Middle-Class Americans Will Choose a Champion with a Remedy for Pricey Obamacare

Article posted on May 22nd, 2015 by WhatAmIMissingHere

Danger Of Obamacare BasicBy John Barrasso

As the 2016 presidential race kicks off, candidates on both sides of the aisle are promising to stand up for the middle class. Voters deserve to know that anyone who champions Obamacare cannot honestly say she or he is also a champion of middle-class Americans.

The president’s health care law harms middle-class families in at least four ways, and even stands in the way of people trying to climb into the middle class.

First, the law raised or created 20 taxes that add up to $1 trillion over the next decade. Many of these taxes hit the middle class, like the penalty for anyone whose insurance does not satisfy Washington’s long list of mandates.

The penalty targets hardworking taxpayers who don’t want, don’t need or can’t afford the insurance the president says they must buy.

Other parts of the health care law cost taxpayers indirectly, through lower wages and higher prices. These include taxes on insurance plans, medical products and employers.

Second, the law included so many coverage mandates that the premiums skyrocketed. According to a study by the Manhattan Institute, the health care law increased the average price of individual market coverage by 49 percent its first year. Families getting insurance through work have seen their total premiums rise by nearly $3,500 since 2009.

Third, to keep rates from rising even higher, insurers gave Obamacare plans high deductibles. The average deductible for a family “silver” plan — the most common type — is a staggering $6,010. Average deductibles for slightly cheaper “bronze” plans are nearly twice as high.

If you don’t get a large Washington subsidy, the insurance just isn’t worth it. Of eligible people who don’t receive any assistance, only one out of every 50 bought Obamacare’s overpriced coverage.

If the Supreme Court rules against the administration soon in the King v. Burwell case, we will finally have an opportunity to improve health care for all Americans. We will take action to return power to the states and to let people choose what works best for their families.    (my emphasis)

READ all of John Barrasso’s comments about a remedy for Obamacare from the Washington Times here. 

John Barrasso, a physician, is a Republican member of the U.S. Senate from Wyoming.

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