This week was not a good one for Obamacare – but then again, what week is?
Halbig vs. Sebellius
This one was a doozie. On Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia issued a ruling that found an essential part of President Obama’s health care law unconstitutional. The Court ruled that subsidies handed out by the IRS under Healthcare.gov were not part of the law’s original intent – and President Obama’s decision to hand out billions of dollars of illegal subsidies broke the law. In the words of Michael Cannon, a health care expert, these federally-funded subsidies are the epitome of “taxation without representation.”
Apparently you can get Obamacare subsidies with a fake identity
The Government Accountability Office created 12 fake identities to apply for Obamacare subsidies through phone and online application. Eleven of the 12 fake applications obtained subsidized coverage. Yeah, you heard that right – HealthCare.gov is so flawed that invalid Social Security numbers or inaccurate citizenship information were able to get tax-payer funded health insurance.
Oh, and don’t forget about those 2.6 million application “inconsistencies” that still haven’t been resolved.
Another Failed Website (but who’s surprised)
The Obama administration rolled out a new health care website – this one for doctors and drug and medical device companies. And (big surprise) it doesn’t work. Doctors reported waiting over an hour to log in and multiple error messages. Maybe the Obama Administration should just step away from the computer.
Americans are losing faith in the President’s health care plan
If this week in the news has taught us anything, it’s that Obamacare’s not working. House Republicans know that successful health care must be patient-centered, not government mandanted.