Some labor unions could get break from ObamaCare fees
Mary Landrieu, D-La., Mark Begich, D-Alaska, and Mark Pryor, D-Ark., shared what one Democratic source told Fox News was a lot of pent-up frustration. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., who leads the Democratic Senatorial Committee, also attended. Chief White House Correspondent Ed Henry learned that senators floated the idea of a one-year delay in the fines and enrollment mandates under the law, pushing some political pain until after midterm elections. The president is said to have rejected the idea. Fox News has more . [You said recently that you expect the Web site to be running smoothly for a majority of users by late November.
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Six Ways to Save Obamacare
However, there is real risk it could collapse under its own weight. If that happens, the president’s credibility will collapse as well. Whether or not you support this president, this could seriously harm the health of our citizens and America’s fiscal stability. The president will not succeed until he faces this reality: the challenge of Obamacare is not a political issue, it is a management issue. Playing politics — no matter how successfully — cannot solve management problems. To save Obamacare, the president should: #1: Replace the politicians with professionals. President Obama is a superb politician, but he needs to surround himself with experienced leaders who possess the capabilities he lacks. That means replacing HHS Secretary Katherine Sebelius (also a fine politician) with an experienced health care leader who has successfully created large-scale systems serving millions of people.
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Labor officials downplayed any impact as miniscule, saying the language would not include most of their plans and doesn’t address the wider changes they have requested. Labor unions have spent months complaining the new law will drive up the costs of certain health plans that are jointly administered by unions and smaller employers. The White House has rejected a broader request that union members in those plans be eligible for federal subsidies. Unions and many businesses groups also have been complaining about the so-called reinsurance fees, which start next year at $63 per person for everyone who has coverage. The fee drops to about $40 a person in 2015 and even less the following year. The temporary fee is designed to raise $25 billion over the next three years.
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