Obamacare was supposed to insure the uninsured. Instead, the short term prospect is that more insured people will become uninsured. Official estimates show that around 100,000 people got enrolled at the state or federal level, while more than 5 million got cancelled.
That’s something like 50 times more consumers losing insurance than gaining coverage under Obamacare.
Meanwhile those with substandard cancelled policies are finding sticker shock if they do get answers on the struggling Obamacare web site.
The upshot is that, at least in the beginning, Obamacare could result in more uninsured Americans than before — exactly the opposite of what was intended.
This is why offering a public option for basic Medicare-like coverage should have been included in the first place.
Obamacare foes who are now suddenly so concerned about the plight of under-insured and uninsured Americans ought to be asked — preferably by President Obama himself — why not offer those folks a public option.