A case-in-point on how the media can mislead you, sent in by Beverly Gossage of http://www.hsabenefitsconsulting.com/
1) CNBC professes to tell you who will lose their insurance if the ACA is repealed. Not might…WILL…they say. Their number is 25 million.
2) They outline 3 groups but fail to mention that most people are in all 3 subsets. So their number is erroneous.
3) Truth: none of these people would be forced off a plan. Of course, there would be a ramp off the ACA and the current plans would be grandfathered as new options would become available subject to state regs not federal. States can amend their regs to tailor them to their state.
4) Freedom does not force people off plans but gives more options.
“Socialism is great until you run out of someone elses money.” ~Margaret Thatcher
Remember: Doctors for America was Doctors for Obama(partisan organization)
Read more: “Both Parties are Responsible for Healthcare Disaster” by Dr. Wax, published in Medical Economics, June 27, 2017 http://medicaleconomics.modernmedicine.com/medical-economics/news/both-political-parties-are-responsible-healthcare-disaster
Friend of IP4PI Dr. Rico writes in:
Just ask yourself who loses out in a true free market solution – Insurance cos, Elites of academia and Quality/Certification cartel, and administrators and it’s clear why these special interests object so strenuously. It’s no secret there will always be millions of people who can’t pay for insurance, but let’s identify those costs clearly so taxpayers will understand the impact, as they are the ones paying for it. There can’t be a worse method of shifting costs to taxpayers than the current ACA subsidies. To state that current system works great as long as subsidies are maintained is ridiculous.
-Edward Rico, MD, MBA, FACE
IP4PI joins patients and physicians across the United States in cheering the appointment of Congressman and orthopedic surgeon Tom Price, MD to head the Department of Health and Human Services in the incoming Trump administration.
Dr. Price has a long history of standing up for the patient-physician relationship against the myriad forces seeking to intervene to the detriment of quality patient care. And indeed, proponents of top-down government control are quickly sounding the alarm realizing they have an enemy in the congressman & good doctor from Georgia.
We look forward to supporting Dr. Price in his efforts to roll back ObamaCare, MACRA, MU and many other failed policies harmful to American medicine. Proven patient-centered solutions can then be unleashed to increase access to high-quality, low-cost medical care.
Congratulation’s Dr. Price on this well-deserved new job! We are here to help you in this crucial and challenging work over the coming years. The future of American patients and physicians will depend on it.
Jef Fernley, DO shares his letter to his Congressman and physician-colleague, Representative Andy Harris, MD.
I’m not a huge fan of the frequently Left leaning Medical Economics, (though I am a huge proponent of the Austrian school of economics, as I’ve undoubtedly made clear in the past.)
Their article merely reminded me that I’d been meaning to reach out to you. With a new administration and Republican domination in DC, there is undoubtedly an enormous line already formed for requests of the new hierarchy.
I will add only this, for now. The State/Government does ONE thing when it interferes/regulates/manages/governs free markets, it distorts the signals to both entrepreneurs and customers. We don’t need to “replace” Obamacare with anything. We don’t need to sift through the ACA for the “best parts” to save. The only way to truly “save medicine” in America is to REMOVE the hand of Government COMPLETELY. Continue reading
Now that there’s a fighting chance to save patients from the disaster of ObamaCare, let’s keep focus on some of the pivotal ideas that will restore low-cost, high-quality care for the maximum number of Americans, i.e. Make American Medicine Great Again:
Health insurance was originally intended to be optional inexpensive stop-gap damage control against large financial losses for catastrophic disease or injury. It has become government #ACA mandated income redistribution through #ACO cronyism disguised as an entitlement program.
The “unaffordable careless act,” aka ACA, not only had high deductibles but the highest premiums in history as it was first dollar coverage driven by government fantasy.
True low cost competitive rate high deductible plans (HDP) should only cover large expenditures as small ones should be paid out of pocket with consumers’ Health Savings Accounts (HSA).
Patients will decide on the value mix of the services they desire with prices mutually agreed on between patient and doctor. Consumers can have choice of paying fee for service at their discretion or paying for direct primary care ongoing relationship services. When other entities like employers, special interests and government get involved, the relationship and value is put asunder.
Insurance was never intended to cover every dollar out of pocket. Imagine how expensive your car insurance would be if it covered every scratch, ding, dent, oil change, and every other service and told you where to buy gas every day….
Think about the math; Obamacare cost trillions to save us millions . It has taken over our the healthcare system, insurance system, funneling money to the hospitals and special interests, and stolen everybody’s right to choose to buy or not buy and insurance product. It is the biggest tax increase, biggest taxpayer funded entitlement and biggest theft of out rights in the history of our country. Obamacare Medicaid is not actual care, but a phony entitlement to enslave a population to vote for Washington cartel into perpetuity. I’m no fan of either party and their centralized power and money. We must repeal ACA and change DC now!
Best wishes for good health,
Craig M. Wax, DO
National Physicians Council on Healthcare Policy member