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Here’s What HHS Said Today: Dec 12, 2013 by The Elephant's Child

The struggles to fix the problems, are creating more problems as they go.

The Department of Health and Human Services said today that it was “strongly encouraging ” insurers to help the department fix a raft of problems created by the rocky rollout of President Obama’s health care law.”

“It is requiring insurers to accept payments until Dec. 31 for coverage starting on January 1. It is also “urging” insurers to give individuals more time beyond that to pay for coverage.”

“In a press release, HHS said it was “strongly encouraging insurers to treat out-of-network providers as in-network to ensure continuity of care for acute episodes or if the provider was listed in their plan’s provider directory as of the date of an enrollee’s enrollment.”

On a conference call, an HHS spokeswoman emphasized: “We are just proposing it as an option and we’re encouraging issuers. There is no requirement.” Translation: HHS has a huge mess on its hands and it hopes that by getting ahead of this news, it can foist the blame for the problems on insurers.

This from  a longer piece from AEI, about “What we learned about ObamaCare today: Dec. 12, 2013” There’s lots of information there, none of it encouraging. The government wades deeper and deeper into illegal territory. The House Oversight Committee turned up letters Wednesday showing that HHS ordered the private contractors partly responsible for the fiasco not to cooperate with congressional investigations or hand over documents.

Do read the whole thing. This may be what Democrats in Congress want, but it sure isn’t what the American people want, and the more we find out — the less we want it. There must be a point when we just stand up and say NO!


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