ObamaCare Rollout Hits Another Big Bump
Cap on out-of-pocket expenses will be delayed a year
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 13, 2013 7:50 AM CDT
President Obama gestures speaks during the daily news briefing at the White House on July 19.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(Newser) – The first year of the Affordable Care Act may not be too affordable for some. The New York Times reports that another key part of ObamaCare—this time, a cap on out-of-pocket expenses for patients—will be delayed by a year. The law was supposed to guarantee that individuals would not have to pay more than $6,350 and families more than $12,700, but insurers argued successfully that they needed more time to comply. The reason? They say they haven't had enough time to get their computers in sync on the issue.

The delay could hit hardest those who need pricey drugs for things such as multiple sclerosis and cancer, say patients' advocates. The Times story harkens back to 2009, when President Obama pitched the caps before Congress as a main reason for reform: “We will place a limit on how much you can be charged for out-of-pocket expenses, because in the United States of America, no one should go broke because they get sick." The delay is the latest setback for the rollout of ObamaCare, and will surely give its GOP critics on Capitol Hill more ammunition.

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joel1
Aug 18, 2013 2:23 PM CDT
Researchers are finding that meta genetics in humans is different that monkeys, on which most drugs have been tests.
cornelison
Aug 17, 2013 7:52 AM CDT
The GOP says that Obamacare will be a failure but they fear its implementation. It will be implemented and the negative propaganda can't change it. The GOP, in 2014, can complain in mid 2014. If too many liberals and minorities are alive because of Obamacare, the GOP can run against its success. So the question is; Will you measure the success of Obamacare by how many more Americans will live or get medical help?
milo7453
Aug 16, 2013 9:35 PM CDT
As soon as obama, his wife, and his girls join one of the exchanges...i'll be for Odumacare!