Senator: Obamacare Law Will Lead to Health Care Rationing

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 11, 2013   |   5:36PM   |   Washington, DC

Sen. Ron Johnson, a Republican from Wisconsin, says more evidence makes it clear the Obamacare law will lead to rationing of health.

“I think the costs associated with ObamaCare are grossly understated,” Johnson said in an interview on MSNBC.  “I think far more Americans are going to lose their employer-sponsored care because there are incentives for employers to drop coverage and make their employees eligible for huge subsides in the exchanges.

“I think this is going to explode our deficit, it’s going to lead to rationing. It’s going to lead to rationing and a lower quality of care,” he added.

Meanwhile, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan says Republicans on Capital Hill still plan to try to repeal the legislation.

“This is what budgeting is all about. It’s about making tough choices to fix our country’s problems. We believe ObamaCare is a program that will not work,” Ryan said.

As The Hill reports:

Johnson on Monday acknowledged that the healthcare law was “obviously the law of the land right now.”

“Obviously, I’m concerned about it,” he added.

“It dramatically increases the demand for healthcare, 30 million Americans getting healthcare … while it dramatically reduces the supply,” Johnson warned. “That doesn’t reduce the cost curve.”

The Wisconsin senator said there were ways to expand coverage and reduce healthcare costs through the free-market system.

“I want everybody to be able to access healthcare, affordable healthcare but you do that through the free market, not government control,” Johnson said.