Comments on: Digging deeper on the effects of Obamacare Steven Brill Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:30:28 +0000 hourly 1 By: rocque Fri, 13 Jul 2012 04:42:55 +0000 They keep calling it ObamaCare when the Supreme Court clearly stated that it would be more appropriately called ObamaTax.

By: SamuelReich Wed, 11 Jul 2012 13:20:54 +0000 The public does not have the resources or education to be informed consumers. The insurance companies when left to themselves kicked people of insurance when got sick and not going to take people too sick work and pay. The insurance companies make poor big brother but a good briber. They should be taken out of health care.

When you increase demand you raise cost unless increase supply. That means making more qualified doctors and nurses. How about free medical school in schools where 75% of the students can pass yearly progress tests.

Make it law that if the public pays for developing a drug it is patent free. That means if government or non-profits pay a significant amount no patent.

By: GMavros Wed, 11 Jul 2012 12:02:29 +0000 Although I am outside the field & ignorant on the details of ACA, my close friends who are professionals in this seem to be uncertain and unclear on its implications & consequences. They all agree that the ACA does not cut the cake.
We will need something more inclusive and innovative. Duplicating systems from other countries will not work in the US. The biggest obstacle for change are the astronomical financial investments & interests in our present system.

In my opinion our health care system is identical to that of the Chinese. Both have ineffective health care.
In China all the health related enterprises are owned/controlled by a certain number of members of the communist party (the government), their friends & relatives. In the US they are owned & controlled by a certain number of mega corporations & families who control the government. Same monster different clothes.

By: smanchwhich Wed, 11 Jul 2012 10:19:23 +0000 A lot of the questions you pose in this column can only be answered by the administration itself, especially the issues pertaining to enforcement jurisdiction. Maybe leaving all these questions unanswered is a campaign tactic. “Vote Obama 2012 to learn more.”

Also, these questions are intriguing, and you’re a writer, so why don’t you try to answer them?

By: OneOfTheSheep Tue, 10 Jul 2012 23:29:56 +0000 I’d like to see some “truth” as to whether the federal government will soon be doubling and tripling the monthly Social Security deduction from Social Security that has the potential to starve millions of the elderly. As the “fed” gets revenue hungry, will they also be increasing the annual “deductibles” for Medicare?

Several years ago my wife went into a Hospital “Emergency Room”. When the doctor recommended she be “admitted”, no one explained that this (optional) decision meant an IMMEDIATE $1,000 “deductible” (for Pt. A) would result.

Without such notification, the average medical consumer cannot make an “informed” FINANCIAL decision AGAINST the doctor’s “recommendation” when such is NOT a matter of “life and death”.

The disrespect for medical consumer’s “need to know” is daily confirmed by the fact that NO doctor or institution can or will at present provide a COMPLETE cost for a given procedure that includes all institutional and inseparable “contract” services from independent contractors.

Why can’t consumers bring their own kleenex, aspirin, masks, medications, etc. to a hospital so as to avoid the financial discrimination of inappropriately high markups while “captive”? Hospitals need to disclose a complete listing of “standard charges” for such mundane things.

By: Butch_from_PA Tue, 10 Jul 2012 19:46:41 +0000 Exciting future for healthcare.

I would like to see the of healthcare – so you can compare doctors and their quality ratings and if the are in your plan or not.

I hope the new healthcare rulings also opens the doors for independent doctors to advertise services directly to the consumer and not be locked in by insurance companies and large hospital conglomerates.

By: moonhill Tue, 10 Jul 2012 18:58:10 +0000 Too bad they didn’t write the healthcare law in simple English. It is 2,700 pages of legalese more complicated than the tax code. Even after we “passed it to find out what’s in it” most lawyers can’t figure it out.

By: Archinosin Tue, 10 Jul 2012 17:51:42 +0000 Terrific article. It has been quite the annoyance, and of major concern, the lack of substance in reports concerning the healthcare law. Especially in a campaign season, the absence of one Democratic spokesperson whose position is solely devoted to ACA is dumbfounding. Basic public relations would seem to dictate the left go on the offensive and actually inform the public — they’ve only had years to get moving on it and right their past mistakes.

By: hapibeli Tue, 10 Jul 2012 16:00:08 +0000 Well it’s about time! Of course, there are always people like Rick Perry and the other Obama haters (read, racist, fascistic,corporatists) who still believe they can swim against the tide.