Morning Action: Conservative Alternative to Government Run Healthcare
CONSERVATIVE PLAN. Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint explains Heritage’s conservative alternative to Obamacare:
At The Heritage Foundation, we are envisioning a health care system where you and your family come first.
What if you could choose and control your own health insurance? What if you could buy the insurance and health care services you want and need? What if your health insurance didn’t go away when you changed jobs?
The good news is, all of these things are possible. There can be life after Obamacare—and it doesn’t mean going back to the status quo that we had before. We can move ahead, taking the best health care system in the world and making it even better.
“WE TOLD YOU SO.” CNN’s Dana Bash explains why Republicans are now saying, “we told you so,” about Americans losing the health care plans they like under Obamacare:
In March 2010, then-Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, came to the House floor as Democrats were poised to pass Obamacare and issued a warning.
“Look at this bill,” Boehner said. “Ask yourself: Do you really believe that if you like the health plan that you have, that you can keep it? No, you can’t.”
Boehner’s remarks are just one example of a Republican effort before the health care bill became the law of the land to push back on President Barack Obama’s relentless sales pitch, like the one he made to the American Medical Association in June 2009.
While Republicans remain eager to say, “I told you so,” many Democrats are private regretful – and frustrated – that they left Americans with so many expectations that did not pan out.
The No. 2 House Democrat, Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, admitted earlier this week that his caucus and the administration should have been “more precise” in explaining not everyone will be able to keep plans they like, especially plans without mandatory coverage.
EMBARASSING. In the first 24 hours of open enrollment, a mere 6 people were actaully enrolled in Obamacare:
It forgot to mention another number, however: the number of users who actually enrolled in Obamacare in the first 24 hours. It was six.
CBS obtained exclusive notes from the first few war room meetings following the Obamacare website launch, and has learned that the number of enrollments in the days following the launch were tiny.
The website launched on Tuesday, October 1st, and by Wednesday morning six people had enrolled. By that afternoon the enrollment numbers had reached 100, and by Wednesday night, 248 people had enrolled.
EXPENSIVE WEBSITES. The federal government is spending over $1 billion to set up Obamacare websites in the states:
MEDICAID. Most individuals signing up for health care under Obamacare are opting for Medicaid rather than private insurance:
The first month of the new health law’s rollout reveals an unexpected pattern in several states: a crush of people applying for an expansion of Medicaid and a trickle of sign-ups for private insurance.
This early imbalance — in some places, nine out of 10 enrollees are in Medicaid — has taken some experts by surprise. The Affordable Care Act, which expanded Medicaid to cover millions of the poorest Americans who couldn’t otherwise afford coverage, envisions a more even split with an expanded, robust private market.
“When we first saw the numbers, everyone’s eyes kind of bugged out,” said Matt Salo, who runs the National Association of Medicaid Directors. “Of the people walking through the door, 90 percent are on Medicaid. We’re thinking, what planet is this happening on?”
The yawning gap between public and private enrollment is handing Republicans yet another line of criticism against President Obama’s health overhaul — that the law is primarily becoming an expansion of a costly entitlement program.