The Centers for Disease Control says the health insurance uninsured rate has remained unchanged for three years in a row, meaning despite massive taxpayer costs, the Affordable Care Act, aka ObamaCare is tapped out.

It’s time to try something better says Investor’s Business Daily.

Quoting figures from the CDC, IBD says the overall uninsured rate last year was 9.1%, unhanged from 2015.

Remove retirees, who are automatically covered by Medicare, and the uninsured rate was higher — 10.7% in 2016 — just a fraction from 10.5% in 2015. And IBD says Gallup, which surveys far fewer households than the CDC, showed the uninsured rate climbing in 2017.

ObamaCare defenders point out that the numbers are well below where they were in 2010, at 16%, when President Obama signed the ACA into law. But CDC data says “despite the hoopla over how ObamaCare would ‘fix’ the private insurance market, all the gains in coverage under ObamaCare came because more people are enrolled in Medicaid.”

Thus ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion reduced the uninsured rate, “not the guaranteed issue rules, benefit mandates, the multibillion dollar ObamaCare exchanges, the failed co-op experiments, the insurance bailouts or the tens of billions of dollars each year in premium subsidies.”

CDC data also shows that the uninsured rate among those under age 65 declined from 16.4% in 2007 to 12.4% in 2017. Those covered by private insurance in these years dropped from 66.8% to 65.4% while those covered by government insurance increased from 18.1% to 25.3%.

“If all ObamaCare did was expand Medicaid, it almost certainly would have achieved the same reduction in the uninsured,” says IBD.

While expanding Medicaid, which desperately need reform, to millions more, premiums in the private insurance market soared, pricing many middle class families out of the market altogether. So, says IBD, “if ObamaCare’s combination of government regulation and huge taxpayer subsidies can’t boost private coverage, perhaps another approach would work better.”

Reforms it suggests would rely on private sector competition to keep health costs low and quality high. This would also mean less federal regulation along with more options for cheap insurance, not less, and more incentives for consumers to economize on health care spending.

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DeadBolt

FREE AT LAST..........

FREE AT LAST..........

OH, GOOD LORD WE'RE FREE AT LAST......................

FREE TO CHOOSE , ITS A WONDERFUL THING,

THESE NEW FOUND FREEDOMS........

Oh, wait one minute, silly me, there was a time, um, about well all of the HISTORY of the US , when we were FREE TO CHOOSE OUR COMMODITIES.

THEN THE DARK CLOUD OF SOCIALISM RODE IN LIKE A FOUL SMELL

IT LINGERED FOR EIGHT YEARS..........

DISRUPTING FREE MARKET CHOICE........

AND , HOPEFULLY WE HAVE BLOWN IT SOUTH OF US NOW!

CARTERETISCORRUPT

until we control health care fees, no scheme will work. The cost of health care is absurd. No one should get rich off the sick.

Imus

Yeah, the new cheaper & better Trumpcare is far superior. No wait, there is no Trumpcare. Maybe if he spent more time governing and not meeting with Kim Kardashian, we'd have that dream healthcare he promised us. Can you regular CCNT readers just imagine the editorial headline if the previous president had met with Kim? But because it's their lover boy, this paper will not say a word. The hypocrisy grows by leaps & bounds with each editorial.

move4ward

Trump is undoing everything good Obama accomplished out of spite, vindictiveness, and because he's a disgusting racist. The Affordable Care Act was the imperfect start at tackling the health care CRISIS in the U.S. and needs improvement. So improve it !!! If you don’t think there is a health care crisis in America, check yourself in for psychiatric evaluation and pay for it without insurance.

Now, we have a president who was elected by lying, cheating, and stealing votes. The Constitution needs to be amended since it is not protecting Americans from the mentally deranged man in the oval office who is now grossly abusing the power of pardon.

When President Ford abused the power of pardon with Nixon, the Constitution should have been amended THEN to stop such an abuse from ever happening again.

