Congressman Bob Gibbs

Representing the 7th District of Ohio

November 13, 2014

November 13, 2014
Columns

October marks the one year anniversary of Americans signing up for Obamacare on the online exchanges. Last October, the Administration launched the “Healthcare.gov” website as the tool for Americans across the country to sign up for their new healthcare plan.

The days and weeks after the website launched, countless problems occurred, leaving many Americans wondering about the safety and effectiveness of this $800 million website. After many failed attempts to sign up on my own, I feared this is the new normal.

When signing up for a new healthcare plan, you want to have the peace of mind that your personal information is safe and you will be able to sign up for a plan you can afford. I had many concerns with the hastily launched healthcare website, and in September of this year, it was reported that a hacker breached HealthCare.gov’s security. Although officials say no personal information was taken, this breach never should have occurred.

In a recent poll, 60 percent of voters said they want Obamacare to be repealed and replaced with a more conservative alternative. In late September of this year, Bloomberg Government conducted an analysis on the ‘Healthcare.gov’ website and found the costs have exceeded $2.1 billion. The enrollment confusion and cost continue to increase with this destructive law.  The Administration has not disclosed the actual cost of the website and its many failures.

Obamacare’s limitless red tape has small businesses struggling to survive in these tough economic times.. During the law’s first four years, small businesses were hit with $1.9 billion in regulatory costs and spent 11.3 million hours working to comply with the law.. The money and hours spent on trying to comply are devastating

Americans need patient-centered healthcare reform. The healthcare plan you choose should provide you and your family reliable coverage at a price you can afford. By giving individuals the opportunity to be in control of their healthcare, we can create a free-market system that is not riddled with problems.

Now that Obamacare enrollment has been active for a year, are you better off? Are you more or less confident about the future of your healthcare costs and available coverage?

Promises were made by the Administration and the politicians who voted for Obamacare such as keeping your doctor, easy access to affordable care and an end to worry about the high costs associated with previous conditions. These policies are draining Americans paychecks because rather than living up to the promises made, the Administration has decided to look the other way. Obamacare’s definition of the 30 hour “full time” work week has been detrimental for employers and employees who have seen their hours cut to comply with the law’s employer mandate.  .

We can all agree that we need patient centered healthcare reform that includes free market principles, and encourages competition in both the insurance market and the medical provider community. Historically, our competitive free market system, coupled with commonsense regulations has provided Americans with services that are costs competitive and reliable. I believe America’s healthcare system can be accessible and provide quality, affordable, care if common sense reforms are made.

In order to get Americans back to work and ease the squeeze on the middle class, regulations must be practical so they do not unnecessarily hinder job creation and expansion. I want to know if you are pleased with your current healthcare plan, had to change doctors, or face high monthly premiums. Please call my office at 202-225-6265 or send me an email at repbobgibbs@mail.house.gov.   

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