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100 million more to lose insurance due to Obamacare next year November 20, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Dallas Diocese, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, persecution, sadness, scandals, secularism, Society, the return.
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The “individual market” aspect of Obamacare that went into effect this year is relatively small potatoes.  About 5 million were negatively affected. For many of these people, the effect has been catastrophic.  Nevertheless, the overall numbers of those suffering are small. But next year, the “employer mandate” kicks in, and that, according to an independent analysis, will result in 50-100 million Americans losing their currently mostly affordable health insurance, and dump them onto the overpriced, low quality Obamacare “exchanges.”

A new and independent analysis of ObamaCare warns of a ticking time bomb, predicting a second wave of 50 million to 100 million insurance policy cancellations next fall — right before the mid-term elections.

The next round of cancellations and premium hikes is expected to hit employees, particularly of small businesses. While the administration has tried to downplay the cancellation notices hitting policyholders on the individual market by noting they represent a relatively small fraction of the population, the swath of people who will be affected by the shakeup in employer-sponsored coverage will be much broader.

An analysis by the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank, shows the administration anticipates half to two-thirds of small businesses would have policies canceled or be compelled to send workers onto the ObamaCare exchanges. They predict up to 100 million small and large business policies could be canceled next year.

Remember, the USCCB staff (and, more quietly, a number of bishops) backed this thing to the hilt, and frankly wanted an even more radically socialistic system.

Comments

1. DiscipleoftheDumbOx - November 20, 2013

All thanks to the federal government whose responsibilities do not include healthcare for all Union member states and their inhabitants. Increasingly, there is only one way out of this mess.

2. Janet Baker - November 21, 2013

Well, I appreciate the bishops’ feelings. There is zero movement toward a Catholic religious state, and short of that, what are we to do? If you ask, what has a Catholic state got to do with it, this is what, the benefit of universal and free health care compliments of religious orders. We do not have anything like that. What we had before Obamacare was (is, if we return to it) care for those luckly enough to have the kind of job or retirement that provides healthcare which provider has had to be vetted by a company, not by an individual–a paid professional with little oversight and experience. You only had to choose among two or three options, manageable. And then there were the welfare people who had care. But the unlucky working poor had zip. Do you really want to say it’s their fault if they had that kind of job? What if they thought they were really contributing something, or what if they actually were really contributing something to society, but not in a job that had medical benefits. Buy insurance on their own? Really really expensive, like a car payment, and besides, very confusing, much more so than buying a car or a house, if you don’t have experience with the terminology. One of my adult sons had a hernia. We’d fixed it when he was 12 but it came back. He didn’t tell anybody for a long time. Finally he had to, the pain was very great. So we his family went looking for the surgery, to save up and to have an idea how much it would cost. Nobody would tell us!!!! Some hospitals have an explicit policy against discussing cost prior to any procedure. You have to give them your credit cart digits and then hope and pray. Let me tell you one little thing about that kind of situation. I had a student who had broken his neck and had one of those ‘haloes’ screwed into his skull, and to save the final $350 when he was all better and it was time to take the halo off–his mother took them out. I happened to be there for his weekly homebound lesson. Pretty raw.

Finally, in my son’s case, thank the good God a Catholic hospital here in Chicago granted him some aleviation of cost and gave us some idea of the cost of the remainder, after multiple contacts in their patient screening office that people with fewer resources could not have endured and kept their job, and for eight thousand bucks he had the operation. That was how it was.

Maybe the bishops know that. But maybe we shouldn’t be so accusatory of them. We have to have SOME kind of health care, and unless you plan to set yourself on fire for the return of the Catholic state, could we just concentrate a little on a solution instead of making fun of people opting for a government solution like except for them and Obama everthing was fine? The only other solution besides returning to the Catholic state that I can think of is to ditch insurance and just pay for service. Those people with catastrophic illnesses would have recourse to the charity options–breast cancer, AIDS, kidney problems, just about all of them have some outreach now. I give regularly, myself. Everybody else pay cash. That’s how Mexico still is, with some exceptions. Job insurance is growing, but you can still just walk into a doc’s office (a doc trained in San Diego or Dallas, btw) and for fifty bucks get what you need including xrays. Or what’s your idea? The old system was broken.

Another btw, Obamacare is not socialist, it’s fascist. It’s going to enrich the insurance companies and the profit-making hospitals at taxpayer expense. That’s fascism. Like it makes a difference. The protestant alternative, don’t you understand that? Henry VIII made the first move to make health care a profitable enterprise. Do ya like it? We should stop making fun of the bishops and suggest an alternative, then.

3. DiscipleoftheDumbOx - November 21, 2013

1. Medical Sharing Programs
2. Health Savings Accounts
3. Free Health Clinics – These are available in every state in the union.
4. Churches
5. Family, extended family, friends and neighbors

These are just five that come to mind.

We don’t need a federal leviathan for healthcare.

4. MMC - November 21, 2013

My catastrophic coverage was a mere $100 per month. There are many affordable catastrophic coverages out there. The “working poor” what exactly is that? If you have a HS education (free) and go to community college (dirt cheap) you can get a decent job in many, many fields that either a) pay you enough to afford catastrophic care b) pay the coverage for you via business or union fees. We need to stop this socialization and take responsibility for our own care. The free market was working fine. The very poor/disabled covered by Medicaid. Most of the unemployed were the young who didn’t want to pay out monies for being healthy. The rest were illegals. The bishops need to stay away from all government programs…esp this evil gov’t…and get back to the principle of subsidiarity…and opening/running Catholic hospitals to serve people who fall through the cracks. God bless~

DiscipleoftheDumbOx - November 21, 2013

I had a reply to this but it appears not to have made it in yet. Still, I could not agree with you more on this, MMC.


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