Obamacare and High Cost of Implementation

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Barack Obama signing the w:Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act at the White House
Barack Obama signing the w:Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act at the White House | Source
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Graph of Costa of Obamacare | Source
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Obamacare 2013

The Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, has impacted every American. Many people who were in favor of the Act and voted for it are beginning to realize that implementation is not going to be easy. The costs of implementation are higher than expected by the sponsors of the Act and have caused consternation to people who are losing their healthcare insurance and sometimes their employment.

Small businesses are especially impacted because they cannot afford to offer high dollar insurance to employees and are considering the possibility of accepting the penalties rather than the cost increase. This is a stressful decision for these business owners because they are emotionally joined to their employees find this choice extremely distasteful.

Democratic leaders in the House of Representatives and the Senate are coming to understand that this piece of legislation is not the miracle cure for the health care problem they believed it to be. At present legislators are seeking solutions to this problem but are unwilling to throw out this law and replace it with something better.

Time will tell how this works out but in the meantime healthcare remains unavailable to many Americans.

A Voice of Reason...

Changes in Healthcare

Many people are worried and concerned about the changes coming to our healthcare system. The town hall meetings continue with fierce debate on all sides. At last there is a voice of reason and I am happy to thank Representative Tom Price for his blunt words on the subject.

The Baby Boomers are a huge population in the American economy. In 2011 the first of the 78 million baby boomers will be turning 65 and with it will be eligible for Medicare. This population will continue to grow for the next 20 years due to the population growth in the years following World War II. By 2030, this population will be 71.5 million people over the age of 65. This number is a massive 20 percent of the population.

In view of this information is it unbelievable that the Obama Administration could possibly believe that Americans would favor cuts to eliminate many Medicare provisions. It is also foolish to believe that these senior citizens who have worked all their lives and contributed in good times and bad times to this economy would be willing to accept the current attempt to marginalize their lives and make them feel as if it is time to get out of the way for a new generation.

These people are not stupid and they are seeking information about the proposed program. So far they do not like what they see. If the Democratic Majority insist on going it alone against the expressed wish of these older Americans they will pay for it in the coming elections. 



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Smireles 3 years ago from Texas Author

Kim, I am sorry to tell you that your children under 26 have always been able to take advantage of your insurance policy as long as they were living at home and going to school and not married. This is a political ploy. I know this to be a fact because I personally carried my son on my insurance policy for years after he was 20 years old until he married. I do know what it means to have preexisting conditions, and am not unsympathetic to the need for insurance coverage. I need coverage for my husband right now. Unfortunately, the cost of good coverage has doubled and continues to rise. You would know this if you were carrying the coverage you are talking about. This is not something being done in secret. Everyone carrying health insurance knows that these changes are costing them more and more and more. Soon people will be forced to access insurance coverage through the government which is exactly what they were aiming for from the beginning.


Basil 3 years ago

How many of you really mdateie this government has the best appeal of this public or the benefit members best appeal at sensitivity?really give me a break they are all lifer politicians and thats all we have in this congress and the senate and we dont brilliant any longer its called brilliant.wake up and smell the dollar shrinking and what happens to the military recruitment when the nation goes to hell? yep your aptly it goes way way up and they have the picks of who they want and if you dont mdateie it.


Kim 3 years ago

You are so wrong. My children who are under 26, DEFINITELY benifet already from the provisions of the Affordable Health Care Act. You guys are living in the Stone Age. Have you ever been to Europe? Have you ever been denied coverage because of a totally unrelated "pre-existing" condition? This law will enable us to move forward and actually begin cutting healthcare costs. THIS is what will bankrupt the US not the provision of universal healthcare, shared by all Americans, as it is in every other civilized country on this planet. Last of all, rationing is what we have NOW in our healthcare system. It's immoral and despicable.


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Smireles 7 years ago from Texas Author

I believe that we could tweak the current system instead of trying to change the whole thing. Thanks for your input. Great suggestions!


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no body 7 years ago from Rochester, New York

The one thing that could be done that would positively effect all points is for the federal government to let people shop anywhere for health insurance. At this point they can't and that keeps the prices so high. That one thing would cause competition and go a long way. The other thing is preconditions but I think the market would eventually take care of even that if only this one thing would be done. It would be easy and inexpensive to do too!


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drpastorcarlotta 7 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

Excellent Hub!!! May God be with us! Blessings!!!


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Tom Whitworth 7 years ago from Moundsville, WV

Smireles,

Very good hub. I have seen the NHS in the UK and its not a pretty sight. I first traveled there on business in 1997 and met a man who was in the 18th month on the waiting list for quadruple bypass surgury. I was there for 3 months and he finally got his surgery in the middle of his 19th month on the waiting list. He survived and was doing OK the last time I heard.

I never hear any mention of tort reform from the Democrats.


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Smireles 7 years ago from Texas Author

I believe in regulating the healthcare system. I just think this proposal targets the wrong area. Insurance companies should be regulated so that they cannot refuse to pay for preexisting conditions. I also believe that low income people should have options for healthcare, but the payment schedule to the doctors is so low that many doctors will not accept MediCaid. This is a fact. My brother who had never in his life sought government help had an injury and needed surgery. He had real difficulty finding a doctor to care for him. It was a nightmare. Quality of care was low and the treatment of patients waiting in the office was terrible. Creating such a program for everyone would be the worst mistake in the world.


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BJC 7 years ago from Florida

Great article with facts. Well written.

Many people still feel the healthcare proposal is okay. What they don't realize is that it includes abortion and wants to eliminate the elderly as just a few of their goodies.

Thanks.


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Smireles 7 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you all for your comments. This is a topic that I feel strongly about.


Duchess OBlunt 7 years ago

Smireless, this is a great hub. The information is well presented.


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mecheshier 7 years ago

Very informative Hub... you did your homework on this one...


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eovery 7 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

Great Message!

Keep getting the word out, they control the media but not the internet,

Keep on Hubbing!

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