Jeryl Bier picked up on a little discrepancy at the Healthcare.gov website. A page answering where Americans can find free health care has been changed. It no longer mentions that Americans may have the option of a community medical center that offers free health care. Do you think they did that because the option of free health care may be more attractive to low income Americans than Obamacare, even with the subsidies?
However, sometime between September 16 and September 23, the reference to “free” care was dropped. The title of the topic was changed as well, and now reads: “Where can I get low-cost care in my community?” …
The page in question is not a new one, as the webpage’s Internet address remains the same, still containing the word “free”: www.healthcare.gov/where-can-i-get-free-or-low-cost-care/. However, there is no notation anywhere on the page that it was revised; the change just appeared unannounced. …
Since President Obama has been emphasizing of late how inexpensive Obamacare will be for many Americans, advertising the availability of “free” health care might have been viewed as a deterrent to purchasing even the least expensive option from the government-run exchanges. Since the “bronze” and “silver” level plans that the president has recently been touting as equaling “the cost of your cable bill” and “less than your cell phone bill“ will still entail significant out-of-pocket costs for medical care, “free” might still look more attractive to many on the lower end of the income scale. It may be that community health centers will still offer free care to some, but visitors to Healthcare.gov will no longer be made aware of the option.
Read the whole thing. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Democrats pass some law that bans providers from giving free care.
Oh, also go check out the most popular question on healthcare.gov. Here’s a little hint: It’s not a question the White House staff or members of Congress are asking.
Update: In related news, experts are predicting that premiums will soon spiral out of control.