Townhall Magazine’s January 2014 issue is here! Check out an exclusive sneak peek of some of our top stories, and order Townhall Magazine today for these can't-miss articles:
- Alyene Senger: Obamacare in Full Effect - Higher costs, fewer choices, and less access to care are just some of the downsides most Americans will feel as Obamacare is implemented.
- Guy Benson: Bye, Bye Harry?A first look at the seven races that will determine control of the United States Senate in 2015.
- Cortney O'Brien: Saturday Night Lies - NBC’s premiere comedy program has been in the tank for Democrats for years.
- Dan Doherty: Pope Francis in His Own Words - The drive-by media is convinced the pope is “liberalizing” the Catholic Church. Nothing could be further from the truth.
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Excerpted from Townhall Magazine's January cover story, "Obamacare in Full Effect," by Alyene Senger:
More than three years after passage of the Affordable Care Act (aka, Obamacare), most Americans still lack a good understanding of what the law does and how it will affect them. In large measure, that is due to the sheer complexity of the law and the fact that its major pieces are only now beginning to take effect. That complexity is also the root cause of many of the technical problems the federal government is facing in implementing the law, with those technical problems creating, in turn, even greater public confusion and anxiety.
The politically “popular provisions” (such as, so-called “free” preventive care, covering 26-year-old “children” on their parents’ plans, and expanding Medicare prescription drug benefits) took effect first—prior to the 2012 election. But these provisions are nearly inconsequential compared to the damaging Obamacare components slated to take full effect in January 2014.
That’s when a new and completely unsustainable subsidy program takes hold via the government exchanges. It’s also when Obamacare expands the broken Medicaid program to take in millions of new patients, and when Americans start paying for most of the nearly $1.8 trillion in new entitlement spending with massive tax hikes and unprecedented cuts to the Medicare program.
The results of these intertwining provisions will profoundly change the U.S. health care system and will undoubtedly produce lasting negative effects for a majority of Americans, regardless of the source of their health care coverage. Many Americans will see higher costs, fewer choices for coverage and less access to doctors and hospitals.