Politicized profit is bad for health care


If you haven’t heard of Enroll America yet, you soon will. Although the name may sound innocuous enough, the organization is anything but.

Shrouded behind a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) charity status is a group of special interests set to benefit from the implementation of ObamaCare, tasked with enrolling more people into ObamaCare.

Is it any wonder the government watchdog group Cause of Action has asked the IRS to withdraw the tax exempt status of Enroll America?

Look up crony capitalism on Wikipedia, and there should be a picture of Enroll America’s board, which includes veterans of the Obama administration and donors to President Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns, such as Kaiser Permanente and Families USA.

That’s right, a lot of the same individuals and corporations who worked to make sure President Obama was elected and that ObamaCare became law are now in charge of making sure that Americans, and younger Americans in particular, enroll in ObamaCare.

They don’t care that ObamaCare is becoming increasingly unpopular in the country as hard-working families and businesses realize that it will only worsen doctor shortages and increase health insurance premiums for those with private insurance.

They don’t care that even after the delay of the employer mandate, corporation after corporation continues to announce that many full-time workers will be made part-time employees, and that their part-time employees — those with the most to lose — will now see their hours cut back and not be offered health care as a direct result of ObamaCare.

They don’t care that for many of these same working people, the only place to go for health coverage will be the already burgeoning and bureaucratic Medicaid system, in which surgery patients are 13 percent more likely to die than those without insurance and 97 percent more likely to die than those with private insurance.

Their objective now is the same as it was then: protecting and enhancing their bottom line.

And it’s not just former Obama administration officials who are putting Enroll America’s profit ahead of your health. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has been urging business executives and nonprofit groups to “assist” Enroll America.

The problem is while they are profiting under the guise of philanthropy, taxpayers and patients are losing.

Americans have many questions and very few answers about Washington gaining access to their personal information through the overbearing and overreaching health care takeover known as ObamaCare. The last thing we need is political activists or more bureaucrats with potential access to patients’ private and sensitive medical information.

Empowering political activists to help insurance companies profit is a recipe for further disaster. Neither activists, who are politically motivated, nor insurance companies, which are profit driven, will put the needs of patients and taxpayers first.

Despite the fact that Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., one of the key authors of ObamaCare, has dubbed the implementation of the law a “train wreck,” the pressure continues for implementation.

Why?

Profit.

Health insurance companies should not be profiting from a law that hurts the economy, destroys jobs and undermines the nation’s fiscal health, but they are.

This revelation about Enroll America is simply the latest in a long line of delays and disappointments that have encircled ObamaCare. It is time for one more delay — the permanent delay of this law before it wreaks further havoc on the health of our businesses, our families and our nation as a whole.

Adam Stryker is Nevada state director of Americans for Prosperity.

 

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