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October 22, 2014

Obamacare Changes Help Provide Political Cover

The White House, in anticipation of a rocky election season, is taking measures to provide political cover for Democrats up for election.

According to The Hill, the administration is “allowing some people with canceled health plans to avoid penalties under the individual mandate for an additional two years. That move will allow insurers to continue offering health plans that do not meet ObamaCare’s minimum coverage standards, avoiding more plan cancellations before the midterm elections.”

“Under the latest guidance, people with canceled plans can avoid the mandate until Oct. 1, 2016, provided they meet certain qualifications and fill out the correct paperwork.”

“The delay is the latest example of the Obama administration making changes to ease problems and political pressure related to the healthcare law.”

Another recent change reported by The Hill is that the “White House is reversing course and protecting ObamaCare’s cost-sharing subsidies from cuts under the across-the-board budget sequester.”

“Last year, the Office of Management and Budget said the subsidies would face a roughly 7 percent cut under sequestration.”

“Budget officials changed that in their latest report, removing the subsides from a list of programs the sequester will hit.”

  • Lorehead

    The Wall Street Journal editorial page is pushing the false story that HHS will grant anyone an exemption for any reason and the individual mandate has effectively been repealed, and the right-wing media is repeating this story with no fact-checking.

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