By Columnist Dick Morris
Question: Now that it appears that 16 million Americans will lose the health insurance they currently have as a result of ObamaCare, where will they turn for coverage?
By the middle of next year, President Obama and his team are going to have to face the embarrassment of few enrollees in ObamaCare. They will have to explain why more than three-quarters of the new enrollees are signing up in the Medicaid program rather than in his new ObamaCare.
But they may be spared the embarrassment. The very people who are now contentedly covered by individual policies and are about to be thrown off coverage will be the forced clients of ObamaCare.
The Affordable Care Act will have created a demand for itself.
The 16 million Americans likely to lose coverage are holding individual policies. The ACA law says that anyone who had a policy as of March 23, 2010 can keep the policy and it will suffice to meet the mandate in ObamaCare. But, the feds have ruled that if the policy was changed in any way since then, it may not be grand-fathered in– even if it was made more comprehensive.
Why did the bureaucrats at Health and Human Services build this regulation into the law? Why deliberately cause the cancellation of millions of policies, often over technicalities? Why cause the president to violate his signature commitment that “if you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan?”
Could it have been that they wanted to dump people from individual coverage into the exchanges and closer to a single payer system? Was it that they realized that ObamaCare might be short of enrollees and might need the massive numbers of new customers, even if they did not have insurance because ObamaCare had cancelled it?
But the fact remains that most of the new people covered by the ObamaCare exchanges will be folks who were contented with their coverage all along and were forced to give up their policies and go to the exchanges whether they wanted it or not.