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Why Obamacare Will Fail
repairing the healthcare systen ^ | 2/17/2013 | Stanley Feld, M.D.

Posted on 04/03/2013 11:53:13 AM PDT by Signalman

The storm is brewing in the healthcare system.

Even Democrats are concerned.

Recently, I have been criticized for blaming the impending failure on President Obama. President Obama would rather blame the impending failure on congress.

A reader wrote;

“President Obama is a nice guy. He is trying very hard. Give him a chance.”

It is true. He seems like a nice guy. My criticism is not personal. The fact is his philosophy and tactics are responsible for the mess. As time goes on it seems more likely that Obamacare will not work out.

There are multiple reasons for the impending failure. A major reason is Obamacare is developing new perverse incentives for stakeholders rather than aligning all the stakeholders’ vested interests.

Obamacare is extraordinarily complex. It is confusing to all the stakeholders, especially as new rules and regulations are being written.

By forcing the development of programs such as health insurance exchanges, accountable care organizations, pay for performance plans, functional electronic medical records, and the consolidation of healthcare hospital systems and physicians against their will, Obamacare is creating tensions and uncertainties that will be difficult to overcome.

Patients’ medical care and their relationships with their physicians are personal issues. Obamacare is commoditizing medical care. It is destroying the patient physician relationships. These relationships account for at least one half of the therapeutic effect of medical treatment.

The 2300 page law usurps the power of the legislative branch of government and shifts it to the executive branch. This is dangerous. It has created additional tension and uncertainty for the nation.

Many congressmen who voted for the law did not read the law’s 2300 pages. The implications of much of the law were not understood. It did not have bipartisan support.

In 2012, the executive branch of the federal government issued another 70,000 pages of guidance for participants in Obamacare. The executive branch has created at least 22,000 new regulations and 68,000 new ICM codes.

The more complex a law becomes the more likely it is to be unsuccessful.

There is no question the healthcare system nears repairing. Healthcare costs are exploding. Waste and bureaucracy are expanding. Dysfunctional interactions between stakeholders are mounting.

All of this results in an inability to deliver effective medical care.

At present 55% of Americans of all ages receive healthcare insurance through an employer sponsored healthcare plan. An additional 32% receive healthcare insurance through government programs.

Thirteen percent (13%) of the population are uninsured or under insured. Obamacare’s goal is supposed to provide healthcare insurance for that 13%.

Present predictions are that Obamacare will not provide universal care. It is predicted that it will not save $850 billion dollars. The CBO, on the basis of numbers provided by the administration, predicted the law would save $850 prior to the passage of the law. The CBO’s current prediction is Obamacare will cost the nation an additional $1.2 trillion dollars over 10 years.

Healthcare insurance rates are rising by double digits each year. Employers are passing the costs of the increasing insurance rates to their employees through higher deductibles and copays along with lower healthcare coverage plans.

Obamacare will require employers, who offer skimpy healthcare benefits such as Mini-med insurance, to provide more robust ones.

To date the Obama administration has waived more than 2000 employers from providing more robust healthcare insurance coverage. At the time these waivers expire companies with waivers, such as McDonald’s, will scream bloody murder.

They will opt out of providing any healthcare insurance at all and avoid government penalties. They will accomplish this by decreasing the number of hours an employee will work to less than 30 hours a week. This is not good for minimum wage workers. The uninsured rolls will increase.

The penalty of $3,000 per employee is less than the $15,000 healthcare insurance cost per employee for employees working more than 30 hours a week.

Surveys have been published concluding that more than 50% of employers are planning to drop healthcare insurance coverage.

The federal government is trying to discourage this by invoking the IRS anti-abuse rules;

“The IRS has indicated that anti-abuse rules will be implemented to curtail the use of Obamacare loopholes to dodge the play or pay requirement.

Yet as some have already questioned, can the IRS legitimately utilize rule-making to modify core components of a federal act? Or will this rule-based clean-up effort simply spawn more lengthy litigation?”

Obamacare’s health insurance exchange program is in big trouble. Less than half the states have signed up to participate.

States have opted out because of the potential cost overruns. States are struggling to balance their budgets. The federal government is only going to pay for health insurance exchanges’ development and execution for the first two years. The cost burden will then fall on the states.

The federal government keeps extending the deadline for states to sign up. The federal government does not have infrastructure or manpower to set them up.

The health insurance exchanges are supposed to be up and ready to sign up consumer up in October 2013 and operating in January 2014.

