Obamacare Proves Government-Run Health Care is a Disaster
- Since Obamacare went into effect, premiums have increased an average of 105 percent and millions have been kicked off plans they liked.
- Obamacare raised taxes by more than $800 billion to pay for creating and expanding entitlements in unsustainable ways.
- These failures are the reason we need to stop Obamacare supporters from going even further with a disastrous single payer system.
Obamacare has failed to deliver the health care reform Americans deserve. The Senate now has an opportunity to reform health care and walk our country back from the single-payer edge. After seven years of Obamacare, it’s important to remember the many ways Obamacare has failed us – and why consumer-friendly, market-driven health care should remain the goal.
Here are five ways Obamacare’s track record shows why expanding government’s role in health care would be an even bigger disaster.
1. Costs keep rising
President Obama sold his law by promising families a $2,500 reduction in premiums. The reality has been just the opposite. In the individual market – where most of Obamacare’s new regulations have been imposed – premiums have increased an average of 105 percent since the law took effect in 2013.
Premiums are also soaring for the vast majority of Americans who get their coverage through work. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, family premiums for employer-sponsored plans have increased an average of $4,372 from 2010 to 2016.
Deductibles keep rising, too. This year, the average deductible for an individual plan on the Obamacare exchanges is $6,092 for bronze coverage. It’s $3,572 for silver coverage.
2. Choice and Competition shrinking
Despite promising to increase insurer choice and competition, Obamacare’s policies have led to an incredibly unstable individual market. Of the 23 non-profit health insurers created through the law’s Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO-OP) program, 17 have collapsed and one has changed its status to for-profit. Taxpayers loaned more than $2 billion to these companies that will never be repaid.
This year, 70 percent of U.S. counties have only one or two insurers offering coverage on the exchange. For 2018, the situation is poised to be much worse as insurers continue to announce they are leaving the exchanges. In some states, insurers are also dropping their Obamacare-compliant off-exchange plans too.
3. If You Like Your Plan, and the Government Doesn’t, You Can’t Keep It
President Obama said repeatedly that people who liked their insurance plan could keep their plan. In reality, insurance companies were forced to cancel plans that no longer met the law’s many mandates and rules. For 2014 coverage, after the rules took effect, the Associated Press counted at least 4.7 million plans cancelled in the 30 states where data was available.
4. imposing $800 billion in tax hikes
Obamacare created or increased many different taxes to offset the new entitlement spending in the law. These taxes total more than $800 billion over the next decade. Among these are taxes on health insurers, medical devices, prescription drug manufacturers, and the unpopular individual and employer mandates to buy or offer health coverage.
5. Expanding an already unsustainable Medicaid program
Rather than reforming Medicaid to address its long-standing issues providing more-limited access to care for beneficiaries, Obamacare made the problem worse by adding millions of new recipients to the roles. The law’s expansion significantly changed the program by giving coverage to anyone earning less than 138 percent of the federal poverty level and providing almost all federal funding for the new population. CBO expects Obamacare to add $1 trillion worth of new Medicaid spending over the next decade.
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