The government—i.e., us taxpayers—will pay for a significant portion of health “insurance” premiums under Obamacare, starting yesterday. Under Obamacare rules, individuals making as much as 400% of the Federal Poverty Guideline—up to $45,000 per year—will get these subsidies. Individuals making up to 250% of the Guideline—up to $28,725 per year—will get yet more subsidy (yet more of our tax money) to partly cover their deductibles, co-pays, and co-insurance costs. The same applies for families, and 400% of the Federal Poverty Guideline for a typical American family of four works out to $94,200 this year.
Think about that. Under the prior system costs were high. Obamacare, instead of going after those costs (right wing kook solutions like competition, like letting the doctors and patients decide what care actually was warranted, etc), props them up with those subsidies.
Sounds like manufactured government dependency, to me.