Friday, August 1, 2014

ObamaCare – A Festering Boil

What happens to a dream deferred?

Does it dry up

like a raisin in the sun?

Or fester like a boil –

and then run.

Does it stink like rotten meat?

Or crust and sugar over –

like a syrupy sweat?

Or maybe it just sags

like a heavy load.

Or does it explode?

Langston Hughes(1902 -1967), Harlem (1951)

What will be ObamaCare’s fate?

That question may largely be answered in the November 4 midterms.

In the interim, ObamaCare is festering like a boil. The boil may burst spontaneously with 8 million gaining coverage or it may be drained by its political opponents.

In the meantime, internal pressures are building within the boil with most agreeing the abscess is a mess.

• In Colorado, 339, 561 health plans have been cancelled: in Nevada 90,000 cancellations have occurred.

• In 3137 of America’s 3144 counties, premiums in the individual markets have gone up an average of 49% for 82% of women and 91% of men having rising premiums.

• Administrative incompetence in managing continues to build with HHS admitting it cannot resolve 89% of eligibility issues surrounding who got subsidies and who will get them in the future.

• The question persists whether nearly 5 million Americans receiving subsidies got them illegally if one sticks strictly to the wording of the ACA: oy may be up for the Supreme Court to decide.

• The House of Representatives has sued President Obama, mostly on the issue if he exceeded his authority of delaying the individual mandate and whether by doing so violated article 1 and 2 of the Constitution. The Supreme Court may have to decide that one too.

And so the Obamacare boil festers.

Will it be drained by political gestures?

Will it be lanced by Supreme Court sequesters,

with Justices'paying homage to judicial ancestors?

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