Charles Krauthammer (video below) said it best when on the evening of the failed Obamacare vote in Congress he said the American people are getting used to the “entitlement” that is Obamacare. He said it’s almost too late to change the minds of the American people when it comes to stripping out the entire Obamacare albatross. Whether it was poor messaging or not, the support for stripping Obamacare was only 17%.
When people get so used to the entitlements like Obamacare, it becomes entrenched in government and American society…Let’s face it, how many of you have heard “Healthcare is a human right” recently? Our politicians and pundits have repeated it so many times that it’s engrained in the minds of Americans. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness….AND OBAMACARE? YOU CAN THANK THESE EXPERT ALINSKYITE PROPAGANDISTS FOR THE CHANGE OF OPINION.
Can we ever go back to when personal responsibility was king? The middle class certainly hopes so! The forgotten class footing the bill for Obamacare is the middle class. Families have watched the costs for healthcare skyrocket. Personally, our healthy family pays over double what we paid before Obamacare. If you think it’s bad now, just wait and here’s why it’s only going to get worse:
Obamacare was designed to fail and to get people looked on it so eventually we all go to single payer healthcare like Canada. Great job Obama! We’re almost there but we have a chance with Trump to ditch this socialized big government bill. Please do what you can to speak up to tell Washington we want to ditch Obamacare!
In light of Republican failure to pass the American Health Care Act, Charles Krauthammer dismissed the idea that Chuck Schumer would try to work with Republicans at all, since the Democrats are moving toward a single-payer system as the country increasingly expects coverage to be an entitlement:
Obamacare is now a tale of two health insurance programs:
For the 85% of enrollees with lower incomes, federal subsidies make the premiums somewhat more affordable. Those even closer to the poverty line can get additional subsidies that reduce the deductibles, which can run into the thousands of dollars.
But for many middle class Americans — a single person earning more than $47,520 or a family of four with an income of $97,200 — the pricey premiums and deductibles mean health care coverage remains out of reach.
“The middle class are getting squeezed,” said Larry Levitt, senior vice president at the Kaiser Family Foundation. “They aren’t getting subsidies and these deductibles are hard to afford.”
This schism is turning Obamacare into another government benefit program for lower- and moderate-income Americans. The typical enrollee has an income of only 165% of the federal poverty level, or $40,000 for a family of four.
The real problem is that health care is very expensive, Levitt said. But most Americans don’t realize the true cost because they are shielded by their employers.
Some 150 million people have insurance through work, paying only about $440 a month for a family plan, while employers cover the rest, or about $1,075.
Related: Employers push health care costs onto workers
For the 10.5 million enrollees on the Obamamcare exchanges, health insurance costs are more transparent. And more of the burden falls on the consumers. That is leaving an untold number of Americans opting to remain uninsured, rather than shell out thousands a year for premiums and deductibles. In 2015, 46% of uninsured adults said that they tried to get coverage but did not because it was too expensive, a Kaiser study found.
The big price spikes for 2017 have some current Obamacare enrollees wondering whether they’ll renew their plans next year or opt to pay the penalty of $695 per person, or 2.5% of income, whichever is larger.
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