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Image of the Day: Internet Speeds INCREASED After Repeal of So-Called "Net Neutrality"

In our latest Liberty Update, we highlight how the Biden Administration is inexplicably resurrecting the zombie "Net Neutrality" that caused demonstrable harm to internet service during its mercifully brief lifetime at the end of the Obama Administration.  Once again, our friend economist Steve Moore illustrates one of the critical points in this debate well.  Namely, internet speeds shot back sharply upward after the Trump Administration FCC under Ajit Pai repealed the Obama FCC's Title II-Net Neutrality order:

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="557"] Repealing "Net Neutrality" Increased Speeds[/caption]


October 03, 2023 • 09:14 AM

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ObamaCare Is Great for Insurance Companies, Irrelevant for Better Health Print
By Ashton Ellis
Thursday, April 16 2015
The chief hurdle facing the newly insured under ObamaCare isn’t access, it’s the cost.

Under ObamaCare, the percentage of Americans without health insurance has dropped, but one stubborn fact remains – the newly covered aren’t any healthier.

A new report from Gallup’s Healthways Well-Being Index shows that among U.S. adults 18 and older the uninsured rate is now 11.9 percent, a five-point decline from the beginning of ObamaCare’s first enrollment period in late 2013.

The steady decline in the national uninsured rate is one of the top talking points for the Obama administration and its supporters, since it allows them to claim success for their government-dominated version of health reform.

“The Affordable Care Act was designed to slash the percentage of Americans who lack health insurance, and it’s working,” gushes a Huffington Post report on the Gallup figures.

Populations with the lowest rates of health insurance coverage have seen the steepest rise, most notably Hispanics and poor Americans. Pro-ObamaCare groups like Enroll America have targeted these cohorts with an aggressive outreach campaign designed to gin up interest and participation in ObamaCare exchanges. As the Gallup figures indicate, millions of previously uninsured people now have health insurance.

But simply having health insurance isn’t the same as being healthier. The real question to ask is, What good is gaining coverage under ObamaCare doing for the people who otherwise couldn’t afford medical care?  

“Although those changes have been positive, glaring health disparities still exist,” says an analysis at U.S. News & World Report. “For example, the average African-American male lives five years less than the average white American male. And while the increase in insurance for lower-income Americans means that chronic diseases such as diabetes can be caught by doctors easily, access is a continuing issue for some who have gained health insurance under the law.”

The chief hurdle facing the newly insured under ObamaCare isn’t access, it’s the cost. The price of any ObamaCare-compliant health insurance plan must cover a range of preventive care and treatment options most people will not need, but must pay for. The most egregious example is mandating pregnancy and maternity-related services even in plans sold exclusively to men.

Because of the artificially high cost of ObamaCare insurance, many people choose to buy a health care plan with lower monthly premiums. But there’s a catch. Low premiums come with high deductibles, i.e. the amount a policy holder must pay before insurance kicks in. Deductibles for the lowest cost plans frequently hit $5,000 or $6,000, making access to the benefits of health insurance – the actual medical care itself – virtually unaffordable. So while ObamaCare’s supporters can claim credit for increasing the number of people with health insurance, the newly insured aren’t getting any healthier as a result.

Remember, according to its supporters the primary goal of ObamaCare is to “slash the percentage of Americans who lack health insurance.” As it turns out, that’s a much easier goal to reach than giving citizens the tools they need to become healthier people. All it takes to increase the insured population is a convoluted scheme of mandates, waivers and subsidies so confusing even the IRS mailed out 800,000 error-laden tax reporting documents. 

The purpose of genuine health reform shouldn’t focus on a financial product like insurance nearly as much as on improving health outcomes for actual people. What matters is that people have access to affordable health care, not whether a faction of policy wonks can declare victory for subsidizing a product few can use.

As the campaign for president heats up, the Republican field should use this failure of ObamaCare to highlight the need for health care reform that moves beyond misleading statistics. The next president should be someone who knows how to count what matters. 

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