Here is a story out of Fredericksburg that is supposed to reassure us about Obamacare.
A new study says more than three-quarters of the 403,000 Virginians younger than 65 with individual health insurance coverage could qualify for some level of federal tax subsidy by buying health insurance through the federal marketplace.
But that leaves about 83,000 Virginians who might find their existing insurance canceled who won’t qualify for the subsidy help.
The data come from a Families USA report released Tuesday that was intended to demonstrate how relatively few people are affected by the cancellation of their individual insurance policies by insurance companies to comply with Affordable Care Act standards.
Families USA is a group that’s been advocating for the federal health care law.
So, when FDR ordered that the Japanese get relocated and put in camps, that was OK because the vast majority of Americans were left alone. A lot more than three quarters of Americans were left alone.
Over a fifth of Virginians had their insurance robbed from them and that’s OK because the rest are better off? (supposedly)
This statement is supposed to justify the headline: Study: Vast majority will be better off under ACA. 320,000 is a solid majority, but you can’t say only a few are being hurt.
And how do we know that, in every case, those who get subsidies are getting enough money from the taxpayers to make the new health insurance plan a better deal than the old one?
Since Families USA is an Obamacare advocacy group, it is hard to trust this story, which is mostly just stenography for the statements made by the director, Ron Pollack
So we get this:
But, he added, “that number is a tiny fraction” of people who ACA backers say will get better coverage because of the federal law’s changes to the insurance system.
Right. Just like the backers telling us we could keep our plan and our doctor if we wanted to do so. The same people who told us healthcare.gov was safe for us to enter all our private data.
Still there are some choice admissions here:
Pollack said subsidies should make policies more affordable for many people, even if the actual price of the new insurance plans is higher because the ACA requires new policies to cover more things.
“There’s no question that when people get better coverage, it is likely to mean they are going to pay somewhat higher premiums. You don’t get anything for nothing,” Pollack said. “It does have a tendency to increase premiums when you provide better coverage. [Subsidies] can more than make up for the increase in premium cost because you’re getting better coverage.”
Of course, nothing is said about the fact that fewer doctors, specialists, and hospitals are in the new health insurance networks. While the new insurance is supposed to cover more things, it is also allowed to offer substandard care and demand more out of pocket payments.
You don’t get anything for nothing.