Today marks the fourth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, or ObamaCare, being signed into law.
Perhaps the headline for an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal by John Goodman summed it up best: “A Costly Failed Experiment.” Mr. Goodman is President of the National Center for Policy Analysis. He is a well-known expert of health policy matters, among other issues.
About the overall success of ObamaCare, Mr. Goodman writes that, “…it’s worth revisiting the initial purpose of the president’s signature legislation: Universal coverage was the main goal. Four years later, not even the White House pretends that this goal will be realized. Most of those who were uninsured before the law was passed will remain uninsured, according to the Congressional Budget Office.”
The Congressional Budget Office is a non-partisan research organization that is very well respected.
What has not been non-partisan is the result in the polls. As detailed in a previous article on this site, three times now ObamaCare has hurt the Democrats at the voting booth. That does not count the 2010 mid-term elections. Even the support from Hollywood types has died down. Needless to say, the Democrats are doing everything possible to mitigate the negative impact of ObamaCare in the 2014 mid-term elections.
That is why ObamaCare has been amended or delayed more than 30 times by The Obama Administration.
Goodman furthers that, “More recently, the president has had to explain why between four million and seven million people are losing their health insurance despite his promise that they would not. The new insurance will be better, he tells us. No longer will insurers be able to cancel your coverage after you get sick. What he doesn’t say is that this practice was made illegal at the federal level by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, and was illegal in most states long before that.”
Goodman wrote an excellent piece for The Wall Street Journal with the headline telling the entire story!