EDITORIAL: More Americans Understand Obamacare Now--and Worry

HNN Staff
EDITORIAL:  More Americans Understand Obamacare Now--and Worry

"The road to hell is paved with good intentions."  So goes the old saying ascribed to St. Bernard de Clairvaux.  President Obama's health care overhaul, commonly known as Obamacare, certainly embodies that phrase.  After all, who could argue with its initial premise, namely of providing free health care insurance for the poor?

But there's just one problem.  Many of the poor aren't going to be getting this promised health care insurance.  As millions of people are logging on to the Obamacare exchanges in their states, many lower income individuals are finding to their shock that they will not qualify for government assistance for Obamacare coverage.  

Without that help, they will be unable to afford to buy even the "Bronze" Obamacare plan, estimated at about $3,000 per year with a very high deductible.

Breitbart has collected a sampling of some of the outrage found on the official Obamacare Facebook page:

"I am so disappointed," wrote one woman. "These prices are outrageous and there are huge deductibles. No one can afford this!" The comment received 169 "likes." 

"There is NO WAY I can afford it," said one commenter after using the Kaiser Subsidy Calculator. "Heck right now I couldn't afford an extra $10 a month...and oh apparently I make to [sic] much at 8.55/hour to get subsidies."

A single mother of two said she is in school and working full-time while living "75% below the poverty level." She said she was shocked to learn she did not qualify for a healthcare subsidy. "Are you (expletive) kidding me????  Where the HELL am I supposed to get $3,000 more a year to pay for this 'bronze' health insurance plan!?!??? And I DO NOT EVEN WANT INSURANCE to begin with!! This is frightening." 

Breitbart also noted that one 32 year old employee wanted to see what the Obamacare charts predicted what his existing insurance plan's premium increase would be now.  He found it scary that his current plan, with 100% coverage and costing a little over $500 per month for him and his wife would nearly double in price under Obamacare with only 80% coverage.  

But the final blow for Breitbart was a New York Times analysis published last Wednesday that found that Obamacare "will leave out two-thirds of the poor blacks and single mothers and more than half of the low-wage workers who do not have insurance, the very kinds of people that the program was intended to help."

Note, these individual Americans with concerns about Obamacare are hardly all Republicans.  As more details become available about the cost of Obamacare--the high deductibles, all those cut out from federal subsidies, the effect on existing employee insurance plans--outrage cuts across all political and demographic lines.

Factor in everyone else who is concerned about the 2.6 trillion dollar cost to the taxpayer as Obamacare is implemented over the next ten years--and its effect on the out of control federal debt, and perhaps the House Republicans' fight over Obamacare and the debt limit begins to get more understandable.  

Then factor in Obamacare's assault on the small businesses across the country, with no employer wanting to hire over 50 full-time employees lest they fall under Obamacare, and it's easy to see why this once attractive idea is in ruins with a majority of the public.

Eight out of ten new jobs in West Virginia come from small businesses.  But under Obamacare, those jobs may become more part-time opportunities than the full-time positions our families' need.

We believe better ways must exist to help those without health insurance.  That is a noble goal indeed, but we shouldn't have to sacrifice our economy and mortgate our children's future to pay for it.  Perhaps the current fight in Washington, D.C. will help us all to start thinking hard about our financial situation as a country, as well as how to help make health care more accessible for all.

One thing is for sure: Obamacare is not the way to do it.



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