Physicians do not know what to do about Obamacare. Physicians feel helpless. They know Obamacare cannot work. Physicians do not have a leadership organization that can direct physicians to have an effective voice.

Accountable Care Organizations (ACO’s) will fail because physicians are trained to use medical judgment. They have not been trained to obey the rules of hospital administrators.

They bristle when their value is determined by hospital systems or federal agencies such as IPAB. They prefer to have their value determined by their patients.

Physician leadership needs a new mentality to enable physicians to act and articulate the steps needed to be taken to repair the healthcare system.

Physicians want the healthcare system to function equitably for all the stakeholders and effectively for their patients.

Medical organizations have been consistently losing membership because it has not represented or articulated the needs of practicing physicians.

If Obamacare works as President Obama hopes, he will have secured his legacy and solved the long-festering problem of the uninsured.

Obamacare will not solve the problems of increasing healthcare costs nor provide universal care in its present form. This has been a pipe dream all along.

Another reason Obamacare will fail is because it does not consider the cost of defensive medicine significant. President Obama is not interested in tort reform.

Obamacare doesn’t align any of the stakeholders’ vested interests.

When Obamacare fails it will provoke a citizen backlash that will be very difficult to overcome.


TOPICS: Health/Medicine
KEYWORDS: 0carenightmare; defund0care; fail; obamacare; repeal0care

1 posted on 04/03/2013 11:53:13 AM PDT by Signalman
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To: Signalman

Nice guys don’t leave babies alone in a closet to die.


2 posted on 04/03/2013 11:54:39 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Signalman

What are the odds of the Dems begging the GOP for a full repeal before 2014?


3 posted on 04/03/2013 11:55:01 AM PDT by Perdogg (Sen Ted Cruz, Sen Mike Lee, and Sen Rand Paul are my adoptive Senators)
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To: Signalman
He is trying very hard.

Where? On the golf course?

4 posted on 04/03/2013 11:56:46 AM PDT by vbmoneyspender
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To: Signalman

It grows government and expands it’s power. It’s failure will not result in anything better, only worser because it’s failure can only be remedied by more. That’s how government thinks.


5 posted on 04/03/2013 11:56:47 AM PDT by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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To: Signalman

It’s designed to fail.


6 posted on 04/03/2013 12:02:35 PM PDT by albie (s)
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To: blackdog
Exactly. It itself is a band-aid sold as the fix for what are really the direct and indirect effects of the LAST round of goobermint bungling/meddling, which was sold as the fix for what was really the direct and indirect effects of the PREVIOUS rounds....

Why would the process suddenly cease being dysfunctional on this particular cycle. I stand with The Won when he says that if a certain ideology or group of guys created a problem, they don't get to direct the fix. Course he applies it where it isn't actually true, but the principle is valid.

7 posted on 04/03/2013 12:04:09 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Signalman

ObamaCare (tm) will fail for the same reason that the broader framework its architects are attempting to impose, socialism, will fail.

We only have to go back to the Nobel Prize Lecture of none other than economist F.A. Hayek to see the reason that central planning is is not “sustainable”, a concept that socialists (er, now “progressives”) love to scold us about.

Hayek showed that a national economy had such an immense myriad of dynamic economic relationships that no single committee or bureaucracy, no matter how smart or how well staffed, could possibly know enough to direct prices or production levels. His Nobel Lecture [1] was entitled The Pretence of Knowledge. Hayek had previously used this idea as the basis for a very thorough article [1] on the subject, “The Use of Knowledge in Society.”

If any program has a pretense of knowledge, it is ObamaCare. It is described by a 2,000+ page law, with over 100 committees and bureaucracies, not to mention how many thousands of pages of implementing regulations that are yet to be written.

Socialism is also morally bankrupt, for it demands we accept the premise that we can each live at the expense of others, despite how this violates the Commandments that forbid coveting and theft.

[1] The Pretense of Knowledge
http://mises.org/daily/3229

[2] “The Use of Knowledge in Society,” American Economic Review, XXXV, No. 4; September, 1945, pp. 519–30.
http://oll.libertyfund.org/?option=com_staticxt&staticfile=show.php%3Ftitle=92


8 posted on 04/03/2013 12:05:31 PM PDT by theBuckwheat
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To: albie

hmmm so hillary can usher in single payer in 2017....


