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The ObamaCare mess II: ... & more losers

| Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

It's ever more apparent that ObamaCare's promises of keeping one's doctor and lowering a typical family's premiums by as much as $2,500 annually are worthless — particularly for middle- and lower-class Americans forced to seek individual-market coverage amid the disastrous rollout of ObamaCare's “exchanges.”

A new Heritage Foundation study finds individual-market premiums will rise in 45 states under ObamaCare. Speaking at a Heritage event, that study's author blamed ObamaCare's many regulations, mandates and taxes for the surge in premiums.

The exchanges rely on signing up younger, healthier, less-costly-to-insure Americans to offset the expense of covering those who are older, sicker and more costly to insure — despite premiums costing the young far more than the tax for being uninsured. And ObamaCare encourages health-care consolidation and curbs access to services.

Its annual Medicare reimbursement cuts are spurring hospital layoffs. And service cuts could lead one in four hospitals to reject Medicare patients and ration care, according to The Washington Free Beacon. Those reimbursement cuts also are disincentives for primary-care doctors, already in short supply, to practice in rural areas.

It all adds up to an especially hard hit for middle- and lower-class Americans. Yet the Congressional Budget Office projects ObamaCare still will leave 31 million Americans uninsured by 2023. Even at its most basic, “universal coverage” level, ObamaCare is a failure that shouldn't continue.

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