Jeffrey Andersen, writing in The Weekly Standard, compares the promises to the reality of Obamacare:
In passing Obamacare, its supporters promised the moon. Obamacare was allegedly going to cost $938 billion over ten years, result in 23 million people getting insurance through its exchanges as of 2017, reduce the typical family’s premiums by $2,500 a year, and make sure that if you liked your health plan and doctor, you could keep your health plan and doctor.
Seven years later, Obamacare is projected to cost $1.938 trillion over ten years (exactly $1 trillion more), only 9 million people have insurance through its exchanges as of 2017 (just 40 percent of the original CBO projection), the typical family’s premiums have exploded, and millions of people who liked their plans lost their plans, as Obamacare effectively banned them. Many of them lost their doctors as well.
But since we’re now a fair ways removed from those fateful days in 2010 when the Democrats rammed Obamacare through the Senate (with no votes to spare) and the House (with three votes to spare) over unanimous Republican opposition, it’s perhaps worth offering a quick refresher course on why, exactly, Obamacare is so bad.
The author details “arguably the five worst things about it.” Here are his subtitles:
- It denies Americans choice and undermines their liberty.
- It denies Americans affordable health insurance.
- It raises federal spending by about $2 trillion when we’re nearly $20 trillion in debt.
- It fuels the unseemly alliance between Big Government and Big Business.
- It consolidates and centralizes power and money.