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View Diary: Human Lives Lose To Bean Counters: High Risk Pools Closed to New Applicants (117 comments)

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  •  This highlights an enormous problem (5+ / 0-)

    5 Billion dollars is not enough to provide care to 130,000 sick citizens. If the ACA has underestimated the cost of insuring people with pre-existing conditions by roughly 40%, what other cost estimates are wrong?

    •  May be profit-taking by health care providers (13+ / 0-)

      A recent study published in the Journal of American Medicine showed the difficulty in getting a price quote from US hospitals for a common surgical procedure - hip replacement.

      The study showed prices quoted ranging from $11,100 to $125,798.  Many hospitals refused to quote  a price at all.

      My impression has been that, since the passage of ACA, hospitals, doctors, pharma companies, insurance companies, etc. have been engaged in taking as much profit as possible in anticipation of the enactment of the plan.

      I'm not sure if they think their profits will drop once ACA is fully implemented, or if they're just concerned about the expansion of Medicaid and changes to Medicare reimbursements, but they've engaged in aggressive price increases.  

      High risk patients in the new federally funded pool represented an excellent opportunity for them to begin gouging the system, and now they've drained it completely.

      Democratic Leaders must be very clear they stand with the working class of our country. Democrats must hold the line in demanding that deficit reduction is done fairly -- not on the backs of the elderly, the sick, children and the poor.

      by Betty Pinson on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 09:44:27 AM PST

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    •  This is a good point. (0+ / 0-)

      If there are other areas where costs were severly underestimated, what happens when all the taxes in the world and tea in china won't cover care, especially if the costs for care remain on the same year over year trajectory they are on now? This is why people here, and elsewhere were asking what in the ACA design will contain the skyrocketing cost of healtchcare? And by then, most will no longer have their insurance being offered by their employer as the ACA was designed to decouple that? Do they get dropped? Have certain procedures denied? And will this create such a bad taste for government meddling in health care with the public prevent Single Payer from being enacted? Things to think about.

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