Debra J. Saunders

Anthony Wright of Health Access rejects any suggestion that a million Californians are losing their coverage so that a hoped-for 500,000 to 700,000 can get subsidized plans. "There's already more than a million people who are getting coverage," he said, when you add the 435,000 adults younger than 26 enrolled on their parents' plans and the 615,000 newly enrolled in Medi-Cal and similar programs.

For those Californians, the Affordable Care Act actually is affordable. For those who pay for their health care, probably not.

"The old individual market was not working well," Obama said in his defense. If so, the new individual market is working worse. It turns out that when the government adds benefits and makes insurers charge the same for people with pre-existing conditions, costs go up. Individual policyholders who do not qualify for subsidies are experiencing severe rate shock -- and they're losing their doctors.

This is where liberals like to insert that Republicans never wanted Obamacare to work. Not quite. Republicans always knew that Obamacare could not work.


Debra J. Saunders


 
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