Like millions of other Americans, some Ohioans decided health insurance coverage through the Obamacare law sounded good.?So they signed up for it.
But it may be that they fell for one of the oldest cons in the world - bait and switch. It amounts to luring people in with an offer that sounds good, then selling them something else entirely.
Nearly 155,000 Buckeye State residents signed up for insurance through the federal "marketplace" program, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. More probably will follow suit during the next several months. To some Ohioans, average monthly premiums of $332.58 for insurance sounded good. But those rates will not last, say officials at the Ohio Department of Insurance. By next year, premiums for the same coverage are expected to go up to $374.42 a month, a one-year increase of 13 percent.
There is no reason to believe premium increases will be less severe in coming years. Even at 13 percent a year, those affordable-sounding insurance rates will more than double in six years. Among the many promises made by President Barack Obama and liberals touting the health care law was that it would help curb increases in costs for medical treatment. Clearly, that one can be filed in the same place as "If you like your (existing) health insurance, you can keep it."
Like many others suckered into supporting Obamacare, then buying insurance through it, a substantial number of Ohioans already are feeling as if they were deceived. That impression will grow stronger during the next few years. Obamacare will be a key issue in congressional elections this fall. Even some Democrats have said they would like to make changes in the law. Clearly, however, Obamacare should be repealed. It is so rotten even its chief proponent, the president, says some parts of it should not be enforced.
To ensure a serious effort is made to repeal the law, Ohioans' best bet is to vote for Republican candidates - such as U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, who represents East Ohio - who never supported Obamacare and have promised to do all in their power to do away with it. The longer the law remains on the books, the more expensive surprises are in store.