Pres. Obama Kicks Butt, Pelosi is heckled and 1 Million are w/o Insurance for 3 Years


I remember about a year ago, I was at work and I had just read a news story about University of Arizona students protesting cuts in education. I realized that these people were not protesting, they were begging and pleading with the government to keep their programs alive and to keep their benefits coming. And that’s no place to be.

Today Nancy Pelosi was heckled during a town hall meeting, from people on the left.

This is a problem for the Obama administration and lefties in congress. They came into office with expectations so unrealistically high and people looking for so much, that when these expectations are not met, and we do not have heaven on earth, they are upset. Its almost humorous these people actually think any of this is possible, they have their utopian visions of the world and they don’t like it when reality sets in and they realize that keeping the quality of health care great while driving down the cost and adding millions more to the system won’t work.

Politico.com had a story today that 1 million people have their low cost health care plans stripped and be without health insurance for three years, till 2014, because of this bad government regulation.

Part of the health care overhaul due to kick in this September could strip more than 1 million people of their insurance coverage, violating a key goal of President Barack Obama’s reforms.

Under the provision, insurance companies will no longer be able to apply broad annual caps on the amount of money they pay out on health policies. Employer groups say the ban could essentially wipe out a niche insurance market that many part-time workers and retail and restaurant employees have come to rely on.

This market’s limited-benefit plans, also called mini-med plans, are priced low because they can, among other things, restrict the number of covered doctor visits or impose a maximum on insurance payouts in a year. The plans are commonly offered by retail or restaurant companies to low-wage workers who cannot afford more expensive, comprehensive coverage.

The struggle over the provision highlights the importance of the new law’s implementation timetable and the way its parts interlock with one another. The legislation was front-loaded with consumer-friendly reforms, such as the ban on most annual limits, in hopes the law would become more popular. Polls show the legislation is supported by about half the public.

But many of the more comprehensive features of the overhaul, such as the insurance exchanges and tax credits that would help cover those who use limited-benefit plans, don’t come into play until 2014.

That means, for nearly three years, the effect of the ban on annual limits could be costly for the low-wage, seasonal or temporary workers who most often use limited-benefit plans. The full effect won’t be known until the administration releases regulations that detail how the provision will be implemented.

HT: Memeorandum

So much for all of the hurry to get the “comprehensive” health care reform passed so that everyone will have health insurance.

And finally if the presidents administration is not putting their boot heel on the neck of a corporation the president himself is on the look out for someone’s “ass to kick.” That’s at least what president Obama told NBC’s Matt Lauer, who said people are looking to see the president “kick some butt.”

And really, the honest answer is that there is no butt to kick right now, except maybe his own, because he does not want to leave the campaign trail, give up his meetings with Paul McCartney and stop selling his health care legislation to seniors. Right now I honestly don’t see any point to his being down in the Gulf. But I do see a point in stopping all of the side show politics and actually appearing presidential in the face of this crisis, and that is not the “ass” kicking, boot heel stomping, tapping into populist anger president that we need to see. The president says “this is not theater,” but he sure is doing a good job of turning it into theater, and right now he’s playing to the wrong crowd.

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