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Moran: The Administration’s incompetence has made it impossible to comply?

Today, U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) joined U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) in introducing the “Delay Until Fully Functional Act”, a bill delaying the individual mandate under Obamacare until six months after the Government Accountability Office (GAO) certifies that the Exchange website is fully functional. Companion legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives. The full text of the Senate bill is available here. (click on a page for a closer look)

“It is unfair for the federal government to punish individuals for not doing something the government is requiring them to do when the Administration’s incompetence has made it impossible for them to comply,” Sen. Moran said. “I believe the entire law should be repealed and replaced, but until that becomes possible Kansas individuals and families must be protected from the disasters created by Obamacare.”

The “Delay Until Fully Functional Act” would delay the Obamacare individual mandate and require that GAO – the independent, nonpartisan agency known as the “congressional watchdog” – study and report to Congress on the Obamacare website and its health insurance Exchanges within 30 days. If the GAO study says these Exchanges are not fully functional, GAO will do subsequent studies and reports every 60 days until the Comptroller General determines that the Exchanges are fully functional.

The legislation has been endorsed by FreedomWorks, Americans for Prosperity, Americans for Tax Reform and the National Taxpayers Union. The full text of the Senate bill is available here.

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  • Chief59

    Republican thinking in Congress:

    Before October 1st – We hate Obamacare and want it gone!!!!

    After October 1st – It’s a disgrace that people can’t sign up for Obamacare!!!!

    Double talk at its finest.

    • A_citizen_patriot

      Yeah think about it, the law got shoved down everones throat. Then when it comes time to sign up, it does not work. How do you not see the issue there?

      • Chief59

        Shoved down everyone’s throat is an exaggeration. I will be the first to admit that the site has sucked. It took nine days to fully get my wife signed up. However, the problem I have is the Republicans in Congress have no constructive criticism.

        They have tried 40+ times to repeal the ACA, even after the Supreme Court upheld it. Now that the website doesn’t work as it should, they are throwing a fit about how it doesn’t work properly and people can’t sign up for the thing they don’t really want people to sign up for. That is my issue.

        Someone made a severe f up by hiring a crap firm to build the website. A little background research would have shown the same firm was fired by Canada for similar issues building their site.

        • A_citizen_patriot

          I agree with you on the firm hired. But when in the constitution is there authority for the government to regulate healthcare? That was what i meant by shoved down our throats.

          • Chief59

            What is being regulated, other than the requirement to have insurance? Insurance companies are now more regulated, especially with how much they must spend towards health care, but the average person does not have health care regulated.

          • A_citizen_patriot

            Even the requirment to have insurance, where is the authority for that? I understand the regulation over insurance agencies. But no where does the government have the power to setup insurance exchanges. Plus they are forcing some people on to the exchanges via the regulations.

          • Yahooserious

            Government is always in our business, this is no different. I have to wear a seat belt right? or get fined. I have to pay property taxes on things I’ve owned for YEARS, It’s just another notch on the headboard, er, belt.

            A_citizen, the authority is allowed by the tax code, I believe that was the supreme court decision. Want to change obamacare? Throw out the tax code and go to a flat rate. Oh wait, maybe that’s why they won’t change it; they’ll loose regulation. That and corporations don’t want changed, or accountants. Basically anyone who caused the last financial crises doesn’t want that. Hrrmmm..

          • A_citizen_patriot

            The individual mandate was what was ruled on. Not the law as a whole. So if government is always in our business then we should just let them do what they want?

          • Yahooserious

            No, we shouldn’t, but we do.

          • Chief59

            You have a point, but a conservative Supreme Court upheld it. As far as the actual exchanges go, my experience with them was phenomenal. My wife went from be uninsurable, to having very good insurance for under $200 per month. Very few people are being “forced” onto the exchanges.

          • A_citizen_patriot

            A lot of people are losing their insurance because of the law. The Supreme Court only looked at the individual mandate not the law as a whole. Plus the Obama administration knew that people were going to lose their plans, even though me promised they could keep them.

