ACA Agonistes
Insurance Companies Get New Customers Through ACA, But for How Long?
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  • FriendlyGoat

    This is one of several reasons why we should have moved more toward a single payer model. Other reasons include cost control from eliminating providers’ ability to opt out, cost control over pharma, putting the effort we now expend on the insurance chase into actual health care instead, avoiding the entire Hobby Lobby controversy and bad Court precedent, and giving all businesses relief on the health care front.

    But there would be rationing, they say. And the current mish-mash isn’t rationing already?

    • Andrew Allison

      An example of the confusion between single-payer (insurance) and single-provider (services). As the horror stories from the VA, NHS, etc., demonstrate, a single provider can’t deliver health care effectively. What the government can do, as demonstrated by Medicare, which has one-quarter the overhead of private insurance, is provide purely administrative functions like insurance and Social Security. The solution to the disgracefully cost- and benefit-ineffective US system is to separate the two functions. As an aside, the rush of pigs to the ACA insurance trough should be evidence enough of who benefits most from it.

  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    Only a limited number of companies joined the exchanges (in some cases only 2-3 for an entire state), this means that while those few companies saw an increase in customers, it came at the expense of other companies. This reduced competition which will seriously damage the entire health industry over time. It is the “Feedback of Competition” which forces continuous improvements in Quality, Service, and Price. Monopolies and limited Monopolies like Obamacare all suffer from the lack of the “Feedback of Competition”, and are characterized by stagnation, waste, and corruption.

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