Obamacare’s Dirty Little Secret (Guest: John C. Goodman, Ph.D.)

Published September 20, 2023
Hidden within the intricacies of Obamacare lies an unsettling truth that many are unaware of. Dive deep with us as we uncover how this renowned health care reform might not be the safety net for the genuinely ill as it’s often portrayed. Join Host AnneMarie Schieber and guest John C. Goodman, Ph.D., co-publisher of Health Care News and founder of the Goodman Institute for Public Policy Research, to learn the layers behind this revelation.

Goodman shed light on the problems with Obamacare in his recent article for the Wall Street Journal. He delves into the financial burdens faced by families with severe health challenges who, without an employer plan, turn to Obamacare exchanges. For these families, Obamacare effectively becomes a staggering 182% “tax.” Even with insurance subsidies, they face the pitfalls of Obamacare’s limited networks. Alarmingly, both Democrats and Republicans remain silent on this issue, and Goodman sheds light on their reticence.

Despite the U.S. pouring billions into health care across both private and public sectors, glaring coverage gaps persist, leading to mounting medical debts for many. Goodman believes there’s a viable solution: the Health Care Fairness for All Act, proposed by Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX). He also explores the potential of a “Medicare Advantage” style program to revolutionize public health care and insurance exchanges. Goodman contends that insurers should vie to support those with health issues, rather than shying away.