Commentary on Affordable Care Act / ObamaCare

October 28, 2013

ACA: Current and future disruptions, cancellations and limited health choices

Barbara Carrasco, Guest columnist, The El Paso Times writes “Will the insured end up in emergency rooms because of a shortage of health-care providers, thus having solved nothing?”

 

ACA: The regulate-subsidize-mandate apparatus

At a recent meet and greet session at Grand Central Station train depot, in Kingstree, SC, US Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) said, “There were fifteen percent of the people uninsured before it started.  At the end of 10th year estimates are there will still be 10 percent of the country still uninsured after spending $3 trillion. It simply cannot work.” 

 

ACA: Good for you and me but not for them

Michaele Duke, Guest columnist, The Kingstree News writes “In 2011, 200 economists asked Congress to repeal the act. More recently, the unions have demanded a reinterpretation of the Affordable Care Act so the exchange subsidies, which are intended for the uninsured, are available to their members. And what about big industry who has been granted waivers and Congress and their staff granted exemptions from certain provisions? Is it good for you and me but not for them? And as this information is either agreed upon or argued as misleading, what are we to believe?”

 

ACA: Bypassing HealthCare.gov

An Editorial in The Boston Globe, “It’s worth noting that in the 14 states that set up their own exchanges — thus bypassing HealthCare.gov — the process has generally gone smoothly. Further, a study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit whose health care research is widely respected, has found that in most states, the prices for health coverage are affordable, especially when federal subsidies are factored in.

 

“But this error-plagued episode should teach the president and his team a painful lesson about attention to details. The administration says the problems are now being worked on virtually around the clock. Still, if those problems persist too far into the winter, the administration should postpone both the enrollment deadline, which is currently March 31, and the penalties for failing to carry health-insurance coverage.

 

“It is obviously reluctant to do anything that would delay the centerpiece of its program, particularly if doing so would make ObamaCare more of an issue in the 2014 congressional elections. But simple fairness should dictate whether people have sufficient opportunity to sign up before any fines are applied.”