This was the case on the Ron Verb radio show, Tuesday (570 WKBN Youngstown). Verb, once again, proved that ignorance does not preclude one from holding a public forum.
Verb, mostly a partisan Democrat, is a proponent of Obamacare, or at least his perception of Obamacare, which is cursory at best.
The claims made by Obamacare proponents are that it makes medical insurance more affordable and will provide quality healthcare for the poor.
What has proven to be the truth is that it has made insurance much more expensive, caused massive job losses, has caused people to lose their insurance coverage and is designed to put private insurance companies out of business.
The claim that Obamacare will make insurance more affordable is easily debunked. Common sense tells you that forcing insurance companies to cover more people for longer periods, including those who will not buy insurance until they have a serious medical problem, will dramatically increase the price of the insurance.
Proving this point is the projected 72% premium increase in Indiana according to The Weekly Standard, the 64% to 146% increases projected in California according to Forbes and the projected 41% increase projected here in Ohio according to the Ohio Department of Insurance. The U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee also reports that Obamacare will increase the cost of insurance.
Personally, my family's insurance premium increased by about 28% this year (not including the increased co-pays, prescription co-pays or deductibles).
The pools touted by Obamacare supporters also increase the cost of private insurance. The federal government will charge insurance companies $8 billion the first year to be included in the pools. That fee will rise to over $14.3 billion by 2018 and continues to increase thereafter, as reported by Reason.
These costs will be passed on to consumers.
The claim that Obamacare will provide a remedy for a lack of available quality health care for the poor is inaccurate.
The poorest among us (and some that aren't quite so poor) qualify for Medicaid. Many of the states, including Ohio, will expand the Medicaid pool to include more people in response to Obamacare.
The problem is, it is Medicaid that is causing the poor to have a hard time finding quality health care.
A growing number of doctors are opting out of Medicaid and Medicare citing overwhelming paperwork and rules, as well as shrinking payment rates. The rates, at times, don't cover the doctor's expenses, which include supplies and the cost of an employee (or employees) necessary to keep up with the paperwork and ensure compliance with the changing rules.
Verb tends to look at topics such as this in micro, rather than macro, terms, looking only at the stated intentions while completely ignoring the actual consequences.
Recently, about 20,000 part-time Home Depot employees lost their health insurance due to an Obamacare mandate eliminating their current plans. About 1,000 employees of Stryker were laid off as a direct result of Obamacare's taxation of the medical devices they produce.
There are countless other instances of real people losing their jobs and medical insurance because of Obamacare, but these tragedies are lost on blind devotees such as Verb.
The part of the broadcast that sticks out, however, is the admission that he believes single-payer should be the goal. Medicaid for all.
Although he cannot see it, this is the goal of Obamacare.
In 2007, Obama said he was a proponent of single payer, but that "...we might not get there immediately..."
Now consider the penalty for not buying insurance, which is the greater of about $95 or 1% of your income, stepping up to $695 or 2.5% of your income. This is considerably less than the cost of insurance, and will be much more attractive to those making too much to qualify for Medicaid, but not enough to afford insurance (no end-of-year tax credit puts money in your pocket now.) Add this to the considerable cost increase created by the new mandates and the ability of people to hold off on buying insurance until they have a catastrophic illness, aka pre-existing condition, this law is designed to kill private insurance.
One last thought, if Obamacare is as great as described, why did Democrats in Congress exempt themselves and give waivers to the unions and other crony organizations?
These entities do not want Obamacare and neither does the majority of Americans. The Democrats insist (erroneously) that America is a democracy, which means majority rules, 50% plus 1.
Gallup reports 52% of Americans disapprove of Obamacare.
Elected officials are supposed to represent the people, not rule over them, yet they rammed this law through and decided it's good enough for us, but not for them.