Nancy Pelosi, then Speaker of the House of Representatives, which was controlled by the Democrats, said, “we have to pass the bill (the Affordable Care Act) so we know what’s in it.” It was passed and signed into law by President Barack Obama. Even the Supreme Court said it was constitutional.
Obamacare, as it has been dubbed, has been a source of political strife since it was passed over the objection of most Republicans in both houses of Congress.
ACA will be in place and running by Jan. 1, 2014. Well, most of it. A few weeks ago en route back to the U.S. from a trip to Africa, the president said businesses would not have to comply with the law until 2015. For many businesses that was a welcome reprieve. However, when the House passed a bill that, in effect, put the president’s wish to delay the ACA from impacting businesses until 2015, he said he’d veto the bill if it is passed by the Senate. Well, it seems as though the president was a bit upset by the House actions that also would have delayed Obamacare for individuals as well as businesses.
One has to ask if businesses are impacted in such a manner that would cause the president to delay implementation of the law for one year, what is it going to do negatively to individuals?
Well, let’s look back to what the president has said about ACA. “Here is a guarantee that I’ve made. If you have insurance that you like, then you will be able to keep that insurance. If you’ve got a doctor that you like, you will be able to keep your doctor. Nobody is trying to change what works in the system. We are trying to change what doesn’t work in the system.”
I’m not convinced that the president is sold on his own bill.
Health and Human Services is saying that Americans must do their homework. There will be many plans from which to choose. It’s up to individuals to chose wisely. HHS: “Depending on the plan you choose in the Marketplace, you may be able to keep your current doctor.” Doctors, it turns out, may be only available through certain networks.
What’s the net result? Health and Human Services has confirmed that the suspicions of Obamacare opponents were justified, the Obama administration will have some explaining to do to friends and foes of the law alike.
Stay tuned. There will be a lot of posturing between now and Jan. 1, 2014.