All said and done, it’s amazing how many times Obamacare failed in such a short period of time:
- President Obama promised that a typical family’s premiums would drop $2,500 a year. Premiums actually went up by thousands.
- President Obama also promised that if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. He later said in an interview that no, there’s actually no guarantee that you can keep your doctor.
- He said the same thing about your health insurance, but in the end millions received cancellation notices.
- Healthcare.gov, the federal exchange website, was a complete disaster for months last year, even after the Center for Medicare and Medicaid’s Chief Information Security Officer recommended against launching because of security vulnerabilities and private consultants cautioned that the website was broken. Today, the website is still not completely fixed and, despite containing the sensitive personal information of millions of Americas, is still unsecure.
- …and the broken website has already cost the taxpayers over $2 billion.
- Website glitches may leave thousands unable to verify their personal information—like citizenship status—putting them at risk of losing their health care coverage.
- After the first enrollment period, President Obama claimed that 8 million people signed up for insurance under Obamacare. Just like when he said we could keep our doctors and insurance, the truth was different. The Administration said months later the number was closer to 7.3 million and falling.
- Potentially millions more people ended up on Medicaid, an insurance program that does not mean access to care and may produce even worse health results than being uncovered.
- And, finally, it is estimated that tens of thousands more will lose their health insurance in the coming weeks.
We’ve had Obamacare for a year, and it’s been a year of failure. That makes for one unhappy anniversary.