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Zeke Emanuel: O-Care Will Kill Employer Coverage

From an unfazed New York Times:

In Book, Architect of Health Law Predicts a Shift Away From Employer Coverage

By JOHN HARWOOD | March 20, 2014

WASHINGTON — Ezekiel J. Emanuel, who helped devise the Affordable Care Act, has a vision for how it will eventually work. Democrats hope it will not materialize anytime soon.

Mr. Emanuel expects the law to produce an unadvertised but fundamental shift in where most working Americans get their health insurance — specifically, a sharp drop in the number of employers who offer coverage to their workers. That scale of change would dwarf what took place last fall, when a political firestorm erupted over President Obama’s “if you like your plan you can keep it” pledge.

Where has Zeke been? We have been predicting from the get-go. The absurd mandates in Obama-Care will drive the cost of health insurance through the roof. And as soon as employers realize they can ditch their employee coverage, and only have to pay a small penalty, they stop providing coverage in droves.

His former colleagues in the Obama White House say there is no evidence the law will bring “the end of employer-sponsored insurance” …

Yes, this is just another anecdotal story. And never mind that Emanuel is practically the architect of Obama-Care.

By the way, earlier this month Mr. Emanuel wrote a piece in the New Republic entitled: ‘Insurance Companies as We Know Them Are About to Die And here’s what’s going to replace them.’

In that article Emanuel celebrated the end of private insurance companies. In fact, his piece ends with the line: "So be prepared to kiss your insurance company good-bye forever."

Mr. Emanuel puts [this claim] in his new book with the mouthful of a title, “Reinventing American Health Care: How the Affordable Care Act Will Improve Our Terribly Complex, Blatantly Unjust, Outrageously Expensive, Grossly Inefficient, Error Prone System.”

Which must be sick humor. Since it is painfully clear by now that it’s Obama-Care that is the "terribly complex, blatantly unjust, outrageously expensive, grossly inefficient, error prone system.”

The law fines large companies that do not offer health coverage, but most have voluntarily offered coverage for many years…But now Mr. Emanuel thinks that a number of well-known national companies will break the mold and begin a trend.

By his estimation, the proportion of private-sector workers who receive health care from employers will fall below 20 percent by 2025. Currently, just under 60 percent of private-sector workers get health care from employers.

In realty, they will pack it in far sooner than that. They will have to in order to survive. Emanuel is just trying to get out in front of the story.

It’ll be a matter of a few big employers, blue-chip companies,” Mr. Emanuel said in an interview. “Then it’s going to be the norm.”

So, once again, only the rich will this benefit. Where is the social justice?

Mr. Emanuel, the brother of Rahm Emanuel, the mayor of Chicago and Mr. Obama’s former chief of staff, said that shift “will be a good thing” by helping control costs and enhance consumer choices.

Because having one less choice always enhances consumer choices.

He concluded that “you might put it under positive, unintended consequences.”

None of this has been unintended. It was always the plan to drive everyone into the government system.

Many health experts, both liberal and conservative, agree that it would be a good thing…

Sure they do. That’s why nobody wants this to come out before the elections:

Right now, an end to employer-paid health care is about the last thing Democrats want, especially as they face midterm elections in a defensive crouch after the administration’s bungled rollout of the health care law last fall. “It would be a big, big problem politically,” said Jonathan Gruber, an M.I.T. health economist who also advised the White House on the law…

Mr. Gruber, being the other architect we have to thank for this disaster.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, March 21st, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Zeke Emanuel: O-Care Will Kill Employer Coverage”

  1. Right of the People

    It’s what the a-hole in the Oval Office truly want’s, a one payer system run by the guvmint just like Canada and the UK. Marxist paradise!


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