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Editorial: America’s future with the (un)Affordable Care Act
About politics and other thingsJuly 17, 2013 | 1,296 views | 3 comments
Despite aggressive efforts by President Barack Obama, the public’s acceptance of Obamacare remains weak. To boost acceptance of the plan, the White House is seeking the endorsement of high-profile celebrities and using other means to advertise and promote Obamacare.
To help jumpstart the process of enrollment, they reached out to the NFL and then the NBA, thus far to no avail. The goal of enrolling 7 million to 8 million participants in state insurance exchanges by March 31, 2014, appears unlikely.
No one knows how much this massive health-care bill will cost, but as each phase is implemented, the estimates rise. It is uncertain if individuals will get some of the same breaks as businesses are getting. As is currently written, the law stipulates that individuals will be fined if they do not have health insurance by Jan. 1. Businesses with more than 50 employees, however, have been given a reprieve of at least a year before being subjected to fines for not providing employee insurance.
Faced with growing opposition and uncertainty about its implementation, the president repealed certain aspects of Obamacare’s requirements. (Whether or not it is constitutional for him to arbitrarily change the law as it was passed is another story.)
The Obama administration is focusing on getting actual enrollment, but this is the conundrum: They want to enroll as many people in the program as possible because, the more people participating, the more difficult it would be to repeal. At the same time, the administration realizes the uphill battle that Democratic supporters will face in the 2014 elections because of the unworkability of Obamacare.
So, on the one hand, immediate implementation is necessary for it to work, but there will be a problem when people see how cumbersome the plan actually is. The president’s strategy is twofold. Advertise, campaign, and cheerlead the American public, goading them into signing up, while arbitrarily rescinding portions of the Affordable Care Act, so as not to face the political backlash from voters.
In effect, all this has the entire health-care industry in limbo. Employers, employees, and insurance companies are all uncertain about what full implementation of Obamacare will mean. This uncertainty continues to make it difficult to plan for the future.
So, while the rich and famous hold back endorsements that would be very costly to taxpayers, the advertisements have apparently begun on television and in newspapers. A half-page ad in Sunday’s San Antonio-Express News contained no disclosure as to who paid for the ad, but it’s likely paid with taxpayer funds. Nawash Alakhras, whose testimony was used in the endorsement of Obamacare, isn’t to blame for saying that “the USA is the best country in the whole world.”
Alakhras was diagnosed with end-stage liver disease last year, but had no insurance. It does not say why he was “unable to purchase a health insurance policy for so many years,” but now that he has this severe diagnosis, no health-insurance company would accept him.
Of course not. After you wreck your car, what insurance company will sell you a policy? Obamacare to the rescue.
Alakhras credits President Obama’s health-care plan because insurance companies are required by law to accept him despite his pre-existing condition.
Liver transplants are quite costly, so you know that to cover those costs, whichever insurance company carries his policy must pass on increased costs to other policyholders. There is no other way. The idea that medical care is free is erroneous. Someone always has to pay.
The problem is that we are shortly going to run out of healthy people willing to pay for other people’s problems. That time may be sooner than we think.
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