It was announced recently that just over 2 million people had signed up through Obamacare’s federal and state exchanges. Even though this number fell short of what they had expected or hoped for, Obama administration officials declared it a success. I guess they’ll take it any way they can get it.
“I’m thrilled that we’re going to have millions of people for the first time that have health security, and it should be a great New Year for lots of families across America.”
I don’t see how this could be that much of a success considering how many people’s policies were canceled because of Obamacare’s iron fist. “If you like your plan, you can keep it” was what we were all told. But something like 4.7 million Americans were dropped from their healthcare plans.
Even without the full number of enrollments, Obamacare’s current net effect is clearly in favor of cancellations. Millions are already seeing Obamacare’s adverse effects — largely due to more mandates for more services.
The health-care law requires that all insurance plans cover 10 “essential benefits,” eliminating millions of plans that don’t fit the bill and boosting costs for consumers that have to purchase coverage for services they may not want or need.
All plans must include maternity coverage, for example — including plans for men and post-menopausal women. Even customers without children must purchase plans that cover pediatric services. Other newly established essential benefits include hospitalization, mental-health services and preventive and wellness services.
While a grandfather clause allowed plans purchased before Obamacare passed in 2010 to continue, HHS estimated that 40-67 percent of plans would eventually lose their status and cost millions of Americans their insurance plans.
The Obama administration eventually admitted Obamacare’s role in crushing many Americans’ coverage and has scrambled to belatedly make up for it. President Barack Obama first attempted to reinstate the canceled coverage for just one more year, but many insurers chose not to restart already-canceled plans.
They focus on the relatively few people who’ve enrolled through the exchanges, many of whom have yet to make their first payment, and they ignore all those whose plans were canceled. Steve Hayes was right: The Obamacare website disaster was only the beginning.