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  • Chart of the Week: Estimated Loss of Health Coverage Under Obamacare

    President Obama has  reassured Americans that if they like their current health insurance, they can keep it.

    “If you’ve got health insurance through your employer, you can keep your health insurance, keep your choice of doctor, keep your plan,” Obama insisted on Oct. 15, 2008.

    But two years after signing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law, Obama gave many Americans a false sense of security that Obamacare won’t change the status quo.

    Four reputable research institutions have run the numbers and found that not only is Obama’s claim false, but employees will be dropped from their current coverage by the millions. This week’s chart outlines each of the four studies.

    As Obamacare is implemented, employers will find it increasingly hard to comply. The authors of “Why Obamacare is Wrong for America” explain:

    Behind the scenes, the White House needed to keep employers in the game so they would continue to finance the great majority of private health insurance. But after the law was enacted, the Obama administration invented new rules for his ‘grandfathering’ protection so that it was much harder for employers to comply. To be protected from a barrage of costly new mandates, an employer has to fit into a straitjacket, limiting the changes it can make to its existing plans.

    Because the mandates on employers are so restrictive, they are not incentivized to hold coverage on employees. The result: Many employers will be better off financially if they drop coverage for employees, pay the penalty, and increase their workers’ wages as an offset, according to former Congressional Budget Office director Douglas Holtz-Eakin, who currently heads the American Action Forum.

    Speaking at Friday’s YG Network Summit event on health care, Dan Elling, staff director for the House Ways and Means Subcommitte on Health, put it this way:

    Eight out of 10 small employer health insurance plans are going to have to change the benefits packages available. That’s not being able to keep the plan you have.

    There’s a small business owner with 58 employees from Missouri who runs a property casualty insurance business. He would be able to save $300,000 in 2014 alone by dumping his health insurance, and paying a $2,000 penalty under the employee mandate, and ship all this cost to the taxpayer.

    So the backward incentives that are set up under the current law for employers to dump health insurance is the exact opposite message that we should try to be sending, which is first you got health insurance, great, lets try to make it better for you. We’re not going to make it more expensive.

    View more charts about Obamacare’s far-reaching negative effects on Americans in our newly released “Obamacare in Pictures: Visualizing the Effects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.”

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    14 Responses to Chart of the Week: Estimated Loss of Health Coverage Under Obamacare

    1. Not a very bright future!

    2. Jacob AG says:

      The CBO said as recently as 2 weeks ago that "Compared with prior law, the ACA is now estimated by CBO and JCT to reduce the number of nonelderly people without health insurance coverage by 30 million to 33 million in 2016 and subsequent years, leaving 26 million to 27 million nonelderly residents uninsured in those years (see Table 3 at the end of the report)."

      • Alvin says:

        Only by forcing young citizens that normally do not purchase health insurance into the system. Once the mandate is removed due to unconstitutionality, it falls apart, and then bankrupts both small business and the insurers. It was a trojan horse, just as the representative from the Tides Foundation said it would.

    3. Joe Stickney says:

      this scam is still under peporting actual cost based on rATIONING IPAB AND COMPLCATIONS FROM POOR TO UNALLOWED CARE

    4. jake says:

      How exactly did they think 'it will not affect a lot of people' translate into 'billions'? Scary and disappointing.
      -Jake, Estate taxes nj

    5. The questions about these changes to the way we all are able to see a doctor when sick or injured and receive hospital treatment are completely lost in the 3C's. The thought that the federal govt is in any way involved in my seeing a doctor is terrifying. Why can't we have to freedom to go to the Doctor when we think we need to and pay for it our selves? The same for a hospital stay? Henry Kaiser must be turning over in his grave. So now what has been a non taxable contribution for more than 65 years will be what? Am speaking about the employer benefit offered by some employers. The people that support this govt take over talk about the deadbeats that just show up at the emergency room for free doctors treatment. Well stop making it free. I pay for mine you pay for yours. That is the way it sworks in a free country. If you are broke then work it off before you see the Doctor. The Govt. is the enemy

      • O2BMe says:

        I know a religious affiliated hospital whose doctors and clinic work a sliding scale to take care of the uninsured. They take into account income, rent, bills and charge what they can afford. This works because they get healthcare and still retain their pride by paying something toward their care. It may not be much, but everyone there gets something. Wouldn't this be better than Obamacare?

    6. Jeanne Stotler says:

      If you do keep your current plan, you'll be paying a lot more han you do today, Medicare supplement will increase creatly, already has gone up for the last 2 years, as the Gov't. decreases what it pays under medicare and cuts benefits, we will have to pay more out of pocket or higher supplement. BHO and all those mmers of Cogress that think this is so great need to be made to use the same insurance. BHO must have really hated his grandparents that raised him, to put such burden and limits on the seniors of today.

    7. joecool says:

      Train wreck from day one, and never about healthcare – always about politics and power!!

    8. Big Jim says:

      So, in essence this means three outcomes are likely to occur. Hard working Americans will either:
      - lose their healthcare
      - see a major reduction in the quality of their healthcare
      - see a major increase in the cost of their healthcare
      All this, so the Obama Regime can appear to be helping a portion of its constituents consisting of illegal aliens who mysteriously voted for Obama or folks who make a living living off the the government.
      How did this Joke get into ofice? Is the left-wing media to blame for creating the biggest snow job in history. Bet they're even proud they did it.

    9. Sally says:

      Heck, the threat of Obama 'Care' has the insurance, hospital, & physcians scared to death. My personal health care doubled, the hospitals are slow to pay or won't pay their vendors. I had one physician group try to pay thru pay pal. Who is kidding who? Obama has already jacked up health care. Becareful when you go in for tests….. By the way what happened to the inflation index?

    10. Stirling says:

      All part of the progressive liberal rouse to decive the people into buying into a farse. This is really why any purposed legleslation from a liberal, democrat, or RINO should really be questioned, vetted, and not allowed to become law, with every passed law our individual freedoms are erroded by government elities.

    11. Red Baker says:

      How many outright lies are Obama's supporters going to paper over? How dumb are they? How dumb do they think we are?

    12. Mitt Romney says:

      I, the Mittwit, support this act, I mean, Bush Sr. tried to get the SAME EXACT thing passed, americans were all happy until it failed to pass, I tried to get it passed, and failed, finally someone got it passed and now people complain.

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