The insurance exchanges as called for in the new healthcare law
are a little more than four months from kicking off. But one policy
analyst doubts they will be ready.
White House and other federal officials say the exchanges will
be up and looking for enrollees by October 1. That, of course,
comes amid continued criticism from lawmakers.Heath
"I've got my doubts, like
some Democratic lawmakers, that this might turn out to be a 'train wreck,'" says Hadley Heath, senior
policy analyst with the Independent Women's Forum (IWF). "Another one
said, 'We certainly don't want this to be a third-world
experience for people.' Listen, this is the United States, and
we do have serious problems with our healthcare system in terms of
payment and delivery. It does need reform, but Obamacare is taking
us in the wrong direction."
Heath adds that she would not call these exchanges
"They are not markets -- They don't provide individuals with
freedom to determine which policy is right for them; they only
offer certain policies from certain carriers. So, there are great
restrictions on our choices again," the analyst points out. "And a
lack of competition is only going to result in two potential
outcomes: One is higher prices. Another is more dissatisfaction
with the quality of health insurance policies available, and it's
likely we'll get some of both."
President Obama hosted a Mother's Day-themed event last Friday and
touted what he called the benefits of his healthcare law to
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