A little late to the game here — and there may be another delay before I even finish writing this piece — but would you believe that there was another Obamacare delay last week? This time, President Obama is (shockingly) pushing more mandates past the next election.
According to CNBC, this recent delay will allow folks to keep their plans for an additional two years, even if they don’t meet Obamacare’s new “minimum standards,” if their states allow it. Which is weird, because I’m pretty sure Obama and Mark Pryor said we could keep our plans and our doctors if we liked them.
More from CNBC:
The administration also extended Obamacare’s open enrollment for next year by a month—it now will run from Nov. 15, 2014, until Feb. 15, 2015. And it is giving insurers additional financial help to offset the costs of benefits claims from new ACA enrollees, with the goal of keeping Obamacare premiums “affordable” in coming years, officials said.
New rules also simplified the paperwork that larger employers will have to file when the the mandate obliging them to offer affordable health insurance to workers begins next year.
Oh, and the new delays also provide special breaks for unions!
And the rules gave a financial break to the types of self-insured health plans run by many unions, excluding them for two years from the $63-per-capita “reinsurance contribution” assessed for each enrollee.
I guess I don’t understand why Obama keeps delaying this law since Mark Pryor says it’s “creating jobs” and has been an “amazing success story” already. I guess we can expect a press release from Pryor at any moment, demanding that Obama fully implement all of Obamacare now! I mean, my gosh. We can’t wait!