“Bill Clinton has a point. Specifically, he was right when he said the Affordable Care Act is “a crazy system where you’re paying double and getting half the care.”
I realized this when I welcomed back a patient into my office after a gap of 18 months. This gentleman had stopped coming to my office when he purchased a health insurance plan on Pennsylvania’s Affordable Care Act exchange. His plan didn’t include me in its network. Nor did it include much of anything for that matter.
After struggling to find care for his condition for a year and a half, he and his wife decided to come to my office and just pay cash. When I asked why they had chosen their plan — it had a $10,000 deductible — I was told it was all they could afford and, if they didn’t buy it, they’d have to pay a fine.
Bill Clinton calls this crazy, which it is. My patient was essentially forced to purchase government-mandated insurance that covers little, disconnects him from his doctor and costs him an arm and a leg. “Obamacare” has undeniably made his life worse — and it was supposed to help him.”
“ObamaCare’s regulations would cause premiums to rise an additional 20-25 percent next year and to double over the next decade. … Those costs would be due to ObamaCare itself, not a partial-repeal bill. ObamaCare architect Jonathan Gruber explains ObamaCare’s mandates and subsidies exist to hide the costs of the law’s health-insurance regulations. Repealing them merely makes those staggering costs transparent. Nevertheless, the public would blame Republicans for failing to repeal those regulations when they had the chance.
The reason Republicans are entertaining a partial-repeal is because they mistakenly believe Senate rules don’t allow them to repeal the regulations with a simple majority.
With a 52-seat majority, Republicans don’t have the 60 votes necessary to overcome a Democratic filibuster of a repeal bill. But Senate rules do, in fact, allow repeal of ObamaCare’s insurance regulationsthrough the special “budget reconciliation” process that requires only 51 votes to approve legislation. Even if the Senate parliamentarian misinterprets those rules — and this would be an egregious misinterpretation — a majority of the Senate can overrule that misinterpretation.
In short, the question is not whether Republicans can repeal the regulations. It is whether they have the will.”
Friend of IP4PI and medical freedom warrior Jane L Hughes, MD writes in:
We need something that does not increase the cost to everyone! Approximately 50% of Americans don’t spend more than $1,000/yr on actual healthcare, and 89% don’t spend more than $5,000/year. Also, in my opinion, “Make America Healthy Again” is more a slogan for the public health department, not physicians per se. 100% of Americans who make it past 8th grade have had health class. They know obesity, smoking, drugs, sex, teen pregnancy all lead to problems. They persist in bad habits/lifestyles anyway. That is a societal problem that we all care about, and each of us in our own way influences as a physician. However, our primary job is screening, treating when necessary, managing chronic illnesses with our patients, and stressing behavioral changes that can impact future health issues with our patients. OK, on to what I think we need.
1. Repeal 100% of ObamaCare and start over with transparency regarding cost and sources of revenue for safety net on federal level. Continue reading →
Quoted with permission from anonymous source. This is a real physician, a single mom, in private practice who cannot afford ACA. She gave up her foreign citizenship to become an American citizen and vote against Obamacare. And on a personal level, she ROCKS and I wish her the best:
“It’s embarrassing to explain to the people at Pfizer how a physician doesn’t have insurance and cannot afford their medications…. yet I write medications for my Medicaid kids that will get covered no questions asked. I hate having arthritis. I also hate that because of the goddamn ACA I’m still uninsured. And I’m paying down on a several thousand dollar tab at the rheumatologist… while criminals in jail are getting better health care than our veterans!! And many illegal aliens are getting very expensive medical care at our expense!”
By taking over medicine in 1965 with Medicare the government had sown the seeds for the blood sucking, valueless layers of bureaucrats and regulations and Wall Street greedy hand and malpractice windfall in highway lining billboards with pictures of Physicians you will never see in person that now accounts for nearly 20 % of GDP about $3.3 trillion and I tell you truly health care can be delivered for less than a third of that…yes less than 1 trillion and be less than 5% of GDP and our physicians and communities would do it if we can just bust out of Washington trying to fix, reform or replace.
There is no need whatsoever for government to have a say or a place in medicine.
Obamacare turned from a nightmare into a weapon. Dang it …can we learn from this?
Jack Iannantuono, CFP®, ChFC®, MSFS, AIF® | Indicon, Inc.
Chief Executive Officer
“Section 1 of his bold, principled plan repeals ObamaCare in its entirety. That alone would make it worth supporting, but he goes much farther. Inspired by the vision of a truly patient-centered system, his bill addresses the spiraling cost of health care and lack of consumer control in a number of commonsense ways.”
The OPTION Act eliminates the requirement that HSAs be attached to high-deductible health plans, allowing all Americans to save money for a rainy day tax-free. Continue reading →