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  • 12 Days of Obamacare Surprises: Uninsured Americans

    Not all surprises are good. When it comes to Obamacare, the original projections are turning into unfortunately different realities. For the next 8 days, Heritage is going to highlight one of the various changes in Obamacare projections (e.g., cost, enrollment, etc.) from when the law first passed until now.

    One of Obamacare’s primary goals was to dramatically reduce the number of uninsured. To achieve this, Obamacare depends on a Medicaid expansion, new government subsidies funneled through exchanges, and an individual mandate to get people covered.

    In 2010, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projected that Obamacare would insure 32 million non-elderly people by 2019, leaving 23 million non-elderly Americans uninsured.

    In 2012, the CBO updated its projection to show that Obamacare would provide coverage for 36 million people through Medicaid and subsidized coverage in the government-run exchanges, leaving 30 million Americans uninsured in 2022.

    Surprise: That’s a projected increase of 7 million additional Americans who will remain uninsured despite Obamacare’s costly efforts to expand coverage.

    “7 swans-a-swimming?” 7 million more-a-sinking is more like it.

    12 Days of Obamacare Surprises:

    4. Increased exchange subsidies

    3. Big tax increases

    2. The small business tax credit

    1. And the individual mandate.

    Donald Schneider is currently a member of the Young Leaders Program at The Heritage Foundation. For more information on interning at Heritage, please visit: http://www.heritage.org/about/departments/ylp.cfm.

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    5 Responses to 12 Days of Obamacare Surprises: Uninsured Americans

    1. Malcolm Hume says:

      Typical GOP "conservative" tactic, break something, point to it and say 'look, it's broken'! Americans aren't falling for it any more.

    2. Glenn says:

      I have already heard from other locals of them of paying no more premiums for health care insurance. Their response is that if they get sick, the hospital has to serve them. The next response is that the new health care will be for FREE. So they will take the chance.

    3. sheila artzler says:

      Surprise, surprise! This has never been about health care. This nation could have simply put all these uninsured into a special pool and provided their health care much more cheaply, everyone would receive coveraage, and we wouldn't be looking at massive new beauracracies and IRS agents. This is about control pure and simple!

    4. nick says:

      I have serious concerns about the credibility of this post. In the same 2012 CBO report highlighted in the post, the CBO states that in 2022 the number of uninsured is going to go down from its original estimates, from 32 million to 30 million. Plus, this large chunk of uninsured folks are undocumented workers and those who do not elect to be covered by Medicaid (as stated in the CBO report). The CBO report does highlight the millions of folks that will be covered under the new law, either through a insurance subsidy or Medicaid, as well as the over net reduction in spending that is a result of this law. Sure, the costs are 1.6 trillion, but the CBO states that the law recovers and cuts spending by 1.8 trillion thereby giving a net decrease in overall cost. Isn't this blog post in stark contrast to the very CBO report it cites?? Help me out here.

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