Well, come on. You KNEW this was going to happen. Earlier this year, United Healthcare announced that they were severely curtailing the markets (states) that they’d be participating in as far as Obamacare was concerned. It was just a few weeks later that Humana came out with a similar announcement. Now apparently, the other of the “Big Three” health insurers in this country is following suit.
And Obamacare is teetering on the brink of destruction because of it.
It was just announced by Aetna that they would be dropping eleven states from its current roster of 15 as an Obamacare provider. That means they’ll just be in four states in 2017. And of courses, prices are expected to rise dramatically. So all three of the largest health insurers in the country are getting out of Obamacare care, either altogether or for the most part. And what’s that mean for you?
Probably not a damn thing.
See, most people aren’t even IN the exchanges. They only get about 9 million people (even though in 2016 they were supposed to be up around 20 million…they had to revise that number down, first to 15 million and then to 10 million. They missed both goals by a wide margin. So the mere fact that Obamacare is going into its third year without some big players probably won’t impact you at all. At least not on the surface. What will impact you is what happens if the whole shebang goes under. Here’s how.
First of all, you know Democrats. They never met a program that they funded that reached the end of its useful life. You fund it forever regardless if its good, bad, or ugly. Obamacare, depending on who you are, is all three. It’s for a few folks because it does away with pre-existing conditions (at a rather steep cost) and allows parents to keep their deadbeat sons and daughters who are living in the basement because they can’t find full-time work because of Obamacare on their policies until they reach 26 (also at a rather steep cost). It’s bad because it has dragged the entire insurance industry down to dust. And it’s ugly because it was set up to do exactly that. You can’t have single-payer healthcare if you have a bunch of insurance companies out there selling insurance policies! You have to get rid of them somehow.
There are major problems for Obamacare going forward. First of all, whomever wins the White House isn’t going to be able to unilaterally run Obamacare or change it into a single-payer system without Congress. I know there has been talk about the Senate going back to the Dems, but that’s a ways off, and the Dems still need both houses in order to pass any healthcare legislation (other than do away with Obamacare altogether). The future for federally mandated healthcare isn’t that bright. The future for single-payer healthcare is worse yet. It’s time for the GOP to come up with a realistic plan that solves the problem for the uninsured without any more over-bloated, taxpayer wasting programs like Obamacare. They need to let the private sector solve the problem. That’s what private sector businesses do best…and governments do worst. Don’t believe me? Look at the mess Medicare/Medicaid and the Veterans’ healthcare system is in. You don’t trust government to do something that is already being done in the private sector. They’ll screw it up every time!
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!