Obamacare Isn’t Healthcare…

ObamaCareObamacare isn’t healthcare. Doctors and nurses and technicians and such provide healthcare, and they will continue, just not so much for each of us. Obamacare is a change in how much we pay for healthcare, in who gets how much of it and in who makes the decisions. It is as the Supreme Court said, a tax; a series of income, sales and excise taxes actually, and those taxes are paid whether or not the services are used.

Obamacare adds an estimated 19 – 40 million (your pick) previously uninsured patients to the workload of existing health providers so obviously, a lot of folks will receive less care so the newly added can receive more. Seniors are already receiving less: Medicare Advantage, the HMO part of the program, pays providers less as of January. Unexpectedly, hospitals are preparing for the new program by laying off staff, so they will be providing less care; they too receive lesser subsidies under Obamacare. (So why are the layoffs unexpected?)

The government’s payments to providers are reduced under Obamacare but the patients’ payments are increased. The “Affordable” in the law’s title is proving ironic. Premiums are increased; so are co-pays and fees for procedures. Somebody has to pay for all those new patients, right? Sure!

Americans seem to dislike doing the math, which may contribute to their 19th place among the world’s developed nations in that subject. We heard that The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) would supply more people better care, cheaper. That’s up there with the old slogan: Less is More… You can’t serve millions of new patients with the same numbers of providers (let alone fewer from layoffs) while paying those providers less. Obamacare just expects the patients to pay more, plus of course, all the new taxes. And since our doctors will be busy seeing all those new patients, we will see them less often.

Obamacare is a massive wealth transfer from workers and seniors to the newly entitled, together with a massive reduction in services via rationing, the only feasible means. And it is one more thing, too: Decisions about care that your doctor or insurer used to make, are now made by bureaucrats in Washington for political, not medical, reasons.

So, if your coverage isn’t provided by your employer, sign up to avoid the penalty…as soon as you can.

About Jack Curtis

Suspicious of government, doubtful of economics, fond of figure skating (but the off-ice part, not so much) Couple of degrees in government, a few medals in figure skating; just reading and suspicion for economics ...
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4 Responses to Obamacare Isn’t Healthcare…

  1. James Teague says:

    I won’t copy all of the storiies here, way too many and Matt says he has not included all that he received. The common thread seems to be reduced hours of work, more copay and double or more cost. Not to mention the intrusion of forced buying, penalties, insecure web sites, wrong information. Now I’m wondering about my Kaiser Advantage plan.


    • Jack Curtis says:

      Seems that you’re on top of things… Your plan will have to meet the Obamacare standards (hence the cost increases) or be cancelled, as I understand it. Ain’t freedom wonderful?

      • James Teague says:

        Just read my Kaiser information site on the “reform”. They said current Advantage plan members don’t have to do anything for now and they will notify us if we do. I’m so reassured!

        I did read that 160,000 California individual plan members got dumped this week since their plans did not meet standards. In our great state providers must service transgender and provide fertility treatments for same sex couples. Miracles will be occurring shortly.

      • Jack Curtis says:

        I heard that Governor Brown signed a bill conferring legal parenthood upon any number of claimants of any gender. Perhaps the old phrase: “Well, I’ll be a monkey’s uncle!” will shortly take on new meaning…

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