Yes, Obamacare Is As Bad As You Thought, And Worse

The disaster known as Obamacare has sort of been pushed to the back burner lately thanks to the VA scandal, Iraq falling to the terrorists, the IRS conveniently losing emails, and President Obama’s golf and fundraising schedule. It certainly isn’t getting the attention it deserves. It’s as bad as we thought it would be, perhaps worse.

In Colorado thousands of policies have been cancelled. Republicans out there have been trying to call attention to the problem with little attention by the national media.

The number of Americans seeing their work hours cut thanks to the dreadful law continues to grow. As if the economy wasn’t bad enough already.

The hits keep on coming — to the work hours of special education aides, school bus drivers, cafeteria workers, custodians, home-care workers, adjunct faculty and college students.

With this week’s addition of 28 documented examples of employers cutting work hours to dodge fines levied under ObamaCare’s employer insurance mandate, IBD’s list now includes 429 employers.

(The ObamaCare Employer Mandate List, substantiated with links to news sources and public documents, is available for downloading at Investors.com.)

Among the new additions are seven school districts, bringing the total to 130 districts where hours have been cut or permanent staff outsourced to avoid taking on new costs for employees who work at least 30 hours a week — considered full time under ObamaCare. (Read More)

Isn’t it ironic how the Democrats claim to be the party of education?

I wish I was finished, but I’m not. USA Today published an editorial from a physician who explained how government interference in medicine has always been a problem. But the problems created by Obamacare are worse than anything she’s ever seen before.

Yet Obamacare worsened the bureaucratic burden like nothing I’ve ever seen. By October, the law already had created 11,000 pages of regulation. It has addedthousands more since.

Doctors, hospitals and insurers must hire armies of lawyers and administrators to make sense of this system. This leads to mountains of paperwork. I’ve had to hire extra staff to fill out forms, file them and fax them. Even for a private practice doctor like me, this dramatically increases costs while worsening the patient’s experience. This also explains why doctors rarely spend enough time with patients. We’re forced to do paperwork, too.

It’s rarely obvious that the regulations are the root of patient problems. But we got a taste last fall when 6 million to 9 million Americans lost their health insurance plans because they didn’t comply with Obamacare. In place of their canceled plans, they were instructed to purchase insurance from the federal exchange.

They discovered a rude shock. According to Forbes, the average premiums for health insurance plans in my state of Arkansas increased by 138 percent last year. Other states saw average spikes of 41 percent. For many, these more expensive plans came with higher deductibles, higher co-pays and often smaller provider networks.

But these higher premiums provide a more restrictive scope of care. (Read More)

I would ask if it could get any worse, but I’m afraid we all already know the answer to that question.