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Not so affordable health care | Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

The writing has been on the wall for some time. Our great fears are coming to pass and no one is taking the steps to fix what is clearly a bad and ill-conceived law.

Even staunch Democratic sponsors of the legislation known as the Affordable Health Care Act have called it a “train wreck” waiting to happen. Well, the wreck has already happened and its true effects will continue to ripple through the country as it destroys the economy and the millions of American families who have lost their insurance coverage and the many more who will be unable to afford coverage under the new plan.

The Affordable Health Care Act proposed and driven into law by President Obama in 2009 has been everything but affordable. The President promised it would be “revenue neutral” and he promised we could keep the plans we had in place as well as our doctor. All false promises, unfortunately aimed at getting votes — not solving problems.

To date, the ACA, which is scheduled to go into full effect later this year, has seen over 30 portions of the legislation delayed primarily due to poor preparation by the Administration. The website continues to be a terrible disappointment and the navigators hired to assist Americans signing up have failed to fill the void.

Ah, but just wait — the high-cost marketing campaigns rolling out will certainly put the Act back on track. These will focus on luring the healthy youth, recently referred to by Mrs. Obama as “Knuckleheads,” to purchase health insurance policies through the marketplace in order to support the many elderly and sick who have taken advantage of the government subsidies.

To top it all off, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office has released their report indicating that the Act will add more than $1 trillion to the federal deficit which is already at the critical stage! We’re getting exactly what we asked for when we started believing in campaign promises.

Dan Alexander is associate publisher of New Market Press and publisher and CEO of Denton Publications. He may be reached at dan@newmarketpressvt.com or dan@denpubs.com.

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