Muftic’s optimism doesn’t add up
November 8, 2013
To the Editor:
I read with amusement Felicia Muftic's column this past Friday. Although the website ConnectforHealthCO has worked well she forgot to mention a few things. The American people were told for several years the Affordable Care Act will be good for everybody and everybody will get quality insurance at an affordable price. The president said numerous times — "a family of four will save $2,500 a year." During the first week Ms. Muftic states 305 people signed up for health care in Colorado. Let's look closer at all this.
The population of Colorado is just over 5 million or 1.5 percent of the total U.S. population. The bi-partisan Congressional Budget Office estimated 10 million people in the individual marketplace will lose their policies or pay much higher premiums. Millions now are. In Colorado, that will be 150,000 people. The CBO also estimated an additional 30 million people will still not be insured because they can't afford the premiums or are healthy and will just pay the fines. In Colorado, that will be 450,000 people.
The employer mandate was delayed until next year. The CBO also said 30 million more people will lose their employer insurance and forced into the exchanges. They too will face increases in their premiums or not be able to afford insurance on their own. For Colorado, that's another 450,000 people. Obamacare will raise the rates or cause the loss of insurance to about one million people in our state.
Ms. Muftic stated 305 people enrolled in Colorado the first week. For the enrollment period ending March 31, that would be a total of almost 8,000 people. But, she says people tend to do things at the last minute. OK, let's triple that number to 24,000 people or even quadruple it to 32,000. Let's say ten-times more, or 80,000. In Colorado close to one million people will pay higher premiums or lose their insurance and maybe 80,000 people, if that, will sign up.
The president and this administration have known this for at least two years if not longer. Plus, we were told we could "keep our existing insurance if we liked it. Nobody's taking away your insurance. Period. Guaranteed." We now know that was not correct, either. Maybe Ms. Muftic, in another one of her amusing columns, can try again to explain why this is good legislation for Coloradans and why the American people were repeatedly not told the whole truth?
Hot Sulphur Springs