News today is that the Obama administration is waving off appearing before the House to brief representatives on the status of the Insurance Marketplace and Affordable Care Act system. Instead, they say they will first brief Democrat members.
In this instance, it seems that the administration can do their courtesy bidding on the side and get on with it.
One thing needs explanation and that is that the Affordable Care system is an instance of means testing.
“A ‘means test’ is a determination of whether an individual or family is eligible for help from the government, based upon whether the individual or family possesses the means to do without that help.”
Medicare eligibility at the present is based upon a person having reached retirement age. Obamacare insurance rates are based upon income. The declared income must be verified, along with other qualifying characteristics such as numbers of persons living in the household.
The Obamacare system is elaborate in performing the verification as it pings different government databases. Furthermore, it puts all of this verification activity up front so that massive processing is going on before people can advance through the system to choose healthcare insurance.
So, persons advocating means testing for benefits as it is fair and makes sense, systems must be designed to accommodate that expeditiously.
If citizens know the circumstances, they might be more patient about waiting for fixes. But, if this massively complex system has been designed with flaws, it may have to be scrapped. We won’t know until we are briefed as a nation.
“House GOP want Obamacare briefing
By JENNIFER EPSTEIN |
10/22/13 5:51 PM EDT
House Democrats are set to be briefed on Obamacare implementation on Wednesday morning, but Republicans say they haven't been offered the same opportunity and are asking for a similar meeting in the days to come.
“All members – as well as the American people – deserve answers for this debacle," Brendan Buck, a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Tuesday, responding to a report in the Washington Post that House Democrats were invited to a Wednesday meeting with a senior official from the Department of Health and Human Services.
"That’s why we have asked the administration to provide the same briefing to House Republicans," Buck continued. "This snub is all the more offensive after Secretary Sebelius declined to testify at a House hearing this week. It’s time for the Obama administration to honor its promises of transparency and face some accountability.”
HHS and the White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment on whether there will be an Affordable Care Act briefing for the House GOP."