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Hope, Success: With Obamacare, It’s All Relative

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For one Obama supporter, Obamacare was such a relief, she wrote the President to thank him. The hope and success of Obamacare wasn’t all she thought it would be.

Elise Hilton Communications Specialist at Acton Institute. M.A. in World Religions.


  • Bill Hickman

    1) If she bought a policy in the exchange based based on incorrect information about the level of her subsidy, I would think she’d be able to go back to the exchange and buy a different one. 2) How does this story score a debate point against O’care from the conservative side? Are you arguing we should spend more on subsidies? If this is the full story (which I doubt), she’s technically no worse off than she was in the pre-O’care world.

    • Elise Hilton

      “No worse off?” Yeah, now she has no insurance AND she has to pay a fine for having no insurance. Thanks, Obamacare!

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  • David

    This is crazy. The main part of Obamacare has not even kicked in yet. How can you be disappointed in it?

  • Bill Hickman

    Figured this would come eventually – it’s a fact-check on this story. Turns out she can now get Medicaid for her son’s medication at a savings of around $200/month. Thankfully she doesn’t live in a state with a Republican governor.

    • “And what they can get now is full coverage for $30 a month for the
      son and scantier coverage in the $250 to $300 a month range for the mom….
      Sanford says it’s still too steep for her to pay…”

      How exactly is this good news? Poor health care she still cannot afford.

  • Chicago Tribune editorial (Nov. 25): Employers could drop health care

    Abbott Laboratories chief executive Miles White said something last Tuesday that should jolt tens of millions of Americans who watch from a comfortable distance as the giant Obamacare blimp ignites and tumbles to the ground. These Americans are safely ensconced in employer-provided health care coverage — for now.

    But there are “clear incentives for companies to drop their health care plans and move people onto the exchanges,” White told analysts at a luncheon, referring to the disastrously cranky and unreliable online insurance marketplaces created under Obamacare.

    “I can tell you that the employees of Abbott or AbbVie (the pharmaceutical firm Abbott spun off in January) are going to be pretty unhappy about that, you know, if we did that,” White said.

    If President Barack Obama and Democratic leaders think the outcry against Obamacare is fierce now, watch if millions more Americans get blindsided with the news that they’ll be forced into these dysfunctional government online marketplaces.,0,1180816.story

  • Roger McKinney

    The old system was unsustainable. Health care costs were soaring and threatening to bankrupt companies. Half of personal bankruptcies were due to health care costs. One of the main problems was employer paid insurance which hid the costs of insurance, and medical costs, from the middle class. As a result, those with employer paid insurance were happy and didn’t care about the people who couldn’t afford or couldn’t get insurance or companies that the premiums were bankrupting.

    Things will get worse before they get better. But having individuals pay the full premium for their insurance will force the middle class to face the ridiculously high and climbing costs of medial care. Hopefully, they will get mad and demand to know why.

    At the moment the government is lying and claiming the cause is greedy insurance companies. The federal government will have to crush health care insurance companies until the media and the people are willing to accept that insurance was not the problem. That may take a decade. But eventually voters will have to confront the truth that government intervention in the market has reduced supply while increasing demand.

    However, if employers can unload the burden of insurance premiums then profits will soar, followed by greater investment and hiring.Exporters will be more competitive.