There were two key points that were brought up that I was not sure about, so, like I tell you all to do, I researched them further.
The first was that 70% of bankruptcies were do to medical bills. It doesn't appear to be an outrageous claim, but when looking into it there are factors that aren't initially brought to bare.
Some of those: Depending on what study you decide use the data points to additional factors, not simply medical bills. The vast majority of those are linked lack of income due to illness, and the fact that those individuals closest to the poverty line are the most susceptible.
Medical bills alone are only cited in approximately 17% of bankruptcies, then when factoring in additional circumstances that arise from an illness that number increases incrementally.
Unfortunately, 'obamacare' DOES NOTHING TO CHANGE THIS SITUATION. Indeed, the HCRA actually will make matters worse by increasing the out of pocket expenses for those individuals that were the target recipients and forcing others out of their PPO's to plans that also have higher out of pocket costs.
Another issue that was bandied about was the high cost of hospital treatment, specifically used was the example of the outrageous cost of a single Tylenol. I too find it unsettling that the markup is as high as it is, however I better understand why now, after a little research.
What happens when individuals go to the hospital and cannot afford to pay their bill? What happens when individuals are treated under programs that don't adequately cover the actual realized costs of treatment?
Those costs are passed along to those that do pay their bills in the form of cost redistribution. This is the same concept that every retail establishment uses to cover those costs that the average individual is not aware of, such as breakage and theft.
Unfortunately, 'obamacare' DOES NOTHING TO CHANGE THIS SITUATION. Again, those who can ill afford to pay and those who maintain their responsibilities will be the ones forced to foot the bill. The needed force to drive the HCRA to success is an overwhelming commitment by younger individuals to participate in a plan that takes more income from them in order to cover those who will be using the programs the most and paying the least. This lends itself to almost immediate failure as the 'penalties' for not participating will be far less than the costs for the first few years, which will drive insurance rates through the roof, putting the onus on the government to come up with, are you ready for it, a, here it comes, single payer system. Oh, isn't that what obama was touting all along?
The issue with a single payer system is that it only slows the bleeding. It actually does nothing for the people except making health care harder to get, and treatments dependent on 'panels' whose sole interest is not that individual.
I used the fact that the Canadian system was on its death spiral, though none wanted to listen. The fact is that the Canadian government is shifting the costs of their system to its provinces who cannot afford them. The Canadian people are already suffering with high out of pocket costs, which eerily reflect those of the HCRA, and up to a 3 month wait to see a gp.
Are you as tired as I am hearing obama saying "I just found out about that" or "I was unaware" when referring to items that he is directly involved with?
This past week those families of soldiers killed weren't going to get the death benefits they were due because of obama's petty practices. Forget the fact that obama was spending more money trying to prevent people from using facilities that would normally not even be manned or that were at no cost to the federalies. These were benefits that were already approved for distribution, by law, before the partial shut down. Thank God for Fisher House.
So when the publicity starts to get bad obama gets on his high horse again and acts like he didn't know what was going on and stated that the issue would be fixed. Sad that our "leader" has his head up his ass so far that he is unaware of what is happening around him.
I hope that anyone who has supported a strike or participated in a strike understands why the partial shut down is a necessary evil. If the only way to get the other side to the table is to strike, that's what you do.
There have been no less than 26 measures passed by Congress to end the partial shut down, yet reid has tabled all of them.
If you want to play the blame game you need go no further than obama and his minions. Just like what transpired with the start of the sequester they are trying to make it appear that any damage is the fault of Congress, when the facts are clear that it is the petulant, childish behavior of obama that is creating those issues.
Speaking of the sequester, the only good thing obama does and he tries to get as far away from it as possible. That piece of legislation got the deficit to halve. So even though obama negotiated in bad faith, thinking that Congress would never let the sequester happen, it worked out for the better.
It's time for obama to put his ego in a box, under his bed or in his closet, and sit down at the table and negotiate in good faith.