Obamacare: The Gift To Insurers That Will Keep on Giving
This week's healthcare-themed government shutdown and the much-vaunted launch of the insurance exchanges has predictably jump-started the latest season of "The Politics of Obamacare."
In this made-for-TV cartoon series, the battle over the new law has been depicted as a fight between competing small guys. Bam! Democrats insist opponents of the law don't care about the uninsured, even though the new law will leave millions of people without health coverage. Ker-pow! Republicans claim that proponents of the law don't care about struggling businesses, even though America's for-profit employer-based system puts U.S. businesses at a competitive disadvantage.
Now, as a Wile E. Coyote government hurtles toward another fiscal cliff and as cable news substitutes red-versus-blue prognostication for fact-based health policy reporting, few in D.C. bother to mention that Obamacare really isn't designed with patients, most employers or even health care in mind...
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