Obamacare Mandates Will Drive Up Cost of Health Care

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stethoscopeRecently the federal government unveiled part of its plan to overhaul our health care system under the umbrella of Obamacare. A report was put out by independent experts at the Institute of Medicine that lays down some guidelines for what should constitute the new “essential benefits package.”

According to the Associated Press:

The advisers recommended that the package be built on mid-tier health plans currently offered by small employers, expanded to include certain services such as mental health, and squeezed into a budget. They did not spell out a list of services to cover, but they did say that treatments should be cost-effective.

Oh! I didn’t know that passing a law made something a reality. You know what? We should make homelessness illegal. Also? Douchebaggery. There. Now all the Occupy Wall Street kids will have to go home. 

In all seriousness, why is it the government’s job to decide what private citizens need? Just because something (like health insurance) is good doesn’t mean it needs to be mandatory. Why should I have to buy insurance that includes coverage of things I might not want or need covered? Am I even going to be allowed to decide what kind of deductible I’m willing to pay, in exchange for higher or lower monthly rates?

The market drives down costs, not the government. The public will always want the best option for the best price, and entrepreneurs (also known as fat cats) will compete with one another to create products and services that consumers will purchase.

Nothing about Obamacare will be cost-effective. Look at the mess the government has made of Medicare and Medicaid. The government decided that doctors had to provide coverage for people without regard to what the services actually cost the physicians. In order to recoup their costs, they have to inflate their prices to private patients. As costs soar, more and more people are forced to drop private insurance, shrinking the pool of people actually paying for health care.

There are not a lot of people willing to go into the incredibly demanding field of medicine without compensation for their time and talent, let alone a way to pay back all of those horrendous medical school loans. Who would take on hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt and work 90+ hours a week, only to be told by Uncle Sam that they cannot charge what they’re worth?

Doctors are people, and health care is neither a right nor a privilege -- it’s a service.


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jkm89 jkm89

Ugh, I'm feeling slightly nauseated after reading this.

Chealse Michelini

OMG!!!! You are SOOOOOOO right! But any second now we will hear from the pro-obamacare people who supported something they never understood. Good for you Jenny! Im glad someone other than me can see the reality!

Tyller Williamson

Chealse, I am genuinely interested in understanding more about how you feel with regards to Jenny Erikson's article. It is interesting because what hooked me into this article was the title, "Obamacare Mandates Will Drive Up Cost of Health Care ." I couldn't agree more the way the legislation was passed is not the most beneficial to our society. What role do you see the government playing in regards to healthcare?

Momma... Momma2blessed

I don't agree with the mandate for private insurance and a good portion of what was in the bill that was past but you grossly over simplify the problem.



"The market drives down costs, not the government. The public will always want the best option for the best price, and entrepreneurs (also known as fat cats) will compete with one another to create products and services that consumers will purchase."



This has been the status quo and HAS NOT lowered cost by the market regulating itself!



Healthcare cost are skyrocketing due to lack of choice when choosing available coverage, not enough people being covered and turning to emergency room care amongst other issues with companies putting profit ahead of what's in the best interest of the patients.



The main problem is that healing the sick should not be solely profit driven. There also needs to be more emphasis on prevention based healthcare and not tying healthcare to employment!



It's not just any service... It ranks up there with public services such as police, fire department and education... the quality and efficiency of these vital services affect the quality of our society as a whole!

jagam... jagamama0710

Momma2blessed - Well said! 

purpl... purpleducky

I was slightly nauseous before but now I feel like vomiting.

Tyller Williamson

Momma2blessed, I understand your concern with the increase of government control. It makes me nervous to think the government can continue to mandate this and mandate that. Our country definitely needs to get a grip on the boundaries of government control. My hope is for those who may disagree with me to be empathetic towards all the American citizens who have paid into these programs and are truly dependent upon the finances to just get by. We need to move away on government dependence but how we do it definitely can not be an immediate cut to these programs. How do you feel we can best come to a resolution to this debate between individual freedom and government control? Neither side will give, so now what?

29again 29again

health care is neither a right nor a privilege -- it’s a service.  --  OP


 


This bears repeating.  Over and over and over until people realize the truth of it.



hotic... hoticedcoffee

There are not a lot of people willing to go into the incredibly demanding field of medicine without compensation for their time and talent, let alone a way to pay back all of those horrendous medical school loans. Who would take on hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt and work 90+ hours a week, only to be told by Uncle Sam that they cannot charge what they’re worth?


I really hope the people who are "sick" after reading this article, are "sick" over the truth and accuracy of that paragraph.   Setting aside the fact that Obamacare is going to bankrupt most states, the fact that it's the number one reason cited by small businesses for not hiring, the fact that the government makes a mess out of everything it touches - set all that aside, and understand Obamacare will ensure that we have fewer and fewer people choosing to become doctors.  Choosing to endure years of extra, expensive education, brutal training, exhaustive hours, and incredible stress - it's just not going to happen anymore.  Yeah.  I hope you all feel sick about what your President is doing.  Sick til you vomit. 

akamo... akamommy156

As a Canadian I can't understand the American point of view that health care is a service not a right.

It makes me sick to think that someone could have to choose between buying groceries or bringing your child to the doctor.

Don't you look at other countries that have universal healthcare and se that while it has it's kinks it works.

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