Akash Chougule

Once again, President Obama has felt the need to come out swinging in defense of his signature health care law. Countless times since the rollout, and again last week, he proclaimed that ObamaCare is working, called on Democrats to defend it, and chastised conservatives for their opposition that he believes is entirely political. But people should look beyond Obama’s rhetoric and consider reality – ObamaCare is bad medicine for America.

The President’s definition of success is a curious one. More than six million cancelled plans, lost doctors, and higher costs aside, Obama is in essence celebrating the expansion of the welfare state. In order to get more people insured, it was not necessary to raise taxes, restrict choice, drive the debt up to $27 trillion, and make millions more people dependent on the government. But that is precisely what ObamaCare is doing. And President Obama insists that it is working as he intended.

But even beyond the negative consequences on the nation’s well-being, claiming victory from a practical sense is a stretch, to say the least. Obama "spiked the football" as he touted 8 million enrollees, but there is still no clear estimate of how many of those 8 million were previously uninsured and have actually paid a premium signifying they are covered. The President’s vague claim that "a sizeable part of the US population" is enjoying health insurance for the first time remains completely unquantifiable. And the Congressional Budget Office estimates that ten years from now, there will still be 30 million uninsured people in the United States – despite ObamaCare’s apparently lax requirement that everyone in America attain health insurance.

Akash Chougule

Akash Chougule is a Policy Analyst at Americans for Prosperity, where he began in November 2013. Follow him on Twitter @AkashJC.