The Republican Congress is set to start repealing Obamacare this week when it convenes in Washington. As the New York Times reported, the Democrats are throwing up road blocks every chance they get go keep it from happening. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi describes the virtues of the law as "successful in meetings its goals of reducing cost, increasing access and improving quality of care."
Oh talk about fake news. What does this multimillionaire from the San Francisco know about how the PPACA is actually working? Reducing costs? Show me one shred of evidence that medical costs are going down anywhere. After the law went into effect, costs did not increase as much as previously projected, but they went up nonetheless. Even that was a temporary event since expenses are now expected to rise at a much faster rate than the last few years.
Maybe she meant that insurance costs went down for people who bought health insurance through the exchanges. That would only be true if you leave out the huge government subsidies that allowed people to buy their insurance for a couple of hundred dollars per month. Millions of others receive zero subsidies. They are paying every cent that the insurance companies are charging. And this year they increased the premiums by double digits to cover their large losses working within the law. So I don't agree that taking more of my tax dollars to pay for somebody else's insurance should be construed as lower costs. It's just passing the buck.
Obamacare has famously brought less medical access to patients than before. Remember the infamous promise the president made before the law passed? You can keep your doctor if you want? That was a complete lie. Now we have plans with the tiniest networks that the insurance companies can assemble to keep their own costs down. Many doctors also refuse to take patients with Obamacare insurance. This leads to patients have more access to insurance but they have less access to actual medical care.
As far as stating that Obamacare has improved the quality of care, again where's the beef? If it was so easy to improve medical care with a simple wealth redistribution law, why didn't we do it earlier? Yet we are always being negatively compared to the wonderful European systems where people routinely live to 90, have BMI's of 21, and have zero birth defects. Please show me any evidence that Obamacare has improved medical quality. And having every doctor spend thousands of dollars to move their patients' charts to computerized systems doesn't count.
Therefore the Democrat's desperate attempts to maintain Obamacare as their soon to be former president's legacy is based on nothing but lies. These Congressmen and their families don't purchase health insurance through the PPACA. They all get subsidized government health insurance that are not available to the general public. Let Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer buy their insurance through the law they famously passed without reading first and see how they would like it.