Health care law will be judged on 3 questions
by The Associated Press
July 07, 2013 12:22 AM | 873 views | 1 1 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
WASHINGTON — Three months before uninsured people can start shopping for coverage, some big unknowns loom over President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.

The surprise announcement this past week that the White House is delaying a requirement that many employers offer coverage raised questions about other major parts of the biggest expansion of society’s safety net since Medicare almost 50 years ago.

One delay may not matter much in the end. People will judge Obama’s law on three main points: premiums, choice and the overall consumer experience.

Only partial answers can be gleaned now, and they don’t necessarily fall along predictable lines.

Basic economics suggests premiums will be higher than what many people who buy their own coverage pay now, especially the young and healthy. The new policies provide better benefits, and starting next year, insurers won’t be able to turn away the sick. But the pocketbook impact will be eased by new tax credits and other features that people soon will discover.

As for choice, Obama’s plan isn’t likely to deliver the dozens of options available to seniors through Medicare. But limited choices may not be seen as a step backward because in most states the individual health insurance market is now dominated by a single insurer.

The consumer experience shopping online for insurance remains the biggest unknown — and a risk.

Squads of technology experts — federal, state, insurer and contractor employees — are trying mesh government and private computer systems together in ways that haven’t been tried before. It may not feel like Amazon.com. Many people could default to enrolling the low-tech way, through call centers or even through the mail.

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July 07, 2013
Obama promised that families who have insurance through their employers would receive tax credits. That never happened and my premium has doubled in two years. He has added taxes on items you don't even know about to cover the government exchanges. His own party and analysts have stated this is going to be a disaster. The low income people who need ti most still won't be able to afford it. This was not thought out at all and all will suffer! The US has become a handout country with residence believing it is the responsibility of the government to support them. How about this, don't have children you can not afford to take care of yourself and stop the government handouts. All the government handouts promised to you are coming from me! The hardworking responsible person who pays taxes to pay for these programs. It is not my responsibility to support you! Remember that every time Obama states,"The Government is going to provide......", that simply means the people who pay taxes are going to be taxed more.Only 48% of Americans pay taxes and illegals-0%
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