Will Obamacare Really Explode?

Health-care expert Larry Levitt says it’s the Republicans who own Obamacare now—and here’s what they can do with it.

“Obamacare, unfortunately, will explode,” President Donald Trump said on Friday afternoon after House Republicans pulled their bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, a stunning defeat seven long years—and 18 sudden days—in the making. A glum House Speaker Paul Ryan, the architect of the doomed bill, was forced to acknowledge “Obamacare is the law of the land,” but likewise warned that the current system is unsustainable.

But is it? It’s true that the big problems of skyrocketing premiums in certain states and insurance companies backing out of the exchanges set up under the 2010 law have yet to be solved. Even Democrats admit that. But will Obamacare really explode in one big death spiral? Trump has repeatedly said Republicans would be better off letting it fail in the hopes that votes will blame Democrats when they next go to the polls in 2018.

We tried to pare back some of the spin and grandstanding in the wake of Friday’s no-vote and talk to someone who knows health care inside and out: Larry Levitt, senior adviser at the Kaiser Family Foundation and former senior health policy adviser to the White House. He told us what might really become of Obama’s signature health law in the months and years to come.

 

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source: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/03/will-obamacare-really-explode-214949

  • pmbalele

    I believe I have told you that Tom Price pledge to uphold Obamacare including mandates is right thing to do now. In fact I have asked Trump not to be bothered with repealing Obamacare. Instead he should focus on expanding Obamacare to insure all Americans. Those polls reflect people were angry Trump ever tried to repeal Obamacare. I have suggested to expand Obamacare. We should ask Congress to pass increase of .001 sales taxes. That will be enough to fund Obamacare expansion. There will be no out of pocket premium payments for that tax will cover everybody in this Country. People will deal directly with their doctors instead of haggling with insurance companies every time people are sick. I hope Trump will listen to me. After all I am older than him.

    • Bernie

      PM,
      So many doctors are leaving medicine and young bright minds are NOT choosing medicine as a career because of the expansion of government in medicine.
      So, what good will any insurance be if there are no doctors?
      To that effect, why don’t you and all those that believe healthcare is a right, become doctors?

      • pmbalele

        Did you really say – there are not enough doctors? Please blame that to Repubs and TPs. Thank God we had 8 years of President Obama. At the time Obama was being sworn in, we had imported almost 1/2 of our processors, doctors, etc. from India, Tanzania, Kenya, Nigeria, England, German, Trinidad, China, Iraq, Iran, Somalia etc. Why- the Repubs did not want to give grants to bright local kids to have university education. We have the brightest mind and healthiest kids here than in any country. But they are denied university education by selfish or greedy Republicans. Do you know during war with Iraq, Bush bought 1000 copters from Russia to fight the war in Afghanistan? Those copters could have been manufactured by locals at Oshkosh. Do you know why our local brands cars, minivans; SUVs are inferior to Toyota’s. It is because those designing the engines and body are school dropouts; but they are sons and daughters of Repubs and TPs or of managers in GM. These people come to work drunk or have hangovers. I hate foreign brand vehicles. Nobody will report at Toyota plant drunk. Sean Hannity and several Repubs governors are jealous of university graduates. But they talk a lot. Believe it or not, the governor of my state wanted to get rid of all universities here because he thought university education was useless. But he wanted to import all professionals. Shame! But we found out. He was kicked out of university for bad behavior. In short we should thank President Obama for enabling our poor bright local kids to get university education. We hope Trump will continue this policy. But I see him traumatized by Repubs and TRPs in Congress. He is losing focus of his job. These are greedy and selfish people. So do not blame me. I am lucky I have university education. I hope Trump will read this posting to give grants to local smart kids to be doctors, nurses, computer engineers or acquire university education. Once Trump follows Obama’s policies we will have enough doctors for Obamacare expanded and other in other professions.

