December 6, 2013

Either Landrieu Knew Small Biz Exchange Wouldn’t Be Online And Lied Or She’s Completely Clueless

The Obama administration knew in August that they weren’t going to meet their deadlines for the small business exchanges, even as they were telling Congress they would be ready to go:

The Obama administration had decided to delay new health insurance options for small businesses even as officials were testifying before Congress that the program would be ready, according to newly released internal e-mails. The e-mails, released by Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, show that officials within the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services decided in August to delay part of a new insurance marketplace for small businesses.

Which means either Mary Landrieu knew she was giving small businesses the runaround, or she’s been shut out of the decision making process altogether.

Last month, during a Small Business Committee hearing that she chaired, Landrieu said that small businesses would be dealing with less paperwork for their health insurance thanks to ObamaCare.

LANDRIEU: “The new shop market places will allow small businesses to compare plans easily, which was never, hardly ever possible before. Taking the administrative burden off employers and allowing them to get back to running their businesses which they do best, not filing paperwork to get health insurance.”

The Obama Administration had already given Landrieu a SHOP sized headache when days after her comments, the Obama White Housedelayed those exchanges until after the 2014 elections.

The White House will hold off on launching its online health exchange where small businesses can shop for coverage until November 2014, an HHS official confirmed Wednesday. Small businesses will still have the option to purchase coverage through the new marketplace but will not be able to do so online. Instead, until next fall, employers with fewer than 50 workers will need to work through a broker or agent to buy health plans for their employees.