Jul 24, 2014

Few Like Obamacare. It’s Easy to See Why

Fewer than 1 in 5 voters feel that they’re better off because of Obamacare, according to a CNN poll, and 35 percent of those with incomes below $50,000 say they are worse off because of the Affordable Care Act. It’s easy to see why.

There’s a laundry list of Obamacare problems that is getting harder and harder to keep up with: website glitches, faulty backendfailing state exchangescontinued administrative delaysrising premiumsshrinking doctor networksinaccurate enrollment statisticsapplication discrepanciesdelayed processingrising taxes, suspicious (and even terroristnavigators, inadequate security for sensitive personal data, and even people being unable to obtain coverage despite paying premiums.

Now, just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report in which fake Obamacare applicants with made up social security numbers and imagined salaries were approved by Obamacare’s enrollment system.  It turns out 11 of the 18 fake applicants were able to secure thousands of dollars in subsidies. Senator Orrin Hatch said it best: “Ironically, the GAO has found Obamacare is working really well — for those who don’t exist.”

This is yet another example of the waste, fraud, and abuse rampant in Obamacare. It’s no wonder that 58 percent of Americans believe the Obama administration is incompetent at managing government. Even a third of Democrats agree.

But while Democrats continue to defend this fundamentally flawed law, insisting that Obamacare is “working” despite all evidence to the contrary, House Republicans will continue to fight for real solutions that put patients back in charge of their health care.