Aaron Fobes, Julia Lawless
Summer Rewind: Obamacare’s Biggest Flops
Health Law’s Failures Took Center Stage in Summer 2016
With crippling high costs, reduced choice, and diminishing access to care, Obamacare’s failures heated up with the summer sun. Week after week, announcements came that premiums would be rising and coverage options dropping. Broken promise followed broken promise, leaving American families and job creators at their boiling points.
Sadly, these pitfalls are of little surprise and have instead become the status quo as the fundamental flaws of Obamacare become more apparent every year. Furthermore, a recent Gallup survey found that since Obamacare, fewer American’s rate their health status as being in top condition, bad news for Democrats hailing health reform as a success.
While the Obama Administration and Democrats continue to ignorantly sing from the same song sheet, insisting that Obamacare is good for the American people and good for our economy, the American people recognize the need for patient centered reform. Their reasoning is clear: Obamacare has delivered hit after hit to the American people and our economy with sweltering high costs, fewer choices and less access to care.
Here’s a look at Obamacare’s biggest flops of Summer 2016:
Associated Press: As Obama’s term wanes, Obamacare needs checkup
“Double-digit premium increases and exits by big-name insurers have caused some to wonder whether “Obamacare” will go down as a failed experiment.” (Aug. 28, 2016)
Wall Street Journal Column: ObamaCare Death Spiral Update
“ObamaCare policies have proved so unattractive that even customers eligible for subsidies are turning away unless they also happen to be seriously or chronically ill.” (Aug. 5, 2016)
Bloomberg: Insurer Exits From Obamacare Turn Few Choices Into None
“The dropouts also undermine a key promise of the law: multiple insurers would compete for consumers’ business each year…Instead, the opposite is happening.” (Aug. 16, 2016)
USA Today: Obamacare rate hikes rattle consumers, could threaten enrollment
“Many of next year's premium rate increases on the Affordable Care Act exchanges threaten to surpass the high and wildly fluctuating rates that characterized the individual insurance market before the health law took effect…” (Sept. 2, 2016)
The Hill: How ObamaCare is splitting in two
“The dearth of options in rural, sparsely populated areas is a far cry from what Democrats promised when selling the Affordable Care Act.” (Aug. 22, 2016)
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