Jun 2, 201401:01 PMVan Lines
with Joe Vanden Plas
One hoot for Obamacare
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From the pages of In Business magazine.
I’m still annoyed at the way the Affordable Care Act was passed. Remember this quote: “You have to pass the bill to find out what’s in it.” That’s no way to run a railroad, let alone pass landmark legislation.
Nor am I pleased that the case for it was made on a broken promise. “If you like your health plan, you can keep your health plan, period. If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor, period.” Those kinds of commitments must be kept.
And I still have concerns about healthcare.gov, especially data security with increasingly sophisticated hackers, and the ACA’s overall demographics. It needs more young people (i.e., healthy folks) who don’t cost the system to pay for the geezers (like yours truly) who do.
But I’m also mindful that it replaced a health care system that was unsustainable and would have bankrupted the country in time. For all of the flaws associated with the ACA and its botched implementation, repealing it without a clear idea of what comes next would cause more chaos than a tornado ripping through a trailer park.
Adjustments will be made to benefit health care consumers, who also happen to vote. But with the debate so polarized, we’re forgetting to take the long view of whether this new and evolving system will bend down the cost curve.