From The Chicago Sun-Times:
Trying to head off more bad news over the chaotic rollout of President Barack Obama’s health care law, the administration Thursday offered stopgap options so people whose existing plans got canceled are not penalized.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a letter to a group of senators that she will use authorities in the law to issue a “hardship exemption” from tax penalties to those who received cancellations and were not able to line up new coverage.
The only leverage Obamacare ever had was what they called the “personal mandate” and what Chief Justice John Roberts called “just another tax.”
What we now know—and thanks to the passage of the law, we know what’s in it!—is that the Secretary of HHS has enormously broad powers to adjust the penalties and charges and regulations of the Affordable Care Act.
In effect, she can cancel it. Because if the tax penalty can be “waived” or “delayed” or “exempted,” why can’t it be so ordered for…ever? And without that stick, there’s no reason to eat the carrot.
My prediction: Obamacare will remain in place for the 10,000 or so folks who manage to log on and figure it out, but it’ll be essentially gone by March 2017. It will be like AOL or Compuserve.