Wednesday, March 26, 2014

A (brief) history of the lawless ACA

Here is a (partial?) chronological list of the various delays and waivers of the ACA law by the Whitehouse that occurred WITHOUT authority as the Whitehouse does not have the right to change law, only the responsibility to enforce the law.
  • Nov. 15, 2012: Exchange deadline delayed. The Department of Health and Human Services gave states an extra month to decide whether they would set up their own health insurance exchanges — a decision they announced just one day before the original deadline.
  • July 2: Employer mandate delayed. The administration declared that it wouldn't enforce the fines in 2014 for businesses with more than 50 full-time workers who don’t offer health coverage. The fines were pushed back to 2015.
  • Nov. 21: Open enrollment delayed for 2015. The administration pushed back next year’s enrollment season by a month.
  • Nov. 27: SHOP delayed. Online enrollment for the federal health insurance exchanges for small businesses was delayed.
  • Dec 12: Enrollment deadline extended. Customers on the federal enrollment website were given nearly two more weeks to sign up for coverage effective Jan. 1.
  • Dec. 24: Enrollment deadline extended. In a message on, customers were told they could get help finishing their Jan. 1 applications if they were already in line on Dec. 24.
  • Jan. 14: High risk pools extended. The high-risk insurance pools, which originally had been slated to close Jan. 1, had already been extended once.
  • Feb. 10: Employer mandate delayed. This time, businesses with between 50 and 100 workers were given until 2016 to offer coverage, and the mandate will be phased in for employers with more than 100 workers.
  • March 14: High risk pools extended. The special, temporary coverage for people with serious pre-existing conditions — which was only supposed to last until the health insurance exchanges were in place — was extended a third time for another month.
  • March 25: Final enrollment deadline extended. The March 31 deadline — the end of enrollment for 2014 — will be loosened for people with special sign-up circumstances.
So much for the ACA being the law of the land, it is more like silly putty, to be stretched and pulled however Obama feels is convenient!

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