About three months too late, Politico notices that the ObamaCare government health care takeover could throw about one million part-time and low-income workers into the pool of the uninsured when one of its provisions takes effect this September.
Part of the health care overhaul due to kick in this September could strip more than 1 million people of their insurance coverage, violating a key goal of President Barack Obama’s reforms.
This is Politico, after all, so it’s worth noting that by “key goal” they actually mean “firm promise.” One would assume that they still remember the thousand or so times our failed President told us “if you like your plan, you can keep your plan” without adding “except for that million of you standing over there.”
Under the provision, insurance companies will no longer be able to apply broad annual caps on the amount of money they pay out on health policies. Employer groups say the ban could essentially wipe out a niche insurance market that many part-time workers and retail and restaurant employees have come to rely on.
This market’s limited-benefit plans, also called mini-med plans, are priced low because they can, among other things, restrict the number of covered doctor visits or impose a maximum on insurance payouts in a year. The plans are commonly offered by retail or restaurant companies to low-wage workers who cannot afford more expensive, comprehensive coverage.
Depending on how strictly the administration implements the provision, the ban could in effect outlaw the plans or make them so restrictive that insurance companies would raise rates to the point they become unaffordable.
No worries. The exchanges will take care of all of this, right? Oh, that’s right. They don’t go into effect until 2014. It’s almost like no one knew what was in the bill before they passed it.
So having really great health insurance is discouraged through massive taxes and having minimal health insurance is prohibited by law. Sounds almost like a plan to funnel everyone into government-run care. If only we’d known that ObamaCare was a pile of mish-mash garbage before it had passed, a majority of the American people would have been against it.
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