1. The real goal of the ACA is to lower the cost of Medicare and Medicaid.
The Federal government spends $933.7 billion on healthcare alone. That's more than any other budget item, according to the FY 2015 budget. This spending includes Medicare benefits ($529 billion), Medicaid benefits ($331 billion), and the Department of Health and Human Services, which manages the programs ($73.7 billion). It's more than Social Security ($896 billion) or Defense ($756 billion).
The problem will only get worse. By 2024, spending for Medicare and Medicaid benefits alone programs were projected to nearly double to more than $1.4 trillion. That leaves little left for Social Security, Defense, paying the interest on the national debt, or the rest of the U.S. government. If there's one thing politicians don't like, it's having their hands tied when it comes to spending. For more, see Why Reform Healthcare?
2. It is already changing how healthcare itself is being delivered.
The ACA has already mandated that hospitals, doctors, and pharmacists must work together in ways they never did before.
First, all medical records must be recorded electronically instead of on paper. That allows all your doctors to share their diagnoses and treatments. Second, hospitals will be paid based on how well you get, instead of how many tests and procedures you get.
Third, healthcare providers are forming Accountable Care Organizations, which coordinate your care between your doctor and your specialists.
You probably thought this was already happening. It's not. In fact, miscommunication between doctors was the biggest cause of unanticipated deaths among patients in 2010. Thanks to the ACA, the healthcare industry recognizes that integrated care is the way of the future, and they are already making the shift to integrated care.
3. It's already improved healthcare and your insurance plans.
4. The ACA benefits the middle class more than the poor.
Obamacare subsidies for those who sign up on the health insurance exchanges will cost the Federal Government $1.039 trillion between 2015 and 2024. That’s 30 percent more than the $792 billion being spent on expanded Medicaid and CHIP. These subsidies go to families that earn roughly between $47,000 and $94,000 a year. That's 400 percent of the Federal poverty level. The median family income in the United States for a family of four was $79,698 -- smack dab in the middle.
5. Sixty percent of those who are eligible for Obamacare subsidies don't even know it.
Seventeen million people qualified for subsidies because they did not have insurance from their employer, made too much money for Medicaid, and are legal residents of the United States. However, only 6.6 million did sign up. Don't be one of the 10.4 million people who didn’t. Find out How to Get Obamacare
9. The ACA has ten sections in all. Most do more than provide insurance.
Did you know the ACA has already implemented the following programs? It created the National Prevention Council that coordinates all Federal health efforts to promote active, drug-free lifestyles. It funds scholarships and loans to double the number of health care providers in five years. It cuts down on fraudulent doctor/supplier relationships. It requires background checks of all nursing home staff, to prevent abuse of seniors. For more, see Obamacare Bill.
NOTE: SEE THE FOLLOWING POST FOR THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION'S "TAKE" ON OBAMACARE. IT' AIN'T PRETTY! IT AIN'T HONEST EITHER!
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veggie section of our local Whole Foods Market:I own not a single pair of “skinny
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“regular, old fashioned, cheaper non-organic” ones, I noticed that I was in the
company of half a dozen young men all wearing skinny jeans and all examining organic
California oranges or the latest shipment of white asparagus – organic - also
from California.Now there was the
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If I recall correctly, it was about five years ago,
certainly it was during Obama’s second term, when there appeared a spate of
articles, op-eds and opinion pieces, and a whole bunch of television pundits countering
the popular right wing narrative that “liberals are destroying America.”I think Slate, Politico, and the Huffington
Post had long, detailed pieces showing how there was no fact-based evidence
that this was the case and every indication that it was conservative social,
economic and political policies that were thwarting Americans from achieving
the American dream and not liberal policies. All the media attention including from the Washington Post and the New York Ties was quite
welcome in my view since I’ve heard Rush Limbaugh rage on for a decade now how
“liberals are destroying America.”
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But in their attempts to increase their reach and expand
it’s corporate domination over what the world eats, the Nestle Corporation has discovered a new “business model”
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