Mike Huckabee News

Aug 06 2014

Obamacare Update

We keep being assured that Obamacare is working – aside from minor glitches like the federal subsidies possibly being unconstitutional. But we’re told more people have health coverage, and everything is sunshine and lollipops now. So why has public approval of Obamacare dropped to an all-time low in the new Kaiser Family Foundation survey? Kaiser found that from June to July, the public’s unfavorable rating for Obamacare leaped 8 points to 53 percent, one of the biggest one-month swings ever, for any issue. And quite a few of those early buyers that were trumpeted by the White House have stopped making payments and dropped their policies. Why?

The New York Times discovered that many Obamacare buyers who are new to health insurance feel bamboozled. They thought they were getting free or less expensive health care. Instead, they’re wading through reams of confusing paperwork, only to find that their payments, deductibles and co-pays are higher than expected. Worse, many doctors won’t take their policies because of the low reimbursement rates. Patients with preexisting conditions who need to see certain doctors are finding they’re only included under the most expensive policies. So they still don’t have access to the doctors they need – the Times calls this “access shock” – plus they now have the added expense of useless insurance. And the price is still rising: it was just predicted that premiums on the Florida exchange will rise over 13 percent next year. So they’re dropping the policies.

It’s all because a problem that should have been narrowly targeted – helping the poor and sick obtain health care – was turned into a giant, federal Rube Goldberg machine. For instance, how many sick people could have been helped with $850 million worth of medical care? Because that’s the latest estimate of the cost just for setting up the Obamacare website – which still won’t be functional until at least 2015. I take back what I said about it being a Rube Goldberg device. Those ridiculously inefficient contraptions might have involved monkeys and cannons and bowling balls, but at least, they worked.

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  • Deborah Mulholand

    08/26/2014 07:52 AM

    It should be obvious to nearly everyone that ObamaCare is far more expensive than regular insurance ever was and that very few doctors are available. In my opinion, all doctors should be included under ObamaCare.

    On another note, I'm confused about the Common Core situation. It's one thing to have state governors support higher standards, but it appears that the federal government is taking over the process so they can use federal money to promote homosexuality and sex education and abortion at the local level to grade school children and indoctrinate our children.

    According to Michael Farris of HSLDA, the standards have actually been lowered, not raised. Can you please bring Attorney Mike Farris on your show so we can finally understand what Common Core is really all about and who is really behind it? Thanks so much, Mike!

    I know we can count on you to get to the bottom of this!

  • dr matt

    08/23/2014 03:37 PM

    I am an health care provider. Over the past year, insurance companies with federal government accounts have begun to include in the EOBs (Estimate of Benefits) accompanying benefits payments for patients, a section to allow for withholding of a provider's federal income taxes. Insurance companies are not providers' employers. HOW IS THIS LEGAL? How do we enter patient's payments in their accounts if they are short 28%?

  • Ellen Forbes Nightingale

    08/10/2014 12:43 AM

    I love your show.You ARE the voice of common sense in this crazy world in which we live.Governor,(with respect to "Ebola" , in my opinion it makes no sense to bring two affected people into a country so far not affected. Anyone would feel bad for those people, but, it makes no sense to risk the lives of millions for the sake of two. They should stop flights to those places so affected and not allow anyone from that country into ours. It does not make any sense..there is no cure, it is highly contagious, and there is ,as yet, no cure. What are the Health Care "professionals" thinking of? On a final note, I enjoy your music and as I listened to "Johnny Be Good" I was thinking how much fun it must be to jam with you. I have played piano (self taught) since I was knee- high...love music...I was accompanist for Ned Landry, a well known Fiddler, for a number of years, how I loved that song. I noticed the keyboard; it looks like the on I have. I must stop rambling..I have watched your program so long now, i feel comfortable to chat. It is obvious you are a Christian. Many thanks for your plain speaking, and your Christian testimony, Ellen Nightingaleqq

  • randy locke

    08/09/2014 11:16 PM

    You sounded like an excuse filled defensive RINO on Fox today.

  • Anna Haillie Brown

    08/09/2014 03:41 PM

    My mother has an autoimmune disease called Sjogren's that has nearly taken her from us twice from complications. Since my parents are small business owners they've had to pay for most medical bills out of pocket and now it's even harder for them to get they help she needs. They do not have Obamacare, however it's like they are being punished for not doing what Obama wants. It's really hard watching them go without basic necessities in order to pay hospital and doctor's bills.