We should have listened to our doctors.
Obamacare failures are worse than they thought it would be.
Two years into Obamacare, Jackson Healthcare surveyed physician attitudes about the health care program passed solely by Democrats in 2009. The mean average grade Obamacare received by survey respondents was a “D”.
A majority of physicians surveyed said Obamacare would not improve healthcare’s quality, rising costs or patients’ control over their medical care. They also said the act would worsen the amount of control physicians have over their practice decisions.
The physicians were right.
Obamacare has led to higher costs and fewer health insurance options for millions of Americans. The 2010 healthcare law has brought rising premiums, unaffordable deductibles, fewer insurance choices, and higher taxes.
In just the first few months of this year, nearly two million people dropped their Obamacare coverage. According to a new report released by the Administration, 12.2 million people signed up for coverage through the Obamacare exchanges in 2017. But enrollment has already fallen to just 10.3 million people.
“The American people know a bad deal when they see one, and that’s why they’re avoiding Obamacare like the plague.”–Vice President Mike Pence
Under Obamacare, Americans’ health insurance options are disappearing at a startling rate. Illustrating just how dire the situation really is, the Administration recently released a county-level projection of health insurance exchange participation for 2018. The map shows that plan options will continue to decline and, in some areas, Americans will be left with no health insurance options on Obamacare exchanges.
The map below shows that forty-seven counties nationwide are currently projected to have no insurers, meaning that Americans in these counties could be without coverage from the exchanges next year. In more than 1,200 counties – nearly 40% of counties nationwide – Americans could be left with only one option and no choice of health insurance provider under Obamacare. Currently, at least 35,000 active exchange participants live in the counties projected to be without coverage in 2018, and roughly 2.4 million participants are projected to have only one issuer. It’s clear that Obamacare is an inefficient and unsustainable way to provide health insurance to the American people.
The previous Administration sold Obamacare through a series of empty promises. Premiums were supposed to drop, but instead they have soared by nearly $3,000. Choices were supposed to multiply, but instead they disappeared, leaving one third of American counties with only one insurer in 2017. The public was supposed to learn to love Obamacare, but 6.5 million Americans chose to pay $3 billion in penalties to the IRS instead of buying health insurance in 2015.
These are the facts about Obamacare, and no one understands them better than Vice President Mike Pence. As a Congressman, he watched the Obama Administration make untenable claims about the future benefits of Obamacare. As the Governor of Indiana, he saw the failure of Obamacare unleashed on state insurance markets across the country. This is one reason President Donald Trump chose Pence as his Vice-President.
“Under President Donald Trump, we will rescue the American people from the disaster of Obamacare and give the American people the world-class healthcare that they deserve.”– Vice President Mike Pence
After projecting to cover 23 million people in 2010, it has covered less than half that. Despite the inaccurate forecasts of the previous administration, a mere 10.3 million Americans had Obamacare coverage on March 15, 2017. Nearly 30 million Americans are still without health-insurance coverage. Vice President Pence is optimistic that the new administration can, and will, do better.