No one could have ever predicted that we would have such an evil man as Trump in the office of President of the United States.

Subpoena Trump to testify. He is NOT ABOVE THE LAW and is not protected to be a criminal, even as president.

Trump should do time for his crimes and for lying every day to Americans, but sadly will just skirt by like Nixon with a pardon.

dc

Was he fund raising with Kim like your honey BO did with his celebrity buddies including Harvey and all of the far left Hollytoiletpaper crowd? Where was he going or at while the guys were being murdered in Benghazi? Wasn't that something about a fund raiser with some of his favorite stars?

dc

Unfortunately, he can't undo all the socialistic anti-American garbage crammed through in 8 years but he has had some success. Took care of BOs ISIS, actually enforced some red lines, jobs greatly improved across the board including return of full-time with better benefits, and much more that socialist Ds hate. Nancy like Mondale has promised to increase your taxes so maybe enough socialists demanding free stuff can make it happen since we have seen drastic deteriorating since Mondale.

dc

Sad times for you anti-American socialists alright. Your and Bubba's darling predicted 3.5 million jobs would be lost. She must of been hoping it would happen after she was elected so she could send govt help. No need for jobs with socialists in charge.

Arthurt

How is that TrumpCare and RepublicanCare working out? Or that seafood harvest since Trump removed polution protections? Or those tax cuts for the rich and for business? Did they increase job grownth or just make corporations and the rich...richer?

dc

Most things that have actually reversed course doing great but BO Care is still here isn't it? Same lie since its inception and put a lot of able-bodied on Medicaid while most working folks can't afford it.

saltydog

Trumpcare won't work. Obamacare didn't work.

And we're arguing over which is best? LOL

DeadBolt

Free AT LAST, FREE AT LAST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wait a sec, before this, that commodity was something we could ether choose to have or not, now i remember.

Don't know why my original post was removed, it was up for a few days?

DeadBolt

YOU ARE CORRECTO saltydog!

Politicians should not ever attempt to solve anything 'medical', its like calling a plumber to fix your electrical issue.

Thank goodness the scandalous hijacking of the many under Obambi will only be a 1 time thing.

This is a 'field' that FREE MARKETS have always excelled at prior to politicians wanting lobby money for their selfish reasons.

ie: there was a time , not so long ago, when a Doctor visit, for the vast majority was about , well, um, 40 bucks. (some were only charging that in the 80's)

David Collins

A problem, as I see it, is the massive numbers of folks that have bought into being taken care of. Take charge of your own lives and destiny. Have you no pride?

move4ward

Trump will do time for his crimes. Americans have had enough of his BaloneyStuff(BS).

Osprey

Obamacare or Trumpcare = Massive profits for Insurance Companies.
Focus should be on the real problem-Insurance Industry Greed!!!!

David Collins

If you could completely eliminate the insurance company factor today. Now that means ALL types of insurance, including Govt types. What would you have?

DeadBolt

GO TRUMP.........................

CUT THOSE COMMIE REGULATIONS, OPEN THE FREE MARKET!!!!!!!!!!!

2ND NOBEL PRIZE ON THE WAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

MY GOODNESS, WHAT ELSE CAN HE FIX?

http://www.magapill.com/


Take with 1 glass of liberal tears.........


TRUMP FOR 2020!!!!!!

DeadBolt

This is how to 'fix' the majority of Healthcare.............

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EoVb3DX85LA


Worth the 8 mins. [wink]

DeadBolt

Government Can't Fix Healthcare

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBfC1YG9wIs


Thank you for letting me enlighten you . (and the basic rule of economics that is easy for even a 3rd grader to realize). [wink]

smitethemorons

Why do so many idiots around here keep fulminating about "commies?"

Stuck in the 1950s, are ya?

Slept through the last few decades? Zzzz.

[Wink]

DeadBolt

@morons...........

I'll speak for myself, i KNOW their pathetic doctrine , thats why i call them commies.

