Obama’s Updated Health Care Pledge
Recently, President Obama issued an apology to the American people for what he admits was a lapse in what he promised to deliver with his health care plan, the Affordable Care Act. The widespread act, which attempts to help reform health care and health insurance in a way that makes medical services more affordable and readily available to all Americans by eliminating insurance stipulations like denial of coverage for preexisting conditions.
The act also includes a program that subsidizes health insurance for some people, which ideally would lead to a far greater number of insured individuals. As the act has been rolled out, it has faced much criticism from users who have unsuccessfully attempted to enroll in the program via its faulty website. Even more individuals who already carry insurance have criticized the program because they believe it breaks a promise made by the administration that those with existing policies would be able to keep them at the same price they were already paying for them.
Insurance Customers Informed That Existing Policies Would Be Priced Higher
Since the initial roll out of the Affordable Care Act, many health insurance policy holders have received notices from the carriers that their policy premiums would increase because their existing policies were no longer valid according to the rules and stipulations of the new healthcare legislation. This came as a shock to many individuals, who had been publicly promised by the Obama administration that their existing policies would not change.
Obama Apologizes and Offers a Solution
In his public apology to the American people, Obama apologized for what he admitted was a broken promise in terms of policy holder’s abilities to keep their existing policies. The president repeatedly emphasized that the mistake was “on (him),” and pledged to take steps to rectify the incorrect information that was given to policyholders. As a solution, the president has pledged that he will make sure all existing policies will be extended for a year as he and his administration work to sort through problems with the Affordable Care Act. “The bottom line is, insurers can extend plans that otherwise would have been cancelled through 2014,” emphasized the President.
Program Dealing With Very Low Enrollment
Adverse reactions over cancelled policies are just one of many problems facing the Affordable Care Act and the Obama administration. To date, enrollment in programs has been much lower than anticipated by policy makers. As few as 100,000 people have successfully enrolled in the program. That number is a mere 1% of the number of customers the administration hopes to have enrolled by the close of registration in March of 2014. Low enrollment may have a number of causes.
The faulty website on which consumers are expected to enroll has kept many people from enrolling, even after several tedious attempts. Further, faults in program eligibility requirements have kept even those who have navigated through the site from qualifying for the programs they wish to be involved in.
Problems of low enrollment may complicate the administration’s efforts to rectify problems with the policy, because many of the lowered rates that subsidy programs rely on are contingent on a major increase in individuals paying for plans.
Obama Warns Naysayers Not To Attempt to Get Rid of the System
While Obama admits that the current program has been faulty, he urges his opponents to avoid attempts to overthrow the new system entirely. He has promised to make good on his pledge to work out policy problems, but remains insistent that he will not support efforts to return to what he refers to as the old “broken system”, that was filled with errors related to billing and medical coding.