The White House will delay yet again the requirement that insurers offer Obamacare-compliant plans, avoiding for an unknown period what would be for Democrats a politically catastrophic move to strip voters of their current insurance.
Late last year, amid accusations that he had lied when he promised voters, “If you like your insurance you can keep you insurance,” Obama delayed until January 1, 2015 the deadline for insurers to offer everyone a plan that hews to Obamacare’s strictures.
But this would still have caused problems for Democrats later this year as people began receiving their current-plan cancellation notices in advance, within weeks of Election Day.
According to The Hill, the White House will move as early as this week to remove the issue from Democrats’ list of 2014 problems:
As early as this week, according to two sources, the White House will announce a new directive allowing insurers to continue offering health plans that do not meet ObamaCare’s minimum coverage requirements.
The Hill, an independent publication that is the top news outlet covering Congress, does not hesitate to highlight the political intent of the decision:
Prolonging the “keep your plan” fix will avoid another wave of health policy cancellations otherwise expected this fall.
The cancellations would have created a firestorm for Democratic candidates in the last, crucial weeks before Election Day.
The White House is intent on protecting its allies in the Senate, where Democrats face a battle to keep control of the chamber.
A one-year moratorium pushed the deadline beyond the midterm election, but insurers must send out cancellation notices 90 days in advance. That would mean notices in the mail by Oct. 1, five weeks before voters go to the polls.
So much for the rule of law.
In backward countries, political leaders manipulate laws – and write their own statutes – in order to maintain power. In backward countries.
We, actually, are an advanced country. But there is an illness in the republic, and it’s getting graver as this presidency continues.
In other news, Hugo Chavez this morning sent Obama a telegram from Hell congratulating him on “learning to rule like a real leader.”