Krauthammer: ObamaCare ‘Changes at the Whim of the President Every Wednesday Morning’
A “Special Report” panel discussed the Affordable Care Act as part of Bret Baier’s week-long special, “ObamaCare Checkup.”
A.B. Stoddard, of TheHill.com, pointed to initial estimates that said ObamaCare needed 7 million enrollees, and 40 percent of those who enrolled had to be young and healthy instead of sick and elderly. She said we still don’t know if an enrollee is someone who has paid, and we don’t yet know the effect of the multiple waivers and extensions during the rollout.
“A lot has to go right very quickly for prices to remain affordable and insurance companies not to raise prices for next year,” she said.
Steve Hayes, of the Weekly Standard, echoed that sentiment.
“Look, the 5 million enrollee number is nonsense, all of the previous enrollee numbers have been nonsense. When you can’t account for how many people [have] actually paid the first month’s premium, those numbers become virtually meaningless. We don’t know how many people are actual enrollees,” he said.
Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer cited some insurers’ estimates which say that only one in 10 enrollees are people who were previously uninsured.
“So the original goal of this was to insure the uninsured,” he said. “It’s not doing that. It’s disrupting all the other people who had [insurance].”
Krauthammer said “nobody has any idea what the law is ‘cause it changes at the whim of the president every Wednesday morning.”
Watch the full panel discussion above.