Now you see what opponents dreaded about Obamacare

  • Article
  • Updated: December 20, 2013 - 6:27 PM

The president’s promises were false. This is a government grab.

  • 173
  • Comments

  • Results per page:
hanson64Dec. 20, 13 6:53 PM

Attila the Hun speaks again.

pumiceDec. 20, 13 7:22 PM

From the commentary: "Then, during congressional debate, the White House ostentatiously rejected the so-called 'public option.' But that’s irrelevant. The whole damn thing is the public option." Including the 85% of workers who take part of their compensation as employer-provided health care insurance? Apparently Mr. Krauthammer is suffering from an acute case of redefinition.

kebu80Dec. 20, 13 7:33 PM

Talk about "hitting the nail on the head." This column is right on the mark and ignorant liberals still think its a good deal. Amazing!

pumiceDec. 20, 13 7:40 PM

Also, Mr. Krauthammer, who's the "you" in the headline accompanying this commentary? As far as I can tell, the "opponents" who dreaded the ACA and the "you" who "see what opponents dreaded about [the ACA]" are--and always have been--one and the same vocal minority.

diogenesnyDec. 20, 13 8:25 PM

And you still have no Plan B, pal.

supervon2Dec. 20, 13 8:37 PM

Russia has a pretty good way of using Medical care. If you want to move from city to city you can. But, if the government does not want you to move they do not allow you to have health care there and you must return home to receive same. That could happen here. Ask Smokers.

WaterBunkerDec. 20, 13 9:19 PM

Krauthammer is a clear thinking American. He thinks like a large percentage of Americans think. This ia bad for liberalism...but very good for America. Bill Clinton is thinking that Obama not only cost him another shot at the WH in 2008, but he is messing up 2016. America can only hope.

brianjapanDec. 20, 13 9:27 PM

Good article, can't believe this newspaper chose to print it. Thank you.

erikj3Dec. 20, 13 9:27 PM

"The president’s promises were false. This is a government grab."...Oh please. It's nothing of the sort.

mdachsDec. 20, 13 9:41 PM

Krauthamer is right on target! There are also other hidden takeaways in Obamacare - like the medical care device tax, that will cost companies like Medtronic, St. Jude, and Boston Scientific (major medical device employers in the Twin Cities and other cities) hundreds of millions of dollars - money that those companies could have invested in research and development and/or jobs. Most of the companies' customers, the hospitals, will not allow the companies to pass on that 2.3% tax in the form of higher product prices. For employer-sponsored self-insured medical insurance plans, there is also the PCORI tax of $2 per covered person per year (that's the employee and each covered dependent). The real bad news for employees whose employers have great health care plans is that Obamacare limits the value of those plans, so employers offering plans with benefits above those limits would have to pay a so-called "Cadillac" tax that would be in the tens of millions of dollars for an employer with 20,000 employees. So employers have, or will be, reducing benefits in plans with benefits above those limits by either reducing benefits (increasing employee co-pays for services and drugs, increasing deductibles, eliminating spousal coverage, etc.). So, when Obama said that "if you like your plan, you can keep it," he was also lying to employees of companies that provide good health care benefits.


Comment on this story   |  


  • about opinion

  • The Opinion section is produced by the Editorial Department to foster discussion about key issues. The Editorial Board represents the institutional voice of the Star Tribune and operates independently of the newsroom.

  • Submit a letter or commentary
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters