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Does any intelligent human being think that Obama's healthcare.gov is going to give the readers the truth about the bad of the ACA? If so, they are not only naive but just plain stupid.
Go to the best seller list of Amazon and the NYTimes and look for books like OBAMACARE SURVIVAL GUIDE, etc. to get both the good and the bad of the Obamacare unspendable coin or unaffordable con whatever you want to call it.
Posted by HUMBUG53
Again you cite a book that has all the right wingers going out and buying it out of fear. I am sure that the author made a lot of money on that book. But most of what he says is not true or is wild speculation. Most of what is in Obamacare that affects Medicare beneficiaries is already in effect and that is good. There is no cost preventative care, the gradual closing of the part D donut hole and a "best practices" model for physician payment that should reduce the number and cost of questionable procedures being done.
The plain fact is that there have been a lot of medical procedures done on Medicare patients simply because Medicare was available to pay for it. But many of those medical procedures do not provide long term benefit to the patient and are potentially harmful. That is why the "best practices" model is being adopted; to rein in the cost of Medicare.
It is very easy to scare uninformed people and the opponents of Obamacare have done that very well. But the reality is that most of the important provisions of the act do not go into effect until next year, so anything about what will happen is pure conjecture and crystal ball gazing.
Will every part of the act work as planned? Of course not. But some will work fine and others better than expected. Those that do not work as planned can and will be adjusted as time goes by. The act will make this a much better nation as well as a healthier nation in the long run. Of course there will be some disruptions since it will change how health insurance is delivered. But change has been long overdue. The one thing that is certain is that the status quo that existed prior to the enactment of the ACA is not acceptable, nor is it workable.
The ACA is the law of the land. It will NOT be repealed as long as President Obama is sitting in the oval office and he will be occupying that office until January 20 2017. By then we will have a greater idea of how well the act has worked. I believe that come 2017, most Americans will come to see Obamacare as perhaps the most beneficial act since Medicare and Medicaid were passed in 1965.