Politically-motivated changes to ObamaCare stack up as midterms approach
Arlington, Va. — Today Americans for Prosperity, the nation’s foremost advocate for health care freedom, responded to news from the White House of another last-minute unilateral revision to the Affordable Care Act.
Open enrollment for the ACA is scheduled to end on March 31, 2014, but the Obama administration has decided to extend that deadline for individuals in at least three dozen states who have had difficulty signing up for ObamaCare plans.
The enrollment extension is just the latest in a rapidly expanding list of politically-motivated changes that President Obama has made to his signature health care law. In recent months, the President has delayed implementation of two of ObamaCare’s key provisions: the employer and individual mandate. He also recently announced that individuals who will lose their existing health care plans because of ObamaCare can keep their current plans until 2016 — after the midterm elections.
AFP Policy Director Mac Zimmerman said the following: “At this point, it comes as no surprise that the President is once again making changes to his health care law. With every delay and rule change, ObamaCare has failed to meet expectations.
“After being sold on a foundation of broken promises, it’s no wonder that the ObamaCare rollout has been such a train-wreck. This legislation is nowhere near ready for primetime — if it were, there would be no need to make all these changes. This parade of White House do-overs and delays confirms what most Americans have known for a long: ObamaCare is both unwise and unworkable.
“Even worse, while the President and his allies in Congress play politics, the health and well-being of millions of Americans are at stake. Real people are suffering because of ObamaCare, and instead of responding to and addressing the concerns of those individuals, the President continues to act only on what’s politically strategic for him and other ObamaCare supporters.”