Pacific Research Institutes' Pipes: Americans Will Rebel Against Obamacare

Wednesday, 04 Sep 2013 07:16 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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Americans will eventually rebel against the Affordable Care Act, according to Sally Pipes, president of the Pacific Research Institute.

"The American people are going to be absolutely astounded at how complicated it is to navigate [Obamacare]," Pipes told Ron Christie, guest host of "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

"[And] they're going to be absolutely astounded at what the cost of insurance coverage is if they have to buy individual coverage . . . We're going to see a huge kick back against Obamacare."

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That is already happening with a recent Wall Street Journal-NBC News poll showing 47 percent of Americans believing the the law is a bad idea, said Pipes, whose San Francisco-based non-profit advocates for personal responsibility and individual liberty in national and state issues.

She also believes younger, healthier people are going to rebel against the law and pay a fine instead of buying into individual healthcare plans.

"Young people, what I call the 'young invincibles,' those people between 18 and 31, they are going to say, we're going to pay that one percent of income individual mandate penalty rather than purchasing insurance in the exchanges because, for them, it's going to be very expensive," she explained.

"It means insurance companies are going to have a lot of claims [from older, less healthy people] and they're not going to have the risk pool to cover it. And so, ultimately, the bottom line is that insurance companies are going to have a hard time staying in business."

She said the Obama administration has been counting on celebrities such as Eva Longoria, Beyoncé, and numerous NBA superstars to promote the law.

"I just don't think it's going to work. It's really going to be a problem but it is going to be, ultimately … the demise of the insurance companies.

"The American people are going to be absolutely furious. It will be interesting to see what happens in the 2014 elections."

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