‘Americans are so engrained in the health insurance way of doing things that they often forget there are other options…’
(Michael Barnes, Liberty Headlines) It’s been eight years since the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare), was rammed through Congress without a single GOP vote, and health advocates are still warning about the ill-effects of the massive health-care overhaul.
According to the group Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom, Obamacare remains far too expensive—despite its “affordable” moniker—and presents major privacy concerns as well as severe limitations to accessing care.
As the Dec. 15, deadline for Obamacare’s 2019 open enrollment looms, Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom is urging Americans to “refuse to enroll.”
“Americans are so engrained in the health insurance way of doing things that they often forget there are other options—options that existed long before the current state of affairs, where the corporate health plans make all the money and the patients get the short end of the stick when it comes to care, cost and privacy,” said Twila Brase, the group’s president and co-founder, on Wednesday.
“Rather than paying for health insurance, with its costs inflated by subsidies, bailouts, mandates, red tape, overhead, regulations, and government intrusion, Americans should consider health-care sharing, short-term, limited duration plans and other affordable options,” she said.
As part of CCHF’s “Refuse to Enroll” campaign, the group has compiled a top-ten list of Obamacare abuses that should alarm anyone who is either thinking of enrolling, or is already enrolled in one of the law’s state health-insurance exchanges.
Among the concerns is lost privacy. Incompetent management of HeathCare.gov not only led to a multi-billion-dollar Obamacare website that failed to work for more than a year after it was first launched, but current safeguards to protect sensitive enrollee medical and financial information are virtually non-existent.
“Just this fall, HealthCare.gov was hacked and nearly 94,000 people now have their private information—both medical and personal—at risk,” Brase said.
Brase also said that through the exchanges, the federal government collects data on individuals and employers to track and store data on household income, tax status, employment, family status, health and citizenship, among other items.
“Even more frightening, data is dumped into one giant federal database, accessible to outsiders for ‘routine purposes,’” she said.
Cost is another major concern, the group outlines. Consumer premium prices and employer costs have skyrocketed beyond wage growth and the normal rate of inflation. Obamacare taxes and expensive compliance regulations also present significant financial burdens.
Even more alarming, according to CCHF, is the not-so-affordable Affordable Care Act’s way of tying the hands of medical professionals.
“Under the ACA’s ‘value-based purchasing’ model, doctors will be paid for ‘value,’ not for actual services given,” Brase says.
In other words, doctors and medical staff have to comply with one-size-fits-all treatment protocols as government bureaucrats determine the definition of “value” in various areas of the doctor–patient relationship.
Because of Obamacare, medical professionals are increasingly forced to treat patients in ways that conform to government regulations, rather than what they might determine is best for each individual patient’s health needs.
But perhaps the biggest concern, is that Obamacare is merging the nation’s insurance market into the government itself.
“Everyone seeking coverage on an exchange applies to the federal government for coverage approved by the federal government,” Brase said.
“If the ACA is not repealed, and the costs of coverage skyrocket further in 2019, the national exchange system will likely become the nation’s only source of coverage,” she said.