As Obamacare continues its death spiral, more problems are arising for Americans.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released a report detailing the insurers expected to be part of the Affordable Care Act exchanges in 2018 according to the Washington Free Beacon. An astonishing 63 counties are expected to be without any form of Obamacare insurance provider next year.
The report went on to say that many would be limited to only one insurer working with the exchange. “It is also projected that 1,472 counties – over 45 percent of counties nationwide – could have only one issuer in 2018. This could represent more than 2.6 million Exchange participants with only one health insurance option, which means they will not have any choices.”
The issue is further compounded by the fact that Obamacare mandates coverage or those uninsured risk paying a fee. Those in counties without any options would face paying the fee through no fault of their own.
Tennessee Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN), and Bob Corker (R-TN), are working to pass legislation that would protect those facing a fee despite their inability to become insured, called the Health Care Options Act.
According to Alexander, “This legislation would help those in Knoxville and across the country by allowing any American who receives a subsidy and has no insurance available on the exchange next year to use that subsidy to buy any state-approved insurance off of the exchange. Second, the bill would waive the Affordable Care Act requirement that these Americans, who have zero insurance options with their subsidies, have to pay a penalty for not purchasing insurance.”
Republicans have long been warning of the projected failures of the Affordable Care Act since its inception under Obama. Yet even they haven’t seemed to take their own concerns seriously as they have struggled to repeal and replace Obamacare, despite many having campaigned on the issue, according to The Daily Signal.
At a White House press event in July, Trump condemned Democrats for passing the bill using empty promises: “Every pledge that Washington Democrats pledged to pass that bill turned out to be a lie. It was a big fat ugly lie.” Pointing to Republicans, he pushed them to get to work on getting it removed. “There’s still time to do the right thing.”
Melissa Ackison, an Ohio resident with a rare bone disease, says she fell for the lies. “My family was first introduced to Obamacare through the co-op that shortly went bankrupt, leaving us to hold the bag with a lot of those bills, then throwing us back into the marketplace again where we were sold another faulty insurance plan with an extremely high deductible that didn’t cover the vast majority of our pre-existing conditions. Despite what you’re hearing about the [Affordable Care Act], the pre-existing conditions are not guaranteed to be covered.”
Despite the failings of Obamacare and many insurance companies dropping out of the market exchanges over fears of the program’s longevity, some Democrats are still maintaining that while Obamacare has its faults, it would be worse to remove it, according to NPR.
Those Democrats who do have issues with Obamacare are trying to solve the problem not by removing it but making it worse. Many Democrats are rallying behind a single-payer bill that would mandate Medicare insurance for everyone and give government total control over the healthcare industry.
The longer Obamacare stays a law the more people are adversely affected by it. Is Congress abdicating its responsibility to the people by not repealing Obamacare?
It’s baffling to think that those Democrats who recognize the weakness of Obamacare would try to solve the problem by making the weaknesses bigger. Obamacare has proven that a government controlled program has led to skyrocketing premiums, an inability to provide adequate coverage, and is a burden on healthy, successful Americans roped into paying for everyone else.
Considering this, there’s no reason to think that mandating coverage for everyone and raising taxes to pay for it would do anything to solve the issue. Obamacare needs to be repealed and/or replaced before more Americans find themselves without insurance or unable to pay for what insurance they have managed to find.