Dan Holler

As with most conceptions, Obamacare was conceived behind closed doors. Unlike most conceptions though, there were many hands involved and lots of money tossed around. And but for the Immaculate Conception, it could have a larger impact than any other.

Three years after its birth, Obamacare is a bumbling mess. As it turns out, passing a bill to find out what’s in it isn’t a good strategy. It is kind of like telling a toddler to captain a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier.

Then again, common sense usually doesn’t exist in Washington.

Last week, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius defended Obamacare’s track record on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, saying, "What we're seeing is costs really come down for the first time in a very long time.”

Her assertion came as eHealth, Inc. released their “Cost of Comprehensive Health Benefits” report, which according to Fox Business “found the average monthly premiums for individual and family health insurance plans are 47% higher than average when they cover a comprehensive list of eight health benefits compared to 2012.”

An eHealth representative explained, “The benefits in these plans will cost customers more.” Why? Well, despite what Sebelius says, this is a signal of how Obamacare will potentially impact the cost of your health care.

Skyrocketing premiums will make it very hard for some people to keep their insurance. If those drop their plans and flee to the non-existent, but sure to be convoluted, government-run exchanges, Obamacare will be to blame.

I guess, in a technical, President Obama isn’t wrong. He said people could keep their plans if they like them. After massive premium increases, that “like” may have dissipated. Score one for the fact checkers!

That doesn’t exactly square the circle, though. As Heritage’s “10 Stories of Job Loss as Consequences of Obamacare” makes clear. Perhaps Obama was wrong after all, because when people lose their jobs, they typically lose their insurance.

In November, the Colorado Observer reported medical device manufacturer would lay off 1,000 employees because of Obamacare’s medical device tax:

“In a statement Tuesday, Stryker President and CEO Kevin A. Lobo made it clear that the layoffs were directly related to the increased costs on business imposed by the Affordable Care Act, which is scheduled to be fully implemented in 2014.


Dan Holler

Dan Holler is the Communications Director for Heritage Action for America. Previously, he held numerous positions at The Heritage Foundation, most recently he was the Senate Relations Deputy. A Maryland native, he is a graduate of Washington College.