Open Enrollment Obamacare
Open enrollment in government healthcare markets began on October 1, 2013. Open enrollment closes March 31, 2014. The official government web site does not work. Healthcare.gov crashed on the first day in which only 6 people were able to enroll. In mid November the government released numbers (106, 000) are low and are blamed on the disfunction of the web site. Congressional hearings have been held to question Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebellius, the web developers, CGI Federal and the nations chief technology expert, Todd Park. As yet no one has been held accountable for the technology fiasco which has even brought Democrats who are worried about reelection to make public statements asking President Obama to keep his election promise that if you like your health insurance you could keep your health insurance. Period. That has not happened and even former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter say that President Obama needs to keep his promise to the American people.
The government has hired Health Navigators in every state to assist people to sign up for the new health insurance in the government market place (Obamacare). These navigators will have access to each enrollee's social security number, bank account and all private information. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebellius, during her questioning before congress admitted that even prisoners who are now in jail or prison could possibly become healthcare navigators for new enrollees.
Obamacare and the American People
The American healthcare discussion is viewed with great interest and trepidation for many Americans. Older Americans are wondering what will happen to them if access to medical care or treatment is limited or reduced. There are so many rumors and lies about that one really has a hard time knowing what to think.
Most Americans would agree that the cost of medical care is rising and has been skyrocketing out of control for a very long time. Insurance companies have profited from their strong position in the market. There is no doubt that fraud exists in some areas. President Obama recently made a statement that was extremely offensive to most people who work in healthcare when he stated that unscrupulous doctors would recommend a tonsillectomy or other surgical procedure based on increasing revenue. This is an attack on the very core values of doctors who take an oath to do no harm.
Such a statement shows a gross lack on information about the medical profession. The truth is something else. Right now it is difficult to get an appointment to see a doctor in under two weeks. Most appointments must be made 4-6 weeks in advance, and specialists like to get their appointments 3-6 months in advance. These doctors do not have a lack of legitimate business. They do not need to drum up business to increase revenue fraudulently. Most doctors can barely handle the large numbers of patients currently in their care.
Primary Care Physicians and Specialists
This morning (March 2010) my mother kept her regularly scheduled doctors visit that was made three months ago. She did not see her primary care physician, but a physician’s assistant (PA). The PA handled my mother’s case because she needed routine blood work and a blood pressure and medication checkup. It is a fact that it is difficult to get an appointment with this doctor.
Fewer medical students are choosing to go into Family Practice because of the great expense in becoming a doctor. They have to make large amounts of money to pay off the educational expenses. No one wants to work round the clock for little monetary reward.
Most doctors are unhappy with the way this insurance has been implemented. The law is confusing and difficult to understand. The more everyone learns about it the worse it gets. Some doctors are refusing to see patients who have been under their care for many years because they think it might be against the law if they continue to see them. As more people lose their health coverage a genuine crisis in healthcare is taking place. Some doctors are choosing to retire and get out of it all.
Congressional Party Leaders
Lack of Trust in the Government
Most Americans believe that this country has the finest healthcare available. I do not believe the quality of American healthcare is in question. The question that must be addressed is how should healthcare be financed. At present health insurance is tied to job benefits. This system works for some people, but when income barely meets a family’s basic needs it is not possible to afford health insurance. Clearly, something must be done to relieve this situation.
Government intervention is feared by many people because there is no trust that the government will deal faithfully with everyone. Rules will be set up that will limit access to healthcare or other needed treatment. I know personally of a person who is disabled and worked for over twenty-five years paying into the Social Security Disability System. Due to declining health this person did not pay the minimum amount of money into the system during the last ten years of work on the job. There is no question about the facts that this person is disabled. He is disabled. He was denied SSD solely according to the amount of money paid into the system during the previous ten years. The merits of his claim were never reviewed. A lifetime of paying into the system was totally disregarded. He has no access to health care and no income to support himself. Is this what the American people can look forward to when the government is in complete control of the health care system? I hope not.
Republicans, Democrats, and the People
The battle is fully joined between the Republicans and the Democrats. Unfortunately, this problem is one that everyone in this country shares and should not be decided by partisan politics. As a conservative person who knows something about health care I am opposed to universal healthcare run or administered by the government. Universal healthcare has been proven a failure in the most important goal which should be getting adequate and timely healthcare to all the people. When people die around the world because they must get in line for treatment, tests, or surgery, then that health care system is a failure. That being said, there is no doubt that something should be done that will bring together the two points of view and offer something everyone can live with.
Issues With British Healthcare
- The Patients Association - Healthcare Charity - Patient Opinions
The Patients Association is a national healthcare charity providing patients with an opportunity to raise concerns and share experiences and opinions of healthcare.
- The Whitehouse and Trust
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