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September 8, 2013

OEDEL: Is Obamacare fixable?

President Obama has repeatedly acted to save Obamacare from itself. He got the IRS to override the provision that only exchanges operated by states get subsidies; delayed the requirement that large employers be penalized for not offering insurance; suspended the obligation that people prove their incomes before getting exchange subsidies; put off the required caps on out-of-pocket costs; provided insurance subsidies to Congress that the law did not permit; offered a deal for Arkansas to get funding for private insurance rather than Medicaid expansion as the law specified; accelerated by more than three years implementation of the pre-existing-condition rule for kids; and delayed implementation of other elements: small business health options, managed care options, and electronic notices of Medicaid and exchange subsidy eligibility.

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