Wednesday, May 8

Obamacare Warning – Questions: Do Greedy Companies or Excessive Regulation Cause Higher Prices? Is it a Good or a Bad Law? Why not Ask? (Part II)


by Mark A. Cohen

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This is a continuation from last week’s post.

In Dr. Jill Vecchio’s brief (Centennial Institute No. 2013-2), she began by stating, “We are consistently led to believe that greedy insurance companies and overpaid providers are the reasons for the high cost of health care. That’s not so. Rather, the primary drivers of rising healthcare costs are unnecessary government regulation, onerous billing and coding procedures, state insurance mandates, and layers of bloated bureaucracy.” I’ve heard Dr. Vecchio speak and enjoyed her talk. She’s a practicing radiologist, and knows her subject. If you want to learn about how healthcare works today, please read it. She lays out how to reduce medical costs, right there. Her blog can be found here.






One part of The Affordable Care Act (The ACA, a.k.a. Obamacare) that sounds so good to everyone is that no pre-existing conditions may prevent insurance companies from providing coverage. Who pays for this, though? It seems great, but how can all workers afford to cover everyone? Don’t we have to ask the questions and do the math? The president said that by the end of his first term, health care coverage would cost on the average $2,500 less per family, and yet costs have risen. I know that my own premiums have increased, what about yours?






Yes, it all sounds wonderful. Obamacare assured us it would cover the uninsured, but this promise will remain unfulfilled. Plus, the law’s regulations grew nearly 10 times since passage, from 16,000 to about 140,000. It’s a 20,000-page pile of paper, now seven feet tall. Does this really make sense? How is this better than the insurance companies’ red tape that Obamacare was supposed to fix?






Can a health care bill be done right? Yes, of course it can. When that happens, perhaps all of the members of Congress will be allowed into the meetings. That’s how you consider all of the ideas, and get the most out of each. People on the left taught me to question everything, so shouldn’t we question Obamacare, too? How can you possibly cover more people and have it cost less? This seems a question worthy of consideration.



Watch a Huffington Post slide show about the history of healthcare reform efforts through the 20th Century. Scroll down until you see Teddy Roosevelt. It’s there.



Some things you may not realize about the new Obamacare Tax Law (and I realize that some may argue with some of these, but this is the way I see it):



  1. It adds a 3.8 percent surtax tax on investment income.
  2. It adds a 10 percent tax on tanning services.
  3. It adds a 40 percent tax on comprehensive health coverage that costs more than the designated cap.
  4. The Obamacare tax requires everyone to purchase health insurance, or pay a fine.
  5. It creates more IRS agents than doctors.
  6. HHS ran out of funds for implementation and seeks $5.9 billion extra to implement the exchanges specified in the program.
  7. Due to “operational challenges,” the Obama administration is delaying exchanges until 2015.
  8. The delays may give states a chance to get out from under the law by passing their own laws.
  9. Obamacare will tip the balance so that now a majority of Americans (over 50% of citizens) will take money from the government instead of or in addition to paying in.
  10. Individuals who purchase their own policies will pay higher premiums to cover those with pre-existing conditions.
  11. Doctors are confused over identifying their customer. Is he/she the patient, government, insurer, or employer? When the consumer is not the customer, prices for care increase because there is no incentive to lower prices.
  12. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebilius admitted that insurance premiums may rise under the Obamacare tax.
  13. Sebilius also said she didn’t realize how expensive the law would be to implement.
  14. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) is trying to repeal a part of Obamacare which collects a 2.3% sales tax on medical devices.

Former Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi was right. They had to pass it to see what was in it!




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1 comment:

Curt Day said...

Why do we have to pick one or the other reason for high prices? Many times, there are excessive regulations but excessive by whose definition? On the other hand, weren't people already suffering from the high price of health insurance before the Obamacare as well as abusive practices and denial of claims? Are we living in an exclusive-or world where only one side can be wrong?

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