Obama wants states to believe Washington is a "reliable financial partner". That is the most laughable thing I’ve ever heard. 16 trillion in debt!! Half of our entire nation’s debt run up by Obama.
Thousands of people with serious medical problems are in danger of losing coverage under President Obama’s health-care overhaul because of cost overruns, state officials say.
At risk is the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan, a transition program that’s become a lifeline for the so-called uninsurables – people with serious medical conditions who can’t get coverage elsewhere. The program helps bridge the gap for those patients until next year, when under the new law insurance companies will be required to accept people regardless of their medical problems.
In a letter last week to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, state officials said they were "blindsided" and "very disappointed" by a federal proposal they contend would shift the risk for cost overruns to states in the waning days of the program. About 100,000 people are currently covered.
"We are concerned about what will become of our high risk members’ access to this decent and affordable coverage," wrote Michael Keough, chairman of the National Association of State Comprehensive Health Insurance Plans. States and local nonprofits administer the program in 27 states, and the federal government runs the remaining plans.
"We fear . . . catastrophic disruption of coverage for these vulnerable individuals," added Keough, who runs North Carolina’s program. He warned of "large-scale enrollee terminations at this critical transition time."
The crisis is surfacing at a politically awkward time for the Obama administration, which is trying to persuade states to embrace a major expansion of Medicaid under the health-care law. One of the main arguments proponents of the expansion are making is that Washington is a reliable financial partner.