Today, President Barack Obama announced a temporary “fix” to Obamacare in a transparently political move to save the political future of his congressional allies like Mary Landrieu, whose political lives are tied to the law.
“Senator Landrieu was the deciding vote to make Obamacare the law of the land,” said LAGOP Executive Director Jason Doré. “The consequences of her vote have now caused over 92,000 Louisianians to lose their health insurance, along with causing health care costs to skyrocket while reducing the quality of care. Now, Senator Landrieu and President Obama are doing everything in their power to cover up the devastating effects of Obamacare. The reality is that there are not enough ‘fixes’ or Band-aids in the world to fix Obamacare. In fact, Senator Landrieu and President Obama’s ‘fixes’ are likely going to end up making the law even worse. The only true way to ‘fix’ the law is to repeal and replace it – something Senator Landrieu is sadly opposed to.”
Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon,President of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, issued the following statement concerning the Obamacare “fix” proposed by the White House.
“In many states, cancellation notices have already gone out to policyholders and rates and plans have already been approved for 2014,” Donelon said. “ Changing the rules through administrative action at this late date creates uncertainty and may not address the underlying issues. We look forward to learning more details of this policy change and about how the administration proposes that regulators and insurers make this work for all consumers.”
Donelon further warned: “ The (proposed fix) may lead to higher premiums and market disruptions in 2014 and beyond.”
We are already hearing from Louisiana residents who believe this blatantly political move is going to further complicate the trouble Obamacare has brought their way.
Rachel G. From Lafayette:
I am a self-employed mother of two young children. My husband is also a self-employed small business owner. When our healthcare plan was cancelled under Obamacare, my husband hustled to get a new, much more expensive plan for our family. Today’s announcement by the President brings more uncertainty into our lives. We must now await the decision from the LA Department of Insurance to allow for noncompliance and our prior insurer if they will stay in business to allow us to keep our current (much cheaper) plan for one year, all of which must be done within 6 weeks. This is just making a bad situation worse and doesn’t offer a long term fix to the higher premiums that await us under Obamacare.