Switch to Desktop Site
 
 

Should health-care reform be repealed?

Many Republicans want to repeal the health-care legislation President Obama and Democrats passed earlier this year.

Image

Internal medicine specialist Dr. Tahsina Atiquzzaman shows the sliding shelves filled with files that will need to be digitized as part of new health-care reform guidelines, as medical assistant Nicole Lopera looks on at her office in Kissimmee, Fla.

Joshua C. Cruey/MCT/Newscom

About these ads

Yes: ObamaCare = higher costs and lower quality

The new health-care law’s mandates are already causing health insurance premiums to rise 3 to 9 percent more than they otherwise would. Its price controls are pushing insurers to abandon the market for child-only coverage and will soon begin rationing care to Medicare patients, partly by driving nearly 1 in 6 hospitals and other providers out of the program.

Starting in 2014, when the full law takes effect, things will get really ugly. ObamaCare’s “individual mandate” will drive premiums even higher – assuming the courts have not declared it unconstitutional, as they should. Because the penalty for violating the mandate is a fraction of those premiums, healthy people will wait until they are sick to buy coverage, driving premiums higher still. This is already happening in Massachusetts, which enacted a nearly identical law in 2006. ObamaCare’s price controls will force insurers to cover sick patients at artificially low premiums, guaranteeing that insurers will avoid, mistreat, and dump the sick, because that’s what the price controls reward. ObamaCare’s private health-insurance subsidies will expose low-wage workers to implicit tax rates higher than 100 percent, potentially trapping millions in poverty.

Next

Page:   1   |   2   |   3

Share