TONIGHT: Will Hillary Mislead Again?

October 19, 2016

 
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What will you hear tonight? In the second presidential debate, Hillary Clinton showed how a polished politician can tell the truth and simultaneously mislead.
 
Mrs. Clinton said reining in health care costs is “the highest priority of the next president.” She claimed four “big benefits” of the law must not be eliminated. Let’s look at two of her claims.
 
First, she said, “insurance companies can’t deny you coverage because of a pre-existing condition.” This ACA requirement presumed the individual mandate would stay in place, forcing young and healthy individuals to buy the confiscatory insurance policies necessary to cover the sicker, older population expected to flock to Obamacare.
 
But Chief Justice Roberts ruled the mandate unconstitutional in 2012 (although he allowed a penalty-tax for the uninsured unless they claim an exemption). Thus, many of the young and healthy have gone uninsured and premiums have skyrocketed to cover the cost of the older, sicker Obamacare enrollees. And due to millions in losses from low exchange enrollment, many insurers are dropping out, leaving citizens with fewer choices, narrower networks, and higher costs.
 
How is this requirement a “big benefit”?
 
On Monday, one couple at our town hall meeting said their premium for 2017 is $20,500 with combined deductibles of almost $13,000. That’s $33,000 before insurance kicks in. They’re considering a switch to health sharing.
 
Second, Hillary claimed women can’t be charged more than men. But that only means men will be charged as much as women.
 
Mrs. Clinton says if we go back to the pre-Obamacare days, we’ll all be at the mercy of the insurers. She knows better. Obamacare was a $1 trillion gift to health plans. Now that they have little competition, the plans are consolidating, raising premiums, hiking deductibles, and threatening to abandon the exchanges — a calculated strategy to secure higher premiums and billions in federal taxpayer-funded bailouts. With fewer health plans still in the game, we’re more at the mercy of insurers today than ever before.
 
Hillary did say one statement that may have surprised many: “Medicare, which is a single-payer system…” Sometimes even polished politicians can’t avoid telling the truth.
 
Listening tonight with an ear for truth,
 
Twila Brase, RN, PHN
President and Co-founder
 
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