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  •  There is no "bending the cost curve" in the ACA (2+ / 0-)
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    period. Provider inflation was not addressed. Prescription drugs costs were not addressed. Hospital consolidation and "offensive medicine" (conducting every test and procedure under the sun to maximize billing) were not addressed.

    Many health insurance abuses were addressed, so the act was not useless, but in no way does it solve the long term health crisis in the US.

    For instance, if people are mandated to buy insurance, why aren't providers mandated to take Medicaid and Medicare patients?

    One such abuse was that of charging women more for health insurance than men--in fact, in Arkansas the difference was over 60% (as in Wyoming). Yee-haw, Arkansaw!

    And God said, "Let there be light"; and with a Big Bang, there was light. And God said "Ow! Ow My eyes!" and in a flash God separated light from darkness. "Whew! Now that's better. Now where was I. Oh yea . . ."

    by Pale Jenova on Sun Mar 03, 2013 at 08:27:11 AM PST

    •  Health care costs are increasing more slowly (0+ / 0-)

      I think that's what was meant by "bending the cost curve." It's better than the acceleration of costs that was occurring previously.

      I agree that provider inflation was not addressed. Much more needs to be done.

      I agree about somehow requiring providers to take Medicaid and Medicare patients. The government should have leverage with hospitals. With docs -- maybe tie it to student loan forgiveness.

      •  That would work on the docs (0+ / 0-)

        especially since student debt is so huge. They may already offer some relief for docs who go into general practice in rural communities.

        Meanwhile, we have $22 aspirin tablets at mega-merged for profit hospital chains.

        And God said, "Let there be light"; and with a Big Bang, there was light. And God said "Ow! Ow My eyes!" and in a flash God separated light from darkness. "Whew! Now that's better. Now where was I. Oh yea . . ."

        by Pale Jenova on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 09:18:31 PM PST

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