Obama and his Obamacare flim-flam – Wyden-Brown


Once more our flim-flam artist who has taken up temporary residence of our House otherwise known at the Whitehouse, would confuse and mislead us. Of course, the MSM will hail this as his moving toward the center. Leave it to the Foundry to come out swinging.The article that is embedded below and links to the New England Journal of Medicine raises legitimate concerns. And who is this Sibelius who has dictatorial power to simply waive away any aspect of this legislation without recourse? Hot Air has the beat:

 Health care advisers Nancy-Ann DeParle and Stephanie Cutter stressed on the off-record call that the rule change would allow states to implement single-payer health care plans — as Vermont seeks to — and true government-run plans, like Connecticut’s Sustinet.

The source on the call summarizes the officials’ point — which is not one the Administration has sought to make publically — as casting the new “flexibility” language as an opportunity to try more progressive, not less expansive, approaches on the state level.

“They are trying to split the baby here: on one hand tell supporters this is good for their pet issues, versus a message for the general public that the POTUS is responding to what he is hearing and that he is being sensible,” the source emails.

UPDATE: Politico confirms that Wyden-Brown has nothing to do with offering Obamacare critical states “flexibility” and everything to do with advancing single payer health care.

President Barack Obama endorsed legislation by Sens. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Scott Brown (R-MA) that would allow states to request waivers from some Obamacare mandates in 2014 instead of the existing 2017 date. President Obama claimed: “It will give you flexibility more quickly while still guaranteeing the American people reform.” Has President Obama even read the legislation? Because that is just plan false. Heritage Foundation Center for Policy Innovation Director Stuart Butler explained in the New England Journal of Medicine:

One [problem] is that it still locks the states into guaranteeing a generous and costly level of benefits. True, a state could propose alternative benefit requirements if they had the same actuarial value as those in the ACA. But the requirements go well beyond basic coverage, and the HHS secretary is the one who defines “at least as comprehensive” benefits.

Another major problem with the bill is that since ultimate waiver authority rests with the HHS secretary, the waivers granted would probably reflect the administration’s preferences. Senator Wyden claims that his legislation would allow conservative states to opt out of much of the ACA and implement consumer-driven coverage. But he admits that the secretary, not the state, has the final word over what is permitted.

Full story here at : Heritage

10 Responses to “Obama and his Obamacare flim-flam – Wyden-Brown”

  1. rjjrdq Says:

    Obama’s lecture has been ripped apart quite a bit today. Why he even said what he did is beyond me.

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    • bunkerville Says:

      I just caught Mark Levin. His theory is that several of the Blue States will put one payer system in. Then it will go to court and be challenged. I forget the clause.. equal protection or something.. then all states must have one form.

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    • bunkerville Says:

      Keep in mind the MSM is gushing over him.

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  2. Steve Dennis Says:

    Obama has now stated that he is willing to allow states to opt out of healthcare refirm, yet in order to qualify for the opt out states would have to implement their own version of Obamacare. Nothing is gained by this measure; Barack Obama is trying to make it look as of he is softening on this issue but the results will be the same. Just more sleight of hand from Obama.

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  3. Karen Howes Says:

    One thing you can be sure of when it comes to this administration: they are completely self-serving. Nothing they do is for the sake of this country or its people.

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  4. Matt Says:

    It would be foolish to think that they would ever relinquish any control. It would be completely against everything they believe.

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