Thursday, October 30, 2014

Obamacare sends health premiums skyrocketing by as much as 78 percent

Lamar Alexander posted this to Facebook:
ICYMI, check out the Washington Times’ article, “Obamacare sends health premiums skyrocketing by as much as 78 percent,” on a new study by State Farm that compares health insurance policies before and after Obamacare, showing how premiums have drastically increased since its implementation. 
Sen. Alexander says Republicans are ready to take the health care debate in a new direction with “proposals that move our country step by step toward more freedom, more choices, and lower costs—repairing the damage Obamacare has done and preventing future damage.”
Read the full article here:
If you are not as hip and Facebook code-word savvy as Senator Alexander, "ICYMI" is "in case you missed it."  I had to think about it before it came to me. I know LOL and LMAO but I had to think about ICYMI. Anyway, ICYMI this is an informative article.

The people who were hit hardest by rate increases are young adults. I doubt enough young healthy adults are going to enroll to make Obamacare work. It seem clear to me, that Obamacare is simply not sustainable. My fear is that as the failures become clear, instead of moving toward a free market model there will be pressure to move toward a more universal healthcare model. 

Instead of focusing on "repeal" maybe it is time Republicans start focusing on the "replace."  And, maybe not even use the term "replace." Maybe we should talk about "working with Democrats" to "fix" what is "wrong" with the Affordable Care Act.  That would let Democrats save face while they tacitly admit Obamacare was a mistake. Maybe the strategy should be to "amend" the Affordable Care Act until it is in fact replaced. I know it would be satisfying to "rip it out by the root," as I heard Louisiana Republican Senate candidate Rob Maness say in a debate I watched last night.  It may be satisfying but I am not sure that will attract votes or is a winning strategy.

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