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  • Side Effects: White House Misses Deadline for Creating High Risk Pools

    We’ve all heard it before — the age-old saying “Better late than never.” Well, get ready to hear it  again, this time from Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, regarding the creation of high-risk pools under Obamacare.

    The pools were supposed to provide coverage for individuals who cannot get health insurance due to chronic illness. Obamacare slated the establishment of the pools to occur no later than 90 days after the legislation passed on March 23. This past Monday marked day 90, and the pools remain nowhere to be found.

    Covering the uninsured and those who need it most was advertised as one of the top priorities for the congressional majority’s health care agenda, so it’s hard to understand how Secretary Sebelius could have overlooked such an important deadline. After all, it’s her job to implement Obamacare.

    It gets worse. Not only has the secretary failed to meet the high-risk pool deadline, but earlier this week the Congressional Budget Office found that the pools will be underfunded by $5 billion to $10 billion. This blunder could result in 500,000 individuals with pre-existing conditions not receiving the coverage they were promised.

    According to the White House, as many as 12 million people are currently denied coverage due to pre-existing conditions. In its current design, the poorly-designed federal high-risk pool program will provide coverage to just a small fraction of these people. Richard Foster, Medicare’s chief actuary, claims it will be able to do so for only one or two years before exhausting its allocated funding. Armed with this information, at least 19 states are declining these new high-risk pools.

    These mammoth mistakes have not gone unnoticed. Tuesday, Sen. Michael Enzi (R-WY) and 30 other Republicans sent a letter to Secretary Sebelius reminding her of the missed deadline.

    The senators also had a few questions for the Secretary: When will the money for these high-risk pools be distributed to participating states? When will funding be provided for the 19 states that have refused to participate in the federal program? And how many individuals will covered by these pools each year?

    Sebelius was asked to respond by June 30, but it’s unlikely she will have any more luck in meeting this deadline than she did the previous one. More likely, she will follow the “better late than never” mantra. And all the while, it’s becomes more and more clear that Americans would have been better off had Obamacare never passed.

    John Scot Overbey is currently a member of the Young Leaders Program at the Heritage Foundation. For more information on interning at Heritage, please visit: http://www.heritage.org/about/departments/ylp.cfm

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    9 Responses to Side Effects: White House Misses Deadline for Creating High Risk Pools

    1. Tim, Georgia says:

      Too many people are just hanging onto life, waiting for the applications to the high risk pools to go out, so that 15 days later, coverage kicks in.

      You can't get Chemo. in the emergency room, and you can't get it for free. Doctors want to be paid.

    2. John Madera,CA says:

      I have a hard enough time paying for my own health care let alone paying for someone else's.

      We are all given a time on earth, some more, some less, with no guarantees. Insurance is not a necessity of life it is nice to have though. The government already provides medical care or coverage to 42% of the population. If you are truly needy, it will cover you also. Take care of yourself,live the best life you can, be the best person you can be, plan ahead, and be at peace with your creator or your God.

      If you are at peace you will not die befor your time; you will have lived a full life.

      To some, this may seem callous and cold but it is the reality of life.

      We are all mortals.

    3. Drew Page, IL says:

      With regard to individual health policies, just wait until the law precluding pre-existing condition limitations goes into effect. I guarantee you will see those insurance companies who currently offer individual health insurance dropping that line of coverage.

      A company can't allow people to buy health insurance only when they need it, then drop it when they don't need it, only to buy it again when the need arises. That would be like trying to buy fire insurance on your home only when it catches fire. The health care reform law says that everyone must buy health, if it is not already being provided to them. I believe this will be found to un-Constitutional and therefore, not enforceable.

      No insurance company can stay in business by accepting one or two months of premium in exchange for paying claims that amount to more (sometimes hundreds of thousands more) than the premium they take in. And government can't dictate to a company that they must provide a product at a loss and continue to do so. Unlike the government, private business cannot print money.

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    5. Lynn Bryant DeSpain says:

      The only "High Risk" question any members of the House have is,"What can I do to keep my seat?"

    6. Alfred says:

      Legislate in haste, repent at leisure. I'm so pleased that we have just gotten rid of a government, in the UK, that did exactly that in so many areas. So far, it seems that the current UK administration is not going down that road. May you also return to a government that thinks carefully, drafts carefully and allows full and frank discussion before pushing legislation through.

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