Limiting damage from Obamacare
President Barack Obama and supporters insisted a few years ago that passage of his signature health insurance takeover would cure much of what ailed Americans regarding health care.
Obamacare is the law now — and it made most of the problems worse.
With a new open enrollment period for Obamacare insurance underway, federal officials are busy trying to convince Americans it is a good bet.
It is for the more than 16 million people Obamacare added to the Medicaid rolls. They pay nothing for their insurance.
But money does not grow on trees. Expansion of Medicaid, along with billions of dollars’ worth of subsidies for some in Obamacare insurance exchanges, is being paid for with a combination of taxes, higher insurance premiums for millions and yes, more national debt.
The high cost of insurance for many people was one marketing technique Obama and his cronies used to sell the American people on the insurance takeover. But rather than deal with it, Obamacare merely conceals it.
In fact, Obamacare costs millions of people more than their old insurance. And the prices keep going up.
As we reported a few days ago, West Virginians who depend on the Obamacare exchange for their health insurance will see premiums go up between 31.8 percent and 49.8 percent next year. The range of increases for Ohioans starts at 0.85 percent and goes to 39.25 percent.
Health care choices have been limited by Obamacare. An Associated Press analysis found that in about one-third of the counties in our country, those relying on Obamacare will have just one health insurance company available next year. There are only two in West Virginia.
Prices have gone up while options have gone down steadily under Obamacare. The only reasonable question members of Congress should be asking themselves is not whether to kill the program — but how to minimize the damage to tens of millions of Americans.