According to today’s News Journal:
Health insurance giant Cigna Corp. is using the threat of 500 Delaware layoffs to press a demand that federal policymakers exempt their Claymont-based international insurance business from new rules in last year’s federal health care law…
Markell, economic development director Alan Levin, and members of Delaware’s congressional delegation are now working on a fix for Cigna and other insurance companies who offer similar “expatriate” health insurance plans.
So, the Governor is working to help Cigna get a waiver from a Federal Law that Governor Markell supported. Just 5 short months ago, Governor Markell participated in a national press conference defending the PPACA:
“A repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) would restrict access to affordable health insurance, “burden” small businesses with skyrocketing health care costs and “explode” national and state deficits,” government officials say [including Delaware Governor Jack Markell]…
“It is complicated. Right now we continue to make sure we’re doing the best job possible communicating with people, so everybody will understand exactly what the [PP}ACA entails.”
Yes, Governor, it is complicated. And it seems that you didn’t understood “exactly” what PPACA entailed any more than Nancy Pelosi did. Maybe you should have read the bill before supporting it.
It is time to do a full “do-over” on the PPACA before the other ticking time bombs hidden within hurt more of Delaware’s businesses, especially the small businesses that, in aggregate, employ many more employees than Cigna.