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June 23, 2014

Editorial: A look at what others are saying

The following are excerpts of editorials from other newspapers across New England:

In case you missed it, the United States Health and Human Services Department announced at the end of May that it would no longer release monthly reports on Obamacare enrollments.

The story was first reported by Politico: “The Obama administration has quietly decided to halt its monthly updates on Obamacare enrollment, which were a major pipeline of information about the impact of the health law heading into the 2014 campaign season. ‘HHS issued monthly enrollment reports during the first marketplace open enrollment period in order to provide the best understanding of enrollment activities as it was taking place,’ an HHS spokeswoman emailed. ‘Now that this time period has ended, we will look at future opportunities to share information about the marketplace that is reliable and accurate over time as further analysis can be done but we do not anticipate monthly reports.’ The agency offered no information about the timing or level of detail in any future updates.”

The move is obviously intended to shelter Democrats, nearing midterm elections, from answering for the carnage they’ve wrought. But it’s typically a terrible sign when government resorts to hiding information from the public. Especially an administration so self-adulatory as the current one.

Meanwhile HHS is in a fight over its attempt to divert billions of otherwise allocated funds to cover insurance company losses under Obamacare. This move is intended to lessen the political blow from skyrocketing, double-digit premium rate increases for 2015. The problem is that it’s illegal, and Congress is calling the administration out for trying to end-run the Constitution in its attempt to usurp the “power of the purse.”

Anyone educated on the topic knows that illegal wire transfers and secret reports will be insufficient to rectify the dramatic structural deficiencies of the Affordable Care Act.

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