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ObamaCare Is Failing Exactly The Way Critics Said It Would

Discussion in 'Political Debate & Discussion' started by carpro, Aug 5, 2016.

  1. carpro

    carpro Well-Known Member
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    Oct 14, 2004
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    ObamaCare Is Failing Exactly The Way Critics Said It Would

    tna's decision to abandon its ObamaCare expansion plans and rethink its participation altogether came as a surprise to many. It shouldn't have. Everything that's happened now was predicted by the law's critics years ago.

    Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini said that this was supposed to be a break-even year for its ObamaCare business. Instead, the company has already lost $200 million, which it expect that to hit $320 million before the year it out. He said the company was abandoning plans to expand into five other states and is reviewing whether to stay in the 15 states where Aetna (AET) current sells ObamaCare plans.

    Aetna's announcement follows UnitedHealth Group's (UNH) decision to leave most ObamaCare markets, Humana's (HUM) decision to drop out of some, Blue Cross Blue Shield's announcement that it was quitting the individual market in Minnesota, and the failure of most of the 23 government-created insurance co-ops. And it follows news that insurance companies are putting in for double-digit rate hikes that in some cases top 60%, and news that the Congressional Budget Office has sharply downgraded its long-term enrollment forecast for the exchanges.

    Who could have envisioned such problems? Not ObamaCare backers. They were endlessly promising that the law would create vibrant, highly competitive markets that would lower the cost of insurance.

    Critics, however, were spot on. They said that, despite the individual mandate, ObamaCare wouldn't attract enough young and healthy people to keep premiums down.


    Critics predicted sharp hikes in premiums and big increases in medical claims. That's what's happened.

    Critics said people would game the system, waiting until they got sick to buy insurance, then canceling it once the bills were paid, because of the law's "guaranteed issue" mandate. That's happening, too. In fact, administration officials are trying to tighten the rules to mitigate this problem.

    Critics said insurers would abandon ObamaCare amid substantial losses. Anyone want to dispute that this is happening?
  2. Smyth

    Smyth Active Member

    Sep 4, 2012
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    Obamacare is the right idea, have the government pay insurance premiums of the middle-class (for people without company insurance).

    Obamacare fails in that it does nothing to lower medical costs. In fact, just the opposite. Having the government pay is (a necessary evil) that encourages higher costs. Obamacare also (unnecessarily) increases regulation of insurance companies, which increases costs. And, Obamacare does nothing to otherwise lower medical costs (no tort/liability reform, no deregulation of clinics and insurance, etc.)

    All people receiving government medical care should be moved to Obamacare (I hear your protests, but this is the right thing to do). The includes the majority of Americans. They receive the most financially inefficient of medical care, which raises costs for everyone.
  3. Jkdbuck76

    Jkdbuck76 Well-Known Member
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    Jan 8, 2007
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    I have always thought that Omuslimcare or Obamadontcare was an engineered to make us cry UNCLE and beg for single payer.

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