Avik Roy’s Devastating Take Down of Obamacare
Avik Roy has kept heavy fire trained on the Obama Administration and Obamacare in particular. Recently, Roy threw everything but the kitchen sink at the President in a devastating column analyzing why www.healthcare.gov is falling apart.
Roy’s column is worth reading in full and sharing with your friends, family, social media, and pretty much everywhere else you can. Here is the closing:
Think about it. It’s quite possible that much of this disaster could have been avoided if the Obama administration had been willing to be open with the public about the degree to which Obamacare escalates the cost of health insurance. If they had, then a number of the problems with the exchange’s software architecture would have been avoided. But that would require admitting that the “Affordable Care Act” was not accurately named.
They knew that their people on the front lines, people like Henry Chao, were worried that the exchanges would get botched. They saw the Congressional Research Service memorandum detailing that the administration has missed half of the statutory deadlines assigned by the law. But they were more afraid of the P.R. disaster of disclosing Obamacare’s high premiums than they were of the P.R. disaster of crashing websites. What you see is the result.
According to Roy, the reason the exchange website is crashing so much is the Administration is hiding sticker shock behind layers of bureaucracy and other barriers. This was done to hide the true costs of Obamacare, and for consumers to only see the great-looking post-subsidy cost of insurance.
Roy goes on to say the Affordable Care Act is anything but:
That raises an obvious question. If 50 million people are uninsured today, mainly because insurance is too expensive, why is it better to make coverage even costlier?
… The answer is that Obamacare wasn’t designed to help healthy people with average incomes get health insurance. It was designed to force those people to pay more for coverage, in order to subsidize insurance for people with incomes near the poverty line, and those with chronic or costly medical conditions.
Obamacare was sold to the American people as a way to increase coverage and lower costs. The opposite is happening, and Roy’s report makes it clear that higher costs were intentional. Rather than fix the problem, however, the Administration decided to prioritize politics over policy.
Again, we ask the question: Why don’t Republicans and Democrats have the guts to stand up and say “STOP” to this terrible law? It’s raising costs, lowering insurance coverage, and now clearly being used in a political way to hide the real truth about Obamacare.