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Few aspects of the Affordable Care Act are more critical to its success than affordability, but in recent weeks experts have predicted costs for some health plans could soar next year.
Now health law supporters are pushing back, noting close ties between the actuaries making the forecasts and an insurance industry that has been complaining about taxes and other factors it says will lead to rate shock for consumers.
Originally posted by DarthMuerte
Here we go. The ACA was never about providing care, much less affordable care. This is a thinly disguised bail out of the insurance industry that will provide them record profits . Eventually the public will suffer serious buyers remorse over this boondoggle and demand it's repeal most likely leading to the "holy grail" of a single payer system. That system will give the government unprecedented levels of information about us and total control over who lives and dies.
Originally posted by Erongaricuaro
Examine the medical practices in Latin-American countries where there is almost a glut of qualified physicians practicing. Health care here is affordable and available and many American expats living south of the border will speak favorably of receiving quality care they perceive to be much more personalized and caring. The US should be producing more physicians rather than a more exclusive class of professional.
Originally posted by generik
...just FINDING a general practitioner right now is hard enough that the government had to start up a program to try to find you a doctor. notice i said "try" as they even state that there is a chance they will not be able to find you one.
and without a GP you are basically screwed out of the entire system as you always need a GP's recommendation for other health services. sure there are "walk in" services available, but these are pretty much useless on there own, since first off they always seem to have a sign that reads " no narcotics proscribed" (to try to keep people from getting stuff from multiple dr's i guess). next they will not recommend you for other health services, or things like that. really all they are good for is if you do yourself a minor injury you can get in to see them without the couple week wait found in most doctor offices for an appointment.
even when you do have a GP you can only deal with one thing a visit (sometimes you get a whole 15 min with the dr). there are even set maximum patients a doctor can even have which is why finding one can be difficult. another reason a dr is hard to find is that doctors have a habit of leaving for areas where they can make more money.
hospital emergency rooms in general only want really bad injuries, for more minor stuff like stitches they want you to go to your own dr or to a walk in clinic. but even so unless it is life threatening (or THEY THINK it is anyway, i almost lost my mother more than once due to this), you can expect to spend several hours before being seen. some hospitals have even had their emergency rooms CLOSED due to cutbacks.
also when the healthcare system finds they are spending too much they tend to cut back on what is covered, in Ontario for example a few years back the cut things like eye exams, physio therapy and chiropractic care (which they only paid a small portion of to begin with). so guess what YOU NEED OUTSIDE INSURANCE ANYWAY to get the care you may need.
need a specialist for a new or recently diagnosed health issue? well you can expect to wait SIX MONTHS to a YEAR to get an appointment in a lot of cases. again due to a shortage of dr's and maximum allowed patients.
welcome to "single payer health care", where help MAY or MAY NOT be there for you, and you may have to wait to be taken care of.