Like the sun rises in the East or that Kanye loves Kanye. Another indisputable truth is that - after its passage and being upheld by the Supreme Court, and after its implementation and subsequent unilateral changes by President Obama and his administration - you still don't know what this law is, how it works or why you should even care. By this time, you're disgusted; you just want to start again.
That Administration doesn't want to start again. They want to pretend that all is well while they make unlawful (see, illegal) changes to the law to fit their political need. Recently, they changed the individual mandate - the heart and soul of Obamacare. If you had a plan cancelled, like millions have across the nation, you can now register for a bare bones policy (the kind that is illegal under Obamacare, but now Obama says you can have one, so just keep it on the down-low, cool?) But, it only applies to those under 30 or those with a hardship. I'm not sure what they mean by hardship, but it could be something like, "Hey! This damn website don't work worth a crap! Now what the hell am I supposed to do?"
Since its inception, the Obama Administration has unilaterally changed the law more than a dozen times. These changes did not make their way through the House and Senate with major debate and recorded votes to await and eventually get the signature of the President. Those are laws. Here's an instructional video for those of you who may not be familiar with how our system of government works:
The changes to Obamacare have been sweeping, unfair and damaging to any American's belief in government or this administration. According to the Galen Institute, which has a list of 10 (which was posted on November 14th, 2013 - yes, there have been at least four more in just over a month!) some of the egregious changes:
- Congressional opt-out. The administration gave Members of Congress and their staffs the option of exempting themselves from the ObamaCare exchanges created by the ACA, contrary to the language in the law. ( September 30, 2013)
- Exchange enrollment: The administration extended by six weeks – from February 14 to March 31, 2014 – the period in which people can enroll for coverage and avoid the individual mandate tax penalty. (October 23, 2013)
- Employer mandate delay: By an administrative action that also is contrary to statutory language in the ACA, the reporting requirements for employers were delayed by one year. (July 2, 2013)
- Self-attestation: Because of the difficulty of verifying income after the employer reporting requirement was delayed, the administration decided it would allow "self-attestation" of income by applicants for health insurance in the exchanges. (This was later partially retracted after congressional and public outcry over the likelihood of fraud.) (July 15, 2013)
And for Christmas week, the hits keep on coming as it was leaked that the White House secretly moved the final date of Obamacare enrollment to have a family covered by Jan. 1st. The date certain was midnight on December 23rd. But now....(emphasis mine)
Over the weekend, government officials and outside IT contractors working on the online marketplace's computer system made a software change that automatically gives people a Jan. 1 start date for their new coverage as long as they enroll by 11:59 p.m. on Christmas Eve.
Employer opt-outs, push back of deadlines, mandate-less mandates, even giving people coverage without them paying for it (yes, really.) All of this in an effort to keep a law in which 62 percent of people don't want. This isn't a law, it's a clown show. And the Obama Administration has a never ending supply of Smart cars for the clowns to pop out of. But instead of popping out with ideas to better the law by starting over, they emerge looking like the Heath Ledger-inspired Joker's deranged illegitimate son blaming insurance companies, Republicans or anything not named Harry, Nancy or Barack!
This is no way to run a health care system, or a country.