Will the government be calling up small businesses and intimidating them over their insurance, Save Jerseyans?
If what I have been hearing is true, that very well could be the case.
You may not know this yet but, on October 1, all employers were required to send their employees a government provided letter outlining how that employee could go to healthcare.gov and get insurance and providing the necessary information about the employer (EIN, name, address) for an employee to sign up. As you may know, you have a better chance of winning the lottery than getting that site to work. So employees who received that letter have been redirected to a phone number to try to enroll.
And this phone number is where things get shady, folks, because since there is a live person at the other end, callers can ask questions.
Several small businesses in the area have told me shocking things about conversations their employees reported to have had on this phone line.
Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick (R-Union, Somerset and Morris) is demanding that the federal government move to protect the health insurance policies of 90,000 New Jersey Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield members.
I don’t disagree with anything Scott Garrett said during his latest appearance on Fox Business, Save Jerseyans, including his candid political analysis concerning the shocking rapid collapse of Obamacare:
We’ve been tracking Obamacare’s impact on New Jersey almost daily; click here to visit our (Un)affordable Care Act archive for more coverage.
The Washington Post reported a remarkable admission on Friday from one of the U.S. Senate’s most obnoxious leftists, Save Jerseyans:
Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) says he would be open to a brief delay in the individual mandate if the problems with HealthCare.gov aren’t fixed by the end of the month, according to Minnesota Public Radio.
“I think then we have to consider extending the deadline for the mandate, but let’s hope that doesn’t happen,” Franken told MPR.
Franken has so far been relatively quiet about potential changes to the health-care law, but he now joins a growing group of Senate Democrats in seats that could be targeted by the GOP in 2014 who are speaking up on the issue.
Are you listening, Bob Menendez (D-Dominican Republic) and Cory Booker (D-Twitter)? Start representing your constituents and quit defending the indefensible. Even Stuart Smalley tacitly acknowledges that the Obamacare experiment in socialized medicine is going off the rails. It’s implementation has been neither good enough nor smart enough and, gosh darn it, people hate this law!
It’s patently obvious that President Barack Obama’s executive order temporarily reinstating cancelled health care plans is unconstitutional, Save Jerseyans, but more than that, as our friend Joe Sinagra pointed out last weekend, a presidential mandate doesn’t make the desired ends actionable!
In this case, it’s doubtful that the hundreds of thousands of cancelled plans in New Jersey attributable to Obamacare – and millions more in the other 49 states – could be reinstated at the moment. The Department of Banking and Insurance (DOBI) is looking into it and there isn’t much room for optimism given the time frame (h/t NJBiz.com):
Ward Sanders, president of the New Jersey Association of Health Plans, said it won’t be so easy logistically for insurers to restore the basic and essential (B&E) coverage that has been cancelled.
Obamacare is a failure, it’s always been a failure, and it will not succeed. It just won’t. Obamacare is wrong. It’s a failure. It’s the most extraordinary overreach of government power in the history of our country. And, it’s being run by people who’ve never run anything. So why are we surprised it’s failing?
Christie also waved the bipartisanship banner yet again, blaming many of Washington’s problems on “absolutists” in government:
An angry and animated Congressman Frank Pallone slammed his Republican colleagues on the House Energy and Commerce Committee this morning for holding a “Monkey Court” designed to discourage enrollment in ObamaCare.
Pallone, after a bobble head soliloquy, angrily refused to yield to “this Monkey Court.” “Do what ever you want,” Pallone shouted, “I’M NOT YIEDLING!”