Is it a coincidence that although Hillary Clinton has heralded Barack Obama’s legacy achievement, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act aka Obamacare that these days Clinton never mentions it on the stump?
Washington Examiner by Byron York
She doesn’t promise to expand it. She doesn’t promise to protect it. She doesn’t extol its benefits. She just doesn’t mention it.
There’s no doubt Obamacare is in trouble. Enrollment in the exchanges has fallen far short of projections. The purchasers of policies have turned out to be older, and in need of more care, than expected. Major insurers are pulling out of the exchanges altogether. Premiums are going up. Deductibles are skyrocketing, meaning many are left to pay most of their healthcare costs themselves.
Here’s one all-too-common headline, from Bloomberg on Friday: “Near ‘Collapse,’ Minnesota to Raise Obamacare Rates by Half.” The situation is being repeated around the country….
Hillary to the rescue or change of heart? Excerpt from her campaign website:
And yet not a word about those mean old Republicans as related to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Talking points, merely talking points. Massachusetts tried that and on the state level, it failed. FAILED!
Progressives OWN the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and no matter how Hillary who just months ago owned up to defended the train wreck, Hillary Care and Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are forever entwined yet it is suddenly an inconvenient subject at and inconvenient moment for Hillary who would say anything to get elected.
While Hillary is mum on the train wreck, Obama after eight years of never taking responsibility for anything (no matter what he says), lays the blame for its failure, where else? On Republicans even though the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was written with changes made to the legislation upon which the Affordable Care Act would reach its stage of collapse as Obama’s term ends.
In an interview with the New York Magazine, Obama omitting any discussion about the deception of stupid American voters blaming the GOP stated:
….They’re eminently fixable problems in terms of strengthening the marketplace, improving the subsidies so more folks can get it, making sure everybody has Medicaid who was qualified under the original legislation, doing more on the cost containment. But you hit a point where if Congress just is not willing to make any constructive modifications and it’s all political football….
Healthcare insurers are running for the hills.
Aetna who lost $430 million in 2014 is just one of more than 3 dozen healthcare insurers walking away or reducing their presence on the healthcare exchange beginning January 1, 2017 is will sell only individual plans in 242 counties down from 778 in the states of Delaware, Iowa, Nebraska and Virginia.
United Health Group, the largest healthcare insurer in the country announced earlier this year that it will exit the majority of the healthcare exchanges. In addition, Humana is cutting back on its services and Blue Cross and Blue Shield who exited several healthcare exchanges in 2015 is in the process of severing its connections to the Obamacare exchange.
Healthcare insurers find the cost of Obamacare unsustainable. They were promised that the healthy and the very young would purchase plans thereby those with pre-existing conditions which has proven a total failure since the “healthy” and “very young” would rather pay the penalty than purchase Obamacare. Duh!
The lack of healthy people making payments in the interim makes it impossible for the companies to shoulder the burden of their unhealthy customers. Because companies aren’t allowed to screen for pre-existing conditions, they have a harder time predicting costs and expenses. Only the biggest health insurance companies are surviving in the current business climate — and even they’re finding it tough to make ends meet.
In light of the above, the choices for consumers of healthcare insurers are become more limited at the same time that the cost of healthcare plans and deductibles are skyrocketing.
While Hillary and Lester Holt at last Monday’s presidential debate baited and distracted Donald Trump with “stupid stuff,” the so-called advocate for women, mothers and grandmothers never touched on the subject of healthcare.
Even though, Obama three weeks ago met with the heads of the remaining healthcare insurers on the Obamacare exchange supposedly seeking ideas as to what can be done to strengthen the Obamacare exchange, because after all the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is Obama’s signature legislation, must reach a happy ending at least until his memoires are published.
Stumble, Hillary, stumble.
Like I said, an inconvenient subject at an inconvenient moment.
Hillary Clinton, the babbling brook, pretty much dismissed everything this woman had to say. According to the Ohio Health Insurance exchange, neither InHealth Mutual, Aetna, and All Savers/UnitedHealthcare will offer healthcare plans in the state of Ohio next year and as of March of this year, in spite of an enrollment 212,046, the cost of purchasing healthcare insurance on Ohio’s exchange increased by 12% from what it cost the prior year.
Since 2013, Obamacare has pushed up premiums in the state of Ohio 91% yet Hillary instructs the voter in the above video to return to the Ohio healthcare exchange to keep looking for that which is not there. Such a non-answer.
Cross-posted on PUMABydesign001’s Blog.