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President says ACA is working
The Gazette, staff

President Obama may have need of his signature legislation.

He may have suffered a dislocated shoulder last week, patting himself on the back, saying that seven million Americans have enrolled in the so-called Affordable Care Act.
At one point early in the process, backers of the bill said that nearly 50 million uninsured Americans would benefit from the program. To say that 14 percent of those eligible makes the program a ringing success is a bit of a reach.

But a closer look at the numbers makes it even more laughable. The Rand Corporation found that less than 900,000 of the seven million who enrolled have actually paid their premiums. That drops the number who’ve found some relief to less than two percent of the eligible 50 million.

And the president says the program is working.

In making his pitch for the program, the president promised his plan would require coverage for children.

Seattle Children’s Hospital is suing the state’s insurance commissioner, because only two of the seven plans for eligible residents in Washington state include the hospital in their networks. Currently, the hospital is providing coverage for 200 children who need treatment at the state’s premier pediatric hospital who aren’t eligible through their parent’s ACA health plans.

And the president says the program is working.

In California, the prestigious Cedars-Sinai Cancer Center isn’t available to any ACA enrollees. New York Memorial Hospital’s Sloan Kettering – the oldest and largest cancer treatment facility in the world – is included in just a handful of ACA plans.

And the president says the program is working.

Perhaps the chief apologist for ObamaCare, Sen. Harry Reid, has said all the horror stories about people no longer being able to see doctors who’ve treated them for years are lies.

Cases like Michael Cerpok’s aren’t isolated incidents. In 2013, The New York Post reported Cerpok’s out-of-pocket expense on his old insurance plan for leukemia treatment was $4,500 of a $350,000 bill. Since the ACA forced his insurance company to shelve the previous plan because it failed to meet requirements of the ACA, his out-of-pocket expenses will increase in 2014 by 500 percent.

And he wants us to believe it’s working?