While Sen. Cruz led a valiant effort to stop the trainwreck of ObamaCare it now seems certain that this kind of strategy is no longer needed. It’s imploding all by itself and will turn into a complete catastrophe after the unions get hit next year.
Cruz and Lee understand this now:
Republican lawmakers who pushed the government shutdown to stop ObamaCare say their new plan is to sit back and watch the law self-destruct.
Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and other Tea Party allies of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) say the threat of a shutdown is no longer necessary to defund the Affordable Care Act (ACA) now that the administration’s rollout is flailing.
While Cruz is not ruling out another attempt to use government funding as leverage, his allies think they already have the political support they need to repeal the healthcare reform law.
“Leverage is building every day,” said Lee. “It won’t necessarily require us to rely on using the [continuing resolution].”
Add in the fact that getting insurance on the exchanges will force people away from many choices of hospitals and doctors And you have the makings of an implosion:
As Americans have begun shopping for health plans on the insurance exchanges, they are discovering that insurers are restricting their choice of doctors and hospitals in order to keep costs low, and that many of the plans exclude top-rated hospitals.
The Obama administration made it a priority to keep down the cost of insurance on the exchanges, the online marketplaces that are central to the Affordable Care Act. But one way that insurers have been able to offer lower rates is by creating networks that are far smaller than what most Americans are accustomed to.
The decisions have provoked a backlash. In one closely watched case, Seattle Children’s Hospital has filed suit against Washington’s insurance commissioner after a number of insurers kept it out of their provider networks. “It is unprecedented in our market to have major insurance plans exclude Seattle Children’s,” said Sandy Melzer, senior vice president.
The result, some argue, is a two-tiered system of health care: Many of the people who buy health plans on the exchanges have fewer hospitals and doctors to choose from than those with coverage through their employers.
A number of the nation’s top hospitals — including the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles, and children’s hospitals in Seattle, Houston and St. Louis — are cut out of most plans sold on the exchange.
Eh….you don’t need a great doctor, just take a pill and deal with it chump. Doctors are already not happy about the reimbursement rates from ObamaCare and many will option out, leading to fewer doctors, fewer hospitals, and worse care.
And the union exemption ends right before the mid-terms.
As they say, elections have consequences and I really have no sympathy for Obama voters now whining about getting booted from their plans and having to pay more. Don’t like it? Do something about it…elect Republicans and force the destruction of the travesty called ObamaCare.