Tell me, how will Obamacare get people more free stuff?
went to my doc and had a routine appointment. also made an appointment for mammogram and had some labs. when i was done, i pulled out my credit card to pay as i always do. was told "no charge". WTH?? everything i had done was considered preventive care and is now "free" under obama care. well, someone is paying for it.....
but tell me how you'd handle everyone who drains the healthcare system when they're not insured but show up in ERs anyway?
this drain on the system is overstated. not because people don't use the ER as primary care, but because the hospitals mismanage the way they recoup loss. very rarely will a hospital go after payment. they might turn it over to a collection agent, but it's not hotly pursued. hospitals write off the loss. they also make up the loss on insurance billing. that's one of the reasons, if you look at your ER bill and what is billed to your insurance, you are getting the 200 dollar band aid. if you pay cash for an ER visit, your cost is usually less than 1/2 what would be billed to insurance.
we have been over all the ways that cost could be cut so i won't go there again. it has nothing/little to do with ER visits by uninsured people.
if the immediate goal was just to cover the uninsured, that could have been done with a simple program. something along the lines of the federal flood insurance program, or some other type of insurance pool that low income people could buy into on a sliding scale with different levels of coverage. i still would not be thrilled with another federal program, but it would have gotten the job done and satisfied the need to cover people who were the "working poor".
covering uninsured people was never the goal. the left has wanted single payer since the watched germany do it before ww2. because people in the us are not fond of the idea of government run healthcare, they have done something with this program that will destroy private health care for all but the very wealthy. after doing that, they can implement single payer as a "cure", because we all know that the solution to a failed government program is a new government program!
to believe that this bill is about helping the uninsured, or controlling the cost of health care, is to believe that the people who wrote and passed this bill are completely incompetent....and downright stupid. i don't believe that. this is a step toward THE goal.