9 posted on 04/03/2013 12:06:30 PM PDT by longfellowsmuse (last of the living nomads)
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To: Signalman

Obamacare is extraordinarily complex:

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_bBlNFyLU7Ik/TFlY_PphIjI/AAAAAAAABAw/Nd0-uYlghOI/s1600/obamacare_chart_LG.jpg.jpg


10 posted on 04/03/2013 12:07:54 PM PDT by Slyfox (The Key to Marxism is Medicine ~ Vladimir Lenin)
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To: theBuckwheat
Socialism is also morally bankrupt, for it demands we accept the premise that we can each live at the expense of others, despite how this violates the Commandments that forbid coveting and theft.

Bears repeating.
11 posted on 04/03/2013 12:09:48 PM PDT by yorkiemom
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To: Still Thinking
Exactly. It itself is a band-aid sold as the fix for what are really the direct and indirect effects of the LAST round of goobermint bungling/meddling, which was sold as the fix for what was really the direct and indirect effects of the PREVIOUS rounds....

Healthcare was a mess because Ted Kennedy "fixed it" and we got HMOs.

12 posted on 04/03/2013 12:13:57 PM PDT by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
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To: Signalman
This covers just about everything wrong with Bambicare except for the nonsensical idea of buying insurance after the need for medical attention. How is that "insurance"? Wish I could drop my car and home insurance until an accident or my house burns downs and I buy it then. That mandate alone will make premiums sky-rocket.

I thought it was a $2000 penalty. Now it's $3000?

13 posted on 04/03/2013 12:16:16 PM PDT by A Navy Vet (An Oath is Forever)
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To: yorkiemom
All leftist schemes eventually fail. The short-term consequences of some of those schemes are more dire than others:

14 posted on 04/03/2013 12:17:00 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Signalman

I have had several opportunities recently to get out of patient care. I love being a doc, and really love seeing patients, but I am very seriously thinking about making this move. I’m sure I’m not alone.


15 posted on 04/03/2013 12:23:35 PM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: MileHi
Actually, regular insurance, let alone HMO's, is an insidious product. Shouldn't even be legal. HSA's with HDHP's (High Deductible Health Plans for catastrophic situations only) should be what everyone uses. Minimum involvement by ANY 3rd parties in YOUR health care choices, incentive to use the doctor only when you NEED one, incentive to care what it costs, etc., etc. I can't believe some insurers are advertising themselves to employers by stressing how MUCH they intrude in your life. [eyeroll]

Or just get the incompetent busybodies out of our healthcare entirely by unrolling the original goobermint meddling and undo the special tax treatment for health insurance vs. other forms of employee compensation, lowering overall rates to compensate of course.

16 posted on 04/03/2013 12:24:05 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Still Thinking
I don't disagree
17 posted on 04/03/2013 12:27:42 PM PDT by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
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To: Signalman
Many congressmen who voted for the law did not read the law’s 2300 pages.

NOT ONE DID!

18 posted on 04/03/2013 12:29:55 PM PDT by Texas Fossil
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To: albie

BUMP!


19 posted on 04/03/2013 12:30:25 PM PDT by Texas Fossil
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To: pieceofthepuzzle

If you’re contemplating it, then there are many others, especially if they are around my age (50ish - shhhh).


20 posted on 04/03/2013 12:30:44 PM PDT by b4its2late (A Liberal is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: Signalman

As our beloved Nancy Pelosi might quip. “ We have to destroy the healthcare system so we can see if ObamaCare fails.”


21 posted on 04/03/2013 12:36:57 PM PDT by Artie (We are surrounded by MORONS)
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To: Signalman
It's going to fail because it was *intended to.*

When Obamacare fails it will provoke a citizen backlash that will be very difficult to overcome.

Since a majority of the "citizens" voted for Obastard, it's reasonable to expect the public backlash to demand single-payer, which is the goal all along.

22 posted on 04/03/2013 12:41:45 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (I am a dissident. Will you join me? My name is John....)
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To: Perdogg
What are the odds of the Dems begging the GOP for a full repeal before 2014?

Zero. Obamacare is implemented with the ultimate goal of single payer. As designed, Obamacare will destroy private insurance first.

23 posted on 04/03/2013 12:57:14 PM PDT by sand88
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To: A Navy Vet

I’m as confused on the penalties as everyone else, but at one point, my very upset insurance agent stated the penalty can be as much as 8% of your AGI (presumed, since so far, everything else I’ve seen is based on AGI).


24 posted on 04/03/2013 4:17:34 PM PDT by reformedliberal
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To: albie

I once worked for a drilling manager who was renowned for his skill at fixing problems that he created himself.


25 posted on 04/03/2013 10:01:16 PM PDT by Sequoyah101
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