President Bill Clinton famously predicted that “Obamacare” would start getting popular the day after it was signed into law.But even though the program reached its seven million-enrollment target yesterday, Americans are not celebrating. In fact, support for the program is at an all-time low.
But I explain in a piece on Al Jazeera’s opinion pages that this might be because Americans' experience with the program is not comporting with the administration’s hype. The seven million figure sounds impressive, but many of the folks included in it are insurance refugees whose coverage Obamacare abolished, not the previously uninsured. These folks are being forced to buy plans that cost more for benefits they don't want — while denying them the benefits they need.
“Obamacare promised to cut the ranks of the uninsured and offer those already covered a better deal while bending the cost curve, but such rosy predictionsare not panning out," I note.
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