The other day the President stood before the nation and proudly exclaimed that 8 million people have selected an insurance plan through the exchanges created by Obamacare. With pride the man proclaimed: “This thing is working!”
The President also strongly suggested his fellow Democrats should be proud of the law and instead of running away from it they should proudly defend his signature legislation.
We know this is not going to happen.
Unless you have been living with your head in the sand and there are more than a few of you:
You know those 8 million people consist of a large percentage who have not paid their premium and are not covered. Furthermore, it also includes a large chunk of people who signed up because they lost their previous insurance thanks to Obamacare. According to Gallup, only 2.1% of those enrolled through Obamacare were previously uninsured.
Scott Rasmussen highlights other issues:
The first is that many people are finding out that the insurance they bought through an exchange doesn’t really ensure they’ll get medical care. There have been repeated stories of people finding out that even though they have insurance, they can’t find a doctor who will accept it. The Wall Street Journal, for example, reports that residents of New Hampshire’s capital city “have to drive to other cities to get covered hospital care.” Buying a product that doesn’t work is a sure way to create an angry customer.
Additionally, the health care law has created even more angry customers who have found out that they have to change doctors. For some, that’s just a minor inconvenience. For others, it’s a huge problem.
And, of course, the law is making health insurance more expensive. The head of Aetna, Mark Bertolini, and other industry executives have said they expect to see significant price hikes from the law. That impacts tens of millions of Americans — including many who were happy with their insurance before Obama’s law was passed.
Still the President stood there and proclaimed the debate settled and that “it’s well past time to move on.”
I don’t think so Mr. President.