Over the past few months, President Donald Trump has been accused of “sabotage” due the the actions he has taken to prevent dramatic premium spikes over Obamacare’s insurance mandates. However, in a new oped for The Federalist, Christopher Jacobs writes that Obama himself actually did this same thing and sabotaged Obamacare far worse than Trump ever has.
“Both President Trump and President Obama took action to prevent Americans from suffering dramatic premium spikes due to Obamacare’s insurance mandates,” Jacobs wrote. “Yet somehow the Left’s indignation over Trump’s alleged ‘sabotage,’ in the form of his recent executive order on health care, has not extended to Obama’s actions four years ago.”
“In the fall of 2013, the Obama administration essentially decided not to enforce portions of Obamacare,” he continued. “At the time, healthcare.gov remained in full meltdown, and millions of Americans received cancellation notices stating their existing individual market coverage would end on January 1, 2014, for not complying with Obamacare’s regulatory regime. Faced with a political uproar over what PolitiFact later dubbed the “Lie of the Year”—“If you like your plan, you can keep it”—the administration issued guidance allowing states to keep plans that did not comply with Obamacare’s new benefit requirements.”
He went on to say:
“Following its initial decision to permit non-compliant plans, the Obama administration repeatedly extended these ‘transitional’ arrangements. In March 2014, after the insurance exchanges began to function more smoothly, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services extended the non-compliant plans through October 2016, followed by a further extension through October 2017. Upon taking office earlier this year, the Trump administration extended the non-compliant plans a fourth time, through December 2018.
On no fewer than three separate occasions, then, the Obama administration expressly permitted Americans to hold policies that did not comply with Obamacare’s new regulatory regime—its prohibition on pre-existing condition restrictions, its essential health benefits requirements, and its myriad other new mandated subsidies. In perpetuating these non-compliant plans, the Obama administration’s actions parallel President Trump’s recent executive order, which among other proposals would expand access to short-term insurance policies.
As with the plans that Obama thrice permitted, short-term insurance policies need not adhere to the regulations Obamacare permitted, from the pre-existing conditions requirements to age rating bands to mandatory benefits like maternity care. Short-term plans, like the non-compliant plans the Obama administration permitted, can provide a much more affordable alternative to Obamacare-compliant coverage, for which premiums have more than doubled since 2013.”
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