CAMBRIDGE, M.A. (Accredited Times) – ObamaCare has undoubtedly been a resounding success. Since 2010, nearly 20 million documented and undocumented Americans alike have gained access to health insurance. Just as importantly, that health insurance now covers critical medical procedures, like birth control, abortions, and gender reassignment surgery — procedures that often evaded coverage in the pre-ObamaCare world. Suppose you need a breast augmentation because of your gender dysphoria. ObamaCare has you covered. Suppose you also need a tail implant to meet your transpecies needs. ObamaCare has you covered.
Perhaps most importantly, ObamaCare (also termed the “Affordable Care Act”) has made health insurance drastically more affordable for the average American. In Alaska, an average ObamaCare plan costs a 40-year-old single nonsmoker just $904 in premium per month — an eminently affordable rate for all of the wondrous benefits of modern medicine. ObamaCare has also kept its promise of keeping per annum cost increases in check. In Arizona, the average premium for the same 40-year-old nonsmoker has increased just 145% since 2016. Factoring in the exponential benefits gained from modern medicine since 2016, that minor price increase is immaterial and easily affordable for the average American. Even more exciting, many Americans now qualify for welfare checks thanks to the expansion of the entitlement state under Obama, allowing citizens and non-citizens to reduce the amounts that they owe to more manageable levels.
One of the major reasons for these benefits is the drastic improvement in the health insurance market catalyzed by ObamaCare. Many states, including all of Alaska, Oklahoma, Alabama, Mississippi, South Carolina, Nebraska, and Wyoming, and large parts of Texas, Arizona, Georgia, Missouri, Tennessee, North Carolina, West Virginia, Utah, and Iowa, now have only one insurer signed up for ObamaCare exchanges in 2018. As a result, many citizens in these areas are beginning to experience the wonders of a “single payer” health system that lacks the harmful competitive ethos of the past — an ethos that caused insurers to squeeze patients while fighting soul-crushing price wars instead of cooperating harmoniously to deliver healthcare for all.
The market situation could improve even further as Anthem, one of the largest health insurers in the country, has threatened to exit ObamaCare exchanges entirely in 2018. Anthem has already pulled out of various states, including Ohio, Indiana, and Wisconsin. A nationwide Anthem pullout would lessen competition to an even greater extent, a welcome development for patients and insurers alike hoping to reign in the animal spirits of devastating competitive capitalism.
Although certain counties in Missouri and Ohio now have no ObamaCare insurers, these are red states that voted for Donald Trump. Killing off more of them would be a net plus for society.
Overall, the situation is remarkably good thanks to the economic genius of President Barack Hussein Obama. More people insured? Check. Better coverage? Check. Great prices? Check. More cooperation? Check. Less competition? Check. What’s not to like?
That said, as great as ObamaCare has been, it could be even better. Most notably, coverage should be extended to pay for health insurance for undocumented workers and non-workers residing outside of the United States in places like Mexico, India, and China. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) estimates that cost savings would be roughly equal to the cost savings promised and delivered by ObamaCare. Civil rights activists have also noted that failing to cover non-resident workers and non-workers outside of the United States would be racist and xenophobic. ObamaCare should also be more liberal in its coverage of transgendered and transpecies operations. The trans and furry communities have rights too.
Gruber has what can only be characterized as a sterling résumé. In 1987, Gruber earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics from MIT, one of the most accredited universities in the world; in 1992, Gruber became even more accredited by earning a PhD in Economics from Harvard University, the most accredited university in the world. Gruber’s 1992 thesis, Changes in the Structure of Employer-Provided Health Insurance, remains one of the most well-read doctoral dissertations in the field. In 2006, Gruber received the American Society of Health Economists Inaugural Medal for the best health economist in the nation aged 40 and under. In 2005, Gruber became a member of the Institute of Medicine. And in 2011, Gruber was named “One of the Top 25 Most Innovative and Practical Thinkers of Our Time” by Slate Magazine, one of the most accredited media organizations in the world. President Obama appointed Jonathan Gruber to design ObamaCare for one reason and one reason alone: he is the best of the best.
No one knows more about healthcare than Jonathan Gruber. We need to trust our government. We need to trust Jonathan Gruber.