The surprise: CMS has proposed a new regulation that will allow CMS to re-enroll anyone who has not made the annual trek back to healthcare.gov.
The Christmas Day surprise? Re-enrollment will be in a cheaper plan of CMS' choosing. Not only that. CMS will select the plan without knowledge of:
- the person's medical history;
- whether the person is currently undergoing treatment or working with a specific doctor; or,
- the individual's financial status.
Imagine being stuck with a potentially unwanted healthcare plan for the next year. Congressman Meadows asks:
The basic Constitutional question argued at the passing of the Affordable
Care Act (ACA) was: Can the government force American citizens to
purchase a product? Now the question has become: Can the government
change an individual's private healthcare provider-without consent-just
because that individual is silent and doesn't opt-in to a new policy? The
sound of silence is deafening and frightening.
Why would CMS implement this regulation? To keep the Obamacare numbers elevated by re-enrolling people who either forgot to re-enroll or didn't want to re-enroll.
It's Orwellian, as Meadows notes in his post:
That's right, the government will choose your plan, perhaps limit access
to your doctor, and ultimately make the decision on what is "best" for you.
Let the discussion begin...
To read Congressman Meadows' post, click on the following link: