Today is Obamacare's four-year anniversary! Let us take a moment and remind ourselves of the misery that is continuing to be unleashed against us. But, where would Obamacare be if it weren't for its most indefatigable defender: Rep. Nancy Pelosi. Yesterday, she called it "a winner" for Democrats.
"Affordable. Affordable. There's a reason. Affordable. Affordable. Affordable. Affordable. Affordable," she said. "The reason they changed the name of it is because they wanted to get away, they - the opponents - from the word 'affordable.' And that's why I'm patient with some of these comments. Whatever it is, it's infinitely more affordable than the path that we were on."
There's only one problem: if it's such an affordable "winner," then why do we have millions of Americans losing their current health care plans, others seeing premiums skyrocket - and constant changes to the rules?
Concerning affordability, let's look at the employees of Simonetta's Collision and Car Care in McKeesport, PA. Copays, premiums, and deductibles went up for most of the employees - to the point where one man said he can't afford it and that America should wake up.
'They call it the affordable health plan. There's nothing affordable about it. I can't afford it," one employee, Jeff, tells WTAE after learning what Obamacare has done to his deductible and premiums
Last December, the Associated Press reported that 4.7 million Americans have received health care cancellation notices. That's more than the 4.24 million Americans that have signed up for this new health care entitlement, which isn't the best indicator of success.
Additionally, what's with all the delays, specifically the latest - and very quiet - suspension of the individual purchase rule (Via WSJ):
Lastly, what about health care premiums? Oh, they're set to double in some parts of the country, despite Pelosi's affordability.
This latest political reconstruction has received zero media notice, and the Health and Human Services Department didn't think the details were worth discussing in a conference call, press materials or fact sheet. Instead, the mandate suspension was buried in an unrelated rule that was meant to preserve some health plans that don't comply with ObamaCare benefit and redistribution mandates. Our sources only noticed the change this week.
That seven-page technical bulletin includes a paragraph and footnote that casually mention that a rule in a separate December 2013 bulletin would be extended for two more years, until 2016. Lo and behold, it turns out this second rule, which was supposed to last for only a year, allows Americans whose coverage was cancelled to opt out of the mandate altogether.
In 2013, HHS decided that ObamaCare's wave of policy terminations qualified as a "hardship" that entitled people to a special type of coverage designed for people under age 30 or a mandate exemption. HHS originally defined and reserved hardship exemptions for the truly down and out such as battered women, the evicted and bankrupts.
But amid the post-rollout political backlash, last week the agency created a new category: Now all you need to do is fill out a form attesting that your plan was cancelled and that you "believe that the plan options available in the [ObamaCare] Marketplace in your area are more expensive than your cancelled health insurance policy" or "you consider other available policies unaffordable."