Posted by Curt on 20 October, 2016 at 10:11 am. 3 comments already!


Jazz Shaw:

The President is in Florida today, scheduled to give an address in Miami at 1:55 on the subject of healthcare. (Which means it will probably start closer to 2:30 if history is any guide.) Normally an end of term speech would be little more than yet another pitch to help his party’s nominee to replace him, but this one promises to be something different. Obamacare has been collapsing under its own weight for a while now and we may finally be hearing a backhanded admission of this from Barack Obama. He’s going to be pleading his case to the voters, hoping to drive enrollments back up and salvage what’s left of the program. But at the same time, we’re told that he’s going to finally endorse some changes to the law to slow the free fall. (The Hill)

President Obama on Thursday will make a final pitch to the millions of Americans still lacking healthcare coverage as his administration enters its the fourth and final sign-up stretch.

The president’s most immediate task in his Florida speech will be convincing the 23 million people in the U.S. still without coverage to sign up on starting on Nov. 1.

He’s also seeking to convince GOP lawmakers in Florida and 18 other states to embrace ObamaCare’s expansion of Medicaid. Thirty-two other states have accepted the Medicaid expansion.

The President will have some work to do if he wants to meld his own previous positions with those of Hillary Clinton and many liberals who also dislike Obamacare, but only because it didn’t go far enough. Here’s the one we should really be watching out for. (Emphasis added)

Obama answered the calls of many progressives this summer by reaffirminghis support for a government-run “public option” to compete alongside private options on the exchanges.

The President is expected to double down on his call to get more people enrolled, but he’s offering a stick this time rather than a carrot. He and Hillary Clinton agree that the penalties for people not bowing to the individual mandate should be even higher.

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