A spade is a spade.

ps. History, if your the expert, why not figure out how many people were murdered in the name of communism.

Then, when you add the National 'SOCIALISTIC' party, whom i refer to as the NAZI'S grab their tally, .

Lastly feel free to post the number when you read history.

When your done, tell me why you think for one second your in a somewhat free society?

DeadBolt

Oh, almost forgot, that's what SINGLE PAYER SYSTEMS ARE , COMMIE PROPAGANDA .

TOP DOWN RUN COUNTRIES.

ALL HAVE FAILED MISERABLY , under the guise, oh, we really know how to fix it this time, however, its a fallacy.

FREE COUNTRIES ARE RUN BY THE PEOPLE , its not always going to be 100% good news with capitalism either, however, as i always ask,

NAME 1 TIME IN HISTORY THAT ANY SINGLE SYSTEM LIKE OUR MODEL HAS LIFTED MORE PEOPLE OUT OF POVERTY IN THE HISTORY OF MANKIND, INCLUDING HELPING THE ENTIRE GLOBE WITH MEDICINE, AND STOPPING VICIOUS WARS MULTIPLE TIMES FOR EUROPE.

THE COMMIES CAN COME GET SOME IF THEY WANT TO GET A BEAT DOWN ONE MORE TIME, IT WOULD BE LIKE A MIKE TYSON FIGHT, LOTTA TALK, AND A 40 SECOND KNOCKOUT.

Good luck finding a more generous peaceful time in the history of the world.

Holler back with the answer.

00rolf

“@morons...........
I'll speak for myself, i KNOW their pathetic doctrine , thats why i call them commies.”
And then some garbage about the “National 'SOCIALISTIC' party…NAZI'S…”

History is easy, for those of us who know history.
Nazi’s are at your side of the political spectrum.

move4ward

please, oh please, pardon yourself Trump !! Then the impeachment can IMMEDIATELY begin !!! Go for it !! Dump Trump.

DeadBolt

Please, oh, please take your maga pill!

TRUMP FOR 2020!!!!!!!!!!!

All made possibly by the liberal lunatics.........


ps....... bertie for the gulag............, choking on a commie potato ......[beam]

dc

And while they're at it they can take a MAPA (MAKE AMERICA PROUD AGAIN) pill.

00rolf

“Name 1 time in history that any single system like our model has lifted more people out of poverty in the history of mankind, including helping the entire globe with medicine, and stopping vicious wars multiple times for Europe.”

Except for the usage of capital letters, combining X number of Y and Z factors are never useful to prove a point. In this case there are 3 different things that should make up an answer: lifted people out of poverty, helping the globe with medicine and stopped wars in Europe.

The individual answer to neither is USofA.
It is allowed to be proud of being American, lying about accomplishments is not.

Despite that, the answer to the question at hand is the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. There are a couple of other answers which can be considered, but I will leave that to the trumpies to figure out.

dc

The UK saved us in WWII?

DeadBolt

Your confusing 'colonization' , which is not a factor today in the wealth of the world, to capitalism, which is. (if your on about the UK of today, not Great Brittan of the past, which was Imperialistic during their so called ventures).

Whats more, it costed them more in terms of finances then they ever got back in terms of any repayments. (this is written history).

Lastly, they should thank the Romans for their help a thousand years ago , which btw, had you been there, you may not have liked the fact that Rome 'invaded' the British Isle's etc..... and took it by force.

Thomas Sowell on Wealth Creation, Human Capital & Colonialism


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5fHBdnpE40

Now, what exactly is the UK of today exactly doing for the rest of the world currently that you would like to discuss? (aside from arguing over weather or not to bow down and accept some kind of higher rule by way of a strange sort of rule by another larger entity known as BREXIT. ?)

Interesting topic though.

DeadBolt

Typo, please replace the term BREXIT with European Union, which is obviously never going to work simply because of the continent's different historical cultures and differences over thousands of years of history. (that's why they have BORDERS).