        • Bernie

          I get it…all our major universities have billions in endowments and teachers/professors make six figures for teaching a couple of classes and you blame that on republicans?
          The universities are controlled by you schmucks on the left and you blame that on republicans?!?!
          So, I ask again, why didn’t you and putzes like Bernie Sanders help out and become doctors?
          I have another question: Why don’t we pick on the legal profession and lawyers like we do on the medical profession and doctors?
          Your turn….

        • Bernie

          One more thing…I guess you have no problem with our doctors eventually becoming government employees.
          Try again….

          • pmbalele

            I am opposed to doctors being government employees because you will take away competition or self-improvement of doctors. People on flat salaries are not motivated to work harder because they get the same anyway. That is why I love we have strong private sector in this country. It is the Repubs and TPs spoiling or damaging private sector. Like you, these morons want free hand-outs from the government. Did you see these people after Trump won? They were like wolfs – Repubs such as Newt, Giuliani were begging to be hired as agency heads to steal from the government. I give kudos to Trump not nominating those morons.

          • Bernie

            Now we’re getting some where.
            You’re sounding more like a conservative! Good for you.
            Me looking for handouts!?
            Been working since I’m 10. I’m now 74.
            Still working and still paying into SS.
            Owned a business where I worked 70 hours a week for 30 years.
            Sorry, it’s schmucks like Obama, Pelosi, Schumer, Sanders, Maxine Waters, Reid, Deblasio, etc. that are destroying the private sector.
            They’re the ones that eventually want doctors to be government employees through single payer healthcare.

          • pmbalele

            Deblasio is the next President of USA and world. He is tall, good looking and married to another American. He did not go to Eastern Europe to look for a wife like our friend now in the WH.

          • Bernie

            Boy…that was an idiotic and racist comment!
            So sad….

          • pmbalele

            What -racist? Deblasio is White and his Wife is Black. What racism did I show there? They are both Americans.

          • Bernie

            Ahhhh…are you saying that in order not to be a racist you have to be married to a Black American person and not to a European?
            Got it….

          • pmbalele

            Why should anyone go abroad to find a wife when we have beautiful women right here? There are lot of women in this country looking for husbands and you and your friends to Russia for wives! I hope Melania will not dump Trump. Trump kids are not controlling Trump presidency. Ivanka has now a desk with 5 people working for her in the WH. In fact, Ivanka is appearing more with Trump than Melania or agency secretaries. I have told you – gloves will eventually come off in the WH between Ivanka and agency secretaries. White males hate dealing with women. As Dick Cheney how he hated dealing with Candy Rice.

          • Bernie

            Hey putz, Trump met Melania in NYC in 1998.
            White males hate dealing with women???
            Are you really that fvcking dumb?
            Is your prediction of the gloves coming off as sure as Hillary winning in 2016? Or the stock market will plunge 800 points if Trump wins?
            I’m laughing….I’m laughing some more….
            Your turn….

          • pmbalele

            Why should you dumb your wife for another good looking woman anyway? That is what puzzles me with Repubs TEA Partiers. Do you really think Trump is happily married? I doubt. Melania is beautiful; but I am sure Trump old kids and wives interfere with their marriage. Just wait until gloves come off in the WH. E-mail me what you think.

          • Bernie

            OK pm,
            You’ve convinced me….
            You are by far and away the most insightful and intelligent left-winger I have ever come across.
            And, I sincerely mean that!

          • Bernie

            The real racism is on the left.
            They keep telling us monotities we can’t make it without us.
            Vote for us!!! We’ll make you prosper. “You’re not smart enough to make it on your own”. You need us democrats to “help” you. (Pick up a copy of Jason Riley’s ‘Please Stop Helping Us’. You might learn something about racism and who the real culprits are).
            That’s why this once-proud South Side Chicago democrat (me), is now a “racist”, “woman hating”, “bigoted” and “deplorable” conservative voter.
            Your turn….

          • pmbalele

            Jason Riley is thinks is a true republican like Dr. Carson. These and many other Blacks such as Herman Cain, Michael Steel and Allen West think their ancestors came from Britain. In fact Herman Cain claims he is another Koch Brother from another Mother.

