With Obamacare, it seems like every day brings with it a new interpretation, ruling, finding, exemption, or what-have-you. This thing is more slippery than a basket of greased eels.
In recent developments, as Sam Baker at the National Journal reports:
The Obama administration has decided that the sequester's mandatory spending cuts no longer apply to part of Obamacare.The health care law provides subsidies to help low-income people cover some of their out-of-pocket costs. Last year, the administration said those subsidies were taking a 7 percent cut because of the sequester, which imposed across-the-board reductions in federal spending. But now, the White House has changed its mind. It removed the cost-sharing subsidies from its list of programs that are subject to the sequester, eliminating the 7 percent cut for 2015.
Well, it isn’t uncommon for people to change their minds.
Nor for them to misplace and forget things. As this Wall Street Journal editorial reports, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius seemed a bit confused and forgetful when she described the “hardship waiver” element of the Affordable Care Act. Seems it now means something it manifestly did not mean a few weeks ago. Or, even, day-before-yesterday.
Also, it seems that Ms. Sebelius does not know how many people who have “signed up” for coverage at the ACA website have actually paid their premiums. But, then, she has been busy.
It probably has not occurred to the people in Washington who are administering this thing that citizens out in the country would like, at a minimum, a bit of clarity. Just give it to them straight. What is the law? What puts you in, or out of, compliance. What are the drop-dead deadlines? Things like that.
One might suggest that the president and the secretary book an hour of television time, set up a studio with phone operators, and take questions. They could even use a white board for the drawing of circles and arrows that would, once and for all, clear up the confusion.
This, of course, won’t happen. So we’ll just have to wait to see what new ruling or interpretation tomorrow will bring.