Health care maven Betsy McCaughey explains....
In "Obamacare is Collapsing" Betsy writes:
Obamacare is collapsing. Only 10 percent of uninsured Americans who qualify for Obamacare exchange plans are signing up. Even with subsidies to soften the sticker shock, 90 percent of the people these plans were intended to help are saying “no thanks,” according to a survey released last week by management consultants McKinsey & Company. A majority says the plans are too expensive.
The Affordable Care Act requires most Americans to enroll in “essential coverage” by March 31 and attach proof of it when they file their 2014 taxes. The law imposes a tax on those who don’t comply.
Not a mere $95, as widely thought. The tax is 1 percent of your adjusted gross income, with additional taxes for each uninsured child. If you, your spouse and three kids are uninsured, and your income is $75,000, your penalty could add up to $1,750 for 2014. Not chump change, yet not enough to force the uninsured to buy plans. Chief Justice John Roberts warned that a tax steep enough to do that would violate the Constitution.
Next, she warns, is relief from a tax that Obama's lawyers told the Supreme Court (in 2012) was "essential" to the operation of the law:
That was his M.O. ... when he announced he would allow people to keep plans that don’t comply with Obamacare’s definition of “essential coverage” for two more years. Sounds good, but whether people will actually be able to keep those plans depends on the decisions of state insurance commissioners and insurers. Most will not permit it. But that’s not the president’s concern. He’s shifted the blame. That announcement also relieved anyone who has had a plan cancelled from having to pay the “tax” for being uninsured.
The president labeled his change “transition relief.” Some transition. It postpones a key provision for two more years.
Obama will likely use “transition relief” again to waive the tax on all the uninsured, including those who never had plans. It shouldn’t fly. Obama’s lawyers told the U.S. Supreme Court the tax was essential to the workings of the law. For the president to change it without Congress’s approval pushes the nation down the road to lawlessness.
Bottom Line. Voters will decide this fall what message to send to Obama. That, in turn, will decide how Democrats deal with their president.
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