Yet another snafu has cropped up in implementing Obamacare. It seems that the Secretary of Health and Human Services “unexpectedly” has run out of Obamacare money needed to implement the insurance exchanges.
Here is what has happened recently. HHS has gone to Congress seeking an additional $5.9 billion to get the exchanges up and running. This is a mere $2 billion more than HHS estimated last year, and, of course, $5.9 billion more than Obamacare anticipated in its original funding. Both the House and Senate Democrats denied the request. Undaunted by this rebuke, the Secretary of Health and Human Services has announced a fall back position.
Obamacare created a slush, er Prevention Fund that so far has been used for such laudable projects as,
… bike-path signs[and] to patronage for liberal pressure groups lobbying for fast-food taxes.
There is some $5 billion left in the slush fund, and so, HHS has announced that it will raid that fund to pay for the costs of the exchanges.
The House of Representatives, however, has a different approach.
As you know, the Obamacare fund created to cover those with pre-existing medical conditions and who are unable to obtain insurance, went broke some ten months sooner, and about 150,000 thousand people fewer, than Obamacare anticipated. The House wants to take the remaining $5 billion in the slush fund and use it to provide care for those with pre-existing conditions who are now shut out of the pre-existing conditions program.
Interesting…what do Senate Democrats do when confronted with such a bill?
Do they spend the slush fund on people who need care, or spend it on bureaucracy?