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What have we done? Let me start by saying that I do not believe we didn't have problems with the health care system in America prior to ObamaCare - we did - big problems. But, what I want this post to highlight is what we have done, in order to solve the problems. When I say "we" I actually mean them: Democrats, Barack Obama and every technocrat and central planner who decided it would be a good idea to try to "fix" a system which was providing affordable access to care for over 94 percent of Americans.
The third party payer system (employer based coverage) has disguised actual health care costs from consumers since its inception during World War II. It's a left over product of price controls, implemented primarily by progressives, and is one of the chief factors in the rise of health care costs.
ObamaCare was supposed to fix rising costs and address these issues through private "marketplaces," also known as state exchanges, and provide affordable care for the 46 million Americans reportedly without health insurance. Keep in mind, health insurance doesn't equal access to care.
First, let's take a look at that number, the 46 million without insurance. In 2009, FreedomWorks did an analysis of who is actually without coverage in America. I encourage you to read the entire report.
The primary conclusion of the detailed report was that around 16 million Americans, or roughly five percent of the population struggled to either afford health insurance, or were not eligible and already covered under a private plan or public plan. That's a number far lower than the 46 million the Obama Administration touted during the push for the "Affordable Care Act.
The hubris of the Left has destroyed your options. Their conceit, their belief that you shouldn't have liked your plan to begin with will eventually rob you, and your family of any choice you had to make health care purchases based on what you and your family need and can afford, if it hasn't done so already. Yes, the smartest guys in the room, the technocrat knows best. Except, they don't. More Americans could actually lose coverage than gain it under this law.
"They have an unfailing belief in their technocratic brilliance."