“The plans being offered through the exchanges in 2014 appear to have, in general, lower payment rates for providers, narrower networks of providers, and tighter management of their subscribers’ use of health care than employment-based plans do,” the CBO said. “Those features allow insurers that offer plans through the exchanges to charge lower premiums (although they also make plans somewhat less attractive to potential enrollees).”
Look at the phrase “tighter management of their subscribers’ use of health care.” Does that sound like something that will satisfy millions of patients -- or set off renewed fears of rationing?
And of course, on the Obamacare losers side, don’t forget the people and businesses paying significantly higher taxes to pay for the program.
Will people who pay more, or who get less, or both, take their Obamacare unhappiness out against Democrats this November? Some surely will. But how many, and how strongly motivated they will be, will probably remain unknown until after the polls have closed.
(Byron York is chief political correspondent for The Washington Examiner.)