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From the “New York Times:”
Of the 13 states that have so far said they will allow consumers to renew canceled plans, all but four are led by Republican governors and have generally been opposed to the new health care law.
Of the eight that have said they will not carry out the policy, six are in Democratic-led states, many of which have actively worked to put the law into effect and have argued that allowing such an extension could undermine its success. They include New York, which announced its decision on Tuesday, and Massachusetts.
Many other states, including California and New Jersey, are still weighing their options.
Does this sound overly confusing to you? Me, too! I have always been a supporter of Obamacare, although I ABSOLUTELY belive that a Medicaid-style program would be far better.
That being said, I am growing increasingly tired of the mess-ups and mistakes in the implementation of it. Why is Obama not pushing back the deadline in which everyone needs to be insured under his new system when people still can’t sign up due to computer glitches? And what’s with his new decision to throw a potentially massive wrench into a system that is already confusing by allowing people to keep their own insurance plans for another year? The “NY Times” says:
Whether the move will ultimately be good for consumers is unclear. Proponents of the health care law, including several states that have most enthusiastically embraced it, have argued that renewing old plans will undermine the success of the fledging insurance marketplaces.
They have also asserted that some of those plans have fewer benefits than new ones devised to comply with the new law.
Even worse, some states are choosing not to comply with this change. Some states, even some Democratically controlled ones such as NY, have refused to allow people to keep their old plans. Won’t this be extremely confusing and time-consuming for insurance companies trying to figure out what to do with policy holders depending on what state they live in?
The other thing I still don’t get is why people would fight so hard to keep their old plans in the first place, the issue this new game changer is meant to address. Why wouldn’t you want a better, cheaper plan? Is this just ideological stubbornness?
AND, did Obama really lie, or “mis-speak,” when he said people could keep their old plans? Or did he really just not understand the complexities of the new system? I’m getting a headache just thinking about it!
What do you guys think? Will all this work, or make things worse?