U.S. Senators and doctors Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK) and John Barrasso, M.D. (R-WY) today released a new report entitled, "Prognosis: Outlook Not So Good" chronicling the scope of Obamacare's failures and challenges. The report also details what the senators and doctors got right and wrong about predictions they made in three previous oversight reports.
"For millions of Americans, Obamacare itself has become a pre-existing condition that has limited their access to quality, affordable health care. As we warned in our previous reports, Obamacare is fundamentally flawed. The law strengthens the hand of government and weakens the hand of doctors and patients. Obamacare is cutting choices, not costs, and costs will likely continue to rise," Dr. Coburn said.
"As doctors, we know that Americans should be in charge of their own healthcare decisions - not Washington. Over the past four years, we've highlighted the negative side effects of the healthcare law for patients, providers and taxpayers," said Barrasso. "Our new report confirms again exactly how Americans across the country are losing their insurance plan, watching their costs increase, and paying higher taxes. It's time to repeal this law and replace it with step by step reform that focuses on care instead of coverage."
The report shows Coburn and Barrasso correctly predicted, among other things, that:
* millions of Americans would lose their health insurance plans
* the "employer mandate" would lower incomes and result in hundreds of thousands of jobs being lost
* the law's new mandates would increase health costs for individuals and families