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article imageOp-Ed: The Affordable Care Act is plagued with chronic issues

By W. Mark Dendy     Oct 1, 2013 in Health
Today, the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, is rolling out. But not without significant problems. All the smoke and mirrors cannot hide some of the many flaws of this “overhaul” of the American medical insurance industry.
The healthcare.gov website is already experiencing numerous glitches and flaws some minor, but most major. For example, when logging on to find out what plans California has to offer an error pops up: “404 - File or directory not found. The resource you are looking for might have been removed, had its name changed, or is temporarily unavailable.”
The ACA was passed in 2010, three years ago. Wouldn’t it be reasonable to think that the programs necessary to administer the new social program would be finished, tested and retested with maybe a glitch here or a glitch there?
But that is minor when compared with provisions that are flawed from the start. According to a Sept. 30 report by FOX News contributor Sall Krohn, “ObamaCare will lower the cost of premiums but also provide subsidies to help low- and middle-income Americans purchase insurance.”
Plain and simple – upper income (and most middle-income) Americans will not only be paying for Obamacare once – they’ll be paying twice.
And according to the law, by January 2014, most adults will be required to have public — such as Medi-Cal or Medicare — or private health insurance or pay a fine. The fine becomes more costly over a three-year period. In 2014, the fine will be 1 percent of yearly income or $95 per person, whichever is greater. For adults with children, the fine for lack of coverage for the child is $47.50. By 2016, the fine will be 2.5 percent of income or $695 for an individual, $2,085 for a family.
What happens when enrollment goals aren’t met because the premise on which the program is based is that plenty of health young workers will jump onboard to buy the “affordable” insurance the premiums of which in turn will provide the funding necessary to provide care to the sick and elderly?
Feeling sick yet?
God bless America!
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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