Still, what are we getting for our money?
In 2008, the promise was to save each family of four an average of $2,500.
In 2009, the promise was to insure 47 million Americans who didn’t have insurance, and to save you those $2,500.
In 2010, the promise was to insure 47 million Americans who didn’t have insurance, and to save you those $2,500, and let you keep the plan you have and the doctor you like.
And then the closer we came to the start of it all, when the Shiny Objects started to gather a veneer of rust and dirt, the equivocations and hedges started:
In 2011, the promise was maybe more like 30 millions Americans would get insured. I don’t remember any more talk about an actual dollar figure on your savings, but you could still for sure keep your doctor and your plan.
In 2012, Mitt Romney. ‘Nuff said.
In 2013, the promises, shifting though they were, all got broken. Premiums might be down, assuming you can get subsidized, but your copays and deductibles are all higher. As one smart commenter here put it a while back, the ObamaCare-approved plans are essentially catastrophic coverage at Cadillac plan prices. Instead of promising coverage to maybe 23 million Americans, the hope — and so far it is just a hope — is to get about seven million signed up by the end of next March. The official figure is 365,000 or so, but the real figure is significantly lower. How much lower is anyone’s guess, because guesswork is all this tight-lipped administration has left us. 800,000 or so have been added to the Medicaid rolls, which I suppose counts as coverage, if not actual insurance.
Your odds of keeping your current plan or your current doctor decrease with each creaking ratchet of the ObamaCare regulatory apparatus — somewhere between 5 and 5.5 million Americans have had their plans cancelled by those strictures. That number will climb.
All this upheaval, all of the cost, all of the screams of human rights, civil rights to do this – just smaller versions of “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan”.