The key number for March is unknown. At the end of this month, Obamacare enrollment ends. The Administration’s goal is for 7 million people to enroll, but according to HHS, there is no data to measure how many enrolled people were previously uninsured. Other recent numbers that also have major policy implications:
Democrats famously lied to the American people when they promised some version of, “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it.” When more than five million people learned last year that Obamacare actually caused their insurance company to cancel their plan because it didn’t meet the law’s new rules and mandates, the President reluctantly announced he would allow some people to keep their soon-to-be cancelled plan. Last week the President – under extreme political pressure from vulnerable Democrats – extended that decision again, until after the 2106 elections.
The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 (BBA) was introduced on December 10. Sponsored by Representative Paul Ryan, the Act is the result of his negotiations with Senator Patty Murray. The BBA is not a product of the budget resolution conference committee, and the BBA is not a budget resolution.
In late November 2013, the Internal Revenue Service, under the direction of an interim commissioner,proposed new rules unrelated to tax policy. The rules were designed to re-categorize how tax-exempt 501(c)(4) groups – organizations designated as promoting social welfare – may participate in the political process.