Obamacare rollout has been debacle
To the editor:
What a rollout for the Affordable Care Act. Crushing websites, spouses enrolled as children, sticker shock on premium costs, existing policies cancelled. By now, smart apologists must be deep in their bunkers, waiting for the all-clear signal.
Reports are surfacing that the Obama administration refused to delay implementation of the healthcare exchanges because they were afraid Republicans would be energized in their attempts to roll back Obamacare. Typically, Obama refused to listen to any suggestion that implementation be delayed. Pride. Ego. Wrong.
An analysis by The Manhattan Institute has determined that, on average, the cheapest Obamacare plan offered in a given state will be 99 percent more expensive for men, and 61 percent more expensive for women, as compared with previous premium costs. I accessed the New Hampshire state exchange and, using a few assumptions for an uninsured 38-year-old married man with one child and some minor health issues, came up with $481 as the least expensive monthly premium he would pay.
If an average family earns $50,000, has a mortgage, car loan, other normal expenses, does anyone think this family is going to incur an added expense of $481 a month?
By forcing middle class families to pay more for coverage, the Obamacare objective is to subsidize lower income families in getting coverage. Once again, the liberal approach is to rob Peter to pay Paul. Given the Obama re-distribution mantra, this approach certainly does not surprise conservatives.
As more people realize that Obamacare is a failed policy, its opponents will gain additional support. However, to the extent that Obamacare fails, more uninsured people would be pushed into Medicaid, overloading this already challenged entitlement program, causing further budgetary havoc.
The bill is coming due for Obamacare, Social Security, and Medicare/Medicaid. Yet, Democrats still seem to have their heads in the sand. Conservatives know that Obamacare in particular is not only a flawed law, but a bad law. We will never accept it as it stands.