To the Editor:
The truth is that Democrats had been misleading the country about the uninsured for decades, mischaracterizing who they were, exaggerating their plight and grossly inflating their numbers.
According to the Congressional Budget Office, Obamacare was supposed to make a major dent in the uninsured population in its first year, cutting its ranks by 13 million. Of those who bought Obamacare-approved insurance, only 27 percent came from the ranks of the uninsured, according to a survey by McKinsey & Co.
Obamacare is now exposing this fraud for all to see. Of the 46 million who supposedly lacked insurance, for example, more than 40 percent were either eligible for Medicaid, enrolled in Medicaid, or weren’t U.S. citizens. Obamacare helps none of these groups.
Of the rest, they are predominantly young and in good health. Most of their intervals spent without insurance are relatively short and a significant portion have incomes over $50,000 and are not eligible for Obamacare subsidies. While Obamacare claims to solve the problem through its guaranteed issue requirement, it largely fails to fix the cost problem. Even with subsidies, Obamacare’s premiums are unaffordable for many uninsured.
Also, a Kaiser survey found that more than two-thirds of the uninsured hadn’t even tried to buy insurance in the past six months, and half said they don’t plan to buy an Obamacare plan. This befuddles liberals, who convinced themselves that 46 million people desperately wanted insurance, but had been “locked out” by greedy insurance companies who wouldn’t cover the sick or old.