The Class Stratification of the Affordable Care Act
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  • Jane the Actuary

    Whether this is a Bad Thing depends on the outcome — whether this means that the poor are denied medically necessary treatments or just miss out on the “all-private suites.” So far we’ve seen exchange-based plans tighten their networks, though the consequences aren’t yet clear (surly receptionists? long drives or long waits?) — will the exchanges be one step up from “Medicaid for All”? Or just lack the bells and whistles, and the unnecessary/buying-peace-of-mind tests? http://janetheactuary.blogspot.com/2013/07/more-on-healthcare-medicaid-for-all.html

  • bpuharic

    Obama’s done little to improve our lot? Finally we agree on something.

    However, whereas WRM places the blame on Obama, this has been going on for over 30 years.

    Glad to see WRM is catching up, even if only myopically so.

  • Boritz

    *** Compared to where we were before Obamacare passed, the top is moving up and the bottom is moving down faster than ever.***
    I understand that if you like your plan you can keep it.

    • crabtown

      And your doctor and your 31-hour a week job.

      Benny Hill covered stratification in his show.

  • Anthony

    “Both parties need to refocus their energy on policy frameworks that can address the mounting struggles lower income Americans are facing.” Health care public policy, as has been written before, needs to refocus on how health care is sold (sellers) rather than how it is delivered (insurance, ACA, employers, etc.).

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