Posted by bad_luck on 10/1/2013 7:01:00 PM (view original):
Posted by tecwrg on 10/1/2013 6:38:00 PM (view original):1) Yes.
Do you see a problem with hospitals charging $16 for Advil?
Does the ACA do anything about hospitals charging $16 for Advil?
Are you fully on-board with the U.S. government essentially subsidizing a system that is corrupt with price gouging? Is that good for America?
2) I don't know.
3) When did you stop beating your wife? You're basing your conclusion on a premise that needs to be proven as much or more so than the conclusion.
I'm not on board with the government subsidizing a corrupt system. But does the ACA actually subsidize a corrupt system? And, if it does, would repealing it eliminate the subsidizing of the corrupt system? Would repealing the ACA address any of the cost problems that you are worried about? Are you on board with Medicare if the US government is essentially subsidizing a system that is corrupt with price gouging?
Bullshit. Whenever you have a "fact" that you feel backs your argument, it's posted with all sorts of references and cross references. But if a fact works against your argument, then you somehow "don't know"? Bullshit.
Back to point . . . of course the ACA subsidizes a corrupt system. The expected cost of healthcare in the U.S. for 2013 is around $2.8 trillion dollars. Compared to other developed nations, adjusted for relative income and cost of living, healthcare in the U.S. is over 33% more expensive. Hospitals, and in particular (and ironically) "not-for-profit" hospitals have among the highest profit margins for any industry in the U.S.
Obamacare does nothing to address this. Instead of trying to figure out a way to address and restrain (or, GASP, reduce!) rising healthcare costs, it just throws more money at an already bloated and broken system.
You ask: would repealing the ACA address this? No, it wouldn't. But my fear is that once the ACA is fully implemented and entrenched as "our universal healthcare system", that people will erroneously settle for thinking that "we fixed healthcare, because everybody has access to it now". There will be little to no incentive to actually address the real problems with the healthcare system in this country, which is the underlying costs. In fact, the lobbyists will be even MORE committed to keeping the current system in place, since more money and profits are flowing through the system via taxpayer money.