Do I have your attention?
Good. The National Journal is hitting the panic button:
Whether the quality of care in the new market is comparable to private offerings remains to be seen. But one thing is clear: The cost of care in the new market doesn’t stack up. A single wage earner must make less than $20,000 to see his or her current premiums drop or stay the same under Obamacare, an independent review by National Journal found. That’s equivalent to approximately 34 percent of all single workers in the U.S. seeing any benefit in the new system. For those seeking family-of-four coverage under the ACA, about 43 percent will see cost savings. Families must earn less than or equal to $62,300, or they, too, will be looking at a bigger bill.
Those numbers include the generous tax subsidies designed to make the new system more attractive to consumers.
Let me reverse that, because unlike National Journal I’ve got no wish to sugar-coat this: two-thirds of single workers and almost 60% of working families will see their rates going up under Obamacare. They’re also looking at the strong possibility that their current health care plans will go away. Neither scenario – as PJ Tatler notes – was part of the Obamacare ‘deal.’ It is, in fact, the antithesis of the Obamacare deal.
Which, by the way, no Republican voted for.
PS: I think that the President should consider a temporary emergency delay in implementation of the Affordable Care Act until such time as a blue-ribbon brain trust can convene and develop thoughtful synergies for facilitating a new national consensus on the most constructive way to utilize the commonalities in our individual lifepaths (while taking advantage of our diverseness) to tweak the throughput of the ACA. Strictly temporary.