HHS Obamacare Agreement Also Full of ‘Typos’

August 15, 2014

Since July 22, when a federal appeals court panel dealt a potentially major blow to Obamacare by ruling that participants in health exchanges run by the federal government in 34 states are not eligible for billions of dollars in tax subsidies, several facts have emerged which call into question Jonathan Gruber, an MIT economist and chief architect of Obamacare, and his views on whether the intent of Obamacare was that subsidies should only be available for state-run Obamacare exchanges.  This raises an important question: what was the view of the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”), the department charged with implementing Obamacare? On January 20, 2011, HHS released the Cooperative Agreement to Support Establishment of State-Operated Health Insurance Exchange. As the title suggests, this document was the governing agreement related to establishing “state-operated” health insurance exchanges and provides significant insight into HHS’s views. This January Agreement clearly specified “state-based” or “state-operated” exchanges; in the agreement, the term “state-based” or “state-operated” health insurance exchanges is listed 17 times. The term “federally-facilitated exchange” is never used. The agreement also specifically references Section 1321 – a federal ‘‘fallback’’ provision for states that do not create exchanges of their own. Obamacare specifically

4 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • gagec1 says:

    common start over the whole thing will ya….better yet, can the whole thing and let us get back to our lives…..this is such a juvenile bill to begin with. Pass a law that any bill going forward will be one page only with nothing attached to it. I would rather that than this boondogle.

  • Protonius says:

    Very confusingly written post. Plus, what is implied in its title — i.e., that the “HHS Obamacare Agreement” is “full of typos” — is reflected nowhere in the post itself.

    Perhaps the author should consider re-writing the post, such that its points would be made more clear, and that the title’s claim about “typos” would be addressed in the post?

  • mudguy1 says:

    The whole thin is an typo error.

    1. I Seigel says:

      I like how your comment is one big typo error. Very clever.

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