#TBT: Last Year’s Fourth of July Obamacare Surprises


Just one year ago, the Obama administration quietly announced two major changes to the president’s health care law while most Americans were enjoying fireworks, pool parties, and barbeques with loved ones. First, on Tuesday, July 2, 2013, at 6 p.m., the White House posted a blog, stating, “As we implement this law, we have and will continue to make changes as needed.” This delivered the first of what have now been two delays to the employer mandate, a central feature of the law. Then, on Friday, July 5, 2013, buried on page 350 of a 606-page regulation, the administration abandoned the eligibility verification process for exchanges, opting instead for an ‘honor system.’

Holiday weekend changes to the health care law have become commonplace. Despite repeated insistence that the law was working, the administration chose Thanksgiving to announce its delay of enrollment for the small business exchange. Also over the Thanksgiving week, the administration announced that open enrollment for 2015 would not begin until November 15, 2014. And even Christmas was not off limits as the administration pushed back the deadline to enroll for coverage starting on January 1. Of course, on New Year’s Eve, then-Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius declared there would be no more delays, just another promise that has not held true.

For the past couple of months, the law’s supporters have toasted to success on more than one occasion, ignoring the fact that the backend of the exchanges have yet to be built, millions of ‘inconsistencies’ remain unresolved, and several state exchanges remain in disarray. We can only imagine what could be next. 

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