On Friday, Politico reported that President Obama’s “signature promise” about the Affordable Care Act — that “if you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan” — “turns out” not to be true for many people. This is “an inconvenient truth at a really inconvenient time.” Moreover, as Politico notes, the law is not achieving some of its other goals either. These are some of the “hard truths” confronting health care reform’s defenders as the law nears its second anniversary.
Here are Politico’s “four hard truths”:
- Some people won’t get to keep the coverage they like;
- Costs aren’t going to go down;
- It’s just a guess that the law is going to pay for itself;
- “The more they know, the more they’ll like it” isn’t happening.
According to the Politico story, this is how things happened to turn out. Yet many of the law’s critics predicted these results. Indeed, it seems many of the law’s critics had a better of understanding of what the law would do then some of its proponents.