Nobody Should Be Celebrating the Affordable Care Act

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    • #429448
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      To be sure, the simple, straightforward expansion of Medicaid was the best part of the original law. But by its own authors’ admission, Obamacare went out of its way to try to halt the larger push for a single-payer system, because in the words of Obama Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius, they believed “dismantling private health coverage for the 180 million Americans that have it, discouraging more employers from coming into the marketplace, is a bad direction to go.”

      The real thrust of the ACA has always been to find ways to pretend to address the health care crisis while enriching the health insurers that are fueling it.

      The law spends hundreds of billions of dollars on such subsidies, and the American Rescue Plan expanded who’s eligible for subsidies. Those expenditures are touted for somewhat decreasing people’s premium costs — and indeed, more than one million Americans recently signed up for ACA exchange policies. But subsidizing coverage only limits the premium costs people pay themselves, with the government picking up the rest, on what are expensive plans. Overall health care costs remain sky-high.

      While the new ACA sign-ups were celebrated as an enormous victory, many more Americans lost their employer health insurance coverage during the COVID-19 pandemic. And left unsaid by all the fist-pumping, high-fiving, self-congratulation from pro-ACA politicians is the fact that the ACA exchange plans that more and more Americans are being forced into also tend to feature excessive out-of-pocket costs — meaning many people are being shuffled onto plans they can’t actually afford to use.

      Overall, a decade into the ACA’s attempt to prop up and promote corporate health insurers, “individuals with private insurance were more likely to report poor access to care, higher costs of care, and less satisfaction with care compared with individuals covered by publicly sponsored insurance programs,” according to a study by California researchers just published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

      Jesus: Hey, Dad? God: Yes, Son? Jesus: Western civilization followed me home. Can I keep it? God: Certainly not! And put it down this minute--you don't know where it's been! Tom Robbins in Another Roadside Attraction

    • #429461
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      When Obama ran in 2008 I worked in a company with two of his most ardent supporters.

      It was the first time they ever donated to a political campaign. We had talked about Obama’s healthcare plan. They were under the impression that if his plan passed, we would all be able to go to any doctor or hospital and the government would pick up the tab. I told them that’s not exactly his healthcare plan. Putting it simply, I said under his plan everyone would have to buy health insurance or pay a fine, and you will not be denied insurance if you have a pre-existing condition. The way they were talking, they were expecting something more like the Canadian healthcare system.

      When Congress was voting on the ACA, those employees were on the edge of their seats — following it every minute of the day. They celebrated when it passed.

      I knew the ACA would force my employer to provide a better healthcare plan than they were providing. The company used a “Waiver” each year to put off the inevitible — providing us with a better plan. Eventually they settled for one of the Obamacare Bronze Plans.

      I think it was a couple of years later, one of those ardent Obama supporters asked me “How can I sign up for Obamacare?”
      I told her “You’re on it.”
      She said “No. I don’t like company plan. Too many out of pocket costs. I want to sign up for Obamacare.”
      I said “You’re probably referring to the ‘Exchanges’. You can not sign up on the Exchange because (our employer) pays the full monthly premium for our health insurance.”
      She didn’t seem convinced and said that she was planning on calling the ACA government phone number.

      About a week later I ran into her and asked if she had made the phone call.

      With a disappointing look on her face, she said “Yes”. Apparently the woman over the phone told her she was already covered by her employer and was therefore not permitted to use the Exchange, which she probably would have found out that it would have been too expensive to buy on the Exchange, anyway — at least for a type of plan she was hoping for.
      I think there will be a growing number of people who will be disappointed with Obamacare when they eventually use it.

      “I happen to be a proponent of a single payer universal health care program…I see no reason why the United States of America, the wealthiest country in the history of the world, spending 14 percent of its Gross National Product on health care cannot provide basic health insurance to everybody. And that’s what Jim is talking about when he says everybody in, nobody out. A single payer health care plan, a universal health care plan. And that’s what I’d like to see. But as all of you know, we may not get there immediately. Because first we have to take back the White House, we have to take back the Senate, and we have to take back the House.” – Barack Obama, 2003

    • #429491
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      It is Romney care.  I guess Romney is one of the republicans that democrats like!

      • #429536
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        Since the plan was created by the Heritage Foundation on behalf of Tricky Dick back around 1972 or so. Of course Mittens was the first one to actually implement the plan, so he gets the “credit” for it.

        Much in the same way that Nixon & the Bush Crime Family “opening” China right around the same time would eventually make millions for Mittens & Bain Capital.

        "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable". - John F. Kennedy

    • #429494
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      If it had been the foot in the door that resulted in universal single payer. But ACA works so poorly that it just serves to shut down any discussion about M4A or anything else.

      • #429533
        Bernie Boomer
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        it will lead to universal coverage/single payer/M4A! Be patient! He can only do so much, you know. It’s three-dimensional chess! Trust Him!

        Or so I was told every time I attempted to point out the dirty details.

    • #429513
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      insurance companies.

    • #429611
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      Unfortunately, it helps insurance companies a hell of a lot more.

      Jesus: Hey, Dad? God: Yes, Son? Jesus: Western civilization followed me home. Can I keep it? God: Certainly not! And put it down this minute--you don't know where it's been! Tom Robbins in Another Roadside Attraction

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