Affordable Care Act is a fiasco

The fiasco that is the roll out of The Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, needs looked at very closely by the public. It also raises serious questions that need answered.

Oct. 1 marked the end of a three-year journey that was heralded as a giant step forward for Americans. Millions were to be able to get affordable health care. The floor for spending on the website to date appears to be at least $170 million, with an upward potential of nearly $300 million. That is just cost for a Web portal that has major problems, and more or less does not work. More cost is likely to be associated for call centers and government employees. If a private corporation spent this kind of money and got similar results, you could bet that heads would roll. But, this is the federal government we are talking about. If past mistakes by this administration are any indication, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is completely safe in her job. It was her responsibility to make sure that this site was up and running.

Obama famously promised that those who liked their health care coverage could keep it under his program, in reality, the health care law imposes a raft of new regulations on insurance policies starting Jan. 1 that are forcing insurers across the country to terminate existing plans. The Washington Examiner reported that CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield is dropping 40 percent of the individuals that are insured in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. There are many more reports across the nation by other news organizations that are similar in nature to the Washington Examiner. Insurance carrier Florida Blue sent out 300,000 cancellation notices, or 80 percent of the entire state’s individual coverage policies. The Daily caller is reporting that more people are being dropped than have signed up for new health care.

The above facts can only lead us to two troubling scenarios. The first is that the federal government is massively incompetent and short sighted. They have wasted millions of dollars and created more people that lack insurance. If this scenario is true, who in their right mind would want any part of this same government running your health care? The second scenario is more nefarious and will be embraced by many in the conspiracy movement. That scenario is that this is a designed failure to aid in the ushering in of the single payer system that Obama has wanted all along. Regardless of ones belief in either scenario, it is evident that The Affordable Health Care Act is a massive failure of many levels and the American people deserve answers.

Americans deserve better than we have been getting. It is time to scrap Obamacare and go back to the drawing board. We need a common sense approach to make health care affordable for our citizens.

Jay Owens