Really? Let’s just get this out of the way right now. There is no way anything is going to be “fixed” by Friday afternoon. So why do you think Democrats in Congress are demanding the White House get it fixed? It’s all about the upcoming elections baby!
Hold their collective feet to the fire. Democrats own this legislation and every single issue – big and small – is the fault of Democrats and Democrats exclusively. Don’t let them get away with going back to voters and saying “it’s not my fault, and I tried to fix it.” The video is courtesy Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit.
From The Washington Post.
This Friday, House Republicans are expected to vote on a proposal — championed by GOP Rep. Fred Upton — that would allow insurance companies the option of continuing all existing health plans for a year, in response to the loss of plans that has taken place despite Obama’s vow otherwise. The White House points out that this will undermine the law.
Does anyone understand the logistics of such a move for insurance companies? It’s not like their systems are set up to just switch back to the way it was. Those plans literally don’t exist anymore. Network agreements – legal contracts – that were in force have been changed. You’d have to go to the states and get every plan re-certified and have the price approved.
… CNN’s Dana Bash stirred up chatter today when she Tweeted that “lots” of House Dems will vote for it if the White House has not put forth its own fix by the end of the week — in effect giving the White House a deadline.
In my opinion, this is grandstanding by the GOP and the DNC is going for the ride to improve perception. I think Washington would be fine with deflecting and putting the “blame” on insurance companies when they are unable two switch back quickly. I would not be surprised if it took three months or more to revert back. Heck, it could take eight months.
Also, the financial part of this does not change. People now know even if there is a delay, they will soon experience huge increases in premiums and deductibles. The cat – as they say – is out of the bag.
So what to do? I really don’t know. Even if they voted to repeal and defund the entire legislation that still puts us in a place where insurance companies have to completely retool and recode everything. We told you this would be a total disaster and once implemented, it would take a lot of time and resources to fix it.
President Obama said he was going to fundamentally change this country. Here it is. An analogy … it’s kind of like Obama putting everyone into a big bus and driving off a cliff at the Grand Canyon. Once airborne and dropping fast, everyone on the bus starts with suggestions as to how to avoid certain death. Imagine a few of the bus riders suggesting they fire up their smart phone and order up a big parachute, or have a big airbag installed at the bottom. Yeah, that will work just in time!
This is exactly why we fought so hard to stop this legislation. We told you this would take us off a cliff. Conservatives and the GOP provided alternatives. We were dismissed. We were told we didn’t care. We were called racists since we were “just mad a black guy was elected.”