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Government, business mix and families pay price

August 05, 2013

By Slade O’Brien
August 5, 2013

If you haven’t heard of Enroll America yet, you will soon. The name may sound innocuous enough but the organization is anything but.

Shrouded behind a nonpartisan 501(C)(3) charity status is a group of special interests, including big insurers, who are working to maximize enrollment in the ObamaCare insurance exchanges — and they’re all set to benefit financially from that work.

Is it any wonder the government watchdog group, Cause of Action, has asked the IRS to withdraw the tax exempt status of Enroll America, then?

Look up “crony capitalism” on Wikipedia and there should be a picture of Enroll America’s Board which includes veterans of the Obama White House and donors to Mr. Obama’s presidential campaigns like Kaiser Permanente and Families USA.

That’s right, a lot of the same individuals and corporations who worked to make sure President Obama was elected and that Obamacare became law are now in charge of making sure that Americans, and younger Americans in particular, enroll in Obamacare.

They don’t care that Obamacare is becoming increasingly unpopular in the country as hard-working families and businesses realize that it will only lead to doctor shortages and increased premiums. They also don’t care that even after the delay of the employer mandate, corporation after corporation continues to announce that many full-time workers will now be made part-time and that their part-time employees, those with the most to lose, will now see their hours cut back.

They don’t care that for many of these same working people, the only place to go will be onto the already-overwhelmed Medicaid system, where Americans are 97 percent more likely to die than those with private insurance.

Their objective now is the same as it was then: protecting and enhancing their bottom line.

And it’s not just former Obama Administration officials who are putting Enroll America’s work ahead of your health. Current Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has reportedly been urging business executives and nonprofit groups to “assist” Enroll America.

The problem is while they are profiting under the guise of philanthropy, taxpayers and patients are losing.

Floridians have many questions and very few answers about Washington getting more involved in healthcare than ever before.

What will happen to the quality of their care? Will they be able to keep the same doctor they’ve used for years? And how will their employers react to the law’s mandates and penalties?

Setting aside the legal and ethical problems Enroll America poses, the last thing uneasy Floridians need to see right now is more collusion between Big Government and Big Business.

Why on earth would anyone believe that mutual backscratching between those two groups would have any benefit for the average person?

No, Enroll America will not be putting the needs of patients and taxpayers first; they’ll be prioritizing the success of the law for the sake of the Obama administration and their own bottom lines.

Despite the fact that Sen. Max Baucus, one of the key authors of Obamacare, has dubbed the implementation of the law a potential “train wreck,” the pressure continues for implementation.

Why?

Profit.

Health insurance companies should not be getting a boon from a law that hurts the economy, destroys jobs, and undermines the nation’s fiscal health, but they are.

This revelation about Enroll America is simply the latest in a long line of delays and disappointments that have become hallmarks of the Obamacare rollout.

It is time for one more delay – the permanent delay of this law before it wreaks further havoc on the health of our businesses, our families and our nation as a whole.

Slade O’Brien directs the Florida chapter of Americans for Prosperity, the nation’s largest grassroots, free-market organization.

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