It took full control of the House, Senate, and White House for the Democrats to ram through ObamaCare to “find out what’s in it.”
Exactly six years later, President Obama’s signature legislation has proven to be a wholly predictable disaster.
The law has failed to live up to virtually every single one of the promises it was sold on: premiums keep rising, millions have lost their plans, and jobs are further out of reach.
Today it stands as a reminder of this administration’s failed policies and dishonest salesmanship. Even worse, it is emblematic of how President Obama has continually put his far-left agenda ahead of the will of the people.
He forced through this reckless law over the objections of the American people, and refused to sign the Republican-led repeal that landed on his desk this year.
Hillary Clinton is not only dead set on preserving Obama’s policies, but sees them as a foundation for greater government interference in healthcare.
She even boasts that “before it was called ObamaCare, it was called HillaryCare.”
Call it whatever you want. It isn’t working:
Contrary To Obama’s Campaign Promises, Premiums For American Families Are Skyrocketing
Obama promised that his health reforms would save American families $2,500 by the end of his first term. The reality is far different.
Since Obama took office in 2008, annual premiums for families have increased $4,865 on average, or 38 percent.
Many insurers say they are forced to raise premiums due to ObamaCare’s strict provisions. In 2016 alone, many states participating in the Federal Exchange saw double-digit rate hikes.
High Out Of Pocket Costs Are Forcing Some To Delay Care Or Drop Their Insurance
As Americans have been slapped with higher premiums, they have seen no relief in out-of-pocket costs. In fact, average deductibles have increased from $900 in 2010 for an individual plan to above $1,300. One in five workers have a deductible of $2,000 or more.
Costs are so high that some have forgone coverage altogether.
To hear one victim of the law tell it:
“’The deductible, $3,000 a year, makes it impossible to actually go to the doctor,’ said David R. Reines, 60, of Jefferson Township, N.J., a former hardware salesman with chronic knee pain. ‘We have insurance, but can’t afford to use it.'”
This is no accidental side effect of the law. Many looking at the incentives and restrictions within ObamaCare predicted it would drive up costs. That is why every Republican voted against the 2,700 page bill Obama signed into law.
The chasm between the law’s touted purpose of “Affordable Care” and its true effects could not be wider.
No, You Can’t Keep Your Plan …Or Your Doctor
Obama famously promised “if you’ve got a health care plan that you like, you can keep it.”
That was a lie.
Cancellations and switching plans every year have become the “new normal” as insurers have had to raise premiums or drop out of government-run exchanges.
While Obama and Clinton have encouraged people to “just shop around” to avoid premium hikes, they gloss over the fact that patients will be forced to find new doctors under different plans.
That is cold comfort for consumers upset about losing control over their own healthcare.
ObamaCare Is a Job Killer
According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, over the next 10 years, ObamaCare will cause the loss of millions of jobs. Business owners are having second thoughts about growing because of the burden ObamaCare places on their employee costs:
“For some business owners on the edge of the cutoff, the mandate is forcing them to weigh very carefully the price of growing bigger. There’s kind of a deer-in-headlights moment for those who say, ‘I have this new potential client, but if I bring them on, I have to hire five additional people.’”
Even Hillary admitted that ObamaCare’s employer mandate forces companies to cut employees from full-time to part-time to avoid unaffordable healthcare costs.
Apparently that wasn’t a concern when Clinton was whipping the bill with Nancy Pelosi or when she was pushing for a harsher employer mandate in her own plan.
Surveying the damaging costs of ObamaCare makes it clear exactly what is at stake this election.
If we want to move on from this disastrous law and enact real market-based reforms that put patients first, we must elect a Republican President.
Because if Hillary Clinton has her way, not much will change.