          • Chief59

            Have you looked into the actual reasons these people are losing insurance? Most of the plans being cancelled DO NOT MEET the new requirements for what insurance must now coverage. They were crap plans that insurance companies were making a killing on, but can no longer sell.

            Also, insurance companies that actually did sell to people with pre-existing conditions are now cancelling plans, due to the fact that they can get those high priced people off their books.

            This isn’t a case of the Obama administration making people lose insurance. It’s a case of requiring insurance companies to actually COVER the people with plans with them. The vast majority of people who are being dropped are finding very comparable prices on the exchanges. Not only that, the new insurance they find will actually cover them if they have a problem.

          • guest_1

            Yes, because all of the older folks, male and female, absolutely need that maternity coverage. Even if they have had hysterectomies, tubal ligations, vasectomies. You’ve got to pay for that and for everyone’s birth control. (which isn’t effective unless it’s taken, and properly). BS. The insurance companies should be able to offer plans WITHOUT that coverage. Sure am glad that now, if great grandma gets knocked up (even though she hasn’t had a uterus for 30 years) she is covered. Makes total sense.

          • Chief59

            While shopping for my wife, I had to double check and make sure pregnancy and maternity were covered. They did not all offer that coverage.

  • paxson

    too little, too late jerry. never can stand up for yourself or your constituents. always riding the fence.

  • Yahooserious

    Got to Agree it’s a major disappointment and there’s surely some incompetence there, however, I wouldn’t say it’s any worse than, say; not having a post Iraq invasion stragedy. Actually their kinda similar: lots of people needing medical care, trillions in cost and both were poorly thought out.

  • Disgusted

    President Barack Hussein Obama has blatantly lied to the American people. He told us we could keep our insurance policies and doctors if we liked them. It came out today that he knew we wouldnt be able to keep them. He and his administration should be ashamed of themselves.

    • Chief59

      You should be ashamed that you are repeating information without actually looking into it yourself.

      • Disgusted

        So what you are saying is that NBC, ABC,, CBS, FOX, CNBC, MSNBC, CNN, FOX NEWS, NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY and all other media are not telling the truth? They have all joined together to put a false story out? In fact they created video as to where the president is making those statements? Is that what you are saying chief?

        • Chief59

          Did I say that? No, I didn’t. I said to look into something before repeating it as gospel. Do you have any idea why plans are being dropped? They don’t meet the basic requirements. Insurance companies were selling plans that did not meet the basic requirements of the law. If you have one of these plans, then no, you can not keep it, as your provider must increase coverage to comply with the law.

          You are still allowed to keep your same insurance company, your same doctor, etc. However, if the plan you are on is discontinued due to the fact that it does not meet basic requirements, then you may need to jump to a different plan. This wasn’t a secret. It’s just that now that it is actually coming to fruition, the news outlets are reporting it. If they and the Obama administration would have done their job and made it clear what the law actually required, we wouldn’t be in this situation now.

          Acting like Obama made this some big secret and lied is just stupid. Anyone actually looking into it themselves would see that.

          • Disgusted

            Typical double talk. He lied.

          • Chief59

            Any excuse to get upset at the President, right? He could solve every problem this country has, and the right would still find something to have a sh#tfit about. The guy isn’t perfect. I have been upset at plenty that has come out of this administration, and I’m a fairly liberal person. However, when you are constantly looking for something to blame on someone, you simply have it out for them. Plain and simple.

          • Disgusted

            Not looking to get upset at anyone. Just a simple statement that he lied.

          • Chief59

            He said you could keep your plan. Also said if it didn’t meet requirements, you might have to buy a different one. Piss poor job of explaining it more than anything.

          • Disgusted

            You say piss poor, I say lie. Agree to disagree. By the way I am one sixteenth native american and your user nane offends me. Can you please change it?

          • Chief59

            So the word chief automatically refers to native american? What if I am a chief of police, am I not allowed to use it. I know you are just trying to instigate, but come on. I may be a liberal, but I’m not the kind of guy who gets offended by stupid things like that. America is too politically correct. Not only that, the puritan christian attitude of this country is the reason simple, essential things like birth control are such a big deal. Grow a pair, America.

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