Hundreds of thousands of people have received notices from their health insurance companies cancelling their current policies. It turns out that’s just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Millions of Americans are going to lose their existing coverage.
The Weekly Standard reports that health policy expert Bob Laszewski has analyzed the impact of Obamacare’s complex regulations on the individual health insurance market. According to his findings, 85% of existing individual plans do not comply with Obamacare. Translation: 16 million people will lose their current policies.
Think about that. That’s 16 million people, many are small business owners, who have been responsible enough to buy their own health insurance. Now Big Government is telling them in effect, “You can’t keep your current policy, no matter how much you liked it. And, by the way, the new one will probably cost even more!”
The Obama White House and congressional liberals are scrambling to respond to the Obamacare “train wreck.” They should have seen it coming. Not only did conservatives warn them years ago when they passed Obamacare without a single GOP vote, but even senior Senate Democrats tried to warn them.
Six months ago, Senator Max Baucus (D-MT), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and one of the principle authors of Obamacare, chastised HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, saying, “I just see a huge train wreck coming down. You and I have discussed this many times, and I don’t see any results yet.”
But realizing the mess they are in, the White House and its congressional allies are proposing a really radical solution: Now they want to delay Obamacare!
The administration announced it is delaying for six weeks the deadline to sign up for Obamacare and avoid the individual mandate penalty for not having insurance. The initial deadline was February 15th. Now it is March 31st. The White House took this step after increasingly nervous Senate Democrats demanded it.
But Democrats are not stopping there. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) is drafting legislation to delay Obamacare’s individual mandate for one year.
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Where have I heard that idea before? Oh, right — House Republicans proposed delaying the individual mandate by one year as part of a budget deal to avoid the government shutdown. For that they were denounced as “radicals,” “hostage takers” and worse.
LifeNews.com Note: Gary Bauer is the president of American Values, a national pro-family organization and chairman of the Campaign for Working Families. Bauer ran for the Republican nomination for president and appears frequently on radio and television programs.