The White House trashed ‘junk’ plans it will now try to restore — and hammered Upton bill, which it will now impose via Obama decree.
(1) “What we’re also discovering is that insurance is complicated to buy.” Really, Mr. President? You’re “discovering” this minor detail three years after you forced through a massive, unpopular overhaul of the entire system? This statement is a breathtaking admission of abject dereliction and incompetence.
(2) “What we’re essentially saying is the Affordable Care Act is not going to be the factor in what happens with folks in the individual market.” Points for candor, I guess. Here the president explicitly spells out the motivation behind his so-called “fix” — which even liberal wonks and industry experts are admitting are unworkable and will make the law’s problems worse. The goal is not to repair the damage; the goal is to scapegoat someone else for the Obamacare wreckage that awaits.
(3) “On the website, I was not informed directly that the website would not be working the way it was supposed to.” In which President Obama once again claims that he was unaware of the long parade of internal and external warnings that Healthcare.gov was a historic train wreck in the making. What is Obama aware of, pray tell?
(4) “The marketplace offers new options with better coverage and tax credits that might help you bring down the cost.” Key word: “Might.”
(5) “It is not possible for me to guarantee that a hundred percent of the people…on this website will have a perfectly seamless, smooth experience. We’re going to have to continue to improve it, even after November 30th.” The administration’s self-imposed, do-over deadline is effectively dead. Couple the still-broken websites with the flurry of brand new demands sprung on the insurance companies, and you’re staring into the abyss of enrollment upheaval that could make the last few weeks look like a walk in the park.
UPDATE – Two state insurance commissioners have already pulled the plug on Obama’s “fix.” Both are…Democrats. Their reasoning? It’s destructive and logistically infeasible — which is exactly what Kathleen Sebelius argued last week, back when the administration was still against this sort of thing. What a cluster..Follow enlightenedlbrl