The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, is proof that our healthcare system in America is beyond broken. As a father of four and a small business owner, I understand the importance of access to healthcare. Notice I did not say access to health insurance. I realize that without health insurance, in today's marketplace, it usually means no access to healthcare; but does Obamacare really fix that situation? If you cannot afford the premium and the deductibles and co-pays, do you really have access to healthcare? From my perspective, it appears the American people, through their representatives and senators, have sold their future to insurance companies, not healthcare providers.
When 87 percent of the 11.4 million people enrolled in Obamacare are receiving an average subsidy of $3,312 per year, I find that figure alarming. Why should the federal government be subsidizing health insurance, much less healthcare? I realize we do not have a true free market system but subsidizing health insurance to the tune of more than $10 billion a year just for Obamacare is going to take us further off track from allowing average Americans access to healthcare. I suggest that our healthcare is so good (or overpriced) the average American cannot afford it, even with Obamacare subsidies.