The topic today is the reality of ObamaCare exchanges with the news the UnitedHealth Group is pulling out of several states and Aetna announcing they are losing money on these plans. I have a solution and it doesn’t involve a 2,000+ page bill that Congress doesn’t read read before passing (remember that Nancy Pelosi said they had to pass PPACA so they could understand what was in it, thanks to our Congress being parasites on the backside of lobbyists!)
“UnitedHealth Group, the nation’s largest health insurer, said that in 2017 it will exit most of the 34 states where it offers plans on the Affordable Care Act insurance exchanges in an earnings call.”
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I have suggested that we look to provide Medicare for all, and those who want to “opt-out” buy private health insurance. Therefore all Americans have health coverage and those who don’t like what the government offers can visit a hospital, doctor, or caregiver of their choice on a plan of their choice.
A key benefit of this plan is actually very good for business as it gets companies out of the business of supplying health care for employees, unless they see private plans as a competitive advantage. For example, a mine in the United States must provide health insurance in a difficult, worldwide, competitive market, whereas its competitors in other countries do not have that line item expense. Medicare for all spreads that cost, in a more efficient manner, across 310 million people.
For all the appropriate concern about government inefficiency and waste, Medicare has proven to be a highly efficient system with only a 2% administrative overhead compared to the 15-20% for private health insurers.
The big knock against Medicare is the level of fraud. Somehow a number of unscrupulous individuals think it is better to defraud the federal government instead of private insurance companies, to the tune of $48 billion per year or a 10-15% fraud rate instead of 1.0-1.5% fraud in private insurance.
To make matters much, much worse. A New York Times article called, “The President Wants You to Get Rich on Obamacare” exposes beyond what I have suspected and discussed on-air many times, ObamaCare is a giveaway to health insurers and pharmaceutical companies. The NYT piece points out how many people will get rich because of PPACA.
“Scully then segued to his main point, one he has been making in similarly handsome dining rooms across the country: No matter what investors thought about Obamacare politically — and surely many there did not think much of it — the law was going to make some people very rich.”
“Billions could flow from Washington to Wall Street, indeed.”
This is not how basic health care should be approached, it isn’t healthy for the average person and it isn’t healthy for our country. It is time to revise PPACA to become Medicare for all and allow an opt-out which requires purchasing private health insurance.
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The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, aka ObamaCare, has rolled out the health exchanges officially today. But the websites aren’t working. My confidence in government isn’t high to begin with, but this poor planning and execution is miserable and reflects poorly regardless of your thoughts on PPACA.
If the websites aren’t working, how are the millions of uninsured supposed to signup for subsidized health insurance? Performance planning in technology is widespread in the private sector. The state and federal governments (healthcare.gov is experiencing outages this morning as well) are apparently not aware of these best practices while rushing to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on websites.
Does this change your view regarding the success of ObamaCare?