Obamacare Is in Danger. Here’s Why It’s Been So Bad for America.

The Daily Signal | 3/26/2019 | Staff
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The prognosis for Obamacare isn’t looking too great right now.

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Last December, a district judge in Texas ruled that Obamacare should be struck down in its entirety. The Justice Department said in a federal appeals court filing on Monday that it agrees with this ruling, according to CNN, which would be a reversal of its previous position that only some of the law should be overturned.

Regardless of how the courts rule, Obamacare has been a manifest failure and a harm to American health care.

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As Marie Fishpaw, the director of domestic policies at The Heritage Foundation, and John Malcolm, vice president of the Institute for Constitutional Government at The Heritage Foundation, wrote in December:

Obamacare led to years of increasing costs and decreasing choices. Premiums doubled in the first four years of the program. Millions lost the coverage they used to have. Americans found it harder to pick the right plan and doctor, as health plan choices declined and provider networks narrowed. Frustrated providers are drowning in red tape and increasingly feeling burned out. Meanwhile, taxpayers are on the hook for the money needed to paper over Obamacare’s flawed structure.

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The rise in premiums, which the Obama administration said wouldn’t generally happen, has been well documented. Premiums for individual coverage more than doubled between 2013 and 2017, according to a Department of Health and Human Services report.

This effect is primarily due to Obamacare regulations, fees, and other various provisions in the law.

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It’s also created a huge liability for states that bought into the Medicaid expansion, which is now starting to cause a serious strain on state budgets as federal funding winds down.

A recent report from the Heartland Institute, a...
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