Sunday, July 01, 2012

My short comments on ACA, i.e., Obamacare

I've read almost everything I could find on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the recent ruling by the SCOTUS.

1. Employer-based health insurance is insane.

2. Anyone who bemoans "big government" compelling individuals to have health insurance but ignores the compulsion explicit in EMTALA laws is either too ignorant to have an opinion or is being disingenuous.

3.  I find it laughable that of the dozens and dozens of Republican senators, governors, representatives, ex-politicians, former cabinet secretaries, diplomats and operatives, the guy the GOP chose to run against Obama on the Affordable Care Act is Mitt Romney, the governor who signed the prototype of the ACA into law. WTF?

4. The ACA is hardly the definitive legislation regarding health care reform, but it's a start, and it's size and apparent perplexing complexity is a function of the lack of any previous reform measures over the past 3 decades. Revisions and further legislation are a given.

5. Remember: One-third of adults under age 65 do not have health insurance. This is not consistent with a modern developed society.

6. Republicans, when they were in power, had every opportunity to reform health care and reduce the number of uninsured.  They did nothing substantive and they were too squeamish to repeal EMTALA-- you can't have it both ways.

7. Chief Justice Roberts did the only wise thing he could do.

1 comment:

Delilah said...

Highly awesome.