Remember in 2009 when Obama was pimping his Healthcare overhaul and he said this?
“If you like your health plan, you can keep your health plan.”
People who worked in the real world knew this statement was extremely misleading and we tried to educate the low information voter. Of course the Government wouldn’t forcibly remove Healthcare plans from existence but that doesn’t mean many people wouldn’t lose their healthcare plans. As the CBO recently reported, more people will lose their health insurance as previously thought.
“In 2022, by CBO and JCT’s estimate, 7 million fewer people will have employment-based health insurance as a result of the Affordable Care Act,” the CBO announced in its new budget outlook released on Tuesday. This is up from an estimate of 4 million last August, mostly reflecting the effects of tax changes.”
How could this be? Team Obama promised us it would be better after the Affordable Care Act was passed.
I have no sympathy for the useful idiots who supported Obamacare and now realize they were duped because there was ample evidence from other countries that this Socialized Medicine approach wouldn’t work. The unintended consequences of Obamacare are just another proof of Quinn’s 1st Law, as Hot Air pointed out:
“Many of us saw this coming, but were told we were spreading myths by drawing logical conclusions about economic incentives, moral hazard, and possible unintended consequences. Now, of course, the White House claims they just meant no one in the federal government would actually forcefully take your health care away, never mind that they set up a situation in which losing your health care would become inevitable. Even that’s not true, though, as the Affordable Care Act does actively prohibit certain affordable health insurance options like mini-med plans and high-deductible catastrophic plans. “Take away” and “regulate out of existence” are functionally the same thing.”
When you increase the regulations and make it more attractive for smaller companies to just pay the penalty instead of offering healthcare to their employees then you dump people on the street and they are forced to join the Public Option. Which was the goal of Team Obama all along.
Even before Obamacare kicks in fully, many have seen troubling changes to our healthcare plans – deductibles are going up, monthly premiums are going up and our responsibility for prescriptions is going up. But in my opinion, the most troubling consequence of Obamacare is that we are seeing experienced doctors choosing to leave the workforce rather than combat the new regulations. New graduates of Medical School are now lacking all important mentors and that will reduce the quality of the healthcare we receive once we are lucky enough to finally see a physician.
And today I was reminded how the changing healthcare landscape affects me personally. I’m due for my annual physical and I received the following letter from my doctor’s office that gives another hint of things to come.
My primary care physician has noticed that some insurance companies have stopped paying for lab work for annual physicals and now he must notify all patients to check with their insurance providers before coming in for lab work.
This is just the tip of the iceberg and once Obamacare hits America fully in 2014, we’ll see more services dropped by insurance companies until many people will come to the realization that private health insurance isn’t worth keeping since it pays for so little. Welcome to the new healthcare landscape courtesy of Obamacare!
In the future you can expect lower quality of healthcare, more out-of-pocket costs and longer lines but don’t say you weren’t warned.