Americans were told over and over again that the Affordable Care Act would cost $900 billion. The CBO now reports that the ACA is going to cost $2.8 trillion. Either we were lied to or somebody doesn’t do math very well. We were told time and time again if we liked our health insurance we could keep it, but come Jan. 1, 2014, all individual health insurance buyers will be forced into new health insurance policies. Either we were lied to or somebody doesn’t know manure from shoe polish.
We were told that the ACA would bring health insurance costs down, yet testimony at hearings in Olympia by the Health Care Authority indicate that premiums will be 50 percent to 70 percent higher than any health insurance policy available today. Either we were lied to or somebody didn’t tell the HCA that insurance premiums were to go down.
We were told repeatedly that the ACA would not add to the deficit, but the CBO now says it will add $6 trillion to the obligations of the United States over the long run. We were told that the ACA would provide more jobs to Americans and yet businesses all over the country are trimming work hours and refusing to hire new help because of the runaway costs of government mandate health insurance. Physicians and other providers are leaving health care, making it ever more difficult to find a doctor, especially for those enrolled to Medicare.
We were told that licensed, trained and certified insurance agents would be working with people to enroll to one of these new health insurance policies and yet many state insurance commissioners prefer to exclude these agents from the process, favoring instead unlicensed and inexperienced “navigators” who are not authorized to recommend one plan over another. Americans have been lied to on every one of these critically important issues.