This was the main fallacy in the entire globalist agenda, as it is in any given sustained region of the world.

Mexico does not have to conform to our values, nor do we to theirs, simply look at their laws and entire structures. (not even a political debate, simply historical).

ie: i'm sure the aztec's and natives truly enjoyed being invaded by Spain.

00rolf

“i'm sure the aztec's and natives truly enjoyed being invaded by Spain.”
I’m sure the natives of USofA truly enjoyed being invaded by the white USofA.
Men, women and children were slaughtered to steal the land of the natives.

DeadBolt

I think, you mean the Spanish first, then the 'ENGLISH' from 'ENGLAND' , as they were pushing their imperialistic agenda based on the term 'colonization' , as a supplement for planting a flag for the then ruling class.

Next point please about recent history.

As simply as i can put it, this is far from 'obamacare' which is what a liberal lunatic wants to do every time. (distract from the actual topic, and never give a straight answer with a solid defense of the topic).

In any event, obamacare would not have saved either set of peoples, the Native's or the American's of today, so there is your irony. [wink]

David Collins

I am quite sure the white settlers from Europe enjoyed being slaughtered by the natives who also conquered those that were there before who probably slaughtered those that came before as well. Back then most everyone was a slaughterer or a slaughtered individual. Fast times indeed. So, what has changed on our world besides nomenclature?

00rolf

Most of Western Europe has some kind of single payer system, and it works. They realize now and then that some adjustments are needed, and they adjust. There are reports that investigate how the different countries are doing compared to the others. Italy was at the top on the last report I read. USA was at the top in one category, most expensive, almost three times more expensive, despite that Italy has free healthcare for everyone, citizens and non-citizens.

David Collins

There are reports that will validate most any view one may have. Italy is in a financial mess due to it’s unsustainable financial decisions. Can’t spend the same dollar three or more times without consequences. Sounds like Italy is the to go place for our liberal brethren that need free healthcare.

00rolf

It isn’t the health care system that has brought Italy to brink of bankruptcy.
It is the good old greed of the right winged, by Berlusconi.
Tax breaks to support the rich.

Jesus did not say:
Take from those who have not.
Give to those who have.

DeadBolt

Your quoting the Bible?

Italy is on the brink because it has endorsed a hands off policy to open its borders to 'invaders' from the Sudan, and other regions in North Africa.

All under the guise they were accepting women and children, when in fact its military age young men from war regions sucking them dry.

Also, they have been quoted in articles offering to pay these 'invaders' thousands of dollars to go home.

I'll let you do your own homework on that topic.

Looks to me like the 'cultures' do not mix???????????????

ps. Jesus is far from this topic of debate in Europe at this point.

Lastly, he , as i remember , Jesus said RENDER UNTO CESAR WHAT IS HIS.

What brought Italy to the brink was liberal ideology / socialism/ communism, and all the ways it can work now, when its a proven system for failure no matter how you do the math.

Noone on this planet can make a model of your ideals on that subject that is actually as you want it.

Simply put its a FALLACY.

But, pick your poison, and have a great big gulp. [wink]

dc

Comparing Italy to us? How? How many non-citizens do they have? Do many go there for cutting edge treatment?

DeadBolt

Here's Canada.................


https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-44474648


Wow, thought ours was expensive.............

David Collins

Lots of misconceptions about national healthcare out there. It is seldom as goog as advertised. Have a friend up here now for healthcare. The British system is sadly lacking. Have to wait forever to be seen.

00rolf

Keep on touting the most expensive health care system in the world.
Bloomberg 2017 Healthiest Country Index:
1. Italy 93.11
7. Japan 89.15
14. France 85.59
16. Germany 84.78
17. Canada 84.57
23. UK 82.28

What about USA? 34th with 73.05 behind Cuba and Lebanon…
Whatever they do in Italy, Japan, France, Germany, Canada and UK is immensely better than the greed operating here in the USofA. They get better results with half the cost, about one third compared to Italy.

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