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Sebelius Highlights New Medicaid Grants as Treasury Rolls Back Obamacare Implementation

HHS secretary said cash to states for child enrollment would provide “great guidance” in signing up adults for coverage under Obamacare.

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July 2, 2013 - 5:47 pm
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Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that the federal government has awarded nearly $32 million in grants to states for identifying and enrolling children in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

Sebelius added that this outreach would provide “great guidance” for HHS in signing up adults for coverage under Obamacare.

“We knew that expanding access to coverage wasn’t enough,” she said when announcing the grants, which are part of the Affordable Care Act, on a Tuesday conference call.

“About four out of five of those uninsured children were already eligible for coverage through Medicaid or CHIP and we had to take more steps to find them and get them enrolled.”

Sebelius said the partnerships on the initiative would take place in 22 states.

Her announcement came on the same day the Obama administration decided to delay the healthcare law’s employer mandate until 2015. The law requires businesses with more than 50 employees to provide health insurance for their workers or pay a fine.

“We have heard concerns about the complexity of the requirements and the need for more time to implement them effectively. We recognize that the vast majority of businesses that will need to do this reporting already provide health insurance to their workers, and we want to make sure it is easy for others to do so,” wrote Mark J. Mazur, assistant secretary for tax policy, on the Treasury Department’s website.

“We have listened to your feedback. And we are taking action. The Administration is announcing that it will provide an additional year before the ACA mandatory employer and insurer reporting requirements begin.”

The penalty totals $2,000 for each employee without coverage.

“Obamacare costs too much and it isn’t working the way the administration promised,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said. “And while the White House seems to slowly be admitting what Americans already know, and what I hear consistently in my travels around Kentucky regarding the regulatory burden on employers, the fact remains that Obamacare needs to be repealed and replaced with common-sense reforms that actually lower costs for Americans.”

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) questioned whether President Obama had the authority to issue the delay without the approval of Congress.

“This is another in a string of extra legal actions taken by his administration to mask the horrible impact his law will have on the economy and healthcare in the United States,” Issa said.

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Do I under stand this right?
That a law crafted deliberately, with malice aforethought, so that a subsequent Republican president couldn't undo or prevent any of the damage to be inflicted; can be modified or delayed indefinitely by a president with a "D" after his (or her) name, without any Congressional action?

And where is the money for the apparently "new" Medicaid grants coming from??
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what Alexander said I am stunned that a mom able to get paid $8038 in one month on the computer. did you look at this web site... www.can99.com
41 weeks ago
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obama regime does everything for the children, bless their hearts. Right?
They'll hold up their long sought after obamacare to get the children covered now. Right? All for the children; just like the $70 billion to Africa, zillions to the ME, $100 million for his children's vacation this summer, trillions for stimulus/green energy for the children's future. Right?
Multimillions for planned parenthood for the children- well to kill them, but..
42 weeks ago
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CHIP was a well pushed program in my state and enrollment of eligible children was/is successful. However, what was discovered was when the one year eligibility expired, the majority of parents of eligible children couldn't be bothered to return the self stamped envelope to keep the coverage going. The case was then closed. Of course a parent could reapply if a medical need occurred but this required a new stack of paperwork and data entry. I suspect Obamacare processes will reflect the same indifference by recipients.
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Sebelius and Pelosi, the devils daughters! Sounds like some of their shock troops were singing their praises yesterday down in Texas. Also sounds like some of buraq (piss-be-upon-him) obama's worshippers in the Senate and House realized that the abortion-known-as-obamacare very likely might negatively affect their ability to get re-elected in 2014 so "presto" it gets set back until after the election! To quote Mel Brooks in one of his old movies "It's nice to be King". Does ANYBODY in this country with a working brain cell still think this crew has the country's best interests in mind?
42 weeks ago
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>>$32 million in grants to states for identifying and enrolling children in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program
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Every time I check the news, another coupla dozen millions here, a billion there, are being awarded by HHS to some group or state or whatnot to enroll, educate, expand, or whatever. Where is this money coming from? Does HHS have a money tree or a perpetual endowment of some sort? Does it have Congressional authority to write checks for any amount? Is this some of the "what's in the bill" that we're finding out about now that it's passed?

Really, what's going on? There's a runaway money train, and no one's manning the switch.
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It's coming out of the pockets of all those unborn children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren the left is hoping we abort. The left is so great at logic.
42 weeks ago
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Why delay anything, those 30 million people are waiting for their healthcare, anyway we didn't have to read it according to Pelosi, because it was so great, once we find out whats in it! Oh what difference does it make now! Two fine women leading us to ruin. Jeez
42 weeks ago
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The fact of the matter is that ObamaCare was NEVER meant to improve health care but designed as a stress factor on an already overburdened economy. It was part of the "transformation" process. Sounds evil, well, Obama Inc is!

It is a mandate which forces ! private citizens/employers to perform an act (buying coverage) which no gov't has the right to do. In effect, it is entirely unlawful. And the fact that Roberts had to twist its "legality" into knots, to declare it Constitutional, tells us all we need to know.

To be sure, a regime which goes wild, in every respect, is one which will empower itself through executive fiat as well, and tie into knots future ones too. If THAT is not tyranny, then what is? - http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/06/17/the-totalitarian-grip-of-obama-inc-its-nexus-to-germanys-iron-curtain-commentary-by-adina-kutnicki/

Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/
42 weeks ago
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Do I under stand this right?
That a law crafted deliberately, with malice aforethought, so that a subsequent Republican president couldn't undo or prevent any of the damage to be inflicted; can be modified or delayed indefinitely by a president with a "D" after his (or her) name, without any Congressional action?

And where is the money for the apparently "new" Medicaid grants coming from??
42 weeks ago
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An Ass masquerading as a President once found a Doctor’s white lab coat which had been left out in the sun to dry. He put it on and spoke to his countrymen. All bowed, both men and women, and he was a proud Ass that day. In his delight he lifted up his voice and brayed treatments and prescriptions randomly and incoherently and unleashed mindless and thirsty bureaucrats upon the land and then everyone knew him for what he really was.
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