Affordable Care Act
Robin Vos said, “I vehemently oppose Obamacare as it is a major step toward socialized medicine, which I am against. The individual and their doctor should make health care decisions, not government bureaucrats.” Unless you’re a woman who wants to plan her children, in which case let the government intervene. I presume that Vos is against Medicare, which (according to his definition) is socialized medicine. Like Paul Ryan, he probably wants to privatize it.
People on Medicare can choose their physician and hospital. Medicare eligible persons who choose plans administered by private insurance companies, called Medicare + Choice, discover that their choices are limited. It turns out that not only do they inflict limitations on choosing providers, they are more costly. The federal government has had to bail out those companies because they were not able to cover the cost of care they had promised. An ex-CEO of Aetna/US Healthcare claimed that administrative costs of private insurance plans average 25 percent compared to 2-3 percent for administrative costs of Medicare.
The Affordable Care Act is the right first step to a more just distribution of health care for all. It will likely require numerous adjustments as a “work in progress”. However, as a nurse I have seen and welcome the changes that have already begun to help the uninsured and underinsured of our country. Let’s work together for our common good, not by bashing “Obamacare”, but by becoming involved in the process of reforming what is broken in our nation’s healthcare system.
Joannie Williams, RN