The PJ Tatler

Even the Subsidized Poor Can't Afford the 'Affordable' Care Act


The good old days

The New York Times struggles asymptotically toward the truth of the Patient Deflection and Unaffordable Care Act whose quasi-legal passage it cheered a few years back:

Stephanie Douglas signed up for health insurance in January with the best intentions. She had suffered a stroke and needed help paying for her medicines and care. The plan she chose from the federal insurance exchange sounded affordable — $58.17 a month after the subsidy she received under the Affordable Care Act.

But Ms. Douglas, 50, who was working about 30 hours a week as a dollar store cashier and a services coordinator at an apartment complex for older adults, soon realized that her insurance did not fit in her tight monthly budget. She stopped paying her premiums in April and lost her coverage a few months later.

“When you owe on your house, on your truck, when you’re a single parent of a college student and you have other bills,” she said, “it just doesn’t work.”

That should be the epitaph for Obamacare, but of course it won’t be. When it comes to Big Government, nothing is too for the little people if it makes the big people feel better about themselves.

About 9.9 million people were enrolled in the federal and state marketplaces at the end of June, a drop of about 15 percent from the 11.7 million who the Obama administration said selected plans during the open enrollment period that ended in February. Though there is no comprehensive data on why people drop or lose their marketplace coverage, enrollment counselors, health care providers and consumers say cost is a factor.

What? Who knew? Another Beautiful Theory mugged by a brutal Gang of Facts.