Most conservatives opposed the passage of the “Affordable Healthcare Act” from day one. We knew that, although our healthcare system was in need of reform, Obama’s plan to inject the federal government into the system would be a disaster.
Well, what do you know? We were right.
The poorly designed and mismanaged system has made it impossible for health insurance companies to make a profit. This has forced many major providers from withdrawing from the program completely, or scaling back their offerings.
This has led to fewer options at higher costs, the exact opposite of what Obama had promised.
But it’s okay, if you’re earning less than you deserve it’s affordable, according to our government.
From CBS New York:
The Department of Health and Human Services revealed Monday that premiums for a midlevel benchmark plan will increase an average of 25 percent across the 39 states served by the federally run online market, and that about 1 in 5 consumers will have plans only from a single insurer to pick from, after major national carriers such as UnitedHealth Group, Humana and Aetna scaled back their roles.
However, in Arizona, unsubsidized premiums for a hypothetical 27-year-old buying a benchmark “second-lowest cost silver plan” will jump by 116 percent, from $196 to $422, according to the administration report.
But HHS said if that hypothetical consumer has a fairly modest income, making $25,000 a year, the subsidies would cover $280 of the new premium, and the consumer would pay $142. Caveat: if the consumer is making $30,000 or $40,000, his or her subsidy would be significantly lower.
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., called the Affordable Care Act a “failure.”
This is liberal government in a nutshell. If you are earning less, they will spend more to help you out. But if you actually want to earn a decent living, you are punished with higher costs.
Where is the logic in that? Clearly the government wants Americans to be poor and barely scrapping by, so that we’ll be completely dependent on them.
Some have speculated that Obama was designed to fail from the start, to push the government to install single-payer healthcare. I disagree. I don’t believe the federal government is competent enough to plan that far ahead.
Obamacare was a badly conceived compromise between universal healthcare and traditional medical coverage. It was intended to make healthcare affordable and easier to acquire. But like all cases where the government gets too involved, it failed spectacularly.
The government does not have enough goodwill, resources, or funding to scrap Obamacare and introduce an even more expensive and invasive solution, like single-payer healthcare. The only real choice now is to repeal Obamacare and pass sensible reform that creates competition for consumers, which would lower costs.
But only if we get sensible, conservative leadership into Washington.
Source: CBS New York