Heritage disputes magazine's '10 good things' about ObamaCare

Wednesday, July 17, 2013
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

Online magazine U.S. News and World Report claims there are “10 Good Things About Obamacare,” but one expert says “good” remains to be seen - and that it’s certainly not free.

"There's no such thing as a free lunch,” Chris Jacobs of The Heritage Foundation says, referring to the magazine’s claim that ObamaCare expands the number of free preventive services.

Jacobs

“In fact, we've seen in many cases preventive services actually raise the cost of healthcare because they are not properly targeted,” Jacobs says, citing the example of “free” flu shots given to ten people that prevented one person from catching the flu.

While U.S. News has a list of "10 Good Things," Heritage has a list of 12 implementation failures, including programs that have been criticized by Democrats. 

Also making the “10 Good Things” is the ban on excluding people with pre-existing conditions, and allowing adults up to age 26 to continue getting health insurance on their parents' policies. Those issues are favored by people on both sides of the aisle, but Jacobs believes there are ways to solve those problems without a mammoth bill and regulations.

"There are ways to do that: buying health insurance across state lines, liability reform, better use of health savings accounts and the tax code to encourage individuals to become smart shoppers of health care,” he tells OneNewsNow. “There are state-level, high-risk pools that can provide coverage to those people who are truly uninsurable."

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