Julie, you may be one of the seven million Americans with employee-sponsored health insurance that the Congressional Budget Office found will likely lose coverage by 2022, leaving you with less choice in healthcare providers. You may be unable in many states to pick the same doctors you already know and trust. And remember when President Obama promised, “If you like your insurance, you can keep it?” Well, that was before reality set in and ObamaCare’s complex web of price controls and penalties began limiting healthcare options.
If that were the only problem you’d be facing it might not be so bad, but at the same time you are forced to pick new doctors, there will be fewer doctors to choose from. You see, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges, the United States is in the midst of a massive physician shortage.
By 2020, the U.S. will be short 91,000 doctors including 45,000 too few primary care physicians to meet demand. As more individuals flood the healthcare market, this doctor shortage could have dramatic impacts on your provision of care, resulting in longer waits for doctor visits and procedures. These problems will only accelerate as one-third of doctors will retire over the next decade. Julie’s second question: “What am I getting in exchange for higher premiums and a smaller paycheck?”
Sadly Julie, study after study shows that insurance premiums are expected to rise under ObamaCare, leaving Americans with smaller paychecks. One Congressional Budget Office study concludes that premiums are expected to rise after the law’s implementation, especially for the young and the healthy. Daniel Kessler of Stanford estimates that 10 million people -- about two-thirds of the market that is low- or average-risk -- will see higher insurance bills for 2014. After analyzing the rates advertised in California’s current exchange, Avik Roy of the Manhattan Institute projects that premiums in the state will rise up to 146 percent. Once again the New York Times editorial board turns a blind eye to these folks from their cloud castle in Shangri-La.
For the few of you who still remain entranced by the ObamaCare tractor beam, here’s one more dose of see-for-yourself reality. Just take a look at the government insurance options available to you under the Affordable Care Act at http://finder.healthcare.gov and see how that compares to your current plan.
The final argument in favor of ObamaCare fulfills every stereotype of big-government liberal thinking as they claim that if only government had more taxpayer money to “publicize” this law, everything would work out just fine. Darn any reforms, darn any criticisms. The New York Times believes the Federal Government is here to help, so why won’t you help them help you?