Published on Monday, November 22, 2010 by The Capital Times (
New Health Care Law Fails to Make the Grade
When it comes to health insurance coverage,
The Census Bureau reports that the number of uninsured in the
No other rich nation experiences such high levels of people without access to health care and the resultant suffering and death. For example, a study in the American Journal of Public Health shows that in the
Even those who have health insurance are unprotected. A growing number of people have insurance policies that require high co-pays, deductibles and other out-of-pocket expenses. These “cost-sharing” measures are serious obstacles to getting care. The majority of people who go bankrupt from medical bills have insurance when they get sick. Private health insurance is like an umbrella that melts in the rain -- it may not be there when you need it most.
Sadly, the new federal health law fails to make the grade. Even the Congressional Budget Office estimates that 23 million people will still lack coverage in 2019 after the health legislation is fully implemented. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reports that health care costs will rise more quickly under the new law than if there had been no health bill.
A potent example of what to expect occurred when the recent provision preventing health insurers from denying new policies to children with pre-existing conditions kicked in. The day before this protection went into effect, insurers like WellPoint, UnitedHealth Group,
What can we conclude about the new legislation? It further enriches and empowers the very industries which are at the heart of the problem. As long as private insurers occupy a commanding role in our health system, we will never achieve universal or affordable care. Insurers make money by enrolling the healthy, screening out the sick, denying claims and raising premiums.
There is a solution that receives top marks
Improved Medicare for all means every person living in the
Patients would choose their physician and health facility, and decisions about treatment would be made by patients and their health professionals without interference by insurance company bureaucrats.
While the health care crisis may not be obvious in
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Dr. Margaret Flowers, who spoke recently in
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