Health insurance will cost more for millions of Americans because of the new national health care law. Some will lose coverage provided by their employers. Those are the facts, despite what President Barack Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid would have you believe.
Already, before most of the law's provisions kick in, some big companies are warning workers they will not be able to comply with it. That means the firms will simply stop providing health insurance for employees.
Health insurance paid for in full or in part by an employer is a valuable fringe benefit. Companies like it because, in many cases, there are tax advantages that allow them to provide employees with a valuable benefit worth more than if workers were simply paid more and told to buy their own policies.
Yet "Obamacare" is forcing many firms to reconsider. Some already have sought and received temporary waivers from the law's provisions, allowing them to provide health insurance for at least a few more years.
Many other companies have begun informing employees that once Obamacare kicks in fully, the cost of insurance will increase to the point that workers will have to bear greater shares of the cost.
Still, many Democrats in Congress want to retain Obamacare. Republicans are right to insist it be repealed.