June 12 2015
One News Now
President Obama continues to say the healthcare law is working, prompting one health policy expert to say the president must be "living in a fantasy world" if he truly believes that.
Speaking this week in Germany, the president offered up these remarks about his signature healthcare law: "The thing is working. I mean, part of what's bizarre about this whole thing is, we haven't had a lot of conversation about the horrors of ObamaCare because none of them come to pass."
So ... is ObamaCare working?
"Well, it depends on who you ask, but I would say the Affordable Care Act ... has produced far more losers than winners," responds Hadley Heath Manning, director of health policy at the Independent Women's Forum.
"Most people have experienced the downsides of health reform," she continues, "whether that's an increase in their premiums or limitations on how much the economy can grow or changes to the way their employer is providing health insurance or having their insurance policy canceled altogether or having to find a new doctor."
And these are real hardships for a lot of Americans, says Manning.
"So I think his statement that this law hasn't had an adverse effect will just fall on deaf ears," she tells OneNewsNow, "because he's living in a fantasy world if he hasn't paid attention to the well-documented downsides that so many Americans have experienced as a result of this law."
While in Germany, Obama also weighed in on an impending Supreme Court ruling in a case known as King v. Burwell. At issue is whether the federal government can offer taxpayer subsidies to people purchasing health insurance in state and federal exchanges. According to the president, Congress never intended to exclude people who went through the federal exchange (Healthcare.gov).
Since returning this week from Germany, President Obama touted the Affordable Care Act in a speech to the Catholic Health Association.