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Letters to the Editor

November 23, 2013

POINT OF VIEW: Obamacare a law beyond repair

In Indiana and across the country, millions of Americans have discovered health care cancellation notices in their mailboxes. The president’s repeated claim to the public that you can keep your plan if you like it has proven to be yet another broken promise.

Last week, President Obama announced a so-called “fix” that would allow insurance companies to extend existing health plans in 2014 only for individuals already enrolled. In other words, this only delays some insurance expiration notices for up to one year.

The president’s announcement came on the heels of the shocking news that only 701 Hoosiers selected health insurance plans using Healthcare.gov from Oct. 1 through Nov, 2. Nationwide, only 106,000 Americans were able to register for Obamacare in the first month of enrollment, falling significantly short of the administration’s expectation of 500,000 enrollees. Less than 27,000 people were able to select a plan through the federal exchange in the 36 states that do not have a state-based exchange and another 79,000 individuals were able to select plans through state-based exchanges.

To put all of these numbers in perspective, consider that more than 4.2 million Americans have had their health care insurance plans cancelled because of Obamacare, including approximately 108,000 Hoosiers.

Even more alarming, reports indicate that the administration has known these cancellations were coming for at least three years. If the administration knew all along that millions of Americans would lose their current health care plans, why would the president promise over and over again that if you like your plan, you can keep your plan?

Both President Obama’s announcement and the low enrollment numbers are further evidence that this law is not working for Hoosiers and Americans nationwide. Instead of helping hard-working families, far more people have lost the health care plans they liked than have enrolled in new plans under Obamacare.

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