interview on any TV show tells America that Americans do not want the
Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare). They have been quoting this exact same
bogus fact for years now and have geared up the repetitions exponentially in
recent days. Just saying something again and again does not make it so. Honest.
sense. Americans like so many things about this bill.
insurance until they are 26 years old, if necessary. (What is hateful about
some people use the emergency room as their doctor. (Perhaps you don’t mind
paying higher fees.)
will have some competition from the public part of the plan and from the
exchanges which will lower costs and stop these companies from riding roughshod
over their customers. (Are you sure that you want to be a purist about stopping
all public programs?)
condition. (You have to be crazy to not want that, and you will never get this
concession in a totally private for-profit world.)
(Oh did you want to go bankrupt?)
a cap on expenditures over a lifetime. (They only agreed to this because so
many new customers will be buying insurance.)
out? It does not make sense. It makes sense that the health care insurance
people and others in the health care industry might want to undo this law, but
not the average citizen. This might make some sense if you are a hard line
Republican who wants to defund everything, but do you want the everything that
is defunded to include Social Security? Do you want to include that disability
money for your disabled child or young adult? Republicans somehow think they
are being asked to pay for more poor people when actually they have already
been paying more for poor people’s medical care and under the ACA will pay
and once we find out what they are we will be able to fix these flaws. Maybe
there will be doctors who will refuse to see Medicare or Medicaid patients
because the payments are set to low. We will have to see what happens to drug
costs. We will have to see how the taxes on those who manufacture medical
devices will affect costs. Can they pass the fees on to the consumer? Will
treatment choices be too limited? Will it destroy the 40 hour work week? (We’ll
but most of those pages contain technical information about how to implement
the law. We probably don’t really need to understand all these instructional
pages. It would be nice if someone boiled the whole thing down to just the
points that affect the insured (us) but this type of summary is available on
the web and I got my information from listening to presentations in the media.
Forget the thousand pages, just focus on what affects you.
health care because of the ACA I believe that we will then make a big stink and
we can then try to write a new plan, perhaps the single payer plan that seems
to work so well in other nations and that seems so appealing to some of us.
subsidies paid by the government (how is this different from vouchers) and the
same private for-profit insurance plans for our health care that we are trying
to get away from, except they will be able to offer insurance across state
lines (how much will that improve cost cuts from competition when insurance
companies in the past all have colluded to offer the same choices at nearly the
same prices.) While this (Republican) plan will get our employers out of our
healthcare, in every other way it will represent a return to what we had,
except for those subsidies (vouchers) that may or may not cover the newly
skyrocketing health care costs we will probably encounter.
who didn’t have it and leave the rest of us alone? I think that the answer to
this is statistical; since the insurance industry runs on calculating risks,
they could not offer the advantages built into the ACA without large numbers of
insured so that meant the whole system had to change. I believe they tried to
change as little as possible for people who were happy with their insurance
(was anyone really happy), and, once again, if the product we get is
unsatisfactory I don’t think we will be silent about it. It’s the law; we’re
trying it. If you are one of those people trying to defund it or delay it then
please stop. Just cut it out!