If you like your medicines, you may not be able to keep them under Obamacare.
The President famously promised that you could keep your health plan and doctor.
For many people, both of those pledges are turning out not to be true.
And now, you might not be able to keep your drugs, either.
There are two reasons why. The first issue has to do with the higher out of pocket costs patients will face.
The second issue may be far more severe.
Simply put, many drugs may not be covered at all, and the costs patients incur by buying them with cash wont count against out of pocket caps.
Well, Halleluiah. The Obamacare website is up and running.
Of course, at only half a million applications processed so far… and accounting for the ones that the system garbled or couldn’t verify or seems to have lost… and anticipating the tens of millions of Americans predicted to lose coverage once the employer mandate kicks in and it turns out to be simpler and cheaper for companies to send workers to the government’s back-up plan (the one paid for by the so-called “fine” that Chief Justice John Roberts correctly identified as a “tax”) than to navigate the troubled waters of Obamacare’s rules and costs… America should achieve the fervently promised universal coverage by — Oh, I don’t know — how about sometime in the next decade. Maybe.
I guess that’s what you call close enough for government work.
As the object of a recent blog post by editorial writer Wayne Ezell, I would like to share an alternative perspective on the Florida House’s decision not to expand Medicaid.
The author lays out a seemingly rational and obvious choice for Florida: simply accept $51 billion of free coverage for Florida’s uninsured, insinuating that only the cold-hearted, politically motivated, ideological obstructionist would dare to refuse.
The Florida House voted overwhelmingly to reject the inflexible and unstable Obamacare Medicaid expansion option after many hours of debate.
While the objections are widespread and varied, four are representative of the many.
Supporters of President Obama are working overtime to backtrack from his promise that “If you like your health-care insurance, you can keep it. Period.” While the president has conceded that this statement was inaccurate, the administration doesn’t seem to have learned its lesson. The damage control plan is to spread another falsehood about the Affordable Care Act.
The claim this time is that the health-care “cost curve is bending, and the ACA is a significant part of the reason.” That was what David Cutler —an influential Harvard economist and senior health-care adviser in Mr. Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign—wrote in a Washington Post op-ed on Nov. 10.
The president jumped on this theme in his press conference on Nov. 14. “I’m not going to walk away from something that has helped the cost of health care grow at its slowest rate in 50 years,” he said. On Wednesday, the White House Council of Economic Advisers published a report claiming that “the ACA is contributing to the recent slow growth in health care prices and spending.”
These assertions border on nonsense.