Are You Ready For A Flood Of ObamaCare Regulations Post-Election?
You’ve probably heard about the massive number of jobs and energy killing regulations planned by Obama’s EPA to hit after the election. What about with Obamacare?
(Politico) The bottled-up rules to set up President Barack Obama’s health care reform law are going to start flowing quickly right after Election Day.
But how long will that last? That depends on who wins the presidency.
The once-steady stream of regulations and rules from the Obama administration – instructions for insurance companies, hospitals and states on how to put the law in place – has slowed to a trickle in recent months in an attempt to avoid controversies before the election. Many states, too, have done little public work to avoid making the law an election issue for state officials on the ballot.
But work has been going on behind the scenes – both in the Department of Health and Human Services and at the state level. As soon as Wednesday, the gears and levers of government bureaucracy are likely to start moving at full speed again.
Surprise! These regulations were obviously held until the election was over in an attempt to protect Barack H. Obama from backlash over his own “signature accomplishment”. Meanwhile, there is a big deadline of November 16th looming for states to tell the Central Planning Office about what their Exchanges will look like, virtually impossible without the regulations.
One of the most important regulations not yet issued is the potentially controversial one to specify what health insurance policies must cover. And final rules have not been issued on other significant pieces of the law, such as those governing the health insurance exchanges, the individual mandate and how to define “full-time” and “part-time” employees in regard to employer penalties.
HHS, imbued with entirely too much power by the law…despite being a massive law, over 2000 pages, it failed to specify very much, mostly using phraseology leaving the details in the hands of the director of HHS (this works both ways: if Romney wins, his head of HHS can nullify those regs)…..has had years to get these regs finalized and defined, yet, are waiting till after the election. Essentially, people are going to the ballot box without all the information they need to make an informed decision.
The administration also hasn’t finalized rules on how certain religious employers – such as a Roman Catholic charity that insures itself – could avoid requirements that they provide insurance coverage of contraceptives.
Oh, hey, wait, I thought Obama and his little TV and Internet drones said that this was dealt with? No? There are still rules to come? Does anyone want to bet that when all is said and done, Obama’s HHS deems that there is no waiver in violation of the 1st Amendment?