ROTHSCHILD, WI (WSAU) -
The implementation of the Affordable Healthcare Act is less than nine months away, and there are many parts of the law that are not ready. That has Congressman Paul Ryan concerned. He says it’s a bad law to start with, but workers and businesses are finding out more and more about the negative impacts every day.
Wisconsin is one of 33 states what has no health insurance exchanges set up for Obamacare. Governor Scott Walker indicated he’s not going to set any up. Ryan says the Ways and Means Committee brought HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelious in two weeks ago to explain. "She claims that Obamacare will be up and running by January 1st. They haven't shown us how yet. They have tens of thousands of pages of regulations yet to be offered, businesses don't know how to comply, states don't know what's going on. Like the author of this bill in the Senate says, "I think this law is a train wreck.""
If everything is not ready and Obamacare fails to meet it’s January first deadline, Ryan says it will be up to the President to determine what happens to it next.
Ryan says the Affordable Healthcare Act is anything but affordable. He’s getting a lot of feedback from employers and workers. "Small businesses are telling me about 30% premium increases. We're seeing businesses dropping health insurance for their employees. We see estimates that as many as 20 to 60 million people may lose their employer-based health insurance as a result of this law."
The congressman says there are tens of thousands of pages of regulations that haven’t been finalized, and that’s leaving businesses and people unsure of what they need to do to comply with the new law.
Ryan says Americans are finding out more and more everyday that the Affordable Healthcare Act is breaking promises of lowering healthcare costs and allowing people to keep the plans they have. He says it’s ugly for our country and it’s not good for our economy.