Jensen: The premature Obamacare victory lap
Ryan Summerlin April 9, 2014
President Obama took a victory lap on Tuesday, celebrating 7 million Obamacare enrollees.
Let’s take a look at this success.
President Obama and the Democrats pushed through their signature domestic policy stating the “Affordable” Care Act would cover “every American.” They have used the figure of “48 million uninsured Americans.”
To date, Obamacare has then enrolled less than 2 percent of those uninsured Americans.
“It’s working!” exclaimed the president.
The Rand Corporation crunched the numbers and discovered only 858,000 people of the 7 million enrollees have actually paid their premiums, which is required to actually be covered.
You will soon read that many of the applications in the official White House count are actually duplicate and incomplete applications.
The worst of this naively ambitious plan is beginning and the Democrats know it, with millions of Americans having their doctors and hospitals excluded from these government-designed insurance plans.
Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, a particularly virulent attacker against all criticism of this failing program, actually said recently that there are no “glaring problems” with Obamacare.
Administrators at Seattle’s Children’s Hospital told reporters they filed standard requests for specialty care for 125 children through the Obamacare exchange. These include terribly sick children who will die without specialized procedures and medical treatments.
Obamacare officials only responded to 20 percent of those requests and denied 8 of them.
President Obama promised his plan would “require that all children have health care coverage.”
The hospital is currently treating the children but they can’t keep doing so for long.
Apparently the death panels are already at work.
The New York Post reports, “leading cancer centers — including New York’s Memorial Sloan Kettering — are excluded by the largest plans. California’s state-of-the-art Cedars-Sinai cancer center isn’t in any Obamacare plan. Only a few plans include the Mayo Clinic. And if you want a doctor outside such networks, you’ll generally have to pay the full cost of care” out of your own life savings.
No “glaring” problems.
Democrat Senator Harry Reid, another crusader for Obamacare, has publicly told the country that all of these stories about people losing coverage and doctors are “lies.”
The Post also reports on “Michael Cerpok, a leukemia survivor in Fountain Hills, Ariz.”
“The Obamacare law forced his insurer to kill (his insurance) plan for one that fits the law’s rules.
“Now he’ll have to pay more for drugs, and his Mayo Clinic doctor is no longer in his network.
“Last year, his treatment bill was more than $350,000, but thanks to insurance his out-of-pocket was only $4,500. Now, to keep his doctor, the one who has kept him alive for seven years, Cerpok will have to pay $26,000 out-of-pocket.”
Mr. Cerpok is another of Sen. Harry Reid’s “liars,” like the kids with cancer losing their doctors and medical care. But then, Sen. Reid has never cared much for such kids.
In a press conference still available on YouTube, a reporter asks Sen. Reid if he would agree to a Republican spending plan during the brief government shutdown to fund medical care for kids with cancer. Sen. Reid responded, “Why would we want to do that?”
Yeah, senator, why would we? If Obamacare isn’t about helping Americans, that what is the goal? If you don’t care about kids with cancer, then what’s the real goal of this policy, senator?
The CEO of the Cleveland Clinic reports three quarters of Americans who have signed up for Obamacare have seen their premium costs increase.
In 2008, President Obama told you, “We can cut the average family’s premium by about $2,500 a year.”
Kids with cancer denied medical care, millions of families hammered with cost increases, millions losing their doctors and hospitals while Democrats call these people “liars” and claim there are no “glaring” problems.
Good job, Democrats.
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