The Ups and Downs of Obamacare

This article was published by the New York Times on September 14, 2016.

To the Editor:

Re “Incredible Shrinking Obamacare,” by David Brooks (column, Sept. 6):

I thank Mr. Brooks for exposing Obamacare for what it really is: health care for poor people. Thankfully, this ill-conceived entitlement has rescued millions of destitute Americans with no other medical alternatives.

The Obama administration foolishly thought that it could force healthy Americans into subsidizing those who are sickly. It didn’t work. Many young and healthy Americans are opting out, so insurance companies are losing billions, asking for outrageous increases in premiums and walking away from state exchanges.

This disastrous program and its trillion-dollar price tag could have been avoided just by expanding the Medicaid program to include more needy people.


New York

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