MSM ignores top Senate Democrats’ sudden criticism of Obamacare
At the Senate Finance Committee hearing earlier this week, it became clear that a glitch in the law is going to result in millions of middle-class workers losing their current insurance and being unable to gain insurance via the so-called ‘exchanges.’ Democrat Senator Wyden said, “We’ve got millions of people–working-class, middle-class people–who are going to be pushed into a regulatory health coverage no man’s land.” Most affected will be the children and spouses of workers — health care subsidies will only be available for individual plans of workers who can’t get affordable coverage via their employers but doesn’t apply to family plans, meaning workers may be able to get coverage for themselves but won’t be able to get coverage of any sort for their spouses and children. The only way to obtain coverage for the rest of their family would be for them to…become unemployed.
Additionally, the Basic Health Program has already been pushed back to 2015 because the infrastructure isn’t in place to implement it –and it appears unlikely that the infrastructure can be put in place anywhere in the near future. Sen. Cantwell accused the administration of artificially increasing the (current and future) costs of all taxpayers for healthcare by trying to push them onto exchanges (which don’t yet exist and also may not be able to be implemented for years). Cantwell warned that many members of the Finance Committee are familiar with state-based cost-control efforts and would not look kindly on HHS subverting them. She said the department has sidelined the Basic Health Plan in order to focus on the exchanges — which will provide subsidies from the federal government.
Democratic Senators blasted the bill they signed on to for a variety of other major issues as well. Maybe they should have read it before signing…