Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act

The View From North Central Idaho reports that Obamacare has struck again:
I just got a letter from our health insurance provider. We buy our own, as it's not provided by any employer. Right now we have what is pretty much the least-expensive high-deductible coverage we can get. It's around $550 per month for the family. As of 01Jan2013, it's going up about $200, to about $750, a more than 30% increase. Coverage will not significantly change.
As he points out, this law is theoretically the "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act."  Something seems to have been lost in translation.

The theory was that requiring everyone into the pool would lower health care costs, by forcing the freeloaders to pay for coverage.  So why isn't it lowering health care costs?  Simple reason: increasing effective demand for health care without changing the numbers of providers has to drive up prices.  If the goal was really to make health care more affordable, Obamacare would have done something to increase the number of doctors and nurses, or to increase competition in the health insurance field.  But Obamacare was never a health insurance plan.  It was a spending increase and health insurer guaranteed customer plan with some slight improvement in health care as a side effect.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

You wrote, "Obamacare was never a health insurance plan. It was a spending increase and health insurer guaranteed customer plan..."
Wrong. It is a plan to drive private insurers out of business and thus bringing a whole government single payer system in through the back door.
Obama even said so during the 2008 campaign.

Clayton said...

Obama certainly wanted single payer, but what Congress passed was a guaranteed customer law. Single payer would not be in the interests of the big health insurers, and so Obama caved to the economic interests of the Democratic Party.

Crotalus said...

I believe that this is what Obomination wanted, as it will fail. then, he can foist his single (tax) payer system on us, whether we like it or not. This is called Communism.