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11/14/2013 (1 year ago)

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Obama bows to public pressure.

President Obama granted a reprieve to Americans who are pleased with their current healthcare plans, but have had those plans cancelled by insurance providers. He has extended by one year the time allowed for people to keep their plans.

On Thursday, Obama went into apology mode and has been making apologies ever since. We're still moving towards a single payer system though.

On Thursday, Obama went into apology mode and has been making apologies ever since. We're still moving towards a single payer system though.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

11/14/2013 (1 year ago)

Published in Politics & Policy

Keywords: Obama, Obamacare, insurance, reprieve, cancellation, year, mandate


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Bowing to intense public backlash that has included even staunch supporters such as former President Bill Clinton, Obama has authorized people with plans slated for cancellation to keep their plans for an additional year.

With his change, insurance companies must then decide to retain the old plans and their customers, then notify them of any discrepancy between their current plans and a higher-priced Obamacare plan. The cheaper plans are slated for cancellation because they provide less coverage than Obamacare requires.

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It is the lower level of coverage that makes them affordable, and a good choice for people who are usually healthy and do not need much healthcare.

Unfortunately, their budgets were sacrificed on the altar of the individual mandate. Obamacare doesn't work unless everyone pays the higher premiums or hefty taxes to the government.

That may work for Obama, but it is a disaster for millions of Americans who must now pay for high-priced insurance plans they will hardly use.

As the public increasingly understands how Obamacare actually works, they realize that it's not a step towards the equal, utopian society that Obama has long offered to build. Healthcare hasn't become cheaper, but rather just predictable with steep month-to-month premiums and consistent out-of-pocket expenses, which can also go up over time.

Now instead of paying when you go to the doctor, you just always pay.

Obama claims the move will help him to "win back some credibility" with the people. Hardly.

However, he admitted that "we fumbled the roll out."

At least now some people with coverage can keep their existing coverage, for a year. The addition of this verbal asterisk to Obama's broken promise does little of course, to help people who work but without insurance. They still have to choose between high premiums or higher taxes without coverage.

The same choice the reprieved will face again in a year.

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