Amid skyrocketing insurance premiums, Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber says the law is “working as designed.”
In an interview with CNN, Gruber claimed the premium increases only “applies to a very small fraction” of the population, a claim that’s easily debunked by the countless price increase letters Americans are posting on Facebook and Twitter.
“The law is working as designed,” he said. “However, it could work better, and I think probably the most important thing experts would agree on is that, we need a larger mandate penalty.”
A man in Georgia, Jay Wells, is already paying over $700 a month for a low-tier family plan with a $5500 deductible. In January, he will have to pay nearly $1900 a month for the exact same plan, or $22,000 a year, which is nearly the poverty line for a family of four.
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Blue Cross Blue Shield is raising rates over 93% in New Mexico and Crystal Run Healthcare is raising theirs 80% in New York, according to Fox Business.
Even worse, premiums are set to increase 116% in Arizona.
“As the rates rise, the healthier people pull out because the out-of-pocket costs aren’t worth it,” Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini said. “Young people can do the math. Gas for the car, beer on Fridays and Saturdays, health insurance.”
Despite all that, Gruber wants to raise the Obamacare penalty to try and force more people to pay outrageous insurance prices for lower quality care, and some states will only have one or two insurance companies offering plans under Obamacare.
Gruber, who helped craft Obamacare into a bill for the Obama administration, was made famous after he admitted that a “lack of transparency” was key in getting Obamacare passed because “the stupidity of the American voter” would have otherwise killed the bill.
“Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage,” he said during a panel discussion over Obamacare. “And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really really critical for the thing to pass.”
The ongoing failure of Obamacare is intentional: the political elite will likely try to “fix” Obamacare by offering an even-worse “single payer” healthcare program ran almost entirely by the government.
“As dissatisfaction with Obamacare grows, there will be renewed efforts to pass a single-payer health care system,” Dr. Ron Paul wrote. “Single-payer advocates will point to Obamacare’s corporatist features as being responsible for its failures and claim the only solution is to get the private sector completely out of health care.”
“Unfortunately, many Republicans will inadvertently aid the single-payer advocates by failing to acknowledge that Obamacare is not socialist but corporatist, and that that the pre-Obamacare health care system was hobbled by government intervention.”