If you like your plan, you can keep your plan. If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. Period. End of story. — President Barack Obama, before signing Obamacare into law in 2010.
Those words still ring in the ears of the American people. And they should. Politifact recently reported that before Obamacare (Affordable Care Act) was signed into law, there were at least 37 instances when these EXACT same words were spoken with all the faux sincerity our president could muster, to audiences across the country. He said it where he could, when he could, to anyone he could.
Many of us weren’t biting even at the time. But Congress let it happen, and there was nothing we could do. So here we are, with the most complex, convoluted shell game on the planet—no, make that the universe. Those of us who either have health insurance through their employers, or those who met the income requirements for the subsidies, don’t really have to worry. But there’s still some five to seven million Americans out there, who will be priced out of healthcare altogether next year or given the option to do, well, nothing. Because they only have one provider to “choose” from.
The hard fact is Obamacare still lives and continues to wreak havoc on the healthcare industry and the lives of patients. The latest bad news was delivered this week by the same man who promised us that these things would never happen. Premiums and deductibles will be rising sharply next year and with insurers continuing to bail in record numbers, options are even more limited. If we choose not to be a part of this human shell game, we will be summarily fined. Ooops. Sorry. That is, we’ll have to pay an “individual shared responsibility payment.” Yeah. And no, this isn’t Russia. Nor is it China. Hmph.
You could have fooled us. And those who managed to escape the clutches of ACA because their employer currently covers them, shouldn’t get too comfortable. As harsh as it is to say, you could lose it tomorrow. So, pay attention to what’s happening with this now.
Can we ever go back to the way it was? No. But we can put somebody into the Oval office who will blow this thing apart as soon as he arrives in D.C. Otherwise, we will end up with someone who will go through boxes and boxes of band-aids and superglue, trying to make this beast a beauty. The best answer?
HOLD YOUR NOSE AND VOTE.