Angry and posturing Republicans are lashing out at the health care exchange or marketplace implementation mandated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as it gets closer to going into effect, targeting what they expect to be soaring cost increases as well as the use of funds by Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
At a hearing today of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the House Energy & Commerce Committee, House Republicans tried to pin down the director of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) under the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) at HHS on whether costs would rise with the health care marketplaces.
Gardner told Cohen that people are scared and concerned, and are asking him back in Colorado if they should lay off some of their employees to get under 50 people to avoid the exchange, and if they have to cut all their part-time employees to under 29 hours so they don’t have to give them insurance.
“People being forced out of plans they like into the exchanges,” Gardner said. He then quoted an article on theOlympian.com on a bill that just passed in the Washington State Senate that would place low-wage, part time workers into the Washington State health insurance exchange.