Thursday, January 3, 2013
After the defeat of the candidate who would repeal the President’s health care law, we have entered a “period of relative calm,” as the bureaucrats ready the rollout later this year. But the political storm may be renewed in its “full fury” as January 1, 2014 approaches.
At least that is the opinion of Henry J. Aaron, writing for the Brookings Institution. Aaron compares the ObamaCare life cycle to that of a hurricane, with “a deceptive and short-lived calm” now upon us.
“People will be eligible for coverage” under Medicaid for income up to either “138 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL)” or “100 percent of the FPL,” through a “basic health” plan for income “between the Medicaid level and 200 percent of the FPL,” or through “ordinary insurance,” with subsidies through the exchanges for incomes up to “400 percent of the FPL.”
Confusing to read, Byzantine to implement.