Less than two weeks before ObamaCare’s fourth open enrollment season and as the law continues to spiral out of control, the President is taking his worn-out health care pitch to the Sunshine state. While he has accepted that ObamaCare has “real problems,” Obama may likely make the case for government-run health care, as backed by the Far Left.
As noted by The Hill:
Obama answered the calls of many progressives this summer by reaffirming his support for a government-run “public option” to compete alongside private options on the exchanges. He is likely to speak at length about the idea on Thursday, helping to draw support from progressives for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
ObamaCare has hit Floridians especially hard. Last month, state insurance regulators approved double-digit premium increases. On average, premiums will increase by 19 percent next year with some rates are increasing to as much as 65 percent and more than 400,000 Florida consumers will have to choose a new health plan as insurers exit the state’s insurance marketplace.
The damaging costs and disruption ObamaCare has created is not limited to just Florida, but is happening throughout the county.
Premiums are skyrocketing:
In states including Arizona, Illinois, Montana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Tennessee, the approved rate increases for the market leader top 50%. In New Mexico, the Blue Cross Blue Shield plan agreed to resume selling plans through the online exchanges after sitting out last year, but has been allowed to increase rates 93% on their 2015 level.
Dominant insurers in Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland and Oregon have been allowed to raise premiums by 20% or more, and rate increases from similarly situated carriers in Colorado, Florida and Idaho are brushing up against that threshold.
And as many as 1.4 million consumers will have to select a new health care for the year ahead or face thousands in ObamaCare fines:
A growing number of people in Obamacare are finding out their health insurance plans will disappear from the program next year, forcing them to find new coverage even as options shrink and prices rise. At least 1.4 million people in 32 states will lose the Obamacare plan they have now, according to state officials contacted by Bloomberg.
ObamaCare has ushered in a new era of health care uncertainty that has left consumers worse off than ever before:
Doctor and hospital switching has become a recurring scramble as consumers on the individual market find it difficult or impossible to stay on their same plans amid rising premiums and a revolving door of carriers willing to sell policies. The instability, which preceded the health law, is intensifying in the fourth year of the Affordable Care Act’s marketplaces for people buying insurance directly instead of through an employer.
The President owes it to the American people to acknowledge that his signature achievement has failed and has made their lives more difficult. In the throes of a death spiral, it is disingenuous of the President to continue to peddle ObamaCare lies and government-run health care to Floridians and Americans.