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Monday, July 1 2013
The Obama administration and its health-law allies are gearing up this summer to slice through three years of confusion and opposition to Obamacare. They’ve got their work cut out for them.
Health consumers could see insurance rates double of event triple when they look for individual coverage under the federal health law later this year, while the premiums paid by sicker people are set to become more affordable, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of coverage to be sold on the law’s new exchanges.
For the first time in three years, Washington is in the midst of a multimonth stretch without facing a fiscal deadline. Business owners and household seem to be enjoying the breather, and the economy is trying to stretch its legs. But consider yourself forewarned – it probably won’t last much longer.
About 550,000 people in Oregon do not have health insurance, and Aaron Karjala is confident the state’s new online insurance exchange will be able to accommodate them when enrollment under President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform begins on October 1.
They said the sequester would be scary. Mostly, they were wrong.
Before “sequestration” took effect, the Obama administration issued specific – and alarming – predictions about what it would bring. There would be one-hour waits at airport security. Four-hour waits at border crossings. Prison guards would be furloughed for 12 days. FBI agents, up to 14.
No one disputes Republicans used the once-a-decade redistricting process to lock in their House majority – almost certainly through 2014 and possibly until the next round of line-drawing in 2020.