Clarence Page: Give Obamacare a chance

Repeal ObamaCare: It’s Now or Never

I doubt that Republican lawmakers will be all that eager to take away coverage from millions of people who are getting help with cancers, heart conditions and other life-threatening ailments that they previously could not afford. More likely, Republicans will come back as they already do, with stories of the ACAs failures. Problems are bound to appear in a program this huge, just as problems plagued the early days of Medicare, which is now one of the governments most popular programs. We already have seen the Obama administration announce a one-year delay in fines for medium and large companies that fail to provide health coverage to workers. And an important debate already is heating up over how well the state-run insurance marketplaces work. Yet a close examination of the 12 states that have proposed or approved insurance rates for comparison reveals a promising pattern.
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Most Americans are skeptical about this massive overhaul of the nation’s health care system, pushed through on a partisan basis in the dead of night and then only through false statements, broken promises , back-stabbing (remember the deal with Bart Stupak to uphold the Hyde Amendment and not fund abortions), and outright buying of votes, (e.g., just Google Sen. Ben Nelson’s “Cornhusker Kickback” or Sen. Mary Landrieu’s “Louisiana Purchase”). Also, consider some of these news items from the past year: The Pre-existing Conditions Insurance Plan (PCIP), put into place to cover “new high-risk insurance pools” in the states, received $5 billion to cover these patients from 2010-2014. In 2013, the PCIP was running out of money, even though the number of people Health and Human Services (HHS) thought would sign up was well below the projection. Only about a third of the expected number enrolled, but claims have exceeded expectations. Investor’s Business Daily further noted, “In a 2012 report, HHS conceded that it had miscalculated (though not until page 11 of its 15-page report): ‘On average, the PCIP program has experienced claims costs 2.5 times higher than anticipated.'” So in 2013, HHS cut off coverage. For the uninitiated, that means ObamaCare is denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions. But, when President Obama was selling his plan in 2009, he was emphatic : So let me begin by saying this: I know that there are millions of Americans who are content with their health care coverage — they like their plan and they value their relationship with their doctor. And that means that no matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise: If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor.
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