I just listened to an “urgent” phone message decrying “Obamacare” and, among other things, claiming that the policy would require hiring “over 16,000 new IRS agents.” Goggling for that phrase led me quickly to factcheck.org, which says the claim is false, stemming “from a partisan analysis based on guesswork . . . compounded by outright misrepresentation.”
When will opponents recognize that without pressure to purchase health insurance, such insurance is actuarially infeasible? Currently, for those lucky enough to be employed by a thriving corporation, that pressure comes in the form of a carrot – a subsidy making insurance too good to pass up.
Those carrots are rapidly disappearing and, in any event, why are folks who are so wild about a “free market” happy to have their employer decide which insurers (or often, insurer) they will have access to? Would they be as happy with employers telling them which supermarket to use?
The unemployed, or those whose employer does not offer insurance, are left with choices that have outrageously high premiums because insurers are understandably suspicious about the health of walk-in customers.
Opposition to Obamacare seems based primarily on the fact that Barack Obama came up with it. Before his administration supported it, it was a Republican idea, based on people “taking responsibility for their own health care” – presumably rather than their employer taking responsibility for it.
Anyone getting an urgent phone call making outrageous claims should suppress the righteous indignation and check the facts before following up. Or write your local paper.