About that ObamaCare Small Business Exchange…

This is coming down to “What did the President know and when did he know it?”

We all know by now that the “If you like your plan you can keep it. Period.” was a flat out lie by President Obama in his 2012 campaign. Senator Ron Johnson laid it out clearly.

When President Obama told Americans they could keep their current health insurance under Obamacare if they liked it, he did not “misspeak,” Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., said Saturday in the weekly Republican address.

Rather, Johnson said, the promise was “fully vetted, coldly calculated and carefully crafted to deceptively sell” the legislation “to a trusting public.”

It’s well documented that it was a well known fact that millions would lose their plans – and their doctors – as early as 2010.

The question now, as ObamaCare unravels, is what else did the administration know.

It turns out that, for starters, they knew the small business exchange was not going to meet the October 1 deadline at least four months before they bothered to mention it to the public.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee, chaired by Fred Upton, has unearthed emails that show the administration knew as early as July, and absolutely by August, the exchanges (SHOP) would not be ready any time this year.

Rather than being transparent with the American people, the insurance industry, and small business owners who were scrambling to figure out what benefits they could offer their employees, they waited until the day before Thanksgiving to announce that SHOP would be delayed until next year.

The emails reveal conversations among officials at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the contractor, CGI Federal, between July 26, 2013, and August 13, 2013. The administration agreed on August 13 that SHOP online would be delayed until November 15, but the administration did not announce any delay until September 26, less than a week before employers were expecting to begin going online to shop for health care coverage for their employees. At that time, the administration said, “The SHOP Marketplace for Federally-facilitated Marketplace states opens Oct. 1, 2013, when small employers can start the application process and get an overview of available plans and premiums in their area. All functions for SHOP will be available in November and if employers and employees enroll by Dec. 15, 2013, coverage will begin Jan. 1, 2014.

The emails show that the administration, including Henry Chao – the administration’s program manager for ObamaCare – who was copied and was a responder in the email chains, knew the program would not make any of the promised dates.

In addition, they show that officials at CMS, the lead contractor who got the job on a no-bid contract from the Obama administration, we testifying before Congress that they’d meet the promised dates. That testimony, if given under oath, was perjured, and it was perjured with the full knowledge of the senior management of CMS and senior officials in the administration including Henry Chao.

Please keep this little project in mind every time the President opens his mouth. This administration was founded on lies – Dreams From My Father – built on lies “You can keep your plan…” and is maintained on lies.

What did the President know?

Benghazi? Fast & Furious? IRS? The continued harassment of conservatives by the IRS? IRS harassment of ObamaCare opponents? The list just goes on and on.

Transparent? I think not. Criminal? Looks more and more like it.

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  • jim_m

    He knew it was a lie the very first time he said it. He never gave a damn what the people thought or wanted all he knew was that he had an ideological objective and there was nothing that he would not do to achieve it. It is time that we dispensed with any questioning of what he knew and when. We already know.

  • LiberalNightmare

    You can keep your health care, You can keep your doctor, Fast and Furious, Benghazi, IRS targetting of conservatives, IRS targetting of 0’s political oponents.

    Given all of the scandals that 0bama didn’t find about till he saw them on the news, the only choice we are left with is, was 0bama lying? Or, is 0bama an idiot?

    Choose the answer that makes you most comfortable. Personally, I choose both.

  • ljcarolyne

    Lesson Learned: so keep this in mind. ” The list just goes on and on.

    Transparent? I think not. Criminal? Looks more and more like it.”
    No doubt, not even a shadow, we have a Criminal Despot Usurper in the WH.
    I’m so happy this is coming out: It is written: ” Be sure your sins will find out.”
    Praise God in Christ and pass the ammo! Joy to the World, America believe it and receive your Christmas Present . . . NO MORE OBAMA!
    Miracles happen everyday. Good always win. We shall have a win, win.

  • ljcarolyne

    Wizbang: tells it like it is. Thanks!

  • Retired military

    Now just saying Obamacare is considered the equivalent of using the N word by some on the left.


    MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry suggested the term “Obamacare” and the N-word are interchangeable, claiming both were “conceived by a group of wealthy white men who needed to . . . render [a black man] inferior and unequal and diminish his accomplishments.”

    HARRIS-PERRY: “I want to talk today about a controversial word. It’s a word that has been with us for years. And like it or not, it’s indelibly printed in the pages of American history. A word that was originally intended as a derogatory term, meant to shame and divide and demean. The word was conceived of by a group of wealthy white men who needed a way to put themselves above and apart from a black man, to render him inferior and unequal and diminish his accomplishments.

    “President Obama has been labelled with this word by his opponents, and at first he rose above it, hoping that if he could just make a cause for what he’d achieved, his opponents would fail in making their label stick. But no matter how many successes that he had as president, he realized there were still many people for whom he’d never be anything more than that one disparaging word — a belief he knew was held not just by his political opponents, but also by a significant portion of the American electorate.

    “And so he decided if you can’t beat them, you’ve got to join them. So he embraced the word and made it his own, sending his opposition a message they weren’t expecting: ‘If that’s what you want me to be, I’ll be that.’

    “Y’all know the word that I’m talking about. Obamacare! That’s right! I said it and I’m not ashamed, and neither is President Obama!”

  • Lawrence Westlake

    Chicago politicos. Chicago-style politics. Sun rises in east. That aside, substantively speaking, these SHOP exchanges are a farce. If you have less than 50 total employees you’re not at all affected by Obamacare. The law simply doesn’t apply to such businesses. Out of sight, out of mind. If anything small business owners are spending a lot more time and effort figuring out how to make things work with part-time workers (to whom you don’t have to offer health insurance even if you’re above the Obamacare threshold and thus subject to the law) than making use of exchanges. And the costs through the exchanges won’t materially be different than the existing costs offered by existing plans, for which businesses for decades have been shopping around on their own for the best pricing. It’s all nothing but a dog & pony show. The scary part however is that a lot of people even in the business communities will fall for it.