Obamacare Victories Carry a Heavy Cost
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  • ojfl

    And I still insist that low costs for individual plans do not mean much as in the aggregate the costs will be very high. Current lower priced plans are legislated out of existence and everyone on the lower end of the scale will be moved to much higher priced plans, one of the reasons why the higher priced plans could lower their rates, due to new economies of scale. But it still seems to me total aggregate costs will still go up significantly.

  • jeburke

    More BS. The state selects exchange plans and excludes those with higher rates. So Blue Shield and a couple of others concoct cheap plans with access to fewer docs (wanna bet that eliminates all the better docs with good reps). Wait until people who now have good employer-provided plans lose those and get thrown onto the CA exchanges where they can only get crappy ones.

  • BrianFrankie

    Hmm … So California uses a method to eliminate the plans that charge the most for their services. If only there were a name for such a scheme. Maybe I can coin a new term … how about: “price controls”? Yeah, that sounds good.

    Seems such a great idea, I’m amazed it hasn’t been thought of anywhere else or previously used. I’m sure it is destined for success anyplace that it may be tried. I look forward to hearing the hosannas sung to the California “price controls” by the citizens of that state in a year or two…

  • bpuharic

    And yet conservatives have failed to tell us why the US continues to have the highest healthcare costs in the world, in spite of the fact ‘govt healthcare in other advanced nations is of quality equal to our own

    Americans seem proud of failure, as long as it’s American failure.

    • Marty Keller

      Unless we compare apples to apples, this comment has little cogency. Without accurate data points, it’s difficult to assert with any accuracy “the fact that govt healthcare in other advanced nations is of quality equal to our own.” Perhaps. As to the silly “pride of failure” comment, all humans have failures, and most of us are unwilling to acknowledge them. This is not a particularly American trait. Why the animus against Americans on this?

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