News you might otherwise miss
Because, you know, the current political circus has sucked all the air out of the coverage of anything else … or maybe it has distracted everyone so much they aren’t paying attention. But this story is one that is and has been inevitable since the debacle of Obamacare was passed and instituted:
Federal health officials are seeking to deny medical reimbursements to doctors and hospitals that have served patients insured by failed Obamacare health insurance co-ops, according to a Daily Caller News Foundation investigation.
Instead, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) are insisting it, not medical providers, has the first right to any remaining funds as 12 of the 24 co-ops go through the liquidation process.
A legal showdown is expected over who pays for the co-op debacle that to date has lost at least $1.4 billion in federal solvency loans. The failures have forced the cancellation of health insurance policies for at least 800,000 customers.
The confrontation now pits medical providers against CMS bureaucrats who claim the federal government should be first in line to get any leftover funds.
The government’s plan has failed, those who trusted the government to implement it properly so they’d be reimbursed have been stiffed, and who is it trying to muscle their way to the front of the line for any money available? Why the same institution that set up this enormous scam, of course.
That’s what you get when you pass laws no one has read with policies written for and by bureaucrats and special interests, and haven’t a clue as to how any of it will work in the real world. And no one should forget, this is all on the Democrats, who wrote it, passed it and signed it into law. Every bit of it.
And now, the institution that brought about all this failure is putting those it is supposed to serve at the back of the line for reimbursement. Of course we’ve seen this before, haven’t we? Think GM bankruptcy and bailout. Yeah, creditors … back of the line.
Mandy Cohen, CMS’s chief operating officer, was the first Obama administration official to assert the federal government would preempt reimbursements to local or state medical providers. She did so during a Feb. 25, 2016, House oversight subcommittee hearing on health care.
“For federal loans, there is an order of repayment,” Cohen said. “I believe we are at the very top of all of the creditors.”
Well, except for a little thing like the Supreme Court saying the opposite:
Cohen’s testimony also puts CMS on the record as ignoring a 1993 U.S. Supreme Court verdict that held the federal government is next-to-last in line for payment in insurance cases and policyholders are first. Cohen claimed the Justice Department will enforce the CMS policy.
Same bullying government, same guy (and party) in charge. And of course the Justice Department will enforce “CMS policy” even if “CMS policy” is contrary to the law, because, the law is selectively enforceable under this administration, isn’t it?