reply to post by clarkness
After reading the first two responses to your questions, I thought I'd answer them from a different point of view.
1.Why would health care costs skyrocket when this come into effect?
Because we screwed up and left private health insurance companies in the picture. Healthcare insurance should be not-for-profit but if I remember
right, the representatives who favored a "Public Option" and/or "Medicare For All," were not allowed a seat at the table.
2. Why is Obamacare being blamed for skyrocketing costs when costs were already skyrocketing in the first place? I know when I first paid for heath
insurance over a decade ago I paid 22 dollars biweekly. I have paid up 630 dollars monthly (with wife and child, no special medical conditions) in
which I would have aid 250 dollars for single. These were kind of the jumps I have seen when Obamacare wasn't even a thought.
News Alert! In case you hadn't heard, everything and I mean everything, is Obama's fault. Actually, the rates were and are going up because of the
fact that private health insurance & pharmaceutical corporations are not in business to save us money, they're in business with one ultimate goal
which is to make money for themselves and their shareholders. We're not just talking about profit margins here either. They have entire departments
who's sole purpose is to find reasons to deny claims.
3. When hospitals are almost like cable companies and have monopolies over entire areas, how can we expect our prices to go down?
Not sure this is related to ObamaCare but it's been my experience that most hospitals are already overcharging the hell out us and doing so with very
little oversight and/or accountability. IMO, a problem that needs to be addressed at the federal level. I'm sorry, but when a hurricane comes to my
area and lumberyards start overpricing their plywood, they are charged with price gouging. The same should be true when a hospital charges $30 for
4. Does anyone think that we should leave the healthcare system alone? And why?
No, because too many people are left uninsured under the current system.
5. If you believe in deregulation, why do you believe pricing may go down? Even though I understand the costs that may go into many parts of
healthcare, I do not believe if we all of the sudden made it cheaper for some of the private businesses in the healthcare field that those businesses
would pass on those savings to the customer or use the extra money to pay for greater wages or more people.
And you would be right! Those extra saving are going one place and one place only, in the profit column. Remember, they're not in business to make
you healthy, there in business to make themselves healthy, economically that is.
6. Would price fixing common procedures be a viable solution?
I'm not sure it's a "solution," but I do think it helps especially for common procedures.
7. Now many believe that the some of the other socialized healthcare systems are better. Why are they better or not better than what we have?
Yes, many of them are better and they have the statics to back them up. A quick google search will verify what I'm saying. Actually, here in
America we have a piss poor record for getting the biggest bang out of our medical buck.
8. People blame law suits for many of the costs of healthcare? Should we relax the rules or standards of care to cheapen the costs?
More specifically, I think it's the frivolous lawsuits that hurt the system and we need to find a way to weed them out and punish those who file
them. On the other hand, I would never want to limit the amount of damages a person could seek, because some of the malpractice suits are more than
justified. I mean hell, when they operate on the wrong patient or cut off the wrong leg, "I'm sorry" just won't do.
9. If poor people without insurance are still being treated in hospitals and not paying, aren't those costs being passed on to those of us that do
pay anyway? What is the difference?
Yes they are and this is precisely where we can make a difference. Those who are uninsured usually utilize emergency room services which is probably
the most expensive way to get medical care. Seeing how we're paying the bill anyway, it just makes sense to insure them and let them seek much less
expensive care from a regular physician.
10. Should we allow companies deny coverage for pre-existing conditions?
Sorry, I had to shorten this question in order to leave room to respond.
Absolutely not! And charging 4 or 5 times the rate is IMO, about the same thing as denying coverage. Lose your job while you're sick and guess
what? You have a pre-existing condition.