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The Harsh Realities of Obamacare

Written by Katherine Rosario

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The headlines demonstrating the devastating impact of Obamacare continue to pile up.  The stories are starting to get old, and this is just the Obamacare-Website-Down-300x300beginning.

Americans will begin to see the quality of care decrease, they’ll get fewer choices, and they may lose access to the doctors of their choice.

Amazingly, President Obama and the Obama Administration continue to cheer lead for the failed law.

Have they read the headlines lately?

Or perhaps they could check out the Heritage Foundation website, where they’ll find more unfortunate Obamacare tales.

The other trend in the news now is the influx of headlines about the failed health care exchanges, and how even the Administration has no idea how many people have successfully signed up.

The Administration must have known Obamacare wasn’t ready for prime time.  Yet, they refused to delay the law because they don’t want to give credence to its failure.  Forbes notes:

The Obama administration was more afraid of delaying the launch of Obamacare, than they were of botching it.

The Administration cites “volume” as the problem.  “Volume” wouldn’t be a problem if the federal government wasn’t running health care.  The real problem is central planning doesn’t work:

 In establishing and supervising the exchanges, Washington is assuming mind-numbing administrative responsibilities. Again, as Henry Aaron, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a champion of the new law, says, “Nothing approaching the complexity of this ‘roll out’ has ever taken place in U.S. peace time history.” 

Over the past several months, the media have focused on exchange implementation: “bumps and glitches,” defective software, inadequate personnel, or managerial mistakes. These are merely “process issues” endemic to central planning. Far more important is the substance of central planning: the frustration of personal choice and the inhibition of product innovation.

Technical glitches on the exchange websites are small potatoes, compared to the actual damage Obamacare will do to personal choice and quality of care.

Of course, the Left continues to act as though Obamacare is the best thing that’s ever happened to America – like Nancy Pelosi who said it’s the fulfillment of the Founders’ promise of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

President Obama may be in the most denial of all.  He recently stated:

And my message to them would be, each day the wait times are reduced. Each day, more and more people are signing up, and the product will save you money. People will save hundreds of dollars – in some cases, thousands of dollars – as a consequence of being able to get health insurance that is priced for them and gives them the choices that they need. (emphasis added)

His remarks certainly don’t comport with the headlines we’re seeing about increased premiums and exchange websites that don’t work.

And “the choices that [we] need?”

As the Heritage Foundation notes, not only are premiums rising, but many Americans are paying for benefits they do not need, which is the case for Tom Gialanella, whose premiums are going up 61 percent:

Gialanella said that in addition to being more expensive, his plan includes maternity and newborn care, which he doesn’t need.

“My wife is 58 years old, and our youngest child is soon to be 18. We’ll be having no more children. That’s not a benefit that we would ever purchase nor need or be able to use.”

That’s not the kind of choice we’re looking for.  And centrally controlled health care is not the kind of health care we’re looking for.

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Katherine Rosario

Communications Deputy

Katherine is the Communications Deputy for Heritage Action for America. Before joining Heritage Action, Katherine completed internships at the Heritage Foundation's Center for Legal and Judicial Studies and on the Hill in the office of Congressman Cliff Stearns (R-Fl). She graduated from Ave Maria University with a BA in politics. She was born and raised in New Bedford, Massachusetts.

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