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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

A Reprieve, but for Whom? -- The latest ObamaCare delay is self-serving.-- By James Taranto, The Wall Street Journal

"The Obama administration is set to announce another major delay in implementing the Affordable Care Act," the Hill reports. Ho hum, Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead. But look at the next phrase: "easing election pressure on Democrats."

Assuming the report is accurate--the administration's response yesterday to the Hill's queries was that "they had no updates to announce"--this looks like an especially cynical move. The idea, as described by the Hill, is to minimize the number of consumers victimized before Election Day by President Obama's you-can-keep-your-plan fraud. Although perhaps it would be more precisely accurate to say the idea is to minimize the number of consumers who know before Election Day that they're victims of the fraud.

You'll recall that last year, late in the summer and through September, insurance companies sent out a wave of letters informing policyholders that their plans would be canceled for failing to comply with ObamaCare's many mandates. At first Obama and his defenders insisted these were all "substandard" policies and the government was doing people a favor by forcing their cancellation. 

When that claim proved indefensible, Obama announced a partial reprieve: He "called on states and the insurance industry to allow people to keep their existing plans for an additional year." The first batch of policies renewed under that moratorium expire Dec. 31, and insurers must give policyholders 90 days notice of cancellation.

Thus if the one-year reprieve expires, cancellation letters will go out at the same time they did last year--in the weeks leading up to Oct. 1, less than five weeks before the election. "I don't see how they could have a bunch of these announcements going out in September," a health-industry consultant tells the Hill. "Not when they're trying to defend the Senate and keep their losses at a minimum in the House. This is not something to have out there right before the election."
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