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LAMBRO: ‘7 million’ not exactly an Obamacare milestone
Sign-up number is as sketchy a figure as Obama’s other claims
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The administration still insists that Obamacare will not drive up insurance rates, but Americans who already have seen their health care plan bills rise significantly know this is another false promise. Premiums have been rising ever since Obamacare’s enactment for family plans as well as supplemental plans for older Americans on Medicare.
Obamacare mandates that health insurance plans must offer a wide variety benefits that were not required before. All of them add higher costs to insurance, and we’re seeing that right now.
“Some industry officials are predicting double-digit increases in premiums in some states, but information about the new rates won’t emerge until later in the spring, the summer or later,” the newspaper said.
Don’t be surprised if the administration, which has been playing political games with repeated delays of the law’s mandates, will postpone information about higher rates until after the critical midterm elections in November.
Monday was the deadline when uninsured people were required to get health care coverage or else face a fine of $95, which will gradually rise through 2016 to $695, or 2.5 percent of income.
Imposing the fines would be the political kiss of death for Democrats in this year’s midterm elections, and for the Democratic presidential nominee in 2016, right? Well, not exactly.
“The penalty won’t be assessed until you file your taxes next year, but the Obama administration isn’t expected to enforce the mandate all that strongly,” the newspaper reports.
Nevertheless, Obamacare poses a dense thicket of political hurdles in the fall for vulnerable Democrats who voted for it, especially in the Senate. Republicans will be attacking them with a vengeance.
Here’s a taste of what Democrats can expect to hear from their GOP opponents in this year’s elections: “Obamacare is a vehicle that drives home a bigger problem Democrats have with voters: Either they didn’t understand the law they championed, which makes them inept, or they blatantly lied about what this law would do, which makes them dishonest,” says Brad Dayspring, the chief spokesman for the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
Meanwhile, Obamacare’s weak financial structure is still a shaky house of cards that will need a huge number of young, healthier customers to pay for the vast majority of older, sicker people who will be signing up in the future.
So far, those younger adults have not been signing up in anywhere near the numbers that will be needed to bankroll Obamacare’s future costs.
Donald Lambro is a syndicated columnist and contributor to The Washington Times.
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