The Affordable Care Act, unaffectionately known as Obamacare, was not only a huge disgrace as it was forced down the people's throats nearly three years ago, but now, after the elections, the Obama Health and Human Services Department are beginning to flood both the government and the market with more than 13,000 pages of new regulations and many of these were approved as early as May.
While issuing rules with 60 days for public comment is the standard and the more complex regulations usually require 90 days or more, HHS has been generally issuing their rules with only 30 days for public comment.
So why the push for cranking out a tsunami of regulations like this to gear up for the October 2013 implementation of the entitlement? And why is this coming so late after gaining approval back in May?
The second question has a simple answer and that is obviously the issue of the election. The first one gets a little more complicated.
In a word, HHS is treating the states not as the partners it needs to give ObamaCare any chance of success, but as serfs.
HHS did finally if "conditionally" approve the exchange blueprints of six states this week, though it has yet to release any formal objective standards for conditional approval. Some 24 states are refusing to participate, so the agency will be running a federal fallback exchange that it won't reveal how it will operate.
A federal exchange is a vast undertaking. The clearinghouses will be open to the uninsured but also to small businesses and people who already buy plans on the individual market. On average about a quarter of a state's population are expected to at least browse the exchange options, and the share will be far higher in states with large numbers of uninsured people under 65, like New Mexico (24%), Georgia (22%) and Texas (27%).
The article went on to point out "The exchange naysayers now notably include Chris Christie of New Jersey and Bill Haslam of Tennessee. Sure, they're Republicans, but both Governors flirted with the idea and wanted to participate if it would result in a saner and more rational marketplace. The costs and risks were too high."
Additionally, The Tenth Amendment Center reports that Florida's Governor "Rick Scott has not rejected setting a Florida state exchange as much as he has missed a deadline to agree to this. Our situation can be better described as in “default limbo.” Don’t get me wrong-it’s good we have missed the deadline, but it has nothing to do with a defense of federalism. Nor is there any reason to believe it will be permanent. Every word out of Tallahassee still indicates surrender to this monstrous federal usurpation of power."
While states can decide whether or not to expand Medicaid, they cannot do a halfway deal. In other words, what many of the states had contemplated doing, namely making a partial expansion, they will no longer be able to do. This is meant to apply political pressure to the governors in states thinking of rejecting the plan. The reality is though, that many of these same governors would gladly participate if they were given control of their own programs and costs.
Oh the irony of Obamacare. It seems even many Democrats didn't know what they were bargaining for in passing the legislation. At least eighteen Democrat Senators and Senators-elect decried the $28 billion tax on medical device sales in Obamacare, including Chuck Schumer, Dick Durbin, and Patty Murray.
According to a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid by those Democrat Senators opposed to the tax being implemented that most of them actually voted for, they wrote:
"The medical technology industry directly employs over 400,000 people in the United States and is responsible for a total of two million high-skilled manufacturing jobs. … With this year quickly drawing to a close, the medical device industry has received little guidance about how to comply with the tax — causing significant uncertainty and confusion for businesses. We urge you to support delaying enactment of this provision in a fiscally responsible manner.”
It appears to me that the Democrats who rammed this thing through and those in charge of implementing it don't have a clue as to what they have actually done or are doing when it comes to this health care law. This is one of the most apt demonstrations why these people should not be in political power. Just wait till these taxes, which we refer to as Obamageddon, hit everyday Americans come 2013, and then in 2014, and then again in 2016