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The President Promised That Obamacare Would Provide Choices, But '18 States Will Offer Only One Health Plan' For Small Employers


Obamacare: Small Business Exchanges Without Choices

"The Small Business Health Options Program is Obamacare's neglected stepchild. As one of two new marketplaces set up by the health care law, SHOP was meant to encourage companies with up to 100 employees to cover their workers and give them a menu of insurance options." ("SHOP Flop: Obamacare For Small Businesses," Politico, 6/10/14)

  • "… the federal SHOP is still nearly moribund.  Its website has yet to get off the ground. Without online enrollment — which the Obama administration maintains should be available this fall — the only sign-ups have come through via pen and paper. The result: The exchange has enrolled next to nobody." ("SHOP Flop: Obamacare For Small Businesses," Politico, 6/10/14)

"Small employers in 18 states will offer only one health plan to workers when the Affordable Care Act's small-business exchanges open this fall, federal officials said Tuesday." ("Some Small-Business Employees to Have Only One Health-Plan Choice," The Wall Street Journal, 6/10/14)

  • "'We're extremely disappointed,' said John Arensmeyer, CEO of the Small Business Majority, which backs the Affordable Care Act. 'Choice is the single biggest competitive advantage for SHOP. It's the feature of the exchange that's most likely to draw in new businesses, and now 18 states won't have it.'" ("SHOP Flop: Obamacare For Small Businesses," Politico, 6/10/14)
  • "The agency shouldn't have 'rubberstamped' states' requests to delay the employee choice function in their SHOP exchanges, but that's exactly what they did, said John Arensmeyer... The feature is required by the ACA..." (Politico's 'Pulse,' 6/11/14)


Broken Promise: 'We Will Provide You With A Choice'

PRESIDENT OBAMA: "My guiding principle is, and always has been, that consumers do better when there's choice and competition. ... And without competition, the price of insurance goes up and quality goes down. And it makes it easier for insurance companies to treat their customers badly -- by cherry-picking the healthiest individuals and trying to drop the sickest; by overcharging small businesses who have no leverage; and by jacking up rates. ... we will provide you with a choice." (President Obama, Remarks To Joint Session Of Congress, 9/9/09)

  • OBAMA: "...what it would do is, it would provide more choice and more competition." (President Obama, Remarks At Rally, 9/12/09)
  • OBAMA: "...if you look at the basic proposal that we put forward, it has an exchange so that businesses and the self-employed can buy into a pool and can get bargaining power the same way big companies do, the insurance reforms that I've already discussed, making sure that there's choice and competition for those who don't have health insurance." (President Obama, Remarks At House Republican Retreat, 1/29/10)
  • OBAMA: "The basic concept is that we would set up an exchange, meaning a place where individuals and small businesses could go and get choice and competition for private health care plans..." (President Obama, Remarks, 2/25/10)
  • OBAMA: "So that's what this effort is all about. ... A marketplace so people have choice and competition who right now don't have it and are seeing their premiums go up 20, 30, 40, 50 percent." (President Obama, Remarks To House Democratic Caucus, 3/20/10)
  • OBAMA: "If you don't have insurance, this reform gives you a chance to be a part of a big purchasing pool that will give you choice and competition and cheaper prices for insurance." (President Obama, Remarks, 3/21/10)