Shortly after the Supreme Court Announced its opinion in National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius which determined the future of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), Gov. Mitt Romney shared his reaction. Romney’s verdict was that Obamacare must be replaced. In justifying this, Romney highly distorted the effect of ACA and, when explaining what a good health care law should achieve, essentially describes the ACA.
This figurative language meant to scare listeners begs the question about in what way the federal government will be between patients and doctors? Page 409 of the ACA states that,
“the proposal shall not include any recommendation to ration health care, raise revenues or Medicare beneficiary premiums... increase Medicare beneficiary cost-sharing (including deductibles, coinsurance, and co-payments), or otherwise restrict benefits or modify eligibility criteria.”
Additionally, most people will hang on to their current plans and, as long as they want, keep going to their doctors. There is no rationing of health care. It would have been nice if Romney had explained his apparently fabricated claim.