Readers Respond

Obamacare hasn't lived up to its promise

The Sun's editorial board thinks that Obamacare or, as I call it, the "Unaffordable Care Act," is this wonderful success story and a hallmark of President Obama's two terms in office ("Thanks, Obamacare," Sept. 18).

Because I know most liberals have a problem with those little things called facts, let me just spell out a few of the law's failures.


"If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor." False. In fact, a significant portion of the insured were forced to switch primary care physicians.

How about this one: "The average American family would save $2,500 a year." False again. Liberals' contention that premium increases for the individual market, which in some cases have gone up 40 percent the law was enacted, would have been worse without the ACA is a total joke The 3.4 percent average premium increase your editorial cites is not even close to the reality people have experienced with this disaster.


People who have private health care coverage know exactly what I'm talking about. They can take credit for this, though: "Millions more people now have coverage that couldn't get it before." That's actually true! But of course, the vast majority of these people are now on Medicaid because of the ACA guidelines.

In fact, they could have accomplished the same thing by just expanding the eligibility requirements for Medicaid itself.

The reality is, major insurers are pulling out of the ACA because they can't make money, even with all the premium increases and higher deductibles. And just wait until next year, when the employer mandate kicks in, and see how many employees hours are reduced so as to not have to comply with the disastrous ACA.

Mark Wilson, Fallston