It was supposed to provide more security and stability to those who had health insurance. It was supposed to provide insurance for those who didn't have it. And it was supposed to slow the growth of health care costs for our families, our businesses, and our government.
At least that's what President Obama promised ObamaCare would deliver when he speechified before a joint session of Congress in September of 2009.
But as we approach the two year anniversary of the passage of the enormously costly "Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act," ObamaCare has proven itself a failure. In place of security and stability, uncertainty of whether certain plans will even continue to be offered abounds. I've personally received half a dozen letters from my insurer urging me to pick a new policy because ObamaCare constrains the insurer (Blue Cross) from offering the same plan to new applicants, virtually guaranteeing higher future premiums as the pool of members covered by this policy steadily shrinks.
Instead of receiving a little relief from skyrocketing health care costs, families across America--mine and many families of Ricochet Members included--have seen their insurance premiums increase 20, 30, 40 per cent or more.
And now, as a recent Gallup poll reveals (via CNS News), more Americans are uninsured now than before the passage of ObamaCare.
The percentage of American adults who lack health insurance coverage has not only increased during the presidency of Barack Obama, but it has continued to increase since Obama signed his signature piece of legislation last year mandating that by 2014 every American carry health insurance, according to a Gallup survey released today.
In 2008, when George W. Bush was president, according to Gallup, 14.9 percent of adult residents of the United States lacked health insurance coverage. That increased to 16.2 percent in 2009, the year that Obama was inaugurated, and to 16.4 percent in 2010, the year that Obama signed his law requiring that all Americans have health insurance.
In the first half of this year, according to data released by Gallup today, the percentage of adults in the United States lacking health insurance ticked up to 16.8 percent.
Add yet another drumbeat to the battle cry. ObamaCare delenda est.