E-Newsletter: Weekly Update from Sam


Date: Oct. 25, 2013
Location: Washington, DC

Dear Friends,

The health care law's rushed enrollment rollout encountered major problems right from the start. Unfortunately, technical problems are not the only concern. The New York Times reports higher costs in rural areas. CBS News reports that the pricing feature on the website is inaccurate and misleading. Forbes reports that over a half-million Americans have had their current plans canceled in just three states. Many of the new plans, structured to fit the law's rules, instead of market demand, are more expensive or have much higher deductibles. This is particularly troubling because Americans were clearly promised by the President that "if you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan." That promise should be kept.

All of this affects the economy and contributes to higher costs and uncertainty for small businesses. It's evident that this entire program is not ready for primetime. More problems seem inevitable, and delay is in order, but delays alone are not a solution for bad policy.


Sam Graves