Drafting bills like the new healthcare bill in secret mean two things. Republicans know it’s wrong and they wish to obscure the involvement of special interests.
As they draft legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Senate Republican leaders are aiming to transform large sections of the American health care system without a single hearing on their bill and without a formal, open drafting session.
That has created an air of distrust and concern — on and off Capitol Hill, with Democrats but also with Republicans.
Secrecy Surrounding Senate Health Bill Raises Alarms in Both Parties https://nyti.ms/2trgrbM
Conservatives get it too. We are going about this healthcare thing in entirely the wrong manner.
Getting employers out of healthcare and building a single payer system based on outcomes not quantity of service provided is our best hope.
Obamacare never was a good plan, but it always was a severe compromise.
Tasked with fixing a plan that was disfigured to meet their needs Republicans have stepped in it now.
This debacle does suggest that planned revisions of government healthcare every 5 years could improve it. It could also show our politicians as the tools they are.
The Original Lie About Obamacare https://nyti.ms/2niqu3K
The bad old days of health insurance:
let’s go back to the world of individual insurance before the major provisions of the Affordable Care Act went into effect on Jan. 1, 2014. In that world, the primary source of profit for insurers was not providing better care so that patients stayed healthy, or negotiating better prices with hospitals and drug companies; it was their ability to avoid the sick and insure only the healthy. And insurers had three tools for doing so: denying coverage to the insured for any costs associated with pre-existing conditions; denying insurance entirely to sick people; and charging the sick much higher prices than the healthy, a practice called health underwriting.
What Could Be Worse Than Repealing All of Obamacare? http://nyti.ms/2eUCfVt
Employer provided healthcare doesn’t work. The purchase process is too opaque, too complicated, and the insurance is too expensive.
More people are choosing high deductible insurance because they want to hold onto as much of their earnings as they can. Without this factor pressuring the market downward we are where we are with spiralling costs.
Is High-Deductible Health Insurance Worth the Risk? http://nyti.ms/2e6mCtA
This article gets right to the point. The current setup of employer provided healthcare doesn’t work.
It doesn’t benefit workers and it doesn’t incentivize healthcare competition or savings. The writers’ plan is verbatim what we have been saying we need for years.
Get employers out of the business of providing health insurance. We wouldn’t tolerate them interceding in our auto or home owners insurance. Why are we tolerant of it here?
Most likely because NobodyisFlyingthePlane. We can’t see the direct mechanism between rising healthcare costs and falling wages. Single payer or tax incentives to cover rising costs aren’t the solution; they’re only patches.
A Kaiser Foundation report released in September explained that since 1999, health care premiums for employer-sponsored insurance programs have risen more than three times faster than wages. Today’s workers are paying an average of $18,000 for health insurance that covers fewer services each year, as employers shift costs to their employees through higher deductibles, co-payments and shares of premiums.
How Health Care Hurts Your Paycheck http://nyti.ms/2e13F0s
Healthcare, healthcare, healthcare. Nobody is ever really satisfied. It’s just a crappie system her in the US. It’s little surprise that providers don’t like the light being shined upon their pricing practices.
It’s also little surprise that the more transparent the pricing and quality are the lower the cost is to patients.
Shopping for Health Care: A Fledgling Craft http://nyti.ms/1WoYjtT