1. Prior to Obamacare, about 48 million did not have health insurance. I am not sure that 48 million did not have access to healthcare. I don’t know that number or how to figure it out – but insurance is different from access and hence I assume that number is different.
But given that 48 million did not have health insurance, and if the goal was to see that the 48 million did, why not figure out a solution for the 48 million (and leave the rest who had insurance alone?)
2. The Obama administration in recent days is boasting about all the people who have signed up for Obamacare. We need to know how many signing up are paying because the nation needs to figure out how to fund this. If someone gets Medicaid or subsidized health insurance, the nation (taxpayers) needs to fund it (since the insured is not…or, in the case of subsidized, only part of the cost.) Hence, the bragging number for the Administration should be how many signed up and are paying for it themselves — since we need that to subsidize the others.
Celebrity Kal Penn, an Obamacare supporter, wrote “…[s]o far, about 30% of all the people choosing a plan are under the age of 35 and that number is expected to climb….” But are these enrollees subsidized or paying the full cost? He goes on to describe the health insurance as “affordable” — well…sort of…if you are getting subsidized, it may be “affordable” to you but to the nation’s other taxpayers?
So, how come we don’t have the number of enrollees who are paying 100% cost themselves?
PS Please understand I am in favor of health care access for everyone who needs it….but we need a smart way to do it in order for it to work.