I attended a function the other night, where I met up with a friend of mine who works for Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Making small talk, I asked him how work was going. His reply spoke to the immediate need to derail Obama’s heal care debacle.
“Honestly, it’s wearing me out – from day to day we don’t know what we’re supposed to be doing. Rules are coming down from HHS, and they change every day. Nobody can get anything done.”
Like many, I had been thinking of Obamacare as something that is years away, with plenty of time to kill or maim it. My friend’s response disabused me of that notion.
“I tell you, it’s a mess.”
A visit to the Dept. of Health and Human Services website for “Regulations and Guidance” will give you some idea of the angst level insurers are experiencing complying with this bill RIGHT NOW.
But won’t Obamacare create jobs for America, I facetiously asked my friend?
“Oh, it is already,” he said. “You should see all the lawyers we’ve hired to try and understand this thing.”
For example, try and get your mind around this “update” from HHS, meant to clarify one of the law’s requirements:
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has been assigned responsibility for the development of the Medicare self-referral disclosure protocol required by Section 6409(a) and (b) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), Public Law 111–148, and the rules governing when HHS will exercise its discretion under Section 1877(g) of the Social Security Act to reduce sanction otherwise due and owing by provider for engaging in self-referral violations. Health & Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced her delegation of responsibility for the development of these new programs to the Administrator of CMS in the October 15, 2010 Federal Register here.
Got it? I didn’t think so. But don’t worry, the government knows what it means… right?
Not necessarily. A recent story in The Hill related how a report requested by senators Tom Coburn, Orrin Hatch and John Cornyn revealed that even HHS isn’t sure of what it’s doing – if it was, it wouldn ‘t have missed one-third of the law’s 22 deadlines in the first six months. The report also showed that the agency has only three months to meet 29 more.
To be fair, some of the missed deadlines were just a few days tardy, or had to do with relatively obscure provisions. But others weren’t.
What’s going on with Obamacare is like what goes on with termites – you can’t see them working, but they’re there, eating away at a house’s foundation until it’s too late and the structure falls in on itself.
That’s what the Obama minions are – termites. Make no mistake, they ARE busily chewing away at our health care system and our freedoms.
It’s why the new Republican Congress needs to put its foot down on Obamacare NOW.