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Obamacare: Higher Premiums; Less Privacy

2:16 PM, Mar 14, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
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The closer we get to the launch date for full implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the more it appears to contradict its own, essential premises.

First, there is the matter of cost. We learn from this AP report that:

Some Americans could see their insurance bills double next year as the health care overhaul law expands coverage to millions of people. The nation's big health insurers say they expect premiums — or the cost for insurance coverage — to rise from 20 to 100 percent for millions of people due to changes that will occur when key provisions of the Affordable Care Act roll out in January 2014.

And, then, there are the entwined matters of complexity and privacy.  How much should you undress for the bureaucrats before they will permit you to see the doctor?

Well, quite a bit, actually.  Twenty-one pages worth of questions that will leave many citizens feeling like they have been violated, much the way TSA agents abuse random air travelers.

Once the application has been completed, it will be scrutinized by three separate federal agencies to include the IRS.

There are some who believe the paradoxes of the ACA are actually not a bug but a feature designed to so exasperate the citizenry that it will throw up its hands and surrender to full-on single payer.  

Sort of like shutting down White House tours to turn the public against the sequester.

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