Betsy McCaughey, New York Post
This election is a referendum on the Affordable Care Act. Almost everyone in America is affected. Contrary to what ObamaCare’s defenders claim, the law’s hurting millions more people than it’s helping.
Hillary Clinton defends it and wants to “build on it.” Donald Trump is promising to “repeal and replace the disaster known as ObamaCare.” It’s probably our last chance.
“Disaster” sums up the skyrocketing premiums and lack of choice facing many of the 11 million people enrolled in the exchange plans. The plans are unaffordable, unless you’re a low earner getting a free ride.
ObamaCare enrollees aren’t the only people being clobbered. If you get insured at work — as 155 million people do — your deductibles are up a staggering 49 percent since 2011 thanks to ObamaCare. Part-timers are working fewer hours, so business owners can avoid the law’s employer mandate. Taxpayers are on the hook for some 50 new taxes.
Seniors get hit the hardest. More than half of ObamaCare’s costs are paid for by cutting Medicare, resulting in stingy care for seniors.
Clinton promises voters that she’ll make ObamaCare better with billions of dollars of extra spending. But she’s not going to remove the mandates causing people to lose work hours or their jobs. As for the regulations suffocating doctors, count on Hillary to pile on more.
Worst of all, Clinton wants to expand Medicare to people in their 50s. Seniors are already having a hard time finding a doctor to treat them for Medicare’s low rates. Adding millions of “50-somethings” trying to see the same doctors will make it impossible to get an appointment.
Trump knows ObamaCare has to be junked. His plan eliminates the unaffordable mandates and penalties. Consumers will choose from a wide variety of plans, sold across state lines, with special help for people with pre-existing conditions.
Trump gives states flexibility to improve Medicaid for the poor. His plan resembles what House Republicans are pushing, which means it might actually get passed. On Nov. 8, voters have the chance to rid this nation of ObamaCare. They should seize it.
Betsy McCaughey is a senior fellow at the London Center for Policy Research.