September 23, 2010, marks the six-month anniversary of ObamaCare becoming law. In those six months, President Obama has travelled across the country trying to sell his plan. In Maine, he promised that people could keep their own health insurance. In Maryland, he promised that people could keep their own doctors. In Washington, DC, he promised that his plan would cut costs.
Six months later, those promises have not been fulfilled. ObamaCare will cost taxpayers more, insurance prices are increasing, people are losing their health care plans, and the customers are not buying what President Obama is trying to sell—literally.
Higher Costs for Taxpayers
ObamaCare MYTH: “And over time, costs will come down for families, businesses, and the federal government, reducing our deficit by more than $1 trillion over the next two decades. That’s what this reform will do.” President Obama, April 1, 2010
ObamaCare REALITY: Recently, President Obama’s Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) said that ObamaCare will increase health care spending by 6.3 percent annually and will cause health care to consume almost 20 percent of the our nation’s health care bill.
Higher Health Insurance Prices
ObamaCare MYTH: “This law will cut costs and make coverage more affordable for families and small businesses.” President Obama, June 22, 2010
ObamaCare REALITY: ObamaCare is causing health insurance prices to increase. The Wall Street Journal reported that ObamaCare is causing rates to increase up to 20 percent for some buyers. In Connecticut, rates are increasing 18 percent for small businesses and 14.2 percent for the self-employed, early retirees, and others who buy their own coverage on October 1, 2010.
Losing Your Health Insurance
ObamaCare MYTH: “And if you like your insurance plan, you will keep it. No one will be able to take that away from you. It hasn’t happened yet. It won’t happen in the future.” President Obama, April 1, 2010
ObamaCare REALITY: On September 21, 2010, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that next year, 1.2 million seniors will be forced out of the Medicare Advantage or Medicare prescription drug plan they have currently. In addition, nHealth has dropped all its customers because of ObamaCare and is going out of business. Additionally, American National Insurance Company will not sell health insurance to early retirees, self-employed workers, and small businesses because of ObamaCare. Lastly, even regulations from President Obama admit up to 80 percent of small businesses may lose their current plans under ObamaCare.
Losing Your Doctor
ObamaCare MYTH: “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.” President Obama, June 8, 2010
ObamaCare REALITY: Doctors are fleeing Medicare now—even before ObamaCare cuts Medicare payments to doctors. In Texas, more than 300 primary care physicians have stopped seeing seniors in the last two years.
ObamaCare MYTH: “Tens of thousands of uninsured Americans with preexisting conditions, and parents whose children have a preexisting condition, will finally be able to purchase the coverage that they need. That happens this year.” President Obama, April 1, 2010
ObamaCare REALITY: Enrollment in the ObamaCare’s high risk pool program is lower than expected. In Iowa, only 32 people have applied for health insurance in the high risk pool, and in Kansas, only 17 people have enrolled in its high risk pool program.
Not Buying ObamaCare
ObamaCare MYTH: “So before we find out if people like health care reform, we should wait to see what happens when we actually put it into place. Just a thought.” President Obama, April 1, 2010
ObamaCare REALITY: According to Rasmussen Reports polling, 55 percent of the public supported repealing ObamaCare on March 25—two days after its enactment. Six months later, opposition has increased: 61 percent support repealing ObamaCare!