Please, no philosophical discussions about whatever. This is a thread for news about ObamaCare, the effects it's having, your personal experiences with it or hopes for it, that sort of thing.
First of, what ObamaCare is supposed to accomplish. Its official name is the Affordable Care Act, and it promises among other things to lower the cost of health care in America. It also promises to allow those with pre-existing conditions to get insurance, by banning insurance companies from refusing to sign such people. It bans lifetime and annual caps on payouts by policies. It allows children to be carried on their parent's policies till the age of 26. Not a feature claimed in the law, but a promise by Obama is that if you like your current insurance policy, you can keep it. Another promise from the Maximum Leader is that if you like your doctor, you can keep him or her. Yet another promise is that the cost of your health care to you in the form of premiums will go down. As well as the promise that signing up for ObamaCare will be "as easy as buying a TV on Amazon, or a plane ticket on Kayak". And the related claim, made a couple of days ago by the Prez, that you can easily enrol by phone.
Let's examine the status currently of those claims and goals.
First off, the name, the Affordable Care Act. Well, as it turns out, the average premium for men in America is set to rise by 99%, women, somewhat less, but still a huge jump. So that claim is busted. Deductibles are also apparently rising.
The second goal of the act is the pre-existing condition one. That can't conclusively be evaluated, since these policies go into effect at the start of next year, but it is part of the law, and seems certain unless ObamaCare is somehow repealed or delayed. That first is beyond belief, and the second...is possible. Ditto with the lifetime and annual caps. These seem certain, or almost.
The children thing is already a done deal, as it phased in earlier.
The promise that you can keep your policy and your doctors if you like them...is a lie. Already, millions of Americans are being issued cancellation notices by their insurance companies, or being told by their employers that they will be moved to the ObamaCare exchanges. The reason for the first predominantly is that these people's policies typically don't meet the regulatory requirements for a policy established under ObamaCare. That is, they lack certain features the law requires. As for the second, the new exchange policies seem to be cutting their networks of doctors and hospitals so as to cut costs. And example would be that Blue Shield of California is cutting its network of doctors by around 50%, and many hospitals, including some with the reputation for being the best, such as Cedars-Cinai, (where I was born on this day some years back, and where in a bit of symmetry, I nearly died some years later), are also being dropped.
The final promises by the Prez are that it would be easy to sign up online, or over the phone. Well, we've seen the online debacle, so that one's busted. And the phone sign-up as well is busted.
That's it for the goals and promises of ObamaCare for this post, but I'll note that Obama himself is claimed by the White House to "not have known" about the problems with the website, a claim his own former White House spokesman, Robert Gibbs, said he "didn't believe because it was unbelievable". A claim, I would note he shouldn't have made, because it implies that Obama is either lying, or incompetent.
That's it for current news on ObamaCare.
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