Gruber crystalized his jaded views during a panel discussion at the Annual Health Economics Conference at the University of Pennsylvania’s Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics on October 17, 2013 Gruber said,
“This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure CBO did not score the mandate as taxes. If CBO scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies… In terms of risk rated subsidies, if you had a law which made explicit healthy people pay in and sick people get money, it would not have passed… Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really really critical for the thing to pass.”
How hard is it in today’s Healthcare climate to pin down a price? I thought I would test this query by making some phone calls to our local premier children’s urgent care facility. I proceeded to call the nearest location to my house to inquire about the cost of having my (hypothetical) healthy 9 year old evaluated for possible strep throat.
The very pleasant lady on the phone told me if I didn’t have insurance that it would be a minimum of $75.00. I told her that while minimums are nice to know, I was really more interested in the maximum. I asked the next most logical comparative question which was what the price would be if I had insurance. She said it all depended on the co-pay and the benefits, whether or not a met my deductible and so forth. I asked what amount they would bill to my…
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So, I have little doubt that in March 2015, we will be hearing lots of stories applauding Obamacare for lowering premiums even more than indicated by these early estimates. This does not show that Obamacare is saving money: It shows that Obamacare’s insurers are getting better at attracting healthy applicants.
Indeed, the preliminary research makes it very clear that new entrants are often the low bidders. Incumbents, who have one year’s worth of Obamacare claims experience, want to shrink market share. These new, low-premium competitors have finely tuned their risk-selection techniques.
The sickest patients will continue to suffer, even worse than they did in Obamacare’s first year.
Family physician sounds off on latest ACOFP “View from the Hill”
In response to practice transformation grants.
I have a different take on this. The government is buying off/ bribing/coercing physicians to transform their practices into something easier for the government to control.
What happened to physician leadership? Why do we wait for the government to tell us or allow us to practice? What about all the independent DPC practices?
ACA Obamacare is too expensive, too secretive, too administrative, too assertive, too restrictive, too paliative, too abstractive, too insensitive, too vindictive. @drcraigwax
Originally posted on Concierge Medicine Today:By Igor Kossov Law360, New York (November 04, 2014, 5:31 PM ET) – Eighteen state governments and the American Hospital Association on Tuesday asked the D.C. Circuit to rule that consumers shopping on federal Affordable Care Act exchanges should be allowed to reduce their premiums with tax credits, saying…
Medicine At Its Finest By Gina Reghetti, D.O.
I will focus on the Osteopathic Medicine Primary Care approach to attempt to explain the dismantlement of medicine. It is my professional opinion that the Corporate developers of the Health Industries’ Electronic Automated Technologies believe that they have developed technology smart enough to replace the role of doctors in general, and specifically, the role of the Osteopathic Physicians from their noble profession of medicine. Specifically, the focus will be on the total dismantlement, and removal of the Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons from healthcare entirely; for no other reason other than the Osteopathic Medicine Primary Care approach works.