As we approach football season prepare yourself for a big showdown in the fall. The Obama Administration and their allies huddled to come up with the best approach for enrolling 2.7 million people into the new insurance marketplaces beginning October 1st. Republicans continue their ardent opposition by voting for the 40th time to repeal ObamaCare and to delay other parts of the law including this new data hub they contend will be like a giant router. I wonder how many times it will have to be reset like mine.
Everyone agrees healthcare in America is broken and needs to be fixed. The fight has always been over the approach. Since we are so large as a nation and each state is structured differently when it comes to regulating insurance it is difficult to take a one size fits all model and apply it to each state differently. You will soon be seeing rates come out all over the country and both sides will be quick to go on the offensive either highlighting the good parts or being critical of other.
The House Ways and Means Committee staff counted up all the hours needed to create all the regulations defined in the law and it works out to needing over 121,000 new government employees just to execute the declarative statements in the law including the new federal data hub.
Federal officials assured us this data hub will not contain any personal healthcare information but will instead server as a “router” for everybody’s information on whether or not they qualify for subsidies or a premium tax credit. The Ways and Means Committee testimony last week provided more on how everything is going to work in 2014 and 2015. Stream the latest episode of the show for comprehensive analysis of this portion of the law.
Update on Rates
Here is an interesting twist. Georgia to asking for an emergency delay in their health insurance exchanges due to massive increases according to their health insurance commissioner. Rates in Indiana and Ohio have been released showing increases but other states like Maryland and New York have seen a decrease in cost. All of this will because each state has its own set of insurance laws and therefore they will all be impacted differently. Rates will likely go up in most states because they are mandating new coverages young people will pay more.
Here are the five takeaways from the week.
- More efforts are beginning to surface about defund Obamacare through a fight over the debt ceiling. The challenge is most of the money outlined for the law will be mandatory spending and unfortunately the debt limit only applies to discretionary spending. The House continues its opposition to the law and will likely continue.
- Some groups are stepping up their efforts to promote the law. Leaders from their interest groups and unions have joined the cause to get the word out about the law and enroll people into the new government exchanges.
- The IRS indicated is in a hiring freeze but assured Congress and they public they are on track at implementing all of the new taxes in the law and they are finalizing rules for employers on the pay or play delay.
- The CMS official said they do not believe the employer mandate is having an impact on businesses and affirmed that the new marketplace will be open for October 1st.
- Congress will be taking five weeks off to go back to their constituents and leaving only 12 real legislative days before open enrollment begins and a potential government shutdown that is looming over the debt limit.
Expand Your Knowledge Stream AHC From the Week of July 27th
The ACA is all over the headlines and the best articles are featured and the people speak as numerous callers go off on what they are sick of with all the dysfunction in Washington. The winner was Russ who sounded off with frustration and passion about the federal government. Find out the latest and much more on this week’s episode.
- Sean asks listeners what they are sick of with regards to this issue and the stagnation inside the beltway.
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