Let's Exempt Everyone from ObamaCare
Depending on whom you believe, President Obama’s signature policy achievement — the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare — is either shaping up to be a resounding success or an epic failure.
According to a recent column penned by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, the administration’s point person on Obamacare, implementation of the president’s health care law is going swimmingly. The USA TODAY-published column, titled “HealthCare.gov simple, user-friendly,” details a system that is high on demand and short on problems.
But is the administration’s perception of its new trillion-plus dollar healthcare reality a … reality? At least here in Wisconsin, the answer is no.
On the very same day that Sebelius’ column appeared nationally, Badger State residents who were attempting to sign up for Obamacare’s insurance exchanges were not gaining access to affordable health care. Instead, they were being greeted with this: “The system is down at the moment.”
As we’ve been arguing for some time at Americans for Prosperity, the reality is that Obama’s health care law just isn’t ready for primetime. The president himself admitted as much when he delayed implementation by one year for businesses and the well-connected—unless of course he was simply doing his friends a favor.
The law that was sold to us promised lower prices, coverage for millions of Americans and controlled spending. If all this is true, why are we being forced to participate via additional taxes? If the Affordable Care Act was any of those things, millions would flock to the law on their own, no penalties required.
Neither the president nor Congress has been able to come up with a good answer to these questions, and we haven’t either. That is why at Americans for Prosperity, we want everyone to get their exemption from the law, not just special interests and the well-connected.
Purchasing a product that one might not want or need should be a decision that Wisconsinites are allowed to make on their own — free from the threat of a tax penalty administered by the IRS. Not surprisingly, we’re not the only ones who feel this way.
Across the country, hard-working Americans, organized labor and some in Congress who have the courage to do what’s right have delivered a very simple message to Obama and advocates of Obamacare: Exempt Me, Too! And it’s not too often that you find us agreeing with organized labor.
What’s good enough for big business and the president’s friends should be good enough for the small business owner in Milwaukee, the farmer in Eau Claire and the college student in Green Bay.