President Obama said, "If you like your health plan, you can keep your plan." But, he lied--tens of millions of people have learned they cannot
keep their same health coverage. Perhaps the worst part is, he KNEW he was lying--his advisers told him it wasn't true, but he continued to say it,
I have been covered by a non-government charity health clinic administered by the Sisters of St. Francis (a Roman Catholic order). I went in for my annual evaluation, to get my clinic card renewed, and was told the program is ending. Their pharmacy, from which I have gotten thousands of dollars' worth of medicine at no cost to me, will be sending out the medical prescription scripts to whatever pharmacy the patients select.
What killed the program? Obamacare! My case worker told me to sign up for Medicaid, the government program for poor people, which has been expanded under Obamacare. It is notorious for underpaying for medical services and for limiting medical and pharmacy medicine choices.
Because it underpays for so many health services, many doctors decline to take Medicaid patients. (A less severe position is for a doctor to take a limited number of Medicaid patients, thus taking a pay cut to serve some poor people, but not limiting the number so as not to ruin their own financial prospects.)
I will have to make copayments for my medicines, the amount depending on which list the medication is on.
As bad as it is to read of the harm Obamacare has been causing the country--people having their health insurance cancelled, people losing income because their hours are cut to make them part-time employees, people having their health insurance rates go up, etc.--it really hit home when the health coverage I have enjoyed for years was cancelled, and I was told to put myself at the mercies of government-health-care-for-the-poor.
Maybe it is time to look for better paid work, Scholar. or is the employment situation very bad where you live?
Maybe it's time to stop expecting charity.
It is interesting that a situation created by the Government is now supposed to be solved by the people who were supposed to be helped.
The ACA was supposedly passed to help the uninsured and under-insured obtain affordable health care. Unfortunately, in the rush to get it passed into law, it was not scrutinized and debated enough to eliminate some of the problems it was creating.
It is not just Scholar in his City that is being hurt but probably millions of other poor people across the Country. The free healthcare facilities run by the non-profits are being closed and the users shoved onto Medicaid. What this means is that now the Government will have to pay for their health care. Also when accepting Medicaid, if you have any personal property, upon your demise, that property will be forfeited to the Government.
Also instead of getting free medicines, they will have to make co-pays which will further reduce their disposable income potentially making their situation worse. For something that was supposed to help the poor, it seems an ill thought out program in its totality that creates more problems than it solves.
Before the ACA, most people who had insurance were happy with what they had. The problem was 2 categories, those who were denied insurance and those who had no insurance. Those who had no insurance were mainly poor who were not taking advantage of Medicaid which has always been available. Many of them didn't want to bother signing up since they knew they could go to the ER anytime and get treated anyway. A lot of the uninsured are people in this Country illegally who don't want to sign up for Medicaid because they don't want the Government to know who and where they are so they also just go to the ER.
I think these 2 problems could have been solved by passing a bill that addressed the specific problems without throwing the entire Countries health care insurance program into turmoil. Sadly, although well intentioned, our Government does not have a sterling track record for running social programs.
Yes. if only it was as good as the NHS.
Sadly for us, Marymary, the U.S. government's record on health care is nowhere near as good as even England's NHS, let alone Scotland's NHS which
you have said is better yet.
Worse, U.S. politicians have not been able to resist starting and promising things that are financially unsustainable. The leader of the Democrats in the House of Representatives is famous for saying that there would never be any limit on how much would be spent on a person for his health care, but his premiums would never go up.
How can anyone believe in limitless amounts of money being spent, without any compensating adjustment in the money which would have to go into the insurance?
Those of us who pay in cover those who cannot. It's called a service because it is there to look after everyone, regardless of income. Those who wish
to opt in to private medicine still can.
It meant that when I was out of work - having just returned from the US/Iraq - I didn't have to worry about going in to hospital to have my daughter. It was just as well as there ended up being unforeseen complications. In America the bills would have been huge, or I might have been dead or lost the baby. Here, however, there was nothing but medical support.
Now my parents are in their final years and have been playing tag all year going in and out of hospital, again - free to them. It does not bother me that some get the benefits without having paid in. My parents paid in all their working lives. I'm paying in now and will be till I'm 67. My daughter will be paying in till she's around 70.
It is not only a model of how to take care of others health care needs, it is a model for how to take care of others full stop.
And in case you think I'm exaggerating about the cost of healthcare in the US. Here is the run down of a bill for someone who had appendicitis.
In the UK, free at point of use...
Nope. Do tell.
But the bill's the important part and the thing that stops some seeking medical care. I was covered to a certain extent by my HMO through work. My friend Debbie on the other hand had two pregnancies while I was in the US and was wheeched in and out of hospital in under a few hours. Debbie did not keep good health and is the girl I was telling you about a few months ago that I found out had died a couple of years back. The real shock was that her daughter Muna is dead too. In this country seeking out medical care would not have been such a worry in the first place. So, it is not "false". It is my experience.
Ah, another Honey Boo Boo type programme. Not what I tend to watch of an evening.
Article about the Obamacare
The article starts with an account of a doctor who was going to discontinue seeing Medicaid patients, because the government pays only part of what it costs to treat them. As the writer says, having health insurance (Medicaid) is not the same as having health care.
Among people who go to the hospital, a higher percentage of people die who are under Medicaid than those who have no insurance.