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February 14, 2014

When Public Policy Imitates The Onion

White House Considers Allowing Consumers to Make Decisions:

The Journal reports on another possible revision proposed by backers of the Affordable Care Act: allowing consumers to choose an affordable insurance plan, with higher out-of-pocket costs. Such plans with lower -priced premiums would be similar to what was legal before the enactment of the Affordable Care Act. Another attractive part of this latest proposal to salvage ObamaCare is that its backers are implicitly suggesting that the President must follow the constitutional process and allow Congress to rewrite the law, rather than claiming this power for himself.

We dunno.... sounds pretty risky. Can these so-called "consumers" do as good a job as the administration did in planning and rolling out the ACA?

The bar is set pretty high.

Posted by Cassandra at February 14, 2014 08:22 AM

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I'd love to see this happen, assuming it turns out to be true catastrophic insurance without all those "free" required services and actually has a decent premium. I'd buy such a policy in a heartbeat but, additionally, I'd love to see how Secretary Sebelius would walk back this statement:

At a White House briefing Tuesday, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said some of what passes for health insurance today is so skimpy it can't be compared to the comprehensive coverage available under the law. "Some of these folks have very high catastrophic plans that don't pay for anything unless you get hit by a bus," she said. "They're really mortgage protection, not health insurance."

Every time I read that, I don't know whether to laugh, cry, or be very afraid.

Posted by: Elise at February 14, 2014 10:44 AM

So let's see: pass a law to make insurance affordable, discover that it makes insurance unaffordable, and fix the problem by letting consumers go back to choosing the affordable insurance they already had before your new law outlawed it because it was unaffordable.

I'm down with it.

Posted by: Texan99 at February 14, 2014 10:57 AM

"I'm down with it."

I'm impressed you can follow it!

Posted by: DL Sly at February 14, 2014 12:36 PM

That article has to be a farce as it contains two outrageous suggestions:

1. allowing consumers to make their own decisions aka capitalism, freedom, personal responsibility

2. Having congress make changes to laws instead of executive fiat aka separation of powers

Whoever wrote this article needs to be reprimanded severely

Posted by: Frodo at February 16, 2014 08:25 AM

Do not worry, Tovarich. His beet ration will be confiscated soon for the good of the collective.

Posted by: Organizing for Oba...err...Action at February 16, 2014 11:25 AM

BZ to Frodo.

Posted by: CAPT Mike at February 16, 2014 09:43 PM