ACA Amnesia
The ACA Has Not Succeeded as Promised
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  • Jmaci

    Any positive story about the ACA needs to be looked at skeptically:
    The government has been reluctant — make that unwilling — to release actual figures on enrollment, policies paid for, composition of the risk pool, health status of the pool etc. Also Obama has delayed or changed so many of the “features” of the law that even the CBO says it can no longer accurately calculate its effect on the economy.
    And it’s not even clear how many of the 8 million people who signed up for insurance were uninsured and how many simply defaulted to the exchanges when their sub-standard policies were canceled.
    The worst of the ACA is yet to come.

  • qet

    That is not the biggest flaw. The biggest flaw is that every one of the NYT’s statements is false save for the statement about “helping the health care industry,” if by that term you mean hospital and insurance company CEOs. The first claim about more people having insurance now may be true but only in a completely nominal sense, begging the question: is it actually a good to force people to purchase insurance that by their own admission they can’t pay for? There has been a tsunami of reports in recent months–most of them mentioned by TAI on this site–that contradict every other claim, so the NYT is just going full and unashamedly Goebbels with this propaganda piece.

  • Arkeygeezer

    Obamacare may not have succeeded as promised, but it does provide a foundation for a national health system. Providing such a system is a legitimate function of our national government. Spending money on a national health system is preferable to spending money on wars with foreign countries to spread American ideology.

    That being said, our national health system needs a lot of work to make it viable. The system that has worked the best in the U.S. is Medicare. Medicare is a system that has government and private enterprise in partnership to provide excellent healthcare for seniors, and has extended life expectancy in the U.S. by many years. It is politically popular with seniors because it does a good job.

    Some form of national health system is here to stay. No political party will do itself any good by promising to repeal it en total. Politicians would do well to work toward making national health care a viable system that emulates Medicare.

    • stanbrown

      Despite all the lies to the contrary, America already had the best medical care in the world before Obamacare. All Obamacare has done is cost millions of jobs and wrecked the economy’s chance to grow.

      • Arkeygeezer

        I agree, but the American people want to make it better and more accessible to more people.

        Before ACA, health insurance was mostly provided by employers. If you lost your job, you lost your health insurance. If you took out a private policy you could lose the insurance at any time or pay more costly premiums. You could not get insurance if you had certain pre-existing conditions. Also the medical system was disjointed with patient records confined to one doctor. The ACA forced changes in all of these situations.

        I am a participant in Medicare Advantage through a major insurance provider and it costs me under $300 per mo for health care and drugs. I am alive today because of preventative medical I have received funded by Medicare.

        I do not think that the government should be a single payer of all medical bills. It should be a joint effort between private companies and the government. The government should never be in the position to dictate who gets care and who doesn’t

        There is a lot of money currently being spent on Aircraft Carrier Battle Groups, F-35 fighters, and senseless government programs that do not work, that could be spent on healthcare for all citizens.

        We need to have our politicians work on this for the good of the American People.

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