This week, the mainstream media ran two stories about two Obamacare “beneficiaries” who were actually victims.
First, a woman whose husband is already extremely sick, and was subject to the risk of being unable to buy health insurance in the individual market if he lost his employer-based benefits. That was a legitimate problem before Obamacare. NCPA’s proposed solution is health-status insurance, or “insurance against becoming uninsurable”, a type of re-insurance. Obamacare’s solution is a federally regulated health-insurance bureaucracy:
The transition to Obamacare ― at least for a 59-year-old man and a 56-year-old woman in south Orange County ― wouldn’t be quite that bad. But it would be, in three big ways, far rougher and more frustrating than I’d ever dreamed.
- Obamacare brought us new health insurance options, but cost us our more affordable plans.
- We learned patients, but we couldn’t keep our doctors.
- The Affordable Care Act saved us money this year, but it didn’t alleviate our concerns about obtaining affordable medical care.