New Memo Shows Outgoing HHS Officials Rammed Through Obamacare Changes in Final Days

In an Attempt to Lock in 2018 Plans, Obama Administration Rushes Last Minute Regs

According to a new report from the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service (CRS), in the waning days of the Obama administration, regulators at HHS finalized actions to ram through Obamacare changes and ensure Obamacare’s critical procedures and programs are locked in to 2019. According to data from CRS, the move to finalize individual program years has been happening earlier and faster in recent years.

 

“Despite millions of Americans clearly expressing their displeasure with Obamacare, the Obama administration took action on their way out the door to lock in the law’s framework to 2019. The administration’s blatant disregard for the will of the people paired with the law’s broken promises and skyrocketing rates make it easy to see why so many folks are frustrated with business as usual and ready for real change,” said Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR).

 

January 17, 2017

Obama issues Obamacare regs for 2018

Just days before President-elect Trump is sworn in, the Obama administration implemented on Tuesday a major regulation that will govern rates and payments to insurers under Obamacare.

The rule, which sets the plans that can be sold on the Affordable Care Act’s exchanges in 2018, is common and must be issued to give insurers an idea of what to expect for the coming coverage year. However, the Obama administration implemented the regulation much earlier than years past, and some in the GOP are worried it could complicate the incoming administration’s efforts to provide regulatory relief to insurers.

Normally a rule that has a major financial impact must be implemented 60 days after being published in the Federal Register. The rule was published on Dec. 22 and goes into effect Tuesday, less than a month after publication.

The administration implemented it faster by invoking the “good cause” exemption, which lets major rules be implemented earlier than 60 days, according to a House Republican aide, who added that the Trump administration could use the same tool to make quick changes to the rule. …

The rule is a normal part of regulating the marketplaces. However, every other rule has been implemented a few months later in the year.

For instance, the rule was implemented in May 2014 for the 2015 coverage year. For the 2014 year, the first time the marketplaces went online, the rule went into effect in April 2013, according to a memo from the Congressional Research Service obtained by the Washington Examiner.

The rule for the 2016 coverage year was even later. It was finalized in February 2015, but went into effect on Jan. 1, 2016, the memo said. …

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