Will More Consumers Choose Fines Over Enrolling in Patient ‘Protection’ and ‘Affordable’ Care Plans?

“If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor,” President Barack Obama said as he pushed his bloated health care reform bill.

Skeptics, including most conservatives, didn’t believe those words six years ago, and liberals who held out hope might be having second thoughts.

Even if Obamacare had turned out to be the best thing since the U.S. Constitution, it’s safe to say most Americans don’t want to be compelled by their government (individual mandate) to buy health insurance.

And why is a product that requires the government to subsidize it called “affordable”?

Open enrollment to sign up for an Obamacare heath plan began November 1, and Americans across the country will decide whether to pay higher prices for fewer choices as the president’s signature law crashes and burns.

As insurers opt out, competition erodes, and Americans forced to buy policies that are little more than catastrophic plans or pay government fines suffer the consequences.

From the Heritage Foundation’s Daily Signal:

The Obama administration has tried to spin this news by repeatedly stating that 85 percent of customers on one of the state insurance exchanges receive taxpayer-funded subsidies for their coverage, which will soften the blow to their wallets.

While that is technically true, it offers an incomplete and misleading picture.

The most recent comprehensive enrollment data show that 17.7 million Americans had health coverage from the individual market as of the end of 2015. Of that number, 7.4 million (42 percent) had coverage subsidized by taxpayers, while the remaining 10.3 million (58 percent) paid the full cost on their own.

Because the Affordable Care Act bars insurers from charging off-exchange customers a different premium than on-exchange customers for the same plan, nearly 60 percent of those with individual market coverage will face the full cost of any premium increases.

Not even the most prostrating Obama lackey would call this affordable:

Conservative columnist Michelle Malkin, who is self-employed, wrote about losing her family’s health care plan for the third time as insurers stop selling individual plans.

Earlier this year, the U.S. Congress sent an Obamacare repeal measure to the president to sign, and he vetoed it. Donald Trump said if elected, he’ll try to repeal it.

What’s your story? Have your Obamacare premiums and deductibles gone up?

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