Healthcare Expert Says Obamacare is Cratering

January 10, 2017

New York, NY – Claire Hardwick (OAN Correspondent)

Republicans in Congress are working towards repealing Obamacare.

While the left argues the negative effects of a repeal, many say the need to fix problems surrounding Obamacare should be a top concern for lawmakers.

Paul Howard, a health care expert at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, said that Republicans can repeal Obamacare now, and will have time to make changes in the areas that are needed most.

This goes against the narrative that if the law is repealed, 20 million Americans will lose their health insurance.

Howard said, “You have two or three years or maybe four years to replace it with a different structure that’s going to give you comparable coverage hopefully at lower costs and that’s less politically divisive. And, Republicans have said they want to go through regular order to get bipartisan support for this.”

He continued that the new administration is going to have to act fast, as Obamacare is currently cratering. The administration will have to promise insurance companies that changes are coming, and that they should not pull out of the market.

  • congressive

    ObamaCare will finally be replaced by Donald Trump Care, aka “DonTCare.”

  • All American

    Let it crater and kill his self proclaimed legacy

  • ManfredtheWonderDog

    Kill it and do not replace it. Get the national government out of the medical industry all together.

  • Jack Green

    Much of the Republican discussion about repeal is about replacing it with something better. And every bit of discussion I’ve read includes maintaining coverage for pre-existing conditions. So I’m willing to see what shakes out after everything happens.

  • Jim Berkes

    They can do what ever they want. As long as the first thing to do is get rid of the illegal unconstitutional tax fines. All Americans need to fight this your rights are being taken away.

  • Charles Osgood

    gee welcome to the real world of government screw ups . too many bosses and to few medical staff to run medicad , almost sounds like the VA.
    bring back medical and dental draft . all grads would have to serve 2 years in a government center or the military . this would improve medical internest ability and understanding of what this country is about ,plus help them with med school cost .

  • pseudo-intellectual

    When laws are designed for a minority of the population, leaving the rest of us to pay for them, this is the result.

    • Steve Brown

      That minority is mostly poor white people, like the PA coal miners. They powered America for years and you scoff at them. You’re not very grateful.

      • jvlewis

        And you are misguided. That minority group may include coal miners, but it also includes illegal immigrants, and a huge number of city dwellers that play the system by not working and living off govt assistance.

  • piper60

    Obamacare was Designed to fail. It was always meant as a trolley stop on the way to single payer plans.

    • Steve Brown

      Funny to hear a Republican say that the ACA was not a serious proposal, considering it comes from the 1988 Republican-sponsored Heritage Foundation. Thanks for admitting that the Republican plan was a way stop.

      • 5iron

        Heritage, to 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, filed an amicus brief accounting for its “prior support for a qualified mandate” and asserting that Heritage has been “consistent” in its view of the constitutionality of a mandate:
        Heritage policy experts never supported an unqualified mandate like that in the PPACA [ObamaCare]. Their prior support for a qualified mandate was limited to catastrophic coverage (true insurance that is precisely what the PPACA forbids), coupled with tax relief for all families and other reforms that are conspicuously absent from the PPACA. Since then, a growing body of research has provided a strong basis to conclude that any government insurance mandate is not only unnecessary, but is a bad policy option. Moreover, Heritage’s legal scholars have been consistent in explaining that the type of mandate in the PPACA is unconstitutional.

        So you are simply wrong.

  • All American

    Let it self destruct and let it f— all those that believe in Obamanomics! Let it come around to them!!

    • David Bagdasarian

      Now that son, is one hellofa plan. Love it!

      • All American

        Sista to you😊

        • David Bagdasarian

          My bad and my wife agrees.

    • Steve Brown

      Except for the fact that the ACA is not cratering. If you want better coverage at a lower cost, then we all have to move to Medicare. That is the only way to guarantee coverage for less money. Private insurance cannot compete with Medicare’s 3.5% overhead.

      • LB

        I am on Medicare. It’s not better coverage. It’s lower cost only if you supplement it with another plan.

  • Dave Chandler

    I like my VA care. Not close to what you read about either.

  • Axel Westby

    This law was not a health care plan it was tax plan as confirmed by the Supreme Court! Additionally, it was designed to fail! W H I C H ….. I T ….. D I D!

    • Steve Brown

      If by fail, you mean flatten the medical costs inflationary curve, guarantee that sick people can buy health insurance, expand coverage to an additional 20,000,000 people and lower the drug co-pay for seniors, then I guess you’re right.

      • LB

        Tilt the left side of the chrt back dow a smidge, dude. Health care costs have not flattened. Giving subsidies to people and lowering drug coPays could have been done with a funding bill. This was overkill that upended the entire system and lowered coverage, availability and increased the cost for everyone not getting a subsidy.

      • Axel Westby

        But look at the COST and your loss of your freedoms and opportunities! You will become an enpouverished SLAVE! Congratulations! By the way in December 2011, Congress repealed the Bill of Rights and in March 2012, repealed the 1st Amendment and ordered a media blackout of both events! Great stuff???

      • Lisa Haynes

        Except it never happened. I’m living testament to the failure of O-care. Quit drinking the kool aid. The premiums are not affordable, the 2 doctors on the plan in my city are not qualified to care for my dogs, you’re paying all your medical costs anyway because the deductibles are thousands of dollars, and furthermore the fines are unconstitutional. My premiums went up 30% and that’s lower than most. I am going to pay the fine rather than paying the premiums. Give it up and admit the affordable healthcare act is getting repealed. I, for one, am looking forward to real change not just hope for change. I[‘ll bet you don’t even have first-hand experience.

