REPEAL: NOW MORE THAN EVER—23LH.,B13.14
The fate of close Obamacare, and the news isn’t good for President Obama’s centerpiece legislation. Premiums continue to rise, doctor and hospital networks continue to shrink, Americans continue to balk at buying government-mandated to insurance, the legislation continues to be historically unpopular, and Republicans are getting close to uniting behind a ca conservative alternative that can lead to full repeal.
The administration now projects that the average premium for the second-lowest-cost, “silver” Obamacare plan in each area—that’s the plan used to calculate taxpayer-funded subsidies to insurance companies—will rise 7.5 percent from 2015 to 2016. That’s more than the real (inflation-adjusted) median American household income has risen in the past quarter of a century—in fact, it’s more than 10 times as much. According to the Census Bureau, the real median household income was $53,306 in 1989 and $53,657 in 2014, an increase of just 0.7 percent. Try keeping up with Obamacare’s inflationary premiums on such paltry increases in income.
Just because you pay your premiums, moreover, doesn’t mean you’ll get to keep your doctor. The Wall Street Journal reports. Many insurers are tweaking their health-care-provider networks. Health Care Service Corp., which owns BlueCross and Blue Shield plans in five states, lost money on its 2014 exchange business. For next year, it will stop offering preferred-provider-organization plans on the exchange in Texas, while in the Illinois marketplace it will no longer sell the PPO that featured the biggest selection of hospitals and doctors.
So health care options are shrinking to a “single provider.” If conservatives don’t repeal and replace Obamacare, “single payer” will be next. That’s because the administration can’t get people to buy Obamacare-compliant insurance, despite a dual-track effort at bribery and coercion. The carrot of subsidies and the stick of decreeing—for the first time in U.S. history—that private citizens must purchase a product or service of the federal government’s choosing. under penalty of law, haven’t been enough to get people to buy expensive insurance with narrow doctor networks.
The Supreme Court’s high-profile Obamacare case was decided in the summer of 2012, the Congressional Budget Office projected that 23 million Americans would have Obamacare exchange coverage by 2016. The administration now says its goal is less than half that. A few weeks ago, a press release declared, “U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced today that she expects 10 million individuals to be enrolled in coverage through the Heath Insurance Marketplaces and paying their premiums—so-called effectuated coverage—at the close of 2016.” HHS’s release added, “‘We believe 10 million is a Strong and realistic goal,’ Burwell said ”
So far, the CBO says, about 60 percent of Obamacare’s newly insured are on Medicaid.
Since Obama began his second term. Real Clear Politics has listed 197 polls on Obamacare; 194 of them have found it to be unpopular.
To achieve repeal, all that’s been missing is a new House (check), a new Senate (check), a new president (pending). and a conservative alternative that would repeal Obamacare and fix what the federal government had broken even before Obamacare was passed (gaining momentum).
source–weekly standard-(1116/15), jeffrey anderson, census bureau, sylvaia burwell, real clear politics, nyt, cbo