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Friday, July 28, 2017

15 Million Americans Would Opt-Out Of Obamacare.. If They Could

If the individual mandate were to be repealed and Americans were no longer required to purchase the Obamacare-mandated levels of health insurance coverage, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) believes that 15 million Americans would no longer purchase such coverage

Some, including Jonathan Gruber, believe that the CBO is overestimating the impact of repealing the mandate. Gruber was one of the architects of the healthcare law.

Politically, the impact of these projections is significant since the individual mandate has long been the most unpopular part of Obamacare. Recent polling shows that two-thirds of Americans would like to see it repealed. For many, the idea of the government forcing anybody to buy anything is in conflict with America’s commitment to individual freedom.

Additionally, if the CBO projections are correct, there are 15 million Americans who would directly benefit from the repeal.Typically, when people are directly impacted by a law, their support or opposition is more intense than that of more casual observers.

On the other hand, if Gruber is correct, the Republican plans to repeal and replace Obamacare would have a much smaller impact than the CBO expects.

If the individual mandate were to be repealed, many Americans might be interested in purchasing less comprehensive and less expensive coverage. The CBO has offered no estimates of how many might take advantage of such alternatives. It is currently illegal for insurance companies to offer less expensive plans offering less comprehensive coverage.

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6 comments:

Anonymous said...

If everyone opted out of Obamacare except for Medicare and Medicaid people, the whole system would die quicker. Get the hint people, it's time to make a difficult choice?!

Anonymous said...

So the Senate did not pass legislation to repeal parts of Obamacare last evening, and now "insurers, hospitals, doctors, and consumer groups are pressing the administration to guarantee billions of dollars in disputed subsidies to help stabilize insurance markets around the country." Remember, they were against the Affordable Care Act in the beginning until after their closed door session with Obama.

Anonymous said...

What the hell is wrong with those stupid politicians just dump Obamacare then enact a health care bill a piece at a time (like selling insurance anywhere you want) just make sure that the replacement bills are absolutely free of anybody's pet project amendments.

Anonymous said...

With the three Senators voting against the light repeal we have nothing but what the dumbocrats stuck us with! McCain will never get reelected for a number of reasons (live long and recover), but Murkowski and Collins should both be primaried by the RNC for their lies to their constituents!

Anonymous said...

I bet most of those 15 million are illegal immigrants. And yes Obamacare sucks. My wife and I went for two or three years with no insurance. We just paid with cash. It was still cheaper than Obamocare because we could never make the $5000.00 deductible.

Anonymous said...

9:14 Ditto! Couldn't afford the deductible either or the premium. Would have to put out approx 13000.00 in premiums and deductible before anything is even covered.