Michael Moore: “Obamacare is awful”

Michael Moore, the far-leftist “documentarian,” penned an editorial at The New York Times on New Year’s Eve in which he marked the first day of insurance coverage for those who purchased plans on the exchanges by declaring that “Obamacare is awful.”

“For many people, the ‘affordable’ part of the Affordable Care Act risks being a cruel joke. The cheapest plan available to a 60-year-old couple making $65,000 a year in Hartford, Conn., will cost $11,800 in annual premiums,” wrote Moore. “And their deductible will be $12,600. If both become seriously ill, they might have to pay almost $25,000 in a single year.”

Those comments echo conservative critiques of Obamacare, which generally revolve around the mandates and other requirements of the law that are responsible for raising the cost of health insurance coverage. Insurers have tried to hide the cost of these government-approved health plans by raising deductibles.

Moore also noted that Obamacare is a “pro-insurance-industry plan,” which, again, is a criticism of the law from many conservatives. Andrew Stiles of the National Review, a conservative magazine, explained how insurers collaborated with the Obama Administration to push the law on Americans.

Moore isn’t exactly praising Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare. He wants to scrap Obamacare and implement single-payer system, though he refers to it as “universal quality health care.” But that’s a distinction without a difference.

“All eyes are on Vermont’s plan for a single-payer system, starting in 2017,” wrote Moore of the recently passed legislation. “If it flies, it will change everything, with many states sure to follow suit by setting up their own versions.”

In 2007, Moore released a “documentary” (loosely defined) about the American healthcare system. The film, which played up the Canadian and Cuban healthcare systems, was largely panned by healthcare experts — including Paul Howard of the Manhattan InstituteMichael Tanner of the Cato Institute, and Dr. Sanjay Gupta of CNN — and Cuban exiles who experienced that country’s system firsthand.

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