Friday, May 1, 2015

Why The GOP Is Ignoring ObamaCare -- Letting The Courts Decide -- And Following The Money

Everything in the article was "predicted" on the blog three years ago. This is really quite amazing. The only thing that I did not see: a) states will force the health insurers to pay higher fees to cover the cost of subsidies; and, b) the taxpayers will take up the slack.

I track ObamaCare under The Doomsday Chronicles

The Washington Post is reporting the ObamaCare exchanges are in deep doo-doo:
Nearly half of the 17 insurance marketplaces set up by the states and the District under President Obama’s health law are struggling financially, presenting state officials with an unexpected and serious challenge five years after the passage of the landmark Affordable Care Act.
Many of the online exchanges are wrestling with surging costs, especially for balky technology and expensive customer-call centers — and tepid enrollment numbers.
To ease the fiscal distress, officials are considering raising fees on insurers, sharing costs with other states and pressing state lawmakers for cash infusions. Some are weighing turning over part or all of their troubled marketplaces to the federal exchange,, which is now working smoothly.
"... which is now working smoothly....." Okay.

But at the end of the day, the preferred method: raising taxes on the middle income. 

ObamaCare faces another threat: The Supreme Court will decide by the end of June whether consumers in the 34 states using the federal exchange will be barred from receiving subsidies to buy insurance.
If the court strikes down subsidies in the federal exchange, the states that are struggling financially might be less likely to turn over all operations to the federal marketplace because they want to make sure their residents don’t lose subsidies to help them buy insurance. If the court upholds subsidies for the federal exchange, some states may step up efforts to transfer operations to
My hunch: the Court will uphold the law.

This is why some of the states did not want to go along with ObamaCare, getting stuck with escalating costs:
States have received nearly $5 billion in federal grants to establish the online marketplaces used by consumers to enroll in health plans under the ACA. The federal funding ended at the beginning of the year, and exchanges now are required to cover their operating costs.

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