To The Daily Sun,
American taxpayers have spent many billions of dollars on the Obamacare insurance plan. The law is not about health care, availability, quality or quantity. The Supreme Court called it a tax. It does not provide health care to anyone. Instead, it requires Americans buy health insurance. That is a very different thing than providing health care. It is also an ongoing source of administrative headaches for government, that means cost.
According to polling, very few Americans believe the president's signature bill has been helpful to their situations. Some are dissatisfied with deductibles. Some are dissatisfied with premiums. Some find the one-size-fits-all plans do not fit their situation, what they pay for may not even be services they individually can use.
According to polling data out from National Public Radio (NPR) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 56 percent report that they haven't really noticed anything different about their insurance situations since the passage of Obamacare. Among those who have been affected by the law, far more say it has hurt them than report being helped by the law. Twenty-six percent of people polled said they feel as though they've been personally harmed by the health care law. Fifteen percent of respondents said Obamacare has helped them.
This seems like bad news for the progressive health care system takeover. Most especially, as program officials report that eight of the remaining 11 state Obamacare co-ops are at serious risk of collapse in the year ahead. Twenty-four co-ops attempted to or did form; 23 opened their doors, one was a failure at inception. To date, 12 of the 23 co-ops which opened for business have been closed due to mismanagement and poor participation.
During a recent appearance before House Oversight and Government Reform Committee lawmakers, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) chief of staff Mandy Cohen said the remaining co-ops are "being monitored closely." When pressed by the committee for detail, Cohen was short on information about the remaining co-ops causing frustration with her report.
"Half of them are collapsed, closed, your term, costing the taxpayer over a billion dollars, of the (11) that are left you can't tell me which ones you've visited or haven't visited, what the enrollment projections are, and if they are meeting their enrollment projections... whether they are profitable or not," Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) said. "That's the kind of stuff we wanted to know in this hearing."
Further, the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight has pressed HHS Secretary Burwell on the $3.5 billion diverted to insurance companies under the auspices of a transitional reinsurance program. The nonpartisan Congressional Research Service released a memo saying the administration had violated the language of the PPACA in prioritizing insurers over the U.S. Treasury which if substantiated makes the diversion illegal. And yet more troubling is the fact that HHS knew or should have known this because the House filed suit in 2014 challenging the cost-sharing subsidies without an appropriation.
It is time for us as voters and taxpayers to use our votes to acquire accountability of the lawmakers we send to the District of Columbia. To do that we need to understand what they have voted for and what they voted against. Do you know how your congressman and senators voted on Obamacare related votes? Please, don't ask them how they feel or what their position is ... ask them how they voted. It's not talking the talk that is important. Do they walk the walk?
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