Far from providing “affordable healthcare” to all, the overwhelming cost of ObamaCare plans has driven the young, healthy families elsewhere, where the price of their plans better reflects their limited risk for needing extensive medical care.
The brunt of the cost will be borne by those who can least afford it. Those who need the exchange do not qualify for Medicaid- they’re working and earning enough income to prevent that. However, they work for themselves or for companies that are too small to provide health insurance plans.
In other words, America’s middle class, or rather, those who are fighting to stay middle class.
Although the left may be quick to lay blame for the drastic increase in premiums on some vague notion of “corporate greed,” this is not so. Medica is a small health insurance company based in Minnesota, and has been trying to explain that this sudden price increase is necessary just so it can stay on the market.
Obama’s intention was for healthy, vibrant, young, high-earning people to purchase plans from the exchange, offsetting the cost for those who suffer from chronic or pre-existing conditions or in a high-risk lifestyle. There were two major problems with that line of thinking that have now made themselves abundantly clear: (1) Young, vibrant, healthy, high-earning people barely exist at all given the current economic crisis that Obama failed to fix, and (2) the few who do exist are buying healthcare insurance plans through their employers or taking their money elsewhere, where they can get a plan that meets their own needs– not the needs of the entire nation—at a lower cost.
“When you find yourself as the only ones between people getting access to care and people not getting access to care, your view of the situation becomes very different,” said Bartsh, reflecting on Medica’s predicament in being left alone to singlehandedly carry the burden of keeping Iowa’s exchange alive, knowing it is the only source of insurance for many.
Fear not, I see a clear and simple solution to our nation’s healthcare crisis: everyone who voted for Obama in the first place must stop what they’re doing and immediately purchase a healthcare plan on the exchange at a 43% price hike to help out.
I mean, that was the plan all along, wasn’t it?
Editor’s note: Trump had said before the best plan would have been to let Obamacare collapse. Then he would get support for anything he wanted. But with the slow action in Congress this may play out that way.