By Kevin Bryant •
dont tread on me
Jun 05, 2013 @ 20:48:43
I think most everyone is missing the big picture.
Anything will be more expensive if someone else is paying for it.
This means the causes of healthcare costing so much isn’t just obamacare. Its insurance in general, medicare, medicaid, forcing hospitals to take customers who won’t pay, and other government regulations.
Insurance, when created, was supposed to be to help people when catastrophe happens and spread the risk of a life altering event. Now, doctors visits and regular medication is covered. Do you think people would go to the doctor nearly as often when they aren’t sick if payment came from their own pockets? Absolutely not. For example, you don’t have car insurance for routine maintenance but for wrecks, which no one incurs the cost of a car wreck on purpose.
The main problem is that people just don’t care how much something costs unless the money comes from their own pocket. Its wrong, but thats how people are.
Everyone wants the freedom to choose whether to buy health insurance or not and to choose which doctor they want to go to but no one wants the responsibility to pay for it. Well, with freedom comes responsibility and when you surrender the responsibility, over time, the inevitable is that you surrender your freedom as well.
May 24, 2013 @ 11:45:44
Well said! Too many people want Obama to fail no matter what. We are turning down billions that now will be sent elsewhere. We give millions in tax breaks for a relatively few jobs. This money would have insured over 200,000 people and created thousands of jobs. If people are being treated through health care coverage at a doctor’s office, doesn’t that reduce costs as opposed to treatment at an emergency room? That was an argument advanced against illegal immigrants. Wake up, people, and realize it is about ideas and solutions, not political parties or Obama. Partisan politics are ruining our state and nation. Some of us are sick of it and we vote, too.
May 24, 2013 @ 10:05:40
Yep…but let’s be honest…there are more reasons than just ACA causing health care costs to rise. Let’s consider this:
Hospitals actually provide $41 billion in uncompensated care every year.
Hospitals have been the recipients of $95 billion in cuts since 2010. And additional cuts to federal funding of hospitals will have a significant impact on patient care.
These factors just listed above, parts of the ACA, and numerous other issues including inefficiencies in insurance reimbursements are causing health care costs to rise. So…I think we should consider the whole picture.
Ok…what does it mean to people here in Anderson. Well we know that 10,000 people do not have health insurance and are using AnMed’s ED for primary care. We also know that AnMed is provides some of the highest costs services in the state, based on statistics from CMS. So you take this micro-story right here in Anderson and ask yourself…is the ACA the only reason health costs are rising?
So let’s look at the usage of terms in your headline above, “Obamacare.” I get it…it is a term that is associated with the ACA. But when you walk through the statehouse, more and more legislators are admitting they will not vote for anything from “Obama.” I understand the reasons, majority of SC do not like President Obama. But when numerous Senators look at hospital workers, leaders, common people from AnMed Health during hospital day at the statehouse and say ” I will not support anything that Obama supports”, you know this is a political game that is not bearing in mind the need for discussion about access to health for the 10,000 people here in Anderson.
We have a bigger job to do and it is look beyond just one lens when it comes to health care costs are rising. We have to look at the whole picture and the ACA is a part of that picture. And yes…it is rising. 2014 by 9.5% and 2015 by 9.5%…but is this only impacted by ACA, I say no.