Doing a quick read through the New York Times reporting on the Obamacare tweak proposed today and it is basically the Landrieu plan with even less damage to the underlying risk pools of the Exchanges. Here are the major points:
- Administrative change only
- Health insurers have the option of keeping the old plans in operation (Landrieu required the old plans to stay open)
- No new enrollments, only exisiting members
- Plans would be considered “grandfathered” for mandate purposes if in effect on Oct. 1, 2013.
Minimal damage to the risk pools, and this is a viable political solution to a political problem.