Skip to comments.An Obamacare Bailout? Insurers Already Got One!
Posted on 06/26/2014 7:49:05 PM PDT by upbeat5
For ordinary consumers, the answer varies. A lot of Americans who never had insurance before have indeed been able to find health coverage AND health care, (they're two different things, after all).
But a lot of Americas have lost their previous plans, and now they're having trouble finding actual doctors to treat them even under their more expensive coverage.
Whether the ACA has actually helped more citizens than it's hurt has turned into a partisan war of statistics. That war will be waged for years to come. While I believe the new law will ultimately hurt more people than it helps, I realize those on the other side of the political spectrum will never agree with that assessment.
So let's not have that fruitless argument.
Instead let's focus on something the two major political camps can agree on, even if it is something that will make both of them very angry.
Based on the non-partisan, hard numbers, the big winners in Obamacare America are
the insurance companies!
(Excerpt) Read more at cnbc.com ...
My doctor and I have a pretty good relationship.
I cannot post what he had to say about nobamacare when I asked about it during my last visit.
He hasn’t seen a Medicaid patient in years and indicated that without his Medicare patients, who, thus far, haven’t really been involved with nobamacare, he would really be hurting. He also said that, even though he has not said anything, his staff follow the news and are beginning to worry about their jobs.
He said he would take a cut in pay rather than let any of them go. Very decent of him.
He said he would take a cut in pay rather than let any of them go.”
That is really great of him but if he is trying to make it in a solo practice, that may not help in the future. Docs who have a lot of Medicare patients aren’t exactly among the wealthiest any more. They do need to have a certain amount of money to live on, pay taxes and such things as malpractice insurance. They are also being forced into the world of electronic medical records and that software is expensive to buy and maintain. It’s ridiculous how complicated doctor’s offices have become and how much they have had to increase staff just to satisfy government requirements for standardized data and none of which increases the quality of care the patient receives.
There are two docs in the practice. And three nurse practitioners.
The way Obamacare is configured, the nurse practitioners may end up being better off financially than the M.D.’s. So incredibly sad and unnecessary to watch our health care being destroyed.
Neighbor went to a drugstore clinic last week for an illness. Total encounter was with a physician’s assistant who asked questions and completed several computer screens with information. Out popped a diagnosis, treatment plan and prescription. Took 15 minutes, charge was $75 for the visit. Welcome to Medical Treatment in 2014.