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    The Latest Broken Promises of Obamacare

    In the last few days there has been a litany of information dropped on the continued failings of government health care and the implementation of Obamacare. Remember, this law was supposed to bring costs down and provide coverage to more Americans, get rid of government waste and do it all without adding anything to the debt. Well, three years into this law what are we finding out? 

    To begin with, Americans still don't like this law. In the latest Rasmussen poll, 35% believe that the law has actually hurt them and 49% have an unfavorable view of Obamacare.  Could Americans be finally finding out what's in the bill and therefore like it less?   Could this also be why the Administration is spending more taxpayer money to promote it?  

    Even the New York Times is reporting the Democratic lawmakers that helped draft and pass the government takeover of health care are bemoaning the ramifications of its implementation.

    Senator Tom Harkin, Democrat of Iowa and chairman of the appropriations subcommittee on health care, said he was extremely upset with Mr. Obama’s decision to take money from public health prevention programs and use it to publicize the new law, which creates insurance marketplaces in every state.

    “I am greatly disappointed — beyond upset — that the administration chose to help pay for the Affordable Care Act in fiscal year 2013 by raiding the Public Health and Prevention Fund,” Mr. Harkin said.

    Details matter now.  Now that there is push back from members of their own party and at the state level with the exchanges, it appears the White House wants to reverse Medicaid cuts.

    Senator Max Baucus, a key architect of the health care law said last month that he fears implementation of the law and sees a "huge train wreck" coming. Yes, that's right, the very Senator that helped craft the legislation is coming to terms with the fact that the government is not only unprepared to roll it out, it may be incapable of doing so on its own time schedule.  Senator Harry Reid doubled down, stating that without more money a train wreck is inevitable. 

    If the hallmark legislation for the Obama Administration is going to cost the government more, what about individuals? Numerous reports have noted the rise in premiums for everyone from seniors to the youth, and not to be left out is the rise in costs for businesses. The promises of an average family saving $2500 a year?  Well, that's not really working out either.  

    Okay, so it's not meeting expectations on cost.  What about providing health care coverage for all Americans, or substantially more than before Obamacare? With financial incentives for people to wait until they're sick to seek coverage, many, especially the young will simply opt to take the penalty (which is substantially lower than the cost of insurance) and not seek coverage at all. The CBO's own report shows that even after full implementation of the law, over 30 million Americans will still be without coverage.  Remember the promise from Obama, "If you like your health insurance, you can keep it.  No one is going to take it away from you." Well that turns out to be not true either.  

    What about Medicaid expansion?  That must work since it's an established program that receives over $450 billion a year, right?  Wrong again.  As reported widely yesterday, pouring more money into a broken bureaucracy doesn't help the poorest and sickest among us yet we're poised to spend an addition $150 billion on Medicaid next year. 

    To sum it up, Obamacare has failed to deliver. This is not enough however to force the public to pay attention just yet since 42% of them still don't even know it's law.  Unfortunately, it is also not enough to sit back and wait for legislators to take action.  Republicans especially need to coalesce around a plan to defund Obamacare and replace it with free market solutions.   We cannot simply point our fingers and say "I told you so."  We must force our Republican leaders to work together to fix the system that has led us into this mess.  No more excuses, Americans deserve better. 

    7 comments
    Carmen Chipi
    05/05/2013

    Well what happens when my husband just lost his job. Are we forced to buy health insurance.My question is,"no job no money, so you are forcing us to pay a penalty for not having health insurance?" Really food, shelter, utilities, and raising our grandson how is this suppose to work?. Really disgusted with this Socialist Marxist pig called Obama.. My humble opinion.

    Steve Wilde
    05/05/2013

    as a retiree and a disabled veteran I have been in the system for the last 3 years. I was paying a 100.00 a month for my medicare with a 20% copay. Because I have 3 insurance coverages I haven't had any out of pocket expense other then the 100 a month. Nothing in my doc visits has changed. Still the same routine. 3 months into the year I got a notice of past due medical bills dating back to Jan. this year. As of right now I owe 3000.00 and having been paying on it for the last 2 months.Glasses and dental other then the exams are not covered at all now and according to the paperwork I received ( if I understand it correctly ) I have a 5k spend down now, a substantial co-pay with each service, and stilled get billed the 20% after the co-pay. Yeah, I'm loving Ocare

    IManifest1
    05/05/2013

    Stone Stone, ObamaCare is NOT FREE! If you cannot afford insurance NOW, you won't be able to afford insurance later. The only difference is NOW you won't have to pay a fine if you don't have it! It's forcing insurance companies to take everyone, thus the higher premiums. If they really want to solve the problem, they can run their own NONPROFIT insurance companies at premiums that are well below insurance companies prices so people can buy it, if they so choose. See because insurance companies have stock holders. You CANNOT serve the stockholder and the insurance policy holder at the same time. It is the policy holder that loses every time! So if the government came out with a nonprofit insurance where premiums are paid in and out at fair prices to the doctors accepting it. It would be win win. We really need to think about going small again. Like all office visits are cash pay. To keep costs down. The government should put a limit on college professor raises at a cap of 100,000. Including all staff like football coaches. I don't think any one person should be in debt over a quarter of a million dollars from going to school.

    Tommie Rabby
    05/03/2013

    Kristina,

    I have just read your post and want to second everything you have said. I too have been reading and watching as one after another of the Obama promises about the Health Care Act have turned out to be false. The law is a disaster. It will destroy the finest medical care system in the world, it will cost untold millions more in taxpayer money and in new taxes, it will decrease, not increase, the number of people who are covered by medical insurance and it will reduce the coverages of the insurance policies that people do manage to hang onto or afford.

    Why can we not completely eliminate the funding of this legislation before it is too late to repair the damage that it will ultimately do?

    And the sad thing is what you mentioned: 40+ per cent of Americans do not even know that Obamacare is the law of the land. I despair.

    Nancy Spain
    05/04/2013

    Stone Stone...having the ability to get the insurance and having the ability to be able to afford it and actually use it are two different items. If you pay attention, you are not reading an awful lot about what it is going to actually cost you...only the fines. This law gives a person with a pre-existing condition the ability acquire the to insurance without a so-called penalty, but does not stop the insurance company itself from charging you a higher price. Then what about when the deductible is also raised along with your co-pay? What about the fact that most plans only cover a certain amount of doctor visits per year? Does this mean you have to plan to be sick? May not be so affordable after all.

    David Teel
    05/04/2013

    Stone Stone......You fool.........now you just have to worry about bankrupting the whole country.

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    stone stone
    05/03/2013

    I for one am very pleased Obamacare passed. Now I don't have to worry about going bankrupt if I get sick.

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