office and should be impeached.

Jonathan Christman

Unfortunately Romney needed to play to the conservative base to make it though the primaries and the with the majority of the media invested in an President Obama reelection it was an uphill battle. It is funny because I talked to a staunch liberal from Chicago who said "if the Republicans would just run a moderate I would vote for him". He laugh when I said Romney was a moderate and followed with, "Well I didn't know that before the election".

Fromthe419

He knew he would never get re-elected if he came out and did what Alinsky preached, make the middle class part of the poverty class by taking more of their earnings. If he said I am going to raise middle class taxes by 50% and re distribute to the working poor, which is in fact what he said to Joe the Plumber, he would have gone down in flames. He is doing that with health care, a family of 4 having to spend 25% of their after tax income on health care? WTF!! Alinsky preached that the middle class was where the money was, and very few of them would ascend to the affluent class, so in order to control them you had to make them part of the poverty class. Cloward Piven 101!!

Cliff Cannon

@ J.C. : While, I tend to agree with you. I also, feel the need to protest in even such a small way. Obviously, respect is something that needs to go both ways and I certainly do not feel Mr. Obama respects the American people, anymore than he respects our flag enough to put his hand over his heart during the " Pledge of Allegiance "


For what it's worth J.C. I also always, when commenting about our 36th. President use only small letters for his famed initial's ( l.b.j.) to show disdain. Thank-you for such an intelligent response

Cliff Cannon

@ Jonathan Christman : The really neat thing about intelligent observations, is that they do what they are supposed to do----make one think.


I want to thank-you for making me think, as well as making me understand I am wrong not to pay the duly elected President of the United States his proper respect. Accordingly, in the future, I shall refer to him as Pres. Obama. Thanks again for waking me to error of my way

Contango

Re: "You put the word 'President' next to obama."

Understood.

Regardless of one's distain for Herr Hitler, he was nevertheless popularly elected the Chancellor of Germany.

If Mr. Obama were the CEO of a corp., he woulda been tossed out on his ear long ago.

Some would say that he IS the CEO of the U.S.

IMO, the Peter Principle is on full display.

Cliff Cannon

@ Contango : I will no doubt get into as much trouble as former Cincinnati Reds owner Marge Schott did for saying this.


But if that despicable, hateful, little man hitler had died in 1938 there would, no doubt be statues of him in Germany today. For he restored German confidence,pride & production to such levels that by 1938 German birth rates were the highest in their history.


( High birth rates, of course, are one sure sign of confidence in the future, expressed unknowingly by a country's population.)


What has Mr. obama done to restore American pride, production or raise anyone's confidence in either him or the future ?

P.S. Please let no one think for a nanosecond, I am supporting anything about hitler other than acknowledging Pre-war accomplishments, to make a simple statement here.

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