IBD Viewpoint: ObamaCare Navigators And A Reform Already Gone Bad
ObamaCare Navigators And A Reform Already Gone Bad
By ANDREW MALCOLM
Posted 08/19/2013 05:42 PM ET
According to President Obama, implementation of ObamaCare, his signature chunk of legislation, is rolling out exactly as he envisioned. If so, he needs eyeglasses to go along with his Nicorette.
With questionable legal authority, the Obama administration has already had to postpone two major aspects of the complex legislation, despite three full years of preparation time.
Also, we now know health care will not be cheaper; premiums have already gone up.
You probably won’t get to keep your existing plan if you like it. Big business, Congress and White House folks got special delays and waivers. But we regular people still must follow every letter.
And now we’re learning of an immense barrel of worms in the enrollment process that is terrifying privacy and civil liberties advocates, and many states’ attorneys general. All this when, according to Gallup, a growing majority of Americans disapprove of the law, 52% last month, up from 46% when Obama was re-elected.
The unspoken goal of ObamaCare implementation is, of course, to sign up as many millions of Americans as quickly as possible to get the new federal money flowing out as soon as possible, theoretically creating a hard-core cadre of entitlement-addicted citizens opposed to the law’s repeal, reform or defunding.
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The administration is already spending hundreds of millions of dollars encouraging people to enroll to get your taxpayer dollars, even if they were happy with the health plan they had. This includes having public school teachers take valuable class time to train pupils to sell ObamaCare to parents and family. Never mind English and math.
Have you heard of “navigators”? No, not Ferdinand Magellan or Vasco de Gama. These new battalions of government employees are being hired to help applicants enroll quicker for this Rube Goldberg-monstrosity called ObamaCare. Isn’t that thoughtful? Read more…