posted on Oct, 23 2017 @ 01:53 PM
A lot people are critical of the ACA but I don't think it's a bad bill. Yes, it raises taxes on the rich to help pay for a new social program for the
poor. But having affordable health care saves money rather than people going to the emergency room for healthcare. Here's a new study on how people
get healthcare in this county:
Nearly half of US medical care comes from emergency rooms
Nearly half of all US medical care is delivered by emergency departments, according to a new study. In recent years, the percentage of care delivered
by emergency departments has grown. The paper highlights the major role played by emergency rooms in US health care.
The problem with getting healthcare through the emergency room is this is bad for several reasons. First, it's probably the most expense way to get
healthcare in this country. I believe there is Pentagon level corruption going on here. The people who own the hospitals also own the healthcare
insurance providers. So it is in the owner of the hospitals best interests to charge as much as possible. The insurance company just pasts the
rising costs to the consumer. It's a never ending cycle of raising costs which continues to drive up the costs of healthcare premiums.
And second, the Emergency room is full of people who really should be getting basic healthcare from somewhere else a lot cheaper. People with real
emergencies have to wait forever to get treated.
I have heard many people complain that the ACA is driving up rates. In my life experience since 1995 healthcare premiums have been rising 20% per
year on average. Every five years my policy doubles in price. This was happening before ACA. And it is still happening today after the ACA went
into effect. The ACA really did nothing to address the rising cost of healthcare premiums. I think the only way the rising cost of healthcare
premiums will ever get under control is by the government taking drastic actions.
Now people who are freeloaders hate the ACA. Because now if you do not have healthcare insurance you have to pay a penalty on your taxes. Well, too
bad for you! People going to the emergency room getting free healthcare are free loaders. Nothing is for free. Why should people who pay premiums
have to cover the costs of freeloaders. Someone saying ACA made their healthcare costs goes up make me think of the time I heard someone from a red
state say a "flat tax" is not fair because their taxes would go up!
The ACA also stops companies from dropping people with pre-existing conditions. If you have one, then you are in favor of the ACA. It's like my
right wing neighbor across the street. He's an ultra conservative until his daughter turned out to be lesbian and now he's practically voting
Democrat. And besides, Republicans should love the ACA because it is the Republican plan from the 90s.
At some point something has to be done about the rising cost of healthcare. I think the current levels of corruption are so over the top the
government should just take over all of it. Get it sorted out with standards. And then sell of the pieces one at time with rules making sure people
who own the healthcare administration companies do not have conflicting interest with healthcare delivery. We need open and free markets to wring out
inefficiencies. With dual ownership of administration and delivery we just have way too many cartels and monopolies in this country gouging the
I like Bernie Sander's plan. Just change one line in Medicare making it available to 55 and over. At least a segment of the population will have
good coverage. Of course, children's healthcare is important if you value such things over defense spending.
edit on 23-10-2017 by dfnj2015 because: (no reason given)