ObamaCare is failing just as critics predicted more than 5 years ago. Faced with that reality, the White House is preparing to resort to the use of threats to increase ObamaCare enrollment numbers next year via the ObamaCare tax.
Next year the annual fine for not buying President Obama’s overpriced health insurance will jump to $695 or 2.5% of your income, whichever is greater. As reported by John Nolte at Breitbart.com, the White House intends to use the fines as leverage in the upcoming 2016 enrollment period, which starts in November:
“We need to be make sure that we are very clear and explicit about that $695 penalty so people understand the choice they are making,” said spokeswoman Lori Lodes. But she said the main emphasis will stay on the benefits of having health insurance and how the law’s subsidies can dramatically lower the cost of monthly premiums.
As Nolte states, it’s no secret as to why no one is buying Obamcare — it sucks!
Already, a third of the co-ops have shut down, further undermining enrollee options; the cost of premiums are skyrocketing, primarily because only the sick are signing up, and enrollees are paying for Cadillac services they will never use–two examples being men being forced to pay for maternity care and everyone being forced to pay for drug rehab. Worst of all, the deductibles are sky high — in the thousands.
ObamaCare is a massive rip-off, a lousy product that gets lousier and more expensive every year, and most of the 40 million or so among the uninsured do not want it.
So far only 9.1 million people have enrolled in ObamaCare. The Department of Health and Human services is predicting that only 1 million more will enroll up next year. That is more than 50% below the Congressional Budget Office predictions that claimed there would be upwards of 21 million enrollees by the end of 2016.
During the debate on Obamacare, critics were called racists for pointing out that the Affordable Care Act would likely create several unwanted consequences, including:
- Millions losing their insurance and doctors
- The deficit would increase
- Insurance premiums would skyrocket
- Insurance companies would go out of business
- The government would threaten people who didn’t sign up.
All of that has come true, and it’s only going to get worse.
In the end, the Affordable Care Act—an oxymoron if there ever was one—is such a great deal that Obama has to threaten us in order to force our participation. When you think about it, that sounds like something the Socialist-in-Chief would do, doesn’t it?
David Leach is the owner and publisher of The Strident Conservative where he is proudly politically-incorrect and always “right,” and he is also a frequent contributor at RedState.com.
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