- While the law did get health insurance coverage for millions of uninsured Americans, it also caused and almost equal number of millions of Americans to actually lose their current insurance coverage.
- Rather than decrease the annual cost of health insurance for Americans households by $2,500, as promised by President Obama, on average, it actually increased the cost of household health insurance.
- Rather than being retain access to their preferred doctors, hospitals and drug treatments, millions of Americans lost access to their preferences despite Obama’s promises that they would not lose that access.
- Despite the promise that the number of emergency room visits would go down, the volume of visits has gone up.
- The law made a doctor shortage crisis even worse.
- The law’s weak data systems operations placed millions of Americans at a high risk of identity theft.
- The law has resulted in the American taxpayer subsidizing abortion expenses despite the promise that Obama Care insurance policy subsidizes would not allow taxpayer money to subsidize abortions.
- The law never addressed the underlying root causes of high health care costs in this country (e.g. a fat, sugar, and salt infested food chain, smoking addictions, lack of exercise, aging diseases, etc.) and thus, has no chance of actually doing what it was supposed to do, reduce health care costs in this country.
- The law has stunted economic growth and employment growth through out the economy.
- The law will add over a trillion dollars to the national debt despite the Obama promise that it would actually reduce the national debt.
- A recent poll by The Physicians Foundation found that 81% of doctors describe their medical practices as either over-extended or already at full capacity.
- 44% said they planned to cut back on the number of patients they see, retire, work part-time or close their practice to new patients.
- Obama Care insurance companies have usually drastically limited the number of doctors and their health care providers on their insurance plans as a way to cut costs which has further restricted some patients' ability to get doctor appointments quickly.
- The Association of American Medical Colleges predicts that the primary care doctor shortage will grow to about 66,000 in the next decade as more potential medical students choose higher-paying specialty areas or non-medical fields.
- Due to heavy demand, some primary care doctors are seeing less and less of their patients, relying on nurses and physician assistants to see and treat the sick, a potential decrease in the quality of healthcare be provided at the primary care level.
- The article cites a situation in Grass Valley, California, where just four or five primary care doctors out of about 135 in that town’ local area signed up with one of the two Obama Care insurers and the other Obama Care insurer has just a handful more since the vast majority of doctors in the area did not want to deal with Obama Care hassles and low reimbursement levels.
- This led one Grass Valley insurance agent to correctly observe that, "Coverage does not equal care,” i.e. the good news is that you now have health insurance coverage, the bad news is that you cannot get in to see a doctors to use that coverage.
- Harkin said Congress should have enacted a single-payer healthcare system in 2009, when Democrats had a big majority in the House and 60 votes in the Senate.
- He stated the Obama Care legislation was made too complicated in order to satisfy the political concerns of a few moderate Democrats.
- "We had the power to do it in a way that would have simplified healthcare, made it more efficient and made it less costly and we didn’t do it. So, I look back and say we should have either done it the correct way or not done anything at all. What we did is we muddled through and we got a system that is complex, convoluted, needs probably some corrections, and still rewards the insurance companies extensively."
- "We had the votes to do that and we blew it," Harkin told The Hill, adding that Obama Care is "really complicated."
Too complicated, complex, convoluted, needs corrections, not efficient, etc., these certainly are not good adjectives when describing any piece of legislation. But Harkin is completely wrong it he thinks the Federal government, given total control of the health care industry in a single payer world, would have made it less convoluted, less complex, less complicated, a position that does not stand up to reason and reality.
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