The Affordable Care Mirage
Despite the Administration’s new pitch to push Obamacare, the opposition against the healthcare law continues to grow. According to a Gallup Poll conducted in early December, 52% want the law repealed or scaled back, which is a 2% increase from the mid-October poll.
For families like David’s who have seen their budget take a direct hit due to Obamacare, it is no surprise why more Americans are souring on the idea of so-called affordable coverage.
“My wife works for a fortune 500 company and supplies our family with medical benefits. I own my own business and rely on her benefits for medical coverage. This year the cost for her medical benefits has risen over $340.00 per month in out-of-paycheck costs. That’s over $4,000 per year,” stated David, an Illinois resident.
Sadly, the money that could have been used for children’s education or other family necessities is now being consumed by unnecessarily higher premiums created by Obamacare.
“With 2 kids in private high school and one in college, we need our money to raise our family, not to fund another big government debacle. This increase has eaten up more than the cost of one of our children’s education,” David explained.
Seeing what has happened with other large companies that have reluctantly dumped their employees on to the exchange, David and his wife believe the writing is on the wall for them. “We both feel that once this thing kicks in fully they are just going to give her a little stipend and tell her to find her own insurance,” he shared.
Burdening families and businesses alike with additional costs for no additional value, the Affordable Care Act is not living up to its acclaimed name. The continued widespread harm could explain the absence of affordability in the Administration’s latest PR campaign, as noted by the Washington Examiner.
“One striking thing about the new White House Obamacare promotion campaign is that so far it hasn’t had much to say about the central focus of Obamacare, which is helping Americans buy affordable health insurance.
Look at the cases President Obama has highlighted. There are young people who say they have benefited from being allowed to stay on their parents’ health policies until age 26. There are people suffering from serious illnesses who say they are thankful there will no longer be lifetime caps on insurance benefits. There are stories of people with pre-existing conditions who will be able to purchase coverage.
Obama’s pitch for those features of his national health care scheme is one he could have made — and did make — a year, or two years, or three years ago. Indeed, in the years after Obamacare was signed into law in March 2010, the president and his Democratic allies often stressed the same topics they’re stressing now.
…Back then, the burdens of Obamacare had not yet become a reality for most Americans. Now they have, and the administration does not have a good answer for the millions who will struggle under the new system. No wonder the president is talking about something else.”
For David, the frustration goes beyond the lack of affordability, it’s the fact that government is now dictating what should be done. “This is not America. This is not free market. This not what the federal government is intended to be.” he exclaimed.
All of the Obamacare promises – affordable, caring, choice, keeping your plan and doctor, competition – have become a thin veneer covering government control of healthcare.