ObamaCare Revealed: The “Good”, the “Bad” and the “Ugly”

ACA Title 1, Sec. 1563. Sense of the senate promoting fiscal responsibility: “Ugly” – No way is this Law going to reduce the federal deficit. This section is the explicit statement by Congressional sponsors of the expectation that the ACA will reduce the $17+ trillion federal deficit between 2010 and 2019 and improve the solvency of… Continue Reading ›

ObamaCare Revealed: The “Good”, the “Bad” and the “Ugly”

ACA Title 1, Sec. 1560. Rules of construction: “Good” – helps establish clarity in Law’s impact in four collateral areas.Lawmakers clarify here that no part of the ACA negates any of the antitrust laws, counters the ERISA exemption of the Hawaii Prepaid Health Care Act, prevent any institution of high education from offering student health… Continue Reading ›

ObamaCare Revealed: The “Good”, the “Bad” and the “Ugly”

ACA Title 1, Sec. 1559. Oversight: “Good” – General authorization of Inspector General’s role in ACA. This provision recognizes that the Inspector General of the DHHS has administrative oversight over the Department’s role in the administration and implementation of the Law. This is a general intention statement on the part of the Congress related to the… Continue Reading ›

ObamaCare Revealed: The “Good”, the “Bad” and the “Ugly”

ACA Title 1, Sec 1558. Protections for employees: “Good” – Provides general protection to employees. This provision provides general protection to employees that utilize either premium credits or subsidies under the ACA. This statutory provision prohibits employers from discharging an employee because of their use of these features of the ACA. Seems like a way to… Continue Reading ›

ObamaCare Revealed: The “Good”, the “Bad” and the “Ugly”

ACA Title 1, Sec 1557. Nondiscrimination: “Good” – a general prohibition against discrimination. This provision prohibits discriminatory actions under any aspect of the ACA and links to complaint and accountability provisions of civil rights, age, and disabilities discrimination laws. “Good” because it uses the existing federal administrative machinery to provide a recourse in the event of… Continue Reading ›

ObamaCare Revealed: The “Good”, the “Bad” and the “Ugly”

ACA Title 1, Sec. 1556. Equity for certain eligible survivors. “Good” – Provides continuity of coverage for those with “black lung” conditions associated with coal mining. This provision allows those grand fathered with “black lung” coverage to be included under the applicable provisions of the ACA. This appears to be a continuity of coverage provision extending… Continue Reading ›

ObamaCare Revealed: The “Good”, the “Bad” and the “Ugly”

ACA Title 1, Sec. 1555. Freedom not to participate in federal health insurance programs: “Good” – prevents coercion of health plan providers. This section provides a basic statement that prohibits any penalty or fine to any entity that offers health insurance and chooses not to participate in any federal health insurance program. However, one could argue… Continue Reading ›

ObamaCare Revealed: The “Good”, the “Bad” and the “Ugly”

ACA Title 1, Sec. 1554. Access to therapies: “Good” – although somewhat inoperable platitudes. This section contains the following platitudes about the Secretary of HHS not publishing any regulations implementing the Law that…. (1) creates any unreasonable barriers to the ability of individuals to obtain appropriate medical care; (2) impedes timely access to health care services;… Continue Reading ›