This week's Gorilla Glue and duct tape patch on Obamacare will, as the headline on Robert Pear's Times article puts it, delay a limit on consumer costs.
Delaying limits? Wouldn't it be better, if Obamacare were the breakthrough piece of business its supporters claim it to be, to do it the other way around and limit delays? But the history of this bill is one of waivers, exemptions, delays, and on-the-fly patch jobs.
The details of this particular jury rig will could be especially discouraging for some consumers expecting a little financial relief to emerge from the bewildering implementation of Obamacare. As Pear writes:
The limit on out-of-pocket costs, including deductibles and co-payments, was not supposed to exceed $6,350 for an individual and $12,700 for a family. But under a little-noticed ruling, federal officials have granted a one-year grace period to some insurers, allowing them to set higher limits, or no limit at all on some costs, in 2014.
Notice how finely calibrated this masterpiece of legislation has been made. "Higher limits, or no limits at all ..."
That certainly narrows it down.
And, for those who have been suspicious, all along, that Obamacare is merely a Trojan horse, a ruse, and a distraction... it is another validation of their suspicion that the ultimate objective is not the creation of exchanges where one may shop among policies issued by private insurers with community rating and guaranteed issue written into the rules.
The objective is single payer. As Senator Harry Reid recently made clear when asked by a reporter if:
... the country would have to have a health care system that abandoned insurance as the means of accessing it, Reid said: “Yes, yes. Absolutely, yes.”
For the sake of clarity if nothing else.