Beyond the competence issue is the arrogance. Five million freely chosen, freely purchased, freely renewed health-care plans are summarily canceled. Why? Because they don’t meet some arbitrary standard set by the experts in Washington.
. . . the law Obama so triumphantly gave us allows you to keep your plan only if he likes it. This is life imitating comedy — that old line about a liberal being someone who doesn’t care what you do as long as it’s mandatory.
For what it's worth, Obama's administrative "fix" is too little, far too late. It can only be explained in one of two ways. Either he simply does not have the slightest clue about how the insurance industry operates, or it's just one more maneuver to try to place the blame anywhere but on his shoulders. Probably a combination of the two.
Don't be misled by this "It's on me" stuff. He knows damned well that it is much too late in the game to reverse course. Insurance companies, unlike his HHS staff, have been working for all of the past three years doing actuarial projections so that they can properly price the new government-mandated insurance plans for a population whose actual composition cannot be anticipated with anything approaching precision.
To think that the companies could do a 180 in a matter of a few weeks is just absurd, especially when they'd be acting on the basis of an administrative rule that could be revised or revoked whenever it suits the president's whim. When they decline to take that kind of bait, he'll just do what he intended to do all along: blame the insurance companies.
Obama has been playing this sort of game for years, mostly without consequence. Now it's catching up with him. It's about time.