Mike Huckabee News
Oct 26 2013
To delay or not to delay. Didn’t we already ask that question?...…Seems like only, oh, three weeks ago that the government shut down because the Democrats absolutely refused to agree to a Republican demand to delay the Obamacare mandate forcing individuals to buy insurance. But now, with the Healthcare.gov website taking off like a racehorse with four broken legs, it’s not likely that the problems will be fixed before the deadline for buying insurance. So Senate Democrats facing reelection are panicking and requesting a delay themselves. Now, Republicans have a quandary: should they agree to the delay they were pilloried for requesting just weeks ago, and help out their opponents? If they do, would it help Obamacare succeed by easing the initial pain for Americans? Or hasten its demise by cutting off needed funds right at the start? The whole thing has become such a complicated mess that just thinking about it can give you a migraine. So try not to think about it, until you’re able to buy insurance. This HR
Meanwhile, we can’t keep Top Secret NSA files off the Internet, but the number of Americans who’ve been able to buy insurance through the Obamacare website is the best-kept state secret in Washington. The White House has bragged that in the first three weeks, 476,000 applications actually managed to get filed online. That’s far short of expectations, particularly when you consider that visits to the site reportedly dropped off by 80 percent the second week. If it were a movie, it would be headed for the dollar theaters already.
But there’s more bad news. The Chicago Tribune reports that while slightly less than half a million people were applying for insurance online, slightly more than half a million were losing their current policies in just three states alone: Florida, California and Pennsylvania. Several big insurers there killed their individual policies relied on by self-employed people because they didn’t meet all the new government-mandated benefit requirements. They say customers shouldn’t worry: they’ll be replaced with new and better policies. But will they cost the same or a lot more? That’s hard to say. And if you’re trying to buy them online through the government, it’s next to impossible to say.