When the New York Times is criticizing Obamacare, the law must be pretty awful. The authoritative newspaper has just published a damning indictment of the healthcare plan and liberals won’t be able to object that it’s being attacked by “right wingers.”
The Times quotes Americans in their own words, describing their struggle to cope with the expensive and unworkable plan. However, even the reporter doesn’t pretend to be objective; his choice of language couldn’t be more blunt.
Sounding almost like Rush Limbaugh or some other conservative pundit, Robert Pear writes:
The architects of the Affordable Care Act thought they had a blunt instrument to force people — even young and healthy ones — to buy insurance through the law’s online marketplaces: a tax penalty for those who remain uninsured.
It has not worked all that well, and that is at least partly to blame for soaring premiums next year on some of the health law’s insurance exchanges.
Pear reports what critics of the plan have been saying since before it was even passed: That many Americans still can’t afford this “affordable” health insurance and are choosing to pay the lesser financial penalty for not signing up:
“We may roll the dice next year, go without insurance and hope we have no major medical emergencies,” Mr. Weber said. “The penalty would be less than two months of premiums.” (…)
Some consumers who buy insurance on the exchanges still feel vulnerable. Deductibles are so high, they say, that the insurance seems useless. So some think that whether they send hundreds of dollars to the I.R.S. or thousands to an insurance company, they are essentially paying something for nothing.
Even Bill Clinton called Obamacare “the craziest thing in the world.”
Donald Trump has ratcheted up his anti-Obamacare rhetoric on the campaign trail and it has become one of his biggest “applause points.”
This is a “pocketbook” issue for millions and could make a big difference in the outcome of the election.
Source: New York Times