The Affordable Care Act, a beautiful mistake. By Josue Velez.
Obamacare: The Affordable Care Act, a beautiful mistake.
Fairleigh Dickinson University
Sometimes when we think of ways to help ourselves as Americans, we tend to let a lot of our personal feelings take control and guide what it is that we want to accomplish. Seeing in the news the overwhelming number of people who are sick and dying due to the lack of healthcare could indeed be a scary reality. Before we tackle the issue we have to have concrete evidence that our proposed measures will not disrupt those that are not affected. Congress passed the Affordable Care Act with the best of intentions. Dressed as a good, and very well-intended, theory, the Affordable Care Act seems to continue to prove falling short of the target mark.
The ACA demands that healthcare be extended to 32 million Americans. The highest office of this nation defends this even today. Being more concerned about enabling a check mark next to what he considered to be his “greatest accomplishment” regretfully blinded President Obama and his cabinet. Wanting to make sure that 2014 brought coverage for everyone, the analysts and lawmakers failed to first make sure that the policies and procedures made sense and were properly vetted. Instead a cast of White House officials up to and including the President made a bunch of eloquent promises to make sure people felt comfortable.
This constant media bluff, in my opinion was two-fold. On one side the fact that the American people kept on getting the run around, for some not all, provided a false sense of government transparency. Obama believed that if he could continue to advocate publicly for those blindly supporting him, he would be able to retain them as voters for his re-election. The other side was to continue to assault the Americans that did not buy into what he was saying, by way of accusations and even more false and much more unverified information. It was almost as if he continued to play that he was being bullied he would get more help from unwitting voters. At the time with the impending re-election, he needed to continue his assertiveness that was fueled by misdirection.
The ACA gives everyone a coverage plan, what it does not do is pay your bills. That being said the ACA did not devise a policy for patients who decide that they do not want to pay for that they received. No different than today, the ACA cannot get healthcare providers paid when some decide they are not going to foot their responsibility. In turn history continues to repeat itself in that providers will keep charging the law abiding, responsible, and frugal people over the top costs in healthcare costs in order to recoup what they couldn’t. Does that even sound fair? If that does not sound fair to you, picture this: you own a business and have worked very hard to be skilled at what you do and also to make your profit. The government comes along and gives people really big discount coupons for your business. The government assures both you and the people that they will pay for some, not the entire bill, and that the person using the coupon is responsible for the balance. After learning time after time that there are many people abusing the coupon and not paying their portion, you decide that the cost effectiveness of your business is taking a nose dive. In turn you start to work less and put less of you skills into your work making it only passable. What’s been accomplished? You have lost a substantial amount of money based on a system that gave you radical assurances, your profit margins are not what they should have been, and most importantly the theory of ever helping others “on the cheap” or “pro-bono” seems so distant that it may not even be a thought anymore so you cut yourself away from that program all together. The next part is scary, the very system that gave you assurances has now blasted you and compiled a list of competition or “cheaper” businesses and has started to hand them out to the people in your industry as payback. Who likes to work more for less pay? In a nutshell that is precisely what happened with the ACA.
The ACA did prove to be successful in that it devised a system that creates an “assessment plan” or a skills requirement for healthcare workers. It also makes sure that the number of healthcare workers is always in check, making sure to properly plan to fill vacancies and/or shortages of the healthcare worker depending on skill set and specialty.
If the Obama administration wanted to model their plan to Great Britain and Canada, where everyone has access to healthcare, access to medication, and access to dental care, would it not have proven to be prudent if the y modeled it and modified it to include the system be funded the right way at all times. If the budget for this program is always underfunded, wont the cost (consequence) be placed upon the American people? If so, are we not back at square one?
Having a healthcare plan that extends to all is a great idea. Implementing a plan without the insight of industry professionals that know the system inside and out is not a great idea. The fact is that as long as we allow our political mindedness to take part in what is granting healthcare availability it will be forever destined to fail. We strive to “one up” the other party all the time and make it so that the other party looks inept, wont that jeopardize our best interests when it relates to our health.
The ACA does nott ensure top notch care for all, which is the way it should be. Unfortunately the ACA undermines our ability to see past what is right in front of us. By giving you a false sense of protection, they get away with giving you the type of care from those pre-ACA days no one would want. Think of that hospital that you knew was the worst and how you always told your friends “if I ever get hurt don’t bring me there because they suck”…now think that with the ACA you will automatically go there and get treated by those that work there, those you hoped never to have to deal with.
“In a socialist healthcare system, everyone tends to get paid the same regardless of hard work or specialty. For a doctor, the bills for going to medical school are very expensive, but if a doctor wants to specialize… say in cardiology, the school expense just gets higher. So if a neurosurgeon starts getting paid the same amount of money that a family practice doctor gets, then no one is going to want to be a neurosurgeon anymore. Obviously our society cannot do without specialties (American Medical Association, Rice)”.
Everyone is entitled to their opinion, it is the opinion from those that are best informed that I tend to favor. Unfortunately not everyone is informed fully about the ACA. So long as it sounds good and feels fulfilling to the voting majority, then we will continue to feel the wrath of the socialist movement. The theory is very real and gradually gains popularity by infecting those less willing to know the truth, because it may affect their government based subsidies and/or benefits. Maybe through the use of their issued Obama phones they can call and sign up for a plan, since the website still doesn’t work right and 2014 is but three weeks away. Affordable SCARE Act seems to be more fitting.
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