November 2, 2015

As Obamacare Backfires, McGinty Pushes For Single Payer

When Obamacare’s open enrollment period began on Sunday, many Pennsylvanians got an unpleasant surprise when they were kicked off of their health insurance plans and forced to pay higher premiums for a new plan. The Morning Call reported:

When the Affordable Care Act’s third open enrollment starts Sunday, many Lehigh Valley participants will have to pick new insurance plans.

That’s because one-third of last year’s 62 plans, including more than a dozen from Highmark Blue Shield, will soon cease to exist as the insurance industry moves toward coverage that shifts costs to consumers in the form of higher deductibles, co-pays and other out-of-pocket expenses.

Costs are rising in a whopping 37 states, with an average increase of 7.5 percent, but Pennsylvania is in for much steeper increase:

In the nine insurance regions of Pennsylvania, where 473,000 residents receive coverage through the federal marketplace, the price of the second-lowest-cost silver plan will rise even more — 11 percent on average, HHS said.

With tens of thousands of Pennsylvanians left in the lurch, Obamacare’s failure is sure to become a hot topic in the senate race, where Katie McGinty may have trouble explaining to voters why she wants to take Obamacare even farther. McGinty voiced her support for a single payer health care system at a progressive event in August:

MCGINTY: I am in favor of single-payer health care and I think, you know I had an opportunity to sit down with Senator Toomey not long ago and we started talking about affordable health care. We talked about how well Pennsylvania has done now in expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Health Care Act and the Senator starts taking great issue about that and how terrible the Affordable Health Care Act is… and Senator Toomey said that the Affordable Health Care Act was awful in part because it was all a big government health care program. That’s actually – but it’s not even true! The exchange is all private health insurance. That’s what it is. And in terms of people who then want to insist that it be all private companies and then want to complain that it was complex in putting the exchange together, well what if we had a single-payer health care system I think it would have been a lot simpler, a lot cheaper, and a lot easier to get it done.

Given the disastrous job the government is doing running Obamacare, it’s unlikely McGinty’s plan for a total federal takeover of America’s health care system will find much support among the dissatisfied customers in the Keystone State.