Not time to move on

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:

Sierra Club activists bury their heads in sand in Cancun in protest of the U.N. Climate ConferenceYou 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.

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.

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5 Responses to Not time to move on

  1. Ken Kelly says:

    Exactly: from Gallup (via your response) “2.1% of the U.S. population, got their new insurance through health exchanges” – which would be > 5 million people (it’s really 2.1% of 18+, not the whole population). What you said was different: “2.1% of those who enrolled through Obamacare” – which would be more like 140,000. (2.1% of 7 million at that time).

  2. Ken Kelly says:

    I know the feeling.

    Just so you know where I’m coming from: I am a supporter – more or less – of the ACA, but I know there’s a real debate to be had about whether it’s too redistributive (100 B a year in subsidies once the exchanges hit their predicted maximum), too intrusive (the mandate, loads of regulations etc). But we can’t have that debate until we agree on what’s happening now – which, so far I can see, is that the ACA is meeting it’s own goals. The real debate has to about those goals and/or means used to reach them.

    • Bret Rickert says:

      It’s a bad feeling. 🙂

      We only have the administration’s claims that they are meeting their own goals. The original purpose of the ACA was to insure the uninsured, they blew up a system in which a vast majority approved of for a system that will not work as well. I am one of those who lost their previous policy and now spends 50% more than I did, with a deductible so high my insurance is worthless and I am not alone.

  3. Pete says:

    …and now I see that the board of Cardiology the governing agency for all cardiologists is meeting to decide how to “ration” medical care based not on need but on ones worthiness (ie. age) !

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