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Obamacare is a distraction from health care’s high cost



Published: Fri, March 28, 2014 @ 12:00 a.m.

Obamacare is a distraction from health care’s high cost

I wish I had a business like any of these.

Imagine a business with a product mandated by the government to be purchased by all. Or, how about a business so necessary and so expensive that people opt to die without it, and in many cases will die, rather than bankrupt their survivors. Then imagine being an insurance company, medical specialist, or pharmaceutical provider. Cha- ching!

The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is a good idea (health care for all) badly rendered (financially insupportable) thanks to political posturing by hacks more interested in positioning their respective parties for power than in developing a system for cost-effective care of citizens.

At least insurers, health-care providers, and pharmaceutical manufacturers work. This generally cannot be said of Congress, which increasingly holds itself to be an entitled “ruling class” with self-serving objectives to be achieved between vacations.

Obamacare makes a great red herring to detract from the central question about health care. That question is not “who should pay?” It’s “why is health care so expensive in the first place?” which should be the first topic tackled to address the problem.

A good start may be making “Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills are Killing Us” by Steven Brill in the April 4, 2013, issue of Time magazine mandatory reading for citizens and legislators alike.

The article explains in detail why medical bills are the gold standard for sticker shock; how health care is financed for the indigent; why “nonprofit,” as applied to hospitals, is misleading, at best; who gets how much of a markup on pharmaceuticals formulated decades ago; and the role of Medicare in limiting care charges.

Armed with this knowledge, public debate about how to provide the best care possible, for the lowest cost, without negating reasonable profit as a motive and without regard to whether ideas generated are “conservative” or “liberal” can begin.

Then maybe we can stop marching like lemmings toward ill-considered policies with deductibles exceeding their yearly cost and still find competent medical care and effective pharmaceuticals without sacrificing food, housing, and education to pay for them.

Jim Cartwright, Canfield


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1billdog1(926 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Oh Jimmy, it's not the cost,it's the profit. I say if people don't want to buy health care, then when sick take your budgeted savings for health care to the doctor or hospital with you. If they tell you it isn't enough, then you have made your choice. No insurance, no money, no care.

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2billdog1(926 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Been voted on, been to the supreme court, now move on.

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3Jerry(486 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

@billdog

No. The ACA (Obamacare) is an atrociously bad, ill-conceived, badly written, horribly executed, monstrosity; I will not "move on".

In 1860 slavery had been voted on and been to the Supreme Court.........should we have "moved on" about that?

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476Ytown(1206 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Obamacare cheerleader Nancy Pelosi told Congress "But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it."

Republicans knew Obamcare is a train wreck and tried to stop it.

We may have had a complacent audience until now, but after all the re-writing of the law, glitches in the system, comedy of errors, disruption to individual health plans and once the extensions expire disruption to the rest of America's insured population, people have had their eye opened to the fact that we need to get rid of it.

Insuring the uninsured poor could have been done with a Medicaid expansion in the first place. For less cost than subsidizing the entire country's health premiums.

Pre-X issues could be fixed by providing a government safety net to cover pre-x conditions for the fist year under medical plans. Traditional health plans have a waiting period for the preexisting condition and all other conditions are covered.

The real culprit of health care is not rising premiums but rising COST of CARE.

The ACA is nothing but a data hub with collects and shares your personal information with 7 different agencies: IRS, SSA, DHS, VHA, DoD, the Office of Personnel Management, and the Peace Corps—in order to determine eligibility for exchange subsidies and mandate penalties.
http://freedomoutpost.com/2013/09/oba...

How much money has already been spent in promoting and setting up this behemoth of a plan? How much will it cost in government subsidies?

Don't forget our nearly $18 trillion debt that was $10 trillion in 2009 when Obama took office.

http://www.usdebtclock.org/index.html

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5lajoci(166 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Thanks, thanks, and more thanks to the Almighty above us that President Obama was able, finally, to get the Affordable Health Care ACT passed, after years and years and years of messing around by skads of political leaders wrestling the entrenched interests who fought tooth-and-nail to preserve the status quo.

Is the ACA perfect? Not by a long shot! It is not as good as, for example, Medicare, which covers about half to 70% of the critics of the ACA! The disingenuous negativity of the 65+ crowd is especially galling to the rest of us, given THE FACT that the ACA is a step toward securing Medicare for us all!

AND it is precisely because of the high cost of Medicare that the rest of the country, including all age groups, should be folded into the plan.

But our day will come, no matter how much the Republicans scream and whine about "free stuff."

Whine on, republicans! Your days are numbered!

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