White House Council of Economic Advisors Chairman Alan Krueger’s biggest concern with Obamacare’s implementation isn’t the employer mandate delay or backlash from union members, but the potential that Congress and the states might mess it all up.
“My main worry is that Congress won’t provide sufficient tools to implement the law. I think that, and concern about some states kind of fighting the last war,” Krueger told Politico’s Mike Allen during Monday’s Playbook Luncheon.
Several states have refused to create insurance exchanges under Obamacare, thus creating a major problem for the administration’s healthcare program. And according to Krueger, these states are missing out on certain benefits due to their resistance:
“I think what you’re seeing — and this will become more and more apparent — is the states that have done their job and taken the implementation seriously are seeing more competition. They’re seeing prices come down and that’s going to be very beneficial for the citizens of those states.”
However, increasing competition and decreasing prices are hardly what cooperating states have seen so far.
The Washington Examiner’s Philip Klein reported July 25 that “... with less than 70 days before the exchanges are set to open, large insurers are pulling out of states as a result of the health care law, resulting in less choice for consumers, not more.”
Klein also identified increasing costs in healthcare premiums throughout various states. Residents of Indiana will “be facing a 72 percent premium hike once President Obama’s health care law kicks in next year” and the cost for an average individual insurance plan in California increased by 80 percent.
Despite the issues that have surfaced through implementation - or lack thereof - Krueger and other top Obama administration officials still refuse to consider that the largest complication might be the law itself. Thus, they will continue to fight against the odds to implement the program no matter the consequences.
“We’re focused on implementing the affordable care act as well as possible,” Krueger said.