WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law is getting a mixed verdict in the first comprehensive look by neutral experts: More Americans will be covered, but costs are also going up.This should not be a big surprise. Most people were against Obama ramming this legislation down our throats. Most people were fine with their health care.
It's a worrisome assessment for Democrats.
In particular, concerns about Medicare could become a major political liability in the midterm elections. The report projected that Medicare cuts could drive about 15 percent of hospitals and other institutional providers into the red, "possibly jeopardizing access" to care for seniors.
"A trillion dollars gets spent, and it's no surprise — health care costs are going to go up," said Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., a leading Republican on health care issues. Camp added that he's concerned the Medicare cuts will undermine care for seniors.
Administration officials argue the increase is a bargain price for guaranteeing coverage to 95 percent of Americans.So that means there will still be over 15 million uninsured Americans. Couldn't this supposed gain of 10 million Americans insured be covered under an existing welfare program?
And this is an early assessment, many more unintended consequences have yet to rear their ugly heads.