      • jvlewis

        By fail, it means that when it finally collapses, everyone will be on a single payer system (socialist system). Then the govt would have full control of everyone’s health, and thereby, everyone’s life. Obama has said that the single payer system is what he wants. Go back and listen to his speeches.

        • congressive

          Yes. Canadians are dying. Australians, too. They have socialized medicine there. Of course they live longer than we do AND have a lower infant mortality rate AND spend half as much as we do for healthcare, but they’re DYING I tell ya. DYING!

  • Clinicaleducator1

    If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor. PERIOD!!! DRAIN the swamp!!!

    • All American

      His entire administration has been one big lie!! What is frightening are thise that still believe in this sorry ass failure!

      • Steve Brown

        Yes, those 15,000,000 new private sectors, the tripling of the Dow, the death of Bin Laden and the rescue of GM were all imaginary.

        • jvlewis

          You mean those 15,000,000 part time burger flipping, jobs. Kids spend all that money on college and wind up flipping burgers. Great. Tripling the Dow. Yes, by printing money and devaluing the dollar and losing our AAA status. It was policies by Bush that helped find Bin Laden. All Obama had to do was give the order. It took DOD 6 months to convince Obama to give the ok.

        • David Bagdasarian

          Oh yeah, and what about the 93 million that are unemployed and have quit looking for work? Oh yeah those don’t count because they aren’t in this bogus admins narrative. Get a life steve.

    • Steve Brown

      The law did not make anyone change doctors, that was the insurance companies. If you want to guarantee access to the doctor of your choice, expand Medicare to everyone. Almost no providers refuse Medicare patients.

      • LB

        Really. Are you serious? Insurance companies did because the changes they were forced to make to comply with Obamacare left them no option but to skinny their network, raise premiums and trash millions of perfectly good policies that millions of people were happy with.

  • All American

    Everything Obama had a hand in is trash

    • Steve Brown

      Oh, just wait for Trump to gut the healthcare protections in the ACA on which everyone depends, such as prohibiting exclusions for preexisting conditions. Just wait until someone in your family contracts a chronic medical condition and cannot buy health insurance. You’ll squeal like a stuck pig.

      • LB

        Why are you assuming if the ACA is repealed and replaced, those things will not still be there? There are some aspects of the ACA are good. It’s not all bad. Just the basic structure, funding model and lack of freedom.

      • jvlewis

        Trump has never said he would gut the entire thing.

  • JakeXIII

    Most of the 20 million said to be losing coverage if Obamacare is repealed are part of the massive expansion of Medicaid. Obamacare mandated that the federal government give the states “seed money” to fund a huge expansion of state based Medicaid for a few years – then the states themselves would have to come up with the money to continue to fund this expansion. Medicaid pays healthcare providers pennies on the dollar. No doctor in private practice can afford to have more than 10-15% of their patients on Medicaid and stay in business. State funded clinics, where the doctors and staff have state funded salaries, benefits, and pensions can afford to see a lot of Medicaid patients but were are already inundated before Obamacare. So with Obamacare you have millions of people with free insurance (Medicaid) who cant find a doctor to get care and millions of others who now pay outrageous premiums for mandated private insurance that have deductibles that are so high (several thousand dollars) that they cant afford to get healthcare either.

    • All American

      Garbage in….garbage out! What a great president yeah…

    • callmegee

      Well said! For far too many of us, we pay the tax (insurance) and then we pay for all of our medical costs out of pocket.

      • congressive

        Single payer fixes this, and costs less. That’s L.E.S.S. as in “not as much.” Australians pay half what we pay and live longer with a lower infant mortality rate. Canadians, too. And their risk pool isn’t as big as ours (smaller countries), so we’d be even more efficient. Everyone knows when you expand the risk pool, you lower the costs of insurance. That’s “lower the costs”… here, I’ll type slower: l.o.w.e.r. t.h.e. c.o.s.t.s.

        Why do conservatives hate their own money and their lives?

  • whatifs

    By whatever name the Affordable Care Act has been “cratering” since it’s inception.
    To obtain necessary votes Obama sold out regular people with numerous guts to the original and numerous plus’ for insurance companies.
    Although Obama department picks say X number are enrolled. Who knows.how they are counting.
    Facts are prices are going up for insurance, for doctors, hospitals and medications.
    The Federal government needs to get out this. It is not their mandate it belongs to the states.
    What the Federal government needs to do is open the abilities of cross state insurance availability, and to limit the “rights” on insurance companies so that they can only determine which drugs they cover for their insured not for everyone else who enters that practice, hospital, etc.and to stop insurance companies intrusion on what prices anyone they do not insure are charged.
    Insurance companies are not medicare. They need limited rights and extended liabilities.

    • Steve Brown

      By your argument Medicare should be abandoned by the federal government. You’re not going to give up your Medicare, so just admit this has nothing to do with the jurisdiction of the federal government, you just hate Obama. Too bad you know so little that you are unaware of the fact that the ACA was actually the 1988 Heritage Foundation proposal for national coverage. The ACA was a Republican plan until the day Obama agreed with it.

      • LB

        How exactly did you infer all of that from what Whatis said? And, for the record, a bad idea is a bad idea. The fact the 1988 republicans almost made the same horrendous mistake does not justify failure.

      • whatifs

        Steve:
        first, yes I think it should.
        second, I do not get nor will I get US Medicare so please do not presume to know me.
        third I am aware of the Heritage Plan What ended up is not that.