Well, so much for the implicit gag order Obama has had on the insurance companies. Bet we will find out a lot more interesting details about the exchange rollouts now.
[T]he White House has its own idea to stop the bleeding: Allow insurers to renew existing plans in 2014 (which means they could continue into 2015) while forcing them to send Landrieu-like letters explaining why their plans don’t conform to the Affordable Care Act’s standards.
This doesn’t really ensure anyone can actually keep their plan — which means it also doesn’t affect premiums in the exchanges. But it makes it easier for Democrats to blame insurers for canceling these plans. And it perhaps makes it easier for the White House to stop congressional Democrats from signing onto something like Landrieu or Udall.
The insurance industry is furious. They’ve been working with the White House to get HealthCare.Gov up and running and they’ve been devoting countless man hours to dealing with the problems and they’ve been taking the heat from their customers over canceled plans, and now the Obama administration wants to make them into a scapegoat.
“This doesn’t change anything other than force insurers to be the political flack jackets for the administration,” an insurance industry insider told Evan McMorris-Santoro. “So now, when we don’t offer these policies, the White House can say it’s the insurers doing this and not being flexible.”
This is like telling GE to reintroduce 100 watt lightbulbs on thirty days notice, and then blaming them if they don't do it. Or as I tweeted earlier,
— Coyoteblog (@Coyoteblog) November 14, 2013
Update: Left rallying around Obama, spreading the word that cancellations are all the insurance companies' fault. I am SO glad I am not affiliated with a political party such that I would feel the need to embarrass myself to support some flailing politician on my team.
The Left has been calling cancelled policies "sub-standard" for months now. For three years Obama's own folks were estimating that over half of individual policies would have to be cancelled due to the law, and in fact they purposely wrote the regulations narrower to invalidate the maximum number of policies. But now cancellations are the insurance companies' fault??