By Naomi Lopez Bauman -
While we can expect President Barack Obama to claim success for his signature legislation, commonly referred to as ObamaCare, a growing share of Americans understand the reality of the health-care overhaul.
According to a recent Reason/Rupe poll, the majority of Americans would like to return to the pre-ObamaCare health care system, despite all of its failings.
In addition to the calamitous rollout, the reality of the president’s health-care overhaul is that it was sold to the American public on a string of broken promises and has produced dismal results:
- If you like your health insurance, you can’t necessarily keep it. Bureaucrats in the Obama administration wrote regulations that deemed millions of policies as substandard. These regulations were intended to throw large numbers into the ObamaCare exchanges.
- When you account for all of the individuals who had their policies canceled as a direct result of ObamaCare, as well as those who would have been eligible for Medicaid before the Affordable Care Act, or ACA, ObamaCare has likely done little to actually expand coverage to the previously uninsured.
- Even though the ACA requires members of Congress to enroll in ObamaCare, they have managed to avoid the ObamaCare experience almost entirely. Apparently, many members are perfectly comfortable living by a different set of rules than the people they supposedly represent.
- ObamaCare threatens to run roughshod over Americans’ most personal financial and health-care information. There will always be vulnerabilities in any system, but the federal government failed to take the same security steps that any Fortune 500 company would take to protect your most sensitive information.
But the president’s own press secretary, Jay Carney, believes that ObamaCare has been worth the cost. One is left wondering whether he would include the human cost, such as canceled coverages, increased insurance premiums and narrow provider networks in that calculus.
Naomi Lopez Bauman is Director of Health Policy at the Illinois Policy Institute