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Cathy September 23, 2013 at 08:39 pm
No Len, I am here in the US where today I have been helping my 25 year old son try to navigate theRead More change to his policy. His choices of coverage will be less and his costs are going up 76%. I have not made anything up and you did not answer my question! Here is a article that includes articles from the New York Times & Forbes that better explain the negative short & long term effects of this ill conceived plan. I would enjoy having a conversation in the future if you care to leave out the insults and assumptions. http://www.humanevents.com/2013/09/23/obamacare-reduces-choice-in-both-insurance-and-medicine/
Cathy September 23, 2013 at 08:47 pm
By the way, many liberal thinkers including Noam Chomsky have agreed with Sarah Palin that there isRead More a committee of government appointed people who will be acting as a death panel of sorts. They will only be accountable to the health and human services director...not you or I, the patient.
Len Roessler September 24, 2013 at 12:18 am
Cathy I commented as to motive because this space concerned guns so your post seemed suspect. ThatRead More said, there has never been a major piece of legislation that didn't need further perfection as it proceeded.The waiver to business was actually for a provision put in by Republicans when they were negotiating and remained after they walked out. They obviously have no interest in improvements now. I find your claims about increases suspect since several states have already noted savings with the program. I could go on but would rather point out to you that we were spending 16% of GDP on healthcare versus about 10% for all other advanced countries whose single payer systems cover everyone. Our costs were projected to grow to 25% of GDP an amount that would crowd out needed outlays and cripple growth. The ACA is not perfect but far better than what we had. You surely don't approve of the fact that 60% of bankruptcies were due to costs absorbed after insurance ran out. You might also wonder why the program instituted in Massachusetts when Romney was gov. and copied by the ACA has worked so well. The committee you refer to are professionals who will examine treatment methods and results to recommend best practice and these must be submitted for congressional review. This is a far cry from the insurance companies that refuse treatments and when a major illness occurs look at your application to see if they can find a way to cancel your policy. Treatment under ACA is not run by the government but does more to see that the insurance companies don't run death panels which was the case before. Despite its shortcomings the ACA is a vat improvement and far better than anything propose by its opponents. If it is canceled the loss of coverage for those with preexisting conditions or long term needs will be devastating, and once again the emergency wards will be filled with non paying patients.