SERIOUSLY: Staffers at Department Implementing Obamacare Unclear On How Law Works
What if we told you just months before Obamacare is scheduled to go into effect, employees at the federal department responsible for putting it in place don’t know how the law works? That would be tough to believe. You’d need someone with a lot of authority to make that claim. Like maybe the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
“Secretary Kathleen Sebelius acknowledged yesterday that some in her agency might not know much about the health care law if they don’t work on it every day. In an agency-wide email on Monday, she summarized the law’s basic components and invited employees to sign up for a webinar about the health insurance marketplaces.” (POLITICO, 8/21/13)
Well, then, there you have it.
Now, it’s well documented that this law is confounding businesses, discouraging them from hiring – even leading to a delay of the employer mandate. And it’s creating confusion and uncertainty among American families still forced – unfairly – to comply with the individual mandates. Those things are troubling enough, but now we learn even people at the department in charge of the law are scratching their heads about it – more than three years after the law was passed. Pretty stunning.
How can Americans be asked to comply with this complex and costly law when even HHS employees don’t understand it? They shouldn’t be. That’s why the House passed legislation delaying implementation of Obamacare’s individual mandate. It’s not fair for families to be burdened by Obamacare when big businesses and insurances companies are getting a break.
Today’s news is just the latest evidence that implementation of the law has been a trainwreck. Do they really think a last-minute webinar for HHS staff is going to turn it into a smooth ride? Is that really all they have?
“They can also attend a brown bag lunch where HHS staffers explain the law, she wrote.” (POLITICO)
A brown bag lunch. Great. That should satisfy everyone’s concerns.