Hometown Disadvantage: Chicago Tribune Beats Down Obamacare


This week, The Chicago Tribune brutally shredded the (Un)Affordable Care Act. There was no mincing of words, no caveats – The President’s hometown newspaper took Obamacare to the woodshed.

Wasting no time, the hammering started in the first sentence:

If you’ve tried to sign up online for health coverage under the problem-plagued Obamacare exchange, our sympathies. Many people have tried to create accounts and shop for insurance under the new law. Few have succeeded. Those that have enrolled have found that the system is prone to mistakes. Some applications have been sent to the wrong insurance company.

Wait. It gets worse. Those who have managed to browse the marketplace have often been hit by sticker shock. Take Adam Weldzius, a nurse practitioner and single father from Carpentersville. He sought the same level of coverage on the exchange as he and his 7-year-old daughter have now, with the same insurer and the same network of doctors and hospitals. At best, Weldzius found, his monthly premium of $233 would more than double. If he chose a plan priced at the same level, the annual deductible would be $12,700, more than three times his current $3,500 deductible.

The editorial continues on, meticulously eviscerating Obamacare point-by-point. Its higher costs, simple unfairness, and poor structure are total casualties. The paper also reiterates its call for the entire law to be delayed for a year, and called for the individual mandate to be delayed for a year.

The Tribune’s editorial staff wasn’t alone in its opinions. Obamacare supporter Ezra Klein has done his own shredding:

So far, the Affordable Care Act’s launch has been a failure. Not “troubled.” Not “glitchy.” A failure.

From his closing, with emphasis added:

The Obama administration’s top job isn’t beating the Republicans. It’s running the government well. On this — the most important initiative they’ve launched — they’ve run the government badly. They deserve all the criticism they’re getting and more.

It may be too little too late, but Obamacare is such a disaster that even non-allies of the Tea Party agree about the disastrous state of the law. Everything the President touted to sell the American people on his health care system in the 2012 election is proving false. 2014 is quickly emerging as a referendum on this train wreck law.