The New Year of Obamacare
December 11, 2013
great tragedy is now unfolding across America as we prepare for the New
Year. Millions of Americans are losing their health plans; millions
more are facing staggering price increases; millions more are having
hours cut or seeing their salaries pared back at work because of
this is just the beginning. In coming days, millions of
employer-provided plans face cancellation, multiplying this disaster
administration recently held a contest for videos to promote Obamacare.
Its grand prize winner featured this message: “Don’t worry about the
“Don’t worry about the price tag?”
that helpful and compassionate advice to the millions of Americans who
are struggling through the fifth year of Obamanomics and who are now
also facing the reality of seeing their premiums double or triple? Just
“don’t worry about the price tag,” skip the house payment and cough up
the extra cash.
Many millions of Americans who had health coverage on New Year’s Eve will not have it on New Year’s Day because of Obamacare.
What awaits those who actually can sign up?
to the government’s own numbers, about 2/3 of the exchange applicants
have been forced into Medicaid. That includes many on limited incomes
who’ve maintained bare-bones policies because they’re desperately trying
to stay OUT of Medicaid. Some have found that merely by looking at
prices they’ve ended up trapped in this dreaded welfare program.
major study documents that Medicaid patients have worse health outcomes
than those without any insurance. If you doubt that, see how long it
will take you to see a Medicaid doctor – if you can find one at all –
for a bad cold.
you are part of the one in three exchange applicants who escape this
fate, the next problem will be to find a doctor – any doctor. The
President of the California Medical Association reports that 70 percent
of California doctors will not accept Obamacare patients.
means the remaining 30 percent will be overwhelmed, resulting in
life-threatening waiting lines. As patients desperately seek doctors in
emergency rooms, actual emergencies will go waiting. Top-flight,
specialized doctors and facilities will become completely inaccessible
as they opt out of the system. The Cleveland Clinic, UCLA Medical
Center, Sloan Kettering are just a few of the facilities that have
already withdrawn from the Obamacare networks.
patients who actually can get an appointment may then discover that
there is no record of their policy because the government hasn’t been
able to connect patients with their new insurers.
will next face the cold reality of sky-high deductibles and co-payments
that many will be unable to pay. Many hospitals that serve large
populations of the poor can only do so through supplemental payments,
but Obamacare is phasing those out. Some hospitals will be forced to
close their doors.
Obamacare patients fortunate enough to stay well in this brave new
world can expect a highly elevated risk of identity theft in what the
founder of MacAfee Security Software calls a “hacker’s … dream.” And
there’s no need to wait for hackers, in some cases, the government has
already accidentally released patients’ private financial and medical
so many people – particularly the young – are choosing not to pay
inflated prices to subsidize others, we can expect another major round
of rate increases next fall on those remaining in the system to make up
for the shortfalls
is what the new year will bring to our country. Many of us in the
House warned of this coming train-wreck and tried at least to delay it.
For this, we were called arsonists, terrorists, jihadists and
demagogues. But now those warnings have proven entirely accurate.
program has already devastated the lives of millions of Americans.
This damage cannot now be undone by delaying it or tinkering with it –
it must be repealed and replaced with the patient-centered plan proposed
by House Republicans – a plan guided by individual freedom of choice
and open competition.
will only happen if there is a massive change of heart by the
Congressional Democrats who imposed this nightmare on our country. Now
is the time for all Americans whose lives have been upended by this
folly to share their stories with their representatives and to pray that
they actually can touch some hearts and change some minds during this
Otherwise, I am afraid that New Year’s Day will be nothing to celebrate.