          • Bernie

            You make this so easy…
            I told you you were a racist.
            According to you and so many left-eingers, conservative Blacks can’t really be Black.
            Conservative Blacks are a threat to you.
            Conservative Blacks must toe the left-wing/democrat line.
            See, your racism is showing!!
            Sad…Real sad…
            Should I feel sorry for you, you racist?

          • Bernie

            By the way, are you saying that Hillary wasn’t leftist enough!?

          • pmbalele

            Hillary is and was an Angel. Please let her take a break from you and Comey who jinxed her presidency.

          • Bernie

            Hillary is anything but an angle!
            She’s s nasty, lying piece of crap.
            Remember, “It was a video”.
            How’s that “reset” with Russia working g out?
            She left the White House “totally broke and in debt”. She’s now worth s quarter billion dollars without working a single day in the private sector (speaking of the private sector) or not producing a single product.
            How could her presidential run be jinxed if she won the popular vote by almost 3 million votes? Can’t have it both ways.
            It’s so sad that democrats blame everything on something or someone else for their failures.
            Let’s see…2/3 of Governors are republicans.
            Over 1,000 seats lost to republicans the past 8 years.
            Republicans control the presidency, the House and the Senate.
            So much for a Comey jinx, huhhh ?

          • pmbalele

            There is no human being to be called as such. I rest my case.

          • Bernie

            Huhhhh?

          • Bernie

            Do Angels get answers to questions ahead of primary debates?
            Were she and the rest of the democrat party “Angels” as they ganged up on Sanders?

          • barnjoer

            Hillary is & always will be A looser! Steal from rich to make herself richer & give nothing back to the poor!

          • pmbalele

            What – she looser! Steals from rich to make herself richer. Where you born – Russia or China. People here want to be rich and richer.

          • AmericaSupportsTrump!
        • Bernie

          You failed to address the “ownership” of our universities by the left.
          But you’re quick to blame republicans for the high cost of higher education.
          Shame on you!

        • barnjoer

          Doctors are leaving this Country & there Practice left & right because of Obumers health care. All it ever did is give more welfare to the low life’s that don’t deserve it & make those that work pay for it & double the cost of our insurance.
          Good job Obumer👎🏻

          • pmbalele

            Do you mean we Blacks are low life? You’re no better than us. After all you may be the one low life and after government entitlements. No doctor or nurse is leaving this Country. They will be killed if they go places where women are not allowed to expose their faces. So sit on it.

          • barnjoer

            Black has nothing to do with anything. Get off it! Blacks need to quit feeling sorry for them selves. Who ever you are white green black brown who gives a shit. Get your ass to work & quit expecting someone else to pay your bills. I have A black sister in law & A Mexican. Daughter in law. Both are good as gold. Hard working and expect nothing that they don’t earn!!
            So get off the black lives matter!! Human lives matter!!!

          • AmericaSupportsTrump!
    • barnjoer

      You are just plain stupid!

  • Original Anna

    When you really get around to it, the only people who should be insured should be those paying for it. Of course I lost a really good policy thanks to Obamacare so I do not see me getting anything good like what I had by being covered by it. It’s better taking a chance on stocks which I do not favor either. So, keep Obamacare away from me and get rid of it and work out something with private insurance companies to work for all or give us what Congress has and the thousands Congress got covered with what Congress is covered with because Congress included their people. And Trump was voting for the Ryan bill, it didn’t get voted on it isn’t the law so we are still living under Obamacare not Trumpcare as democrats claim. Trump didn’t get his policy thanks to Ryan who should have gotten some republicans to work with him and Trump to work with him. We still have and are stuck with Obamacare and really, I am getting tired of paying for my pissy policy and someone on Obamacare getting a great policy because they never bothered to pay for a policy before and they are now getting it for free but I am now paying for mine and theirs because “they get it free.” My paycheck only goes so far so it’s time the democrats fix their crap and stop stealing from us workers to fund their crap. Put me under Congress’s healthcare, I will accept that.

  • Jackson Brannon

    Let it explode!!! It is a bottomless pit that Odummy has robbed Social Security ILLEGALLY to keep it going!!!

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