Another fuckup from sketchy, kludgey ObamaCare
Some families could get priced out of health insurance due to what's being called a glitch in President Barack Obama's overhaul law. IRS regulations issued Wednesday failed to fix the problem as liberal backers of the president's plan had hoped.
As a result, some families that can't afford the employer coverage that they are offered on the job will not be able to get financial assistance from the government to buy private health insurance on their own. How many people will be affected is unclear.
Bruce Lesley, president of First Focus, an advocacy group for children, cited estimates that close to 500,000 children could remain uninsured because of the glitch. "The children's community is disappointed by the administration's decision to deny access to coverage for children based on a bogus definition of affordability," Lesley said in a statement.
The Obama administration says its hands were tied by the way Congress wrote the law.
The insurance companies (Wellpoint's Liz Fowler, out of Max Baucus's office) wrote the law. Obama was fully complicit in the process. Another exercise in blame-shifting.
Officials said the administration tried [aaw! They tried hard!] to mitigate the impact. Families that can't get coverage because of the glitch will not face a tax penalty for remaining uninsured, the IRS rules said.
So, those famlies are back to square one, as if ObamaCare never existed.
Shit like this happens because ObamaCare is a Frankenstein's monster that stitches together for-profit, private health insurance systems with not-for-profit social insurance systems based on arbitrary selection categories -- arbitrary from the standpoint of the idea that health care is a right -- and so there were always going to be cracks between between the systems that people would fall into. That's especially true when the for-profit systems have the incentive to cherry pick, and the social insurance programs are in the process of being gutted by having their coverage narrowed.
The real issue is how big the cracks are, and of course that won't be known until after the event -- yet another way that ObamaCare is a medical experiment performed on the American people without their informed consent.