Avik Roy and his colleagues at the Manhattan Institute have estimated, for example, that 27-year-old men who were able to purchase basic health insurance plans before Obamacare will pay, on average, almost 100 percent more for similar plans next year.
Similarly, 27-year-old women will see their premiums increase by an average of 55 percent. The news isn't much better for 40-year-old men and women, who will also see substantial increases in their premiums next year because of the law.
Other studies have similarly concluded that Obamacare will drive up premiums not only for individuals purchasing insurance, but also for many small employers who provide coverage to their employees.
A number of additional Obamacare provisions threaten to displace millions of Americans from the health care coverage and doctors they know and like. This is because Obamacare gives employers financial incentives to scale back or terminate coverage, and it places additional coverage mandates on individual health insurance plans that will result in narrower networks of providers and hospitals, or the elimination of existing plans.
Finally, Republicans must remain focused on the damage that will be done by the entirety of the law rather than trying to engage President Obama and his allies on individual components of the law. There are components of Obamacare that are very politically popular, such as the blanket restriction on insurers denying coverage to those with pre-existing medical conditions and allowing children up to age 26 to remain on their parents' health insurance plans.
Republicans must not get bogged down in debates about the merits of individual elements of the law. Instead, our critique must be about the law in its entirety — the negative impact it will have on our health care system and the way in which it substantially increases costs to pay for the benefits it claims to provide.
Our party squandered a golden opportunity this month to focus the American people on Obamacare's shortcomings and the ways in which its implementation and rollout has been an utter disaster.
Over the next several months, they will have new opportunities to describe, demonstrate and highlight just how bad the law is. If they play their cards right, and bring public pressure to bear on the president and other supporters of Obamacare, they might actually force Democrats to consider the wisdom of standing behind a law that's clearly failing.
Chen is a Bloomberg View columnist and a research fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.