Conservative: With Obamacare missteps, were Republicans right all along?
Well, the problems of Obamacare are finally being noticed. The same problems Republicans have warned us about for four years.
People’s premiums are going up from $200 to $600. People’s deductibles are going up. Some insurance policies are canceled. The House of Representatives will be voting this week to decide whether you can keep your coverage.
“If you like your health plan, you can keep your health plan,” President Barack Obama had promised about the Affordable Care Act before it was passed. Well, that isn’t the case.
Obama said even though some people can’t keep the benefits that they want, they are going to end up with better insurance. But many people are losing their insurance or their plan choices.
For Louisiana’s four insurance companies, only 39 new customers have applied since Oct. 1. Insurance plans are changing because they have to meet the ACA’s requirements, and consumers have to pay more because insurers have to include the essential health benefits. But some people don’t want these essential health benefits. People aren’t getting the coverage they want. Obama’s response to people losing their insurance? Just “shop around.”
According to CNN’s website, more than 3.5 million Americans have been notified that their insurance policies have been canceled. This raises questions regarding the competence and honesty of the Obama administration. In Louisiana alone, more than 92,000 Louisiana residents are having to look for new plans because their insurance companies are doing away with those that do not meet the ACA requirements, The Daily Advertiser reported.
Well, guess what. Our very own U.S. Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu even said she would vote for it again. Do we really want one of our senators to support this? I guess she wasn’t considerate of these 92,000 people who are in trouble in our state. The president sure did praise her when he made his visit to New Orleans last Friday.
Another failure is the healthcare.gov website, which opened on Oct. 1 to enroll these people. They couldn’t login; they had error messages, and their profiles even disappeared. People aren’t even attempting it anymore.
Also, the whole health-care reform depends on public participation, but that’s not happening. The administration wants a broad spectrum of people from the young to the old, but people can’t even login to the website to register, and some are just paying the penalty instead of applying. Others no longer have the choice of plan they want.
None of this matters to the president, though. He doesn’t care about these millions of Americans because he refused to negotiate or change the law. He said he will help people, but he’s never given any specifics on how he will. Another broken promise? What a shocker.
Four weeks ago, the Republicans in Congress were blamed for the government shutdown because they wanted to delay the implementation of Obamacare for one year. The Republicans were aware of these problems. Now, the Democrats in Congress are even distancing themselves away from the president because they finally noticed them, too.
Weren’t the Republicans doing the exact thing just a month ago? U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was labeled as a radical after delivering a filibuster tackling Obamacare. Was he just more aware of the problems than everyone else and just took the time to study it? This so called “radical” may just be laughing and saying “Told you so.”
These “big bad” Republicans may not be so bad after all, are they?