To the old adage ‘Nothing is certain in life except death and taxes” can be added…and Obamacare.
It appears that once the government has their claws into you after you purchase an insurance plan at healthcare.gov, the government is not going to let you go. A new rule promulgated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will re-enroll you automatically in a new Obamacare plan without your knowledge or consent, nor with knowledge of your medical history.
Outrageous? You betchya. And millions of people who don’t realize they have to renew their policy every year are going to fall victim to it.
It seems CMS is taking a page from Jonathan Gruber’s book; rather than allowing the “stupid” masses to make a decision on their own health plan, CMS has proposed a new rule that includes an overly reaching provision allowing CMS to re-enroll anyone who has not made the annual trek back to healthcare.gov in a cheaper plan of CMS’ choosing.
That’s right, the government will choose your plan, perhaps limit access to your doctor, and ultimately make the decision on what is “best” for you.
Not to worry, just like Lady Justice, who wears a blindfold when determining guilt or innocence, CMS will use a blindfold to pick your plan. The agency will select your plan without knowing your medical history. They will do so without knowing if you are currently undergoing treatment or working with a specific doctor. They will do so without knowing your financial status. Despite the fact that the millions of people who already enrolled chose the plan that they believed was best for them.
CMS has laid the perfect trap: Sign up at healthcare.gov one time in your life and we will never let you go. If you don’t continually re-enroll each and every year, CMS will keep you on the plan that it chooses because, after all, CMS knows what’s best and they always make the best decision. Oh, and if you don’t believe that, please go to the 600 million dollar website that will give you all kinds of testimonials handcrafted by MIT professors.
To be clear, a citizen will sign up once for a private plan with a healthcare provider, only to have that plan changed by the federal government. Moreover, CMS will change your plan after the open enrollment period ends, leaving you and your family stuck with a potentially unwanted plan for the year.
The only people that will be happier than the MIT economics professors and “government-knows-best” elitists will be the lawyers who will have the chance to litigate this bureaucratic fiasco. I actually just advised my son to change his studies to healthcare law.
More complexity and subterfuge. This is a feature, not a bug of this law. Think of how much of the law has not been implemented yet because doing so would be wildly unpopular. Hiding the bad news from citizens appears to be the goal of bureaucrats who continue to expand their power at our expense.
Now, in America we have a kind of law called the Constitution and I bet you thought that document would save us from this idiocy. They’ve ignored the Constitution so far, why should they start paying attention to it now?
I hope Republican candidates are making a list and checking it twice of idiotic and inane rules and regulations being foisted on the public by the Obama administration. The list is so long it will probably take two terms for the Republican president to address it.