Sadly, some Americans face death when old policies lapse and can no longer pay for the care they need.
Overall, premium costs are rocketing, not because old coverage was inadequate or new coverage is better, but because the ACA created markets that are less competitive than before.
The ACA sought to create new, more effective markets in more than 3,000 cities and counties across America. This is proving an unworkable promise in a health care sector as large as the entire economy of France.
In many locales, owing to uncertainty about size and age characteristics of the new pools of customers to be served, the number of insurance companies participating has declined. Competitive pressures on insurers to negotiate favorable rates with hospitals and other facilities are greatly diminished.
These insurers are often quoting much higher rates, wholly frustrating the purpose of "bending the curve" as the president euphemistically refers to the ACA's efforts to halt the upward trajectory of health care costs.
The ACA is a bureaucratic nightmare and a bad trick played on most Americans.
Now the president lacks the trust and credibility to pursue important second-term initiatives like immigration reform, in my opinion.
The president has only his hubris to blame.
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