It’s October 1st and our Federal Government is all but SHUTDOWN, but not the Obamacare health insurance exchanges. They are in full swing promoting U.S. Government subsidized health plans. Meanwhile, the sign posted at Medicare.gov says “We’re sorry, your government is shutdown and the information on this website may not be up-to-date.”
If you hear a little anger in my writing, it’s because I am mad.
Can you imagine if President Bush had signed Medicare Advantage into law and told everyone they could keep their existing health care provider, and then it turned out to not be true? Well, that’s exactly what Mr. Obama did with Obamacare. You might remember this snippet from an Obama campaign speech:
If you are among the hundreds of millions of Americans who already have health insurance through your job, or Medicare, or Medicaid, or the VA, nothing in this plan will require you or your employer to change the coverage or the doctor you have.
For millions of Americans, including this one, what President Obama promised wasn’t true. He made a promise to Americans that he simply couldn’t make in good faith, because he had no idea how the markets would react.
Today, what we know to be true is that Obamacare completely obliterated health care plans in ten states, including California, Connecticut, Maryland, Missouri, South Carolina, New York, New Jersey, Georgia, Iowa and Wisconsin. And, we’re not talking about small players, either. UnitedHealth, Aetna, Coventry, Humana and Anthem Blue Cross — among the largest health insurers in America — were forced out of prime markets by the new health care law. All of these insurers offer top rated Medicare plans in these states, and the loss of business is bound to have a negative impact on future Medicare Advantage plan rates.
So, today, because they are as mad as Hell about the lunacy of Obamacare, Congress forced a shutdown of the government in a last ditch attempt to stop the funding for Obamacare. I think we can all see where this is going to end up. It’s too little, too late. Sorry, Good Ole Pals, the momentum is on Mr. Presidents side.
Still, I can’t but help wonder how things would have been if Obamacare was modeled after Medicare. Just look at Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D drug plans. It is the most successful cooperation between private industry and government in the history of the United States. The reason for the success is simple, too. The prices are low due to competition, and the program is 100% voluntary. Does it get any better than that?