The promise of the Affordable Care Act is right there in its title:
Affordable.Yet, anti-poverty agencies across the country fear that
even with the federal financial assistance available under the law,
health insurance will remain unaffordable for significant numbers
of low-income Americans.
Remember all of the promises?
Arguably, the most important promise for the poor and middle class was that Obamacare would make healthcare insurance affordable. Since the botched rollout, however, many have discovered they cannot afford to pay the cost of healthcare insurance...even with the federal subsidies to assist individuals who make up to 400% of the poverty line.
Forget that the amount of those subsidies is confusing and varies depending upon the type of plan. What's important in Stateline article is what the Executive Director of the Northwest Health Law Adovocates in Seattle, Janet Varon, said:
Even with the subsidies, some people simply won’t be able to manage
to pay their health insurance premiums consistently with all the other
costs facing them.
Remember President Clinton stating "It all depends uponwqhat 'is' is"?
The Motley Monk can hear it already. Confronted with these facts, defenders of Obamacare will be on MSNBC saying on point, "It all depends upon what you mean by the word 'affordable'." And, then, they'll try to get Congress to pour more taxpayers' money into those "subsidies" (which really means "entitlements").
Let the discussion begin...
To read the Stateline article, click on the following link: