ObamaCare: One Month Old
ObamaCare exchanges opened exactly one month ago today. I think it's safe to say that this has been a disastrous month for America. Millions of Americans are facing the reality of sky-rocketing health insurance costs, losing access to their current plans and their doctors and seeing their jobs affected as employers try to cope with ObamaCare regulations. The fact that we are one month removed from the launch of Healthcare.gov and the site is still not fully functioning is a down-right embarrassment. It is inexcusable and the American people deserve better. Politically, this has been a nightmare for Barack Obama and the Democrats. Before October 1st, Democrats were able to drive the narrative that Republicans opposed to ObamaCare were “extremists” who were simply trying to scare Americans and deny them coverage. But now Americans are seeing Republican warnings become a reality and Democrat promises have been outed as direct lies to the American pe ople.
The Lies Continue
The administration knew people would lose coverage and this includes people who currently are covered by their employers. Estimates from 2010 show that the government believed 51% of employer-sponsored plans would get canceled, and that is a mid-range estimate. This is in addition to the 67% of those covered in the individual marketplace who were projected to lose coverage. Forbes adds up the numbers, “As to the number of people facing cancellations, 51 percent of the employer-based market plus 53.5 percent of the non-group market (the middle of the administration’s range) amounts to 93 million Americans.” The administration knew three years ago that 93 million Americans would likely lose their current healthcare coverage! That's down-right outrageous. Yet they continued to use the line that we could keep our current plans and our doctors. Were they hoping it wasn't true or that people simply wouldn't care because liberal propaganda would have convinced them by now how great ObamaCare would be?
Everyone Is Avoiding
It's no wonder that the administration refuses to release numbers on how many people are signing up for the exchanges. Yesterday an internal White House memo revealed that only six people – yes, six! – signed up for ObamaCare on the first day. By the end of the second day, only 248 people had enrolled. These numbers are minuscule compared to our population of over 300 million. It's also a big problem for ObamaCare officials, who know what it will take for ObamaCare to function properly (if that's even possible). The administration's goal is to have 7 million Americans in the exchanges by March 1st, 2014. That means that it would take 39,000 people per day signing up for ObamaCare in order to meet that goal. Considering most Americans can't even get onto the site, this is a big, big problem. It’s frustrating but hopefully it’s obvious, a bad law and a bad implementation make a bad deal for Americans everywhere.
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