The New Year has ushered in ObamaCare’s insurance mandate on employers, marking the end of the unilateral delays that were passed one year ago by the White House. The delays provided ammunition to Republicans who argued that Obama was improperly providing administrative fixes where legislative ones were required.
It has been revealed that ObamaCare architect Jonathan Gruber admitted in 2009 that the bill lacked cost controls and that, inevitably, certain individuals would have to be denied care — all while Barack Obama was telling voters just the opposite.
Increases in Medicaid enrollment reportedly will coincide with a decrease in payments made to doctors, in turn reducing access to medical care for Medicaid enrollees.
ObamaCare's insurance exchanges, intended to increase competition in insurance markets, are actually far less competitive than the pre-ObamaCare markets, according to a Heritage Foundation report.
Under a proposed federal regulation, insurance exchanges would have the option of reassigning some exchange enrollees to cheaper health plans than the ones they selected in the past.
As 2014 nears its close, Americans without insurance are running out of time to avoid the significant ObamaCare penalties that are scheduled to hit in 2016. The deadline to avoid the penalties is February 15, 2015. Uninsured Americans will be faced with a fines of $325 per adult or two percent of family income, whichever is higher. But whether the IRS will be able to effectively enforce the individual mandate remains to be seen.
On Tuesday, ObamaCare architect Jonathan Gruber appeared before Congress to explain his controversial statements made in 2013 when he admitted that the law’s writers took advantage of the “stupidity of the American voter.” Gruber used the hearing as an opportunity to issue more public apologies for his statements.
As 2014 nears its end, the Obama administration is facing a whole new set of challenges to its signature healthcare law, ranging from Jonathan Gruber’s upcoming testimony before the House Oversight Committee and big goals for a short open enrollment period, to the Supreme Court’s decision to hear cases that question the validity of subsidies, and revelations that the Department of Health and Human Services inflated its enrollment figures. And in the midst of these issues, President Obama may lose a vital core of ObamaCare supporters, as many big businesses are threatening to withdraw their support.