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This is precisely why I shake my head every time someone starts blustering on about how awful Obamacare is going to be when it is fully implemented beginning in 2014. The real value in passing Obamacare lies not in all of its many complicated details, but simply in its attempt to address the most glaring inequalities in access to health care among Americans. Since we live in a democracy, whatever parts of Obamacare that do not end up working well can be changed or eliminated, BUT insurance companies are beginning to realize that as a result of this landmark law, there is no going back to denial based on pre-existing conditions, not allowing adult children to be on their parents' plan, an obscenely low percentage of premiums actually being put into providing care, etc., etc. As such, regardless of what happens with the GOP-controlled Supreme Court this month, Obama is going to be on the right side of history 30+ years from now when considering the evolution of the health care industry in America.
Pick a side. Those that have decent health insurance through a group provider, usually have nothing good to say about Obamacare and see it more/less as a threat. Those who do not have group health, and have never filed a claim, are struggling to pay premiums that increase every single year. I am in the group trying to survive until I reach the age of medicare. I have catastrophic insurance because that is all I can afford. I called it anti-bankruptcy insurance because for the first $10,000 I pay out of pocket. I accept this, but become annoyed when I read about the salaries of the CEOs. I also get annoyed at the pharmaceutical companies that tell me, in TV ads, what wonderful people they are. Don't hate people over 50 who can't wait for 2014 to happen and see what happens. It can't get any worse. Right now we have the best health care system in the world, that many of us simply cannot afford.
Reform must start some where to wait is not the answer. If we would have adopted Clinton's health care reform solutions long age we would now be on the brink of getting the bugs worked in the system. Instead we are just now implementing HC reform. Is ACA perfect? NO. But it is a start and something to work off of. Rarely does any government regulation come out of congress perfect it needs to be assessed and tweaked for many years. If USA does not adopt universal health care soon the high costs of HC will be the down fall of our nation. I applaud Health Partners and others for trying to be part of the HC solution and not a road block that would benefit no one.
The government mandates many things in our lives that are not a matter of life and death. Why is it wrong to ask people to sign up for HC coverage that would benefit not only the person but the HC system as a whole?
twinsajsf I agree with you first hand. I was going to say something similar, but I could not have said it better myself. I work in the health care industry, and have seen my co-horts scramble since "Obamacare" to minimize their costs, offer multiple plans, etc. So, if President Obama's plan gets knocked down and the conservatives try to claim some sort of victory, forget it. If it wasn't for President Obama, we'd ALL be in worse shape now regarding healthcare. The President gave healthcare a much needed kick, the positive effects of which will be around for quite some time, regardless.
The insurance industry wrote the Affordable Care Act. They said that they would go along with reform if single payer was off the table.
Now they are bent on destroying what little reform we have. The insurance industry is responsible for the debacle we have in front of us in the supreme court ruling. Who is it that is funding the Tea Party after all?
And now the insurance industry is playing nice again and pulling out amazing stunts of PR Spin. It never ceases to amaze me what they get away with.
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