Sebelius: Obamacare Didn’t Matter
Yesterday, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius claimed that Obamacare was not the reason companies were dropping health insurance. Yeah, right.
Last September, Bloomberg reported that 60% of employers now offer health benefits, down from 69% before Obamacare was passed. Congressman Peter Roskam (R-IL) asked Secretary Sebelius about this issue:
“How about when the president said you can keep your health care coverage if you like it? And yet, the reality is, according to Bloomberg at least, 9 percent fewer businesses are offering medical coverage than in 2010. There the rhetoric didn’t meet the reality, did it?”
Sec. Sebelius responded, “Well again, Congressman, what you’re seeing – It wouldn’t have mattered if we had passed the Affordable Care Act or not. The private market is in a death spiral.”
So, if passing the law didn’t matter, why pass it at all? Obamacare was passed on the promise that no one would be dumped from their employer’s health care plan. Now that they are being dumped (a McKinsey study last year showed that 30% of employers said they would likely drop coverage once Obamacare ramps up in 2014) will the Administration admit that this law will not save our nation money, but will in fact make our debt situation even worse?