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The worst of Obamacare: Senate voting to repeal it

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December 02. 2015 11:35PM


The Affordable Care Act is falling apart.

Supporters tout that the number of Americans without insurance has fallen, and they’re right. But having insurance is the least important metric of the law’s success.

Millions of Americans have been coerced into buying mediocre, overpriced insurance they don’t want in order to avoid a penalty. Millions more have been kicked off their previous insurance plans and into the ACA exchanges.

Insurance companies, which pushed the law in order to force more customers onto their rolls, are now dropping out or seeking taxpayer bailouts.

The U.S. Senate is considering a bill that would repeal the worst parts of Obamacare, including the penalties attached to the coverage mandates. It gets rid of the Cadillac tax punishing companies offering insurance deemed too good by the federal government, and the Medical Device Tax discouraging innovation in health care.

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen claims to oppose the Medical Device Tax, though she could have stopped it and chose to support it. This week, she had another chance to correct her bad vote, but won’t take it.

She’s going to stick with a broken law that has driven up health care costs and slowed down the American economy.

This week, Sen. Kelly Ayotte will vote to repeal the worst of the ACA.

President Obama will surely veto the bill. Sending it to his desk will be an important reminder of his signature law’s worst consequences.


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