Back when Obamacare (“PPACA”) was introduced, and Obamacare supporters’ espoused, “You’ll have to pass it to see what’s in it,” I became skeptical, to say the least.
Who can trust any politician these days, anyway?
The left screams that Obamacare “Is good for you,” “You can keep you own doc,” and “You don’t have to change plans if you don’t want to.”
The right claims, “This is the end of the world as we know it.”
Several thousand pages of regulations and a few years later, the people on both sides are still screaming, trying to improve their future election chances, and we’re finally starting to get an idea what Obamacare is going to do to this country.
I’ve finally gotten through all of the CMS educational requirements for helping my clients through this transitional phase, and I certainly don’t like what I’m seeing so far.
When October 1 comes around, and the Obamacare exchanges are supposed to open, I suspect I’ll be doing some screaming of my own.
Based on the country’s experience with Medicare, Social Security, the Postal Service, thousand dollar hammers, and several other examples of failed government experiences, I’m left wondering how someone could even think up a program like Obamacare.
The supporters say, “It’s about affordable health care.”
Affordable? Really? As compared, exactly, to what?
A couple of examples should help me make my case: Kaiser Family Foundation claims the premiums are “more affordable than expected.” So, just how much did the foundation expect the coverage to cost?
The Manhattan Institute states that the overall costs are approximately 24 percent higher, on average, in those states that have already set up their own exchanges. The institute then gives about 15 examples.
Both organizations have a fine reputation, but both are missing what I think is the most important point.