ObamaCare is more formally known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which was passed in 2010. From an article published March 5, 2020, at The Hill:
In its first decade, ObamaCare has failed to solve many of the health care problems it was supposed to address. Even worse, it has compounded many of the issues it was meant to fix — the law of unintended consequences in action.
First, then-candidate Barack Obama said his namesake act would “cut the cost of a typical family’s premiums by up to $2,500 a year.”In reality, the opposite has occurred. According to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), “premiums have doubled for individual health insurance plans since 2013, the year before many of Obamacare’s regulations and mandates took effect.”
Third, President Obama repeatedly assured voters, “If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan, period.” After ObamaCare was enacted, millions of Americans were unable to keep their pre-ObamaCare health insurance plan.
Individual market premiums were $2789/year in 2013, compared to $5712/year in 2017.
Obamacare proponents promised that the plan would drastically reduce the number of uninsured folks. Wasn’t it 30 million uninsured? But there are still 28 million uninsured. And it’s probably going to get worse since citizens are no longer forced to buy something they don’t want or can’t afford.
Nearly all of Obamacare remains in effect except for the mandate to purchase health insurance whether you want it or not.
The author of the article is affiliated with The Heartland Institute.
Steve Parker, M.D.
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