Skip to comments.Obamacare Myth-Making: Five phony success stories.
Posted on 05/10/2014 6:03:44 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
With enrollment in the Obamacare exchanges now closed, Democrats and their friends in the media are ebullient. Obamacare is an enormous success, they say, and conservatives have been humiliated. On closer inspection, however, things seem decidedly less bullish for President Obamas signature achievement.
Among the many exaggerations and inaccuracies the laws defenders are touting, five stand out.
First, they say that premium rates are down. In support of this, liberals cite research from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), but they misinterpret it. In fact, the CBOs most recent estimate of premiums shows a decline not from what they were in 2013, before the implementation of Obamacare, but rather from what CBO estimated they would be in 2014. Studies from many outlets have shown that rates have gone up since 2013, substantially for many people.
This is no mystery. Obamacare basically outlawed insurance underwriting, so rates must go up as healthy people pay the price for the sick. Insurers, moreover, have also increased deductibles and co-pays and narrowed doctor networks and drug formularies.
Second, supporters claim that Obamacare exceeded the enrollment target promulgated by the CBO. This is questionable. The CBO last year projected 7 million enrollees, and the Obama administration now gloats that 8 million people selected a plan in the exchanges. But not everybody who selected a plan will pay for it. The best estimate right now is that about 15 percent of initial enrollees are not paying their first premiums. If that holds, paid enrollment will come in slightly under CBOs 2013 prediction.
But there is more. CBO downgraded its forecast earlier this year from 7 million to 6 million, and this month declined to update it even after the surge of last-minute enrollees began. The reason: The prediction is an annual average.
(Excerpt) Read more at weeklystandard.com ...
If it’s that much of a success, why are so many Dems running away from it?
In fact, what is working is a very narrow segment of the law, the most politically salable part: the distribution of tax credits so people with low incomes can buy heavily subsidized insurance coverage. To say the law is working is like saying you ate your dinner when you gulped down your dessert and skipped the veggies. Just as your mother said you could not have one without the other, so the popular provisions of Obamacare are linked to the unpopular ones. Sooner or later, the administration will have to enforce the lawor watch a vast array of unintended side effects disrupt the national health care system.
A key point - expanding Medicare and claiming that it is an Obamacare win - nuts.
“If its that much of a success, why are so many Dems running away from it?”
When progressive acquaintances start raving about Obamacare, I ask a simple question: If the program is so good for me, why was Harry Reid so eager to exempt his staff from the program? They never seem to have an answer.