The administration’s efforts to trim Obamacare costs have taken the form of cutting funds to existing home care funds. “Sebelius herself, using discretion granted her by the Affordable Care Act, cut the maximum allowed by law from home health care funds. The cuts were deep enough that officials offered a damaging prediction of the impact saying, it was estimated that approximately 40 percent of providers would have negative margins.”
These cuts were reported since last year. The Daily Caller writes, “starting Jan. 1, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will begin slashing 14 percent of their Home Health Care Prospective Payment Program budget … the cuts — which are being made to fund Obamacare — will slash the homecare budget 3.5 percent every year for the next four.”
To a very great extent -- from shifting premium burdens to moving money from one program to the other -- Obamacare consists of shuffling around deck chairs on the same ship. It is redistributing health care rather than creating it. One additional question being asked is whether there will be enough deck chairs to go around when the music stops playing and everyone has to sit down.
The Huffington Post notices that HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is walking back enrollment numbers in the program, suggesting the numbers of deck chairs may not be so numerous after all.
Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius distanced the Obama administration from its unofficial goal of 7 million Affordable Care Act signups by the end of March.
In a Tuesday appearance on HuffPost Live to discuss outreach to African American communities, Marc Lamont Hill asked Sebelius about Vice President Joe Biden's acknowledgement that the administration may not reach the 7-million mark, but may see 5 to 6 million Americans enrolling by the end of next month.
"First of all, 7 million was not the administration," Sebelius said. "That was a CBO, Congressional Budget Office, prediction when the bill was first signed. I'm not sure where they even got their numbers. Their numbers are all over the board. The vice president has looked and said it may be closer to 5 to 6."