Throughout the history of the Affordable Care Act, known as ObamaCare, the legislation has failed to achieve majority support among the American people. Forced through Congress on a strictly partisan basis, with not a single Republican vote, the ACA continues to invoke heated opposition. So what, exactly, is so bad about Obamacare? Is it really that bad?
New Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said, “The Republican plan won’t make America great again; it will make America sick again.” (He said that before any Republican plan has been put forward.) Democratic leadership is chiding Republicans for repealing ObamaCare, thus stripping healthcare benefits from 20 million Americans, despite the fact that Republicans have said it over and over – they will not do that.
But the Democratic scare tactics continue unabated.
Do they have a point, though? Is ObamaCare really so bad? I mean, it secures benefits for children until age 26, on their parents’ plan. It insures people with pre-existing conditions.
So I repeat, what is really wrong with the Affordable Care Act?
Plenty . . .
1. Remember President Obama’s promise, “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor”? It didn’t happen.
2. Remember President Obama’s promise, “If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan”? It didn’t happen.
3. Remember President Obama’s promise, “The average family will save $2,500 per year”? Since 2009, the average American family has spent $4,100 more for this coverage.
4. This year, the average premium will rise another $2,500. (HHS)
5. In Arizona, premiums are up an average of 116 percent this year.
6. For a family of four making $60,000 per year, premiums will increase 43.6 percent after tax credits. (Health Pocket)
7. Deductibles for the same group are up 22.9 percent. (Health Pocket)
8. Humana, Aetna, United, Blue Cross, and Blue Shield are all pulling out of the exchanges, meaning consumers no longer have multiple choices for a plan. (Humana alone lost $1 billion for participating in ObamaCare.)
9. The number of health care insurance providers is down 28 percent in 2017. (HHS)
10. In the ten years of 2013-2022, ObamaCare taxes on the middle class will total $377 billion. (The Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation)
11. Higher subsidies will cost Americans $9.8 billion more in 2017. (Center for Health and Economy)
It is clear that the ACA is unsustainable. If you are looking for a physician who supports it, you will be looking for a long time.
So what’s next?
It will not be enough for Republicans to repeal. They must also replace. And they must do so carefully. Just as the Democrats “own” ObamaCare, Republicans will own its replacement. To be sure, they will take out the mandate. They will try to fix the fact that the healthiest (young) are also the poorest (young), yet are being forced to pay in order to cover the rest of us. They will keep the parts of ObamaCare that the people really like, such as covering pre-existing conditions and keeping children on their parents’ plan.
But the opposition to the Affordable Care Act is not mere rhetoric. It has caused real problems for real Americans.
For those of you who still support ObamaCare, answer one question. If it is such a great idea, why did the same Democratic Congress who passed the Affordable Care Act also exempt themselves from being included? Said differently, not a single Democratic member of Congress has chosen the very healthcare that millions of other Americans must pay for or be fined for breaking the law.
Every Democrat in Congress (with only a handful of exceptions) imposed ObamaCare on the American people. But not one of them is using it themselves.