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Obamacare delay a big disappointment (video, editorial)

6:56 AM, Aug. 21, 2013  |  Comments
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Obamacare has hit another snag, and we have mixed feelings about it.

The Obama administration announced it will delay until 2015 the law's out-of-pocket cost limits, which is bad news for consumers and good news for insurance companies. Some insurers asked for time because their computer systems couldn't communicate property about the amount spent on individuals' prescription drug plans and the amount spent on medical plans.

Overall, it makes sense to address the problem and implement a delay rather than rolling out a flawed system. We'd rather the nation transition to a system than works rather than one that's full of headaches.

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But, as consumers, we're disappointed. Companies had plenty of time to figure their computer systems out after the law was passed in 2010. We wonder why they didn't hit their deadline on a rule that would benefit so many consumers.

When the provision is implemented in 2015, the out-of-pocket costs will be $6,350 for individuals and $12,700 for families. With the delay, some consumers will have to go another year with limits that are double that amount, or even more in some cases.

Also, the change was rolled out quietly, which is a bad sign. A reporter questioned the administration after noticing the delay in a frequently asked questions section of a government website.

That makes the administration look like it's hiding something. It's a setback, to be sure, but it obviously would have been a better decision for officials to be upfront with health consumers.

In the end, Obamacare is complex enough already. The administration should avoid throwing more credibility problems into the mix. It just gives Republicans a reason to capitalize on their fight against the law, even though they were specifically supportive of out-of-pocket limits.

Health care reform is about protecting consumers, and we look forward to the day - in 2015 -when patients receive even more benefits.

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