The real facts behind Obamacare are becoming increasingly alarming.
Health insurance for at least 3.5 million Americans have been cut – yet the exact numbers remain unclear. The Associated Press stressed that data from half the states still is unavailable in their latest survey.
A Duke University researcher says that more than two-thirds of the U.S. population could see “some turmoil to their plans” as a result of Obama's signature legislative achievement.
That's 129 million people.
If Obamacare is fully implemented, of the 189 million Americans with private health –insurance, at the very least 129 million, or 68 percent, will be unable to keep their present coverage because they have already lost, or will lose that coverage by 2014.
Another study released Monday shows that in “average state,” Obamacare will increase premiums by a fantastic 41 percent.
The federal website is complicating matters for new access. While some consumers have already been notified that coverage is going away, millions are filled with anxiety and anticipation as they await their fate.
Bonnie Burns, a longtime community-level insurance counselor from California said, "I've had questions like, 'Are they going to put me in jail if I don't buy insurance? Because nobody will sell it to me. We have family members who are violently opposed to Obamacare and they are on Medicaid. They don't understand that they're already covered by taxpayer benefits. And then there is a young man with lupus who would have never been insurable. He is on his parents' plan and he'll be able to buy his own coverage. They are very relieved."
Fifty-five percent of Americans now say they have enough information to understand the law's impact on their family, up 8 percentage points in just one month. Part of that reason is advertising is just now being utilized to inform the misinformed.
On Wednesday, Obama is to meet in Dallas with volunteers who are helping people enroll in health-insurance plans. Cabinet officials are also expected to make stops around the country in the coming weeks to encourage people to sign up for insurance even as the website problems persist.
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Speaking last week in Boston's historic Faneuil Hall, Obama said the problem is limited “to fewer than 5 percent of Americans who've got cut-rate plans that don't offer real financial protection in the event of a serious illness or an accident."
But this is a nation of over 300 million and 5 percent is a huge number. That’s about 15 million people.
Furthermore, there's an excellent chance the number of people getting unwanted terminations may grow. In 2015, the law's requirement that stipulates larger companies provide health insurance will take effect.
That brings an almost guarantee the small share of firms will drop coverage, deciding that it's cheaper to pay fines imposed under the law.
The administration has refused to release real numbers citing the earliness of the roll out. The numbers are expected to be disappointingly low; officials acknowledge as much.
Amazingly, Americans are still divided over the Affordable Care Act, with negative views outweighing positives. But repeal is the biggest word thrown around. The final judgment may be in the very hands of people who now have employer-provided health insurance.
That number is about half the population and they've noted Obama's assurances that their coverage won't be disrupted.
The bottom line is to expect cutbacks that will be blamed on the law, not any human being. Whether that's warranted may be difficult to prove.
Paul Keckley, an independent health-benefits consultant commented, "What the Affordable Care Act did was give companies a very convenient excuse to say, 'Oh, gosh, we really have to get serious about insurance costs. I think there's a bit of a bob-and-weave. The ACA was a convenient excuse for doing what (corporate) human resources departments have been calculating to do for years."
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